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Pi(e) Day

In Cuisine, Restaurant, Vancouver and Region by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

March 14th is Pi day, as the date matches the first three digits of the mathematical constant Pi: 3.14. As someone who once studied physics, and someone who loves pie the dessert, Pi day is a great excuse to have a sugary snack. So I headed to Granville Island to visit À La Mode, one of my favourite Vancouver pie …

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Beyond Chinatown? Traditional enclaves might be a thing of the past in Canadian cities.

In Vancouver and Region by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

As a food researcher, I often find myself in places where restaurants and other shops associated with a particular group cluster, a phenomenon known as the enclave. Vancouver has several such neighbourhoods, but they are constantly changing, and in some cases seem to be dispersing. Vancouver’s Punjabi market once boasted a colourful array of Sari shops, groceries, and restaurants. However, …

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Rhubarb squares

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Canadian cuisine relies heavily on seasonal food, which makes this point in the year a point of anticipation. We know that Spring is out there somewhere, but for the moment the snow is still flying, the rains are still lashing the West Coast, and fresh seasonal foods are still a few months away even here in Lotusland. At this time …

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Vancouver Winter Farmer’s Market

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It may still be winter, but the days are rapidly getting longer and Spring isn’t far off. For cooped up Vancouverites desperate to get outside, the Winter Farmer’s Market at Nat Bailey Stadium is a nice place to get psyched up for Spring. I headed over last weekend to remind myself that a winter farmer’s market can have a lot …

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The 2013 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

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The weather is cool and rainy these days, leaving plenty of room on the seawall for afternoon strolls and setting the perfect backdrop for a cup of hot chocolate. For a few more days the city’s chocolate experts are offering their best for the 2013 Hot Chocolate Festival. This event takes place all over the city, giving everyone the perfect …

A last night at the Ridge

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The uproar over the closing of the Waldorf highlights a growing wave of reaction in Vancouver.  While much of North America is still mired in the economic doldrums, change in Vancouver is proceeding at a blistering pace. Notices of rezoning are popping up in front of many iconic buildings including several along the Hastings corridor and the Broadway corridor. Vancouver …

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Urban life and home delivery

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Sand and Feathers has been on a short, and not entirely voluntary, holiday hiatus. I have been sick with a hellishly bad flu that has kept me indoors and in general dampened my ability to enjoy holiday cheer. It is an unusual thing for me to spend any amount of time eating nothing much at all; it is even more …

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The new Port Mann Bridge

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The last week people have been asking me what I think of the new Port Mann bridge, given that it is between my house and my university. I drive in a couple of times a week, usually, and the last year and a half the traffic and construction has been somewhere around apocalyptic. The highway and bridge is now half …