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Sheri Radford

Fly in Style: YVR’s Plaza Premium Lounge

By SHERI RADFORD

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The Plaza Premium lounge in YVR’s domestic departures terminal adds some luxury to your flight

No matter which section of the plane you’re booked into, pampering awaits once you touch down at YVR. Just head to the Plaza Premium Lounge in the Domestic Departures Terminal. For $40, you can spend two hours relaxing in large, comfy chairs, enjoying an assortment of food and drinks, watching TV, using high-speed Wi-Fi, charging your electronic devices, reading a magazine or newspaper, or even showering. For an extra fee, you can sink into a recliner in a semi-private room. Consider it first-class luxury with an economy price tag.

A Few of Our Favourite Things

Along with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, these are a few of the things we can’t live without this month

By SHERI RADFORD

Outfit little ones in the iconic HBC stripes

Outfit little ones in the iconic HBC stripes

Hudson’s Bay
Youngsters and oldsters alike love the iconic HBC stripes on everything from onesies, polo shirts and running shoes to beach towels, lawn chairs and patio umbrellas. At Hudson’s Bay. (more…)

Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo: John Davis/©2010 Cirque du Soleil)

(Photo: John Davis/©2010 Cirque du Soleil)

Deep within the forest lies a magical world where anything seems possible. This extraordinary place is called Varekai, which means “wherever” in the Romany language of the wandering gypsies. A young man drops from the sky into this strange world, and so begins the show. Varekai has everything Cirque du Soleil is famous for: jaw-dropping acrobatics, amazing visual effects, side-splitting comedy and powerful live music. Don’t miss it, May 20 to 24 at the Pacific Coliseum.

Simple Luxuries at Le fil rouge Textiles

By SHERI RADFORD

Indulgently soft textiles from Le fil rouge

Luxurious textiles from Le fil rouge

When Ellen Walde couldn’t find the natural-textile accessories she was seeking, she decided to make them herself. The result is Le fil rouge Textiles. Walde’s company uses eco-friendly linen in pillows, tablecloths and bedding that are produced in North Vancouver, and sustainable but luxurious baby alpaca in scarves and blankets that are produced in a fair-trade-certified production facility in Peru. The fabrics look great, feel amazing and don’t harm the environment, so you can indulge guilt-free.

Eat Right: The Green Moustache

By SHERI RADFORD

Nicolette Richer of The Green Moustache

Nicolette Richer of The Green Moustache

It’s difficult to imagine anyone more passionate about healthy eating than Nicolette Richer (pictured). A cancer and chronic disease consultant, she created The Green Moustache as a place for folks to find food and juices that promote health and fight disease. If it isn’t organic (and delicious), Richer won’t serve it. The most popular dish on the menu is the Buddha Bowl, which overflows with rice, quinoa, fresh veggies, nuts, seeds, sprouts and avocado—plus an utterly addictive house dressing. Other faves include collard wraps, no-cheese cheesecake, and raw vegan chilli that will convert even the most staunch carnivore. Healthy eating sure is easy when it tastes this good.

Satya Balm

By SHERI RADFORD

Satya's calendula balm is certified-organic, chemical-free and fragrance-free

Satya’s calendula balm is certified-organic, chemical-free and fragrance-free

Patrice Mousseau faced a challenge: her baby had developed eczema, and the only remedy offered by doctors was a steroid cream. Mousseau, an experienced journalist based in Metro Vancouver, employed her researching skills to seek a safe but effective alternative. Soon she discovered the flower Calendula officinalis, and she used it as the starting point to create Satya calendula balm. This certified-organic, chemical-free, fragrance-free balm relieves inflammation, soothes irritations and reduces itching, making it ideal for treating eczema, psoriasis, burns, rashes, chafing, insect bites and chapped lips. It comes in a 50-ml jar or a 7-ml travel-sized sliding tin (pictured) that can be refilled easily, so relief is always on hand. At Dandelion Kids and Lussobaby.

Double the Fun: U2 in Concert

By SHERI RADFORD

Worldwide sensation U2, on stage. (Photo: ©2014 Getty Images/MTV 2014)

(Photo: ©2014 Getty Images/MTV 2014)

What could possibly be better than a U2 concert? Two U2 concerts. For the first time in a decade, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. are hitting the road to play indoor arenas, and each lucky city is getting a pair of shows. The North American portion of the U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour kicks off May 14 and 15 at Rogers Arena.

Local Spotlight: Lumin Concepts

By SHERI RADFORD

A design-forward light fixture by Lumin Concepts

Light fixtures by Lumin Concepts use reclaimed materials

The bright idea behind Lumin Concepts is also a simple one: reuse materials. Based in Vancouver, this design and fabrication company uses reclaimed wood and salvaged materials in interesting, eye-catching ways. The team scours old houses, hotels, barns and warehouses to find material that’s often more than a century old, then they create one-of-a-kind lighting and furniture that appears to be art but is meant to be used every day. Recycling never looked so good.

Fred Schiffer: A Life in Photos

By SHERI RADFORD

A portrait by Fred Schiffer

Portrait of Argentinian actress Mirtha Legrand by Fred Schiffer

Fred Schiffer’s early life was anything but picture perfect: born into a Jewish family, he had to flee Austria to escape Hitler’s invading army. Later, he fled again, this time out of the tense political climate of Argentina, with wife and children in tow. The family settled in Vancouver in 1958, and Schiffer’s career as a photographer flourished. For the next 40 years, he captured on film Vancouver’s transformation from small town to big city. He also did portraits of locals from every walk of life as well as visiting dignitaries, including Louis Armstrong and Queen Elizabeth II. Fred Schiffer: Lives in Photos is the first major exhibition of the artist’s works in a quarter of a century. Don’t miss this rare chance to see photos by the man dubbed the Yousuf Karsh of Vancouver. At Make Gallery to May 31.

Kit and Ace’s Creative Cashmere

By SHERI RADFORD

Kit & Ace uses technical cashmere in beautiful garments for both men and women

Kit and Ace uses technical cashmere in beautiful garments for both men and women

While speaking to JJ Wilson, it’s impossible not to be charmed by his energy and enthusiasm. The co-creator of Kit and Ace knows that the fledgling store’s growth strategy is aggressive, borderline insane. Over the past nine months, he and his business partner Shannon Wilson (who is married to JJ’s father Chip Wilson, founder of Lululemon) have opened seven stores in North America, starting with their hometown of Vancouver. In the next year, they’re planning 30 more openings, in places as far flung as London, Tokyo and Sydney. “We’re a bit in shock about what we’ve committed ourselves to,” he admits with a laugh. Each store reflects the brand’s identity but with many regional touches, including fixtures by local designers and rotating art by local artists, in order to support what JJ calls “the evolving creative class.” You don’t need to be creative in order to appreciate Kit and Ace clothes, which are all constructed from technical cashmere. As soft as regular cashmere, but enhanced with technical fibres for resilience, technical cashmere doesn’t shrink, pill or bag out at the knees and elbows. The tailored styles look elegant while remaining comfortable. And the best part? All pieces are machine-washable. JJ says he can’t imagine wearing anything else, and after speaking to him, we’re converts, too.

Star Wars: Epic Yarns

By SHERI RADFORD

Star Wars: Epic Yarns by twin Jack and Holman Wang

Star Wars: Epic Yarns by twin Jack and Holman Wang

Celebrate Star Wars Day (May 4) by picking up the new Star Wars: Epic Yarns trilogy. Created by twin brothers Jack and Holman Wang, who grew up in Vancouver, the books retell the saga of Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca through adorable needle-felted illustrations and very few words. To be exact: 12 scenes handcrafted in felt and 12 carefully chosen words per volume. The brothers are experienced in this unusual genre, having used similar methods to create 12-word felted versions of Les Misérables, Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, among others. Only a Sith Lord could resist the cuteness of these creations, so follow your inner Jedi to the nearest bookstore.

Brewing Up Dessert

By SHERI RADFORD

Stanley Park SunSetter Peach Wheat Ale Cobbler with Ale Chantilly Cream

Stanley Park SunSetter Peach Wheat Ale Cobbler with Ale Chantilly Cream

The warm weather is almost here, and nothing says summer like a cold beer or some peach cobbler. It never occurred to us to mix the two—until we met Todd Fowler, that is. The head brewer of Stanley Park Brewing  often contemplates the right mix of ingredients, whether for a specific dish or a summer gathering. “When I think of my best summer moments, I think of great beers shared with friends and family, usually alongside some great food,” Fowler says. “By now we know that certain beverages, including beer, pair better with particular dishes, so we plan accordingly, but how often have you experimented with bringing beer into your kitchen as an ingredient? I had a chance to do this with pastry chef Kim Collishaw of Culinary Capers Catering and Special Events using our new summer beer, the SunSetter peach wheat ale. As a key ingredient, we used the SunSetter ale in every part of the recipe and created an easy but absolutely delicious home-style cobbler that is perfect for summer BBQs and patio parties.” Cheers! (more…)