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Sheri Radford

Beauty and the Beast

By SHERI RADFORD

A Tale as Old as Time - Beauty and the Beast

A Tale as Old as Time – Beauty and the Beast

Though it’s been around since the 1700s, the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast is, for most people, synonymous with the 1991 Disney movie and its memorable songs and soaring musical score. Hear all of your favourite tunes brought to life on stage, everything from the Academy Award–winning title song to the irresistibly catchy “Gaston” to the guaranteed crowd-pleaser “Be Our Guest,” when the hit Broadway musical based on the film returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Feb. 3 to 8.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Bare Essentials: Back & Butt Buffer

By SHERI RADFORD

Buff your behind at Bare Essentials Skin Bar

Buff your behind at Bare Essentials Skin Bar

Why not pamper a part of the body you can’t easily reach yourself? At Bare Essentials Skin Bar, the Back and Butt Buffer “facial” proved so popular in the summertime that it’s now on the menu year-round, deeply exfoliating backsides and leaving skin feeling soft and smooth, thanks to microdermabrasion. This pain-free, laser-free treatment is especially effective on ingrown hairs, cellulite and stretch marks. Let the pampering begin.

Fight Aging at Project Skin MD

By SHERI RADFORD

Try one of the medical facials at Project Skin MD

Try one of the medical facials at Project Skin MD

Everyone knows an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but fewer folks know that medical facials help keep the signs of aging at bay. At Project Skin MD, each medical facial begins with a skin assessment—analyzing fine lines, enlarged pores, acne breakouts, dull complexions. A deep cleansing follows, then exfoliation, then the best part: a calming masque and a soothing massage. Patients leave feeling relaxed and refreshed, with glowing skin. Just what the doctor ordered.

Top Tapas

By SHERI RADFORD

Enjoy tapas at cozy El Matador

Enjoy tapas at cozy El Matador

What’s the easiest way to get to Spain? Hop on the SeaBus and head to North Vancouver. A very short walk brings you to El Matador, a cozy, low-lit spot with a menu of mouth-watering Spanish tapas. The cheese and chorizo puffs are sure to please all palates, as are the garbanzo salad, spicy shrimp in sherry, grilled goat cheese with salsa fresca, and cabrales with honey and walnuts. Mediterranean flavours, with no passport required.

Top Titles for Travellers

By SHERI RADFORD

Before your next flight, be sure to stop by a bookstore and pick up one – or all three – of these fascinating reads.

Best Ever Travel Tips

Keep this handbook at the ready when abroad

Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips ($11.99): Small in size but hugely informative, this handy book is crammed full of advice from travel writers and industry experts to keep you safe and stress-free while on the road. (more…)

Dynamite Fashions

By SHERI RADFORD

Check out Dynamite for fresh new looks

Check out Dynamite for fresh new looks

Thirty years ago, Dynamite exploded onto the fashion scene, and the Montreal-based brand has been having a blast ever since. New this season: updated looks for both the stores and the clothing. The stores are looking fresher and more glamorous, while the clothes are more modern—a bit sexier, too—while remaining affordable and on trend. A makeover every few decades? Sounds like a wonderful idea to us.

Waiting for Beckett

By SHERI RADFORD

A radio play on stage: All That Fall (Photo: Tim Matheson)

A radio play on stage: All That Fall. (Photo: Tim Matheson)

For half a century, no one was allowed to watch All That Fall. Samuel Beckett refused all requests to turn his radio play into a stage play. Finally, in 2012, the playwright’s estate relented, and audiences in London and New York have been lucky enough to see the show, which is staged as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a radio play being performed. Now Beckett’s creation comes to Canadian soil for the first time, with a production Dec. 29 to Jan. 24 at the Historic Theatre at the Cultch. What are you waiting for?