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Vancouver

Afternoon Delight at Neverland Tea Salon

By TIM PAWSEY

Dec. 2019

Enjoy seasonal high tea towers filled with sweet and savoury bites at Neverland Tea Salon (Photo by KK Law)

Tea-lovers revel in a wealth of choice as the city enjoys an afternoon-tea revival. True to its name, whimsical Neverland on the West Side takes tea to the next level. The china settings are gorgeous and the plates deliciously decadent, offering an array of sandwiches, sweets and savouries. Favourites roam from riffs on the traditional, such as a citrus scone with Devonshire cream and house-made jam, to a lemon-herb mascarpone sandwich with cucumber and arugula. All high-tea menus can be made with gluten and dairy omitted, and vegetarian and vegan versions are available. Find more indulgences at Notch8 in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, at long-running tucked-away Secret Garden in Kerrisdale, and at Robson Street’s Ladurée, an elegant nod to the French salon de thé highlighted by in-house pastries and extraordinary macarons.

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Terrific Tapas at Como Taperia

By TIM PAWSEY

Nov. 2019

(Clockwise from L): Tinned razor clams, Spanish tomato toast and fried, spicy eggplant at Como Taperia (Photo by KK Law)

A few minutes’ cab ride from downtown leads to some of the city’s top Spanish tastes. The buzz right now is for Como Taperia, an upbeat Main Street nod to Barcelona and Madrid, which is leading the charge in authenticity. Go for the abundance of specialty charcuterie and cheeses, charred octopus with white beans, morcilla (blood sausage) and squid ink hamburguesa, Iberico chorizo, or clams with tomato and saffron. The list of sherries is equally impressive, as are the cocktails, cavas (sparkling wines) and Spanish vermouths on tap. Other worthy Iberian haunts include heritage-housed Bodega on Main, Gastown’s well-named The Sardine Can, English Bay stalwart España, and contemporary Cabrito on Commercial Drive.

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Creative Collaborations at Chloë Angus Design

Indigenous art meets innovative fashion at Chloë Angus Design

By HANNAH POAROS-MCDERMOTT + Photos by KK LAW

Angus’s popular Spirit Collection features apparel and home decor adorned with stylized flora and fauna.

Chloë Angus grew up in a rural, primarily Indigenous, fishing village on BC’s Sunshine Coast—as far away from the fashion industry as you can get. But living completely off the grid was a blessing.  At the age of six, Angus’s hobbies included flipping through Vogue magazines found at her local thrift store, and learning to sew on a hand-crank Singer sewing machine. Now, 15 years after the launch of her label, Angus’s signature designs have been worn by everyone from Wonder Woman actor Eugene Brave Rock to royal couple Will and Kate.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Offerings for the Adventurous

By CHLOË LAI

Nov. 2019

Vancouver-based RYU’s (page 32) innovative Locker Pack Lux 24L backpack features a drop-front opening for easy access to all your gear, all the time.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Keepsakes for the Style-Savvy

By CHLOË LAI

Dec. 2019

True North pride shines through in these delicate alphabet pendants by Lugaro, crafted in BC using dazzling Canadian diamonds and white, yellow or rose gold from the Royal Canadian Mint. 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Presents for the Pint-Sized

By CHLOË LAI

Nov. 2019

What’s more fun than a toque with a pompom? A toque with two pompoms, like this Double Pom Hat by Canada Goose. 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Festive Finds for Foodies

By CHLOË LAI

Nov. 2019

Tsimshian artist Morgan Asoyuf created the Running Raven design for these jacquard cloth napkins, the perfect gift for discerning diners and messy eaters alike. At Bill Reid Gallery.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Goodies from the Great White North

By CHLOË LAI

Nov. 2019

This red silk tie beckons to the suave suit-wearing set with its stunning eagle imagery—symbolizing power, courage and prestige—created by Haida artist Dorothy Grant. At Bill Reid Gallery.  (more…)

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.

Beyond Pub Fare at Mahony

By TIM PAWSEY

Nov. 2019

The revamped menu at Mahony blends traditional Irish vibes with international flavours (Photo by KK Law)

Waterside Mahony teamed up with Vikram Vij, of Top Chef Canada and Dragons’ Den fame, to refresh their menus. The local celebrity chef’s newly introduced dishes were inspired by South Asian street food, lending a more cosmopolitan air to the classic pubs. Try the bunny chow–style lentil soup served in a bread bowl, four types of pizza on handmade naan bread, or the gluten-free paneer pakora made from chickpea flour and served with mint-and-onion chutney. Also on offer: potato leek soup, an Ocean Wise steelhead salmon burger, fish ’n’ chips and plenty more from a wide-ranging selection. The welcome is warm and the mood always lively. And Mahony still very much celebrates its Irish roots, with well-poured pints of Guinness.

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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.