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Sheri Radford

A Sweet Partnership: Meet the Twins Behind Loulou Lollipop

The twin sisters who created Loulou Lollipop are making the world a cuter place, one teether and swaddle at a time

By SHERI RADFORD
Jun. 2019

Angel Kho (L) and Eleanor Lee (R) in their Richmond office (Photo by KK Law)

Sometimes the sweetest ideas are born from a life event that seems cataclysmic.

Eleanor Lee was eight months pregnant when she learned her employer was bankrupt and everyone was out of a job. “It was a really scary situation,” Lee says, with a baby on the way and no post-maternity-leave job prospects. Lee and her husband knew they couldn’t survive on one income in the pricey Lower Mainland.

When the baby was about six months old and started teething, she often played with Lee’s necklaces, chewing on them and breaking them in the process. Lee worried whether the necklaces were safe for a baby—and she was upset to have her necklaces broken—so she started looking for wearable-teether alternatives. She wasn’t impressed with what she found. “Nothing really spoke to me,” she says. “They weren’t fun enough.” That’s when her interior-design skills kicked in, and the idea for Loulou Lollipop was born. (more…)

More for Locavores

By SHERI RADFORD
May 2019

Dig into noodle bowls at Harvest Community Foods

In an eco-friendly city known as the birthplace of the 100-mile diet, chef/restaurateur Andrea Carlson is the undisputed queen of local, sustainable fare. Burdock & Co., her destination restaurant on the East Side, is renowned for its dishes made from organic and regional ingredients. Fewer people know about Harvest Community Foods, her tucked-away spot in Chinatown. It combines a gourmet grocery store selling seasonal produce and local artisan foods with a cozy restaurant dishing up hearty rice and noodle bowls (pictured). The bowls change regularly, depending on which local ingredients are available, but they’re always memorable, thanks to Carlson at the helm. Who knew eating sustainably could taste so good?

2019 Where to Dine Awards: Whistler

By SHERI RADFORD
May 2019

Ahi tuna at Araxi (Photo by Leila Kwok)

Critics’ Choice

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Il Caminetto

If you’re dreaming of la dolce vita, look no further than Il Caminetto. The Whistler stalwart closed for a few months to undergo a complete makeover, complete with new owners and a new fireplace. The end result is a room as fresh and contemporary as the modern Italian cuisine. Under the careful eye of executive chef James Walt, who also oversees the award-winning kitchens at Araxi and Bar Oso, the reimagined menu is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of palates. (more…)

2019 Where to Dine Awards: Vancouver

At Provence Marinaside, the whole Dungeness crab provençale with seasonal vegetables and seven-grain rice is as attractive as it is delicious (Photo by KK Law)

We salute the restaurants and people who make Vancouver such a foodie paradise

By TIM PAWSEY, SHERI RADFORD & CHLOË LAI
MAY 2019

Critics’ Choice

LES CLEFS D’OR CANADA SILVER SERVICE 
Provence Marinaside

No one makes more reservations in a year than a hotel concierge. And few have their fingers on the city’s dining pulse as firmly as Vancouver’s Les Clefs d’Or. Always in the loop, they can recommend the ultimate experience—and often secure that hard-to-find last-minute table. This year, their nod goes to Provence Marinaside, a waterside delight on False Creek’s Yaletown shore. Marine-inclined fare marries South of France classics with West Coast flair, such as bouillabaisse, Dungeness crab provençale and olive-dusted seared tuna, using the freshest of local ingredients. Savour smaller bites at the adjacent TWB — The Wine Bar.—TP (more…)

5 Adorable Easter Gift Ideas

Give the Easter Bunny a helping hand this year by filling a basket with these goodies

By SHERI RADFORD
Apr. 2019

A hand-painted bunny bank from Tiffany & Co. is the perfect place to stash loonies and toonies.

A mask sampler set from The Body Shop contains a bunny headband and a trio of masks, for purifying, plumping and pollution clearing.

A chocolate rooster from Koko Monk looks almost too adorable to eat.

A plush Jellycat rabbit from Indigo helps wee ones ease into naptime.  

A milk chocolate Easter egg from Mon Paris Patisserie has a tasty surprise inside: three more chocolates.

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature Arrives at Science World

By SHERI RADFORD

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature exhibit

To Sep. 3, 2019 However you add it up, the truth is inescapable: numbers are all around us, from the tiny nested spirals of a sunflower’s seeds to the layout of the universe. Learn all about it at Science World, where a visiting exhibit called A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature brings math to life in the most entertaining way possible. An enormous mirror maze (pictured) forms the centrepiece of the exhibit, where you can lose yourself—quite literally—in a pattern of endlessly repeating reflections.

Spring into Shopping Mode

‘Tis the season for a spring shopping spree

By SHERI RADFORD
Mar. 2019

Keep that little bouncing bundle of joy dry from April showers with a High Performance Rain Cover for your Bugaboo stroller. At West Coast Kids. (more…)

Picture Perfect: Vancouver’s Best Springtime Photo Ops

By SHERI RADFORD
Mar. 2019

Cherry blossoms in False Creek (Photo by KK Law)

Every spring, Mother Nature decks out the city in glorious pink and white petals. The best places to spot cherry blossoms include the West End, Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Botanical Garden, and False Creek near Granville Island (pictured). (more…)

A Fan-Tastic Weekend: Fan Expo Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

Fan Expo Vancouver is the perfect time to break out your best costumes

Mar. 1 to 3, 2019 Whether you belong to the “May the Force be with you” or the “Live long and prosper” galaxy of geekdom—or another one entirely—you’re sure to find like-minded uber-nerds at Fan Expo Vancouver. Fanboys and fangirls of all ages don elaborate costumes and line up to meet celebs such as George Takei (Star Trek), Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars), Pamela Anderson (Baywatch), and Cary Elwes and Wallace Shawn (both from The Princess Bride). Will you try to be there? As Yoda said, “Do or do not; there is no try.”

There’s Snow on Them Thar Hills

By SHERI RADFORD
Feb. 2019

Photo by Leo Zuckerman/Destination BC

Vancouverites are persnickety about snow, and most have a strong opinion about where it belongs: on the mountains. Fortunately, Grouse (pictured), Seymour and Cypress mountains are all nearby, and a picturesque two-hour drive leads to the winter wonderland of Whistler Blackcomb. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting plenty of the white stuff in early to mid-January and late February, so pull out your skis, snowboard or snowshoes and get ready to head for the hills!

Fall in Love with Jewellery by Leah Alexandra

By SHERI RADFORD
Jan. 2019

Love Token necklace by Leah Alexandra

One look at a Love Token necklace, and you’re sure to fall head over heels. Vancouverite Leah Alexandra travels the globe, searching for ideas for her delicate creations, and this one was inspired by a 19th-century French love poem by Rosemonde Gérard. Find Alexandra’s rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces at Blue Ruby and The Cross, visit her studio in Gastown (call 778-320-3390), or shop the entire collection online.

Celebrating the Lunar New Year in Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo courtesy Coast Mountain Photography/Tourism Vancouver

Multiple Dates, 2019 Usher in Lunar New Year by going whole hog—it’s the year of the pig, after all. On Feb. 10, the Spring Festival Parade winds through Chinatown, as traditional lion dancers join dance troupes, martial artists and more. The annual Temple Fair at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (Feb. 10) fetes the occasion with a full line-up of activities. And the celebrations at International Village Mall (Feb. 8 to 10) include souvenirs, live entertainment and delectable bites. Gung hay fat choy!