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British Columbia

Fancy Fast Food at MARKET

By SHERI RADFORD

Grilled pork loin from MARKET

Grilled pork loin at MARKET by Jean-Georges

Think fast food is all the same? Think again. In the kitchen of MARKET by Jean-Georges, fast food becomes something exquisite. The restaurant—Canada’s first for three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten—recently launched a menu of two- and three-course express lunches that can satisfy time-pressed diners in as little as 30 minutes. The menu changes weekly, and past highlights include grilled pork loin (pictured), steelhead sashimi and poached sole. What are you waiting for?

Eagle Float in Brackendale

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Spot iconic bald eagles during a float down Cheakamus River with Sunwolf. (Photo: Logan/Sunwolf)

Spot iconic bald eagles during a float down Cheakamus River with Sunwolf. (Photo: Logan/Sunwolf)

Every winter, a very different sort of visitor flocks to beautiful Brackendale: bald eagles. The tiny town outside Squamish hosts one of the largest populations of the iconic bird worldwide, all thanks to a fantastic feast of spawning salmon. To catch a glimpse of the feathered arrivals, take an idyllic float down the Cheakamus River with Sunwolf. Expect to see dozens of eagles perched along the glacier-fed river, often occupying the same tree—unusual behaviour for the über-territorial bird.

(Photo: Bob/Sunwolf)

(Photo: Bob/Sunwolf)

Equally breathtaking are the views of the Tantalus Mountain Range and surrounding scenery, certain to inspire nature enthusiasts and shutterbugs alike. Afterwards, cozy up in the riverside lodge by the wood stove and warm up with hearty homemade chilli. Avian enthusiasts should note that this rare opportunity is over in the blink of an eye—the season only lasts from mid-Nov. through Feb.

Tee Off at One Under Urban Golf Club

By SHERI RADFORD

Don't worry about the weather at One Under

Don’t worry about the weather at One Under

Winter golf comes with three big drawbacks in Vancouver: rain, showers and intermittent drizzles. The solution? Take it inside. One Under Urban Golf Club boasts six simulation bays, so you can experience what it’s like to tee off at some of the world’s finest courses—no umbrella required. And the menu of pizzas, salads and snacks, complemented by a comprehensive drinks selection, means the festivities can continue long after the last round of golf is played.

Icebreaker’s Wonderful Wool

By SHERI RADFORD

Icebreaker uses merino wool

Icebreaker’s merino wool garments are Whistler Blackcomb’s official base layer

If the thought of wool brings up memories of scratchy, heavy sweaters that took forever to dry, think again. Icebreaker uses soft merino wool to create all of its lightweight and highly breathable garments. Recently named the official base layer of Whistler Blackcomb, Icebreaker makes cute-as-can-be clothes that also regulate temperature, resist odours and dry quickly, thanks to the strong, pure merino fibres from New Zealand sheep. Outfit yourself from head to toe at Can-Ski or Escape Route.

Men in Tights

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Men in tights, tutus and toe shoes

Men in tights, tutus and toe shoes

Like any other dance company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo tours with toe shoes and tutus. The difference? The marvellous all-male troupe. Outfitted in drag, the dancers poke fun at classic ballets such as Swan Lake and Paquita, all while en pointe. However, along with the over-the-top costumes and campy comedy is impressive dance technique that’s certainly no joke. Catch this bevy of ballerinas at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Jan. 24.

Neighbourhood Finds

By TIM PAWSEY

(clockwise from front) "Big boy" chop with lentils and salsa verde, aged beef carpaccio, delicata pizza, "celebration" salad, and salumi board, at Campagnolo

(clockwise from front) “Big boy” chop with lentils and salsa verde, aged beef carpaccio, delicata pizza, “celebration” salad, and salumi board, at Campagnolo

A short walk from Science World and BC Place Stadium, Main Street’s Campagnolo is a lively, taste-filled haunt filled with hearty, rustic tastes. An abundance of choice roams from chicken liver with foie gras pâté, a cornucopian salumi board, and tagliatelle with pork ragù to lobster risotto, chestnut gnocchi, and spaghetti al pomodoro—not to mention plentiful pizza. In Davie Village, climb a few stairs to discover Gurkha Kitchen’s Himalayan plates. Or find great steaks and well-chosen wines to match at Yaletown’s warm and welcoming Hamilton Street Grill.

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Winter Warm-Up: NHL Heated Throws

By SHERI RADFORD

Stay warm while rocking your team colours

Stay warm while rocking your team colours

Has Jack Frost worn out his welcome? Conquer the cold and support your favourite hockey team at the same time with a heated throw from Sunbeam. With three heat settings and a three-hour auto shut-off, this soft fleece blanket cuts through the chill quickly and keeps you toasty warm while showing your love for the Vancouver Canucks (pictured), Montreal Canadiens or 11 other NHL teams. Available at Home Outfitters.

Versace Home’s Fancy Furniture

By LAURA DENNIS

Find designer furnishings at Versace Home

Find designer furnishings at Versace Home

Step from the cobbled streets of Gastown into opulence befitting royalty at Versace Home. This luxurious flagship store—dripping in gold—showcases the ornate and neoclassical designs that Versace is known for. Transform your humble abode into a castle with textiles, tableware, furniture and more. After all, every queen needs her throne.

Vintage Typeface Pendants

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Old linotype repurposed for beautiful pendants

Old linotype repurposed into beautiful pendants

Christi York’s vintage pendants aren’t just pretty—they also hold a little piece of Vancouver’s past. The modern-looking brass columns are actually old linotype, salvaged from Canada’s first Chinese print shop, 106-year-old Ho Sun Hing Printers. Translating the tiny printing-machine moulds proved challenging, but discovering cool symbols such as “fierce like an ancient king” and “a charming woman” seems worth the trouble. Find them at BuenoStyle.

7 Perfect Pizzas in Vancouver

By LAURA DENNIS

Cooking up a delicious pie at Novo

Cooking up a delicious pie at Novo

The days of greasy buck-a-slice being the only option are numbered. Recent years have seen an explosion of pizza joints popping up all over town. From stringently traditional to playful twists on the predictable, this is one delicious trend we can sink our teeth into. (more…)

Into the Blue at Dundarave Print Workshop + Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Jenny Hards' "The By-Way"

Jenny Hards’ “The By-Way”

Dundarave Print Workshop + Gallery has the blues—from cyan to cerulean, and everything in-between. Explore the sapphire shade in Mood Indigo, which highlights the cool, calming and expansive qualities of the hue through etchings, monotypes and relief prints. Get lost in Jenny Hards’ serene horizon (“The By-Way,” pictured), and other works by gallery artists, Jan. 5 to Feb. 1.

Vancouver Light: Photography by David Nunuk

By SHERI RADFORD

Vancouver Light: Visions of a City

Vancouver Light: Visions of a City

Photographer David Nunuk can find beauty in the unlikeliest of places, such as junkyards, log booms, freight trains and industrial streets. But he also does wonders with familiar scenery, capturing the timeless beauty of Stanley Park, Science World, the Lions Gate Bridge and the Sea to Sky Highway. His latest book, Vancouver Light: Visions of a City (Harbour Publishing; $49.95), proves yet again why Vancouver is known as the supermodel of world cities. At local bookstores.