Ten Minutes With The Queen of Kitsilano
One or twice a week Scout poses 60 questions to a local who has made life in BC that much more interesting. They pick and choose which ones they’d prefer to answer, with a minimum response rate of 20. A Rorschach test, for sure…
For the past 21 years, Sophie Dikeakos has been the owner of the eponymous Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe on West 4th. She is a community icon, a super cool lady, and the unofficial undisputed Queen of Kitsilano.
First memory: Hitting my head after falling off a donkey.
The number of fist fights you’ve been in: One.
Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: I live in Kitsilano…close to work, close to the beach, and close to my friends.
The thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating: Doritos, the spicy ones.
Default drink of choice: Campari and soda.
Drink you’ll never have again: Slivovitz.
Sexiest fashion item for the opposite sex: Just the bowtie.
Favourite wine varietal: Red.
The person you can imitate: Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday Mr. President”.
One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver: Move it closer to San Francisco.
Cheap place for dinner: My place.
Book you’re reading: The Bible: a biography by Karen Armstrong.
Last place traveled: Penticton, BC.
Dead film actor you wish was still making pictures: Heath Ledger.
Best sneaker in the world: The pesky racoon that lives in my neighbourhood.
Place in BC that you love escaping to: Our farm in Penticton.
Under what circumstances would you join the army: As a guest chef.
Best bar stool in the city: Chow Restaurant.
Dumbest purchase ever: I bought a fake Prada bag on Canal Street in NYC and the label fell off the next day.
Saddest thing about Vancouver: Too many overcast days.
Most challenging part of owning a business: To be patient.
Talent you wish you possessed: To play the piano.
Musical instrument you long to play: The accordion.
Sport you gave up: Javelin.
Favourite book as a child: The Mickey Mouse Club, with Annette Funicelo.
Vancouverite you admire most: Gordon and Marion Smith.
The game you’re best at: Backgammon.
Best gallery in the city: The VAG.
Canuck you would trade away in a heartbeat: Fin the whale.
The scariest situation you’ve ever been in: When I got a heart attack.
A thing of no value that you will keep until you die: My mom’s Avon lipstick.
Best concert experience ever: The Gypsy Kings at Nat Bailey stadium.
How you waste time at work: Looking out the window.
The thing you wished people cared more about: Other people.
The dish you’re most proud of: My osso bucco – to die for in a white wine sauce.
Town you were born in: Iraklion, Crete.
Old television shows you can tolerate re-runs of: Mash, old reruns of Johnny Carson.
Quality you admire most in yourself: Being an optimist.
Album that first made you love music: My parents Greek folk records.
Default junk food of choice: Eatmore.
The career path you considered but never followed: Stage acting.
The one country that you have no interest in ever visiting: Zimbabwe.
Your top 3 films of all time: Citizen Cane, High Society, A Fish Called Wanda
The first three things you do every morning: Turn on TV. Turn off TV. Get out of bed.
The thing you’re addicted to: Gave them up.
Luckiest moment of your life: When my parents immigrated to Canada.
Cliche that you use too often: “Did anybody miss me?”