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Review From The Studio

"See" a film, "read" a book, "try-out" clothing, jewelry, accessories or “engage” in dialogue about “what we know that ain’t necessarily so” in the interest of maintaining “a healthy, curious mind in a healthy active body”.

False Creek at night
Documentary: Vancouver: No Fixed Address:
VIFF at  Vancity Theatre,
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
 
As an urbanite living in Vancouver’s increasingly  dense downtown core, I have watched with increasing dismay, as housing prices and rents have sky-rocketed and rental vacancies have become rare as unicorns. Traffic congestion is appalling, little used bike lanes impede traffic flow while cyclists ride aggressively in streets one or two further over that do not have designated bike lanes. And we are told that the geniuses at City Hall are still planning to get rid of two of the busiest routes for entry and exit...
Tasting Wine & Cheese: Cover photo by Glenn Scott Photography

One of my guilty pleasures, indulged in only when I know for sure that I will not be out dancing cheek to cheek, is to munch on a chunk of Dutch Cantenaar cheese topped with a scallion or spring onion. Another is to slather  toasted dark rye bread with my special butter/olive oil spread, and when the butter has soaked into the toast, smear on a layer of German Cambazola cheese.  While the cheese and onion doesn't really pair well with wine, my rye and Cambazola toast tastes wonderful with a glass of Gewurtztraminer or Riesling.

As one who has...

the Junior Entrepreneurs EXPO site

For the summer holidays. my grand-daughter CJ was enrolled in a summer camp program called College For Kids at a local community college. Among the range of courses including languages, design, art, theatre  sports and more, for her first two weeks  she chose robotics, theatre improv and a class with the intriguing title,  "Future Millionaires and Junior Entrepreneurs". 

Designed for ages 9 to 16 years, "Future Millionaires and Junior Entrepreneurs" runs for 1 hour and 45 minutes each day over 8 days, culminating on Day 8 with the Junior Entrepreneurs Business Expo. The concept is to teach children how they...

Natasha Macaller aka dancing chef

A professional ballerina turned professional chef, who has just authored a cookbook in which Vanilla is the star! That hit three of my hot buttons - dance, great food and my favorite flavour and aroma, vanilla. And as someone who turned to working in the arts after a long career in science, I was fascinated to learn about how and why a dancer became a chef. 

So as soon as I read that Natasha MacAller would be in Vancouver for a book signing at Barbara Jo's Bookstore, I knew I wanted to meet her in person. We had arranged to...

Vanilla Table by Natasha Macaller

Vanilla - a lush sweet aroma and flavour that inevitably entices me to indulge in more sweet or frozen desserts, cakes and chocolates than I probably should. It's hard to resist those sweet treats.  But I hadn't thought much about vanilla in the context of a savoury dish, until I saw a listing of recipes from Natasha MacAller's Vanilla Table.

Guest chef contributorsThis paean to vanilla was partly inspired by a visit to the Heilala plantation. an organic, fair-trade, family business in  the Kingdom of Tonga....

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