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

07 May 2015

5th & Columbia

Mount Pleasant has become a creative hub over the last few years, home to multiple galleries, acting studios, Hootsuite, Gener8 and the Sarah McLachlan School of Music. Long-established Vancouver fashion designer RozeMerie Cuevas has her 8,000 square foot flagship studio on 5th and Columbia. On the facade of her building, you’ll

05 May 2015

Meaghan Kennedy

In most apartment buildings, the recycling rituals are the same. Separate your plastics from your papers from your food mush, then bring the lot down to the giant bins in the basement when your own receptacles are full. In Meaghan Kennedy’s building, things work a little differently. Residents store their

03 May 2015

Lemon Croissants

Sometimes people introduce new food combinations – chocolate bubble gum! Ketchup potato chips! Peppermint steak! – that inspire more questions than fans. In first hearing about lemon croissants, I wasn’t so sure where the blend fell on the yum to yikes continuum.Then, a visit to Beyond Bread won me over. I was actually

03 May 2015

Black Garlic

It is most definitely a special occasion treat. It costs a fair penny to get your garlic blackened, but the smoky sweet tang is mellow, chewy and delicious. With is abundance of anti-oxidants and its much-debated identity – is it fermented or not? Was it invented in Korea or not? – these

03 May 2015

Grey Owl Cheese

The great grey owl is a merciless predator. With its massive wing span and hushed approach, the grey can hunt effectively by night or day. If it hears a wee creature creeping under packed snow, the grey owl can smash down with its spiked talons, break through the snow crust and snatch up

30 Apr 2015

The Chandelier, Mask And Door Shop

It now sits across from La Quercia, the much-feted Italian restaurant on 4th. After all these years, I still don’t know what it’s called. The facade says: Art Glass – Stained Glass and Doors. Another sign says: ‘We do all repairs.’ I have no doubt that this is true. Nine,

30 Apr 2015

VanDusen

Behind some of the city’s most inspiring sites sit teams of volunteers working quietly to keep things beautiful. The amazing Aunt Hilde – when she wasn’t beetling around town in her red Nissan or traveling the world solo at 90 plus – would spend hours at VanDusen Gardens, tagging plants and