30 Jun 2015

Hilary Miles

Marion Crane: “Do you have any vacancies?” Norman Bates: “Oh, we have 12 vacancies. 12 cabins, 12 vacancies.” Hilary Miles has long been a fan of Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller. “I love that movie.” She was thrilled when she was asked to bring her floral wizardry to the set

28 Jun 2015

Hard Luck Lions

They sit regal, if a little mucky, on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery. They watch the goings on in the courtyard and scare off anyone who tries to come in the wrong way. These fifteen ton lions look self-possessed and stern, but they have had a hard-knock life. The

26 Jun 2015

Nanaimo’s Bar?

When something is this delicious – a layer of creamy chocolate that gives way to a vanilla custard middle which sits atop graham wafers and coconut – it’s no wonder that people fight over its origins. They’ve made founder claims from New York, New Brunswick, London and Maryland. But no

23 Jun 2015

Sarah Daniels

Sarah Daniels was holed up in the green room, waiting to do another real estate segment on the Marilyn Denis show. Having made her way to Toronto from Vancouver, her outfit needed some smoothing. Spotting the steamer, Daniels fired it up and got to work. Soon after, the producer came

20 Jun 2015

Dads & BBQ

Now that Father’s Day is upon us, the tongs, hickory chips and blazing Texas sauces are hogging store displays. If you play the free association game, any mention of men or food quickly triggers words related to meat and barbecuing. Experts debate the whys. An ancient connection to successful hunting quests and

18 Jun 2015

Car Free Days

Usually, I just stumble into it. We’re driving to Main or through Denman to do this or that, and suddenly we’re in the middle of a street party. Instead of cars, the streets are filled with couples doing salsa, locals selling their honey and chocolate, shoppers modelling jewellery in tiny hand mirrors and

16 Jun 2015

Devon Thom

When it comes to making jewellery, many artists take pride in using the traditional techniques of yore: carving through metal with a saw, soldering, lost wax casting. Others revel in applying new tricks: 3D printing, laser sintering, even making intricate metal designs with the water jet cutter and its pierce-anything,

14 Jun 2015

The Crème de Cassis of Odd

For a sweet-toothed lightweight, alcohol is best if it comes in drams and tastes like adult dessert. The Crème de Cassis from Odd Society Spirits is a dangerously suitable candidate. It goes down like the perfectly fresh fruit kick you get at the end of a gourmet meal served on

09 Jun 2015

Hot Shop Chihuly

How would you like to spend your day toiling in front of a furnace heated to 2150° Fahrenheit? You will hold tight onto your stick of molten silica and batch, and you will poke it in and out of the deadly cauldron. After a long while standing at the Gates

07 Jun 2015

Jamaican Patties

For the supertaster picky fuss eater that I was as a child, family visits in Jamaica were a dining challenge. Curried goat, jerk chicken, plantains? No thank you. Ackee and saltfish, mannish water, callaloo? Noooo thank you. Morning, noon and night, I relied on the Jamaican patty to soothe my