August 27, 2015

GATHER | Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2015 x Canada Place

Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2015 | Canada Place

Waterfront—(August 25, 2015) A sea of diners, dressed head-to-toe in their best late summer whites (right before the Labour Day cutoff), celebrated the 4th annual Dîner en Blanc Vancouver dinner party descending upon Canada Place early and staying well into night.

August 24, 2015

TREAT | First Look x UYU Ice Cream x Gastown

UYU Ice Cream | Gastown, Vancouver

GastownUYU Ice CreamAbbott Street's newest ice cream parlour is now open and serving organic soft serve made from fresh ingredients. "Uyu" means "ice cream" in Korean as they're bringing more of Southeast Asia's dessert culture to Vancouver.

August 20, 2015

REVIEW | Sex, Drugs, and 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl'

"I had sex today. Holy sh*t!"
Bel Powley Kristen Wiig Alexander Skarsgård | The Diary of a Teenage Girl

The very misleadingly titled The Diary of a Teenage Girl, based on Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel, is a powerfully frank, provocative story about a 15-year-old girl's experiences with sex, drugs, and everything else you could think of in 1976 San Francisco. Actress turned filmmaker Marielle Heller makes an auspicious screenwriting/directorial debut as she admirably takes on the difficult task of openly expressing the simultaneously empowering and confusing sexual awakening of a teenage girl without any moralization.

August 17, 2015

GRUB | Lunch and Pasta x Ask for Luigi x Railtown

Ask for Luigi | Railtown, Vancouver

Railtown—I'm definitely late to the party, but I finally got around to dining at the much buzzed about and award-winning Ask for Luigi ristorante. It already has a high reputation for a relatively new eatery with long lines and spectacular reviews. I snuck in for an early lunch to avoid the crowds.

August 13, 2015

REVIEW | 'Straight Outta Compton' Follows the Money

"Our art is a reflection of our reality."
N.W.A. | Straight Outta Compton Movie

Straight Outta Compton was always going to be an inherently compelling and captivating story based on the subject matter of following the careers of members of the groundbreaking rap group, N.W.A (aka N*ggaz Wit Attitudes). Its unique success story of urban unrest during a turbulent time and place ultimately suffers from the same problems of most musical biopics and autobiographical histories as producers Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Tomica Woods-Wright (Eazy-E's widow) all have vested interests in cementing their respective ongoing legacies, images, and million dollar brands.

August 10, 2015

WEEKENDER | Summer Seafood Boil x Boulevard Kitchen

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar | Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver

West End—To celebrate their first anniversary at the ritzy Sutton Place Hotel on Burrard Street, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar and Executive Chef Alex Chen are currently holding a weekly Summer Seafood Boil Series full of Southern style comfort food every Sunday night throughout the season—and now extended into September.

August 6, 2015

REVIEW | 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' – A Stylish Throwback

"For a special agent, you're not having a very special day, are you?"
Henry Cavill Armie Hammer Guy Ritchie | The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E., based on the popular 1960s television series, comes from filmmaker Guy Ritchie who recreates all of the era's sexy spy genre troupes and Cold War politics in a very polished package. Coming off a string of diverse and subversive spy movies this year, including Kingsman, Spy, the latest Mission: Impossible, and forthcoming Spectre, U.N.C.L.E. plays it both straight with a standard save the world threat as it dials up Ritchie's trademark cinematic tricks and flourishes while amping up a sense of light fun and adventure quite well.