10 Jul 2020

Charlotte Bronte’s Beans

‘Are there any tea-cakes?’ asked the young mistress. I was excited to unearth a 115 year-old cookbook, pre-Covid, in a second-hand Vancouver bookstore. Books And My Food was written by Elizabeth Luther Cary and Annie M. Jones. It features both literary quotes – Dickens, Austen, Thackeray, Bronte – and original recipes

07 Jul 2020

@ The Broad

Across the street and up the block from LA’s MOCA is the gorgeously lit Broad Museum. Founded by collectors and philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad in 2015 and designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the Broad offers free admission. With more than two thousand pieces of art

05 Jul 2020

Joshua Jensen-Nagle’s Never Ending Summer

“I use photography as a medium to create, rather than document,” talented Canadian photographer Joshua Jensen-Nagle told us last year, “allowing the viewer to bring their own associations to the images.  My photographs are often described as dream-like and evocative, as I attempt to draw the viewer into the work

03 Jul 2020

Sandeep Johal

i. I work as an: illustrator, painter, and muralist. ii. I do this creative work because: It fulfills me like nothing else (and it pays my bills). iii. A ‘typical’ day for me under Covid lockdown involves: No real plan, doing things at a leisurely pace, being more present. I

01 Jul 2020

Happy Canada Day

Amidst all that is happening in the world of 2020, we feel even more grateful to be living in Canada. Have a safe, healthy day. To ring us in, here are brass section members of our beloved Vancouver Symphony Orchestra playing our national anthem. Performing from downtown Vancouver are: VSO

30 Jun 2020

The Hobbit Houses

‘It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle…The best rooms were all on the left-hand side (going in), for these were the only ones to have windows, deep-set round windows looking over his garden …’ Tolkein started

28 Jun 2020

To Canada, With Chocolate

With Canada Day approaching on July 1st, we spoke to talented chocolatier Glenn Knowles, owner of Gem Chocolates.. i. What are 6 adjectives that come to your mind when you hear the word ‘Canada?’ “Big, diverse, welcoming, peaceful, patriotic, flexible.” . ii. What are some unique things you have noticed

26 Jun 2020

The Canadian Butter Tart Challenge

It’s like one of those bare bones recipes from Paul and Mary’s technical challenges. ‘Make the dough and prove. Make the filling with all the ingredients, apart from the baking powder, then rest.’ But this isn’t the Great British Bake Off. This is 1900 Canada and Mrs. Malcolm MacLeod is

23 Jun 2020

Blooming Flowers + Opera Plants

‘How does the Meadow-flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free Down to its root, and, in that freedom, bold.’ So wrote William Wordsworth in this excerpt from his 1842 poem: ‘A Poet! He hath put his heart to school.’ Bringing flowers inside – from a quick

21 Jun 2020

The Girl And The Wolf

‘Everything got quiet and dark. The girl felt cold and scared. She didn’t know what to do.’ ‘Out from between the trees, a tall grey wolf with big white teeth appeared. The girl was very still. “What are you doing out here by yourself?” asked the wolf. “I lost my