ABOUT SCOUT Who We Are & What We Do



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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 the restaurant critic at the Westender (2005-2012). In addition to his daily oversight of Scout, he contributes to publications such as Condé Nast Traveller, Monocle, and Harry magazines. He is a graduate of South Africa’s University of Cape Town (Modern History, Classics); the editor of the award-winning Vancouver Cooks cookbook (2010); the co-author and editor of The Sobo Cookbook (2014); the Senior Judge at the Vancouver Gold Medal Plates cooking competition; the National Referee and Head BC Judge at the Canadian Culinary Championships; an advisor to enRoute Magazine’s annual Best New Restaurants In Canada issue; a past Board member of the Chefs’ Table Society of BC; and a few other things besides.

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.

Mitsumi Kawai



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Mitsumi Kawai manages Scout’s community relations, connecting with members and small businesses that make each of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods unique and exciting. She takes inspiration from people who take risks to create something that contributes to their local communities. She achieves her happy balance by working in Gastown and retreating to the cozy and quiet life on Bowen Island.

Maya-Roisin Slater



Maya-Roisin Slater speaks English, and is doing her best to turn that into a career. Her words and photos can be found in publications such as BeatRoute, Discorder, and Lotusland Mag. She also enjoys writing nauseating poetry, pretending gluten-free-vegan slop is food, and bullying costumers at German sausage empire Bestie.

Treve Ring



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Treve Ring will be covering the world of wine for Scout. She is a wine journalist and judge with an alphabet of diplomas. A certified sommelier, she shares her knowledge of wine and like bevies through the (often wryly) written word. She is an in-demand wine journalist, speaker and consultant, and one of Canada’s national wine judges and critics. In addition to her role at Scout, Treve is the Drink Editor of EAT Magazine, the BC Regional Editor and Senior Travel Writer for SIP Northwest Magazine, and the Contributing Wine Critic for WineAlign. When not tasting at The Trevehouse, she is on the road, working her way through visiting and tasting every wine region worldwide – a seemingly and fortuitously endless goal.

Ken Tsui


FOOD WRITER | Staff Meals, Never Heard Of It

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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.

Daniel Colussi



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Daniel Colussi is the Music Editor of Scout Magazine and a contributing writer to Ion Magazine. A veteran employee of Ditch Records and Zulu Records and all around tuneage aficionado, he DJs on an extremely infrequent basis and plays in a pop band called The Shilohs.

Alexa Harder



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Alexa Harder is the hard-working social media manager at Scout Magazine. She recently received her Bachelors of Commerce degree from McGill University and has returned home to study Communication Design at Emily Carr University. She enjoys collaging, reading, cooking, and exploring the neighbourhoods of Vancouver for inspiration and really good food.

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.

Robyn Yager



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Robyn Yager is the style reporter for Scout Magazine. She is enthused by anything out of the ordinary, loving art, striped shirts, macchiatos, classic literature and picking through thrift stores for unique treasures. Her mission is to inspire Vancouverites in their sartorial choices and to see beauty and style everywhere.

Grady Mitchell



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Grady Mitchell is a writer and photographer in Vancouver. He’s written and/or taken photos for Sharp, Flare, ION, The Queens Alumni Review, The Lab Magazine, Color, Chart Attack and a bunch of other people. Please don’t try to touch his bellybutton. He’s got a weird thing about it. You can see more of his work at www.gradycmitchell.com.

Luis Valdizon



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Luis Valdizon is a Vancouver-based multidisciplinary creative. We are thrilled to have him join us because we have been huge fans of his since we first came across his photographs of Le Marche St. George a couple of years ago. His guiding philosophy is this: “In order for my city to matter to me, I need to matter to my city. ” Thus, through art direction, design, photography and film, he has begun to uncover the character of interesting small businesses and the people behind them on his new website, When They Find Us.

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 2012 as the Bartender of The Year by Vancouver Magazine..

Chuck Hallett



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Chuck Hallett lives and works downtown. His passionate obsession with craft beer borders on insanity. When not attempting to single-handedly financially support the local brewing industry through personal consumption, he spouts off on his award-winning beer-themed blog: BarleyMowat.com. If you’re in a good beer bar reading this, odds are he’s sitting next to you. Be polite and say hi.

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.

Rebecca Slaven



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Rebecca Slaven is a librarian, writer, and cyclist. Her subject specialities include law, beauty, and croquet. Her format specialty is the how-to guide. She mostly rides her bike to work but has cycled as far as San Francisco. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

Ariel Taylor



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Ariel Taylor is an aspiring writer and professional student living and working in Vancouver’s West End. Though never short on opinions, she approaches most things in life with an open mind and a grain of salt. She suffers from acute wanderlust and as a result can be packed for most adventures in 10 minutes or less.

Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch, 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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  • Enjoying a jacked fire hydrant on a hot day in Strathcona
  • Auto contrasts
  • Publish transit
  • Bobby cooking corn on Mackenzie Beach
  • Storefront in Soho
  • Strathcona Soccer Club
  • Dude hailing phantom taxis...
  • Tweet: I hate my dad more than his shoes...
  • Tofitian hand on Tofitian bum
  • On the pass during the first service at Gastown's L'Abattoir
  • Good times in the forest
  • Rob Feenie
  • Monk at Cox Bay
  • Run for your lives! The Kingyo crew wins for Best Casual Japanese
  • BC bud is expensive in Soho
  • Tatted back...
  • Alex Morrison, Frontside 5-O
  • Joy Road Catering Joie dinner  @ Gods Mountain Okanagan 2010 196
  • Andrew and Heidi @ Gods Mountain 720
  • Running meatballs
  • Odds and ends and ebony cocks
  • UBC FarmADE
  • Joe, the terror of Londontown, at George
  • Owner/chef Julio Gonzalez-Perini of Lupo looks up from his pans
  • Waldorf Hotel | Staff training on the day before opening
  • Inebriated Canadian with mullet + friend
  • Zip line
  • Okanagan fries
  • whistler
  • Dudes enjoying the ferry...
  • The Diamond | Mexican food and excellent cocktails | 6 Powell St. | Gastown
  • No idea what happened here...
  • Joy Road & Joie supper at God's Mountain
  • Forgotten ravioli
  • Maple Tree Square
  • Re-Up
  • Steve da Cruz, owner of The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe, enjoys opening night
  • I Wish Too to be Absorbed | Emily Carr Grad Show
  • Alex Morrison at Leeside
  • Geoff Robinson, moments after winning the Inniskillin ice wine cocktail competition at The Diamond (his home bar)
  • TUCG aftermath
  • Bone marrow heaven...
  • Burrard Bridge - Twilight
  • Awesome restaurant sign in Toronto
  • Bao Bei
  • Naramata feet
  • Andrew and the boys enjoying the Night Market in Chinatown
  • Inside the renovated Museum of Anthropology
  • Inside Six Acres
  • Shaun and Rodney
  • Peaches in Naramata
  • Sean Heather at the almost finished Judas Goat
  • Rosy and Victoria doing menu inserts at the Yaletown location of Hapa Izakaya, just days before opening
  • Perfect corn at UBC FarmADE
  • Outside the Borshch and Bike Sale in Strathcona
  • Sexy!
  • Banner day on Granville
  • Penticton wind chime
  • I want that!
  • Guilt & Co. underneath Chill Winston Vancouver
  • Naramata Heritage Inn
  • Fashion statement
  • Nice marketing at No. 5 Orange
  • TUCG chefs plating
  • Granville Street
  • Sweet at The Wick
  • Backside lipslide on Main St.
  • Whirling past the station
  • Sophie at George
  • I want that one!
  • Cork & Fin, nearly finished
  • Gesticulation lessons
  • Elephant Island Pink
  • Paw dude
  • Bottled
  • Owner Erv Salvadore | Lucy's Eastside Diner
  • Mushrooms at L'Abattoir
  • Bike sale in Strathcona
  • An elephant at Elephant Island in Naramata
  • Fossil hunting in the Okanagan
  • Cartel co-owner James Iranzad on opening day
  • Scott Hawthorn, co-owner of Judas Goat
  • When West's David Wolowidnyk concentrates, he emits a high pitch sound that causes dogs to bark from miles away
  • This Soho morning-after supermodel horked up and spat out a huge loogie just a second before Michelle took her picture. Disgusting but awesome.
  • Acme Cafe under construction at 51 West Hastings
  • Gnarled
  • Spring street drain
  • Then tell me.
  • Andrew and Dana at the Okanagan Feast of Fields
  • Nice place to hang
  • Incongruous
  • Save On Money
  • Coconuts Go!
  • Strathcona family
  • McLean Park, Strathcona
  • Chinatown chow
  • Keanu empathy
  • Ovaltine Cafe
  • Naramata
  • Ovaltine Cafe
  • Olympic Hoser
  • God's Mountain | Summer 2010
  • Calabash on Carrall, nearly finished
  • Michelle in the West Village, scarfing a meringue with berries
  • Waiting for Ramen at Momofuku Noodle Bar (we do better noodles and stocks here in Van, but they include pork belly...checkmate)
  • Joy Road goodies
  • House in Strathcona and approaching storm
  • Mugged
  • Mailing letters in a great dress
  • Andrew takes a break at the Tofino skatepark
  • Red Wagon
  • Demo day at L'Abattoir Restaurant in Gastown | owners Lee Cooper, Paul Grunberg, and Nin Rai
  • Green light in New York
  • What are you eating? Water. Yeah, me too.
  • Joy Road &Joie supper at God's Mountain
  • GIrls at the Union Sq Market
  • Weird cylon man seen on West Cordova
  • Chefs in Vancouver hide in the back or around the corner for their smoke breaks. In New York, they sit on the sidewalks and fart a lot while playing tetris...
  • The view of Skaha from the Joy Road & Joie supper at Gods Mountain
  • Cafeteria | Owners Andrey Durbach and Chris Stewart
  • Strathcona fire hydrant love on a hot day
  • Fuck, another order of meatballs...
  • Walking Broadway in New York
  • Brooklyn - Diner
  • Knockouts Tannis Ling (Bao Bei) and Sophie Taverner (The Diamond)
  • Elephant Island Pears
  • Listening to Bel Biv Devoe and wearing a thong...
  • Old Faithful
  • Drugs
  • Meat & Bread is coming soon
  • Eight thousand three hundred and forty seven...eight thousand three hundred and forty eight...
  • Deana on the beach in Tofino
  • Exchange
  • Off the vine detail
  • Main Street
  • Habit
  • IDS West 509
  • Michelle relaxing at Diner
  • No arguments here...
  • Joy Road Catering Joie dinner  @ Gods Mountain 2010 247
  • Training at L'Abattoir
  • Joy Road & Joie supper at God's Mountain
  • Reading with feet in the Washington Square fountain...
  • Joy Road & Joie supper at God's Mountain
  • Pechakucha
  • Hasting track
  • IDS West 375
  • A great friend, in her wedding dress in Massachussetts
  • Dry run at Sea Monstr Sushi | The bar
  • Waldorf Hotel | Exterior, looking east
  • Frankie digging Cartel
  • Dona Cata
  • Nico of Chambar presents his dish at the Gold Medal Plates
  • World Cup on Commercial Drive
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | Co-owner Mark Brand with chef Keith Allison
  • Peach pickin'
  • Waldorf Hotel | Installing speakers in the Leeteg room
  • Good morning New York...
  • Outside Please Don't Tell, a cocktail bar hidden in a telephone booth inside a seemingly innocuous hot dog joint called Crif.
  • Team "C" wins at the 2010 Vancouver Gold Medal Plates
  • Nadia, Kristopher and John during staff meal at L'Abattoir
  • IDS West 482
  • McClean Park waterpark
  • Ron Oliver crafting a julep
  • Dana Ewart of Joy Road explains her dish to the judges
  • November colours
  • Waldorf Hotel | Staff training
  • Save On Meats Signage
  • Waldorf Hotel | executive chef Ned Bell and sous chef Mike Wrinch
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | Dynamite rolls
  • Outside the Swan in Toronto
  • Hotel entrance exterior | Q4 al Centro
  • Freaky skull in the ROM
  • Farmer's Market
  • Toronto Terroir Hospitality Industry Symposium
  • Manhattan Beach, California
  • Outside Mario Batali's Babbo in New York (the biggest letdown of our trip)
  • Autumn on the Eastside
  • James and Michelle at Point No Point
  • Pies Pies Pies Pies at the Strathcona Harvest Festival
  • Former birds
  • Quang Dang presents his dish at the Vancouver Gold Medal Plates
  • Times Square, New York
  • The Drake in Toronto
  • Garden Party
  • Bobby Honey
  • Theo At The Dunlevy Snackbar
  • Grabbing a chef's service spoon at JB Prince, the coolest restaurant supply store in the universe...
  • Olympic Spirit
  • Critical Mass lowrider on East Hastings
  • Plating at L'Abattoir
  • Victory Food Market
  • Scout editor Andrew Morrison looking for fossils
  • June 2010 Mcs second try 571
  • Emily Carr Grad Show May 2010 091
  • Toronto Terroir Hospitality Industry Symposium 2010 120
  • Olympic Flame
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  • June 2010 Mcs second try 877
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  • BHP 521
  • Beacon Hill 437
  • Artie on the beach
  • Snow doesn't stop surfing in Tofino
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  • August 2010 203
  • Toronto Terroir Hospitality Industry Symposium 2010 032
  • MCS @ Scout 370
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  • Joy Road & Joie supper at God's Mountain
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  • Christmas @ Scout 028
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  • MCS @ Scout 022
  • Naramata 2010 532
  • Joy Road supper at God's Mountain
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  • June 2010 Mcs second try 212
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  • Parker Street
  • June 2010 Mcs second try 184
  • July 2010 mcs 255
  • Manhattan Beach man
  • Christmas @ Scout 044
  • Outstanding 2010 512
  • july 2010 214
  • july 2010 235
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  • Museum of Vancouver
  • tofino - august 2010 255
  • November 2010 MCS @ 590
  • November 2010 MCS @ 608
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  • June 2010 Mcs second try 621
  • Walking the beaches in Tofino
  • Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens lantern festival
  • Radishes - Growing Chefs at MOV November 2010 MCS @ 654
  • Growing Chefs MOV November 2010 MCS @ 668
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  • Sidewalk runway with purpose...
  • Frontside kickflip
  • Night in Chinatown
  • Outstanding In The Field Dinner | North Arm Farm | Pemberton
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  • around town June 2010 269
  • Ballotine of Wild Sockeye Salmon Sturdy’s sweet peas, salmon caviar and peppermint, Root Down organic greens and basil
  • Habit Coffee in Vitoria
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  • A pen and a cup of tea.
  • Zulu instore November 2010 MCS @ 344
  • MCS @ Scout 449
  • Zulu Records, West Fourth
  • Wow...
  • Colourful cab fare
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  • Surfer
  • Girl in Brooklyn
  • Owne and the Araxi crew
  • Cross my Art and Hope to Buy
  • Actor Russell Brand outside Grand Central Station on the set of Arthur, a remake of the Dudley Moore classic
  • IMG_1229
  • at Sidecut in the Four Seasons
  • Peckinpah | Tyson Reimer and Ryan Murfitt
  • Nice creeper stall on the Cox Bay mini
  • With the American press group in the wine room at Araxi
  • Cafeteria
  • Wear shirts, not clichès
  • A - in the crowd at the cheaper show
  • The temporary miniramp on Cox Bay
  • Tyler and Lorien at the Pemberton Distillery
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  • Zulu Records
  • Joseph Sartor, Cord Jarvie, Frankie Harrington before the opening of Meat & Bread
  • tofino 2010 June FAWF 478
  • Outstanding 2010 153
  • Michelle taking snaps...
  • L'Abattoir
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  • My desk and books in the new Scout office
  • Tannis, Alex, and Sophie at Bao Bei after the awards
  • Outstanding 2010 543
  • Tofino Food and Wine Festival
  • At the Tofino skatepark
  • Post-shift debrief.
  • Oops, we won for Best Informal Italian (L'Altro Buca) but we aren't open anymore...
  • MCS @ Scout 184
  • TDM raising a glass at the Okanagan Feast of Fields
  • Improvisation
  • Mmm...
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  • Bobby Lax at Naramata's Feast of Fields in 2010
  • Dogs taking a breather from the heat in Soho
  • Bobby Kay sees something she likes at Boneta
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  • Deliciously runned steak at Sidecut in the Four Seasons
  • Corinthian smoke break on Madison Avenue
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  • Can my wife take our picture? Are you Jewish? Sure!
  • Aww...
  • Guilt shrapnel
  • Mint Julep at The Diamond
  • Nada 927
  • Music
  • Beautiful dress at the TFWF
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  • Best. Couple. Ever.
  • IDS West 320
  • Geoff and Josh of The Diamond en route to an after-party
  • Hills in the South Okanagan
  • In my friend's apartment on Washington Square, trying to catch up on Scout stuff
  • Dona Cata 3
  • IDS West 292
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  • Naramata 2010 162
  • MCS @ Scout 060
  • Pear Naramata 2010 128
  • MCS @ Scout 039
  • JD Salinger lives!
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  • Surfing | Tofino
  • Tattooed dude: Let me take a picture of your emotional frailty...
  • Feast Of Fields Naramata
  • Rhys Pender marshalling sommeliers at a retreat
  • Naramata 2010 202
  • Tim in Naramata
  • After-party debauchery
  • Surfers on Cox Bay in front of the Long Beach Lodge
  • Working it...
  • Me...don't know why I'm looking like this...



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  1. great reading, really miss Andrew’s column in WE. Any news on whats moving into the old NU location under the False Creek Yacht Club. Chinese Restaurant called Chang An!!

  2. […] by Andrew Morrison | The next cool thing is a bit of transfixing design. I’ve been digging Tacofino since they first appeared as a food truck tucked in the back of Tofino’s gravel strip mall (their fish tacos and tortilla soup are highly addictive, not to mention restorative after a day and night of beach camping down the road at Bella Pacifica). I was therefore naturally very stoked when they launched a food truck in Vancouver, and overwhelmed with joy when they opened their brick and mortar joint on East Hastings last summer (mmm, tater tots!). But what really wowed me (and continues to wow me every time I go) was designer Omer Arbel’s phenomenal lighting installation that hangs from the ceiling like a medusa. It’s made of copper, blown glass, dirt, cacti, and electrical bits and bobs, and I love it […]