12 Mar 2021

Secret Garden Tea Cakes

Thinking about shopping and eating local? Secret Garden Tea Company has some most scrumptious cakes on offer. To learn more about this SGT deliciousness, we spoke to Head Pastry Chef Lysanne Sweeney, and her talented Assistant Pastry Chef, Paula Moraes. . i. What are three words you would use to

05 Mar 2021

Fine Art For The Green Fairy

Today, March 5th, is the Day of the Green Fairy, aka National Absinthe Day. Absinthe, the much-banned, heavily alcoholic green spirit, is crafted from a mix of botanicals that include green anise, wormwood flowers and sweet fennel. ‘The Green Torment’ is said to have been invented in the late 1700s

28 Feb 2021

Feast For The Eyes

Playing With Your Food. Around the Table. Still Life. These are the three key thematic sections of a new exhibit running at the Polygon Gallery until May 30th, 2021: ‘Feast For The Eyes’. Curated by writer Susan Bright and Aperture Foundation’s senior editor Denise Wolf, this show features 100 +

12 Feb 2021

Raspberry Inspiration

Happy Lunar New Year! As we welcome the Year of the Ox in the same week that we celebrate Valentines Day, many of our houses are festooned in red. And, many of us are looking forward to ringing in the weekend with sweets and treats. Popular Vancouver chocolatier, Gem Chocolates,

19 Jan 2021

Hot Chocolate Festival 2021

If you too spent a mindless night (or fortnight) watching holiday movies, you’ll know The Code for impending romance. Falling Snow + Twinkling Outdoor Lights + Hot Chocolate = First Kiss, Lifelong Love Confirmed. Vancouver may not be sporting snow, but we’ve still got plenty of vestigial holiday lights. From

22 Dec 2020

Artful Feasting

The holidays are altogether different in 2020. Here is some beautiful bounty to mark feasts with loved ones – those we have enjoyed in the past and those we can look forward to in the future. . Banquet Still Life with self-portrait of the artist in the silver jug Abraham van Beyeren 1655

20 Dec 2020

Canada Wants Cookies

In 2020, which food cravings had us scrambling to Google for recipes? Trending Canadian Recipe Searches for 2020 i. Easy cookie recipes ii. Buttermilk recipes iii. Butternut squash iv. Sourdough discard v. Scalloped potatoes vi. Bread vii. Coleslaw viii. Crock Pot ix. Breakfast x. Air fryer recipes . We have

25 Nov 2020

Candy Land

All the planning in the world won’t help you in Candy Land. Win, lose – your fate lies in the shuffling of the deck, and the luck of the draw. But, as you drift down the rainbow road, you’ll find yourself in delicious worlds like Peppermint Forest,  Gumdrop Mountain, Princess

31 Oct 2020

Thrills, Coffee Crisps, And Other Canadian Treats

Happy Halloween! As we traipse about the house in our costumes, let’s take a moment to appreciate Canadian-born candies. What does it say about our culture that we are the inventors of a gum whose tagline reads: ‘It still tastes like soap’? They may think us mad, but many of

20 Oct 2020

Got Milkshakes?

No matter how obscure the task – how to re-attach GI Joe’s legs, how to dress like a Hobbit, how to meow like a cat – You Tube has a tutorial. But, decades before PayPal alumni Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim birthed their video-sharing behemoth, companies were offering how-to tutorials