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Sheri Radford

Happily Ever After

By SHERI RADFORD

The four limited edition tins of Nivea Creme

The four limited edition tins of Nivea Creme

Once upon a time, a beloved moisturizer company met a talented author and a gifted illustrator, and it was love at first sight. Udo Weigelt wrote four stories that Joelle Tourionias illustrated, and these winter-themed tales inspired four charming limited-edition tins of Nivea Creme, available in December at stores such as London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart. Read the digitally animated stories online, and prepare to fall in love, too.

Toruk on Tour

By SHERI RADFORD

Toruk--The First Flight. (Photo Errisson Lawrence)

Toruk–The First Flight. (Photo: Errisson Lawrence)

Dec 14-18 James Cameron’s record-breaking movie Avatar introduced the visually stunning world of Pandora. What do you get when you take Pandora and add in clever puppets, soaring kites, cutting-edge multimedia effects and the astounding stagecraft that Cirque du Soleil is famous for? Toruk – The First Flight, which is dazzling audiences this month at the Pacific Coliseum. It tells the story of two brave boys and their new friend who embark on a quest to save the Tree of Souls.

Tasty Tomes

By SHERI RADFORD

Bring home the delicious tastes of CinCin Ristorante and Araxi

Bring home the delicious tastes of Araxi and CinCin Ristorante

If only you could pack your favourite restaurant into a suitcase and take it home with you. Now you can (sort of), thanks to two newly published cookbooks. CinCin: Wood Fired Cucina shares the secrets of CinCin Ristorante’s wood-oven cooking techniques, revealing how to create traditional Italian dishes using seasonal West Coast ingredients. Araxi: Roots to Shoots, Farm Fresh Recipes embraces the local-eating philosophy of Araxi in recipes such as seared wild scallops with cauliflower tempura or roasted beets with chickpea caponata and nasturtium pesto. The two tasty tomes are available at Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks and other bookstores, which means the mouth-watering flavours of British Columbia can linger long after your vacation has ended.

 

Perfectly Packed

By SHERI RADFORD

A set of Mumi's packing cubes.

A set of Mumi packing cubes.

Tidy up your travel gear with a five-piece set of packing cubes from Mumi. Available in an array of bright colours, these lightweight but durable cubes help you maximize suitcase space by keeping everything organized, from socks and underwear to toiletries and electronics. Buy online at www.mumidesign.com.

History Comes Alive at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

By SHERI RADFORD

Learn about the local First Nations at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Learn about local First Nations culture at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Centuries before skiers and snowboarders took over Whistler, the Squamish and Lil’wat people lived, fished and hunted in the region. Celebrating the diverse cultures of these two First Nations groups, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre brims with information and hands-on exhibits. Prepare to be fascinated.

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment

By SHERI RADFORD

Anna and Elsa are just two of the Disney stars coming to town for Worlds of Enchantment.

Anna and Elsa are just two of the Disney stars coming to town for Worlds of Enchantment.

Nov 23 to 27

Your kids know every word to “Let It Go”—and belt out the song at least once per day. They can recite all the adventures of Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Slinky Dog, Little Bo Peep and Mr. Potato Head. They pretend to be Lightning McQueen and Mater every time they enter a vehicle. In other words, your kids will absolutely love Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment, which skates into the Pacific Coliseum for nine shows filled with Disney-inspired music, dancing, stunts and, of course, superb ice skating.

The Ultimate Whistler Bucket List

By SHERI RADFORD

The Ketel One Ice Room is the coldest vodka tasting room in the world. (Photo by: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

The Ketel One Ice Room is the coldest vodka tasting room in the world. (Photo: Chad Chomlack/Tourism Whistler)

Here are ten once-in-a-lifetime activities to experience in Whistler: don’t head home before trying at least a few. (more…)

Meating Place

By SHERI RADFORD

Sample steak at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

Sample steak at The Keg

Passionate for prime rib? The Keg excels at satisfying carnivores’ cravings—from T-bones and New Yorks to sirloins and filet mignon—and the perfectly aged prime rib is slow-roasted until it’s bursting with flavours, then hand-carved and served with horseradish and red wine herb jus. Vegetarians needn’t worry, because an abundance of herbivore-friendly options round out the menu, ensuring something for all taste buds.

Sweet Treats at Yew Seafood + Bar

By SHERI RADFORD

Old-fashioned chocolate cake

Old-fashioned chocolate cake

It’s always a good idea to save room for dessert, but especially so at Yew Seafood + Bar. Executive pastry chef Mark Burton constantly dreams up new ways to satisfy a sweet tooth, and his ever-changing menu features new creations alongside tried-and-true favourites such as old-fashioned chocolate cake. Good thing calories consumed while on vacation don’t count.

Perfect Souvenirs at Hudson’s Bay

By SHERI RADFORD

Show your true stripes with this jacket from Hudson's Bay

Show your true stripes with this jacket from Hudson’s Bay

Looking for a truly Canadian souvenir? At Hudson’s Bay, you’ll find the iconic HBC stripes on everything from towels, tote bags and mugs to blankets, earmuffs and packable down jackets for kids (pictured). The earliest HBC blankets in stripes of green, red, yellow and indigo date back to around 1800—long before Canada even became a country, in 1867—and today it’s difficult to imagine a Canadian household that doesn’t own at least one item with the beloved pattern.

Ghouls’ Night Out

By SHERI RADFORD

Get into the Halloween spirit with an assortment of seasonal goodies

bat mug1 Serve witches’ potions and brews in a bat-shaped mug. Available at HomeSense. (more…)

Dazzling Dance

By SHERI RADFORD

The Thousand Yard Stare by Jessica Lang Dance. (Photo: Takao Komaru)

Jessica Lang Dance. (Photo: Takao Komaru)

Since its founding five years ago, Jessica Lang Dance has become one of the most acclaimed troupes in the United States. See their Canadian debut at the Vancouver Playhouse (Oct. 28 to 29, 2016) when they perform a mixed repertoire that includes The Thousand Yard Stare, their latest work, honouring those affected by war.