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October 29, 2010
Corpse Reviver
In the photo: Corpse Reviver #2. See Corpse Reviver #1 below.

We dragged our bones into the Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe this week, and in honour of Halloween asked owner and barman Steve da Cruz to make us a Corpse Reviver. Within just a few minutes, we did indeed, begin to feel a little more perky.

According to da Cruz, the classic cocktail comes in two variations: a lighter coloured version like the one above ...

Corpse Reviver #2: 2 oz of Gin, 1/4 oz Cointreau, 1/4 oz Lillet Blanc, 1/4 oz Pastis, plus a squeeze of fresh lemon, and shaken. And a darker

Corpse Reviver #1: 2 oz of Brandy, 1/2 oz Calvados, 1/2 oz Cinzano Rosso, stirred. (As shown photographed at the Corner Suite Bar below.)

Steve says he loves Halloween. So much so, that according to his declaration on the restaurant's Facebook page, If you dress up this Halloween weekend, you'll get free pumpkin pie with your dinner order. Even better, if you are still in costume the next morning, you'll get a free Caesar with Prairie Organic Vodka when you purchase the "Halloween Hung-over Brunch". Makes the funniest walk of shame just a little easier ..."

Now that's the (ghostly) spirit.

In fact, mornings are worth rising from the grave for these days because the Corner Suite is now serving up breakfast Monday to Friday from 7 a.m., followed by weekday lunch and weekend brunch. We're talking pastries including chocolate-filled croissants (sink your fangs into that), plus two new baristas, Nicholas Jones and Emilie Nagahama, to make sure there's no boo-boos with the coffee brewing process. You might even want to order a Corpse Reviver, because according to the cocktail historians, the drink was invented as a hangover chaser or a general pick-me-up, and meant to be imbibed early in the day.

Perhaps Mr. Da Cruz will show up in his own costume ... such as the uniform he wears in his policeman's role in the Planet of the Apes prequel film (Caesar: Rise of the Apes) that was shot in Burnaby this summer. You'll be able to pick out Steve on the big screen as the cop shouting at actor James Franco: "No, No, Don't go there! Don't go there!!"

Sorry, Steve we think everyone should go there - to the Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe, that is. Especially this weekend.

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