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hanks for picking the winners — again. Even after 15 years, WE’s annual BEST OF THE CITY Reader’s Choice poll continues to be our most talked about edition. In the pages that follow, find out about the best this city has to offer, as voted on by you, our readers.

PEOPLE .................................................... 24 MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS .................................................... 24

Enjoy! The WE team

That’s why we’re thrilled to be chosen Gold by readers of the WE. Because it shows you believe there’s a way to make money work hard for you and for your community. Heartfelt thanks to our members, staff and voting supporters. Good Money (TM) and Make Good Money (TM) are trademarks of Vancouver City Savings Credit Union.

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Banana Leaf

award winning best Malaysian cuisine

Thanks for voting us the best! We appreciate your support. Bring this ad into our Denman or Davie Street location to receive FREE steamed mussels with a $30 food purchase! Limit 1 per table. Offer expires June 1, 2012.

DINING OUT NEW RESTAURANT (OPENED IN 2011) 1. Hawksworth (801 W. Georgia, 604-673-7000, HawksworthRestaurant.com) 2. Boneta (tied) (12 Water, 604-684-1844, Boneta.ca) 2. Black and Blue (tied) (1032 Alberni, 604-637-0777, GlowbalGroup.com) 3. Edible At the Market (1551 Johnston, Granville Island, EdibleCanada.com)

CHAIN RESTAURANT 1. Cactus Club Cafe (various locations, CactusClubCafe.com) 2. Earl’s (various locations, Earls.ca) 3. Keg (tie) (various locations, KegSteakhouse.com) 3. White Spot (various locations, WhiteSpot.com)

ONE-OF-A-KIND RESTAURANT 1. Calabash (428 Carrall, 604-568-5882, CalabashBistro.com) 2. The Rumpus Room (2689 Main, 604-568-5663, RumpusRoom.ca) 3. Eatery (tie) (3431 W. Broadway,604-738-5298, TheEatery.com) 3. Cento Notti (tie) (350 Davie, 604-642-0557, CentoNotti.com)

CHEF (FINE DINING)

Authentic Food. Friendly Service. Warm Atmosphere. Come experience the best that Malaysia has to offer. 820 W Broadway 604-731-6333

1096 Denman 604-683-3333

Best Cit y of the

GOLD WINNER

1043 Davie 604-669-3389

13th ANNUAL 2010

Best Malaysian Restaurant

3005 W Broadway 604-734-3005

Best Chinese: Szechuan Chong Qing

WEST COAST CUISINE

1. David Hawksworth (Hawksworth) 2. Andre Durbach (Cafeteria) 2. Dale Mackay (tie) (Ensemble) 3. Lee Cooper (L’Abattoir)

CHEF (CASUAL) 1. Robert Belcham (Refuel, Campagnolo) 2. Gord Martin (Bin941) 3. Rob Feenie (Cactus Club Cafe)

1. Coast (1054 Alberni, 604-685-5010, CoastRestaurant.ca) 2. West (2881 Granville, 604-738-8938, WestRestaurant.com) 3. Raincity Grill (tie) (1193 Denman, 604-685-7337, Raincity Grill.com) 3. Bishop’s (tie) (2183 W. 4th, 604-738-2025, BishopsOnline.com) 3. Blue Water Cafe (tie) (1095 Hamilton, 604-688-8078, BlueWaterCafe.net)

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thank you... For voting us GOLD in the Best of the City campaign for the second year in a row.

www.cactusclubcafe.com

rob’s hunter chicken

portabello, crimini, button and shiitake mushroom veal demi-glace, buttered green beans.

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(On Burrard)

Thank You Vancouver for voting us Best Thai Restaurant.

You are invited to enjoy authentic Thai food at the original Sala Thai Restaurant. Reservations recommended. 102 - 888 Burrard St 604.683.7999

Open: Sun-Thurs 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30pm-10:30pm

salathai.ca

BEST PIZZA: NICLI ANTICA PIZZERIA It was just over a year ago when WE’s Andrew Morrison reviewed Vancouver’s first true Neapolitan pizza joint, Gastown’s Nicli Antica Pizzeria, and proclaimed it “the best pizza in Vancouver.” Since then, we’ve been in the midst of a veritable pizza renaissance, with at least a handful of similar restaurants opening up shop. Thankfully, Vancouver’s appetite for chewy, thin-crust pizza doesn’t appear to be waning—and neither does the charge that Nicli (named after the owner Bill McCaig’s Italian mother) is still the best pizza in town. WE named it one of the top ten restaurants in 2011 and the 40-seat restaurant is almost always full, leading us to believe that Vancouverite’s agree.

Thank you for Voting us the best Vietnamese Restaurant in Vancouver two years in a row!

Enjoy a FREE Spring Roll with the purchase of one large Pho Valid until March 31, 2012

The pizza is baked in a scorching hot wood-fired oven (that’s been imported from Naples and made using stone from Mt. Vesuvius) for a mere 90 seconds, giving it an airy, crunchy crust with a bit of char. Ingredients are simple, bright, and as local as possible. The word on the street is that the McCaig’s new venture, a high-quality Italian eatery and market, Vicino Pastaria and Deli, is set to open in a couple of months. Right next door to Nicli on East Cordova (certainly a market- and food-store starved neighbourhood), the joint will feature homemade casual pasta and deli fare, specialty signature items and sauces, and long-table seating—all presented with the same authenticity the crew brought to their first endeavor, of course. (62 E. Cordova, 604-669-6985 Nicli-Antica-Pizzeria.ca) — Anna Killen

The first Authentic Vietnamese Restaurant to open in Vancouver since 1985.

Open 7 days a week: 10am-10pm 3388 Main St (at 18th Ave) • 604-874-0832

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DINING OUT SEAFOOD 1. Blue Water Cafe (1095 Hamilton, BlueWaterCafe.net) 2. Coast (1054 Alberni, CoastRestaurant.ca) 3. Boathouse (various locations, BoathouseRestaurants.com)

INDIAN

Thank you for voting us your favourite Italian Restaurant. 1133 & 1129 Hamilton Street 604.688.7466 www.cioppinosyaletown.com

1. Vij’s (1488 W. 11th, 604-736-6664, Vijs.ca) 2. Judges Indian Cuisine (1188 Davie, 604-602-1558) 3. Maurya (1643 W. Broadway, 604-742-0622, MauryaIndianCuisine.com)

Cioppino’s MEDITERRANNEAN GRILL & ENOTECA

THAI 1. Sala Thai (102-888 Burrard, 604-683-7999; 3364 Cambie, 604-875-6999; SalaThai.com) 2. Thai House (various locations, ThaiHouse.com) 3. Sawasdee (4250 Main, SawasdeeThaiRestaurant.com)

Thanks for voting us

Best Chinese Restaurant!

Celebrating our 30th Anniversary! Come enjoy our

there is more online

“ALL YOU CAN EAT” EAT”

Vikram Vij John Sherlock photo JAPANESE 1. Tojo’s (1133 W. Broadway, 604-872-8050, Tojos.com) 2. Guu (various locations, Guu-Izakaya.com) 3. Miku (1055 W. Hastings, 604-568-3900, MikuRestaurant.com

Tasting Menu

Over 60 items to choose from, including: 3 Hot Items: Fresh Oysters, Peking Duck, Dungeness Crab (add $5/person)

CHINESE

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• Soups • Dim Sum • Signature Entree Dishes • Desserts • and many more

Adults: $2395 Children (4-8): $1095 1668 West Broadway • 604.734.1668

1. Szechuan Chong Qing (205-1668 W. Broadway, 604-734-1668, SzechuanChongQing.com) 2. Kirin (various locations, KirinRestaurants.com) 3. Victoria (tie) (1088 Melville, 604-669-8383) 3. Hon’s (tie) (1339 Robson, 604-685-0871; 268 Keefer, 604-688-0871, Hons.ca)

Dinner: 5:00pm–10:30pm (Closed Tuesdays) • Reservations recommended

FINALLY, FATBURGER COMING TO DAVIE STREET! Hello Davie Village! We’re thrilled to bring Fatburger’s 22nd location to Davie Street this spring. AAA Angus beef, always cooked-to-order, when you order. Hand-scooped Best Anywhere Shakes, Home-style Onion Rings, made fresh in house daily. Join us on Facebook and Twitter for opening dates and other news! (/fatburgercanada)

Fatburger Davie Street Davie & Thurlow For a list of all our locations, visit fatburgercanada.com

Thanks for your votes, Vancouver! Fatburger is proudly Canadian‐owned and operated by Frankie’s Burger Enterprises! We look forward to making your taste buds do the happy dance for another great year. 4

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DINING OUT KOREAN

FRENCH

1. Jang Mo Jib (1719 Robson, 604-642-0712, JangMoJib.ca) 2. Sura (tied) (1518 Robson, 604-687-7872) 2. Ma Dang Goul (tie) (847 Denman, 604-688-3585) 3. Nor Boo (tie) (1536 Robson, 604-806-0369) 3. Shabusen (tie) (755 Burrard, 604-669-3883)

1. Les Faux Bourgeois (663 E. 15th, 604-873-9733, LesFauxBourgeois.com) 2. Le Crocodile (909 Burrard, 604-669-4298, LeCrocodileRestaurant.com) 3. Café Salade de Fruits (1551 W. 7th, 604-714-5987, SaladeDeFruits.com)

SINGAPOREAN

GREEK

1. Hawkers Delight (4127 Main, 604-709-8188) 2. Red Ginger (967 W. Broadway, 604-558-0888) 3. Banana Leaf (tie) (various locations, BananaLeafVancouver.com) 3. Tropika (tie) (three locations, Tropika-Canada.com)

1. Stephos (1124 Davie, 604-683-2555) 2. Taki’s Taverna (1106 Davie, 604-682-1336, TakisTaverna.com) 3. Apollonia (tie) (1830 Fir, 604-736-9559, ApolloniaGreekRestaurant.com) 3 Kerkis (tie) (3605 W. 4th, 604-731-2712, KerkisTaverna.com)

thanks for the gold! 4172 Main 604-874-JERK (5375) 1018 Commercial 604-568-JERK (5375)

Best Cit y 14th ANNUAL

of the

Readers’ Choice 2011

www.thereefrestaurant.com MEXICAN 1 Las Margaritas (1999 W. 4th, 604-734-7117, LasMargaritas.com) 2 La Taqueria (Hastings/Cambie locations, LaTaqueria.ca) 3 Salsa and Agave (1223 Pacific, 604-408-4228, SalsaAndAgave.com)

Banana Leaf

MALAYSIAN 1. Banana Leaf (various locations, BananaLeaf-Vancouver.com) 2. Tropika (three locations, Tropika-Canada.com) 3. Hawker’s Delight (4127 Main, 604-709-8188)

VIETNAMESE 1. Au Petit Cafe (tie) (4851 Main, 604-873-3328, AuPetitCafe.com 1. Phnom Penh (tie) (244 E. Georgia, 604-682-5777) 2. Pho Tan (4598 Main, 604-873-3345) 2. Pho Hoang (tie) (3388 Main, 604-874-0832) 3. Pho Goodness (tie) (1183 Davie, 604-568-3253)

CARIBBEAN/WEST INDIES 1. The Reef (4172 Main, 604-874-5375; 1018 Commercial, 604-568-5375, TheReefRestaurant.com) 2. Calabash (428 Carrall, The Reef, Commercial Dr. 604-568-5882, CalabashBistro.com) 3. Riddim and Spice (1945 Commercial, 604-215-9252)

STEAKHOUSE 1. The Keg (various locations, KegSteakhouse.com) 2. Gotham (615 Seymour, GothamSteakhouse.com) 3. Hy’s (637 Hornby, HysSteakhouse.com)

ITALIAN 1. Italian Kitchen (1037 Alberni, 604-687-2858, GlowbalGroup.com) 2. Cioppinos (tie) (1133 and 1129 Hamilton, 604-688-7466, CioppinosYaletown.com) 2. Cibo (tie) (900 Seymour, 604-602-9570, CiboTrattoria.com) 3. Campagnolo (1020 Main, 604-484-6018, CampagnoloRestaurant.ca)

BURGERS 1. Vera’s (various locations, VerasBurgerShack.com) 2. Fatburger (various locations, Fatburger.com) 3. White Spot (various locations, WhiteSpot.ca)

CONGRATULATIONS

To all our

customers for voting us “Best Mexican Restaurant” Best Cit y

Best Cit y

Readers’ Choice 2011

13th ANNUAL 2010

14th ANNUAL

of the

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GOLD WINNER

LasMargaritasBC

OVER 30 YEARS

& still serving you a great Mexican experience in the heart of Kits!

1999 West 4th at Maple • 604 734-7117 • www.lasmargaritas.com

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to all of the Best of the City Winners

Thank-You Vancouver! For Voting Lucy’s Eastside Diner as

THE “BEST LATE NIGHT DINING” THE “BEST OLD SCHOOL DINER”

& THE “BEST HANGOVER EATS” r! ve in Vancou

www.lucyseastsidediner.com 2708 MAIN STREET, EAST VAN February 23 - 29, 2012

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3. Lombardos (tie) (1641 Commercial, 604-251-2240, Lombardos.ca) 3. Nats (tie) (2684 W. Broadway, 604-737-0707; 1080 Denman, 604-642-0777, NatsPizza.com)

DINING OUT Nicli Antica

BARBECUE 1. Memphis Blues (various locations, MemphisBluesBBQ.com) 2. Re-Up (700 Hornby, 800 Robson, reupbbq@gmail.com)

OLD-SCHOOL DINER 1. Templeton (1087 Granville, 604-685-4612, TheTempleton.ca) 2. Lucy’s (2708 Main, 604-568-1550, LucysEastsideDiner.com) 3. Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe (2095 W. 4th. SophiesCosmicCafe.com)

BREWPUB 1. Yaletown Brew Pub (1111 Main, 681-2739, MarkJamesGroup.com) 2. Steamworks (375 Water, 604-689-2739, Steamworks.com) 3. Alibi Room (tie) (157 Alexander, 604-623-3383, Alibi.com) 3. Granville Island Brewery (tie) (1441 Cartwright, 604-687-2739, GIB.ca)

LATE-NIGHT DINING

PIZZA 1. Nicli Antica (62 E. Cordova, 604-669-6985, NicliPizzeria.com) 2. Flying Wedge (various locations, FlyingWedge.com)

1. Naam (2724 W. 4th, 604-738-7151, TheNaam.com) 2. Lucy’s (2708 Main, 604-568-1550, LucysEastsideDiner.com) 3. Hamburger Mary’s (1202 Davie, 604-687-1293, HamburgerMarys.com)

THANK YOU VANCOUVER

Naam

VEGETARIAN 1. Naam (2724 W. 4th, 604-738-7151, TheNaam.com) 2. Foundation (2301 Main, 604-708-0881) 3. Gorilla Foods (436 Richards, 604-684-3663, GorillaFood.com)

de

FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Winner Best French Restaurant

663 East 15th Avenue – Just off the little park at Fraser & Kingsway

604 873 9733

VOTED VANCOUVER’S BEST BARBEQUE RESTAURANT FOR 2012 Best Cit y of the

GOLD WINNER 13th ANNUAL 2010

VOTED VANCOUVER’S BEST BARBEQUE RESTAURANT FOR 2010 AND 2011

Best Cit y 14th ANNUAL

of the

Readers’ Choice 2011

Traditional Oven-baked Pizza

CATERING & TAKE-OUT AVAILABLE

1. White Spot (various locations, WhiteSpot.ca) 2. Rocky Mountain Flatbread (tie) (1876 W. 1st, 604-730-0321; 4186 Main, 604-566-9779, RockyMountainFlatbread.ca) 2. The Foundation (tie) (2301 Main, 604-708-0881) 3. Red Robin (tie) (various locations, RedRobin.com) 3. Little Nest (tie) (1716 Charles, 604-251-9994, LittleNest.ca)

RESTAURANT FOR A DATE 1. Chambar (562 Beatty, 604-879-7119, Chambar.com) 2. Market (1128 W. Georgia in the Shangri-La, 604-695-1115, Shangri-La.com) 3. Lupo (869 Hamilton, 604-569-2535, LupoRestaurant.com)

1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver 604.215.2599 1465 W. Broadway, Vancouver 604.738.6806 www.memphisbluesbbq.com |

@MemphisBBQHQ

facebook.com/memphisbluesbbqhouse

BREAD BAKERY

COME SEE US AT THE HOME SHOW, FEB. 22-26!

1. Terra (various locations, TerraBreads.com) 2. Cob’s (various locations, CobsBread.com) 3. Uprising Breads (various locations, 604-254-6635, UprisingBreads.com)

lombardos.ca

Indian Cuisine on Davie

Thanks for voting us your favourite: breakfast old-school diner

2095 west 4th ave, vancouver • 604 732 6810 www.sophiescosmiccafe.com 6

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Free Delivery 5-10pm Downtown only Min order $20

604-602-1558 Order online www.judgesindiancuisine.com Get 2 Coke Cans FREE

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DINING OUT PATISSERIE

CHECK OUT THESE BABKAS

Thierry’s

1. East Village Bakery (2166 E. Hastings, 604-568-5600, EastVillageBakery.com) 2. Thierry (1059 Alberni, 604-680-6870, ThierryChocolates. com) 3. Baguette & Co. (3273 W. Broadway, 604-737-8050, BaguetteAndCo.ca)

BAGELS 1. Sollys (various locations, 604-675-9770, SollysBagelry.com) 2. Siegel’s (1883 Cornwall, 604-737-8151, SiegelsBagels.com)

DESSERTS 1. True Confections (866 Denman, 604-682-1292; 3701 W. Broadway, 604-222-8489) 2. Sweet Obsession (2611 W. 16th, 604-739-0555, SweetObsession.ca) 3. Death by Chocolate (tie) (1598 W. Broadway, 604-730-2462, DeathByChocolate.ca) 3. Sweet Revenge (tie) (4160 Main Street, Sweet-Revenge.ca) 3. Thierry (tie) (1059 Alberni, 604-680-6870, ThierryChocolates. com)

2. Mario’s (88 E. 1st, 604-879-9411, MariosGelati.com) 3. Bella Gelateria (tie) (1001 W. Cordova, 604-569-1010, BellaGelateria.com) 3. Marble Slab (tie) (1184 Denman, 604-682-4998; 541 W. Broadway, 604-568-9007; MarbleSlab.com)

COFFEE SHOP (CHAIN)

ICE CREAM/ GELATO 1. Casa Gelato (1033 Venables, 604-251-3211, LaCasaGelato. com)

1. Sophie’s (tie) (2095 W. 4th, 604-732-6810, SophiesCosmicCafe. com) 2. Elbow Room (tie) (560 Davie, 604-685-3628, TheElbowRoomCafe. com) 2. Medina (tie) (556 Beatty, 604879-3114, MedinaCafe.com) 3. Sebs (592 E. Broadway, 604-2984403, HotStuffCatering.com)

BREAKFAST

1. Starbucks (various locations, Starbucks.com) 2. JJ Bean (various locations, JJBeanCoffee.com) 3. Cafe Artigiano (tie) (various locations, CaffeeArtigiano.com) 3. Tim Horton’s (tie) (various locations, TimHortons.com)

1. Joe’s Grill (tie) (various locations, JoesGrill.com)

Thank you for voting us Best Breakfast

Take Out available • Licensed

Miso Hungry

604.675.9770 368 West 7th Ave.

2873 West Broadway

189 East 28th Ave.

South end of Cambie Bridge (at Yukon & 7th)

½ block W. of MacDonald (In Kitsilano)

½ block W. of Main Street

www.sollysbagelry.com

there is more online WEVancouver.com

1031 Davie St. • 604-682-3683 948 Denman St. • 604-642-6588 2061 4th Ave • 604-736-6588 3048 Main St • 604-879-6586

Jewish Baking & Deli at its Finest. “What’s not to like?”

““BEST FOR

FAMILY FRIENDLY””

ALWAYS FAMILY FRIENDLY: • Kids’ Pizza-Making Sun. & Mon. Nights • Kids’ Play Kitchen

ADULT FRIENDLY TOO:

• Local Beers & Wines • Artisan Pizzas • Organic Salads • Hand Cut Pastas

1 Complimentary Kids Mozza Pizza

per family, with this ad. Valid for kids only until March 14th.

KITS: 1876 West 1st Ave. • 604 730 0321 (5 min. walk across the Burrard Bridge) MAIN STREET: 4186 Main St. • 604 566 9779 (one block south of Kind Edward)

Arigato (Thank You)

for voting us your favourite One-of-a-Kind Restaurant 3 Years in a Row. Best Cit y

Best Cit y

Readers’ Choice 2011

13th ANNUAL 2010

14th ANNUAL

of the

of the

GOLD WINNER

Always fresh, always funky... 604-738-5298 3431 West Broadway • www.theeatery.ca WEVancouver.com

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DINING OUT Revolver

2. Milano (tie) (156 W. 8th, 604-879-4468, MilanoCoffee.ca) 2. Melriches (tie) (1244 Davie, 604-689-5282, Melriches.com) 3. 49th Parallel (2152 W. 4th, 604-420-4901, 49thParallelRoasters.com)

TEAHOUSE

COFFEE SHOP (INDEPENDENT) 1. Continental (tie) (1806 Commercial, 604-255-0712) 1. Revolver (tie) (325 Cambie, 604-558-4444, RevolverCoffee.ca)

1. Secret Garden (5559 West Boulevard, 604-261-3070, SecretGardenTea.com) 2. David’s Tea (tie) (various locations, DavidsTea.com) 2. Shaktea (tie) (3702 Main, 604-8735151, ShakTea.com) 3. Urban Tea Merchant (1070 W. Georgia, 604-6920071, UrbanTea.com)

for voting Gord Martin best casual chef and supporting Bin for 14 years. Still featuring local, organic, wild, MON-SAT 5-2AM

sustainable agriculture ...

SUN 5-MIDNIGHT

and luv of course.

941 DAVIE ST 604.683.1246 WWW.BIN941.COM

Seafood

Boutique 2.0

“Not just Fish & Chips” Join Chef Gord Martin for TAPAS and globally inspired seafood plates Feature wine $5. Feature beer $3. Take out orders 3-5pm 10% off.

CONGRATULATIONS

THANKS

to all of the Best of the City Winners

LUNCH MON-FRI 11:30 IN SUPPORT 1521 W BROADWAY A -5PM - D T GR OF LOCAL FISHERMEN ANV INNER ILLE 5-10 - 60 PM - S A 4.73 ING! 4.94 T 2-11PM SUNDAY GONE FISH 21 WWW. BIN M O C 9 . 1 4 L A ING IS THE ST LEGAL HIGH! DRINK

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FRESH SEAFOOD

DINING IN

BUTCHER

TAKE OUT

3019, FamousFoods.ca)

1. Stepho’s (1124 Davie, 604-683-2555) 2. Olympia (3205 W. Broadway, 604-732-5334) 3. Noodle Box (1867 W. 4th, 604-734-1310; 839 Homer, 604-734-1316, The NoodleBox. net)

ORGANIC PRODUCE 1. Whole Foods (various locations) 2. Choices (various locations) 3. Drive Organics (tie) (1045 Commercial, 604-678-9665, LavigneOrganics.com) 3 Organic Lives (tie) (1829 Quebec, 778-588-7777, OrganicLives.org)

HOME DELIVERY 1. Panago (various Locations, Panago.com) 2. Flying Wedge (various locations, FlyingWedge.com) 3. Martini’s Pizza (151 W. Broadway, 604-873-0021, Martinis.ca)

1. Big Lou’s (269 Powell, 604-566-9229, BigLousButcherShop.com) 2. Jackson’s (2214 W. 4th, 604-738-6328, JacksonMeatAndDeli.com) 3. Save On Meats (tie) (43 W. Hastings, 604-569-3568, SaveOnMeats.ca) 3. Windsor Meats (tie) (4110 Main, 604-872-5635)

CHEESEMONGER 1. Les Amis du Fromage (1752 W. 2nd, 604-732-4218, BuyCheese.com) 2. Benton Brothers (2104 W. 41st, 604-261-5813; 3432 Cambie, 604-8739439; 1689 Johnson, 604-609-0001; BentonsCheese.com) 3. La Grotta Del Formaggio (1791 Commercial, 604-255-3911)

1. Granville Island (GranvilleIsland.com) 2. Seven Seas (2328 W. 4th, 604-732-8608, 7Seas.ca) 3. T&T (181 Keefer, 604-899-8836; 2800 E. 1st, 604-254-9668, TNT-Supermarket.com)

CHOCOLATIER 1. Thomas Haas (2539 W. Broadway, 604-736-1848, ThomasHaas.com) 2. Purdy’s (various locations, Purdys.com) 3. Cocoa Nymph (tie) (3739 W. 10th, 604-222-4477, CocoaNymph.com) 3. Thierry (tie) (1059 Alberni, 604-680-6870, ThierryChocolates.com)

MAKE AT HOME MEALS 1. Vij’s Rangoli (1488 W. 11th, 604-736-6664, VijsRestaurant.com) 2. Quince (1780 W. 3rd, 604-731-4645, Quince.ca) 3. Indishpensable, (2779 Arbutus, 604-731-3474, Indish.ca)

SPECIALTY WINE STORE 1. Whole Foods (various locations) 2. Choices (tie) (various locations) 2. Save-On-Foods (tie) (various locations) 3. Safeway (various locations)

1. Marquis (1034 Davie, 604-684-0445, Marquis-Wines.com) 2. Liberty (various locations, LibertyWineMerchants.com) 3. Legacy (1633 Manitoba, 604-331-7900, LegacyLiquorStore.com)

GROCERY STORE (INDEPENDENT)

SPECIALTY BEER STORE

1. Choices (various locations) 2. Donalds Market (2279 Commercial, 604-255-1440, DonaldsMarket.com) 3. Famous Foods (1595 Kingsway, 604-872-

1. Legacy (1633 Manitoba, 604-331-7900, LegacyLiquorStore.com) 2. Brewery Creek (3045 Main, 604-872-3373, BreweryCreekLiquorStore. com) 3. Firefly (2857 Cambie, 604-875-3325, FireflyFineWinesAndAles.com)

GROCERY STORE (CHAIN)

MICROBREWERY 1. Granville Island (1441 Cartwright, 604-687-2739, GIB.ca) 2. Steamworks (375 Water, 604-689-2739, Steamworks.com) 3. Phillips (PhillipsBeer.com)

Your original natural food store

Thank You for voting us Best Independent Grocer

Thanks a Bunch Vancouver... Best Cit y 15th ANNUAL

of the

Readers’ Choice 2012

...for voting us Best Grocery Store & Best Organic B est O rganic Produce! Produce! 1595 Kingsway 604-872-3019 www.famousfoods.ca open 7 days a week 8am-9pm WEVancouver.com

Cambie Robson West Vancouver Kitsilano 510 West 8th Ave. 1675 Robson St. 925 Man St 2285 West 4th Ave. Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1C5 Vancouver, B.C. V6K 1N9 Vancouver, B.C. V6G 1C8 West Vancouver, B.C. V7T 2Z3 778-370-4210 604-687-5288 604-678-0500 604-739-6676

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What to look forward to in 2012 and the black truffle pizza at Market in the Shangri La is a thing of happy fevered dreams. Good pizza, it seems, is here to stay, and there was much rejoicing. For street food, the bigwigs at City Hall are already By Andrew Morrison putting together their new committee to decide the next crop of vendors, so I’m pretty confident that Editor’s Note: This is a repeat of Andrew Morrison’s we can expect a spring and summer full of new and predictions of restaurant trends for 2012. exciting sidewalk eats. What do you want to see? I’d love at least one newcomer to serve up ramen in the redicting the future of our local food scene style of Kintaro; another doing nothing but gyozas; isn’t that much of a trick if you view the another layering peameal bacon sandwiches (a la coming year through the prism of the last. Toronto’s Kensington Market); another cramming When we do so, we’re reminded of how Chinese steam buns with all manner of meats and turning a page on our calendars doesn’t necessarsweets; another concentrating solely on deep fried ily mean we have to exile the trends that currently arancini; another dedicated to veal and chicken have us fixated. schnitzels; and... what time is it? I blacked out there If I had to make any prediction for the year ahead, for a sec. You get the idea. Street food is not a trend. it’s that we’ll remain in the same holding pattern It’s like show that’s too smart for TV but — miracuthat we’ve been in for the last year, treading water lously — keeps getting picked up by the network. not unhappily, but treading water nonetheless. The As far as restaurant openings are concerned, we uncertainty in world markets, the over-saturation can — as we did in 2011 — expect dozens upon dozof our dining landscape, and the still stupid rules ens. I’ll wager a meal in each that the overwhelmregarding the distribution and sale of alcohol (not ing majority will be decidedly casual. That isn’t to to mention the heavy tax burden facing restaurants) say that we’re done with fine dining. Far from it. have all combined to put innovation and the deliVancouver is a uniquely casual market, one that ciously unfamiliar too deeply into the realm of risk is almost wholly bereft of the “expense account” for many restaurateurs to give it the old college try. culture that exists in other big cities. Such is life. But does that mean we’ll see more Predictably, all of the restaurant projects that are street food, more pizza, and a maintained focus on currently generating buzz are aiming for as broad affordable, casual dining? Though none of that is a a clientele as they can manage, and that includes bad thing, I’m afraid so. the suits. Witness the coming of James Iranzad and To wit, Terry Deane’s long-anticipated Pizzeria Josh Pape’s Wildebeest, due at 120 West Hastings. Barbarella is opening at 654 East Broadway (just west Their eccentric wine bar is ostensibly geared toward of Fraser), and there are at least two other unrelated foodies and restaurants industry types — but that’s pizza joints that are currently in the process of a wide net in these parts, and the chef — David securing their locations. By this time next year, we Gunawan — will likely draw in the well-heeled that should have over a dozen first-rate pizzerias, which he impressed during his tenure at South Granville’s is up from pretty much zero just a few years ago. award-winning West. That number doesn’t include the many restaurants Similarly positioned is Mark Taylor’s Siena, at that have one or two pies on their menus as auxil1485 West 12th. Though famed for his more formal iary enticements. The bar menu at Hawksworth, for Cru on West Broadway (winner of not a few accoexample, has a lovely pizza ‘alla amatriciana’ on offer, lades), his new establishment aims for the everyman with simple, inexpensive Mediterranean fare. Likewise L’Officio, brand new to 3687 W. 4th. The owners of the critically acclaimed (and white table clothed) La Quercia are primed to open this tiny, evenings-only wine A S I A N C O M F O R T F O O D bar right next door for those who looking for a quick Italian nibble and glass without a reservaThanks for voting us tion. There’s also the your favourite new Cactus Club which CHINESE RESTAURANT is slated to open in time for the spring rush on English Bay. And if we’re really lucky, Vikram Vij 1339 Robson Street • 604-685-0871 of Rangoli and Vij’s will Sun–Thurs 11am–11pm • Fri & Sat 11am–Midnight give us something new OTHER Chinatown New Westminster Coquitlam Visit to sink our teeth into on LOCATIONS: 604-688-8303 604-520-6661 604-468-0871 www.hons.ca Cambie.

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OUT AFTER DARK BEST BARTENDER 1. Ryan Steele 2. Jay Jones 3. Shaun Layton

BAR (CASUAL) 1. 1181 (1181 Davie, 604 687-3991, TightLounge.com) 2. Alibi Room (tie) (157 Alexander, 604623-3383, Alibi.ca) 2. Tableau (tie) (1181 Melville, 604-6398692, TableauBarBistro.com) 3. The Keefer (133 Keefer, 604 688-1983, TheKeefer.com)

POST-BAR/PRE-HANGOVER EATS BAR (FORMAL) 1. Hotel Georgia (801 W Georgia, 604 682-5566, Rosewoodhotels.com/HotelGeorgia) 2. Fairmont Pacific Rim (1038 Canada Place, 604 695-5300, Fairmont.com/PacificRim) 3. Opus Hotel (322 Davie, 604 642-0557, OpusHotel.com)

LIVE MUSIC VENUE 1. Commodore (868 Granville, LiveNation.com/Commodore-Ballroom) 2. Biltmore (2755 Prince Edward, BiltmoreCabaret.com) 3. Fortune Sound Club (tie) (147 E Pender, 604-569-1758, FortuneSoundClub.com) 3. Venue (tie) (881 Granville, 604-646-0064,VenueLive.ca)

1 Dennys (Various Locations, Dennys.ca) 2 Lucy’s (2708 Main, 604 568-1550, LucysEastsideDiner.com) 3 Dougie Dog (1011 Granville, 604 468-3647, Dougiedog.com)

COMEDY CLUB 1 Comedy Mix (1015 Burrard, 604 684-5050, TheComedyMix.com) 2 Yuk Yuks (2837 Cambie, 604 696-9857, YukYuks.com) 3 Vancouver TheatreSports (1502 Duranleau, 604 738-7013, VTSL.com)

DANCE CLUB 1 Fortune Sound Club (147 E Pender, 604 569-1758, FortuneSoundClub.com) 2 Celebrities (1022 Davie, 604 681-6180, CelebritiesNightclub.com) 3 Barcelona (1180 Granville, 604 249-5151, BarcelonaNights.ca)

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1 Celebrities (1022 Davie, 604 681-6180, CelebritiesNightclub.com) 2 560 (560 Seymour, 604 678-6322, FiveSixty.ca) 3 1181 (1181 Davie, 604 687-3991, TightLounge.com)

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SHOPPING FOR THE HOME HOME FURNISHINGS (CHAIN) 1. Ikea (various locations, Ikea.com) 2. Urban Barn (2354 Granville, 604-731-9047; 818 Howe, 604-633-1125, UrbanBarn.com) 3. Urban Brick (2360 Granville, 604-734-7963, TheBrick.com)

HOME FURNISHINGS (INDEPENDENT)

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1. Parliament (115 Water, 604-689-0800, ParliamentInteriors.com) 2. The Living Lab (1910 E. 2nd, 604-569-3349, TheLivingLab.ca) 3. Moe’s (1728 Glen, 604-687-5599, MoesHome.ca)

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1. Sears (various locations, Sears.ca) 2. Trail (2876 Rupert, 604-434-8711, TrailAppliances.com) 3. Future Shop (various locations, FutureShop.ca)

OFFICE FURNISHINGS 1. Staples (various locations, Staples.ca) 2. Ikea (various locations, Ikea.com) 3. Mills Basics (1111 Clark, 604-254-7211, Mills.ca)

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HOME APPLIANCES

1. Antique Warehouse (226 S.W. Marine, 604-324-3661, AntiqueWarehouse.net) 2. Antique Market (tie) (1324 Franklin, 604-875-1434, AntiquesDirect.ca) 2. Salmagundi West Best Home Furnishings (Independent): Parliament (tie) (321 W. Cordova, 604-681-4648) 3. Baker’s Dozen (3520 Main, 604-879-3348)

GARDENING SECOND HAND/CONSIGNMENT FURNISHINGS 1. Attic Treasures (944 Commercial, 604-254-0220) 2. Full House (tie) (1545 W. 4th, 604-733-7789, FullhouseConsign.com) 2. Refind (tie) (1849 main, 778-855-0969, RefindHomeFurnishings. com) 3. Sellution (3206 Main, 604-876-4517)

HARDWARE (CHAIN) 1. Home Depot (900 Terminal, 604-608-1423; 2388 Cambie, 604-675-1260, HomeDepot.ca) 2. Home Hardware (various locations, HomeHardware.ca) 3. Rona (2727 E. 12th, 604-253-2822; 1503 Kingsway, 604-877-1171, Rona.ca)

HARDWARE (INDEPENDENT) 1. The Little Hardware Company (1320 Davie, 604-687-6285) 2. Dunbar Lumber (3637 W. 16th, 604-224-0434, DunbarLumber.com) 3. Magnet Hardware (1575 Commercial, 604-253-1747, HomeHardware.ca)

KITCHENWARE/COOKING 1. Ming Wo (various locations, MingWo. com) 2. Gourmet Warehouse (1340 E. Hastings, 604-253-3022, GourmetWarehouse.ca) 3. Cookworks (1548 W. Broadway, 604-731-1148; 377 Howe, 604-662-4918, Cookworks.ca)

1. Art Knapp (1401 Hornby, 604-6223303, ArtKnapps.ca) 2. Home Depot (900 Terminal, 604-608-1423, 2388 Cambie, 604-675-1260, HomeDepot.ca) 3. Garden Works (various locations, GardenWorks.ca)

LIGHTING 1. Robinson (2285 Cambie, 604-8792494, Rlrbc.com) 2. Home Depot (tie) (900 Terminal, 604608-1423, 2388 Cambie, 604-675-1260, Homedepot.ca) 2. Luminosa (tie) (1840 Fir, 604-7340829, Luminosalight.com) 3. Ikea (various locations, Ikea.com)

HOME ELECTRONICS 1. Best Buy (2220 Cambie, 604-6384966, Bestbuy.ca) 2. Future Shop (various locations, FutureShop.ca) 3. London Drugs (various locations, LondonDrugs.com)

FLORIST 1. Get Fresh Flowers (1688 Davie, 604685-3500, Getfreshflowers.ca) 2. Green Stems (315 Abbott, 604-568-1314, GreenStems.ca) 3. Granville Island Florist (tie) (various locations, GIFVancouver. com) 3. Heather’s (tie) (422 W. Cordova, 604-603-4995)

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SHOPPING FOR THE SELF UNIQUE GIFTS 1. Fine Finds (1014 Mainland, 604-669-8325, FineFindsBoutique.com) 2. Peking Lounge (83 E Pender, 604-844-1559, PekingLounge.com) 3. Red Galleria (2152 Main, 604-872-8873, RedGalleria.com) (tie) 3. Obessions (595 Howe, 604-633-0091, ObsessionsOnline.com)

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MEN’S APPAREL (CASUAL) 1. Lark (2315 Main, 604-879-5275, Lark.me) 2. Roden Gray (tie) (8 Water, 604-689-7302, RodenGray.com) 2. Staccato (tie) (1842 W 1st, 604-731-4343, Staccato.com) 3. Brooklyn (418 Davie, 604-683-2929, BrooklynClothing.com)

WOMEN’S APPAREL (FORMAL) 1. Holt Renfrew (737 Dunsmuir, 604-681-3121, HoltRenfrew.com) 2. Malene Grotrian Designs (207 W. Hastings, 604-568-0666, MaleneGrotrian.com) 3. BCBG (tie) (various locations, BCBG. ca) 3. The Bay (tie) (various locations, HBC. com)

MEN’S APPAREL (FORMAL)

BEST VINTAGE CLOTHING STORE: FRONT & COMPANY While there are plenty of fabulous consignment shops on Main Street, none of them have window displays quite like Front and Company, this year’s winner for Best Vintage Clothing Store. Lush and theatrical, the windows are designed twice a year by creative director Sonia Capriceru and implemented collectively by the staff. It’s high-fashion details like these that put the store (a mix of vintage consignment and new clothing and accessories, as well as an eclectic gift shop next door) in a league of its own. After a fire three years ago, the 18-yearold store expanded and renovated, attracting a wider following with its brand new look. “It revamped everyone’s perception of what Front and Company was really about,” says store manager Dan Carlos. “[People saw that] yes, we really were a fashion-forward store and that we were going to covet Main Street as a more fashion-centered area.” The store is incredibly selective with the vintage items it consigns from its pool of more than 5,000 consigners. “The selection process is pretty thorough,” explains Carlos. “We pick gems. Instead of taking whatever comes in, we are really thorough, making sure that everything we are taking in is high-quality, fashion-forward, and a one-of-a-kind piece.” People looking to consign with Front and Co. are encouraged to check out their website, where they post detailed guidelines for what their clientele is after this season. For the spring, expect to see lots of pattern, bright colours, floral and muted feather prints, says Carlos. (3712 Main, 604-879-8431, FrontAndCompany.ca) — Anna Killen

1. Harry Rosen (700 W Georgia, 604-683-6861, HarryRosen.com) 2. Holt Renfrew (737 Dunsmuir, 604-681-3121, HoltRenfrew.com) 3. Moore’s (524 Granville, 604-669-1712, MooresClothing.com)

VINTAGE CLOTHING 1. Front and Co (3772 Main, 604-879-8431, FrontAndCompany.ca) 2. Deluxe Junk (310 W. Cordova, 604-685-4871, DeluxeJunk.com) 3. Mintage (1714 Comercial, 604-646-8243, MintageVintage.com)

WOMEN’S APPAREL (CASUAL) 1. Aritzia (various locations, Aritzia. com) 2. Lululemon (tie) (various locations, LuluLemon.com) 2. Spank (tie) (various locations, SpankClothing.ca) 3. One of a Few (354 Water, 604-605-0685, OneOfAFew.com )

SHOES 1. Fluevog (65 Water, 604-688-6228; 837 Granville, 604-688-2828, Fluevog.com) 2. Gravity Pope (2205 W 4th, 604-731-7673, GravityPope.com 3. Aldo (various locations, AldoShoes.com)

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SHOPPING FOR THE SELF SHOPPING CENTRE 1. Pacific Centre (701 W Georgia, 604-688-7235, PacificCentre.ca) 2. Oakridge (41st & Cambie, 604-261-2511, OakridgeCentre.com) 3. Metrotown (4700 Kingsway, 604-438-4715, MetropolisAtMetrotown. com)

2. Strategies Games (tie) (3878 Main, 604-872-6911, StrategiesGames.ca) 3. Kaboodles (Granville Island, 604-684-0066, KaboodlesToyStore.com)

3. Pulp Fiction (various locations, PulpFictionBooksVancouver.com)

BOOKS (SECONDHAND) 1. Pulp Fiction (multiple locations) 2. MacLeod’s Books (455 W Pender, 604-681-7654) 3. Book Warehouse(multiple locations)

JEWELLER 1. Birks (tie) (698 W Hastings, 604-669-3333, Birks.com) 1. Tiffany (tie) ( 723 Burrard, 604-630-1300, Tiffany.ca) 2. Blue Ruby (2125 W 41st, 604-266-2594, BlueRuby.com) 3. Jewellery Artist 3D (4485 W 10th, 604-222-8821, JA3D.com)

CAR DEALERSHIP (NEW)

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1. Mercedes (multiple locations, mercedes-benz.ca) 2. BMW (multiple locations, bmw.ca) 3. Empower Lease Corp (1500 W Georgia, 604-739-2555, empowerlease.ca)

TOY STORE 1. Toys R Us (various locations, ToysRUs.com) 2. Granville Island Toy Company (tie) (3298 Main, 604-875-0065, GranvilleToyCompany.ca)

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BOOKS (NEW) 1. Chapters (various locations, Chapters.Indigo.ca) 2. Book Warehouse (various locations, BookWarehouse.ca)

1. Auto One (8555 Cambie, 877-350-7307, AutoOne.ca) 2. Empower Lease Corp (1500 W Georgia) 3. Jim Pattison Toyota (1290 Burrard, 604-682-8881, JPToyota-Downtown.com)

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1. Pawlik Automotive (#30-966 SW Marine Dr., 604-327-7112, PawlikAutomotive.com) 2. Automind (401 Kingsway, 86-781-5539, AutomindCollison.com) 2. Ootmar (65 East 3rd Ave, 604-681-1727, Ootmar.ca) 3. Budget Brake & Muffler (tie) (various locations, 604-464-1239, BudgetBrake.com) 3. Minit Tune (tie) (various locations, 604-684-5515, Minit-tune.com)

1. Brad Davis (1050 Howe St, 778-238-0801, Brad-Davis.com) 2. The Mike and Will Team (#204-345 Robson St, MikeAndWill.com) 3 Susan Cameron (6272 East Blvd, 604-266-1364, SusanCameronRealtor.com)

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TRAVEL AGENCY 1. Flight Centre (various locations, 877-967-5302, FlightCentre.com) 2. TravelMasters (various locations, 888-568-8514, TravelMasters.ca) 3. Roback Travel (778-322-6173, RobackTravel.com)

1. ReMax (various locations, 800-563-3622, ReMax-Western.ca) 2. Royal Lepage City Centre (tie) (#204-345 Robson St, 604-408-9311, RoyalLePage.ca) 2. Sutton (tie) (various locations, 604-322-3000, Sutton.com) 3. Century 21 (various locations, 604-606-2100, Century21.ca)

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2. Opus (322 Davie St, 866-642-6787, OpusHotel.com) 3. Wedgewood (845 Hornby St, 604-689-7777, WedgewoodHotel. com)

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REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER 1. Concert Properties (1190 Hornby, 604-688-9460, ConcertProperties.com) 2. Onni (tie) (550 Robson St, 604,602,7711, Omni.com) 2. Polygon (tie) (1333 West Broadway, 604-877-1131) 3. Salient (209 Carrall St, 604-669-5536, TheSalientGroup.com)

HOTEL (CHAIN) 1. Fairmont (900 West Georgia St, 866-540-4452, Fairmont.com) 2. Four Seasons (791 West Georgia St, 604-689-9333, FourSeasons. com) 3. Westin (433 Robson St, 604-602-1999, WestinGrandVancouver. com)

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MORTGAGE BROKER 1. Gina Best (155 Water St, 604-730-5020, MeridianPacific.ca) 2. Patricia Collins (1550 West Georgia St, 604-996-7701, PatriciaCollins.ca) 3. Ryan McKinley (188 East Pender, 604-488-1226, Vancity.com)

PLUMBER 1. Yaletown Plumbing ( #1503-1255 Seymour St, 604-727-4484, YaletownPlumbing.com) 2. Hillcrest (various locations, 604-879-1415, HillcrestPlumbing.com) 3. Cambie Plumbing (tie) (3905 Fraser St, 604-873-1874, CambiePlumbing.com) 3. Mr Rooter (tie) (various locations, 877-766-8305, MRRooter.com)

FINANCIAL INSTITUTION 1. Vancity (various locations, 604-877-7000, Vancity.com) 2. TD Bank (various locations, 888-751-9000, TDBank.com) 3. RBC (various locations, 800-769-2511, RBCRoyalbank.com)

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CONSTRUCTION/RENOVATION CONTRACTOR 1. Klondike Contracting (1375 West 6th Ave, 604-708-3337, KlondikeContracting.com) 2. Level One (1610 Clark Drive, 604-ONE-RENO, LevelOne.ca) 3. Mercury Contracting (1602a Victoria Dr, 604-440-2727, MercuryContracting.com)

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CONTINUING-EDUCATION FACILITY 1. BCIT (tie) (various locations, 604-434-1610, BCIT.ca) 1. VCC (tie) (1155 East Broadway, 604-871-7000, VCC.ca) 2. Langara (100 West 49th Ave, 604-323-5511, Langara.BC.ca) 3. UBC (2329 West Mall, 604-822-2211, UBC.ca)

1. Loden (1177 Melville St, 604-669-5060, theloden.com)

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BEST NATUROPATHIC RETAILER: FINLANDIA Over the past 35 years, Finlandia Pharmacy and Health Centre has grown to be the one of the largest and most respected natural health care centres in Canada. But as a repeat winner in our annual Best Of poll— last year it took home first place in the Best Naturopathic Retailer category and second in the Best Specialty Health Store category—it’s clear that they’ve still found a way to retain that local touch. The easy-to-spot green and white storefront on West Broadway is home to scores of hard-to-find homeopathic remedies, an herbal dispensary, beauty products, a traditional, full-service pharmacy and a hearty healthfocused book section. But it’s also made a name for itself as a forward-thinking health technology centre (think bone density testing, brain state conditioning, and infrared light therapy—great for the winter blues) with an expert staff of physicians, pharmacists, counsellors, and non-traditional healers. Founder and owner Harlan Lahti, a former resident pharmacist at Vancouver General Hospital, along with his wife, Beth, ensure Finlandia is a unique blend of European and Western approaches to medicine, and a touchstone in the community—hosting in-store seminars and open houses for those wishing to become more informed about new heath-care techniques and trends and find information about living a healthier, natural life. (1111 W. Broadway at Spruce, 604-733-5323, FinlandiaPharmacy.ca_ — Anna Killen

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1. MEC (130 W. Broadway, 604-872-7858, MEC.ca) 2. Sports Junkies (102 W Broadway, 604-879-6000, sportsjunkies.com) 3. Cyclone Taylor Sports (6575 Oak, 604-266-3316, CycloneTaylor.com)

1. Steve Nash (2150 W Broadway, 604-742-4440, SteveNashFitnessclubs.com) 2. YMCA (955 Burrard, 604-689-9622, VanYMCA.org 3. Symmetrix (1238 Seymour, 604-682-6765, Symmetrix.ca)

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3. Ride On (tie) (2255 W Broadway, 604-736-7433, RideOnAgain.com) 3. Denman Bike (tie) (710 Denman, 604-685-9755, DenmanBikeShop.com)

SPORTS APPAREL 1. MEC (130 W. Broadway, 604-872-7858, MEC.ca) 2. Lululemon (various locations, LuluLemon.com) 3. North Face (tie) (2140 W 4th, 604-677-6269, TheNorthFace.com) 3. Lady Sport (tie) (3545 W 4th, 604-733-1173, LadySport.ca)

1. YYoga (1050 Homer and 1627 W. Broadway, 604-684-3334, YYoga.ca) 2. Exhale (1083 Cambie, 604-689-2446, ExhaleStudio.com) 3. Semperviva ( 2201 W 4th, 877-730-5522, SemperViva.com)

PILATES STUDIO BOARD & SKI SHOP 1. Comor (1980 Burrard, 604-736-7547, ComorSports.com) 2. Boardroom (1717 W 4th, 604-742-0032, BoardroomShop.com) 3. MEC (tie) (130 W. Broadway, 604-872-7858, MEC. ca) 3. Pacific Border (tie) (1793 W 4th, 604-734-7245, PacificBoarder.com)

BIKES & BIKE REPAIRS 1. Our Community Bikes ( 3283 Main, 604-879-2453) 2. Bike Doctor (137 W Broadway, 604-873-2453, TheBikeDr.com) 2. Reckless (tie) (1810 Fir, 604-731-2420; 110 Davie, 604-648-2600, Reckless.ca)

1. YYoga (various locations, 604-684-3334, YYoga.ca) 2. Exhale Studio (1083 Cambie St, 604-689-2446, ExhaleStudio.com) 3. Beyond Pilates (1190 Hornby St, 604-684-1640, BeyondPilates.ca)

SPECIALTY HEALTH STORE 1. Finlandia (1111 West Broadway, 604-733-5323, FinlandiaPharmacy.com) 2. Body Energy Club (various locations, 604-697-0466, BodyEnergyclub.com) 3. Choices (Multiple Locations, 604-952-2266, ChoicesMarket.com)

NATUROPATHIC RETAILER/CLINIC 1. Sage Clinic (487 Davie St, 604-697-0883, SageClinic.com)

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Health & Fitness

Dental Clinic

1. Kits Family Dental (2223 West Broadway, 604-738-1816, KitsFamilyDental.com) 2. Aarm Dental Group (tie) (Multiple Locations, 604-681-8530, Aarm-Dental.com) 2. Yaletown Dentistry (tie) (1050 Hamilton St, 604-801-6669, YaletownDentistry.com) 3. Aria Dental (1030 West Georgia, 604-568-8686, Ariadental.com)

Chiropractor

1. Dr Shelley Adams (2184 West Broadway, 604-742-0111, Back2HealthChiropractic.ca) 2. Dr Randall Trester (1864 West 1st Ave, 604-736-8353, DrRandallTrester.com) 3. Back 2 Health (tie) (2184 West Broadway, 604-742-0111, Back2HealthChiropractic.ca) 3. Jointworks (tie) (3860 Main, 604-675-0388, JointworksChiro.ca) 2. Finlandia (1111 West Broadway, 604-733-5323, FinlandiaPharmacy.com) 3. Dr Adeola Mead (tie) (1200 Burrad St, 604-687-5712 ext. #4, DrAdeolaMead.com) 3. Vitality Clinic (tie) (827 Hamilton St, 604-687-7678, VitalityClinic.ca)

Natural Health Practitioner

1. Dr Adeola Mead (1200 Burrard St, 604-687-5712 ext. #4, DrAdeolaMead. com) 2. Kelli Taylor (Elements Wellness Centre) (2678 West Broadway, 604-732-9355 3. Shar Laderman (I Love Health store) (430 Homer St, 778-855-4301, ilovehealth.ca)

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LOOKING GOOD HAIR SALON

SKIN-CARE FACILITY

1. Hype Hair Studio (2695 W. 4th, 604-732-4973, HypeHairStudio.com) 2. Sukis (various locations, Sukis.com) 3. Axis (various locations, AxisHairSalons.com)

1. Renu Cosmetics (350-1152 Mainland, 604-662-7368, RenuCosmetic.com) 2. Masc (433 Davie Street, 604-688-4555, ShopMasc.com) 3 Skoah (various locations, Skoah.com)

MANICURE/PEDICURE

SPA

1. Pure Nail Bar (various locations, PureNailBar.com) 2. Union (formerly Gloss) (3149 Granville St, 604-732-8282, GlossHair.biz) 3. Cranberries Spa (330 Robson, 604-696-9191, cranberriesspa.com)

1. Spa Utopia (1001 - 999 Canada Place, 604-641-1351, SpaUtopia.ca) 2. Absolute Spa (various locations, AbsoluteSpa.com) 3 Cranberries Spa (330 Robson, 604-696-9191, CranberriesSpa.com)

LASER EYE CENTRE

COSMETICS RETAILER

1. Pacific Laser (1401 W. Broadway, 604-736-2625, Pacific-Laser.com) 2. Coal Harbour Eye Center (1177 W. Hastings, 604-682-4900, SeeWell.ca) 3. Lasik (#101-1281 W. Georgia, 604-639-8088, LasikMD.com)

1. Sephora (701 W. Georgia, Sephora. com) 2. Mac (908 Robson St, 604-682-6588, MACCosmetics.com) 3. Holt Renfrew (777 Dunsmuir St, 604-681-3121, HoltRenfrew.com)

EYEWEAR

TAILOR

1. Bruce (219 Abbott St, 604-662-8300, bruceeyewear.com) 2. Urban Eyes (1620 Davie St, 604-899-8899, urbaneyesvancouver. com) 3. Avenue Eye Care (2041 West 41st Avenue, 604-558-1133, avenueeyecare. com)

1. Village Cleaners (1637 Manitoba, 604-818-2818, VillageCleaners.ca) 2. Saville (777 Hornby St, 604-676-4433) 3. Dunns (tie) (480 Granville St, 604-681-2836, DunnsTailors.com) 3. Angelo’s (tie) (1501 Commercial Dr, 604-253-7633, AngeloTailors.com)

BEST BIKE SHOP: OUR COMMUNITY BIKES The first visit to Main Street’s Our Community Bikes, this year’s winner for Best Bike Shop, can feel a bit intimidating. The space, one part retail, three parts repair shop (you can fix your bike yourself, or drop it off and have it fixed for you), is nothing if not chaotic—packed to the brim with people, spare parts, and smart staff members doing their best to help the masses and be in four places at once. But conquering the chaos and learning how to fix your own bike, with your own hands, is all part of the experience, says veteran staff member Jesse Cooper. “Ignore the chaos and focus on your own space,” says Cooper. Be patient, and ask for help. Over the years, he believes the staff at OCB has become more approachable and more accepting, leading to a wider clientele. Founded in 1993 as a project of Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, the OCB collective broke away in 1999 and became part of PEDAL, Pedal Energy Development Alternatives, an umbrella organization for a variety of bike related projects. While OCB is their most well-known project, the group has a variety of endeavors on the go, notably their youthcentric programs After School Bikes and Our Community Bike Club, a summer camp for kids. More than just a bike shop, OCB is a social enterprise. “It’s about empowerment through education. We would like people to be more self-sufficient, grow their own food, fix their own car, fix their own bike,” says Cooper. “When we’re able to take a bike that would otherwise be destined for the landfill and re-circulate it back into transportation safely and effectively, then you know you’ve done a job well.” (3283 Main, 604-879-2453) — Anna Killen

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VIDEO GAME RETAILER

LIFESTYLE

1. EB Games (701 W Georgia, 604-682-7738, gamestop.ca) 2. Best Buy (bestbuy.com) 3. Future Shop (futureshop.ca)

MOBILE DEVICES RETAIL 1. Rogers 2. Fido (tie) 2. Telus (tie) 3. Wireless Wave

ART SUPPLIES 1. Opus (various locations, OpusArtSupplies.com) 2. De Serres (1431 W Broadway, 604-733-1331, Deserres.ca) 3. Michaels (665 W Broadway, 604-638-2523, Michaels.com)

PERSONAL COMPUTERS 1. Apple ( 701 W Georgia, 778-373-1800, Apple.com) 2. Mac Station (1014 Homer, 604-806-6227, MacStation.com) 3. Best Buy (tie) (BestBuy.com) 3. London Drugs (tie) (LondonDrugs.com)

SEX TOY SHOP

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

1. Womyn’s Ware (896 Commercial Dr., 604-254-2543; 1238 Davie, 604-669-1753; 1148 Davie, 604-630-2330; WomynsWare.com) 2. Little Sisters LlittleSisters.ca) 3. Priape (Priape.com)

1. Tom Lee (929 Granville, 604-685-8471, TomLeeMusic.ca) 2. Long & McQuade (368 Terminal, 604-734-4886, Long-Mcquade.com) 3. Northwest Music (1991 Main, 604-877-1991, NorthwestMusic.ca) 3. Prussin Music (3607 W Broadway, 604-736-3036, PrussinMusic.com)

PET SUPPLIES 1. Tisol (various locations, Tisol.ca) 2. Bosleys (various locations, Bosleys. com) 3. Mr Pets (various locations, MrPets. ca)

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DVD RENTALS (INDEPENDENT) 1. Black Dog, (various locations, 604-873-6958, BlackDogVideo.bc.ca) 2. Videomatica (1972 W 4th, 604-734-5752, VideomaticaSales.wordpress.com

TATTOO/PIERCING STUDIO 1. Sacred Heart (725 Nelson, 604-647-0826, SacredHeartTattoo.ca) 2. Adrenaline (various locations, AdrenalineVancity. com) 3. The Fall (644 Seymour, 604-676-3066, TheFallTattooing.com)

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Cult Independent Foreign Horror Documentaries Queer Canadian New Stuff

1. Zulu (1972 W 4th, 604-738-3232, ZuluRecords.com) 2. Red Cat (4332 Main, 604-708-9422, RedCat.ca) 3. Scrape Records (323 E Broadway, 604-877-1676, ScrapeRecords.com)

MUSIC STORE FOR VINYL 1. Zulu (1972 W 4th, 604-738-3232, ZuluRecords.com) 2. Red Cat (4332 Main, 604-708-9422, RedCat.ca) 3. Neptoon Records (3561 Main, 604-324-1229, neptoon.com)

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CULTURE PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL

THEATRE COMPANY

1. Bard on the Beach (203-456 W. Broadway, 604-737-0625, BardOnTheBeach.org) 2. Fringe Festival (Box 203 – 1398 Cartwright Street, 604-257.0350, VancouverFringe.com) 3. PUSH Festival (300 – 640 W.Broadway, 604-605.8284, PushFestival.ca)

1. Arts Club/Stanley Theatre (1585 Johnston, 604-687-5315, ArtsClub.com) 2. Electric Company (tie) (1422 William Street, 604-253-4222, ElectricCompanytheatre.com) 2. Playhouse (tie) (301 – 601 Cambie, 604-872-6622, VancouverPlayhouse.com)

DANCE COMPANY MUSIC FESTIVAL 1. Jazz Festival (295 W. 7th, 604-872.5200, CoastalJazz.ca) 2. Folk Festival (468 – 411 Dunsmuir Street, 604 602.9798, TheFestival. BC.ca) 3. Live at Squamish (Squamish, LiveAtSquamish.com)

1. Ballet BC (677 Davie Street, 604-732-5003, BalletBC.com) 2. Goh Ballet (2345 Main Street, 604-872-4014 ext 126, GohBallet.com) 3. Harbour Dance (927 Granville St., 604-684-9542, harbourdance.com)

CHORAL GROUP VISUAL ARTS FESTIVAL 1. East Side Cultural Crawl (108 - 1000 Parker St, 778 960-7575, EastsideCultureCrawl.com) 2. Queer Film Festival (tie) (405-207 W. Hastings Street, 604-844-1615, QueerFilmFestival.ca) 2. Vancouver Film Fest (tie) (1181 Seymour, 604-685-0260, VIFF.org)

NEIGHBOURHOOD FESTIVAL/ EVENT 1. Car Free Day (The Drive, Main, Kits, West End, CarFreeVancouver.org) 2. Pride Festival (1080 Howe Street, Suite 304, 604-687-0955, VancouverPride.ca) 3. Greek Days (3230 West Broadway Street, 604-738-7126, GreekDay.com)

1. Vancouver Men’s Chorus (1270 Chestnut Street, 604-669-SING, VancouverMensChorus.ca) 2. Vancouver Chamber Choir (tie) (1254 W. 7th, 604-738-6822, VancouverChamberChoir.com) 2. Chor Leoni (tie) (949 W. 49th, 604-263-7061, ChorLeoni.org) 3. Vancouver Bach Choir (3102 Main, #304, 604-872-8789, Vancouverachchoir.com)

BEST PRIVATE ART GALLERY: DOUGLAS REYNOLDS GALLERY Ask Douglas Reynolds, owner of the Douglas Reynolds Gallery on South Granville, what he has planned for his Saturday night, and one gets a peek at what it’s like to be a member of Vancouver’s fine art society. First stop, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s 2012 auction, where Reynolds’ has donated a $30,000 carving. Then, it’s off to the Cuban ballet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Reynolds is one of the corporate sponsors), followed by drinks with the Cuban dancers and crew. Over the past 16 years, Reynolds’ gallery has evolved to become the go-to gallery for the upper echelon of Northwest Coast artists. “When I opened it was much more mid-range,” says Reynolds. “Now it’s much higher end. But we’ve always been a gallery that supports new and upcoming artists.”

CLASSICAL MUSIC GROUP 1. VSO (601 Smithe Street, 604 876-3434, VancouverSymphony.ca) 2. Vancouver Opera (1945 McLean Drive, 604 683-0222, vancouveropera.ca) 3. Bach Choir (tie) (3102 Main St #304, 604 872-8789,VancouverBachChoir.com)

Celebrated Haida artist Robert Davidson has a close relationship with the gallery—working on public and large private commissions for people all over the world. “We did a series of five totem poles about five years ago for British artist Damien Hirst,” says Reynolds. These commissions have become a major part of the business—but Reynolds recognizes that it is his storefront on South Granville (and his Vancouver-based charity work) that keeps him connected to the local community. (2335 Granville between 7th and 8th, 604-731-9292, DouglasReynoldsGallery.com) — Anna Killen

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CULTURE 3. Music Intima (tie) (204 – 3102 Main Street, 604 731-6618, MusicaIntima.org)

604 730-5000, MonteClarkGallery.com) 3. Ayden Gallery (tie) (88 W. Pender, 778-891-4310, AydenGallery.com)

ART GALLERY (PUBLIC) 1. VAG (750 Hornby Street, 604-662-4700, VanArtGallery.bc.ca) 2. Museum of Anthropology UBC (6393 NW Marine Dr., 604-822-5087, MOA.UBC.ca) 3. Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut Street, 604 736-4431, MuseumOfVancouver.ca)

ART GALLERY (PRIVATE) 1. Douglas Reynolds Gallery (2335 Granville, 604 731-9292, DouglasReynoldsGallery.com) 2. Bill Reid Gallery (tie) (639 Hornby Street, 604 682-3455, BillReidGallery.ca) 2. Rennie (tie) (51 E. Pender, RennieCollection.org) 3. Monte Clark (tie) (2339 Granville,

FIRST-RUN MOVIE THEATRE 1. Scotiabank Theatre (900 Burrard, 604-630-1407, Cineplex.com) 2. Fifth Avenue (2110 Burrard, 604-734-7469, FestivalCinemas.ca) 3. Tinseltown (88 W. Pender, 604-806-0799, CinemarkTinseltown.ca)

REPERTORY/ART-HOUSE MOVIE THEATRE 1. Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway, 604-879-3456, RioTheatre.ca) 2. Fifth Avenue Cinemas (2110 Burrard, 604 734-7469, FestivalCinemas.ca) 3. Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe, 604 688-3456, Cinematheque.bc.ca)

PEOPLE BEST OF COVER: WHO’S WHO

Unsung Hero Jim Chu

Did any of our readers recognize our homage to the Brady Bunch in our front cover design? No matter. What’s important is that you recognize the people. Clockwise from top left: David Hawksworth, executive chef at Hawksworth restaurant; David Suzuki; John Murphy of Bard on the Beach; Canuck Ryan Kesler; Mayor Gregor Robertson; and Chan Hon Goh of Goh Ballet.

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BIGGEST WINDBAG Suzanne Anton Gregor Roberton Christy Clark

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MEDIA

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LOCAL TV NEWS HOST

LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY

Tamara Taggart Chris Gailus Sophie Lui/ Steve Darling (tie)

Kid Carson Bro Jake Stephen Quinn/ Jonny Staub

LOCAL TV SPORTSCASTER Squire Barnes DonTaylor Shane Foxman

LOCAL TV PERSONALITY Tamara Taggart Fiona Forbes Dawn Chubai

LOCAL TV WEATHERPERSON Mark Madriga Wayne Cox Claire Martin

LOCAL FM RADIO STATION The Beat 94.5 Peak 100.5 Jack 96.9

LIFE

Michael Buble Trevor Linden Ryan Kesler/ Sarah McLachlan (tie)

Urban Rush Breakfast Television Fanny Keifer

LOCAL PODCAST Caustic Soda CBC Radio 3 Stop Podcasting Yourself

CANUCKS PLAYER Ryan Kesler Roberto Luongo The Sedins!

PLACE TO TAKE YOUR PARENTS Stanley Park Granville Island Grouse Mountain

PLACE TO ESCAPE URBAN STRESS Stanley Park Seawall Queen Elizabeth Park

OUTDOOR ACTIVITY (IN GOOD WEATHER) Biking Walking/Running Seawall Hiking Grouse Grind

LOCAL SPORTS TEAM Canucks BC Lions Whitecaps

Stanley Park Granville Island Grouse Mountain

Aquarium Stanley Park Science World

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LOCAL CHARITY Dr Peter AIDS Foundation/Covenant House (tie) Food Bank A Loving Spoonful

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