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A Frank Discussion: Interview with Chef Frank Pabst

Blue Water Cafe’s executive chef, Frank Pabst, is dedicated to the ocean’s unsung heroes

The local, sustainable food movement has come of age, but it wasn’t always thus. Few have been as instrumental in its success as Frank Pabst

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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

Photos by KK LAW

Critics’ Choice

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 Read more…

Review: Misery


Apr. 2018

Andrew McNee and Lucia Frangione. Set design by Lauchlin Johnston, costume design by Stephanie Kong, and lighting design by Andrew Pye. Photo by David Cooper.

It’s hard to walk a mile in another person’s shoes. And when those shoes belong to an Oscar-winning powerhouse such as Kathy Bates, the challenge is multiplied. Fortunately, Lucia Frangione is more than up to the task. She slips into the part of “number one fan” Annie Wilkes with a crazed gleam in her eye and fully inhabits the role, making it her own without ever veering into creepy caricature.

Andrew McNee and Lucia Frangione. Set design by Lauchlin Johnston, costume design by Stephanie Kong, and lighting design by Andrew Pye. Photo by David Cooper.

Andrew McNee shines in the equally challenging role of novelist Paul Sheldon, who’s rescued and then imprisoned by Annie. Though confined to either a bed or a wheelchair for almost the entire show, McNee brings an impressive physicality to his character, most notably in the scene where he tries desperately to crawl out of his bedroom-cum-prison cell.

The house itself functions almost as a third character, one that shifts and changes like a funhouse nightmare come to life. With the opening or closing of a door, rooms transform into other rooms, as if by black magic.

Lucia Frangione and Andrew McNee. Set design by Lauchlin Johnston, costume design by Stephanie Kong, and lighting design by Andrew Pye. Photo by David Cooper.

Adapted from the novel by Stephen King and subsequent movie written by William Goldman, Misery stands the test of time. Don’t miss all the murderous mayhem, to May 5, 2018, at the Granville Island Stage.

Thousands Hit the Streets for the Vancouver Sun Run 2018


Every year, more than 40,000 runners of all ages and abilities lace up for the Vancouver Sun Run

Apr. 22, 2018 Lace up your runners and join over 40,000 of your closest friends at the Vancouver Sun Run. The annual road race was launched in 1985, and took off—now it’s Canada’s largest 10-km (6.2-mi) race, and the third-largest race of its kind worldwide. It attracts elite runners from around the globe, as well as costumed competitors, wheelchair athletes and sprinters of all ages. Along the picturesque route are podium-worthy views of Stanley Park and False Creek, as well as morale-boosting live entertainment. Trust us: it’s the most fun you can have with your running shoes on.

2Cellos: The Score Tour at Rogers Arena


Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic of 2Cellos. (Photo by Roger Rich)

Apr. 25, 2018 Individually, Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser began as classical music prodigies, winning countless prizes at international music competitions. Together, they’ve taken the pop/rock world by storm: since bursting into the spotlight as 2Cellos seven years ago, they’ve played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, toured with Sir Elton John and performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show and Glee. Catch them at Rogers Arena as they unleash their latest album, Score, covering iconic songs from films like The Lord of the Rings and Titanic. Truly epic. 

Gotham Steakhouse: A Cut Above

Apr. 2018

Photo of Gotham Steakhouse by KK Law

Power lunches are the norm at plush and polished Gotham, where it’s hard not to linger over the likes of beef forestiere medallions, chicken paillard, a cornucopian lobster Cobb salad, and tuna poke. Service is prompt, personal—and speedy, if needed—while the dinner menu features the ultimate in 60-day dry-aged Canada prime cuts, grilled to perfection. Wicked cocktails are a bonus.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit www.hiredbelly.com 

Science World: Ripley’s Believe It or Not


Interact with a vast collection of fascinating artifacts, discoveries and displays from around the world at Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

To Apr. 22, 2018 Step right up! At Science World, kids of all ages can explore the unbelievable at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibit. Inside this “odditorium” of artifacts, discover the science behind the truly amazing and absurd, such as micro-sculptures that can pass through the eye of a needle, and a life-size model of a prehistoric snake. Or stand on your tiptoes to see how you measure up against the world’s tallest man. Experiments, specimens, challenges and multimedia installations help budding explorers glimpse the weird and wonderful world of Robert Ripley. Strange, but true.

Review: The Humans


Apr. 2018

The cast of The Humans. Set design by Drew Facey, costume design by Jenifer Darbellay, and lighting design by Adrian Muir. Photo by David Cooper.

It’s Thanksgiving, and Brigid and boyfriend Richard are hosting the big holiday dinner for the first time, in their new apartment. Deidre, Brigid’s mother, is none too pleased about her daughter’s loud apartment with no view—or about the fact that Brigid doesn’t have a ring on her finger yet. Erik, Brigid’s father, is perpetually distracted. Aimee, Brigid’s sister, pines for her ex-girlfriend while struggling with an impending job loss and impending major surgery. Momo, Brigid’s grandmother, suffers from dementia and spends the evening in a wheelchair, occasionally yelling random words and knocking objects off the table.

The cast of The Humans. Set design by Drew Facey, costume design by Jenifer Darbellay, and lighting design by Adrian Muir. Photo by David Cooper.

Needless to say, tensions are running high, especially as the alcohol flows and secrets start to spill out.

The realistic two-level set forms the perfect backdrop for Stephen Karam’s script, which elegantly captures the pressures facing one family in modern-day America. Kevin McNulty as Erik and Nicola Lipman as Deirdre give a master class in acting. Lipman, in particular, can convey volumes with one withering glance or a single exasperated snort.

The Humans runs to Apr. 22, 2018, on the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.


The cast of The Humans. Set design by Drew Facey, costume design by Jenifer Darbellay, and lighting design by Adrian Muir. Photo by David Cooper.

Find Your Nirvana


Apr. 2018

Photo by Jakob Ager

On one of those perfect cold-but-sunny Saturdays that make Vancouver seem worth every penny of its astronomical housing prices, Paul (my husband) and I embarked on a North Shore adventure. Sofie, a student, and Jakob, a photographer, were our guides for the day—Locals, in the parlance of Yervana, while Paul and I were the Explorers. Sofie and Jakob took us to Cypress Mountain, where the four of us donned snowshoes and tromped around the mountain trails, past one tiny tot trying to ski for the very first time, past picturesque cabins nestled in the snow like something out of a storybook, past giggling groups of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides on their own snowy, chaperoned adventures.

Photo by Jakob Ager

We lost track of time, snowshoeing through the pristine wilderness. Eventually, we stopped for sandwiches (still warm from Whole Foods) and snacks and decided, reluctantly, that is was time to head back from this winter wonderland.

Photo by Jakob Ager

All too soon, we were back in civilization. Further snowy adventures would have to wait for another Yervana day.

Yervana is a new website and iOS app that offers personalized outdoor adventures in Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler, including snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, trail riding, kayaking, sailing, stargazing and long-exposure photography. Yervana matches up knowledgeable Locals with eager Explorers. Visit www.yervana.com to learn more.

Cirque du Soleil Hits the Ice


Photo by Matt Beard, costumes by Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt. Courtesy Cirque du Soleil

Apr. 11-15, 2018 For the first time ever, Cirque du Soleil is taking their gravity-defying show to a whole new level: the ice. Awe-inspiring acrobats are joined by skaters—coached by four-time world champion figure skater Kurt Browning—for Crystal, a groundbreaking ice show packed with synchronized skating, aerial trapeze, and ramp-jumping, back-flipping hockey players. It’s a new frontier for fearless fun.

Viva Las Vegans: Touring Vancouver’s Plant-Based Eateries

Apr. 2018

The organic, dairy-free gelato at Umaluma is deliciously creamy. (Photo courtesy Umaluma)

Vancouver Food Tour gets the palate party started with a walking tour of some of the city’s most popular plant-based eateries. Cozy comfort fare, vegan pizzas, acai bowls and unbelievably creamy dairy-free gelato (pictured) await eager appetites in Gastown and Chinatown, while a visit to nearby Vegan Supply Co. offers a chance to stock your suitcase with healthy snacks for herbivores. Remember, what happens in Vancouver’s vegan scene doesn’t have to stay in Vancouver’s vegan scene.

Reclaimed Wood Jewellery by Billy Would Designs

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.