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British Columbia

Keep Your Cool in Lusomé’s Sleewear


Lusomé's sleepwear keeps the wearer dry and comfy

Lusomé’s sleepwear keeps the wearer dry and comfy

If you ever experience night sweats, then Lusomé is your new best friend. The sporty but sexy sleepwear uses an innovative, chemical-free technology to whisk moisture away from the skin. Chill out in nighties, robes, tops and pants, available at Hudson’s Bay (page 18) or online. Heart-warming fact: starting Oct. 1, for each pink garment sold, Lusomé donates 10% of proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Oktoberfun at Harvest Haus


Eat, drink and be merry at Harvest Haus

Eat, drink and be merry at Harvest Haus

Break out your lederhosen and dust off your biersteins: Harvest Haus is back for its second year. Merrymakers raise a glass to Munich’s famed Oktoberfest event over two weekends (Oct. 1 to 3 and 9 to 11) with the help of Bavarian brass oompah bands, bratwurst and, of course, beer. Indulge in traditional delicacies by Michelin-starred chef Stefan Hartmann, shop the open-air marketplace or practice your schuhplattler on the sawdust-covered dance floor. Now that’s a haus party.

Spectacular Seafood at WildTale


WildTale's elegant space. (Photo: KK Law)

WildTale’s elegant space. (Photo: KK Law)

Yaletown’s happenin’ WildTale Coastal Grill celebrates all things oceanic, from the West Coast to well beyond. Go for the Dungeness crab salad; stay for the Nova Scotia scallop fettuccine or the pan-seared Haida Gwaii halibut. Oyster dishes are in abundance: fried or grilled, a po’boy and, of course, fresh on the half shell. Meat-eaters find solace in the Yakima lamb rack and slow-braised shoulder, or surf ’n’ turf–styled steak with butter-poached lobster poutine. Inside scoop: don’t miss the classic Canadian breakfasts, from Bennies to blueberry buttermilk pancakes.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit hiredbelly.com

Caramba! Restaurante: All in the Family


Halibut on fregula, at Caramba! Restaurante

Halibut on fregula, at Caramba! Restaurante

Mario Enero gave Jay Pare his first restaurant job, when Jay moved to Whistler 30 years ago. Enero later went on to open Caramba! Restaurante, and when it was time for him to retire last year, who better to take over than Jay? When Jay’s nephew, James Pare, was a child, he dreamed of working with his uncle. That dream is now a reality, as Jay runs Caramba! and James runs its kitchen, after training as a chef in several lauded establishments around the world. This family business is the ideal spot to take your own family, for the wood-fired pizzas and assortment of pastas. Buon appetito!

Koerner String Quartet Hits All the Right Notes


The Koerner String Quartet. (Photo: Leigh Righton)

The Koerner String Quartet. (Photo: Leigh Righton)

If anyone is making beautiful music together, it’s the Koerner String Quartet. On Sep. 30, the rising Vancouver-based foursome kicks off the afternoon in elegant style with the Wednesday Noon Hours concert at the UBC School of Music. Listen to performances of Leoš Janácek’s passionate “String Quartet No. 1” (the “Kreutzer Sonata”) and Grazyna Bacewicz’s refined “Piano Quintet No. 1.” It’s music to the ears of any classical music fan.

Roast Rapture: Milano Coffee


Milano's master roaster Brian Turko

Master roaster Brian Turko

Here on the West Coast, java devotees are in great company. For a truly sublime cuppa, visit Milano Coffee’s stylish sanctuaries, where award-winning espresso blends contain up to 13 different beans in one finely balanced roast. A single blend can take years to develop, and will be taste-tested thousands of times. Sample one—or all, for a near-religious experience—of the up to eight espressos “on tap,” including gold-medal winners La Futura, Lucky 13 and Velvet. One sip, and you’ll be converted.

Jewellery Inspired by Nature at Lattimer Gallery


Carved cuff by Gus Cook

Cuff by Gus Cook

From terra firma to treetop, the rainforests of BC teem with life—and inspiration. In Lattimer Gallery’s Forest Floor: Jewellery Inspired by the Land (Sep. 26 to Oct. 10), First Nations artists evoke local flora and fauna in jewellery pieces such as Kwakwaka’wakw artist Gus Cook’s intricately carved cuff (pictured). Mother Nature, we love your style.

Torafuku is a Hidden Gem on Main St.


An array of dishes, at Torafuku

An array of delicious dishes, at Torafuku

Tucked away near the edge of Chinatown, Torafuku might be easily overlooked, with its understated exterior and almost stark interior. But the decor is simple because all attention should be focussed on the pretty-as-a-picture dishes. The menu takes the best flavours of Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam and combines them with fresh West Coast ingredients—many purchased from the nearby farmers’ market. The result? Mouth-watering creations with memorably cheeky names such as Dr. Octopus vs. Mr. Tuna, Me Like Papaya, Dirty Birdy Fried Rice, Rye So Messy Chicken Wings, and (our favourite dish) Vegetarians Only. It all adds up to an unforgettable meal.

Best Bets in Beauty

As summer ends this month, so too does the season’s effortless beach beauty. We’re ready for the more polished looks of autumn


Revitalize your skin with a sheet face mask from The Face Shop

VITA E HYDRO GEL MASK SHEET Want to invigorate, strengthen and moisturize your skin? Easy. Just apply this mask sheet to your face, wait 30 minutes and remove. It’s like a facelift in a pouch. At The Face Shop.

Quench dry skin with this kit from Dermalogica

DRY SKIN KIT If your skin is prone to tightness and dryness, then this is the kit for you. Dermalogica has grouped together all the travel-sized products your skin needs most. At BeautyMark and Suki’s.

Add a little drama with this shadow duo from Revlon

EYE ART Make your peepers pop with Revlon’s Photoready Eye Art. This shadow duo uses satin and sparkle on your lids and lashes to create an eye-catching look that’s unique to you. At London Drugs.

Remove shellac nail polish in a flash with Offly Fast from CND

NAIL COLOUR REMOVER If you like how long Shellac lasts, but not how hard it is to remove, then try Offly Fast from CND. This kit gets rid of nail colour in just eight minutes. Find it online.

Dry lips? Keep calm with cheerful balms from Rimmel

LIP BALM Lock in your lips’ moisture while remembering to “keep calm and love.” Rimmel’s other cheerful balms have reminders to kiss, play, party, shop and rock. At London Drugs.

Keep your makeup bag looking pretty with tweezers from Revlon

TWEEZERS No one ever said beauty tools had to be boring. The Revlon Marchesa Runway Collection Slant Tweezer looks good while making you look good. At London Drugs.

Apply eyeliner with ease with this liquid liner from Annabelle

LIQUID EYELINER Even if you’re not a certified klutz, EyeInk from Annabelle is invaluable. This liquid liner makes it simple to create a precise line, every time, and it’s long-lasting. At London Drugs.

Gastown Gourmet: Pidgin


(Front to  back) Scallops, bavette  steak, mussels escabeche, and strawberry shortcake, at Pidgin. (Photo: KK Law)

(Front to back) Scallops, bavette steak, mussels escabeche, and strawberry shortcake, at Pidgin. (Photo: KK Law)

Despite its laid-back feel, East-meets-West Pidgin yields serious tastes. Book the table by the pass-through to savour chef Shin Suzuki’s innovative tasting menu. It kicks off with a “shot” of oyster, zippy horseradish and apple; before mussels escabeche and monkfish liver; kale and nori-kraut with wild mushrooms; and spring salmon with apple pistachio purée and mustard tosazu. Equally well-crafted is the cocktail list, along with savvy wine and sake pairings.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit hiredbelly.com

Pedal Power: Cycle City Tours


Cyclists ride along the seawall with Cycle City Tours

Cyclists ride along the seawall with Cycle City Tours

If anything is as easy as riding a bike, it’s experiencing Vancouver with Cycle City Tours. Pedal pushers cruise past scenery and city sights, including the forested trails of Stanley Park, scenic stretches of seawall and historic Chinatown and Gastown. Beer aficionados can even sip and sample hoppy wares on the Craft Beer Tour. Along the way, guides stop to share stories, history and photo ops. Put up your kickstand and push off for a two-wheeled adventure.

Gorgeous Glasses at Eyeland Framemakers


Eyeland Eyewear's shop in Gastown

Eyeland Eyewear’s stylish shop in Gastown

Only three women in the world hand-make eyewear, and Sara Moshurchak is one of them. At Eyeland Framemakers, her studio and store in Gastown, there aren’t any computerized machines or assembly lines, just Moshurchak and her passion for creating bespoke eyewear. Previous clients include Steve Martin, Elton John, Ed Asner and Bruce Springsteen. Fortunately, you don’t need to be famous to get your own custom-made glasses—just a little bit style-savvy.