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Sheri Radford

Massage on Demand

By SHERI RADFORD

Staying in never felt so good.

Staying in never felt so good.

After a long day, what’s better than going for a relaxing massage? Not having to leave the comfort of your hotel room, home or office to get that R&R. Fortunately, Soothe can send a certified massage therapist to you in as little as an hour to deliver a deep-tissue, Swedish, sports or prenatal massage, from 8 a.m. to midnight. Visit www.soothe.com or call 1-800-960-7668 to book yours—or surprise your partner with a treatment for two.

On the Cutting Edge

By SHERI RADFORD

Stay sharp with Ai & Om Knives.

Stay sharp with Ai & Om Knives.

Calling all gourmets: Ai & Om Knives is a must-visit on your trip to Vancouver. Conveniently located close to other foodie favourites—including The Modern Bartender  and Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie—the shop sells a carefully curated selection of Japanese knives, sharpening stones and cutting boards. Owned by chef Douglas Chang, whose impressive resume includes stints at Sai Woo and West, Ai & Om also offers sharpening services and knife-skills classes and workshops. Definitely a cut above.

Top Titles for Travellers

Pass the time on planes, trains and automobiles with these new titles, available at local bookstores

By SHERI RADFORD

Lonely Planet VancouverLonely Planet Vancouver, 7th Edition (Lonely Planet): This newly revised guidebook is crammed full of honest reviews of places to go and things to do in the city, including Gastown, Granville Island and Grouse Mountain, plus further-flung destinations such as Whistler, Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.

Pacific Reef and Shore: A Photo Guide to Northwest Marine Life, 2nd Edition by Rick M. Harbo (Harbour Publishing): This compact guide includes colour photographs and up-to-date scientific information on 300 marine plants and animals found off the coast of North America, from Alaska to California.

O Canada Crosswords 17O Canada Crosswords 17 by Gwen Sjogren (Nightwood Editions): Grab your pencils, cruciverbalists: this book of 95 new crossword puzzles runs the gamut from “NHL Icons” and “Beer O’Clock” to “Only in Saskatchewan” and “Christmas in Canada,” testing your knowledge of the True North Strong and Free.

Some Useful Wild Plants: A Foraging Guide to Food and Medicine from Nature, Revised Edition by Dan Jason (Harbour Publishing): Featuring charming line drawings, this classic guide provides information on how to use (and when to avoid) more than 100 herbs, shrubs, berries, seaweeds, trees and poisonous plants. (more…)

The Lost Fleet

By SHERI RADFORD

Learning from the past at Vancouver Maritime Museum. (Photo: Library and Archives Canada)

Learning from the past at Vancouver Maritime Museum. (Photo: Library and Archives Canada)

The Vancouver Maritime Museum is shining a light on one of the darkest periods of British Columbia’s history. The Lost Fleet (to Mar. 25, 2018) examines the seizure and sale of 1,200 Japanese-Canadian fishing boats in BC during World War II. In this ambitious exhibit, old photographs, models of fishing boats and replicas of historical documents bring the past to life and encourage us to ask tough questions, including whether such racism and xenophobia could ever happen in Canada again.

Ice Ice Baby

By SHERI RADFORD

Dazzling duo Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford. (Photo: Julie Larochelle)

Dazzling duo Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford. (Photo: Julie Larochelle)

May 18 Attention, fans of figure skating: Investors Group Stars on Ice presented by Lindt is bringing some of Canada’s biggest names to Rogers Arena this month. On the star-studded roster are Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (pictured), Kurt Browning, Patrick Chan, Elvis Stojko and Kaetlyn Osmond, among others. Don’t miss a breathtaking show filled with all the spins, flips and jumps that have earned these stars world championships and Olympic medals.

Happy Mother’s Day

By SHERI RADFORD

On May 14, delight your dear mama with the perfect gift, something she can treasure all year long.

FreyWille-DivaBangleHundertwasser-inspired 24K-gold-plated bangle by FREYWILLE  (more…)

Rocket Man

By SHERI RADFORD

The ultimate Renaissance Man.

Chris Hadfield, the ultimate Renaissance Man.

May 12 The first Canadian to walk in space. Fighter pilot. Best-selling author. Social media star. Singer. Guitarist. Only one person on the planet can claim this extraordinary résumé: Chris Hadfield. Back in 2013 he grabbed the world’s attention by performing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on the International Space Station, and now he’s bringing his Canada 150 Tour to the Orpheum Theatre. Don’t miss the spaceship commander’s stories, songs and images, all to celebrate our nation’s sesquicentennial.

Tour of the Century

By SHERI RADFORD

Dream out loud with U2. (Photo: Anton Corbijn)

Dream out loud with U2. (Photo: Anton Corbijn)

May 12 Four decades ago, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. weren’t yet household names in North America. Everything changed in 1987, when U2 released The Joshua Tree. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of their blockbuster record, the Irish rockers are kicking off a world tour at BC Place, performing the album in its entirety, plus lots more beloved tunes. Along for the ride are Mumford & Sons, opening on the first leg of a tour that’s sure to be as iconic as “Where The Streets Have No Name.”

2017 Where to Dine Awards: Whistler

Voted on by Where’s globetrotting readers, our annual dining awards fete the best of the best on the Whistler restaurant scene

By SHERI RADFORD

Delicious dining at The Salted Vine Kitchen & Bar

Delicious dining at The Salted Vine Kitchen & Bar

FINE DINING
Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar

Finalists: Bearfoot Bistro; Hy’s Steakhouse.

CASUAL DINING
21 Steps Kitchen & Bar
Finalists: Earls Kitchen + Bar; Elements Urban Tapas Parlour.

APRÈS-SKI
Longhorn Saloon & Grill
Finalists: Dusty’s Bar & BBQ; Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill.

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
The Salted Vine Kitchen & Bar (pictured).

To see Vancouver’s winners, please click here.

To vote for your favourite Vancouver and Whistler restaurants in our 2018 Where to Dine Awards, click here. You could win a spectacular Victoria Whale Watching Retreat for 2 from BC Ferries Vacations! 

The Write Stuff

Pass the time on planes, trains and automobiles with these new titles, available at local bookstores

By SHERI RADFORD

 

150YearsCdnBeerLabels

150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels by Lawrence C. Sherk (TouchWood Editions): Raise a glass to this collection of 150 beer labels ranging from the 1870s to today. Beer buffs and newbies alike will enjoy the artwork from ales, porters, lagers and malts. Cheers! (more…)

Secrets of Success

By SHERI RADFORD

Everything is possible for Shannon Heth. (Photo by KK Law)

Everything is possible for Shannon Heth. (Photo by KK Law)

Shannon Heth wasn’t sure what to be when she grew up: maybe a journalist, or something fashion-related. She worked in the film industry for a few years, which taught her to “say yes and figure it out later. Everything is possible.” Ideal advice, it turns out, for Heth’s eventual career in public relations. She now heads her own PR company, Milk Creative Communications, and she’s known around town for both her roster of lifestyle clients and her impeccable personal style. To achieve her look, she shops at a mix of larger stores like Nordstrom and Gastown boutiques such as Oak + Fort, LYNNsteven and One of a Few. For footwear, she relies on her “shoe guy” at Holt Renfrew, who texts her tempting photos of new arrivals. “Wear what makes you feel good,” Heth insists. “Have fun with it.”

Top Picks for Travellers

By SHERI RADFORD

Have you been bitten by the travel bug? Do you suffer from incurable wanderlust? The only cure is another globetrotting adventure—but pick up these essentials before you hit the road again.

Untitled collage (1)Shadow Floral passport cover and luggage tag, at Indigo 

Ted Baker-ALAYAAAlayaa Oriental Blossom rolling travel bag, at Ted Baker London (more…)