December 22, 2014

From Pasta to Kitchen x Nicli's Next Door x Gastown

Pasta making and tasting inside Nicli's Next Door's kitchen in Gastown on December 8, 2014.

Nicli's Next Door | Gastown, Vancouver

Nicli Antica Pizzeria's aptly named sister restaurant next door has quietly built up its reputation as a kitschy yet sophisticated ristorante in its own right. Nicli's Next Door is a stylish and authentic Italian eatery with a cool, casual vibe, drowned under the stark yellow lights, while the kitchen focuses on small bites (think Italian tapas), meats/cheeses, and array of pastas.

December 18, 2014

From Tuna to Lunch x Basho Cafe x Grandview-Woodland

Lunch at Basho Cafe on East Hastings in Grandview-Woodland on December 18, 2014.

Basho Cafe | East Hastings @ Grandview-Woodland, Vancouver

After making Mashable's list of 24 restaurants foodies couldn't stop talking about in 2014, I had to make it over to Basho and see what the fuss was all about.

December 15, 2014

Review: 'Top Five' – Chris Rock Walks and Talks It Off

"It's never just a movie."
Chris Rock | Top Five

Top Five is easily comedian Chris Rock's first successful cinematic vehicle as a filmmaker. As both the writer and director, he's mostly able to get across his energetic brand of comedy and highbrow artistic sensibilities. He balances thoughtful, broad comedy and African-American experiences while channelling Woody Allen's version of New York with his own. It's most watchable when it uses famous faces (none funnier than J.B. Smoove) and every New York based black comedian to satirize the Hollywood lifestyle.

December 11, 2014

For the Holidays x Yew Seafood + Bar x Four Seasons

Holiday party at at Yew Seafood + Bar inside the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver on December 10, 2014.

Yew Seafood + Bar | Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

'Tis the season for holiday parties, festive gatherings, and winter menus. Yew at the Four Seasons Hotel threw a little shindig to celebrate all things Christmas related and show off their seasonal seafood offerings.

December 8, 2014

VIFF 2014: Reese Witherspoon Goes 'Wild'

Reese Witherspoon | Wild

Wild could easily be a superficial vanity project. It has all the prestige bait elements with an A-star actress scrubbing it up, dressing down, and reinventing herself to play a real-life person on a solo journey of self-discovery. Fortunately, Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, author/screenwriter Nick Hornby, and producer/star Reese Witherspoon have crafted a thoughtful, grounded drama about personal struggle amidst the setting of the great outdoors.

December 4, 2014

From Coffee to Treats x Small Victory Bakery x Yaletown

Coffee break at Small Victory Bakery on Homer Street in Yaletown on November 27 and 28, 2014.

Small Victory Bakery | Yaletown, Vancouver

Yaletown is making a comeback. After only being open a couple of weeks for their soft launch, there's already some healthy positive buzz around the new Small Victory Bakery.

December 1, 2014

Review: Race 101 – 'Dear White People' is for Everyone

Dear White People

Dear Black People is a bold, thoughtful, and subversively hilarious riff on race issues in contemporary America. First time filmmaker Justin Simien frames the tension of race relations through a prestigious Ivy League campus and its traditionally black students against the privileged white ones. While using universal and very American themes of racism, Simien dissects societal labels and identities cemented through youth with sophisticated satire.