July 1, 2015

WEEKENDER | Gibsons x Roberts Creek x Sunshine Coast

Find Bick's A Burger | Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

Sunshine Coast—(June 19 to 20, 2015) Last weekend, I teamed up with Bick's Pickles to go on (and document) a little road trip and ferry adventure. Inspired by Bick's Lost at Sea Burger recipe—a salmon fillet burger topped with shrimp and lobster atop a brioche bun—we headed to the aptly named coastal destination and specifically, the locals of Gibsons and Roberts Creek in our beautiful province of British Columbia.

June 30, 2015

REVIEW | Channing Tatum Rides It – 'Magic Mike XXL'

"There are better ways to work this sh*t out."
Channing Tatum | Magic Mike XXL

Channing Tatum really is magic. Magic Mike XXL, the super-sized sequel to the 2012 low budget, indie comedy about male strippers (or "entertainers"), is something else entirely and more akin to an exploration of fan service. Wrapped in middle-aged male bonding and artistry, the second film is full of more energetic fun as director Gregory Jacobs continues to explore the '70s style voyeuristic playfulness Steven Soderbergh established so well the first time around but with a much lighter touch.

June 29, 2015

DINING | ChineseBites x Shiang Garden Seafood x Richmond

Shiang Garden Seafood Restaurant | Richmond, BC

Richmond—(June 25, 2014) After a long hiatus, ChineseBites and their signature dining tours have returned. After a few dinners at other Asian and Chinese style eateries, we returned for another multi-course Chinese banquet style dinner at Shiang Garden Seafood Restaurant among the company of local foodies.

June 25, 2015

BEERFEST | Persephone Brewing x Gibsons x Sunshine Coast

Persephone Brewing | Gibsons, BC

Sunshine Coast—Located in the town of Gibsons, British Columbia, Persephone Brewing Company is quite the charmer. Central in town and a short car ride from the Langdale Ferry Terminal, Persephone labels itself as being all about "beer farm fresh" and it certainly lives up to that moniker. You can actually see and smell the farm's growing hops, live chickens, and general barnyard setup as you enter the facilities.

June 22, 2015

REVIEW | 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' and All the Feelings

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Earl could easily be no more than the sum of its quirky movie clichés and coming-of-age indie cinema parts. Based on Jesse Andrews' novel (adapting his own work for the screenplay), first time director Alfonso Gómez-Rejón uses stylistic flourishes and a unique perspective of complex teenage subcultures to really capture an earnest experience of growing up quite remarkably.

June 18, 2015

REVIEW | Sweet Emotions – Pixar Goes 'Inside Out'

Disney Pixar | Inside Out

Pixar has done it again. Inside Out is a return to form for the animation studio after a string of sequels and more conventional fare. It's a masterful film that uses animation to explore the complexities of human emotions, abstract idea, and feelings in childhood splendidly. Up director Pete Docter has crafted another truly touching and affecting universal story stretching the medium of CG animation.

June 15, 2015

GRUB | Tacos and Horchata x La Taqueria x Fairview Slopes

La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop | Cambie Street, Vancouver

Fairview SlopesLa Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop is a quick and easy but still very delicious eat-in or takeout meal option in the bustling Cambie meets West Broadway neighbourhood. Always friendly and full of Mexican spirit, La Taqueria is already on its third location (four if you count La Mezcaleria on Commercial Drive) for good reason. As the name suggests, it's all about tacos with a healthy dose of variety while maintaining a no-nonsense appeal.