Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go Options

With just days to go until Thanksgiving Dinner, it’s hard to juggle a busy work and home week as well as plan to cook a bit meal for friends and family. Why not take some of the pressure off? Leave the cooking to someone else so you have more time to spend giving thanks for those gathered around the table.

Here’s a few places that will do the preparations for you this year;

Fairmont Vancouver Airport :
Fraser Valley Slow-Roasted Turkey
Dinner for 8-10 $399
Order by October 8th by phone: 604-248-3281 or email
Pick-up on October 13th and 14th.

Sutton Place Hotel :
Thanksgiving Turkey To-Go
Dinner for 10-12 $375 (plus optional add-ons)
Order by noon October 8th by phone 604-682-5511 ext. 34
Pick up October 11th to October 14th

Hendricks Resto-Lounge at Westin Grand :
Thanksgiving Turkey Take Out
Dinner for 4 $240 / Dinner for 8 $450
Order by October 8th by phone 604-647-2521
Pick up October 12th to October 14th

Hawksworth Catering at Bel Cafe Kitsilano :
Herb-Roasted Turkey
Dinner for 8-10 $399
Order 3 days in advance of pick up by phone: 604-605-3325 ext 1 or online

H2 Rotisserie & Bar at Westin Bayshore :
Rossdown Farm Turkey Take-Out
Dinner for 6-8 $250 / Dinner for 10-12 $325
Order by email

Whether you order from one of these, or go out to have dinner out, enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Whitecaps FC reveals 2019 Season

WhitecapsFCThis week, Whitecaps FC and the MLS revealed the 2019 schedule kicking off the preseason February 8, 2019 in Honolulu, HI.  Home fans will get their first look at new coach Marc Dos Santos’ new look team when 34 regular season  gets underway March 2nd hosting Minnesota United FC at home in BC Place.

Vancouver’s regular season includes a home and away game against each Western Conference team, and one match either home or away against Eastern Conference clubs, including a visit to expansion side FC Cincinnati on August 3 ,and a visit from Wayne Rooney’s D.C. United on August 17 at BC Place

In celebration of the historic 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl triumph by the “team from the Village of Vancouver”, Whitecaps FC will host an anniversary match on August 31 against New York City FC, reminiscent of the 2-leg semi-final victory over New York Cosmos at Giants Stadium which sent the Whitecaps to the Soccer Bowl.

Whitecaps Pride Night

Other highlights of the season include Cascadia Cup home fixtures against Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers in March and May, a visit from Canadian rivals Toronto FC on May 31st.   Community matches include, Jeans Day, in support of BC Children’s Hospital FoundationSaturday, April 27 vs. Philadelphia Union.  Pride Night is Saturday, May 25 vs. FC Dallas and the annual Legends & Stars Charity Match takes place Saturday, September 14 vs. Houston Dynamo.  

The season on Decision Day, as all league matches kick off  at 1 p.m. PT. The ‘Caps host Western Conference rival Real Salt Lake at BC Place in the regular season finale.  The new fixed-bracket, single-elimination format for the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs begins on October 19 with the 2019 MLS Cup is set for November 10.

The 2019 Canadian Championships schedule is still to be announced.  For more details and information on the Whitecaps FC 2019 season visit

BC Home + Garden Show 2017 opens tomorrow

With just a month to go before spring arrives, now is the time to start planning your projects at the 2017 BC Home + Garden Show. Opening tomorrow, through February 26, 2017, at BC Place Stadium the 46th annual show fills the stadium with everything to give you fresh ideas for the coming year.

With real estate being so much at the forefront and such a big part of household budgets, people are spending more time at home and doing more to increase their home’s value.   Top home improvement celebrity experts, gardeners and award-winning chefs will be on hand to share their knowledge with the public. DIY, cooking demos and hands-on classes for crafts, gardening and other projects take place throughout the 5-day show.

The main stage welcomes HGTV personalities; Bryan Baeumler of Bryan Inc, Carson Arthur and Tiffany Pratt from Home To Win and Mike Holmes Jr of Holmes + Holmes.  Joining them on the main stage, garden experts Brian Minter, Leanne Johnson, Steve Whysall and many more help your green thumb.

The Cooking stage welcomes guests from Fable Kitchen, Odd Society Spirits, Mission Kits, Virtuous Pie, Big Rock Brewery and The Juice Truck all on hand to share ideas and aspirations for your kitchen.

Throughout the show floor, visitors will find other inspirations and be able to get advice at the featured; FloForm Lounge, Container Laneway Home by Honomobo, BC Hydro Smart Home and garden displays throughout BC Place.

It’s not all just dreaming either, take home some arts and crafts by making them yourself in the hands-on Workshops or shop from the M(ART)Ket or Portobello West Market .

The BC Home + Garden Show runs February 22 – 26, 2017 at BC Place Stadium. Discounted tickets and details are available online

12 Days of Christmas Present Ideas – Day 6

Today’s 12 Days of Christmas gift idea is rather illuminating.  Something decorative for the home is always a great idea but even better when it’s practical.

Estandsons_img_0954I was lucky to recently receive an Established & Sons’ FOLD Lamp from Inform Interiors at IDS Vancouver, which lead to today’s gift idea.  The stylish lamp isn’t something I would think to purchase for myself but was a very welcome addition to the living room. Established & Sons, the British design brand curating innovative and contemporary design,  has a wide selection of beautiful, modern and practical pieces for the home, like the FOLD lamp.
Inform Interiors also has a wide selection of pieces in-store and online. From $20 glassware, to extravagant home furnishings, you’ll find inspiration for everyone on your list.


IDS West 2014 gets the party started

Thursday night, International Design Show West (IDS West), the West Coast’s premier residential design showcase, packed the Vancouver Convention Centre for an opening night party to kick off its 10th year.

The Party On Opening Night, presented by Cosentino, brought out a huge crowd to be the first to see this year’s latest and greatest in residential design.  Furniture, fixtures, flooring, roofing, gardening and more are all on display from 250 exhibiting retailers, designers and manufacturers until September 28th.   Open to public as well as trade, the show also features a line up of guest speakers on the Living Space stage and GRAY conversation stage.  Celebrated designers Sarah Richardson and Kimberley Seldon headline with panels of some of North America’s best designers.

IDS West 2014 runs until September 28th at Vancouver Convention Centre West, open to the public from 4pm – 9pm Friday, 10am – 6pm Saturday and 10am – 5pm Sunday. Tickets $15 for single days, $25 weekend passes.

Find Great Finds at Walrus

Located in the heart of the Cambie Village, Walrus is a boutique filled with creatively curated brands and pieces with an emphasis on Canadian brands. I recently attended an in-store event for the launch of the Native Shoes Spring Summer 2014 line at the shop and was impressed by the vast array of goods in the small space.
As their tag line states, the shop is “a pleasant surprise”, Home Decor, Jewellery, Fashions, Gifts, Kitchenware, Apothecary, Garden and Stationary might sound like a department store but all these items are found on the crisp white shelving within Walrus.   Herschel Bags, Native Shoes, Malin + Goetz, Secrid, Billykirk, Miansai, Braun are just a few of the local and international brands sitting along side to take home.

Search out your own finds at Walrus the next time you need a gift or just a little pick me up for yourself.

Walrus is located, in the Cambie Village,  at 3408 Cambie Street or shop online at
Follow them on Twitter @WalrusHome, and Instagram @WalrusHome.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013 – Home Decor & Accessories

If you’re in need of a last minute gift idea before running out to a Christmas gift exchange, there are plenty of great gift shops in Vancouver. Every neighbourhood has it’s own local shop, filled with chachkas and trinkets for a small hostess gift or present. Most feature even more substantial gifts and home accents, works of Art, kitchenware, bed and bath accessories all carefully curated by the store owners.
Stop by shops and find out what the shops have discovered from their shopping excursions to bring to your hands.

espace d (pictured above) on Richards, The Cross on Homer St, or Fine Finds on Mainland in Yaletown

Homewerx and its sister shop, Room In Order on Davie Street in the West End.

Old Faithful Shop on West Cordova, Parliament or Örling & Wu on Water in Gastown.

All are just a few of the terrific shops in downtown Vancouver along, where you can get almost all your gifts for you Christmas list in one location! Look around your neighbourhood and see what you find in your local shop.