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Sheri Radford

2018 Where to Dine Awards: Vancouver

At Five Sails, enjoy pan-seared bass piccata, vegetables and golden fingerling potatoes in a lemon-and-caper butter sauce—and, of course, the incredible view of Coal Harbour

Our annual Where to Dine Awards pay tribute to the hardworking folks who make Vancouver such a food-lover’s paradise

By TIM PAWSEY, SHERI RADFORD & JILL VON SPRECKEN
Photos by KK LAW

Critics’ Choice

LES CLEFS D’OR CANADA SILVER SERVICE 
Five Sails Restaurant

Vancouver’s abundant dining options can overwhelm a hungry traveller, but Les Clefs d’Or always know the newest hotspots, the tried-and-true stalwarts and the hidden gems. These dedicated concierges won’t steer you wrong, and this year their top pick is Five Sails. Perched right on the waterfront, this perennial favourite expertly combines stellar West Coast cuisine with warm service and stunning views of the mountains, inner harbour and Stanley Park. Linger over poached lobster, roasted sablefish or smoked duck breast while watching floatplanes land and cruise ships depart. And make sure to peruse the wine list, which showcases selections from BC’s Okanagan region.—SR (more…)

Reclaimed Wood Jewellery by Billy Would Designs

By SHERI RADFORD
Apr. 2018

At Billy Would Designs, reclaimed skateboard decks and hardwood floors are transformed into beautiful, wearable pieces.

For more than a decade, Adea Chung has been handcrafting one-of-a-kind wooden pieces. The multitalented Vancouverite and founder of Billy Would Designs creates earrings, necklaces, cufflinks and belt buckles out of reclaimed wood such as broken skateboard decks. Her ingenious threaded wood necklace (pictured) has no clasp; instead, the stick goes through the loop to hold the necklace in place. Find her pieces at Bird on a Wire, or browse the full collection online.

On the Granville Island Stage: Misery

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo by David Cooper

Apr. 5 to May 5, 2018 Dealing with a fan can be murder, as one unlucky author learns in Misery. Adapted from the Stephen King novel and subsequent Oscar-winning film, this harrowing play tells the story of romance novelist Paul Sheldon. His “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes, rescues him after a car accident. But the dream scenario quickly turns into a nightmare: Annie holds Paul captive until he brings her favourite character back to life. Will Paul succeed in writing his own happy ending? Find out at the Granville Island Stage.

Diane Gagne: A Life in Fashion

By SHERI RADFORD
Apr. 2018

Diane Gagne poses in The Apartment, which is Holt Renfrew’s by-appointment-only private shopping area, wearing a jacket and blouse by Alexander McQueen and wide-leg pants by A.L.C. (Photo by KK Law)

Diane Gagne has “been in fashion forever,” but she loves it so much that she hesitates to call it a job. Her artistic tendencies, combined with a love for the Elle, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines she grew up with, led her to be a make-up artist, and from there her height and striking looks caused her to fall “totally sideways” into being a model. Soon she started producing and styling the shows she was in, and from there a career in fashion-show production and personal styling began. (more…)

Canine Caretakers for Top Dogs

By SHERI RADFORD
Mar. 2018

Make sure your pooch gets to frolic in the fresh powder while you’re in Whistler

It’s true that every dog has its day—especially in Whistler. To give your pampered pooch extra exercise and a chance to socialize with canine chums, call Alpine Dogs (604-902-9663). Their adventure hikes are great for high-energy hounds who feel comfortable in a group, while their private walks and in-room sitting are ideal for pups with special needs or who just want a little extra attention. Either way, Rover or Spot is guaranteed to be dog-tired by day’s end. 

Making Moves: Vancouver International Dance Festival 2018

By SHERI RADFORD

The Goh Ballet presents a selection of excerpts from classical and contemporary works

Mar. 1 to 24, 2018 Newbies and aficionados alike always find much to love at the Vancouver International Dance Festival. This annual fest takes over local stages for three weeks, showcasing everything from ballet to butoh. Don’t miss Vancouver’s own Goh Ballet (pictured), performing both traditional ballet and contemporary works; Shen Wei Dance Arts, which always incorporates striking design to create fascinating kinetic stagescapes; and White Wave Dance, which interweaves music, poetry, visual arts and dance.

Prost! Handlebar Hits the Mark

By SHERI RADFORD
Mar. 2018

Dig into German-inspired fare at Handlebar. (Photo courtesy Popcorn)

For the best pretzels and currywurst this side of Berlin, look no further than Handlebar. This lively spot opened last winter, and its superb (and ever-changing) selection of local craft beers has made it a hit with locals and visitors alike. Don’t miss Sunday brunch, where the Handfuller breakfast sandwich more than lives up to its name. Consider the resto a little slice of Germany, with no plane travel required.

Laugh It Up: JFL NorthWest

By SHERI RADFORD

Trevor Noah fuels the fun at JFL Northwest 2018

Mar. 1 to 10, 2018 Have you heard the one about…? The JFL NorthWest festival is bringing belly laughs to multiple venues across Metro Vancouver. Prepare to have your funny bone tickled by the likes of Trevor Noah (pictured), host of The Daily Show; Bill Burr, best known for Chappelle’s Show and Breaking Bad; Maria Bamford, with her self-deprecating jokes about depression and anxiety; and lots more stand-up folks.

Turn up the Heat With Aburi Prime at Miku

By SHERI RADFORD
Feb. 2018

Flame-seared nigiri at Miku. (Photo by Mark Yuen)

Bored with regular sushi? Kick it up a notch with Aburi Prime. Newly launched at Miku, this premium flame-seared nigiri includes red tuna, mackerel, salmon, flounder and five other first-rate choices, perfect for newbies or connoisseurs alike. It’s all served with exquisite garnishes on handmade ceramic plates from Japan. An optional wine, sake and spirits pairing adds even more flavour to the whole experience. Boredom, banished.

Sunday Brunch at The Yale Saloon

By SHERI RADFORD
Feb. 2018

Excellent eggs benny await at The Yale Saloon. (Photo by Alyssa Dawson)

Most folks know The Yale Saloon as the spot in town to hear country music and ride a mechanical bull. That’s all true, but it’s also a prime destination for Sunday brunch. Sweet Texas toast comes topped with bourbon-soaked berries and whipped cream. Eggs benny can be made with brisket, pulled pork or bacon. Breakfast tacos are stuffed full of eggs, bacon, cheese and salsa verde. Good thing calories consumed while on vacation don’t count.

Arc’teryx: Well-Dressed In Every Weather

By SHERI RADFORD
Feb. 2018

The Arc’teryx Codetta Coat in scarlet.

The forecast can change in an instant here, from sun to rain to snow, then back again. Fortunately, the Codetta Coat from Arc’teryx has you covered. Made from Gore-Tex fabric, it keeps out rain and snow but looks more stylish than most waterproof jackets. It’s lightweight and breathable for warm days, and also roomy, to fit cozy layers underneath in cold weather. The double back vent ensures a comfy fit. Plus it’s long enough to keep your derrière dry in a downpour, yet light enough to fold up small in a suitcase. In other words, the ultimate travel jacket.

 

Put Your Best Brows Forward

By SHERI RADFORD
Feb. 2018

Embark on a beautiful brow journey at Benefit BrowBar, in Sephora stores.

For beautiful brows in a hurry, head to a Benefit BrowBar. Staffed by highly skilled aestheticians, Vancouver’s two BrowBars are located inside the Sephora stores on Robson Street and in Pacific Centre. While the concept of in-store waxing may raise a few (perfectly groomed) eyebrows, rest assured that the treatment is quick, professional and almost painless. It starts with brow mapping, to find your brows’ ideal start, arch and end. Then waxing, using sticks that are never double-dipped. And finally tinting, to give a perfect pop of colour. Who knew impeccable eyebrows were so easy to achieve?