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British Columbia

2017 Where to Dine Awards: Whistler

Voted on by Where’s globetrotting readers, our annual dining awards fete the best of the best on the Whistler restaurant scene

By SHERI RADFORD

Delicious dining at The Salted Vine Kitchen & Bar

Delicious dining at The Salted Vine Kitchen & Bar

FINE DINING
Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar

Finalists: Bearfoot Bistro; Hy’s Steakhouse.

CASUAL DINING
21 Steps Kitchen & Bar
Finalists: Earls Kitchen + Bar; Elements Urban Tapas Parlour.

APRÈS-SKI
Longhorn Saloon & Grill
Finalists: Dusty’s Bar & BBQ; Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill.

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
The Salted Vine Kitchen & Bar (pictured).

To see Vancouver’s winners, please click here.

2017 Where to Dine Awards: Vancouver

By TIM PAWSEY

Seafood tower at Ancora. (Photo by KK Law)

Seafood tower at Ancora. (Photo by KK Law)

Welcome to our 21st annual awards issue. Much more than merely a contest, Where to Dine celebrates Vancouver as a global dining destination. This is a city that validates the openness, cultural awareness and exuberant curiosity that define Canada, through acceptance and exploration of all cuisines. We salute the chefs, servers, sommeliers and restaurateurs who make this place such a food-lover’s paradise.

Critics’ Choice 

LES CLEFS D’OR CANADA SILVER SERVICE 
Ancora

When it comes to the inside scoop, the concierge is your best friend. Vancouver’s Les Clefs d’Or are tireless in their search for dining excellence—and happily recommend those who consistently over-deliver.

This waterfront gem on the downtown side of False Creek blends Peruvian, Japanese and other influences with fresh West Coast ingredients. Such licence yields Aji-panca-glazed sablefish, seared scallops with pork belly, and grilled steak with yuca fries, autumn vegetables and chimichurri. (more…)

Leadership Award: David Hawksworth

By TIM PAWSEY

Chef David Hawksworth.

Chef David Hawksworth.

Few individuals have had as much impact on Vancouver’s dining scene as David Hawksworth. Arguably the city’s most high-profile chef, Hawksworth is pre-eminent as the driving force behind Hawksworth Restaurant and the recently opened, more casual Nightingale.

With the first restaurant’s launch and enduring success (Vancouver Magazine named it best upscale restaurant five years in a row), he helped cement the return of fine dining in the post-recession era. Not content to rest on his laurels, in 2013 he launched the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Competition, which annually awards $10,000 to the winner and provides considerable exposure. The chef says his motivation for establishing the competition and scholarship stemmed from his time in the UK, where “there are lots of great cooks.” (more…)

The Write Stuff

Pass the time on planes, trains and automobiles with these new titles, available at local bookstores

By SHERI RADFORD

 

150YearsCdnBeerLabels

150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels by Lawrence C. Sherk (TouchWood Editions): Raise a glass to this collection of 150 beer labels ranging from the 1870s to today. Beer buffs and newbies alike will enjoy the artwork from ales, porters, lagers and malts. Cheers! (more…)

Tea Time

By CHLOË LAI

A soothing sip of tea.

A soothing sip of tea.

No time to meditate? Sip your way to sweet serenity with blissful oolong teas by local company Golden Tea Leaf. From earthy to airy, oolong’s impressive diversity of flavour, complexity and body means there’s a blend for every mood. Hand-picked and thoughtfully prepared, these delicate leaves harbour the subtle flavours and fragrances of Taiwan’s crisp mountain landscape. Pour yourself some Golden Oolong (available at T&T Supermarket) or Honey Red Jade Oolong (at London Drugs) and take a deep breath. Each cup, like each moment, is unique.

Secrets of Success

By SHERI RADFORD

Everything is possible for Shannon Heth. (Photo by KK Law)

Everything is possible for Shannon Heth. (Photo by KK Law)

Shannon Heth wasn’t sure what to be when she grew up: maybe a journalist, or something fashion-related. She worked in the film industry for a few years, which taught her to “say yes and figure it out later. Everything is possible.” Ideal advice, it turns out, for Heth’s eventual career in public relations. She now heads her own PR company, Milk Creative Communications, and she’s known around town for both her roster of lifestyle clients and her impeccable personal style. To achieve her look, she shops at a mix of larger stores like Nordstrom and Gastown boutiques such as Oak + Fort, LYNNsteven and One of a Few. For footwear, she relies on her “shoe guy” at Holt Renfrew, who texts her tempting photos of new arrivals. “Wear what makes you feel good,” Heth insists. “Have fun with it.”

Top Picks for Travellers

By SHERI RADFORD

Have you been bitten by the travel bug? Do you suffer from incurable wanderlust? The only cure is another globetrotting adventure—but pick up these essentials before you hit the road again.

Untitled collage (1)Shadow Floral passport cover and luggage tag, at Indigo 

Ted Baker-ALAYAAAlayaa Oriental Blossom rolling travel bag, at Ted Baker London (more…)

Land of Smiles

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

A relaxing getaway is closer than you think.

A relaxing escape is closer than you think.

There’s nothing like a traditional massage on one of Thailand’s beautiful beaches, but the Phuket room at Smile Thai Wellness is a close second. The beach-themed oasis is one of 14 treatment rooms that are inspired by destinations across the Southeast Asian kingdom. Traditional Thai massage draws from its 2,500-year history, working to harmonize and align the body’s energies through compression, acupressure and actively stretching aching limbs into glorious submission. Expect to feel relaxed and invigorated. That means more energy for sightseeing, even if the sights are inside another of the spa’s tranquil treatment rooms.

Au Naturel

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Give your frazzled curls a tropical vacation

Give your frazzled curls a tropical vacation

An island getaway can be as close as your shower with Maui Moisture’s vegan haircare products. Say aloha to nourished locks with shampoos, conditioners, masks and mists that replace water—often the main ingredient—with aloe juice. Plus, tropics-inspired ingredients like coconut water, macadamia oil and pineapple extract leave no room for parabens, sulfates and synthetic dyes. To stock up, take a trip to London Drugs or Shoppers Drug Mart.

Runway Ready

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

A bright future for every face

A powerful tool in a petite package

For an elixir that protects and energizes skin from take-off to touch-down, try Bare Minerals’ Brilliant Future Age Defense & Renew Serum. This pick-me-up is spiked with antioxidant manganese to combat environmental stress, plus vitamin C for a brighter and more refreshed complexion. Age-defying chai hu and olive leaf extract enhance skin’s resilience. All that in one carry-on-friendly package. Find this multi-tasker at Sephora.

Artfully Furnished

By CHLOË LAI

Classic meets contemporary at the Moissonnier showroom. (Photo: Kim Bellavance Photographe)

Classic meets contemporary at the Moissonnier showroom. (Photo: Kim Bellavance Photographe)

There are statement pieces, and then there are stately pieces. The bold, elegant designs by Moissonnier are both. These French master cabinetmakers have spent over a hundred years pairing the iconic luxury of 18th-century France—the Golden Age of furniture—with bright colours and unexpectedly playful patterns like leopard print or wildflowers. Their whimsical Yaletown showroom makes shopping for furniture feel like a ride on an eccentric, first-class time machine. One visit and you’ll understand why the French government has called Moissonnier “living heritage.”

Beyond the Lens

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Piling Patterns" by Kenneth Gillespie

“Piling Patterns” by Kenneth Gillespie

Skilled shutterbugs go beyond point-and-shoot photography in Allegory (Apr. 13 to May 6). Kenneth Gillespie’s sculptural snaps (“Piling Patterns,” pictured) invite interpretation, and use technology to render the image as envisioned by the artist. On the other end of the spectrum, Julie Prescott presents unaltered images with a reflective tone. See pieces by both artists at Deer Lake Gallery.