30 Jan 2018

Hawksworth’s Nightingale

“My son’s a painter,” said jazz virtuoso Charles Mingus. “All through school his teachers tell him he’s a genius. I tell him to paint me an apple that looks like an apple before he paints me one that doesn’t. Go where you can go, but start from someplace recognizable. Making

28 Jan 2018

Himalayan Pink Salt Caramels

We had been going to Purdy’s since we were kids. We had no idea why there was pink salt on the chocolates nor what was so special about rock crystals from the Himalayas. Yet, we had to have some. As soon as we heard about these Himalayan Pink Salt Caramels,

26 Jan 2018

Jazz @ The Chan

You can lift your hat way up when Nelson Mandela calls you the ‘Mozart’ of South Africa. The recipient of Mandela’s praise, stacks of awards and the respect of musicians across the world is pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, and he’s coming to the Chan Centre on February 18th. Ibrahim – who

23 Jan 2018

Lui Shou Kwan + Emily Carr

“The ultimate goal in Chinese painting is a homecoming and the revelation of one’s true self.” So said Lui Shou Kwan, founder of Hong Kong’s New Ink Movement. “Only when emptiness is created can the true and genuine reality be generated.” Emptiness is the name of the exhibit that Lui Shou

21 Jan 2018

Hot Chocolate Festival ’18

Dr. Francisco Hernandez, Royal Physician to Philip II of Spain, believed that he had just the thing to treat fever, liver disorders, intestinal pain, colic and even poisons. The cure was hot chocolate, he said. ‘When pepper was added, it had an agreeable taste and warmed the stomach and perfumed the

19 Jan 2018

Up Yew

Only my arteries have fond memories of the fitness instructor who liked to chase us up and down Yew Street. The steep ascent from Kits Beach is better suited to a San Francisco shuffle and a soothing cup of tea. There are plenty of things to admire if you take your time on

16 Jan 2018

Emily Upham

i. I work as a cake artist/pastry chef. I own “When Pigs Fly Pastries” – a specialty cake and pastry business with everything made custom for each client. With the exception of the fondant, all aspects of my cakes are completely made from scratch. All decorations used are 100% edible and

14 Jan 2018

Brewing Bitters

Charred Cedar Bitters, Husk Cherry Bitters, Meyer Lemon Bitters, Coffee-Pecan Bitters. These are just some of the bitters you can make at home, according to Brad Thomas Parsons, author of Bitters. A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All. Bitters, according to Parsons, ‘are an aromatic flavoring agent made from infusing

14 Jan 2018

Most Borrowed Canadian Books

Last week, we saw the Vancouver Public Library’s most checked-out books of 2017. What are their Top 10 Canadian checked-out books of all time, well from the last 15 years when they started tracking? Most Borrowed Canadian Adult Books Since 2002 The Corporation. Joel Bakan. 2004 Obasan. Joy Kogawa. 1983

12 Jan 2018

Takashi Murakami

The Takashi buzz has already started. In less than a month, the Vancouver Art Gallery will mount Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Leg. The traveling show – created by Michael Darling, Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago – features more than 50 works. It traces Murakami’s