June 14th, 2013
Enfant terrible TV host, Anthony Bourdain has decalred Peruvian cuisine - a mix of Incan, European and Asian influences - as the next big food trend.
With that in mind, early adopters should head to Chicha, which features a range of dishes from Peru, like empanadas and anticuchos.
The laid-back room and vintage acoustic recordings of La Bamba reflect the simple yet elevated dishes. We recommend the Mixto Cebiche ($13) with fish, mussels, scallops and squid, and the Causas, a classic Peruvian dish of whipped and chilled potatoes. Our favourite was the Atún Causa ($11) with albacore tuna, black sesame, passion fruit ponzu, wasabi cream and cilantro potato.
And there's only one way to end a meal of South American delights: Pisco sour, por favor!
Dinner from 5:00 pm, Tuesday-Sunday, 136 E. Broadway, Vancouver, 604-620-3963, chicharestaurant.ca
October 19th, 2011
There’s no denying the cold weather is upon us, and sadly it’s no longer sufficient to simply throw on a jacket when leaving the house.
That’s why we are wrapping ourselves up with Vancouver-made Kove knitwear. Featuring a selection of handmade scarves, hats, shawls and neckwarmers, Kove makes each piece to order, which means you can choose your colours. We love the infinity scarves ($90 - $200), seamless knit circles that can’t fall off, and therefore can’t get lost.
Check out Kove’s Mount Pleasant pop up store during the month of October, or if you prefer to stay warm and cozy at home, curl up in front of your computer and shop online. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Until October 30, Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Kove Pop Up Shop, 196 Kingsway, Vancouver, www.kove.ca
September 21st, 2010
To turn a coat, sweater or shift dress from last season into chic right now in a cinch, just belt it.
With true waist trumping hip slung and extra length for knotting de rigueur (see: Fendi, Hermès, Marc Jacobs), you may need a few extra holes. DIY your current belt collection with a punch set from Lonsdale Leather. With six different diameters, the tools work on either hard or soft leather. Just have a ruler for measuring the space between holes, a cutting board for protecting your marble countertop and a hammer to pound.
Waist not, want not.
$15 at Lonsdale Leather, 21 E. Fifth Ave., Vancouver, 604-873-6556, www.indigoleather.com