Category Archives: Vancouver

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Vancouver is my hometown. It’s where I grew up and where I live. I love to share the city’s stories.

My Vancouver travel writing has appeared in Fodor’s guidebooks, the Vancouver Courier, PAX News West, Hitched Magazine, North Shore Living Magazine, YP Dine, and more.

FOR TIME OUT’S LIST OF THE WORLD’S COOLEST NEIGHBOURHOODS 2021: Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

While the creek that fuelled Vancouver’s nineteenth-century brewery boom is long gone from Mount Pleasant, this historic neighbourhood remains the city’s go-to spot for craft beer – it’s easy to hit half a dozen tasting rooms in an afternoon on foot. The otherwise nondescript industrial and office buildings of this ever-evolving area are festooned with multi-storey murals, while its classic brick warehouses and storefronts are home to great vintage stores, galleries and artists’ studios. The neighbourhood vibe is perhaps best captured by Dude Chilling Park, so named after a guerrilla art installation mimicking an official city sign kept appearing with this name. Locals rallied to make the sign official, and it now has public art status.

The perfect day: Line your stomach with a peanut butter and jelly doughnut, plus locally roasted coffee, at 49th Parallel before strolling down Main Street to the cluster of breweries between 8th and 2nd avenues. Finish your night with craft cocktails at The Narrow Lounge or catch a show at the Fox Cabaret.

Plan your trip: For the Vancouver Mural Festival, in August, which culminates in an epic street party with multiple stages across Mount Pleasant.

Read the whole list at Time Out

For YP Dine: Sweet spots for a slice: Vancouver’s best pie shops

Move over fancy cupcakes and designer doughnuts – pies are making a comeback. A new generation of young bakers are shaking things up with fun shops and innovative flavours that will satisfy the most modern palate, and classic pie shops continue to deliver the quality that has kept them in business for decades. No matter what kind of pie you’re craving, here’s where to find the perfect slice.

Read the list at YP Dine

For YP Dine: Vancouver’s best rooftop patios

After a long, soggy Vancouver winter that drizzled its way right into spring, there’s nothing to perk up Vancouverites’ spirits like a sunny afternoon on a rooftop patio. A glimpse of the city’s killer views from any one of these perched hotspots makes all those rainy days seem like a distant memory. Grab a seat for your dose of vitamin D.

Read the list at YP Dine 

For REW.ca: Five Great Thing About Living in … Richmond

Located just south of the Fraser River, Richmond is literally minutes from Vancouver by car or transit. The city’s large Asian community (65 per cent of residents) makes it an important hub of Asian culture in the Lower Mainland.

It’s also a culturally significant site of Metro Vancouver’s maritime history, with National Historic Sites at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and Britannia Shipyards.

Read the rest at REW.ca