March 3, 2015

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2015

37th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival tasting room at Vancouver Convention Centre West on February 26 and 28, 2015.

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2015 | Vancouver Convention Centre West

Savour Australia. That was this year's theme for the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival as it featured the wines of Australia. VIWF celebrated with a global focus on the shiraz and syrah. For the signature festival tasting room, there were over a thousand wines from 170 wineries across the world. Here's a quick glimpse inside the tasting room. I only wished I had drank more.

March 2, 2015

From the Weekend: Hawkers (Gonna Hawk) Market x Kingsway

Hawkers Market at The Independent at Main building on Kingsway in Mount Pleasant on February 28, 2015.

Hawkers Market | The Independent at Main

Hawkers Gonna Hawk. Hawkers Market, the growing local, independent food market, keeps evolving, adding more elements and vendors to its quarterly Saturday night lineup. A healthy crowd packed the empty 188 Kingsway building (a Rize Alliance development property) early and often with a long line for standby tickets after selling out earlier in the day with a steady stream of attendees refilling the event well into the night.

February 26, 2015

Interview: Ovey Yeung Loves You Back.

"The things I want to do wouldn't have been possible without your support. Thank you."
#WeLoveOvey | Ovey Yeung Loves You Back | hit-and-run victim | Scars Are Beautiful

Life After Getting Hit By A Car. You probably know Ovey Yeung. I do. (Facebook tells me we have seventy mutual friends in common.) She's a popular person and a regular social butterfly. On August 4th, 2014, she was the victim of a serious hit-and-run car accident. What followed was a roller coaster ride of emotions for her friends and family that played out all over social media and in the local news. While in the ICU and in a medically induced coma for over a week, her close friends quickly launched a campaign of support dubbed #WeLoveOvey and raised a staggering $42,963 (from an original goal of $25,000) to support her recovery costs from a broken pelvis, arm, and major brain injury.

February 25, 2015

Review: Losing 'Focus' – Will Smith and Margot Robbie Drop the Con

Will Smith Margot Robbie | Focus

The problem with con man films is the filmmakers behind them sometimes are unable to resist conning the audience along with its characters. Will Smith and Margot Robbie make for a very appealing pair of professional grifters an when they inevitably part ways, we struggle to figure out who is conning who. The ambiguously titled Focus is sly and fun, but writers/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa choose too many divergent paths, trying both to entertain and fool you, proving their cleverness along the way.

February 24, 2015

From Sundae to Dessert x Glenburn Soda x Burnaby Heights

Dessert at Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionery on East Hastings in Burnaby Heights on February 18 and 21, 2015.

Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionery | Burnaby Heights

Walking into Glenburn Soda is like travelling back in time and stepping into a 1940-50s soda shop with its fountain service, bar stools, retro styling, and general blast from the past look and feel.

February 23, 2015

Review: 'What We Do in the Shadows' Mocks Everything Vampire

Jemaine Clement Taika Waititi | What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows is a dryly hilarious, straightforward mockumentary that never breaks while skewering the loir around vampire mythology and iconography. Co-written, co-directed, and starring New Zealand comedians Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (collaborators on the similarly excellent Flight of the Conchords HBO show), the film really invests in its fresh take on old characters to mine simple yet sophisticated comedy about its subjects so genuinely.

February 19, 2015

From Howe to Beer x Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House x Gastown

Beerfest at Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House on Beatty Street in Gastown on February 11, 2015.

Howe Sound Brewing | Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House

From Howe Sound Brewing in Squamish, Devil's Elbow is their "tied house", off-site brew pub.