April 20, 2017

GATHER | Botanist Restaurant x Fairmont Pacific Rim

"Step inside Botanist, a world where day blurs into night..."
Botanist Restaurant | Fairmont Pacific Rim | Coal Harbour, Vancouver

Coal Harbour—(April 19, 2017) The hotly anticipated Botanist Restaurant and its and new culinary-forward concept located on the second-floor inside the Fairmont Pacific Rim opens soon featuring a west coast floral theme taking over the old Oru Cuisine space upstairs.

April 17, 2017

TREAT | Beta5 Chocolates x Spring Pop-Up x Cambie

Beta5 Chocolates Pop-Up | Cambie Street, Vancouver

Cambie—(April 7, 2017) Just in time for those April showers, Beta5 Chocolates and owner/pastry chef Adam Chander have re-opened their popular pop-up shop (same location as last) to celebrate Easter long weekend and their Springtime in Vancouver themed collection.

April 13, 2017

CINEMA | The Not So Fast and 'The Fate of the Furious'

Dwayne Johnson F. Gary Gray | The Fate of the Furious

The Fast & Furious franchise has come a long way. In the the first film sixteen years ago, Vin Diesel ostensibly starred as the villainous Dominic Toretto who, with his band of street racing criminals, stole DVD players off semi-trucks while driving Honda Civics. In the eighth inexplicably titled The Fate of the Furious (aka F8), journeyman filmmaker F. Gary Gray directs the international cast of super agents who must prevent nuclear war from a band of cyber terrorists.

April 10, 2017

CINEMA | Jake Johnson Bets Big to 'Win It All'

"My name is Eddie and I am a loser. I am addicted to losing."
Jake Johnson Joe Swanberg | Win It All Netflix

Comedian Jake Johnson and lo-fi indie auteur Joe Swanberg continue their fruitful filmmaking collaboration, after Drinking Buddies and Digging for Fire, in the Chicago gambling comedy Win It All. It's another uncomplicated yet endearing film, co-written and produced by the pair, about rather conventional people and the ordinary but interesting circumstances surrounding addiction and anxiety over self-change.

April 6, 2017

BEERFEST | Revisit x Strathcona Beer Company x East Van

Strathcona Beer Company | East Hastings, Vancouver

StrathconaEast Vancouver's Strathcona Beer Company, after an extended period of many months under a limited lounge license last year after opening, has been enjoying its full-blown tasting room status for the last few months while serving an expanded lineup of their craft beers.

April 3, 2017

CINEMA | Scarlett Johansson Haunts 'Ghost in the Shell'

"Maybe next time you can design me better."
Scarlett Johansson Rupert Sanders | Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell is the controversial live action Hollywood adaptation of the famed Japanese series of manga crime stories (aka Mobile Armored Riot Police) created by artist Masamune Shirow and adapted iconically through animation by Mamoru Oshii in 1995. Obvious issues of whitewashing aside, Rupert Sanders directs Scarlett Johansson as Major Mira Killian (originally named Motoko Kusanagi), a cybernetic humanoid with a transplanted human brain, in a visually stylish but dispassionately hollow film lacking any cultural awareness.

March 30, 2017

BEERFEST | Andina Brewing Company x Powell Street

Andina Brewing | Powell Street, Vancouver

Grandview-Woodland—After nearly a year of delays and red tape, East Vancouver's newest brewery from the Amaya family (founders/brothers Andrés and Nicolás and their wives), Andina Brewing Company, finally opened on Powell Street earlier this month to much excitement from the local craft beer community.