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Sheri Radford

A Peek at Peaked Pies

By SHERI RADFORD

Savoury meat pie found at Peaked Pies

Savoury meat pie with all the fixings, at Peaked Pies

It’s impossible to spend a day in Whistler without hearing Australian accents aplenty. Before Peaked Pies opened, all those homesick Aussies couldn’t find one of their favourite foods here: meat pies. But these savoury delicacies aren’t just for folks from Down Under. Choices ranging from beef curry to chunky pepper steak to chicken with mushroom and leek—all “peaked” with mashed potatoes, mushy peas and gravy—appeal to taste buds of every nationality. Consider it a United Nations of flavours.

Write On!

By SHERI RADFORD

Author Emma Donoghue. (Photo: by Andrew Bainbridge)

Author Emma Donoghue. (Photo: by Andrew Bainbridge)

Bookworms and bibliophiles, rejoice: the Vancouver Writers Fest is back for its 27th year, and it’s bigger than ever, with more than 100 authors coming to Granville Island from Oct. 21 to 26. This year’s highlights: Ireland’s Colm Tóibín, Norway’s Karl Ove Knausgaard, France’s Maylis de Kerangal, and Herman Koch from the Netherlands. Home-grown talent includes Emma Donoghue (pictured), William Gibson and Miriam Toews. The festival’s signature mix of big-name writers and newly discovered gems is sure to set any book-lover’s heart aflutter—and guarantees a heavy bag filled with new must-reads for the trip home.

Science World’s Silver Anniversary

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo: ©gregobagel/isotckphoto.com)

Science World at Telus World of Science. (Photo: ©gregobagel/isotckphoto.com)

For 25 years, Science World at Telus World of Science has been turning challenging concepts into fun hands-on exhibits for youngsters and oldsters alike. On Oct. 17, a full year of anniversary celebrations culminates in a swanky soiree showcasing the past, present and future of the popular attraction housed in Vancouver’s most recognizable building. The evening features culinary creations, fine wines and cool cocktails under the geodesic dome, along with music, memories and more. Here’s to the next quarter-century.

All Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer

By SHERI RADFORD

Rocky Mountaineer train allows for breathtaking views

It’s all aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for breathtaking views along the Sea to Sky Climb

Travel between Whistler and Vancouver the picturesque way with Rocky Mountaineer’s Whistler Sea to Sky Climb. Stunning scenery abounds, including Howe Sound, the Coast Mountains, Brandywine Falls, Mount Garibaldi and Cheakamus Canyon. Make sure your camera is charged beforehand, because the breathtaking views are guaranteed.

Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good

By SHERI RADFORD

Support a good cause in these leggings by Daub + Design

Leggings by Daub + Design

Breast cancer is a cause close to Lexi Soukoreff’s heart. The West Coast–based textile designer, founder of activewear company Daub + Design, has watched friends and family members battle the disease. For the month of October, she’s selling one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed, pink-and-black leggings, shorts and capris in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Find them at Dream Apparel.

In the Bag

By SHERI RADFORD

This fabulous Gucci tote helps provide education through UNICEF's Schools for Africa

This fabulous Gucci tote helps provide education through UNICEF’s Schools for Africa

Starting Oct. 8, fashionistas-with-heart can help a worthy charity and get a new bag at the same time when Holt Renfrew launches 20 limited-edition Gucci totes in python with bamboo handles. Each one retails for $2,900, and $500 of that goes to UNICEF’s Schools for Africa, which provides education to millions of African children. Consider it retail therapy at its best.

Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By SHERI RADFORD

Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection

Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection

Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), a bevy of beauty brands are launching products that help you look your best while also raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Handcrafted and refillable, the Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact from Estée Lauder holds translucent pressed powder that diffuses light, resulting in flawless coverage and a luminous finish. The Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Rollerball Duo contains two irresistible fragrances, Cashmere Mist and Liquid Cashmere. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ keeps skin hydrated all day, and the limited-edition bottle comes adorned with a charming key ring. The Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection (pictured) from Estée Lauder includes a lipstick and two nail lacquers, all in limited-edition shades, tucked into a chic pink clutch. Who knew charitable giving could look so good? Available at The Bay.

One Bag to Rule Them All

By SHERI RADFORD

The Venturesafe 25L GII day pack by Pacsafe

The Venturesafe 25L GII day pack by Pacsafe

Regular travellers adore Pacsafe, which makes suitcases, duffels, purses and wallets chock-full of anti-theft features. The Venturesafe 25L GII day pack just might be the company’s most versatile creation yet, doing triple duty as a laptop bag (with a padded sleeve for a 15-in Macbook), backpack for hiking (with a compartment for a 3L hydration pack), and carry-on luggage. To thwart thieves, a turn-and-lock hook allows it to be secured to a table or chair. To bamboozle bag slashers, lightweight stainless steel wire is built into its most vulnerable areas, including the straps. To prevent pickpockets from plying their trade, exterior zippers can be fastened to its concealed clips. To impede identity thieves, an RFID-reader-blocking pocket protects data stored on passports and credit cards. The most important thing this bag carries? Peace of mind. Available at Wanderlust.

Tiffany & Co.: To a T

By SHERI RADFORD

This square bangle is part of Tiffany & Co.'s new Tiffany T collection

This square bangle is part of Tiffany & Co.’s new Tiffany T collection

Francesca Amfitheatrof had a clear mission for her Tiffany T jewellery collection: capture the energy of New York. Tiffany & Co.’s new design director definitely achieved her goal. Her collection reflects the power and daring of the city in striking pieces such as a square bangle in 18K yellow gold (pictured). Pieces crafted from rose gold, white gold and sterling silver are equally bold, suggesting a future filled with more modern, eye-catching designs from Amfitheatrof.

Good Things Come in Small Packages

By SHERI RADFORD

One Small Room, the mini children's boutique on wheels

One Small Room, the mini children’s boutique on wheels

It’s difficult to imagine a store fitting into 7.5 sq m (80 sq ft), but Christine Becker has done it with One Small Room, a children’s clothing shop housed in a converted Chevy step van. She makes good use of the limited space, filling it with hard-to-find products by Canadian companies such as Om Home and Toad in a Tree. Becker can be found truckin’ around the streets of Squamish, Whistler or North Vancouver in her boutique on wheels, or in her new permanent store in Squamish. Who says bigger is always better?

Reuse, Reclaim, Rethink

By SHERI RADFORD

The Skipping Stones skirt by local company, Adhesif

The Skipping Stones skirt by Adhesif

Melissa Ferreira adores second-hand and vintage clothing. The self-taught designer is the force behind Adhesif, a local company devoted to using vintage fabrics and sustainable materials in all of its one-of-a-kind creations, which are produced right here in Vancouver. Eclectic prints mixed into clever colour combinations result in dazzling designs such as the Skipping Stones skirt (pictured), Damzel in Bliss knit dress and Coppertown cape. Distinctive? Always. Mass produced? Never.

50 Things We Love About Vancouver’s Granville Island

By JILL VON SPRECKEN and SHERI RADFORD

Want to explore False Creek on your way to Granville Island? Take the Aquabus mini ferry. (Photo by Dominic Schaefer)

Want to explore False Creek on your way to Granville Island? Take the Aquabus mini ferry. (Photo by Dominic Schaefer)

1. Commuting via Aquabus or False Creek Ferries.

2. SeaVillage, a charming collection of floating homes.

3. Browsing for fresh produce, bread and seafood in the Granville Island Public Market.

4. Spotting orcas with Wild Whales Vancouver.

5. Ocean Concrete, the oldest and largest tenant on the island. It’s been there since 1917.

6. Edible Canada at the Market, with its fresh regional fare on the menu, plus foodie tours and a gourmet artisan retail shop.

7. Watching buskers perform: musicians, jugglers, magicians and more.

8. Hand-pressed, hand-bottled sake from Artisan SakeMaker.

9. Splashing around in the Granville Island Waterpark.

10. Watching artisans hard at work in their studios.

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