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British Columbia

Raise a Glass: A Dram Come True

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Whisky lovers sample global offerings

A Dram Come True —a malt-centric event perfect for any whisky-worshipper—brings a globetrotting array of the hard liquor to elegant Hycroft mansion on May 13. There’s no prohibition on choice, with more than 40 varieties to sample, including renowned names such as Glenfiddich served alongside local offerings from Odd Society and Pemberton Distillery. Plus, all proceeds go towards Vancouver Writers Fest programming. Drinking for a good cause? Now that’s the spirit.

Pure Gold: The Who

By SHERI RADFORD

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

Not many rock bands make it to the half-century mark, but The Who isn’t just any group. Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and their backing musicians have sold more than 100 million records and racked up countless hits, including “Substitute,” “Magic Bus,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “I Can See For Miles,” “Who Are You,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “You Better You Bet,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Pinball Wizard.” Catch the band’s golden-anniversary tour—dubbed The Who Hits 50!—at Rogers Arena on May 13. And rock on.

Beautiful Bots

By SHERI RADFORD

Lynne Fahenstalk at her worktable

Lynne Fahnestalk at her worktable

Where others see junk, Lynne Fahnestalk sees potential. Any discarded piece of copper, brass or steel could be just the thing she needs to finish one of her upcycled robot sculptures. It might take her an afternoon to put together a Bot, or it might take months of scouring yard sales and flea markets, looking for the elusive piece of metal that will bring out a Bot’s true personality. But as much as she might like to, Fahnestalk can’t spend every waking moment visualizing her next robot: the Vancouver resident also works full-time at a book-distribution company, and she has been a professional illustrator and cartoonist for decades. (more…)

2016 Where to Dine Awards: Vancouver

By TIM PAWSEY

Beef chow mein, at Torafuku. (Photo: KK Law)

Beef chow mein, at Torafuku. (Photo: KK Law)

Welcome to Where’s 20th annual celebration of Vancouver’s remarkable dining scene. In just a couple of decades the city has blossomed into a culinary crossroads, a melting pot of myriad flavours, unbridled talents and influences that now shape a global destination. Our chefs, servers, sommeliers, growers, fishers, farmers and vintners share in a culture driven by sustainable, regional and seasonal sourcing—in the firm belief that the best is still to come. (more…)

2016 Where to Dine Awards: Whistler

From bustling après-ski spots to refined rooms, Whistler’s dining scene has tastes to satisfy every palate. Where’s globetrotting readers weigh in on the flavours that left an impression long after the last bite

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Bar Oso serves up fresh albacore tuna. (Photo: Kevin Clark)

Bar Oso serves up fresh albacore tuna. (Photo: Kevin Clark)

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Bar Oso
Decked out in striking black-and-white tile, chic Bar Oso brings tapas-style small plates and inventive cocktails to the heart of the Village. Spanish-inspired flavours and local ingredients meet in house-made charcuterie, pintxos (small bar bites on a skewer) and chilled seafood dishes. Wash it all down with the Oso Sour, made with bacon-infused bourbon and maple syrup.
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Leadership Award: Rob Feenie

By TIM PAWSEY

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Cactus Club Cafe’s Chef Rob Feenie

Ask Rob Feenie where he’s going to be next week, and chances are he’ll mention anywhere but Vancouver. Recently, the team at Cactus Club Cafe has opened numerous locations across the West, as well as a new flagship in Toronto. Since leaving his much-celebrated Lumière and joining Cactus Club as executive chef, Feenie has helped shape Vancouver’s culinary culture in ways that most could never have imagined.

Feenie works with every chef in the group on a regular basis, to develop skills and techniques across the board. “My relationship is directly with the chefs who run the restaurants,” he says. In particular they focus on items for Feenie’s Feature Sheet, which is introducing West Coast Ocean Wise ingredients such as sablefish, albacore tuna, ling cod, Lois Lake steelhead trout and even Northern Divine caviar to Canadians across the country. The chef imprinted much of his personal style to help Cactus Club win West Coast hearts. “But who would have thought sous-vide duck confit would become a Cactus Club staple?” he says with a laugh.

Ask Feenie which of the chefs who’ve passed through his kitchens continue to impress, and he’ll rattle off a list of Vancouver luminaries, as well as numerous up-and-comers.

Where salutes chef Rob Feenie for his vision and leadership, and for the indelible mark he’s made on Vancouver’s—and Canada’s—food culture.

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Say Spaaaaaa

By SHERI RADFORD

The serene spa lounge at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge

The serene spa lounge at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge

Need to unwind? Head to The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge. Our favourite indulgence is the five-hour Winter Spa Day package, complete with hot-stone massage, facial, manicure and pedicure, but any treatment will help you to de-stress. And all services include use of the rooftop hot tubs and eucalyptus steam room, ensuring R&R aplenty. Ready, set, relax.

East Side Italian: Osteria Savio Volpe

By TIM PAWSEY

Osteria Savio Volpe dishes up grilled squid with endives. (Photo: KK Law)

Osteria Savio Volpe dishes up grilled squid with endives. (Photo: KK Law)

A short hop from downtown, newly landed Osteria Savio Volpe is already a hit. Locals pack in below the soaring ceiling for rustic, seasonal flavours. Black kale and pecorino marry with zesty lemon pepper dressing for a deliciously healthy salad, while bagna càuda brings vegetables and bread together for hot anchovy and garlic “fondue.” A wood-fired half chicken is appealingly singed. Wines are smart, and the service informed and genuinely friendly. Best to go very early, as the spot is always bustling.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit hiredbelly.com

Beauty Inside & Out: RMS Beauty

By SHERI RADFORD

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift may be a New Yorker now—as evidenced by her sassy opinions on everything from airline rules to the over-plucked state of most women’s eyebrows—but she’s still a Vancouverite at heart. Her local roots show in her passion for healthy living. She developed her own organic product line, RMS Beauty, and uses it on celebrities such as Gisele Bündchen. Try it yourself at Kiss and Makeup.

10 Things We Love About Eco-Friendly Vancouver

It’s easy to see how we’re on track to be the world’s greenest city by 2020

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo: KK Law)

(Photo: KK Law)

1. Bicycles
Mild West Coast weather forms the backdrop for cycling on the seawall or coasting along in dedicated bike lanes, resulting in Vancouverites’ year-round love affair with two-wheeled transportation. (more…)

Cool Carry-Alls by Herschel and HBC

By SHERI RADFORD

A stylish carry-all with the iconic HBC stripes

A stylish carry-all with the iconic HBC stripes

Popular local brand + North America’s oldest company = this season’s must-have travel accessories. Vancouver’s own Herschel Supply Co. teamed up with Hudson’s Bay to create five limited-edition pieces with the iconic HBC stripes: the Novel weekend duffel (pictured), the Chapter toiletries bag, the Little America backpack and two versions of the Heritage backpack. It all adds up to easy and stylish travel.

Dance Dance Fever

By SHERI RADFORD

See fiery dance by Karen Flamenco. (Photo: David Cooper)

See fiery dance by Karen Flamenco. (Photo: David Cooper)

You could spend your lunch hour eating a sandwich—or you could spend it nourishing your love of ballet, bhangra, tap, hip hop, flamenco and more. Each month, the Discover Dance! series showcases a local dance company in a noon-hour performance. Catch Karen Flamenco (Apr. 21) as they combine music, dance, storytelling and costumes into perfectly fiery flamenco.