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Seasonal Sips: Pumpkin Ale

By TIM PAWSEY

Bradley Moffatt with one of the fall offerings at Central City. (Photo by KK Law)

Well before Halloween, the city’s talented craft brewers turn their attention to pumpkin ales. And the results are anything but scary. Styles can range from dry and spicy to sweet and fruity. But the flavours, often with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove hints, are always authentic. For a truly seasonal sip, swing by Central City for Red Racer Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ale. Head to Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smoke House in the Stadium District for the Pumpkineater Imperial Pumpkin Ale. At Steamworks in Gastown, sip some pumpkin ale and get a glimpse of the harbour. Or, to discover a range of styles, try a flight at St. Augustine’s in East Van, with over 60 beers and ciders from near and far on tap.

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Renaissance of the Railway Stage & Beer Café

By TIM PAWSEY

Rack up the good times at one of the oldest venues in town. (Photo by KK Law)

When the long-running Railway Club (dating from the 1930s) closed, a furor erupted over the loss of the downtown venue. After a year’s hiatus, the upstairs club was reincarnated as the Railway Stage & Beer Café. The remodelled-but-quirky space maintains its heritage feel, paying tribute to its forerunner with bric-a-brac recalling its long musical past. The new edition ups the suds ante with an impressive, mainly local 24 taps and—continuing the tradition of live acts—often blends beer with blues, boogie, jazz and joke nights. All-day fare includes freshly made soups, sandwiches and salads, such as a kale and romaine Caesar that can be topped with smoked turkey sausage, grilled avocado or blackened chicken.

Farm-to-Table Favourites in Kitsilano

By TIM PAWSEY

At Fable Kitchen, Trevor Bird serves mouth-watering dishes such as cavatelli with chorizo. (Photo by KK Law)

Decades ago, the local organic movement took root on West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano. Today, farm-to-table still rules. At Fable Kitchen, Top Chef Canada all-star Trevor Bird’s highlights include slow-cooked salmon with roasted zucchini, smoked duck breast with duck vinaigrette, and lemon-meringue parfait. At nearby Mission, fellow all-star Curtis Luk uses firmly local flavours in his creative chef’s tasting menu. One block west, organic trailblazer Bishop’s is still the destination for West Coast fine dining, while vegetarian pioneer The Naam turns 50 next year.

Alfresco Art

Get a glimpse of Vancouver’s most beloved sculptures without ever leaving the sunshine

By CHLOË LAI + Photos by KK LAW

Golden Spruce 002 KKLaw Sept17

Vancouver artist Douglas Coupland’s “Golden Tree”, a 13-m- (43-ft-) high sculpture made of steel-reinforced resin and fibreglass with a hand-finished gold exterior, awaits an audience near the Marine Drive SkyTrain station. Step inside this to-scale replica of the beloved 800-year-old Stanley Park Hollow Tree for souvenir snaps that echo through the centuries. (more…)

Hora Feliz! Happy Hour at Fayuca

By TIM PAWSEY

Fayuca keeps things fresh with a colourful albacore crudo salad. (Photo: KK Law)

Fayuca keeps things fresh with a colourful albacore crudo salad. (Photo: KK Law)

Truly a cut above, happy hour at Yaletown’s newly minted Fayuca is the real deal: cockles with lime, guacamole with crispy sunchokes, albacore crudo salad, vegan tostada, grilled cactus with salsa verde, all matched with BC wines, mezcal and margaritas. Linger longer in this airy tile-trimmed space for more substantial northern Mexican plates that range from pork jowl with black bean–braised cipollini onions and charred salsa to braised beef cheeks with butternut squash gnocchi.

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Sustainably Delicious Sushi

By TIM PAWSEY

Savour a selection of flame-seared aburi sushi at Minami. (Photo: KK Law)

Flame-seared aburi sushi at Minami pleases the palate, the planet and the eye. (Photo: KK Law)

A truly novel take on contemporary Japanese cuisine, Minami features innovative, blowtorched aburi sushi dishes that use all–Ocean Wise ingredients. Headliners include salmon and mackerel oshi sushi, a sashimi platter, miso sablefish, and crispy prawn dumplings. When in doubt, order the chef’s tasting menu. A long bustling bar, vibrant murals and a well-concealed back patio complete the experience.

5 Scenic Dining Destinations

By TIM PAWSEY

Dig into rotisserie chicken with buttermilk-and-chive mashed potatoes, asparagus and carrots, at H2. (Photo: KK Law)

Dig into rotisserie chicken with buttermilk-and-chive mashed potatoes, asparagus and carrots, at H2. (Photo: KK Law)

H2 Rotisserie & Bar Right on the seawall, this newly launched patio lures with spiced rotisserie chicken, West Coast crab cakes and more—plus breathtaking harbour and Stanley Park views.

Provence Marinaside Go early for an outdoor perch at this South of France salute on False Creek—and sip bubbles from the city’s most extensive sparkling list by the glass. (more…)

Vancouver Mural Festival Brightens Up City Spaces

The writing—graffiti, street art and more—is on the wall

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Visit The Arts Factory to see this nature-infused mural by Ola Volo

Visit The Arts Factory to see this nature-infused mural by Ola Volo. (Photo: KK Law)

Aug. 7 to 12, 2017 Artists are painting the town red—and every other colour of the rainbow—at the second annual Vancouver Mural Festival. Last year, the inaugural event added a splash of colour to the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood by way of 35 eye-catching murals. This year’s festival adds to that colourful legacy, transforming more than 50 additional walls around East Van into large-scale canvases. The line-up includes artists from Vancouver and around the globe, with an emphasis on graffiti artists like AA Crew, and First Nations artists such as Corey Bulpitt and Sharifah Marsden. The paint-flecked celebrations include a vibrant street festival, live musical performances, walking tours, artists talks and a beer garden. If your trip wasn’t timed quite right, don’t fret: on Saturdays, take in the city’s largest display of street art on a guided tour. Or simply download a map for a self-guided stroll of alfresco art.

Tasty Take-out at English Bay

By TIM PAWSEY

Crispy cod tacos, Manhattan-style chowder and halibut 'n' chips at The Daily Catch

Crispy cod tacos, Manhattan-style chowder and halibut ‘n’ chips at The Daily Catch (Photo: KK Law)

The city’s oceanside epicentre offers beach bites in every shape and size. For fish ’n’ chips featuring all-sustainable seafood, such as wild halibut, salmon and cod, drop by the take-out counter at The Daily Catch on Denman. Almost right on the sand, the Cactus Club concession obliges with Angus beef burgers, beer-battered Ocean Wise ling cod tacos, veggie burgers, and a panko-crusted chicken sandwich. Nearby Beach Bay Café and Patio sports a convenient location for take-out fish ’n’ chips and other handy bites. For sweet treats and the ultimate in pure fruit flavours, wander by award-winning D’oro Gelato, for handmade gelato and sorbetto based on traditional Sicilian recipes.

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Take a Bite Out of Lower Lonsdale

By TIM PAWSEY

At Fishworks, chef Shallaw Kadir creates dishes such as scallops with ponzu-marinated eggplant (R) and lingcod with ginger, lemongrass and mussels (L). (Photo: KK Law)

At Fishworks, chef Shallaw Kadir creates dishes such as scallops with ponzu-marinated eggplant (R) and lingcod with ginger, lemongrass and mussels (L). (Photo: KK Law)

From downtown, a short trip on the SeaBus lands you in Lower Lonsdale, with myriad tastes a few steps away. At Fishworks, chef Shallaw Kadir creates West Coast seafood with flair. Crab cakes come with wasabi-lime-cilantro mayo, while Egmont white sturgeon is served with butternut squash purée. West Coast bouillabaisse and paella are popular mainstays, and smart wines complete the picture. Almost next door, The District serves Belgian flavours in a casual setting. Timeless Gusto di Quattro lures with plentiful pastas and classics such as veal marsala. Bustling waterside Tap & Barrel revels in BC wines and brews, plus bites to match. Just east, enjoy wide-ranging seafood at Pier 7, against a breathtaking backdrop of the harbour and downtown. Also not to be missed: the wealth of flavours at Lonsdale Quay Market, whose food court encompasses everything from sushi and souvlaki to burgers and pizza—for British-inspired pub fare, grab a spot waterside at The Cheshire Cheese, or work through a flight of tasters at Green Leaf Brewing.

Andina Brewing Joins the Local Beer Scene

By TIM PAWSEY

Sample a few of the unique beers at Andina Brewing. (Photo: KK Law)

Sample a few of the unique beers at Andina Brewing. (Photo: KK Law)

The latest addition to the city’s burgeoning beer scene, Andina Brewing makes beer with a difference. The Amaya family, who hail from Columbia, take great pride in blending their native culture with that of their adopted home. The brewery is the first in Canada to use Patagonia Malt—and the results are impressive: Totuma, a well-balanced, refreshing Kölsch; the heartily hopped but also gently honeyed Monita Blonde IPA; Melcocha Andean Mild Ale, with a hint of molasses; and easy-drinking, copper-toned and malty Ay Ay Ay. Sample them all and more, including wines and cocktails in the tasting lounge, which also serves excellent Columbian bites. Don’t overlook the revolving selection of ceviches, with plantain chips. Vivid yellow, with its 18-m- (60-ft-) tall mural of “La Pola” girl, Andina’s building is hard to miss—and already a popular East Van landmark.

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A+ Activities: Our Favourite Reasons to Visit UBC

Find the best places to eat, explore and be entertained at the University of British Columbia. School may be out for summer, but this lush coastal campus is packed with hidden gems for every visitor, from orchestra aficionados and art connoisseurs to golfers and nature lovers

By CHLOË LAI

The Museum of Anthropology is home to an impressive collection of totem poles. (Photo: KK Law)

The Museum of Anthropology is home to an impressive collection of totem poles. (Photo: KK Law)

Art History

Fancy a bit of a scavenger hunt? This campus is a veritable outdoor gallery, featuring an ever-evolving collection of art installations just waiting to be discovered. The most recent addition is the Reconciliation Pole, a towering 17-m (55-ft) totem pole carved by James Hart, a Haida master carver and hereditary chief. Intricate details etched into the 800-year-old red cedar tell the story of First Nations communities’ experiences before, during and after the traumatic residential school system—thousands of copper nails are hammered into the wood, each commemorating a child who died at a residential school. Other totem poles around campus include the Musqueam Post by Brent Sparrow Jr., and the Victory Through Honour pole by Calvin Hunt and Merv Child.

For contemporary art, step into the crisp white rooms of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, where avant-garde artists and innovative exhibitions take centre stage. Download or print their info sheet to take a sunny self-guided outdoor art tour—and keep an eye out for the delightful Classical Toy Boat by Glenn Lewis, which isn’t on the list. If you’ve only got time for one destination, venture across Marine Drive to find the Museum of Anthropology tucked away amongst the trees. With one of the finest collections of First Nations art and artifacts in the world, as well as impressive exhibits spanning every culture from Asia to the Amazon, it’s an absolute must-see. (more…)