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Sheri Radford

East Meets West: Chinese New Year

In honour of Chinese New Year on Feb. 8, we present our top ways to experience the best of Chinese culture in Metro Vancouver


Dr. Sun Yat-Sen  Classical Chinese  Garden. (Photo: ©Volodymyr Kyrylyuk/iStock)

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. (Photo: ©Volodymyr Kyrylyuk/iStock)

Ring in the year of the monkey at the 43rd Chinatown Spring Festival Parade, which winds its way through downtown on Feb. 14. Gung hay fat choy! (more…)

New and Improved: Brix & Mortar


Bring friends to indulge in Brix & Mortar's revamped menu. (Photo: Joann Pa)

Bring friends and indulge in Brix & Mortar’s revamped menu. (Photo: Joann Pa)

Savvy celebrities always know when it’s time for a facelift, and the newly expanded and renamed Brix & Mortar is no exception. It kept the features that made Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar a Yaletown favourite for over 15 years—award-winning wine list, glass-covered courtyard—and introduced a new menu and revamped cocktail list. Tip: try the pickled pineapple pork belly, and wash it down with a Shooting Tsar.

Shark Club’s Winning Strategy


Shark Club’s new cocktail list includes this Cascade Sour created by Joel Virginillo

Shark Club’s new cocktail list includes this Cascade Sour created by Joel Virginillo

Left sitting on the bench? Not this sports bar. Shark Club is back in the game and better than ever after a year and a half of extensive renovations, including a new look, revamped menu, expanded selection of beers, and creative cocktails dreamed up by some of Vancouver’s top mixologists—plus 59 televisions and two huge media walls. Game on!

Handmade with Love: Bamboletta


Kids can't resist cuddling with the cute creations from Bamboletta

Kids love cuddling the cute creations from Bamboletta

Who can resist the cute creations from Bamboletta? A labour of love for owner Christina Platt, who moved to Vancouver last year, along with her team of more than 35 women who work from home on Vancouver Island, the small company handcrafts each one-of-a-kind doll using high-quality natural fabrics that are sourced locally as much as possible. Stuffed with local wool, the dolls sport colourful hair made from raw yarns that are hand-dyed and hand-spun. Despite price tags of up to $375, Bamboletta dolls have become so popular that they often sell out within minutes. Don’t fret: new ones appear on the website every Friday at noon, plus at random times on Mondays and Wednesdays. Find your child’s new favourite bedtime companion at www.bamboletta.com.

The Cat’s Meow


Cuddle kitties and sip coffee at Vancouver's first cat cafe. (Photos: Sheri Radford)

Cuddle kitties and sip coffee at Vancouver’s first cat cafe. (Photos: Sheri Radford)

Vancouver’s first cat cafe has the purr-fect combination of coffee to sip and kitties to cuddle. Read the rules and wash your hands before entering Catfé, temporary home to between eight and 12 rescue cats, all available for adoption from the BC SPCA. Then settle in for some quality feline time. It’s the cat’s pyjamas.

Heathers The Musical


Heathers the Musical

Heathers The Musical

Heather Chandler, Heather McNamara and Heather Duke comprise the most powerful and cruel clique at Westerberg High School. When brainy misfit Veronica infiltrates the group, goaded on by her bad-boy boyfriend J.D., the result is murder and mayhem—and musical numbers such as “My Dead Gay Son,” “Dead Girl Walking” and “Prom or Hell?” Based on the 1988 cult film, Heathers The Musical goes on a killing spree in The York Theatre from Jan. 6 to 17.

Here be Dragons: Tea Rex by Alessi



Tea-Rex, designed by Michael Graves for Alessi

Form and function melded beautifully in Michael Graves’ classic Alessi teapot with the bird-shaped whistle. Before his death earlier this year, Graves redesigned his iconic creation to mark its 30th anniversary. This new kettle, named Tea Rex, features a fierce (but adorable) dragon. At Atkinson’s.

Oh Baby: Sweet Charlie Boutique



Sweet Charlie has everything for young fashionistas

You’ll be wishing you were a child again when you step into Sweet Charlie, which opened a few months ago in Kitsilano. The elegant space has the look and feel of a high-end fashion boutique, but everything is targeted to the toddler set. Four years old or younger, to be precise. The uncluttered shop stocks clothing, toys and decor from design-focussed brands such as Huxbaby, Tinycottons and Donsje. If only we could turn back the clock.

Canadian Stocking Stuffers



Henley onesie at Indigo (more…)

A Peach of a Show



James and the Giant Peach returns to the Waterfront Theatre December 6th

Did you ever wonder what it might be like to inhabit a magical piece of fruit alongside fantastical creatures? No? Well, children’s author Roald Dahl did. His charmingly quirky book James and the Giant Peach is brought to life in a musical for young audiences. Back by popular demand, it returns to the Waterfront Theatre and runs to Jan. 3.

Epic Gifts: Star Wars



Channel the Dark Side, and never get burned, with a Darth Vader oven glove

Are you already counting down to the big day? No, not Christmas—Dec. 18. That’s when Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and a whole host of new characters take over the silver screen in the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Treat your favourite Star Wars fan to a LEGO advent calendar (at Indigo), Moleskine notebook (at The Original Paper-Ya) or silicone Darth Vader oven glove (at HMV; pictured). And may the force be with you.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town



Santa’s coming to town December 6th

Everyone loves a parade, almost as much as everyone loves Old Saint Nick. On Dec. 6, Father Christmas visits downtown for the 12th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade, Vancouver’s unofficial kick-off to the festive season. The jolly old elf always spreads good cheer, while volunteers collect donations for the food bank. Those seeking pre-parade fun head to the Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square for gingerbread decorating, face painting, music and dance.