November 1st, 2013
Our favourite wine bar just got a cocktail facelift, and our heads are spinning.
Lauren Mote, a familiar face in the city’s mixologist scene and the co-proprietor of the exquisite bitters and extracts line, Bittered Sling, recently joined UVA as the bar manager. Mote’s innovative concoctions include the stiff-but-tasty Liberation ($15), a calvados, campari, and sherry mix that might just make your brain explode a little—in the good way. A refreshing Gin-Gin Donkey ($12) offers a bitter combination of gin, ginger wine, grapefruit, and sage. Chartreuse Milkshake ($12), a gin and chartreuse combo wins extra points for its inclusion of chocolate bits.
Our senses are truly thirsty. —Anya Georgijevic
900 Seymour St., Vancouver, 604-632-9560, www.uvawinebar.ca
October 15th, 2013
After being buzzed into the jewellery shop in the historic Dominion Building, it's clear that Cavalier is in a league of its own.
Not only is the space beautiful with its tall ceilings, brick and wood, Cavalier is also community-minded, exclusively carrying pieces from local independent designers. Whether more contemporary or traditional in look, high quality materials, precious gemstones and good design makes each work sold here timeless.
Classic German-made NIRVEL wristwatches (from $500) run on Swiss mechanics, while the Contoli watches (from $750) are handcrafted just up the street. The ZULA Jewlery + Design leaf print medium necklace ($110) is for those with a penchant for the delicate and feminine, much in contrast to the bronze rock and roll signet-style LACAR skull ring ($146).
The team also works with clients to create customized pieces and has an in-house goldsmith on hand.
There's something for everyone here — the problem is, we want it all. —May Globus
Cavalier, 217-207 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, 1-800-808-4367, www.cavaliergastown.com
August 6th, 2013
The strip of West Pender between Richards and Homer has become somewhat of a book lover’s paradise, with the newly-opened Paper Hound joining the ranks of McLeod's Books and Albion Books as a must-go/can’t-miss spot.
You may recognize Paper Hound's proprietors from various other bookstores in town. They’ve been doing this for years, and they’ve got good taste to boot. Among its cool, custom-designed shelving, you’ll find vintage treasures like the adorable The Raft Book ($65) by Harold Gatty, something that could easily belong in a Wes Anderson production. There is a small but well-curated selection of new publications from small publishers, like The Riot Grrrl Collection ($41.50), which will surely serve as a time capsule to those who grew up in the early ‘90s.
As Franka Zappa once said, “So many books, so little time.” —Anya Georgijevic
344 West Pender St, Vancouver, 604-428-1344, http://paperhound.tumblr.com
July 29th, 2013
-Do more yoga
-Drink more water
-Take time out for myself
-Take nice long baths
-Drink herbal tea
-Eat local, eat healthy
-Support local business
If this list of goals sounds like the one that has been swirling around in your head as you rush guiltily through your workdays, we have just one task for you: book yourself into the CHI, The Spa at Shangri-la one morning this summer, and you can tick them all off your list.
The new WestCoast Lite package starts with a private yoga class in the light-filled studio overlooking the throng of downtown. Next you’re escorted to your private spa suite for a colour therapy Kelp Soak bath followed by a West Coast Wrap using the organic and sustainable Seaflora line, made with hand-harvested seaweeds from Vancouver Island. Finally, a Bento Box lunch is served in the Health Club’s Ginger Bar. Choose the Farmers Market box, or one with Asian flare; lunch comes with a carafe of herb-infused water with healing ingredients.
Now we’re feeling healthy, relaxed and virtuous. We might just have to set those goals all over again.
WestCoast Lite, $395 at CHI, 5th floor, Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver, 1128 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, 604-695-2447, www.shangri-la.com/vancouver
November 2nd, 2012
Finally, collaboration by the Kaiser that’s as adorable as his beloved kitty cat, Choupette.
Meet the Mon Shu Girl, mischievous little face of Karl Lagerfeld’s Shu Uemura holiday collection. Curious why Shu and not Chanel? Well, Karl has been using Shu Uemura pigments for years to do all his illustrations. Straight from Kaiser’s brush and onto our eyes and lips, we love the deep hues of the Prestigious Bordeaux ($85) eye and cheek palette, the Karl Black ($20) golden speckle nail polish, and the vivid Mon Shu Red ($31) lipstick that the Mon Shu Girl wears.
Although, what we really want to know is: Which colour is Choupette’s favourite? —Anya Georgijevic
Launches today at Holt Renfrew, www.holtrenfrew.com
October 29th, 2012
The only thing more decadent than eating caviar is dabbing it on your face.
And if you're due an afternoon of luxury, look no further than the serene and gentle Golden Caviar facial at CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La. Unwind in your private suite complete with bathtub, separate shower, change room, fireplace and lounge area (yes, the treatment rooms are bigger than most Vancouver apartments).
But why fish eggs? Caviar extract is complemented by soy protein, shea butter and lactic acid, which combine to moisturize, protect from sun damage and assist in the natural regeneration
process, meaning noticeably brighter and
Unintended side effects of this chichi facial include a faux posh accent and forgetting where you docked your yacht. —Maria Tallarico
Golden Caviar Facial, 90 minutes, $185 at CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La,
October 3rd, 2012
We know you shouldn't judge a restaurant by its light fixtures… but it's hard not to when the stunning specimens are made from curtain pulleys reclaimed from the late Pantages Theatre further along Hastings Street.
Housed in a building from 1888, Wildebeest has been drawing crowds to its 1930s Toledo's lab stools that bring you up to eye level with your waiter.
All the better to order the more-ish smoked Castelvetrano olives and the delicious country paté that comes in its own mason jar.
Do order a bottle of the Helena rosé (just $21) sourced from a tiny producer in Italy and named for his daughter.
And speaking of children, the restaurant was named by an owner's son, whose favourite animal is the wildebeest.
Will it be yours, too?—Sarah Bancroft
Wildebeest, 120 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, 604-687-6880, www.wildebeest.ca
September 11th, 2012
Seinfeld reruns, DVD sets of My So Called Life and catching The Way We Were on TV… sometimes an oldie but a goodie is much more enticing than another superhero movie.
With that in mind, we're marking our calendar for the first-ever Vancouver Retro Cinema Fest (September 23-30), which is stacked with classics and cult favourites like Pulp Fiction, Ghostbusters, The Big Lebowski and Back to the Future. A full throwback cultural experience, there'll be costume competitions, trivia contests, prizes and themed drinks.
And if you really wanna kick it old school, find somebody to make out with in the back row. —Maria Tallarico
September 23-30 at Denman Cinema, tickets $20-$25, www.vancouverretrocinema.com
July 6th, 2012
What’s the best meal of the week?
Easy: brunch. But what if you want to expand your breakfast/lunch repertoire beyond the ubiquitous eggs and bacon? Then head to Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s rooftop oasis, Reflections, which now serves Sunday brunch al fresco. Our favourite wake-me-up feast is a pescatarian’s dream: the West Coast seafood platter for two with oysters, crab legs, side-striped shrimp, smoked and candied salmon, mussels and clams for a cool $25. It’s worth diving into. —Kelsey Dundon
Reflections at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 801 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, 604-673-7043, www.rosewoodhotels.com
September 23rd, 2011
We love out-of-town guests.
Just not when they’re crashing on our couch. From now on, we’re sending our family and friends straight from YVR Arrivals to check in at the Burrard Hotel. The Vancouver staple has been a landmark since it first turned on its neon sign decades ago, but its brand new look earns it a spot in the hearts of the economically minded jetset. With an inner courtyard filled with palm trees and pastels, it hardly feels like Vancouver.
Huh. Maybe we’ll book a night there and leave our friends at our place instead. —Kelsey Dundon
The Burrard, 1100 Burrard St., Vancouver, 604-681-2331, www.theburrard.com