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Vancouver

Beautiful Bots

By SHERI RADFORD

Lynne Fahenstalk at her worktable

Lynne Fahnestalk at her worktable

Where others see junk, Lynne Fahnestalk sees potential. Any discarded piece of copper, brass or steel could be just the thing she needs to finish one of her upcycled robot sculptures. It might take her an afternoon to put together a Bot, or it might take months of scouring yard sales and flea markets, looking for the elusive piece of metal that will bring out a Bot’s true personality. But as much as she might like to, Fahnestalk can’t spend every waking moment visualizing her next robot: the Vancouver resident also works full-time at a book-distribution company, and she has been a professional illustrator and cartoonist for decades. Read more…

2016 Where to Dine Awards: Vancouver

By TIM PAWSEY

Beef chow mein, at Torafuku. (Photo: KK Law)

Beef chow mein, at Torafuku. (Photo: KK Law)

Welcome to Where’s 20th annual celebration of Vancouver’s remarkable dining scene. In just a couple of decades the city has blossomed into a culinary crossroads, a melting pot of myriad flavours, unbridled talents and influences that now shape a global destination. Our chefs, servers, sommeliers, growers, fishers, farmers and vintners share in a culture driven by sustainable, regional and seasonal sourcing—in the firm belief that the best is still to come. Read more…

Leadership Award: Rob Feenie

By TIM PAWSEY

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Cactus Club Cafe’s Chef Rob Feenie

Ask Rob Feenie where he’s going to be next week, and chances are he’ll mention anywhere but Vancouver. Recently, the team at Cactus Club Cafe has opened numerous locations across the West, as well as a new flagship in Toronto. Since leaving his much-celebrated Lumière and joining Cactus Club as executive chef, Feenie has helped shape Vancouver’s culinary culture in ways that most could never have imagined.

Feenie works with every chef in the group on a regular basis, to develop skills and techniques across the board. “My relationship is directly with the chefs who run the restaurants,” he says. In particular they focus on items for Feenie’s Feature Sheet, which is introducing West Coast Ocean Wise ingredients such as sablefish, albacore tuna, ling cod, Lois Lake steelhead trout and even Northern Divine caviar to Canadians across the country. The chef imprinted much of his personal style to help Cactus Club win West Coast hearts. “But who would have thought sous-vide duck confit would become a Cactus Club staple?” he says with a laugh.

Ask Feenie which of the chefs who’ve passed through his kitchens continue to impress, and he’ll rattle off a list of Vancouver luminaries, as well as numerous up-and-comers.

Where salutes chef Rob Feenie for his vision and leadership, and for the indelible mark he’s made on Vancouver’s—and Canada’s—food culture.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit hiredbelly.com

East Side Italian: Osteria Savio Volpe

By TIM PAWSEY

Osteria Savio Volpe dishes up grilled squid with endives. (Photo: KK Law)

Osteria Savio Volpe dishes up grilled squid with endives. (Photo: KK Law)

A short hop from downtown, newly landed Osteria Savio Volpe is already a hit. Locals pack in below the soaring ceiling for rustic, seasonal flavours. Black kale and pecorino marry with zesty lemon pepper dressing for a deliciously healthy salad, while bagna càuda brings vegetables and bread together for hot anchovy and garlic “fondue.” A wood-fired half chicken is appealingly singed. Wines are smart, and the service informed and genuinely friendly. Best to go very early, as the spot is always bustling.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit hiredbelly.com

Beauty Inside & Out: RMS Beauty

By SHERI RADFORD

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift

Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift may be a New Yorker now—as evidenced by her sassy opinions on everything from airline rules to the over-plucked state of most women’s eyebrows—but she’s still a Vancouverite at heart. Her local roots show in her passion for healthy living. She developed her own organic product line, RMS Beauty, and uses it on celebrities such as Gisele Bündchen. Try it yourself at Kiss and Makeup.

10 Things We Love About Eco-Friendly Vancouver

It’s easy to see how we’re on track to be the world’s greenest city by 2020

By SHERI RADFORD

(Photo: KK Law)

(Photo: KK Law)

1. Bicycles
Mild West Coast weather forms the backdrop for cycling on the seawall or coasting along in dedicated bike lanes, resulting in Vancouverites’ year-round love affair with two-wheeled transportation. Read more…

Cool Carry-Alls by Herschel and HBC

By SHERI RADFORD

A stylish carry-all with the iconic HBC stripes

A stylish carry-all with the iconic HBC stripes

Popular local brand + North America’s oldest company = this season’s must-have travel accessories. Vancouver’s own Herschel Supply Co. teamed up with Hudson’s Bay to create five limited-edition pieces with the iconic HBC stripes: the Novel weekend duffel (pictured), the Chapter toiletries bag, the Little America backpack and two versions of the Heritage backpack. It all adds up to easy and stylish travel.

Dance Dance Fever

By SHERI RADFORD

See fiery dance by Karen Flamenco. (Photo: David Cooper)

See fiery dance by Karen Flamenco. (Photo: David Cooper)

You could spend your lunch hour eating a sandwich—or you could spend it nourishing your love of ballet, bhangra, tap, hip hop, flamenco and more. Each month, the Discover Dance! series showcases a local dance company in a noon-hour performance. Catch Karen Flamenco (Apr. 21) as they combine music, dance, storytelling and costumes into perfectly fiery flamenco.

Hemp-Based Products From Mettrum Originals

By SHERI RADFORD

Deep Moisturizing Cream from Mettrum Originals

Deep Moisturizing Cream from Mettrum Originals

You’ve probably heard lots of hype about marijuana, but it’s merely the bad-boy cousin of the family’s true superstar, hemp. This eco-friendly, versatile plant can be used to make everything from paper to animal bedding to building materials. Canadian company Mettrum Originals recently launched a line of nutritious hemp-based foods along with other hemp products, including lip balm, massage oil and moisturizing cream.

The Write Stuff

By SHERI RADFORD

Whether you’re seeking a puzzle or colouring page to pass the time during a long flight, or a beautiful volume of paintings and photos to peruse, we have a recommendation for you. Find our choices at local bookstores or online

Discover paintings by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories by Karen Duffek and Tania Willard (Figure 1 Publishing; $45): The local painter’s creations blend art, politics and spirituality, displaying his commitment to First Nations rights. This collection includes 80 of Yuxweluptun’s works spanning 30 years, plus insightful commentary.

See the world through the eyes of Geoff and Katie Matthews

Travel Between the Lines Adult Coloring Book by Geoff and Katie Matthews (Wandertooth Media; $15.52): When this local husband-and-wife duo quit their jobs to see the world, they never predicted they would eventually turn their travel photos into a book of beautifully detailed, colourable scenes and cityscapes.

OCanadaCrosswords

O Canada Crosswords Book 16 by Gwen Sjogren (Nightwood Editions; $13.95): Fancy some whimsical wordplay? The 16th instalment of this popular series is filled to bursting with 100 brain-teasing puzzles. Test your knowledge of Canadian pop culture, music, industry and place names—and, of course, hockey.

Soul of Wilderness

Soul of Wilderness: Mountain Journeys in Western BC and Alaska by John Baldwin and Linda Bily (Harbour Publishing; $36.95): Travelling by foot and on skis, partners Baldwin and Bily explored the pristine wilderness of the Coast Mountains, capturing what they saw in stunning photos and thought-provoking essays.

TheNaturalEclectic

The Natural Eclectic by Heather Ross (Figure 1 Publishing; $42.95): Using inspirational text and striking images, the local artist, photographer and stylist demonstrates how to cultivate a nature-inspired aesthetic. The book is a natural extension of the artist’s charming South Granville shop.

JeffWall-NorthAndWest

Jeff Wall: North & West by Aaron Peck (Figure 1 Publishing; $25): Wall has spent a lifetime photographing his beloved hometown of Vancouver, but his images transcend the city and speak to a larger truth about history and memory. This carefully curated collection showcases the best of Wall’s celebrated oeuvre.

Top Spots for Xiao Long Bao

By TIM PAWSEY

Shanghai-style soup dumplings, or Xiao Long Bao, at Lin Chinese. (Photo: KK Law)

Shanghai-style soup dumplings, or Xiao Long Bao, at Lin Chinese. (Photo: KK Law)

The culinary cognoscenti flock to Lin Chinese Cuisine to savour superb Shanghai-style dumplings: Xiao Long Bao, little packets of pork, are handmade daily. Served in a bamboo steamer, they yield a flood of warm broth in a juicy explosion of flavours. Other mainstays include tea-smoked duck, lemon chicken, and spicy wontons with peanut and garlic sauce. Find more XLB at Dinesty, Long’s Noodle House and Peaceful Restaurant.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit hiredbelly.com

All-Natural Products from Leaves of Trees

By SHERI RADFORD

All-natural deodorant from

All-natural deodorant from Dr. Roohi Qureshi’s Leaves of Trees line

Think natural products aren’t as effective as their chemically enhanced brethren? Think again. Dr. Roohi Qureshi whips up small batches of all-natural deodorants (pictured), lotions, soaps, lip balms and more in her Toronto store. They all pack a powerful punch, despite containing none of the parabens, phthalates, silicone chemicals or other nasty ingredients found in so many commercial formulas. Find her Leaves of Trees line at BeautyMark.