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Holidays in Vancouver


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president: Alvin Brouwer

One of the joys of celebrating the holidays in Vancouver is how the city transforms from one of glass and grey to one of rainbow hues and bright lights.


Kirk LaPointe EDITOR/lead writer: Sandra Thomas

It’s enough to warm the hearts of even the most cynical of teenagers — and those who love them.

Design: Marina Rockey Production: Rob Benac

Depending how you feel about the holidays — and the months leading up to them — they can be almost magical, with festive events, parties, dinners and shopping. Of course, if you’re not a fan, the festive events, parties, dinners and shopping can be stressinducing, which is one of the reasons we created Joy to act as your guide to the holidays in the city and beyond.

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Betty Jin, Iqbal Kassam, Carl Rudnik, Corinne Tkachuk, Chris Wilson cover photo: iStock

When it comes to shopping, I’ve been known to tackle it much like a strategic sport and get much of it done in one day. But, when I have time, I also enjoy spending the day shopping with a friend, starting with a leisurely brunch before hitting the shops and finishing the day off with a bite and glass of wine.

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However you decide to tackle shopping this year, let Joy be your guide — and, don’t forget to breathe. Sandra Thomas, editor


holiday brunch

All that glitters


Chef Trevor Bird recipe


Home for the holidays


Cocktail recipes


Don’t forget the fur babies


Chef Lynn Crawford recipe 19

Wander-list 10 Made in Canada


All about kids


Bring the bubbles


THINGS TO DO Holiday events calendar All gift items were available at press time. Product availability may vary throughout the holiday season.


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all that glitters The holidays are a time to shine


hen it comes to the holidays, there’s nothing like a little bling to set the mood, whether it’s lighting up your table, in a gift box or dangling off your ears.

When it comes to gift giving, jewelry is timeless, is always appreciated and can be purchased at multiple price points.

And at this time of year, shops and stores pull out all the stops with glittering displays and specialty items you might not find any other time of the year. Of course, that glitter pillow — the one that reveals the face of Nicolas Cage when you brush the sequins with your hand — has been available all year-long, so there are some exceptions.

But it’s not just jewelry that sparkles. As you’ll see by this list, glitter comes in many forms, from bedazzled steering wheel covers to blingedout teacups to a dazzling white gold engagement ring — (let your level of commitment choose).



A Diamond pendant Hello beautiful white gold and diamond pendant. This spectacular piece from Palladio is sure to bring the warmth of the sun with these brilliant stones set in 18 karat white gold. This piece is a show stopper. Palladio | 855 West Hastings St. palladiojewellers.com | 604-685-3885

B White gold engagement ring This stunning piece of art was designed and created by hand by the experts at Palladio, who used a raised, open “tension” style setting for the stone. Just imagine the look on her, or his, face when you slip this ring on their finger. For a personal experience, shoppers can also book an appointment with a professional consultant. Palladio | 855 West Hastings St. palladiojewellers.com | 604-685-3885



Enjoy the finest shopping and services surrounded by the stunning architectural heritage of Sinclair Centre.


C Whiskey teacup Don’t let its ladylike exterior fool you. This porcelain whiskey teacup with gold detailing features cheeky black text that lets them know you’re no wallflower. It’s perfect for those moments when you need something a little stronger (Christmas dinner with the family?). Pair it with the vodka and gin teacups for an Instagram-ready set that’s perfect for afternoon tea.

Retail HouRS:

Mon–Sat: 10am-5:30pm Sundays & Holidays: Closed

Chapters/Indigo Various locations | chapters.indigo.ca

D Glitter mesh bag Complete with a feminine hoop handle and a glittery finish, this romantic handbag is a must for your next special event. Le Chateau Various locations | lechateau.com

E Bling steering wheel cover Not only is this bedazzled cover fabulous, it also keeps your steering wheel cool in the summer. So really it’s just practical. carsoda.com


F Satin bra Even if you’re the only one who knows you’ve got this long-line silver bra on under your clothes, it’s guaranteed to bring out your inner Xena Warrior Princess just in time for that meeting. Victoria’s Secret Various locations | victoriassecret.ca

G Silver reflective logo face mask You don’t have to wait for an apocalypse to be the first to wear this fashion-forward face mask. This silver-tone mask features filtration technology with Velcro straps.


Marine Serre | Leisure Center 950 Homer St. | leisure-center.com 604-5581950

H Silver boots by Guidi These mid-rise, front zip boots in silver leather have a heavy metal look to them. Leisure Center | 950 Homer St. leisure-center.com | 604-5581950



Just steps from Waterfront Station 757 West Hastings Street sinclaircentre.com




home for the holidays Home is where the heart — and your rainbow disco ball decoration — is


hey say home is where the heart is — and it’s also where most people spend a majority of their time — so it’s important that your abode is not only comfortable, but practical for your lifestyle.

And whether you’re single and living in a micro-suite in Yaletown or a family enjoying life in the River District, you’re going to want to add a touch of personality to your home. For some that means hitting the thrift stores, for others it’s checking out discount retailers, such as HomeSense or Real Canadian Superstore, while others head to high-end design stores. The days leading up to the holidays are a great time to take


a look around your place and take stock — and maybe plan a refresh. It often doesn’t take much to make you fall back in love with your home again. The following are just a few signature pieces to get you on the right track — just in time for the holidays.

A 100% Mulberry silk and Canadian crafted goose down duvets These gorgeous duvets are available in a full range of weights to accommodate every type of sleeper and come in a variety of colours to fit any room. QE Home Various locations | qehomelinens.com


B S  ilky soft luxury sheets in natural fibres Sure you can slip in between sheets of the finest cotton or silk from QE Home, but don’t forget to also check out their “technical fabrics,” such as activated bamboo charcoal, which helps support a quality sleep. QE Home Various locations | qehomelinens.com


E Crosley Cruiser Turntable Lightweight in a charming suitcasestyle shell, this turntable is easy to use and a delight to hear. Built-in speakers can project music the old fashioned way or a headphone jack means you can also listen solo.


C Sam’s Original Art: Cultus Lake Sam wants everyone to be able to buy affordable paintings and he’s made that possible with the use of ultra-high resolution scanning and Giclee printing. Sam’s canvas prints are virtually indistinguishable from the original painting.

G Rainbow disco ball ornament Double down on the festive vibes with this ornament — because what says “ready to party” more than a rainbow disco ball? West Elm | 2947 Granville St. westelm.ca | 604-733-6730

Various locations | chapters.indigo.ca

F Burdock & Co cookbook: Poetic recipes inspired by ocean, land and air At Burdock & Co, chef Andrea Carlson harnesses the essence and power of the Pacific Northwest’s coastlines and creates groundbreaking menus. And now you too can create some of her awardwinning recipes.




Burdock & Co | 2702 Main St. burdockandco.com  604-879-0077

1736 West Second Ave. samsoriginalart.com | 604-738-1223

D SodaStream Fizzi: Rose gold This classic sparkling water maker turns tap water into wine — kidding — but it does takes your tap water from flat to fizzed in seconds. Its compact cordless design doesn’t require electricity so it easily fits anywhere in your home. A SodaStream also helps cut down on single-use plastic.



Various locations | sodastream.ca

We’re revolutionizing sleep with affordable & innovative luxury bedding For a list of all 75 stores visit us online at QEHomelinens.com

Lower Mainland Stores Kerrisdale @ 41st & Yew Metrotown at Metropolis

Richmond Centre Park Royal Guildford Town Centre

Willowbrook Coquitlam Centre Tsawwassen Mills

Capilano Mall Semiahmoo



don’t forget the fur babies From fashion to home décor, pamper your pets with these must-have gifts


ou have to look no further than your local park (dog-friendly or not) to see the way owners feel about their pooch. But here at Joy we understand that pet love comes in many shapes and sizes, including for backyard chickens and the eggs they lay. A

salmon-flavoured, CBD-infused cat tincture from My Fluffy Friend’s Pet Shop. And don’t forget the treats. Why should we have all the fun with holiday baking when you can indulge Patrick the pug with a celebration cake from Three Dog Bakery, droolworthy Oink Bacon Treats from Granville Island Pet Treatery, or rainbow bear cookies from Big Dog Little Dog. Of course, you can always make a donation on behalf of your pet this holiday season. Consider dropping off gently used towels and blankets to Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue, pet carriers to the Vancouver Branch of the B.C. SPCA or cleaning supplies to Wildlife Rescue.

A Lurvig blankets Ikea brought in pet-loving designers and trained veterinarians to help develop LURVIG, its new decor line for cats and dogs. Ikea | Various locations | ikea.com

We also know your pet won’t care if they get any gifts during the holidays, but we say what a great excuse to indulge in that new penguin-themed holiday sweater and scarf for dogs from Pet Smart, a Dharma Dog Karma Cat wool felt ombre cat cave from Moonlight Dog Café, a spa day at the Pet Shop Boys or that Wild Alaskan

When it comes to donations, cash is king because their needs often include items, such as medication, which have to be purchased. Christmas and holiday markets can also be a great place to pick up one-of-a-kind items for your pet, but in the meantime, check out these ideas.


B Dog hockey jerseys Just in time for hockey season, this Canucks jersey will keep your dog warm while you watch hockey together.

C Luxury pet carriers Carry your pet in style in this super chic tote made with durable and lightweight camo fabric, trimmed with brown faux leather and red green stripe flair.


Barking Babies | 1188 Homer St. barkingbabies.com | 604-647-2275





Barking Babies | 1188 Homer St. barkingbabies.com | 604-647-2275

D Alessi Tigrito cat bowl These fabulous cat bowls were designed by Miriam Mirri, who works and lives in Milan, Italy. Bones Pet Stores | 181 Smithe St. bonesps.com | 1-877-234-6185

E Bespoke, single-pleat bow tie These single-pleat bow ties are shorter in height than the classic double-pleat bows providing a modern, yet timeless, look. Danes & Divas Made in Cloverdale, B.C., but sold online at danesanddivas.com.


G PIDAN spiral wooden pet bed The sleek look of this design helps this pet bed gives any room a modern look.


F Vancooper chicken coop The Vancooper comes as a quick assembly kit or fully-installed and ready for chickens. Because DailyEggs uses reclaimed lumber, the exact appearance may vary depending on available cedar. Duncan’s Backyard Henhouses dailyeggs.com | 604-329-3863

Happy Cat Feline Essentials | 4171 Fraser St. happycatvancouver.com | 604-873-4141

H Desktop nano aquarium You don’t need a lot of space to enjoy this 10-litre etched-glass aquarium. B

Aquariums West | 796 Beatty St. aquariumswest.com | 604-669-9249

Holiday Celebrations

at The Wedgewood

845 Hornby Street, Downtown Vancouver | 604.689.7777 | wedgewoodhotel.com



wander list The traveller in your life will appreciate any, or all, of these gifts


ork, travel, save, repeat. That’s a mantra worth living by because with travel, comes enlightenment — or maybe just a really great tan — depending on your personal philosophy. And when it comes to buying gifts for someone who loves to travel, the options also run the gamut, from practical to indulgent to safety-inspired. Besides the gifts I’ve highlighted here, you can find other great options at specialty shops such as Wanderlust Travel Store and Travel Bug. As well, most luggage stores sell travel accessories and, for the bargain hunter, Winners is a great option for hunting down random travel-related gifts.

long-haul trip or delayed flight, while a portable wi-fi hotspot and power bank helps keep travellers connected, pretty much anywhere, or consider a VSSL Flask Light, an ingenious piece of technology, which not only holds 10 ounces of water (booze), but also includes two collapsible stainless steel shot cups, a bottle opener, a compass and powerful LED flood beam flashlight. In the meantime, check out these travel-related gift ideas, which are largely available locally.

And consider electronics, which are also much-appreciated by anyone who travels. An e-reader goes a long way in killing time during a

A Travelpro Crew Versapack Every bag in this collection has been built to accommodate Travelpro’s all-new line of zip-in organizers (sold separately). The laundry, packing cubes, “Suiter,” and all-inone organizer attach to the inside lid of Crew VersaPack bags.

The Bay or travelpro.ca



Christmas at Coastal Church

F B Trtl Travel Pillow Two mechanical engineering students decided to design a better travel pillow after enduring numerous, uncomfortable trips. After in-depth research, and more than 80 prototypes, the Trtl Pillow was born.




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C Security door stop alarm Simply place the alarm behind any door and, if an intruder attempts to open it, the wedge-shaped design keeps it from opening and activates an alarm.

D e ce m b e r 24 & 2 5 A l l c a m p u s l o c at i o n s

C O A S TA L C H U R C H . O R G / C H R I S T M A S

Available at various locations, including the Spy Store, Walmart and Home Depot.

D Herschel amenity kit The frequent flyer in your life will appreciate this kit, which all fits into a convenient pouch. The standard amenity kit includes ear plugs, a sleeping mask, slippers and an inflatable neck pillow for maximum in-flight comfort.


Indigo | 2505 Granville St. chapters.indigo.ca | (604) 731-7822


E S  ugarfina Champagne Bears Carry on Cocktail kit (Does not include liquor) Make air travel a little more bearable with a kit that contains all the fixings for a pair of champagne or rosé cocktails, complete with gummy bear chasers. Nordstrom | 799 Robson St. shop.nordstrom.com


Wish you a very

Merry Christmas!

F G  onex 60L foldable travel duffel bag This duffel bag is not only waterand tear-resistant, it’s also compact when folded. Expanded, it can take the place of carry-on luggage — just in case your suitcase is overweight. gonexsport.com

G Skross Pro World USB Adapter with ground This grounded plug adapter and single USB port lets you connect two to three-prong appliances to the wall in more than 220 countries. A fuse ensures you don’t immediately fry your gadgets should you use it with the wrong voltage. MEC | 130 West Broadway mec.ca | 604-872-7858


H LifeStraw Water Filter No pumping, no moving parts, no waiting for gravity to work: just insert the end in a water source and suck. This filter emoves up to 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and up to 99.9% of waterborne protozoan cysts. MEC | 130 West Broadway mec.ca | 604-872-7858

Due to restorations we will not have Christmas services in our building. Please check our website for events and programs we do offer.




made in Canada From artisanal spirits to wooden watches, Vancouver is home to talented makers and artists of all genres


emember a time when you used to bundle up in a wool sweater and scarf in search of maple syrup while downing a pint of beer wrapped in Tragically Hip album art? Me neither. But there is something very Canadian about the look, which is what makes these gifts so much fun, as well as practical. So whether you’re purchasing a gift for under the tree or to send to a Canadian expatriated family member who insists they really just like the weather where


they’re living, but everyone really knows they’re not allowed back into the country, these gifts are sure to please. And while looking for wellmade products, proudly madein Canada, I was able to narrow that list to great gift ideas created locally within Metro Vancouver. Truth be told, there are so many locally-made, quality products available in person or online, it was hard to narrow this list down. A All things chocolate After 102 years of business in Vancouver, Purdys knows a thing or two about chocolate, especially when it comes to special occasions. One of the great things about giving the gift of chocolate is chocolate. It’s a universal treat pretty much everyone loves and with so many choices and so many locations, Pudys takes the guess work out of holiday shopping. Purdys | Various locations | purdys.com/shops



E B Silver wolf/raven bracelet When you shop at Cedar Root Gallery, 100% of the proceeds help support First Nations artists, employees and businesses.

F Gin, vodka and whisky After almost 20 years of making beer, the Mark James Group expanded Yaletown Brewing Company to include artesian distilling. Today, Yaletown Distilling produces a superior range of spirits, including gin aged in tequila barrels.

Cedar Root Gallery Located inside the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre 1607 East Hastings St. cedarrootgallery.com | 604-251-6244


Yaletown Distilling | 1132 Hamilton St. yaletowndistillingco.com | 604-669-2266

C Cowichan sweaters These sweaters have been made into gifts for kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers, as well as many other visiting dignitaries.

G Dayton Boots Dayton Boots was founded in 1946 in the back room of the Lumberman’s Social Club, where bar manager Charlie Wolford would repair logging boots. Today, the boots are a favourite of everyone from celebrities to bikers to workers.

Hills Native Art | 165 Water St. hills.ca | 604-685-4249

D Tense watch These watches are made from 100% recycled or reclaimed wood and manufactured by hand in Port Coquitlam.


2250 East Hastings St. daytonboots.com | 604-253-6671

118-1515 Broadway St., Port Coquitlam tensewatch.ca | 604-525-5633


E MONOS luggage Each of these beautiful pieces of luggage is designed in Vancouver and the name MONOS was inspired by the Japanese concept “mono no aware” — the profound appreciation of the beauty in fleeting moments. Founders and Vancouverites Victor Tam and Daniel Shin had a vision to design timeless classic pieces meant to stand the test of time. And they’ve done a good job. Monos.com




all about kids The holidays are a great reminder to help children in need


any kids today are lucky in that they have all of the toys and gadgets they could ever want, whether it’s a tablet, the latest smartphone or the hottest toy or action figure. But there are just as many kids who have very little, and the holidays can be a stark reminder of that. So while checking items off your kids’ wish lists this festive season, consider also helping out a child facing a notso-happy holiday. Here are just a few ways to help. Donate much needed gift cards, clothing or toiletry items to the A

Christmas Backpack Program at Covenant House. Each youth at the annual Christmas party will receive a backpack — covenanthousebc.org. Take an unwrapped toy to the annual Christmas Wish Breakfast at the Pan Pacific Hotel and enjoy a free buffet breakfast in return. The toys are collected and distributed through the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau — lmcb.ca. B.C. Children’s Hospital also holds an annual fundraiser. This year the Festival of Trees takes place in Victoria, Nanaimo, Whistler, Sooke, Kelowna and Osoyoos, and the proceeds help sick and injured kids across the province — bcchf.ca. And the YWCA Presents of Peace is a holiday hamper program, which supports low-income families and single mothers — ywcavan.org. In the meantime, check out these gift ideas for the kids.

A Woody Wagon Playhouse Let them ride along on imaginary adventures in their very own Woody Wagon Playhouse. Designed to look like a retro Wagoneer, this playhouse car lets your little one and their friends and stuffed animals climb inside and join the road trip fun. Pottery Barn Kids Various locations | potterybarnkids.ca


B Plasma Car The Plasma Car uses the most inexhaustible of energy sources — kid power. With no batteries, gears or pedals, the natural forces of inertia, centrifugal force, gravity, and friction are harnessed to propel children forward.

E Schoenhut baby grand piano This piano is a great way to introduce a child to basic keyboard skills and musical concepts. Lovely chime-like tones are created by small hammers striking metal rods, the sound that makes Schoenhut toy pianos unique. The two-andone-half octave span of full-width keys provides a good foundation for the transition to a larger model.


Chapters/Indigo Various locations | hapters.indigo.ca

C LEGO tape This tape is a reusable game changer. Your kids can now have their LEGO mini figures climb walls or hang upside down. The tape will stick anywhere, is non-toxic and suitable for children three-years old and above.

Kaboodles Toy Store Various locations | kaboodlestoystore.com

D Givenchy baby shoes If you feel the need to splurge a little on baby, these tiny Givenchy logo brand sneakers are the way to go.


West Coast Kids | 4428 Main St. westcoastkids.ca | 604-558-1182

F Prince of Foxes: light denim With comfortable shoulder straps that can be adjusted for a customized fit and pragmatic buckle, these waterproof dungarees are perfect for kids to go out and play in. The waterproof side zippers ensure that shoes don’t have to be removed before stepping into the dungarees and the elastic foot band keeps the leg neatly in place.


Available at various locations, including Adore on Granville Street and Nordstrom Pacific Centre


Blake & Riley | 2150 West 41st Ave. blakeandriley.com | 778-379-2555



Joy World to the

Feel the enchantment and radiance of twinkling lights, the calm echo of the snow, the warmth of Santa’s smile as he greets you in his workshop and the joy of witnessing real reindeer – only here at Vancouver’s North Pole.


The Peak of Christmas • Nov 22 - Jan 5 Some activities are only available until December 24.



Bring the bubbles You don’t need a special occasion to break open a bottle of bubbly at a holiday brunch or party


Pares Balta

have a friend who brings along a bottle of bubbly and the appropriate stemware for every occasion.

Champagne (but can’t be called that), we are now able to enjoy the bubble experience without the hefty price tag.

Her thought is life is too short to save bubbles for special occasions and that even camping is a time to celebrate. And who am I to argue with that?

Are there any B.C. or Canadian brands we should be looking out for? Ftiz by Fitzpatrick Cellars, Stellars Jay, Blue Mountain and one of my favourites from B.C. is Bella. I literally just tasted Les Dames Bubble made by Mireille Sauve with organic grapes from Anne Sperling’s vineyard. It’s a fundraiser for women in the food and beverage industry and last year they gave out $47,000 in bursaries

But with the holidays approaching, we actually have an excuse to break out the bubbly. To get the details on bubblies of all kinds, Joy turned to John Clerides, owner of Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie Street.


It’s been long thought by some that bubblies should be saved for special occasions. Is that still the case? No, we have come a long way, in that bubbles can be enjoyed before dinner as an aperitif. It’s also often thought that anything bubbly has to be expensive. Is that true? The process to produce Champagne is more costly and complex and as a result can cost more. However with the increase in popularity of Prosecco and Cava, Spanish sparkling wine made in the same method as Bollinger Special Cuvee Champagne

Just like red and white wines, are there certain bubbles that enhance certain foods? I have always found that bubbles can complement literally every type of food, especially sushi and food with a bit of heat in it. What is it about the holidays and bubbly that just go so well together? It’s that celebratory factor, getting together with friends, family and loved ones. Thank the French for that. A couple of things with sparkling wine and Champagne: with the huge

popularity of Prosecco, it’s easily remembered so people ask for it by name, versus Cava, which people do not specifically ask for it by name — but they should. John Clerides offered some examples of his favourite highend and less expensive brands of bubblies. Prosecco La Gioiosa Jeio Valdobbiadene Lamarca

$25.31 $28.60 $20

Italy Viberti Nebiollo Brut $39 (Tasted this in Italy and it is delish) CVA Pares Balta Segura Viudas

$26 $17

Champagne Veuve Clicquot $73/750 ml $155/150 ml Moet $70 Bollinger Special Cuvee $88 (One of my favourites) Pol Roger $70 Billecart Salmon $91 Pierre Gimmonet Cuvee Reserve $91 Varnier Brut $65 Marquis Wine Cellars 1034 Davie St., Vancouver marquis-wines.com 604-684-0445



holiday brunch Confit Turkey Leg Frittata

So maybe making a huge holiday dinner isn’t your strong point, but you still want to entertain friends and family. That’s where a holiday-themed brunch comes in — with the help of celebrity chefs Lynn Crawford, who has put her own spin on eggs benedict, and Trevor Bird, who pays homage to a traditional turkey dinner with his confit turkey leg frittata recipe.


Confit Turkey Leg Frittata courtesy of

Chef Trevor Bird

If you’re hosting a holiday party, chances are you’re going to have a house full of people and a lot of leftovers. This is a great recipe for a late brunch or lunch to help use up some of those leftovers. Chef Trevor Bird likes to confit turkey legs, to ensure a great texture and stop them from drying out in the oven. serves six Turkey Leg Confit 2 turkey legs 2 tbsp (30 mL) salt 1 tbsp (15 mL) pepper 2 sticks of rosemary 4 cloves of garlic 1 L duck fat, canola oil or any fat A couple of days before you’re going to use them for dinner or lunch, cure the turkey legs in the salt and pepper and let sit in the fridge overnight. The next day, preheat the oven to 250-F or 121-C with oil in an oven-safe baking dish with four-inch sides that can fit two turkey legs. Place everything into the baking dish cover with foil and place in oven for four-to six hours. Remove and let cool on the countertop. Once cool, remove from the fat and put in the fridge until you’re ready to use.

Cranberry Mustard 2 cups (500 mL) of cranberries (frozen or fresh) 2 cups (500 mL) honey or sugar ½ cup (118 mL) of orange juice 1 tbsp (15 mL) of ginger grated 1 tbsp (15 mL) of grainy Dijon mustard Method Place everything except Dijon into a pot. Bring to boil until the temperature reaches 219-F or 104-C. Let cool for one hour and add cranberries. Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) of grainy Dijon for a nice addition. Frittata 1/2 cup (118 mL) of turkey leg meat 1/2 cup (118 mL) of diced onions 2 cloves of sliced garlic 1/2 cup (118 mL) of cooked sweet potato, diced

1 tbsp (15 mL) of turkey fat left over from confit 1/2 cup (118 mL) of chives 6 eggs (beaten) Large pinch of salt Method Preheat oven to 300-F or 148-C. In an eight to 10- inch pan sweat onions and garlic in turkey fat and salt. Add everything else into the pan and warm. Pour in beaten eggs and place pan in oven for 30 to 40 minutes until eggs are cooked. Remove from the pan. Let cool for 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve with a salad and 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the cranberry sauce on top of the frittata.




The Douglas Fir

Holiday brunch: cocktail time We didn’t have to look any farther than our home province for the ingredients for these locally-inspired cocktails. And, what better way to impress your boss’s wife or your father-in-law than mixing them a cocktail whether it’s a negroni created with home-grown salal berries, or a gin made right here in Yaletown. Then there’s the Nocino distilled on a family farm in the Cowichan Valley. The Douglas Fir D/6 Bar and Lounge, Parq Vancouver This cocktail features gin from Yaletown Distillery. 1.5 oz. Douglas fir-infused gin from Yaletown Distillery 0.5 oz. Cointreau 0.5 oz. dry vermouth 0.5 oz. sweet vermouth 3 drops of Bittered Sling Orange Juniper bitters Stir ingredients over ice and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a dehydrated orange slice and a Douglas fir tip. Serves one.

Odd Society’s Salal Negroni Odd Society Spirits has been harvesting and macerating B.C.-grown salal berries for the past five years in order to create a West Coast take on the classic British liqueur, sloe gin. Towards the end of every summer, the berries are handpicked along coastal B.C. and then steeped in Odd Society Spirits Wallflower Gin. Salal berries resemble a cross between a blueberry and blackcurrant, but the flavour is far richer and earthier. 0.75 oz. Odd Society salal gin 0.75 oz. Odd Society Mia Amata Amaro 0.75 oz. Odd Society bittersweet vermouth Build in a mixing glass with ice and stir before straining into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

Nocino! Nog Ampersand Distilling Company is a family-founded, craft distillery located on a five-acre farm in the Cowichan Valley. 1.5 oz. Nocino 3 oz. eggnog Combine Nocino and eggnog in a mug or rocks glass filled with ice and stir. Garnish with cinnamon and nutmeg.




Poached egg on maple roasted autumn squash with hollandaise courtesy of

Chef Lynn Crawford

Chef Lynn Crawford says nothing beats this combination of in-season squash and a delicious poached egg. Maple Roasted Butternut Squash


1 large butternut squash

5 egg yolks

1/4 cup (60 ml) unsalted butter

1 cup (250 ml) ghee, (clarified butter) warm

1/4 cup (60 ml) pure maple syrup 1/4 cup (60 ml) brown sugar 2 tsp (10 ml) chili powder 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) cinnamon Kosher Salt and Black Pepper Method Preheat oven to 450F. Cut squash in half and discard the seeds. Place cut side up in a shallow baking dish. In a small bowl, mix butter, maple syrup and brown sugar and then divide between the two cavities. Sprinkle both halves with chili powder, cinnamon, and salt and pepper. Roast for 45 to 50 minutes or until the flesh is fork-tender and remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Scoop flesh into a large bowl and mash together with a spoon.

2 tbsp (30 ml) of lemon juice Salt and Pepper Method Put the egg yolks in a bowl, set the bowl over a pot half full of simmering water. Whisk the yolks for two-to-three minutes until they thicken slightly. Remove the bowl from the heat and begin adding the ghee slowly at first, whisking constantly. Whisk in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Poached Eggs 4 eggs, cracked into individual bowls or ramekins 1 tsp (5 ml) kosher salt 2 tsp (10 ml) white vinegar

serves four

Method In a medium sauce pot half filled with water, add kosher salt and white vinegar and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Use the handle of a spoon to quickly stir the water in one direction until it’s all smoothly spinning around. Add the eggs one at a time into the centre of the whirlpool. Turn off the heat, cover the pan and set your timer for five minutes. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and serve immediately. Toast four slices of sourdough bread To finish the dish scoop the smashed squash onto the toasted sourdough bread. Top each toast with one poached egg, spoon the hollandaise over the poached egg.



holiday eventscalendar The joy of holiday markets is that they happen early enough in the fall to not only get you thinking about Christmas and holiday shopping, but also let you get a jump on it — especially if you’re into hand-crafted gifts.

Of course, there’s a lot more going on between now and the New Year than shopping, which is why at Joy, we created this extensive list of holiday-themed events, entertainment, dining options and festivals. We’ve also included several out-of-town suggestions, which we deemed worthy of a (short) road trip. And if you and the kids are on the search for Santa, we’ve got you covered with a list of the hottest events to get you within Instagram-worthy distance of the Jolly Old Elf. So whether you’re in love with lights, in the mood for mistletoe or craving cocktails, Joy has a holiday event for you. Now through Dec. 29 Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. cirquedusoleil.com.

holiday services cancelled St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church Due to extensive renovations, St. Andrew’s-Wesley will not be holding any Christmas services this year in their Nelson Street location. Visit their website for more information. standrewswesley.com

Nov. 21 - Jan. 5 Christmas at Flyover Canada After meeting two of Santa’s helpers, Chestnut and Pinecone, join them as they take flight across Canada looking for their fellow elves. The Christmas experience lasts between 20 to 25 minutes and includes a Winter Wonderland themed pre-show, a thrilling eight-minute flight/ride experience across Canada, and an extended, animated final scene over Santa’s magical North Pole. flyovercanada.com

Bright Lights in Stanley Park

Nov. 1 - Dec. 24 The Christmas Store at Potter’s Surrey-based Potter’s Nursery has once again been transformed into Western Canada’s largest Christmas store, boasting more than 28,000-square-feet devoted to all things yuletide. The buyers at Potter’s shop the world for the Christmas Store, including decorations you won’t find elsewhere. potters.ca/christmas Various dates Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tours The first stop on this tour is Bright Nights at Stanley Park, before hopping back on board to check out light displays at English Bay, Hycroft Manor and Canuck Place. Each trolley is equipped with TV’s, karaoke machines and a long list of everyone’s favourite Christmas carols. westcoastsightseeing.com

Nov. 9 and 10 Portobello West Holiday Market Shop from a highly curated market of 70-plus artisans ranging from unisex sustainable slow fashion, hand soldered and forged jewelry, hand painted illustrations and home decor, organic skincare, locally made cider, beer and wine, gourmet treats and much more. portobellowest.com Nov. 15, 16 and 17 West Coast Christmas Show & Artisan Market Discover new gift ideas, original art, crafts, woodwork, ceramics, specialty foods, home decor, clothing, furniture, floral designs, jewellery, candles, soaps toys, and much more at the West Coast Christmas Market at Tradex in Abbotsford. westcoastchristmasshow.com


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Now through Dec. 29 Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. cirquedusoleil.com.

Nov. 22 - Jan. 5 The Peak of Christmas Feel the enchantment and radiance of twinkling lights, the calm echo of the snow, the warmth of Santa’s smile as he greets you in his workshop, and the joy of witnessing real reindeer — only here at Vancouver’s North Pole. Grouse Mountain’s annual holiday festivities begin Nov. 22. 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver 604-980-9311 | grousemountain.com/Christmas

Nov. 20 - Dec. 24 Vancouver Christmas Market The Vancouver Christmas Market returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The city’s authentic German market, located at Jack Poole Plaza at the Olympic Cauldron, has ramped up its festive offerings with more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats and treasures, coupled with large-scale activities and live entertainment. vancouverchristmasmarket.com

Nov. 21 - Jan. 5 Glow Laugh, stroll and play under the twinkle of a million lights at the Harbour Convention Centre as you explore the illuminated structures and garden. Parents can kick back at the bar, while the kids are entertained. glowgardens.com

Nov. 30 - Dec. 24 Breakfast with Santa Want to make the holidays unforgettable? There is no better way to do so than by treating your family to a wonderful breakfast with face painting, a magic show and a visit from the jolly old elf himself. 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver 604-980-9311 | grousemountain.com/Christmas

Canyon Lights | Nov 22, 2019 - Jan 26, 2020* 604-985-7474 | capbridge.com | 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver *Closed Christmas day (December 25th)



Vancouver Christmas Market Nov. 22 - Jan. 5 Aurora Winter Festival The festival is expanding and moving location to Hastings Park at the PNE. Experience Canada’s largest winter festival and escape to a hidden village with a beautiful skating rink, tube park, massive light displays, a Christmas market, amusement rides, food gardens, magical characters and plenty of other exciting activities. aurorawinterfestival.com Nov. 22 - Jan. 26 Canyon Lights The Capilano Suspension Bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon have been transformed into a world of festive lights. Once again the 30-ton Douglas firs of Treetops Adventure will receive star treatment and will be lit above and below, making them the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world. capbridge.com Starts Nov. 29 Pancake breakfast with Santa at the Sea to Sky Gondola The gondola might still be closed for repairs, but the base camp is open and Santa is planning a visit. Kids of all ages can write postcards to Santa, create magical reindeer treats and discover the magic of Christmas, 2,800 feet above sea level. seatoskygondola.com

Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 TOQUE TOQUE is Western Front’s annual fundraiser and craft fair. Held every December in the Luxe Hall at Western Front, the event features a curated selection of talented B.C.based artists, designers and artisans. front.bc.ca Nov. 30 CandyTown Yaletown is set to once again transform into an enchanted winter wonderland with the arrival of CandyTown, the city’s only free Christmas festival. Kids can visit with Santa and other colourful characters, while adults can enjoy food and drink from street vendors and listen to live music and carollers. yaletowninfo.com Dec. 1 Vancouver Santa Claus Parade The parade starts at West Georgia and Broughton streets at noon, before travelling east along West Georgia, turning south on Howe and finishing at Howe and Davie. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events. vancouversantaclausparade.com Nov. 28 - Jan. 1 Bright Nights in Stanley Park This annual event, a partnership of the Vancouver Park Board and B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, is aptly named with more than three million twinkling lights that brighten the night sky in Stanley Park. Other highlights include festive displays, live entertainment and even Santa Claus himself. burnfund.org

Dec. 1 North Vancouver Christmas Festival at the Shipyards This family-friendly event offers lots of free activities, including ornament/lantern making, story time, gingerbread decorating, balloon creations and face painting. The mayor will officially light the city’s Christmas tree at 4 p.m. and Mrs. Claus will stop by for a visit and photos. vancouversnorthshore.com Dec. 1 - Jan. 6 VanDusen Festival of Lights VanDusen Botanical garden will transform into a living light show by way of millions of colourful lights. Organizers recommend buying tickets in advance to save money, skip the line and secure a spot. vandusenfestivaloflights.ca Dec. 5 Yule Duel Vancouver’s largest street competition takes place this year on the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery in support of May’s Place Hospice. yuleduel.com Dec. 7 and 8 Trev Deeley’s photos with Santa on a Harley Bring down the kids, your pets, or that special someone to capture a beautiful Christmas photo. Photos will be by donation of either an unwrapped toy, or cash/debit/credit donation with all proceeds going to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. lmcb.ca/events

Date to be announced Christmas at Canada Place Christmas at Canada Place, presented by Port of Vancouver, takes place outdoors along the Canadian Trail (Canada Place west promenade) with the ever popular vintage Woodward’s Windows. Guests can also get festive photos taken (by donation) and stroll the Avenue of Christmas trees decorated by members of the community. For updated information, please visit the website. canadaplace.ca Date to be announced Christmas Wish Breakfast The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver is celebrating the 32th anniversary of this massive gift drive, which sees new, unwrapped gifts exchanged for a delicious buffet breakfast. The gifts are donated to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. Check the website for updated information. panpacificvancouver.com Dec. 14 and 15 Weirdos Holiday Market Curated by Rachel Zottenberg, owner of Betamax Gallery, and popular local oddities shop This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven, the Weirdos Holiday Market features a wonderfully peculiar mix of artisan products geared to shoppers looking for left-of-centre gifts, as well as food, drinks and quirky entertainment. thismonkeysgonetoheaven. vendecommerce.com. Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Holiday Market An intimate artisan market at Main Street’s Heritage Hall. With an effort to seek out new artists each year, up to 30 guests are invited to exhibit and sell their work at this historic Main Street location. shinyfuzzymuddy.com Dec. 31 California Dreamin’ New Year’s Eve Party New Year’s Eve at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver will be the hottest place to ring in 2020 with California Dreamin’: the Ultimate Beach Party tribute show celebrating legends Jimmy Buffet, the Beach Boys, Frankie Avalon, the Ventures and Jan & Dean. HardRockCasinoVancouver.com

Dec. 2 - 24 Christmas Lunch at Grouse Mountain

Dec. 31 Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

Looking for that perfect festive venue for an intimate lunch with friends and family or to celebrate the season with your coworkers? These popular Christmas lunches will be taking place at the Observatory Monday to Friday, Dec. 2 to 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with delicious festive offerings to indulge your taste buds. Call 604-998-5045 to book. 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver 604-998-5045 | grousemountain.com

Celebrate the kick-off of 2020 with fun for all ages. Sled down the Sliding Zone, skate or be awed by the magical outdoor Light Walk. Enjoy incredible performances and live entertainment throughout the night, as well as a special 9 p.m. countdown for the little ones. This year’s celebration will be something to remember! 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver 604-980-9311 | grousemountain.com

Dec. 14 - 15 and 24 - 25 Christmas at Coastal Church

Nov. 23 - Jan. 9 Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum

Enjoy a grand Christmas service at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Dec. 14 and 15. For a more traditional service, visit Coastal Church Dec. 24 and 25 at all campuses. Coastal is a non-denominational, multi-site church, which meets in the heart of urban city centers. Greater Vancouver has become a mosaic of various cultures and the life of the church reflects that with more than one hundred nationalities represented on any weekend. coastalchurch.org/Christmas

Experience the old-fashioned magic of Christmas. Stroll through the 1920s village and enjoy spectacular lights, vintage-themed displays, seasonal entertainment, demonstrations and activities. Free gate admission and carousel rides are $2.65 each. burnabyvillagemuseum.ca


breakfast withSANTA Dec. 1 Notch8 private dining room Fairmont Vancouver Hotel A delicious breakfast buffet and exclusive meet and greet with Santa. fairmont.com/hotel-vancouver Sunset Community Centre 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 6810 Main St. mysunset.net Dec. 7 False Creek Community Centre 10:30 a.m. - noon 1318 Cartwright St. falsecreekcc.ca Douglas Park Community Centre 10 a.m. - noon 801 West 22nd Ave. douglasparkcc.org West End Community Centre 10 a.m. - noon 1447 Barclay St. westendcc.ca Hastings Park Community Centre 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 3096 East Hastings St. vancouver.ca

Dec. 8 Roundhouse Community Centre 10 a.m. - noon 181 Roundhouse Mews roundhouse.ca Kerrisdale Community Centre Noon 5851 West Blvd. kerrisdalecc.com Dec. 14 Killarney Community Centre 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 6260 Killarney St. killarneycentre.ca Renfrew Park Community Centre 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 2929 East 22nd Ave. renfrewcc.com Marpole Oakridge Community Centre 10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 990 West 59th Ave. marpoleoakridge.org Strathcona Community Centre 10 a.m. - noon 601 Keefer St. strathconacc.ca Kitsilano Community Centre 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. 2690 Larch St. kitscc.com Dec. 15 Aberthau House Noon 4397 West Second Ave. westpointgrey.org


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