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Scout Magazine – launched in late 2008 by local writers/photographers Andrew Morrison and Michelle Sproule – is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture websites. 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 best tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit.
We believe in community – not clickbait.
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 Michelle Sproule (see below).
PUBLISHER AND MANAGING EDITOR
Michelle is Scout’s owner, operator, and from-the-hip picture-taker, who is very particular in her appreciation for margaritas, honey glazed donuts, and the thickness and grain of the paper she writes on. An experienced road-tripper, she’s got equal amounts of love for both roadside dives and hotel lounges.
Thalia moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver as a vegan, wannabe art student, and a beer and wine naif. Over a decade later, she is now an omnivorous, beer- and vini-vorous food and culture writer. She is in her most natural state perched at a local bar or brewery, with a pen or book in one hand and a pint in the other.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Kiko has spent much of her life in kitchens. Pastry Chef by trade, she occasionally writes about magical things happening around the city, how we can do better by each other in the service industry, and good food.
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COLUMNIST | TEA & TWO SLICES
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, experienced dishwasher, and proud DTES (Gastown) resident.
COLUMNIST | HOW TO COOK VANCOUVER
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Maciel was born in Vancouver and raised bilingually with a deeply instilled sense of East Side pride. She has persistently wondered “¿que hay para cenar?” (what’s for dinner?), and was ushered into the kitchen at a young age by her wonderfully patient grandmothers. She has a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from UBC and balances out the rewarding – yet taxing – demands of a healthcare career with a deep love of all things food. In 2017, she launched Some Like It Salty, a blog dedicated to her ongoing home cooking projects. In her spare time, she can be found purposefully strutting down Commercial Drive or staring mindlessly into the fridge while eating mayonnaise directly from the jar.
Rhys Amber may have started his career in the restaurant industry as a line cook, but these days he’s using that experience to engage fellow chefs in discussions about what motivates them, what frustrates them, and how the industry can improve.
COLUMNIST | ARTS & CULTURE
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Born in Vancouver, Kristin Lim has worked in the art world for over 17 years across three countries. She is passionate about contemporary art and telling people about it. She can often be found exploring the city by bicycle, seeking out an obscure gallery, pop-up show, or new exhibition. One day, she plans to officially launch her art tours of Vancouver and abroad, which combine her love of food, beer, hiking and cycling, and of course, art.
COLUMNIST | YOU SHOULD KNOW
Christine Hagemoen is a 3rd generation Vancouverite who’s been working in the culture and heritage sector for over 15 years. An avid photographer, historical researcher and self-identified flâneur, Christine is constantly looking around her city and discovering things she wants to know more about. Christine loves delving into Vancouver’s history and reflecting on how it informs our present and future.
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Jamie Mah currently works as a bartender at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. He’s an NBA junkie, lover of a good cookie, and the fellow behind the food and culture blog, Track and Food. He’s uncomfortable with long silences and he tends to ask too many questions. A big fan of Danny Meyer who is currently finishing up his WSET Diploma, he loves all things hospitality. You can usually find him shooting hoops up at Strathcona Park.
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James is a shirt-tucking, sleeve-rolling, pen-over-pencil kinda guy who maintains a tenuous relationship with the ampersand. His heroes include: Teddy Roosevelt, Han Solo, and Joan Didion. His enemies: Spiders, Coravins, and Comic Sans. James is right handed, skates goofy, and prefers his last word with mezcal over gin. Answers to “Jamie”, but not to “Jim”.
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J-school grad and about-8-year restaurant industry vet, originally from Toronto, Madeline has held pretty much every FOH role there is from hostess at a Texas-themed chain restaurant where she went by the name ‘California’ and a bartender at a downtown Toronto sports bar during the Raptors championship, to early morning barista at JJ Bean and most recently manager of beloved Wild Thing Snackbar. An almost-somm obsessed with natural wine and deep appreciation for a good cappuccino, she’s now looking to combine her admiration for the industry and those who make it run with her love for writing and editorial work.
ORIGINAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | PUBLISHER
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.
Sadly, Scout lost Andrew to cancer in 2021.