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Sheri Radford

Taste Buds Take Flight at Freebird

By SHERI RADFORD

Mar. 2020

Freebird’s Taiwanese roast chicken is delicious

To say that Freebird specializes in Taiwanese roast chicken is an understatement. Their chicken is rubbed with salt, hung to dry, then slow-roasted to perfection. Ordering it is a no-brainer—the only challenging part is deciding whether to have it on rice, salad, roti flatbread or a croissant sandwich. You can even order a whole chicken to take with you. The man behind the magic is chef Angus An, also the mastermind who created Maenam and several other popular local eateries. Wherever he leads, our taste buds are happy to follow—even all the way to Taiwan.

Sweet Treats at Temper Chocolate & Pastry

By SHERI RADFORD

Mar. 2020

In the spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of…chocolate. That’s the case in West Vancouver, anyway, where Temper Chocolate & Pastry tempts with dark chocolate bars, milk chocolate and salted caramel cake, and chocolate-covered lemon peels. Not a chocoholic? Try the lemon tarts, candied ginger, or hazelnut toffee. And give the Easter Bunny a hand by picking up some sweet seasonal creations. No one will judge you if you buy an extra one (or several) for yourself.

Retail Therapy

Treat yourself to a purchase that will make you feel good, too.

By SHERI RADFORD

Jan. 2019

The beauty of imperfection is celebrated in Pyrrha’s She Wore Her Scars Like Wings talisman. For each one sold, the Vancouver company gives $50 to a charity that combats bullying and the harmful aspects of social media. Available at www.pyrrha.com.

Charity Pot is a deeply hydrating body lotion, and for each one sold, Lush donates the entire purchase price to small grassroots charities.

Local company Smell This! Aromatherapy partnered with Beauty Night Society to create Dignity, a plant-based “purefume” with tropical top notes, woody undertones and a heart-warming purpose: for each one sold, $10 goes to help at-risk, low-income women. At www.smellthis.ca.

This gorgeous indigo scarf—and every purchase from Obakki—helps women in Africa to improve their lives. At www.obakkifoundation.org.

Eco-friendly soy candles from Mala the Brand smell amazing, and for each one sold, the Vancouver company plants a tree in North America. Available at West Wood Organics (page 58).

Call It Spring recently launched its first sustainable vegan shoe collection, which includes these cute Daleena high heels made from recycled plastic bottles, renewable algae foam and water-based glue. Available at www.callitspring.com.

The Shimmer Eyeshadow Stick Trio from Evalina Beauty is paraben-free and cruelty-free, just like everything the indie brand makes. For each product sold, the local company donates to a charity that supports women and children in need. Available at www.evalinabeauty.com.

Fun & Fascinating Indoor Adventures

The weather outside is frightful, but these indoor activities are so delightful

By SHERI RADFORD

Jan. 2020

Vancouver Aquarium (Photo by KK Law)

Vancouver Aquarium (Photo by KK Law)

1. Get a panoramic view of the city from inside the cozy chalet on Grouse Mountain—with a sinfully indulgent pastry from BeaverTails in hand, of course.

2. Wander through the new COS on Robson Street—the brand’s largest store in Canada—and find an outfit that’s the perfect mix of modern but timeless. While on Robson, check out all the other trendy stores and restaurants.

3. Experience a moment of zen while watching the mesmerizing jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium. 

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Live on Stage at the Arts Club

By SHERI RADFORD

Jan. 2019

See a show at the Arts Club this winter (Photo ©Baytunc/istockphoto.com)

Various Dates The Arts Club’s three stages have something for everyone right now. At the Stanley, Noises Off (Jan. 23 to Feb. 23) is a classic farce that’s been delighting audiences for almost four decades. At the Goldcorp Stage, The Wedding Party (Feb. 27 to Mar. 22) shows all the hilarious confusion of one couple’s big day. And at the Granville Island Stage, the world premiere of Cipher (Feb. 6 to Mar. 7) will keep you guessing.

25 Things We Love About Whistler

Especially in Wintertime

By SHERI RADFORD

Dec. 2019

Nothing says “top of the world” like the stunning views from Whistler Blackcomb’s world-class ski runs (Photo by Vince Edmond courtesy Tourism Whistler)

1. Hitting the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb for an epic day of skiing.

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Making Spirits Bright: Holiday Lights

By SHERI RADFORD

Nov. 2019

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

For an illuminating experience this holiday season, visit Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge or Bright Nights in Stanley Park, both of which display thousands of twinkling lights in charming forest settings and raise money for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Each event has entertainment for the whole family, with tasty treats, Christmas carols and more. The Lights of Hope turn St. Paul’s Hospital into downtown’s brightest attraction and raise much-needed funds for the hospital. Other seasonal lights worth bundling up for include the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden, the Carol Ships Parade of Lights, Aurora Winter Festival and Lumière.

Top Titles for Travellers

Before boarding your next plane, train or automobile, stop by a local bookstore to pick up these entertaining reads.

By SHERI RADFORD

Nov. 2019

British Columbia: A New Historical Atlas by Derek Hayes (Douglas & McIntyre): Hayes is an award-winning historian who uses more than 900 maps and 300 photos and documents to tell the story of Canada’s western frontier, including the gold rush of 1858 and the building of the transcontinental railway. Discover maps by both the early Indigenous inhabitants and the Europeans who arrived much later.

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Disney on Ice in Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party

Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, 2019 Magic is in the air—quite literally—when Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party glides into the Pacific Coliseum. This extravaganza features more than just ice skating as Disney characters perform acrobatic and aerial stunts, too, taking the entertainment high into the air above the audience. Mickey Mouse leads the way on a quest to find Tinker Bell, who has been kidnapped by Captain Hook. Immerse yourself in the enchanting worlds of Frozen, Coco, Moana and other beloved Disney-Pixar stories. Happily ever after, guaranteed.

Broadway Across Canada: Waitress

By SHERI RADFORD

See Waitress at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre this November (Photo by Rene Cervantes)

Nov 12 to 17, 2019 Jenna is a pregnant waitress who dreams of a better life, far away from her small town and her abusive husband. The only thing that gives her solace is baking pies. She learns about a pie-making contest that might just be the answer to her prayers—but an affair with her gynecologist muddles her situation even more. Waitress is based on the beloved 2007 film starring Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion. The Broadway production made history when it debuted in 2016, thanks to the show’s all-female creative team. Experience this empowering and uplifting musical at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and enjoy a little slice of happiness at the same time. The best part? Zero calories.

Shopping Season

By SHERI RADFORD

Nov. 2019

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market (Photo by Lindsay Elliott)

’Tis the time of year for buying thoughtful presents. Where better to look than the plethora of local markets? The Vancouver Christmas Market brings a Christkindlmarkt to downtown each year. Peruse the nutcrackers, candles, mulling spices, ugly Christmas sweaters, German steins, and ornaments by Käthe Wohlfahrt while nibbling on pretzels and sipping glühwein (mulled wine). At the Circle Craft Christmas Market, you can stock up on treasures by local artists and artisans, including Honey Canada’s adorable ornaments made from wool, seasonal decorations by ArtPen Studio, and prints and holiday cards by Beaver Pond Creative. Other must-visit markets include Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, Vancouver Etsy Collective Holiday Pop Up and Christmas at Hycroft. But be warned: you just might find a treasure (or several) for yourself, too.

Summer Days in Squamish

Indulge an appetite for adventure—or fresh local fare—in the town of Squamish

By SHERI RADFORD
Jul. 2018

Al’s Habrich Ridge Trail starts at the Sea to Sky Gondola and rises into the backcountry, offering breathtaking views of the mountains, Howe Sound and the town of Squamish (Photo by Paul Bride)

See & Do

Just an hour’s drive from Whistler, Squamish has a well-earned reputation as the outdoor recreation capital of Canada. Visit the Squamish Adventure Centre to get oriented, then leave the city behind and venture into the great outdoors. (more…)