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Shop Trea­sure hunt­ing

To be­gin: “Shop for a good com­pact um­brella at Lon­don Drugs that you want to hold all day and can af­ford to lose,” jokes gal­lerist Wil Aballe. When Hogue wants to find the “stan­dard garb of loose-fit­ting frocks”—a req­ui­site for cu­ra­tors— she opts for Char­lie and Lee (223 Union St.), which “car­ries items made in North Amer­ica or eth­i­cally sourced from else­where.” Also on Hogue’s list: One of a Few (354 Wa­ter St.) for sig­na­ture (read: pricey) pieces. And there’s no short­age of menswear op­tions in the city. Aballe likes to browse Ro­den Gray (8 Wa­ter St.), which is stocked with dis­tinc­tively min­i­mal Com­mon Projects sneak­ers and tat­tered Yeezy tops, while gallery as­so­ciate Kyle Be­suschko turns to the care­fully se­lected cloth­ing and prod­ucts at WANT Apothe­cary (2956 Granville St.).

Dine Tastemak­ers

East Van Roast­ers (319 Car­rall St.), a favourite of Dacey’s, serves cof­fee with a cause: pre­em­ploy­ment train­ing and work op­por­tu­ni­ties to res­i­dents of the Rainier Ho­tel, where women are treated for ad­dic­tion. Artist Howie Tsui gets his soup dumplings, with “skins so thin you can see the soup and fill­ing within,” at Long’s Noo­dle House (4853 Main St.). In the mood for laphet thoke (pick­led tea leaf salad) with “a very ad­dic­tive tex­ture and brine quo­tient”? To quell this spe­cific crav­ing, Tsui sug­gests Laksa King (2546 E. Hast­ings St.). When Dacey wants din­ner and en­ter­tain­ment, he hits up Ole Wings and 2

Tapas (1256 Rob­son St.) for Korean fried chicken, soju and end­less K-pop videos. Honey’s Donuts (4373 Gal­lant Ave.) near Deep Cove make the “best post-hike snack,” says Dacey. “The orig­i­nal donut be­fore all the hip­ster ones.” And head to the sub­urbs, “where all the best food is,” notes Dacey, in­clud­ing the “mind-numb­ing, real-deal Sichuan cui­sine” at Cheng Du Xiao Chi (150–4160 No. 3 Rd.) in Rich­mond.

Move A breath of fresh air

1 “As cliché as it sounds, the at­trac­tion of the West Coast is na­ture,” says Be­suschko. “Lo­cal moun­tains like Cy­press and Grouse are per­fect for ski­ing if Whistler is too far away.”if you’re vis­it­ing ARCS, Hogue rec­om­mends Crab Park on Main Street for a city beach: “It’s my favourite, be­cause you can watch cruise ships com­ing in, he­li­copters tak­ing off and con­tain­ers be­ing loaded on and off the dock.”

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