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Ultimate Relaxation at Float House

Nov. 2018

Photo by Amandalproductions

Tired after a day of sightseeing? Sore from a long flight? Soothe busy minds and travel-weary bodies at Float House, where sensory deprivation tanks take rest, relaxation and recovery to the next level. Soak up the serenity—along with a healthy dose of stress- and pain-relieving magnesium sulfate—with 90 blissful minutes of effortless flotation in body-temperature water infused with nearly half a ton of Epsom salts. First-timers can even request gentle music to help ease the transition to absolute silence. Afterwards, sip tea in the post-float lounge before stepping back out into the world. Ready, set, glow.

Eastside Italian Cuisine

Nov. 2018

Mouthwatering dishes at Savio Volpe include (clockwise from left): broccolini, borlotti beans, chicoria with galiano plum, fettucini integrale, corzetti with tomato pomodoro, and rosemary chicken (Photo by KK Law)

Two popular rooms are testament to Vancouver’s formidable Italian community. A few minutes from downtown, bustling Savio Volpe is a contemporary osteria. Served under its soaring ceiling are vegetable crudo with a hot anchovy-garlic “fondue;” chopped baby kale and romano salad with lemon-pepper dressing; house-made chicken-and-pork agnolotti; and a half chicken from the wood-fired grill. Further east, adjacent to the Italian Cultural Centre, La Piazza Dario is a classic fine dining room with a welcoming Florentine feel. Myriad mainstays roam from linguine di mare to veal scaloppine al marsala to free-range chicken with gorgonzola sauce. The wine list spans the globe but has solid Italian depth.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit HiredBelly.com.

Retro Revival: Let Your Nation’s Flag Fly

Nov. 2018

The World Shirt by Mondetta Originals, featuring an Irish flag

Everything old is new again—especially in the world of fashion. Sometimes that means scrunchies and fanny packs, but other times something refreshingly retro makes a comeback. Like the World Shirt by Canadian sportswear brand Mondetta Originals. The iconic flag sweatshirt’s updated look means you can wear your heritage on your sleeve—literally. The collection represents seven nations, including Canada, and has a removable sleeve patch with over 170 country options. We’ll take that over a tube top any day. Find it at Below the Belt

Multitasking Makeup for Travel

Nov. 2018

Short on suitcase space? Multitasking make-up from IT Cosmetics has the answer. The cult-favourite beauty brand’s skincare-and-make-up hybrids deliver truly transformative results. Top sellers include the Superhero Mascara that flies off shelves thanks to the buildable formula and volumizing collagen, and the CC+ Oil-Free Matte (pictured), a triple threat that delivers full coverage, anti-aging skincare ingredients and SPF 40—all in one. Stock up at Sephora.

NHL’s Erik Karlsson Suits Up with RW&CO.

Nov. 2018

Karlsson wears The Traveler Suit from RW&CO.

When NHL hockey defenseman Erik Karlsson isn’t blocking shots on the ice, he’s scoring style points in a suit from RW&CO. The Canadian retailer’s latest collection of high-performance suits features three on-the-go options, all crafted with comfort in mind. The Traveler Suit is a power play for those on the road—it boasts inner pockets for passports and earbuds, and can withstand airport dashes and overstuffed suitcases thanks to wrinkle-resistant, shape-recovering fabric. Plus, the sleek, tailored look helps every man look like a winner. Score!

Finny Fare on Granville Island

Nov. 2018

Photo by KK Law

Nestled right under the Granville Street Bridge, overlooking False Creek, The Sandbar is a seafood lover’s delight, featuring a wood-fired grill and a sushi bar all under one roof. Favourites include cedar-planked salmon, alder-grilled sablefish and a cornucopian West Coast seafood hotpot, with fish, prawns, scallops, mussels, clams and more. Weekend brunch lures with a variety of eggs Benedict—choose from back bacon, smoked salmon or avocado and pesto—while the popular weekday happy hour yields good deals on share plates and wines by the glass.

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

Guo Pei’s Stunning Couture at the Vancouver Art Gallery


Photo courtesy of SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film

To Jan. 20, 2019 Recognize this stunning yellow silk cape (pictured)? Rihanna wore it to the Met Gala in 2015, propelling Beijing’s top couturière, Guo Pei, into the international spotlight. Resurrecting pre–Cultural Revolution tailoring techniques, Pei crafts gowns that combine imperial Chinese opulence with avant-garde aesthetics. Explore her stunning styles at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Guo Pei: Couture Beyond.

Luxe Lounge: D/6 at Parq Vancouver

Nov. 2018

Gaze out at BC Place Stadium from D/6 Lounge’s picturesque perch inside Parq Vancouver

Seeking the perfect spot for an afternoon escape? Head to D/6. Tucked away on the sixth floor of Parq Vancouver, this lively lounge isn’t just for evening cocktails. The small-bites menu ranges from wings to flatbread to sushi, while the billiards table is enticing at any time of day. See if you can find the hidden room, tucked away behind a bookcase. Or head outside to the rooftop deck, which boasts a truly unusual view, looking up at the spokes of BC Place Stadium. Insider tip: when heading up to the sixth floor, try to ride in the futuristic elevator that feels like stepping inside a disco ball.

Main Street Eats

Nov. 2018

Dishes change seasonally at Campagnolo, but the agnolotti with caramelized zucchini and ricotta filling is a favourite (Photo by KK Law)

Just across from Science World, discover a trio of worthy stalwarts. Campagnolo celebrates the best of Northern Italy. Book in downstairs for arancini, strozzapreti bolognese, or risotto with prosciutto that’s been butchered and cured in-house. But don’t miss the tucked-away bar upstairs. A few steps north, settle in at Bodega on Main, a true Spanish outpost, for tapas such as garlic prawns, grilled chorizo, fried calamari and much more, with a glass of Tempranillo. A few more steps lead to Torafuku, which translates to “lucky tiger” in Japanese. This buzz-worthy haunt epitomizes the city’s vibrant Asian fusion with tongue-in-cheek plates such as The Donald, a char-grilled duck breast with shaved foie gras, and Finding Dory, a sake kasu–marinated halibut. And don’t miss the tasting menu.

Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery: All in the Family


“The Space Between” by Corrine Hunt

Nov. 17 to Dec. 29, 2018 Some vases hold water, others hold history. Such as “The Space Between” (pictured) by famed First Nations artist Corrine Hunt. The vibrant wood-and-acrylic vessel features an inherited raven crest, a treasure included in the dowry of Hunt’s great-great- grandmother. Her ancestor was also considered the first notable artist in a long line of celebrated artists—a legacy also captured in the vase’s design. For more of Hunt’s remarkable works—and history—see Resilience at Coastal Peoples.

Meet the Artists: Eastside Culture Crawl


“Suspended Disbelief” by Vanessa Lam (Photo by Kris Graves)

Nov. 15 to 18, 2018 Want to get up close and personal with Vancouver’s vibrant art scene? Peek into the homes and studios of local talent. No, it’s not snooping. It’s the 22nd-annual Eastside Culture Crawl, where 500-plus artists open their doors to more than 35,000 art admirers. Start your self-guided tour by downloading a map from the Crawl’s website, then peruse one-of-a-kind pieces by artists like Vanessa Lam (“Suspended Disbelief,” pictured).

The Greatest Gift: Seasonal Shopping


Illustration ©Svetlana Chistobeva/iStockphoto.com

Nov. 7 to Dec. 24, 2018 It may be too early to hear sleigh bells ring, but it’s never too early to start whittling away at your shopping list. Make spirits bright with locally crafted treasures from one of the many studios and shops on Granville Island, or fill stockings with offerings from more than 300 Canadian artisans at the Circle Craft Christmas Market (Nov. 7 to 11). Nostalgic merrymakers love Christmas at Hycroft (Nov. 15 to 18), where festive vendors fill every nook and cranny of an Edwardian mansion decked out in traditional finery, and revel in the open-air magic of the German-themed Vancouver Christmas Market (Nov. 21 to Dec. 24). An exemption from the panic of last-minute shopping? That’s the greatest gift of all.