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Coulter Curated Presents: Best of Vancouver Part I

19 Apr

I. Best Place to Feel Like You’re in Italy: Yaletown Gelato.
For a pittance more than the cost of a single scoop, order the most delicious *unadvertised* gelato cocktails in town! My favorites: Amaretto & Sweet Vermouth and Lemon & Limoncello!

II. Best Place to Feel Like You’re in Britain/Ireland/Boston: Go Fish Ocean Emporium.
British Isles fare served up with an East Coast flare. This is the perfect storm of Fish & Chips (witness below)!

III. Best Place to Feel Like You’re in Japan: Kamei Royale.
The Seafood & Lobster Miso Chowder, Samurai Power and Rapture Rolls are out of this world. As my honey says: This is the type of place you want mob ties to. Domo Arigato Kamei Royale!

IV. Best Place to Feel Pampered: Suki’s.
I am not the most adventurous with my hair. As a reaction against the short bobs of my youth, I keep my hair very long, very classic. Shiny, healthy, feminine, and low maintenance are my mantras when it comes to hair. Simon, my stylist at Suki’s, understands this, and his minimalist aesthetic matches mine to a T!

V. Best Place for Feel Free and Easy (a Pup Addition): Spanish Banks.
Four paws up, says Pup. Not to be missed, says Pup. Glad to be a dog in Vancouver, says Pup. At low tide, you can walk half a mile out- instead of chasing cars, Pup can chase container ships, that is until she gets distracted by crabs and other such tide pool characters!

VI. Best Place to Indulge Your Inner Fashionista: Misch.
You know I love me some Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, and Rag & Bone!

VII. Best Place to Feel Like You’re in Spain: Bin 941 Tapas Parlour.
The New York Times says: “Rub elbows with the Hollywood exiles at this tapas bar that looks like it was designed by Gaudí on a wine bender.” I love ducking out of the rain and into this whole-in-the-wall West End eatery and cozying up to my honey over some steak frites (with the frites piled halfway to the ceiling)!

VIII. Best Way to Travel in Style: Float Plane.
Playing into my romantic ideals, most of BC is inaccessible by road. One must take a float plane to navigate much of the terrain. I love going down to Coal Harbour with Pup to watch the sea planes land. They’re so graceful as they descend from the sky and gently glide across the water. In my most George Costanza-esque moments, I’ve considered becoming a seaplane captain, and my honey’s gently reminded me that I may need flying lessons first. Must learn to fly!

IX. Best Place to Feel like Julia Child: Granville Island Public Market.
I grew up in Cambridge, down the block from the original Savenor’s, the exotic butcher shop and gourmet grocer favored by Julia Child, a mythical neighborhood fixture who never opened her door on Halloween. I used to love strolling the isles of Savenor’s as a little girl, marveling at all the exotic wares, especially the meats: zebra, ostrich, snake… I love doing the same at Granville Island Market, truly a food lover’s paradise!

What are some of your favorite places in Vancouver? What are some of your favorite places in your area? What are some of your favorite places in the world?


Pup in Wonderland

12 Apr
Vignette of Pup in the Style of Provincial English Artist George Morland et al.

Pup, Orienteering around Beaver Lake

Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver

22 Feb
Jeremy Bloom

After a night of partying at the USA House- I got to meet four-time Olympic gold medalist John Naber and Olympian/ESPN Broadcaster/Philanthropist Jeremy Bloom who founded the Jeremy Bloom Wish of a Lifetime Foundation for low income senior citizens- my honey and I decided to escape the Olympic fray and head out to Lighthouse Park.

A View of Bowen Island from Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park, located on the Straight of Georgia at the the mouth of Howe Sound, is an ancient forest full of virgin Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock and Red Cedar. An incredible energy pulses through this old growth forest that simply must be experienced. I always feel so tranquil here, breathing in the air and basking on the hot rocks that lead down to the water like sea lions. Only a half-hour from downtown Vancouver, Lighthouse Park is the perfect place for a romantic picnic as the sun sets over Vancouver Island or to come and meditate.

Pup, In Her Element

Alas, we could not stay away from the Olympics for long and returned home at dusk to make Bellinis and watch the hockey match. I must say, I wish Canada had won.

Vancouver 2010: A Week in Review

20 Feb
Photo courtesy of subactive_photo
The Olympic Torch

As Week 1 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics comes to a close, I thought I’d share 10 things I’ve learned:

  • There’s nothing funner than watching Women’s Moguls at the gelateria with your honey and an Amaretto and Sweet Vermouth cocktail.
  • Pup is completely transfixed by the nightly pyrotechnics show. She better not start playing with matches.
  • Trying to get into a free Wilco concert can be likened to being trapped below decks when the Titanic is going down- can be, but probably shouldn’t.
  • George Clooney is as elusive as he is handsome.
  • Forget patriotism- the whole world was rooting for Shen and Zhao.
  • Colbert said it best- Canadians are chant whores.
  • The Americans are cleaning up and Canadians are none to pleased, though you’d never know.
  • Vancouver police humor themselves by doing the Hippie Hippie Stomp.
  • Nobody rocks an Olympic team uniform like an Eastern European.
  • There are distinct snickers among the media when there’s mention of Estonia.
  • I guess you can have a Winter Olympics without snow.

Happy Birthday Pup!

15 Feb
Pup, age 2
Vintage Pup

Pup in the Park

7 Feb
Pup, Enjoying the View at Prospect Point Lookout, Stanley Park

Pup, Ready to Blow this Popsicle Stand

Wintering Ducks, Third Beach, Stanley Park

Looking Forward to in February

1 Feb
11 February: Fashion Week

Fashion week kicks off in New York- then on to London, Milan, and Paris!

Photo courtesy of Tim in Sydney
12-28 February: Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

I fell in love with the Nagano Winter Olympics (devotees will recall my Johnny Moseley impression)! There’s something so Nancy Drew meets James Bond about it all! Living in Vancouver for the past couple years, it’s been so exciting feeling the anticipation for 2010 build! If I’m incommunicado during the games, it’s because I’ve either set up camp at LiveCity, am enjoying the craic at Irish House, or trying to track down Stephen Colbert! T-11 days and counting!

14 February: Valentine’s Day

15 February: Pup’s birthday

Bowie turns 2! Hopefully she won’t become an angstful teen!

19 February: Shutter Island

Scorsese and DiCaprio are such class acts for making such first rate films- The Departed is my all time favorite! Paramount, not so much for pushing back the release date. As if Martin and Leo weren’t enough of a draw, Denis Lehane’s brilliant homage to classic Gothic literature is storytelling at its absolute best. Tom Stechshulte reads it wonderfully.

28 February: Hyannis Marathon

I’ll be cheering my sister on as she runs her first marathon. Go Doone! I’ve already been promised the exclusive interview, so stay tuned!

February: Road Trips

To the North: The Sea to Sky Highway. To the South: The Pacific Coast Highway. It doesn’t get more beautiful than this! Cue the wide shots and Wagner in the spirit of James Bond zipping along the corniche. Well…more like Canned Heat in the spirit of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty going up the country in their old jalopy.

This one goes out to Skinz:

Doone, is that Audrey Griswold at :22 seconds?!