29 Oct 2017

Frozen S’mores

In 1927, Loretta Scout Crew published the first known recipe for s’mores in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Well, she actually called them ‘Some Mores’. Readers were directed to get 8 sticks, along with: 16 graham crackers 8 bars plain chocolate (any of the good plain brands broken

27 Oct 2017

Leaf Year

Can we take a moment to rave about the leaves in Vancouver this fall? What kind of weather hoodoo has brought us these amazing colours? I can’t remember a year where the trees looked so vibrant. Photographers and painters are out in full force.  The cherry blossom selfie sticks have found new life.

24 Oct 2017

Atwood, Erpenbeck + Ware

It may be 2017, but Margaret Atwood‘s 1985 The Handmaid’s Tale is 17 weeks at the top of The New York Times Best Sellers list and the source for Bruce Miller’s award winning Hulu series, starring Elisabeth Moss. A few quotes from this chilling novel make it clear why Atwood’s work is

22 Oct 2017

Gastown Delicious

Ginger Plantains, Jambalaya and Biscuits, Frijoles Charros, Miso Barley Bowl, Bourbon Sombrero, Strawberry Swirl Milk Popsicle. These are some of the more than 100 recipes you will find in The Gastown Foodie – the latest offering from Brad Hill’s Foodie Cookbook series. The recipes are gleaned from 37 eateries across Gassy Jack’s

20 Oct 2017

The Beautiful Brain

Santiago Ramón y Cajal started sketching the brain in the 1800s, yet his more than 3,000 drawings  are still in use today. This Nobel-prize winning ‘Father of Neuroscience’ was as much artist as scientist. From an early age, he showed the single-mindedness found in so many exceptional brains. When birds

17 Oct 2017

Black Forest Cake

Chocolate, sour cherries, sponge cake, kirsch, whipping cream, dark chocolate curls. What’s not to like? Black Forest cake – or Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte –   gets its name from Schwarzwälder Kirsch, a sour cherry liqueur distilled in Germany. Some say that the inspiration for this 16th Century sweet came from the Bollenhut, a heavily

15 Oct 2017

Lydia Kwa

The Vancouver Writers Festival, now in its 30th year, starts next week. From October 16th to 22nd, our city will be hosting an impressive range of writers: Margaret Atwood, Ruth Ware, David Chariandy, Adam Gopnik, Nicole Krauss, Barbara Gowdy, Jennifer Egan, Ausma Zehanat Khan … The list includes Vancouver talents like novelist and

13 Oct 2017

City On Edge

“When I say human, you say rights.” “Human.” “Rights.” “Human.” “Rights.” “When I say people, you say power.” “People.” “Power.” “People.” “Power.” As mad threats, citizen sorting and power abuses cloud the news, it’s somehow comforting to sit in the middle of the Museum of Vancouver’s City on Edge exhibit and

10 Oct 2017

Luxurious Dreamscape Bubblebath

This 2017 mural was created by artists David Ullock and Douglas Nhung. ‘Finally finished up this collab mural with the master,’ wrote Ullock on Instagram. ‘This was both of our first mural, and the whole thing is freehand – no projectors used. I am ecstatic with how it turned out.

08 Oct 2017

Tammy Hudgeon’s Studio

If you’ve been to a gallery that features Tammy Hudgeon’s glass work, you’ll remember the whimsy, the joyful colours, the attention to detail and the animal appreciation. When you visit Hudgeon’s Gabriola Island studio, you see that same whimsy and joy, from the edge of the driveway to the deep of her back room.