Monthly Archives: September 2017

Maumi Omakase Sushi Bar, Vancouver.

September 2017 This is certainly an unusual place, unique in my experience in Vancouver. It’s a tiny hole in the wall on one of the west end’s one-block pedestrian-only streets, just off Davie, and presents itself credibly as the “real” … Continue reading

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The Nova Kitchen, Gibsons BC.

September 2017 This may be the first attempt at serious “European-inspired” cuisine on the Sunshine Coast, and it succeeds. Partially. The space is a converted old cottage, former site of (and a marked improvement on) Sita’s Spag Shack, far enough … Continue reading

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The Best Kind of People. Zoe Whittall.

Whittall, Zoe. The Best Kind of People. Anansi, Toronto, 2016. F;9/17. Overvalued ideas is a psychiatric term referring to the kind of thing that drives eating disorders. We all have them, although most of the time they don’t do much … Continue reading

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13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl. Mona Awad.

Awad, Mona. 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl. Penguin, Canada, Toronto, 2016. F;9/17. I’m reading the novels shortlisted for the Canadian Giller prize in 2016. I was pretty taken with the winner Do Not Say We Have Nothing … Continue reading

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La Quercia, Vancouver.

September, 2017. In years gone by we went to this place regularly, and it was briefly a darling of Vancouver Magazine’s annual restaurant classification. I’m not sure why we haven’t been there for six or eight years, except that it’s … Continue reading

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The Association of Small Bombs. Karan Mahajan.

Mahajan, Karan. The Association of Small Bombs. Viking Penguin, New York, 2016. F;8/17. I didn’t like this book for two reasons. First, this writer crosses, and spends a lot of time on the wrong side of, the line between sharp … Continue reading

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How to Behave in a Crowd. Camille Bordas.

Bordas, Camille. How to Behave in a Crowd. Tim Duggan, New York, 2017. F;8/17. Sometimes I start a book and don’t like it, and then I get captured. Other times I get excited by a wonderful beginning and end up … Continue reading

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