Monthly Archives: December 2010

Leung Trio Holiday Session

A long running tradition in the family is that we celebrate the holidays with my uncle’s family and friends. In our younger years we would listen to my cousins play their musical instruments after the holiday feast, followed by competitive board and card games (extremely exciting by the way). In the past few years, however, […]

Bright Star: An Epic Romance

Every holiday season I like to kick back and enjoy a few good movies, either new blockbuster hits or recent foreign films. To catch up, I selected Bright Star, a British film directed by New Zealand native Jane Campion. Selected for the Festival De Cannes and the Toronto Film Festival, it didn’t disappoint. An appropriate […]

Fun & Easy Chocolate Christmas Cupcakes

The holiday months seem to call for a bit of indulgence, so I have chosen chocolate cupcakes to be my signature treat this year. To give it a festive punch I have incorporated the use of stencils. Stencils are easy to use, great for presentation and lower on the calories since stenciling doesn’t require any […]

Vancouver Christmas Market: A New Tradition

At least, that is my hope. Despite a minor mishap and soft open of the market, it was packed over the past weekend, lineups wrapped around the block. How giddy I was to explore the first ever Vancouver Christmas Market, located on the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Theater. These were the same grounds the […]

Yuletide Displays of a Bygone Era Making a Come Back

How nostalgic!  For those born and bred on the West Coast, you’ll recall the bygone era of the formidable Woodward’s Department Stores’ Christmas window displays. Popularized in the 60’s these special displays included intricately outfitted puppets and mannequins, many mechanically controlled behind the scenes on all four sides of a store. Infinite numbers of lights, […]

Holiday Latte

Upon my return from Nespresso country (there is actually a Nespresso shop in downtown Vancouver as well, but I have since switched over to coffee with more of a traditional Italian flair and more accessible locations)  it was a challenge finding a nice rich cuppa coffee. Until, I recalled my days working odd hours with […]