21 May 2015

Art @ The Wickanninish

It is a long, twisty drive or a 45 minute flight from Vancouver. But, the trip to Tofino and the pristine Clayoquot Sound is well worth some slog. The beaches, like Chesterman, are endless. The surfers are out in their wet suits, rain or shine. Dogs are leaping for balls, otters

19 May 2015

Mark Ferris

If you’re looking for someone who knows the Vancouver music scene, look for violinist Mark Ferris. He is everywhere. From one week to another, you might find Ferris serving as Concert Master for the Vancouver Opera Orchestra or playing with Diana Krall, Wanting Qu or Marianas Trench. Then again, Ferris might be

16 May 2015

Rodney Graham’s Limeade Pie

When Liberty Bakery on Main closed, there was some panic. It was a neighbourhood fixture, a reliable place to dash in for a sweet treat. Gunnar and Liberty Gustafson had run their family bakery for years and years. Closed for renovations, the sign said, but the closure dragged on. Was that

16 May 2015

Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar

Some of you might remember the first time you ate bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Unexpected, odd, then quickly delicious. After too many imposter balsamics, it is jarring when you taste the real thing, imported from Modena, Italy. Modena has been using its Trebbiano grapes to make balsamic vinegar since the

14 May 2015

Langara Pop-Up Galleries

If you wander off 49th into the main lobby of Langara College, you’re bound to find something interesting afoot. Sometimes it’s vendors selling bracelets, scarves or leggings. Sometimes it’s students raising money with homemade cupcakes or samosas. And sometimes it’s a pop-up gallery displaying the work of graduates from Creative Arts programs in Design Formation,

14 May 2015

Coco et Olive

First, you come to Coco e Olive on Main for the food: the peppery cheese and fresh herb scones, the  roasted tomato, goat cheese and basil quiche, the buttery shortbread. Do not even bother trying the goat cheese salad, unless you want to develop urgent cravings at inopportune times. If you

12 May 2015

Sami Wall

A new home is to be treated with the utmost care. Step in the wrong way, bring in the wrong tchotchkes and a hex might fall upon all who live there. In many cultures, people are deeply superstitious about the dos and don’ts of breaking in a new home. If

09 May 2015

Mum Treats

For many of us, thoughts of Mum include the rituals around our favourite baked treats: the special trip to the store to buy the ingredients, the love and care in the mixing, the tantalizing smells, the impatient waiting and the scrumptious payoff when the goodies were finally pulled, cooled and ready

07 May 2015

Antiques On Cordova

When I worked at the Marine Building, one of my favourite lunch walks was down through the edge of Gastown to those two blocks of Cordova that house quirky, interesting, local stores. First stop was always the highlight: Salmagundi Antiques. Merriam Webster defines salmagundi as ‘a heterogeneous mixture’ or ‘a salad

07 May 2015

Southlands Nursery

For those who are visiting Vancouver for the first time, Southlands can come as quite a surprise. There, down the hill from Southwest Marine, are horses and miniature ponies clomping about the streets. Busy barns, unassuming bungalows and gigantic mansions front bales of hay and riding rings. Southlands Nursery has