August 1st, 2006
The heat is on.
(Okay you can stop singing now.)
But you never let them see you sweat.
(brutal cliché, bear with us.)
Which is why you need Vancouver line Oqoqo’s bamboo underwear.
Wait, we’re serious.
This ultra-soft, environmentally-friendly fabric keeps you two to three per cent cooler than other fabrics: it’s like Mother Nature’s air conditioner.
And since it’s a hollow fibre, it collapses against your skin, so the commando thong ($15) really does disappear under floaty summer fabrics.
The matching Layer Me X-back bra ($26) or tube bra ($26) look great peeping out of scoop-backs and tanks, and come in pretty shades like tile blue, peachy pink and minty green.
Or stock up on classic black and white: cause there’s lots more bamboo where this stuff came from.
Okay, back to the bad ’80s songs.
At Oqoqo, 2113 W. Fourth Ave., 604-732-6188 and 1100 Robson St., 604-681-4941.
Read more and view clothing at www.oqoqo.com
July 31st, 2006
If this is the nightly chorus in your bedroom, sounds like you could use...a little mosquito management.
But wearing Deep Woods Off to bed? Not so sexy.
Local company Escents’ all-natural insect repellent called Bug Off smells of lemongrass and lavender, and can be sprayed directly on skin or clothing.
Or use the aroma mist to scent the air in your room to keep the bugs at bay. Spritz it on your pillow, throw it in the beach bag, toss it in the picnic basket: It smells so fresh and pretty, you can even use it as an air freshener.
Now quit scratching and get shopping.
View and buy Bug Off (reg. price $12.95) at www.escents.ca
July 28th, 2006
1. Its secretive, Blood Alley entrance in Gastown. Look up for the salt shaker.
2. The gorgeous, clean, modern design—with a picture window looking onto a whitewashed flophouse.
3. GM Chris Stearns’ new faux-hawk. Did he get it for his recent stage in the kitchen at Charlie Trotter?
4. Brilliant and unusual wine selects, like the amazing Italian Feudi di San Gregorio white ($60/bottle).
5. The beautiful concrete bathroom walls. Really.
6. Sean Heather’s (The Irish Heather) prize meat slicer.
7. The modern take on the ploughman’s lunch that constitutes the menu. $15 gets you three meats or cheeses from a rotating list, with Terra bread and crackers. So simple, so smart.
8. The tiny plates of “condiments” that come with roasted Spanish macona almonds, organic Similkameen apricots and French cornichons.
9. The fact that the 50-seat room was standing room only even before the opening was announced.
10. That this list could be a least twice as long.
Read more and view the blog at www.salttastingroom.com
July 27th, 2006
If “trip to Australia” has been on your to-do list since the Sydney Olympics, instead pop out to Tofino this summer for a similar vibe.
Crystal Cove Beach Resort
Might not compare to the Wick, but it isn’t trying to. Pack a group of you into pet friendly log cabins on Mackenzie Beach—many with private hot tubs—that start at $280 in peak season. There’s a full kitchen, propane BBQ, and fireplace, so all you have to do is show up and stop. 1165 Cedarwood Place, 250-725-4213, www.crystalcovebeachresort.com
In its new, larger location, Breakers Delicatessen stocks high-quality snacks from Leslie Stowe’s Rainforest Crisps to gorgeous flower-adorned Salt Spring Island goats cheese. 430 Campbell Street, 250-725-2558, www.breakersdeli.com
Trilogy Fish Co. is the place to find fresh-from-Clayquot Sound crab, clams, prawns, oysters, crabs and more for your potluck paella. Also try fresh-daily chowder, shrimp rolls and box lunches to go. 630 Campbell Street, 250-725-2233, www.trilogyfish.com
The menu at the little purple catering truck called Sobo (you’ll be eating outside under canvas tents, on driftwood benches, steps from the beautiful Botanical Gardens) includes Thai Style vegetable slaw, Organic Pinto Bean Burrito, Crispy Shrimp Cakes and Polenta Fries. All tempt, but it’s the Killer Fish Taco, with wild local fish and fresh fruit salsa in a blue corn tortilla, that the locals crave after a day in the surf. Open for lunch and dinner. 1084 Pacific Rim Highway in the Tofino Botanical Gardens, 250-725-2341, www.sobo.ca
For more information about Tofino, visit www.tofinotime.com
July 26th, 2006
If you were forced to leave Vancouver, what would you miss most?
The seawall? The mountains? Jericho Beach? Vij’s?
It’s safe to say (and Jamie Oliver concurs) that there is no other restaurant in the world quite like Vij’s.
And soon you can have a little bit of Vij’s wherever you go, as this September marks the release of the restaurant’s first cookbook, Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Food, ($40).
Just like you’ve got to get to the restaurant early to secure a seat, you’ll have to get straight on this incredible deal.
Barbara Jo’s Books To Cooks is hosting Sunday afternoon chai with Vikram and his wife/co-author Meeru, September 17, 2006 ($45, including demos, tastings, and book).
Sure to be entertaining, destined to be delicious, and certain to sell out.
And if that happens? Lets do dinner.
Reserve tickets and/or join the waitlist at Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks, 1740 W. Second Ave., 604-688-6755. www.bookstocooks.com
July 25th, 2006
You’ve finally done it: unearthed that box of summer clothes from storage.
But those linen pants, floaty cotton tunics and feathery tanks are looking like they’ve been rescued from the bottom of a Sally Ann bargain bin.
A major fashion rescue is in order.
But stop: No need to haul everything to the dry cleaner when there’s the Rowenta Steam Master. A favourite of both Martha Stewart and the designers on Project Runway, this steamer looks like an iron, but doesn’t act like one.
With the touch of a trigger, the Steam Master puffs out up to 60 grams of steam per minute (in other words, you’ll only need one pass at even the most wrinkled shirt) and it holds enough water that you get 90 minutes of uninterrupted ironing, in case you’ve been wearing crumpled clothes since 1992.
To read more visit www.rowenta.ca
July 24th, 2006
Summer’s here and you’ve already got the razor burn, blading bumps, and surfing scratches to prove it.
But not for long.
Enter Théra Wise, a new Vancouver-based line of all natural healing ointments developed by a team of eastern medicine doctors and cosmetologists.
Its SHO (Skin Healing Ointment) is an anti-bacterial cream made from botanical goodies like organic chamomile and rosehip seed oil, burdock root, honeysuckle, grapefruit seed, and aloe extract.
While busting germs like an all-natural Polysporyn, this earthy elixir will also aid in wound healing, calms skin irritation and inflammation, and has a pleasant tea tree scent.
Now get out there and play. Hard.At London Drugs ($18.99) or buy it online at www.therawise.com.
July 21st, 2006
Hello - I thought it would be fun to do a list of “Thirty Things to Do before you’re 50” in response to your “Before 30” list, as I myself am turning 50 tomorrow! I’m sorry I’m not providing 50 things to do, but I feel life is becoming too short to think of another 20. Here is my tongue in cheek version:
30. Learn to not open that 2nd bottle of champagne.
29. Make love without needing contraception.
28. Find your signature hair colour that doesn’t emphasize your age.
27. Go on a Mediterranean cruise.
26. Straighten your hair.
25. Make a will and plan your wake.
24. Observe the swans around the Lagoon at Stanley Park.
23. Remember your favourite artists from the '60s.
22. Rent a cabin in the mountains with a few of your best friends and some 12-year-old scotch.
21. Learn gourmet cooking.
20. Buy a designer handbag that you will use the rest of your life.
19. Be the first to say “I’m calling my lawyer."
18. Take a decent driver’s license photo.
17. Get some reading glasses so you can read Ann Patchett, again.
16. Wear that new piece of jewellery you bought before you were 30 as it is now vintage.
15. See your grandchildren as often as you can.
14. Banish facial hair.
13. Visit Paris, again, only in a 5-star hotel.
12. Pay off your home.
11. Go to a rock concert one more time.
10. Become a foster parent to a child in a developing country.
9. Make love blindfolded.
8. Have so many years behind you that you haven’t smoked that you’ve forgotten how many.
7. Dance with someone at least half your age.
6. Get your Masters Degree.
5. Learn Photoshop.
4. Make your goal to have a bod like Mick Jagger’s (or at least the female version of).
3. Learn to gut & filet a fish.
2. Find a love that isn’t a human.
1. Remind your mother of all the great things you did together when you were little, because she is forgetting them.
Thank you vitamin v,
Happy Birthday Suzanne! And thank you.
July 21st, 2006
Sadly, we don’t mean Capri to Santorini.
But our good old Granville Island has a host of new culinary destinations that deserve a stop-in, even if your Missoni bikini and massive Dior sunglasses give you away.
Load up on local organics at Spud’s new Public Market kiosk near Terra Breads, then saunter over to the just-opened Edible BC—the Store, where you can buy heat-and-eat meals from Rangoli, Quince and Les Amis du Fromage, plus hard-to-find BC treats like Oculus Cherries from Mission Hill wineries.
Finally, stop at the new Liberty Wine Merchants outlet in the Net Loft building across from the market, and be amazed by the local selection—including the delightful new Alsace-style “A Noble Blend” white ($24) from Joie.
Now who says you can’t hop a Bombardier jet and enjoy it all tomorrow morning on Martinique?
July 20th, 2006
30. Learn to open a bottle of champagne.
29. Make love with someone from another country—in another country.
28. Find your signature scent. Then change it every five years.
27. Go sailing.
26. Dye your hair.
25. Throw a dinner party to celebrate the achievements of a friend.
24. Jog around the lagoon in Central Park.
23. Learn to recognize a lesser-known composer, like Franz Liszt.
22. Go camping in the mountains with someone you trust.
21. Learn to bake one thing really well. Like scones.
20. Buy a pair of designer shoes that you will wear for the rest of your life.
19. Be the first to say ‘I love you.’
18. Get your driver’s license. But walk instead.
17. Read Ann Patchett, not Ayn Rand.
16. Buy a beautiful piece of antique jewellery for yourself.
15. Volunteer once a month for a year.
14. Banish pigtails.
13. Visit Paris.
12. Pay off your student loans.
11. Go to the opera, even if it’s a matinee.
10. Visit a developing country and remind yourself how lucky you are.
9. Go on a blind date.
8. Quit smoking. For real this time.
7. Dance with someone at least twice your age.
6. Throw away your high school and university papers and textbooks. You will never need them again.
5. Buy a large book of amazing photography and open it to a different page every day.
4. Set goals, don’t make resolutions.
3. Catch a fish.
2. Find the love of your life.
1. Make friends with your mother.