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Tasty Tome


The humble tin can goes gourmet with the help of this unique cookbook

The humble tin can goes gourmet with this unique cookbook

Keep can openers at the ready: Tin Fish Gourmet (Arsenal Pulp Press; $21.95) by Vancouverite Barbara-Jo McIntosh has been re-released to the delight of time-pressed chefs everywhere. Imaginative recipes transform humble tins of oysters, tuna, mackerel and more into mouth-watering dishes. Find classic staples and inventive offerings alike, ranging from tuna casserole to clam and fontina pizza. Gorgeous colour photos and a stamp of approval from three-star Michelin chef Michel Roux make this the perfect fishy find. At local bookstores, including the author’s own Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks.

Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good


Support a good cause in these leggings by Daub + Design

Leggings by Daub + Design

Breast cancer is a cause close to Lexi Soukoreff’s heart. The West Coast–based textile designer, founder of activewear company Daub + Design, has watched friends and family members battle the disease. For the month of October, she’s selling one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed, pink-and-black leggings, shorts and capris in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Find them at Dream Apparel.

In the Bag


This fabulous Gucci tote helps provide education through UNICEF's Schools for Africa

This fabulous Gucci tote helps provide education through UNICEF’s Schools for Africa

Starting Oct. 8, fashionistas-with-heart can help a worthy charity and get a new bag at the same time when Holt Renfrew launches 20 limited-edition Gucci totes in python with bamboo handles. Each one retails for $2,900, and $500 of that goes to UNICEF’s Schools for Africa, which provides education to millions of African children. Consider it retail therapy at its best.

Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection

Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection

Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), a bevy of beauty brands are launching products that help you look your best while also raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Handcrafted and refillable, the Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact from Estée Lauder holds translucent pressed powder that diffuses light, resulting in flawless coverage and a luminous finish. The Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Rollerball Duo contains two irresistible fragrances, Cashmere Mist and Liquid Cashmere. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ keeps skin hydrated all day, and the limited-edition bottle comes adorned with a charming key ring. The Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection (pictured) from Estée Lauder includes a lipstick and two nail lacquers, all in limited-edition shades, tucked into a chic pink clutch. Who knew charitable giving could look so good? Available at The Bay.

50 Things We Love About Yaletown


Nestled between False Creek and the bustling downtown core, in what used to be the warehouse district, trendy Yaletown is filled with upscale restaurants, high-end stores, fashionistas—and tiny purse dogs

The streets of Yaletown buzz with activity all year long. (Photo: ©istockphoto.com)

The streets of Yaletown buzz with activity all year long. (Photo: ©istockphoto.com)

1. Strolling the seawall and checking out the gorgeous boats in the marina.

2. Getting pampered from head to toe at Blo, Noir Lash Lounge, Pure Nail Bar and Bombay Brow Bar.

3. Shooting pool at Soho Cafe & Billiards.

4. Divine Italian cuisine at Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca, La Terrazza and La Pentola della Quercia.

5. Taking a ride to or from Yaletown on the Aquabus or False Creek Ferries.

6. Finding the perfect headgear from Goorin Bros., which carries everything from baseball caps to fedoras to fascinators.

7. Locally brewed beer at Yaletown Brewing Co. and Prohibition Tasting Room.

8. Checking out the newest exhibits at Contemporary Art Gallery.

9. Public art pieces along the water: Coopers Mews, Lookout, Brush with Illumination, Street Light and A False Creek.

Georgie from Barking Babies. (Photo: KK Law)

Georgie from Barking Babies. (Photo: KK Law)

10. Buying our four-legged friends a new toy or spa treatment at Barking Babies.

11. Unleashing our inner artist and enjoying a meal under the same roof at Raw Canvas.

12. Getting in the holiday spirit at CandyTown, a free outdoor Christmas festival on Nov. 22.

13. Vintage treasures at Joyce Williams Antique Prints & Maps.

14. Finding accent pieces for our homes at Chintz & Company.

15. Popping in to The Flying Pig for some delicious eats during appy hour.

16. Gorgeous First Nations artwork at Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery.

17. Elegant desserts and pastries at Footo Croissant and Ganache Patisserie.

18. Brunch served with a side of sass at The Elbow Room Cafe.

19. Browsing through everything from clothing to knick-knacks at Fine Finds.

20. Fine French cuisine at Provence Marinaside.

21. Stretching out tired muscles at YYoga or Westcoast Hot Yoga.

22. Indulging in Italian foods and a whole range of fancy cocktails crafted from locally made spirits at The Distillery Bar  + Kitchen.

Rodney's Oyster House. (Photo: KK Law)

Rodney’s Oyster House. (Photo: KK Law)

23. Slurping raw oysters out of the half shell at Rodney’s Oyster House.

24. Treating our skin to some TLC at Spruce Body Lab and Skn Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic.

25. The flavour-rich cuisine at Urban Thai Bistro.

26. Dancing the night away at Bar None.

27. Spotting celebrities while dining in style at West Oak.

28. Shopping for male-specific goods at Contraband, Masc and Revolucion Cigars & Fine Gifts.

29. Pairing Pacific Northwest cuisine with one of 60 wines at Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar.

30. Sampling some of the city’s finest seafood at Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar.

31. Viewing Philip Jarmain’s American Beauty (to Oct. 19), and Alex Couwenberg and Matt Devine’s California (Oct. 16 to Nov. 16), at Jennifer Kostuik Gallery.

32. The classic old-world charm of Farzad’s Barbershop.

33. Treating ourselves to a juicy steak at Hamilton Street Grill.

34. Watching pups play in the dog park or sitting by the mosaic-lined stream at Emery Barnes Park.

Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. (Photo: KK Law)

Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. (Photo: KK Law)

35. The steam engine that pulled the first passenger train into Vancouver in 1887, now showcased at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

36. Sipping first-class cocktails while relaxing in a laid-back setting at George Lounge.

37. Handmade Indian treasures at Kaarigar Handicrafts.

38. Washing down delectable Japanese cuisine with a variety of sake at Bistro Sakana.

39. Trying an assortment of restaurants during Taste of Yaletown, Oct. 16 to 30.

40. Practical yet fashionable womenswear at Nygård.

41. Drinking crafted cocktails at upscale Opus Bar.

Society. (Photo: KK Law)

Society. (Photo: KK Law)

42. Sipping a cotton candy martini or spiked milkshake under the pink chandeliers of Society.

43. Mouth-watering, made-from-scratch gelato at Bella Gelateria.

44. Catching a live show at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

45. Taking the tots trick-or-treating on Halloween (Oct. 31) at Yaletown businesses.

46. Delicious West Coast fare at Good Wolf.

47. Commuting easily thanks to the Canada Line SkyTrain.

48. Creations from Canadian artisans at Art Works Gallery.

49. Stopping at David Lam Park to people- and puppy-watch.

50. The fascinating mix of old and new architecture.

One Bag to Rule Them All


The Venturesafe 25L GII day pack by Pacsafe

The Venturesafe 25L GII day pack by Pacsafe

Regular travellers adore Pacsafe, which makes suitcases, duffels, purses and wallets chock-full of anti-theft features. The Venturesafe 25L GII day pack just might be the company’s most versatile creation yet, doing triple duty as a laptop bag (with a padded sleeve for a 15-in Macbook), backpack for hiking (with a compartment for a 3L hydration pack), and carry-on luggage. To thwart thieves, a turn-and-lock hook allows it to be secured to a table or chair. To bamboozle bag slashers, lightweight stainless steel wire is built into its most vulnerable areas, including the straps. To prevent pickpockets from plying their trade, exterior zippers can be fastened to its concealed clips. To impede identity thieves, an RFID-reader-blocking pocket protects data stored on passports and credit cards. The most important thing this bag carries? Peace of mind. Available at Wanderlust.

Tiffany & Co.: To a T


This square bangle is part of Tiffany & Co.'s new Tiffany T collection

This square bangle is part of Tiffany & Co.’s new Tiffany T collection

Francesca Amfitheatrof had a clear mission for her Tiffany T jewellery collection: capture the energy of New York. Tiffany & Co.’s new design director definitely achieved her goal. Her collection reflects the power and daring of the city in striking pieces such as a square bangle in 18K yellow gold (pictured). Pieces crafted from rose gold, white gold and sterling silver are equally bold, suggesting a future filled with more modern, eye-catching designs from Amfitheatrof.

Reuse, Reclaim, Rethink


The Skipping Stones skirt by local company, Adhesif

The Skipping Stones skirt by Adhesif

Melissa Ferreira adores second-hand and vintage clothing. The self-taught designer is the force behind Adhesif, a local company devoted to using vintage fabrics and sustainable materials in all of its one-of-a-kind creations, which are produced right here in Vancouver. Eclectic prints mixed into clever colour combinations result in dazzling designs such as the Skipping Stones skirt (pictured), Damzel in Bliss knit dress and Coppertown cape. Distinctive? Always. Mass produced? Never.

50 Things We Love About Vancouver’s Granville Island


Want to explore False Creek on your way to Granville Island? Take the Aquabus mini ferry. (Photo by Dominic Schaefer)

Want to explore False Creek on your way to Granville Island? Take the Aquabus mini ferry. (Photo by Dominic Schaefer)

1. Commuting via Aquabus or False Creek Ferries.

2. SeaVillage, a charming collection of floating homes.

3. Browsing for fresh produce, bread and seafood in the Granville Island Public Market.

4. Spotting orcas with Wild Whales Vancouver.

5. Ocean Concrete, the oldest and largest tenant on the island. It’s been there since 1917.

6. Edible Canada at the Market, with its fresh regional fare on the menu, plus foodie tours and a gourmet artisan retail shop.

7. Watching buskers perform: musicians, jugglers, magicians and more.

8. Hand-pressed, hand-bottled sake from Artisan SakeMaker.

9. Splashing around in the Granville Island Waterpark.

10. Watching artisans hard at work in their studios.


Talk Like a Pirate Day


Bring home your pirate-themed booty in a tote bag from Make

Bring home your pirate-themed booty in a tote bag from Make

No need to walk the plank: landlubbers and salty dogs alike take part in International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which happens every year on Sep. 19. And there’s a treasure trove of pirate-themed fun in Vancouver.

Brush up on your facts with I Wonder Why Pirates Wore Earrings by Pat Jacobs and Wow! Surprising Facts About Pirates by Philip Steele (at local bookstores). Put your new knowledge to use composing a sonnet or haiku with a Pirate Magnetic Poetry Kit—though perhaps a ribald sea shanty would be more apropos. Discover all sorts of nautical lore at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, and if swashbuckling swordplay is more your thing, visit Academie Duello to learn how to use a rapier, longsword and more.

Look the part in a skull t-shirt by Strellson (at The Bay), an anchor ring handmade by Vancouver company Lacar (at Cavalier) and an anchor pendant from Thomas Sabo. Deck out your abode with an anchor doormat from Kikkerland and a Jolly Roger from The Flag Shop. Carry your buccaneer booty home in a tote bag from Make.

Dress pint-sized pirates in super-soft clothes from Pineapple Pete Kids

Dress pint-sized pirates in super-soft clothes from Pineapple Pete Kids

Dress a pint-sized pirate in an adorable shirt made from ultra-soft bamboo/cotton by local company Pineapple Pete Kids and a Disney’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates watch by Flik Flak (at Swatch The Store). Then keep the rapscallions and scallywags busy with Pirate Adventure Dice (at www.amazon.ca), a sailing trip around False Creek with Pirate Adventures or a visit to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, which on Sep. 19 features a pirate-themed scavenger hunt with the grand prize of a chocolate treasure chest. Also popular with the 10-and-under crowd is a Pirate Pak meal from White Spot, served in a cardboard boat.

Pillaging and plundering are hard work, so bring your appetite to the Burrard Bridge Marine Bar & Grill. Known as Vancouver’s pirate pub, this charming eatery goes overboard for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, with themed contests, drink specials, swag, trivia and a photo booth, plus a prize for the best-dressed pirate.

Trade in the usual grog for Crystal Head Vodka

Trade in the usual grog for Crystal Head Vodka

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! If no grog is handy to wash down your rations, try some Crystal Head Vodka. Manufactured in Canada, this additive-free spirit was created by actor Dan Aykroyd and artist John Alexander, who designed the distinctive skull bottle (at local liquor stores).

Shiver me timbers, if only this day came around more than once a year!

Take a Hike


Trails abound throughout the Lower Mainland, everything from easy strolls to near-vertical feats of endurance. Local stores can outfit you with everything you need to tackle any terrain

The Crush Scoop from Icebreaker

The Crush Scoop from Icebreaker may be the perfect layering piece

The Crush Scoop from Icebreaker combines style with practicality and comfort in a soft, lightweight wool top that looks great on its own or layered. Bonus: it resists odours for days and dries quickly after washing—just like all of the company’s other merino wool garments.

Tackle trails in Helly Hansen's Odin Flow Hiker HT

Tackle trails in Helly Hansen’s Odin Flow Hiker HT

Put your best foot forward in Helly Hansen’s new Odin Flow Hiker HT, which blends cushioning, comfort and stability in an attractive technical boot. Waterproof yet breathable, this boot offers unprecedented temperature control thanks to the clever H2Flow technology.

The Nikka shorts from Fjällräven

Keep comfortable and confident in the Nikka shorts from Fjällräven

Form or function? There’s no need to choose with the attractive yet durable Nikka shorts from Fjällräven. Reinforced in all the right places, with well-placed pockets and a bit of stretch where it’s needed most, these technical shorts were designed for trekking and climbing.

Keep essentials close at hand with the Talon 6 from Osprey

Keep essentials close at hand with the Talon 6 from Osprey

Lighten up: carry your day-hiking or trail-running essentials—and nothing extra to weigh you down—in the Talon 6 from Osprey. This technical lumbar pack also includes two BPA-free water bottles, making hydration easy-peasy. Available at Atmosphere.

Choose your next trekking destination with Easy Hiking Around Vancouver

Choose your next trekking destination with Easy Hiking Around Vancouver

Both casual hikers and intrepid outdoor adventurers turn to Easy Hiking Around Vancouver, 7th Edition by Jean Cousins to discover picturesque new places to explore. Most of the 68 hikes described are located within an hour’s drive of the city. At local bookstores.

This pocket companion makes it easy for women to answer the call of nature

This pocket companion makes it easy for women to answer the call of nature

Gotta go? In the great outdoors, it’s awkward for women to answer the call of nature. Fortunately, the Pee Pocket can save the day. Small enough to stow in a pocket, this single-use, disposable funnel allows women to stand up to go. Purchase online at www.the peepocket.com.

Fall Beauty Favourites


Féline Eyeshadow Quartet by Lise Watier

Féline Eyeshadow Quartet by Lise Watier

As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, the minimalist beauty regime of summer shifts into the bolder, more polished looks of autumn. Lise Watier’s Féline Eyeshadow Quartet features four ultra-pigmented colours (champagne, luminous taupe, lace pink, coppery brown) in a cream powder formula that delivers impressive staying power, keeping eyes looking enticingly exotic until well into the evening.

NARS's Audacious Lipsticks in Geraldine

NARS’s Audacious Lipsticks in Geraldine

NARS’s Audacious Lipsticks, launched for the company’s 20th anniversary, deliver intense colour while locking in moisture and making lips look fuller; François Nars named the 30 pigment-rich shades after women who have influenced him throughout his career, including Raquel, Greta, Grace and Brigitte. Philosophy’s No Reason to Hide is an all-in-one transforming serum that treats everything from acne marks, dark spots, and redness to blotchiness, rough texture, and darkened and enlarged pores.

Correct eyeliner errors with the Prestige Makeup Eraser Pen

Correct eyeliner errors with the Prestige Makeup Eraser Pen

In case of a beauty mishap, the Prestige Makeup Eraser Pen saves the day, easily correcting eyeliner errors and mascara mistakes. Find the eyeshadow and makeup eraser pen at London Drugs, and the lipstick and transforming serum at Sephora or The Bay.