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Fitness: 10 Unique Holiday Gifts for Fitness Fanatics

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Princess Labrador| December 2011 The holiday season is here! As shoppers search for something unique, quite often they’ll find the gift of fitness is on the list. Wondering what to get for that hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list? Read on to get some gift ideas for the active person in your life. Vapur Anti-Bottle…

Wellness: Tis the Season to Indulge … or is it?

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By Erica Blitz | December 2011 No matter which holiday you celebrate, December in Canada means two things: an abundance of food and too little daylight! This combination of excess calories and minimal light often translates into a lack of exercise, weight gain and a general feeling of the ‘blahs’. But wait a minute—isn’t it…

Entertainment Spotlight: Charming Chanteuse Ali Milner Wins Hearts on Cover Me Canada

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By Cole MacKinnon | December 2011 Vancouver-by-way-of-Whistler singer/songwriter Ali Milner has generated an enormous amount of buzz over the past few months. Her performances on the hit CBC show Cover Me Canada saw the charming chanteuse winning over judges and new fans alike with her unique interpretations of Canadian classics (Shania Twain, Crash Test Dummies,…

Dining Guide: Best Pancakes, French Toast and Waffles in Town

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By Tara Lee | December 2011 Syrup, whipped cream and fresh fruit, all piled on a stack of fluffy pancakes—sounds pretty darn good, especially after sleeping in on a Sunday morning! Even better is when the buttermilk pancakes are layered with pulled pork and then slathered with Jack Daniels maple syrup. If pulled pork and…

Thirsty: Vancouver’s Best Craft Beer Stores

By Joe Wiebe | December 2011 While the government liquor store chain does offer a solid range of craft beers from BC and elsewhere, Vancouver has several excellent private liquor stores that specialize in craft beer. That is where you will find seasonal and limited releases from BC’s craft breweries that rarely make it into…

Reads : The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver

By Joe Wiebe | December 2011 The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver Harbour Publishing, $49.95 512 pages, including 500 photographs The story goes that upon arriving in Vancouver from wintry Winnipeg in 1944, nine-year-old Chuck Davis looked up at his father and said, “I think we’ve come to the right place.” His initial fondness…

Cinemascope: Toy Story – The Holiday Musical

By Michael van den Bos | December 2011 BABES IN TOYLAND (aka: MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS – 1934) Starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy / Directed by Gus Meins and Charles Rogers Laurel & Hardy were one of the most beloved and funniest of movie comedy teams. They started their onscreen partnership in the…

Made In Van: A Basketfull

By Noa Glow | December 2011 It took just one 90 minute yoga class for Laurie MacPherson to hatch a plan to build the perfect bike basket for her 1975 vintage cruiser. “Actually, the idea popped into my head … 30 minutes in, so it really only took about 45 minutes for the whole thing…

Art Work: Craft Fairs

By Noa Glow | December 2011 Does your to-give list call for one-of-a-kind, locally made (with love) gifts? Look no further than the many craft fairs happening in Vancouver this holiday season! Inspired by London’s Portobello Road, Portobello West lets local artists and designers—like Kim Olexson, who makes fine, feathered accessories under her Rlove label—show…

Get Out: Holiday Lights

By Noa Glow | December 2011 Whether in a forest, on a mountain or under the sea, some of the best places to view holiday lights this season are exciting and—at times—unexpected. Bright Nights in Stanley Park (December 2 to January 2; closed on Christmas Day) transforms the forest with two million-plus lights, earning accolades…