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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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Poke Paradise

The city’s trendiest dish, straight from the Aloha State

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

At Pokérrito, sample a signature poke bowl or create your own masterpiece.

At Pokérrito, sample a signature poke bowl or create your own masterpiece.

Get ready to hang ten. Poke—Hawaii’s marinated raw-fish salad—has caught a wave, sweeping across the city and leaving Polynesian-inspired flavour in its wake. The island staple is pronounced “poh-kay,” which means “to cut or slice.” An apt description, as poke’s main ingredient is cubed raw fish, which is then topped with fresh ingredients. Of course, sushi-loving Vancouverites wasted no time saying aloha to the dish, and menus here feature both classic and creative versions. Here’s where to take the plunge.

Downtown

Where Pokérrito

Why Hawaiian and Japanese tastes collide in poke bowls and handheld seaweed-wrapped burritos (no chopsticks required).

Find it 558 Dunsmuir St. or 991 Hornby St.
www.pokerrito.ca

Where Poké Time

Why The adventurous try the Super Cruncheritto, a poke burrito stuffed with marinated fish, mandarin oranges, nacho crumbs, corn flakes and more.

Find it 1258 Robson St.
www.poketime.ca

Where Hooked Poke Bar

Why Hawaiian poke with a side of feel-good flavour, owing to the gluten- and dairy-free menu, house-made sauces and sustainable seafood choices.

Find it 995 Hornby St.
www.hookedpokebar.com

Kitsilano

Where Hoké Poké

Why Customize a bowl or choose from house creations, tortilla-wrapped burritos or tuna-and-guacamole-topped poke nachos.

Find it 1834 W. 4th Ave.
www.thehokepoke.ca

Gastown

Where Poké Guy

Why Classic poke dishes with plenty of island flavour, thanks to authentic Hawaiian salts and sustainable Ocean Wise seafood.

Find it 420 Richards St.
www.thepokeguy.ca

Where The Poké Shop

Why Customizable poke bowls can be packed with unlimited out-of-the-bento-box toppings that range from pineapple to guacamole.

Find it 306 Water St.
www.thepokeshop.ca

Main Street

Where Pacific Poke

Why Add a dash of the West Coast to signature or build-your-own bowls with toppings like avocado nori and jalapeño salsa.

Find it 625 Main St.
www.thepacificpoke.com

Cambie Village

Where Westcoast Poké

Why Curious but non-committal? These poke bowls come in a snack size—the perfect way to test the waters.

Find it 463 W. 8th Ave.
www.westcoastpoke.com

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.

35 Things Kids Love About Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD + Photos by KK LAW

Kids can choose from a cornucopia of ice cream flavours on Granville Island.

Kids can choose from a cornucopia of ice cream flavours on Granville Island.

  1. Splashing around in seaside Kitsilano Pool and Second Beach Pool.
  2. Grinder and Coola, two orphaned grizzly bears at Grouse Mountain.
  3. Putting the pedal to the metal at Richmond Go-Karts.
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Dynamic Duo

By SHERI RADFORD

Party all night long with Lionel Richie

Party all night long with Lionel Richie

Sep 3 You’ll be dancing on the ceiling (oh, what a feeling!) when Lionel Richie takes the stage at Rogers Arena. Joining the Grammy-, Oscar- and Golden Globe–winning artist—in what might be pop music’s most perfect pairing—is the best-selling female artist of all time, Mariah Carey. Their aptly named All the Hits Tour is filled with the songs you know and love, from Richie’s “Endless Love,” “Penny Lover” and “All Night Long (All Night)” to Carey’s “Always Be My Baby,” “Touch My Body” and “We Belong Together.” Consider it a stroll down memory lane complete with a hit-parade soundtrack.

Masterworks at the Museum of Anthropology

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Gaagm sasoo (Chief's rattle). (Photo: MOA/Ken Mayer)

Gaagm sasoo (Chief’s rattle). (Photo: MOA/Ken Mayer)

To spring 2019 There are over 530,000 reasons to make a trip to the Museum of Anthropology. That’s how many archaeological objects are housed in the award-winning, Arthur Erickson–designed building. Now there’s another reason to visit: the groundbreaking new Gallery of Northwest Coast Masterworks. The stunning new display space features cutting-edge technology, including lighting that adjusts to local weather patterns. The gallery’s inaugural exhibit, In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art, looks into the histories of more than 110 Indigenous works—from personal belongings to legal documents. It all adds up to one amazing experience.

Sundae Saturdays at Beta5

By SHERI RADFORD

Love s'mores by the campfire? They're even better in a sundae.

Love s’mores by the campfire? They’re even better in a sundae.

To Sep. 30, 2017 What’s the sweetest day of the week? Saturday. That’s when Beta5 holds its summer ice cream socials. Enjoy a new sundae each week: mango bubble tea, mint chocolate chip, apple pie and green tea latte are just a few of the options worth risking brain freeze for. The ice creams and toppings are all crafted in-house with the same attention to detail that has made Beta5’s chocolates, cream puffs and éclairs so popular. The weekend can’t come soon enough.

Sunday Seafood Boil at Boulevard

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

If you get crabby when you're hungry, scuttle down to Boulevard for the cure.

If you get crabby when you’re hungry, scuttle down to Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar for the cure.

To Sep. 3, 2017 Go ahead: roll up your sleeves and get crackin’. After proving to be a smashing success, Boulevard’s East Coast–inspired Sunday Seafood Boil series is back for its third year. Dig into a tempting communal feast of crawfish, Dungeness crab, mussels and prawns, all piled high on butcher’s paper and served family-style alongside bacon-jalapeño cornbread, potatoes, corn on the cob and sweet beignets. Now that’s a crustacean sensation.

Fair Attractions at the PNE

By SHERI RADFORD

At the PNE, every day is a holiday.

At The Fair at the PNE, every day is a holiday.

Aug. 19 to Sep. 4, 2017 One day is never enough to take in all the sights, sounds and smells of The Fair at the PNE. For over a century, this summertime fair has been entertaining both the young and young-at-heart with rides, outdoor concerts and mouth-watering food. Cheer on the SuperDogs, visit farm animals and wander through the PNE Prize Home. And we dare you to resist the aroma of Those Little Donuts—a scent guaranteed to send Vancouverites into a feeding frenzy.

Canada 150 at TWG Tea

By SHERI RADFORD

Sip and savour your way through Canada's 150th birthday.

Sip and savour your way through Canada’s 150th birthday.

To Aug. 31, 2017 It’s Canada’s 150th birthday, but you get the treat: TWG Tea is offering a special Jubilee Tea set menu to celebrate the country’s sesquicentennial. Made from local ingredients, the cornucopia of dishes are inspired by traditional recipes from across the country; for instance, the salmon confit with Lemon Bush Tea–infused panna cotta suggests the West Coast, while the tourtière (meat pie) with Weekend in Hong Kong Tea–infused rhubarb chutney evokes the province of Quebec. The meal is paired with either hot Jubilee Tea or iced French Earl Grey Tea. Consider it a cross-country culinary road trip, all without leaving Vancouver.

Set Sail with Leavetown

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Cruise through crisp Pacific waters on a sleek sailboat.

Cruise through the crisp Pacific waters on a sleek yacht. 

When warm weather hits, there’s nothing quite like catching a wave. Soak up Vancouver’s marine scene on Leavetown’s luxurious 17-m (56-ft) Indio Navi yacht. Salty dogs cruise the waves on daylong excursions, or clear a few days to let the tides take them to beautiful Bowen Island and beyond. Pack a picnic, or request catered provisions. A skipper is provided, making it the perfect summertime excursion—even if you don’t know stern from starboard. Anchors aweigh!

Review: Metallica’s Worldwired Tour

By CHLOË LAI

Metallica band photo by Herring & Herring

Metallica band photo by Herring & Herring

Those who dream of music that brings people together in difficult times probably don’t have heavy metal in mind, but Metallica may be the band to change that. When frontman James Hetfield opens the second-last show of the Worldwired Tour at BC Place, he starts by welcoming fans from all backgrounds.

“We don’t give a sh*t who you voted for, where you’re from, who you want to marry . . . we don’t care about differences. We care about similarities,” he says. “We just want to celebrate life and live music. Are you with us?” (more…)