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Sizzling with Langleys Hidden Thai Gem: Ban Chok Dee

20 Jul
Chef Parinya, Host Laurie Belle

Chef Parinya, Host Laurie Belle

I was Thrilled to visit Ban Chok Dee and meet the lovely, talented Chef Parinya. She shares her passion and love for Thai cooking with me. I immediately labelled Ban Chok Dee as “Langley’s Hidden Thai Gem”. I was invited as Celebrity Guest Host to the Thai cooking class.  I really enjoyed cooking outside on the patio. What a great idea for a Bachelorette party or just for a fun girls day out! The ambiance is inviting and the outdoor seating is so urban Chic. Add to this a nice bottle of white wine or  refreshing Sangria and you have a recipe for success!

Parinya with wine

 

Seating Ban Chok Dee

Laurie hard at work

As Celebrity Host of  Leftcoast TV, Get Cooking with the Stars(Gene Simmons, COCO Rocha, Shannon Tweed,Darryl Lenox, ) I’ve cooked alongside some amazing chefs such as TOJO, Chef Parichat (Pink Elephant Thai), and Daniel Craig (haha, Not James Bond, but Chef Dan Craig formerly of EBO Restaurant). I Recently met and traded Cooking secrets with Miss Vicki of Miss Vicki’s Chips.

Vickie Kerr and Laurie Belle

Vickie Kerr and Laurie Belle

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Gene Simmons with Laurie Belle at TOJOS

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Football Hero Geroy Simon with Chef TOJO and Host Laurie Belle

Ban Chok Dee : Chef Parinya

We made four scrumptious dishes: Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai, Pad Kra Pao and Panang Curry,  I started off cooking Tom Yum Goong with Black Tiger Prawns, mmmm.  I will certainly be adding this recipe to my cookbook. We used  Galanga Root, Lime juice, tomatoes, Tom Yum Paste, lemongrass (Gives such a yummy aroma), red onion, fish paste, mushrooms, and cilantro.

Orange Dish of ingredients

All the ingredients were fresh from T&T Supermarket, Hen Long Market, and Asia Market. I love this soup as it is so healthy yet brimming with flavors and so light. YUM!

Here is my finished product: I am proud to say I received an A for this one!

 

Tom Gai

We then moved onto the Panang Curry. I used fresh slices of beef, Panang Curry Paste, Coconutmilk, lime leaves and Thai small eggplant (Pictured below), green and red peppers and sugar to season.

Green beans longeggplant

What’s fun about Thai Cooking is you can tailor the amount of SPICE and coordinate with various meats. I enjoy very SPICY, so this type of Cuisine absolutely appeals to me.

My next favorite dish that was featured was: Pad Kra Pao with Chicken

. Thai Chicken dish

You simply assemble chicken breast, onion, green and red peppers, Fresh Thai Red chilli, Soya, Long green bean, Oyster Sauce and Holy Basil Leaves, so fragrant, so tasty. There are two types of Basil used in Thai Cooking: HolyBasil (Kra Pao, and Sweet basil (Hora-Pa).

Basil Leaves on ice

Did you know that Thai Ingredients work as fantastic Beauty products too. Lime Juice is wonderful for your hair, and Turmeric is great for your skin. Just simply grate turmeric in a stone dish and apply to your face. VOILA! Instant face brightener.

I finished with the famous Pad Thai. SO simple to make but uses up to 19 ingredients. It does have a few steps to it, and sure does rely on timing.

Pad Thai ingredients

It was a great experience visiting Ban Chok Dee and cooking with the engaging Chef Parinya. You will Enjoy learning authentic Thai Dishes in a fun and informative cooking class. Try some of the excellent Wines they have on hand and embark on an unforgettable Thai Experience.

Chicken Pad Kra Pao

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Host Laurie Belle enjoying the fruits of her labour

You can follow me for more adventures on Leftcoasttv/twitter, and for more information on Chef Parinya and Ban Chok Dee https://www.facebook.com/BanChokDeeThai?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

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“Get Cooking with the Stars” television series launches fall season

27 Sep

“Get Cooking with the Stars” television series launches fall season at
Red Carpet Launch Party at the Howe Street Art Gallery on October 20th

This season’s celebrity guests include April Telek, Jennifer Spence, Amanda Tapping, Adrian Holmes, BC Lions’ Geroy Simon, Marke Driesschen, Darryl Lenox

For immediate release, September, 2012 Vancouver, BC – Leftcoast TV (www.leftcoasttv.com) together with Ahmad Badawi-Camelvision Productions (http://camelvision.wix.com/camelvision) are pleased to announce their Hollywood-themed Red Carpet launch of the new season of the television series, “Get COOKING with the STARS” The series host Laurie Belle will also play host of the event on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from 6:00pm-10:00 pm at the stunning Howe Street Art Gallery http://www.howestreetgallery.com.

The evening’s celebrities in attendance will include actors April Telek, Jennifer Spence, Ben Ratner, director Katrin Bowen, fashion designer Rozemerie Cuevas (Jacqueline Conoir), Olympic Athlete Nikola Girke, Stockholders cast,(Kristian Messere, Rowland Pidlubny,Beau Daniels),BeautyNight Founder Caroline Macgillivray, BC Lions, The Travel Guys, Vernard Goud, and prestigious Leo Awards organizers Sonny Wong, and Walter Daroshin. Guests will enjoy culinary cuisine, cocktails, entertainment by DJ Myles Bigelow and International Singers (Sayde Black, Karen Holness), as well as featurettes from the “Get COOKING with the STARS” series.

Tickets for the exclusive event can be purchased for $40 each at http://www.leftcoasttv.com. Partial proceeds (20%) of the ticket sales will be donated to Beauty Night Society http://www.beautynightorg. Beauty Night Society builds self-esteem and changes lives for women and youth living in poverty.

About “Get COOKING with the STARS”

“Get COOKING with the STARS” is hosted by the charismatic Laurie Belle, also the talent of Leftcoast TV. Laurie has degrees in both Business and Communications, as well as a Master’s degree in Education. The multi-faceted TV personality is also a model and actress. Laurie has graced the pages of many magazines, billboards, and TV shows. She has interviewed Hollywood heavy- hitters such as Gene Simmons, Coco Rocha, Shannon Tweed and Amanda Tapping; as well as covering internationally renowned events including VIFF, VFW, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, and the LEO Awards. Laurie is currently developing the second season of “Get COOKING with the STARS”, whose first season aired on SHAW TV and airs currently on NOVUS in Vancouver and New Fall Airtimes Victoria (Shaw). The show invites actors and celebrities to join Laurie and chefs at restaurants throughout the lower mainland to share their latest productions with Laurie and learn recipes from some of Canada’s finest chefs.

“Get COOKING with the STARS” episodes have included world renowned chefs such as Hidekazu Tojo (Tojo’s), Genarro Iorio (Le Terrezza),Chef Parichat (Pink Elephant Thai), Vikram Vij, Chef Daniel Craig (EBO Restaurant) and David Rocco (Food Network’s “Dolce Vita”).

These prestigious chefs with our Host are joined by a wide variety of entertainment industry stars, including LEO Award winning actresses Amanda Tapping (Stargate, Sanctuary) and April Telek (Amazon Falls); LEO Award winning director Katrin Bowen (Amazon Falls); LEO Award nominated actress Jennifer Spence (Alcatraz, Continuum); Fashion Designer Rozemarie Cuevas (JC Designs); the CFL’s all-time receiver Geroy Simon (B.C. Lions); CTV personality Marke Driesschen; Karen Holness (Fringe, Smallville), John Marshall Jones; and famed New York Comedian Darryl Lenox (Blind Ambition, HBO). The next season promises more exciting stars, chefs, and gorgeous locales.

“Get COOKING with the STARS” generous show/event sponsors include Bella Garnet Hair, Crown Limousines, EBO Restaurant, Chef Dan Craig, Xfour Xoxolat Chocolate Martini,and Nancy Perreault Collections. Gift bags filled with goodies from “Smell This” aromatherapy shop, Pink Elephant Thai, and Sugarbaby Aprons will be presented to the first 100 guests.

Businesses/corporations interested in sponsoring and/or contributing please contact: Zia at: zia@vancouvermortgagecorp.com or Samantha at: samantha-leftcoasttv@hotmail.com ,

For Media Wall opportunities or to interview Laurie Belle, contact: lesley@thepromotionpeople.ca

To book Laurie Belle contact Agent: Lissa Lloyd (Lloyd Talent) lissa@lloydtalent.com

Press/Media Registration: leftcoasttv.media@gmail.com

CTV’s Marke Driesschen on “Get Cooking with the Stars”

2 Apr

CTV Weathercaster Marke Driesschen joins Host Laurie Belle and world class Chef Hidekazu Tojo of TOJO’s on a fun episode of Get Cooking with the Stars!
This episode airs on SHAW TV Vancouver Channel 4 on April 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM and again on Wednesday April 4 at 1am, Thursday April 5 3:30am and Saturday April 7 at 3pm.

Thank you to:
The Promotion People
Blushing Boutique
Ach Makeup Artistry
Necklace: Earth Essence by Tamara Ryan
Dale Rollings Photography
The Traveling Stylist

The Stars Come Out for Shelley Klassen Blushing Boutique Spring 2012 Fashion Show

23 Mar

March 21, 2012 – The Shelley Klassen Blushing Boutique Fashion Show at Vancouver Fashion Week.

Shelley’s show was amazing and the clothes were gorgeous! The show dazzled the crowd!
Visit Blushing Boutique, located at 579 Richards St., downtown Vancouver, BC.

Host Laurie Belle and singer-songwriter and friend Sara Lynn attended the glamorous event.

Pictures below from Dan Poh Photography
Thanks to Nancy Perreault

Karen Holness  in Street Cat Designs, Laurie Belle, and Sara Lynn
Laurie’s dress by Shelley Klassen, Sara Lynn’s dress by Jacqueline Conoir

Shelley Klassen and Laurie Belle.
Laurie’s dress is by Shelley Klassen. Jewelry by Earth Essence Jewelry


Actress Rebecca Marshall.  Bag by Kinsey and Mimi

Jacqueline Ryan

Sara Lynn  and Laurie Bell


Amanda Tapping, Zak Santiago & Katrin Bowen from RAOR to star in “Get Cooking with the Stars”

19 Mar


(Photos courtesy of Lesley Diana / The Promotion People)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 19, 2012

Amanda Tapping, Zak Santiago and director Katrin Bowen of “Random Acts of Romance”, will be appearing on entertainment show, “Get Cooking with the Stars”.

Vancouver, British Columbia (Monday, March 19 2012) – “Get Cooking with the Stars”, is pleased to announce that the stars and director of the film “Random Acts of Romance” (RAOR) will be featured in an upcoming episode.

Host Laurie Belle will be joined by actress Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis), Zak Santiago (Amazon Falls, Robson Arms) and indie filmmaker Katrin Bowen.

Random Acts of Romance (RAOR) is described as “a relationship comedy about intense characters in extreme relationship situations — and the crazy and obsessive behaviors that spring from this thing called love.” Santagio and Tapping star as Matt and Dianne, a married couple who met in college when Dianne was Matt’s teacher. The movie explores the struggles they have in their relationship and the interconnected theme of the people that get in between their marriage. Tapping’s character, Diane, meets a millionaire named Richard, who is in love with his stalker Lynn. Meanwhile, Santiago’s character, Matt, has already fallen in love with someone else. RAOR is a hilarious feature with dynamic characters that we can all identify with.

The film is directed by Katrin Bowen and written by Kevin McComiskie, Jillian Mannion and Katrin Bowen. For more information about the movie, visit their official website randomactsofromance.com. RAOR is scheduled to release in the summer of 2012.

Check out this episode of “Get Cooking with the Stars” with Amanda Tapping, Zak Santiago, and Katrin Bowen to air in May on Shaw TV Vancouver and Novus Channel 4.

For the latest episodes, weekly airtimes on SHAW TV channel 4 are on Tuesdays at 10:30 am, Wednesdays at 1:00 am, Thursdays at 3:30 am and Saturdays at 3:00 pm. Daily broadcasts on Novus Channel 4 at 10:30 am, 12:30pm, 3:30 pm, and 6:30 pm.

Upcoming episodes include guests Canadian Olympic Windsurfer Nikola Girke, the Vancouver Canucks, CTV Weathercaster Marke Driesschen, Geroy Simon of the BC Lions at TOJO restaurant, Jennifer Spence (SGU Stargate Universe, Alcatraz), famed comedian Darryl Lenox  at Lolita’s Restaurant, actress Rebecca Marshall (Saw 3D, CSI Miami), and fashion designer RozeMerie Cuevas of Jacqueline Conoir.

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ABOUT THE SHOW
“Get Cooking with the Stars” is the flagship show of Leftcoast TV (www.leftcoasttv.com). Guests have included Gene Simmons, TOJO, supermodel Coco Rocha, comedian Darryl Lenox, politician Hedy Fry. “Get Cooking with the Stars” takes viewers behind the scenes of renowned restaurants, sharing cooking tips and techniques from Canada’s finest chefs, while highlighting celebrities’ careers and charitable causes. Entertainment with a twist!  “Get Cooking with the Stars” is produced by Camel Vision Productions, directed and produced by Ahmad Badawi. Nancy Perreault, a Vancouver-based fashion designer, is one of the featured stylists for Host Laurie Belle (Leftcoast TV, Get Cooking with the Stars).

ABOUT THE HOST

“Get Cooking with the Stars” is hosted by Canadian television host and multifaceted talent Laurie Belle. Laurie is an experienced TV personality, model, and actress, appearing on TV, movies, commercials, billboards, music videos and magazines. She is now developing “Get Cooking with the Stars,” in her roles as Host and Producer. She has degrees in Business, communications, and a Master’s degree in Education.

For more information about the show, or to schedule an interview with Laurie, please contact:
Leftcoast TV Media Relations – leftcoasttv.media@gmail.com 

Get Cooking with the Stars debuts on Shaw TV Vancouver Channel 4

19 Mar

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(Photo by Dan Poh)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New entertainment series, “Get Cooking with the Stars” debuts on SHAW TV, features famous celebrities, exclusive interviews and top chefs.

Vancouver, British Columbia (Monday, March 19 2012) – “Get Cooking with the Stars”, a premier entertainment show like none other, debuts on SHAW TV to a growing audience and global online following. Host Laurie Belle, shares the kitchen with celebrity guests to talk about their latest projects. The show debuts on SHAW TV channel 4 on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 10:30 am and is directed by Ahmad Badawi (Camel Vision).

The show is hosted by Canadian television host and multifaceted talent Laurie Belle. Laurie is an experienced TV personality, model, and actress, appearing on television shows, movies, commercials, billboards, music videos and magazines. She is now developing “Get Cooking with the Stars,” in her roles as Host and Producer. She has degrees in Business, communications, and a Master’s degree in Education.

“Get Cooking with the Stars” is the flagship show of Leftcoast TV (www.leftcoasttv.com). Laurie has interviewed high profile celebrities, Gene Simmons, TOJO, supermodel Coco Rocha, comedian Darryl Lenox, politician Hedy Fry and Grey Cup champion Geroy Simon. Jennifer Spence (SGU Stargate Universe, Alcatraz) joined Laurie at Pink Elephant Thai as the latest guest on the show. Get Cooking with the Stars takes viewers behind the scenes of renowned restaurants, sharing cooking tips and techniques from Canada’s finest chefs, while highlighting celebrities’ careers and charitable causes. Entertainment with a twist!

The premiere episode features singer-songwriter Sara Lynn, who will dish about her latest album (“Don’t Call me Angel”) and discuss Celiac Disease with Laurie. Internationally trained, award winning Chef Daniel Craig will showcase gluten-free foods at EBO restaurant.

“Get Cooking with the Stars” will be aired on SHAW TV Channel 4 all over Metro Vancouver, Abbotsford, Mission, Squamish and Whistler. Weekly broadcasts are on Tuesdays at 10:30 am, Wednesdays at 1:00 am, Thursdays at 3:30 am and Saturdays at 3:00 pm.

Upcoming episodes include the Vancouver Canucks, Canadian Olympic Windsurfer Nikola Girke, CTV Weathercaster Marke Driesschen, Geroy Simon of the BC Lions at TOJO restaurant, famed comedian Darryl Lenox  at Lolita’s Restaurant, actress Rebecca Marshall (Saw 3D, CSI Miami), and fashion designer RozeMerie Cuevas of Jacqueline Conoir.

“Get Cooking with the Stars” is produced by Camel Vision Productions. Ahmad Badawi and Laurie Belle are executive producers. Fashion sponsors include Muse Social Fashion House, Blushing Boutique, Shine Jewelry, Earth Essence and Jacqueline Conoir. Hair services are exclusively provided by Toni & Guy Vancouver. Nancy Perreault, a Vancouver-based fashion designer, will be one of the featured stylists for Laurie (Leftcoast TV, Get Cooking with the Stars).

For more information about the show, or to schedule an interview with Laurie, please contact:

Leftcoast TV Media Relations – leftcoasttv.media@gmail.com

 


Leftcoast TV Dazzles with Celebs at the LEO Awards

18 Jun

Leftcoast TV  Dazzles with Celebs at the LEO Awards

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Celeb stargazers are in for a treat as popular Leftcoast TV host Laurie Belle gives viewers front row seats to the 13th annual Leo Awards held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.  Sonny Wong and Walter Daroshin presented a star studded event with a 100 foot red carpet speckled with celebs  and sparkling lights at the gorgeous Fairmont Hotel.

The latest episode features Laurie interviewing many of the winners for the night including April Telek (Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama – Amazon Falls).  Next up for April is a starring role in Hell on Wheels! Congratulations April and see you on Get with the Stars!

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Laurie also interviews Michael Eklund (Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series – Fringe), Lucia Walters (Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series -Life Unexpected),  and Tyler Labine (Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama -Tucker & Dale vs Evil). Congrats to all the winners!   The red carpet rocked all evening long with a parade of excited presenters, nominees, and celebs who stopped by to chat with Laurie and share their thoughts in anticipation of the event ahead.

Feature interviews include stars such as Ben Ratner (Fathers and Sons), Ali Liebert (Afghan Luke, Hellcats, Discarded Boys), Beatrice King (Mortal Kombat) Chelah Horsdal (Marley and Me, The Planet of the Apes sequel), Jennifer Spence (Stargate Nominee-Malice), twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott of the home reality/reno show Property Brothers, Dustin Milligan (90210, Gunless ) and Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary). Watch for fun clips from the popular series Sanctuary, Carmen Lavigne,  Lauren Lee Smith, Gabrielle Rose (Four time Leo Award winner), Jesse Moss, the sketch comedy team Bob & Andrew, and Tina Daroshin.

Johanna Ward of The Express stops to chat with Laurie about her nomination along with Amazon Falls Director Katrin Bowen, Best Supporting Nominee (Amazon Falls) Anna Mae Routledge, Wesley Macinnes  (who joined Laurie Belle at Stayfitanywhere for a superhero THOR inspired workout segment).

Watch for a special behind-the-scenes feature at Suki’s salon with Laurie and Ali Liebert having an informal girl talk as they prep prior to the red carpet. Thanks to Suki’s Kim Youds and award-winning hairstylist Kye Pyeon.  Thanks also to photographer Dan Poh, and The Promotion People.  A special shoutout goes to the show’s new sponsors, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for the luxe suite and Le Chateau for Laurie’s stunning gown and accessories. And of course the show couldn’t go on without the dedication of the LCTV crew – host Laurie Belle, executive assistant Kelsey Hourigan, marketing director Zia Roshani, cameraman Jeremy Szostak, director Grant DeVries,  graphic designer Rodman Sevilla, corporate writer Jenny G, and our dedicated producer Ahmad Badawi.

Stay tuned to http://www.leftcoasttv.com and Facebook as Laurie Belle and the LCTV team bring all the action, fashions, and celebs from the best of B.C.’s movie and TV industries. Check out http://www.leoawards.com for a full list of winners.