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Scout Magazine
PO Box 88401
Vancouver, BC
V6A 2T0


Scout Magazine – launched in late 2008 by local writers/photographers Andrew Morrison and Michelle Sproule – is Vancouver’s leading food and culture website. Its main objective has been the same from the start: to ‘scout out’ and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. It does this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit.

Advertising, partnerships, and membership in the Scout Community is strictly curated. We do our best to promote only small, independent businesses, first timers just starting out, and like-minded companies that exemplify the best of British Columbia. If your company would like to learn more about the benefits of working with Scout, please contact Mitsumi Kawai or Michelle Sproule (see below).

Andrew Morrison



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Vancouver-born Andrew was a 20 year veteran of the food and restaurant trade before he became an award-winning food writer and restaurant critic. In 2008 he and Michelle Sproule launched Scout Magazine, which has since become the city’s leading food and culture resource. He is a graduate of South Africa’s University of Cape Town (Modern History, Classics); the editor of the Vancouver Cooks cookbook (2010); the co-author and editor of the Sobo Cookbook (Taste Canada winner, 2015); the co-author of the Araxi cookbook (2016); the Senior Judge at the Vancouver Gold Medal Plates cooking competition; the National Referee and Co-Senior BC Judge at the Canadian Culinary Championships; an advisor to both the Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants guide and enRoute Magazine’s annual Best New Restaurants In Canada issue; and the proud father of two boys with exemplary table manners.

Michelle Sproule


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Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and studied in Australia and at the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from the University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s shops and streets with her two very best friends, a beat up camera and a 50mm lens. Her weekly Scout List – a curated compendium of Vancouver’s most interesting happenings published every Tuesday – is also printed every Thursday in the BC edition of the Globe & Mail newspaper.

Nicole Arnett



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Nico’s a born and bred Vancouverite who cares deeply about what’s for lunch and knows a thing or two about restaurant life. Wandering around with her son, Oscar Foxtrot, and the marvellous entrepreneurs who make this city such a excellent place to call home are two of her favourite things.

Monique Nicholas



Monique Nicholas harassed the editors of Scout for several months to let her contribute. The recent Lit grad from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo is a former editorial assistant of Solo Press poetry magazines. She’s interested in all things poetic and any type of writing that might induce an existential crisis. You can find her scouring through old postcards in antique shops and hunting down the best West Coast IPA on tap.

Treve Ring



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Treve Ring covers the world of wine for Scout. An in-demand wine journalist, judge, speaker and certified sommelier, she has an alphabet of wine diplomas and a laser focus on Champagne. She has lengthy and diverse list of international writing credits, across both print and digital publications. In addition to her role at Scout, she is national managing editor of WineAlign, executive editor at Gismondi On Wine, BC editor for SIP Northwest Magazine, Canadian contributor for Meininger’s Wine Business International, and a regular contributor to Quench Magazine, The Vancouver Sun, Wine Enthusiast and The Alchemist, amongst other publications. Treve is an established wine judge in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. When not tasting at the Trevehouse, she is found on a plane or in a vineyard.

Meagan Albrechtson



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Meagan Albrechtson is a Vancouver-based writer who has spent the last six years covering lifestyle and culture for various print and online publications. When she’s not testing out recipes from Bon Appetit on her friends, she enjoys venturing to new places within the city and beyond. She also manages a blog called Lolita Magazine where she curates wisdom by interviewing local entrepreneurs, creatives and business owners. Although she grew up in the B.C. wilderness, she also considers Toronto her ‘other home.’

Joey Armstrong



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Food & lifestyle photographer Joey Armstrong loves to cook, photograph and (especially) eat food in Vancouver, BC, or wherever she travels (which she wishes was more often). When she isn’t making a mess in the kitchen, taking and editing photos, or scouring thrift stores for unique tableware, you’ll find her drinking great coffee (or red wine) anywhere she can find it.

Carlos Mendes



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Carlos is Scout’s beer writer. He’s a beer industry lawyer and a beer blogger with a particular interest in the intersection of craft beer, community and place. Since discovering the wider world of beer, Carlos has spent much of his free time visiting breweries across North America and beyond to enjoy the numerous stylistic variations and sheer deliciousness of his favourite beverage. In the intervening years between trying his first industrial lagers and spending his evenings sipping spontaneously fermented ales, Carlos played in a few bands, received a Master’s degree in European Cultural History, and generally tried to live out of his rucksack whenever he could. These days, when he’s not busy advising clients in BC’s craft beer industry or writing about beer for Scout, Carlos can often be found at one of his local ‘yeast van’ breweries, sharing a flight or two with friends, or some pretzels and pepperoni sticks with his two young kids.

Ken Tsui


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Ken Tsui is a filmmaker and edible pop-up event producer who was raised in a Chinese-Canadian restaurant. Whether he’s writing food stories, making a documentary on a model plane fanatic, directing a music video for Defektors, setting up a Twin Peaks pop-up coffee and pie shop, serving folks at Eat Together suppers, transforming neighbourhood coffee shops into temporary street food stalls, or helping to re-invigorate the Chinatown Night Market, he’s always doing it full-on with a smile. He currently spends his spare time cracking jokes on a podcast called “On Second Thought” and has developed a reputation for being a surprisingly competent dance machine.

Marshall To


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Marshall To is a chef and aspiring photographer from Red Deer, Alberta. He grew up in the family business (the restaurant trade), spending a lot of time packing deliveries, rolling wontons, and annoying the front and back of house staff (to be 100% honest, that last part hasn’t really changed). Although he still enjoys cooking, he’s found a new calling behind the camera.

Talia Kleinplatz


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Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Talia Kleinplatz fell in love with food at the apron strings of her mother and grandmother whose kitchens wafted the intoxicating aromas of fresh dill, homemade pies and painstakingly slow-cooked brisket. She completed her degrees at Concordia and McGill, graduating with a Master’s in Social Work in 2009. Her six years in Montreal taught her to eat well but it was her move to Vancouver in 2011 that taught her to drink well. In 2013 she launched her award-winning cocktail blog, Two For The Bar. She lives in South Granville with her husband and her three-legged, curmudgeonly cat.

Sean Orr



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Sean Orr started writing letters to the editor right around when he dropped out of Geography at UBC, although the two are unrelated. Shortly after that, this thing called blogging was invented and he started writing for Toronto (boo) based Beyond Robson. Sean held that ship afloat with his Morning Brew column until Andrew Morrison came to him with Scout. It was clearly the better choice. Other than being really good at stirring things up, Sean is a photographer, frontman in the hardcore-punk band Needs, laptop producer with his project Tassels, dishwasher at L’Abattoir, and proud DTES (Gastown) resident.

Shaun Layton



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Shaun Layton is Scout’s new spirits writer. Born and raised in Vancouver, Layton has helped to maintain a top notch bar scene in Vancouver over the last decade (and since day one at Gastown’s L’Abattoir, where he is the Bar Manager). He also runs his own bar consulting company, designing programs and training staff for small and big restaurants in Vancouver and as far away at St.John’s, Newfoundland. Layton has competed and travelled throughout the USA and Europe, touring distilleries, breweries and bars. He was recognized in 2010 as the Bartender of The Year by Vancouver Magazine..

Stevie Wilson



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Stevie Wilson is a writer, editor, and historical researcher with a passion for public history. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, she is also an historical film producer and all-around useless trivia buff. She’s taking a new look at Vancouver’s local history (and how we remember it) with You Should Know, a Scout column that aims to reveal to readers the places and things they see but might not understand.

Sam Philips



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Victory Gardens is a team of local urban farmers for hire. Lisa, Sandra and Sam help transform tired or underused residential and commercial green spaces into food producing gardens. Their goal is to challenge the way communities use space and to participate in the change needed to consume food more sustainably. For the rest of the growing season, they’ve hooked up with Scout to share some cool tips and tricks on how to get the best from of our own backyards.

Nic Bragg



Nicolas Bragg is the Creative Director and Brand Manager at Zulu Records. A frequent freelance journalist and music consultant, Nicolas is always a good person to talk to – especially when it comes to vintage high-fi gear and the legacy of Advent’s “fried egg” or even something as essential as which television bootleg to start with. Additionally, Bragg is the principal axe man in the band Destroyer.




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