08 Jan 2016

Bigsby’s Happy Pills

Of course. It makes sense. Happiness will not be found in foul tasting, liver wrenching, dried roots. Happiness comes via tiny meringue tears that have been blessed with colour sprinkles. The most addictive egg white sugar joy drops are baked and housed at Bigsby The Bakehouse in Mackenzie Heights. The

11 Dec 2015

Toasted Mallows

It is not so glamorous tottering through the mall with 3 toasted marshmallows on a stick. The man with the boiled wool coat and leather clutch veered clear into oncoming holiday mobs to avoid me. But, the gooey, charred lemon meringue, vanilla sprinkle and toasted coconut were well with the

29 Nov 2015

Tea-Time With Butter

‘When I think of my Mum,’ Rosie Daykin writes, ‘I always think of tea parties. She loves them!’ I first ran into Interior Designer Rosie and her Mum Pixie at Ta Da, their home and accessories store on Broadway, a couple blocks north of Connaught Park. Pixie was always front of store,

01 Nov 2015

Cotton Candy 2.0

It was pure carny magic. The gleaming sugar crystals would rain into the heart of the silver pan. The bestriped man would taunt us with his white paper sabre, whisking it round and round the edges. First nothing, then suddenly the pink, purple or blue cloud would start to take

25 Oct 2015

Smells Like Chocolate Chip Cookies

Are you diligent about making your home smell better? 70% say yes, according to a recent 72 point poll of 1,000 adults. 45% of women and 30% of men are particularly worried about how their house might smell to visiting guests. The Smells And what kinds of home odours are particularly

27 Sep 2015

Sweet E Lemon Meringue

‘The best dang Lemon Meringue this side of the tracks.’ So says the new lettering on the window. I’m not sure who offers competitive curd on the other side of the rails, but sweet e’s has always been known for the fresh lemon jolt it serves under artful peaks of

13 Sep 2015

Bâtard Cookies

There has been a lot of talk about bâtards lately: Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, Bash on Reign. For the fictionally dispossessed seeking refuge, Vancouver now has a safe haven. Bâtard Boulangerie is up and blossoming at Fraser Street near East 23rd. ‘People say we’re old fashioned. We hope

09 Aug 2015

Mr. Lee’s Donuts

It is easy to get caught up in the new new thing: square donuts, bacon donuts, ice-cream donuts, wedding cake donuts, crispy cronuts. But, meanwhile, it is the classics that continue to dominate. Kids and adults still seek out these top-selling donuts, according to Datassential MenuTrends. Here, in Vancouver, Lee’s Donuts

05 Jul 2015

Afternoon Tea

A British tea in British Columbia? Victoria is the first place that comes to mind, with the Fairmont Empress as the ultimate example. ‘Steeped in tradition since 1908,’ they say. Afternoon tea at the Empress offers hand-made scones, bite-sized pastries, tea sweets and the tea, of course, offered in a

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