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Kristina Matisic shares her Vancouver favourites in advance of judging our Made in Vancouver Wildcard category.
Kristina Matisic has made a career of being a discerning consumer with her work on The Shopping Bags and Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag, which makes her the perfect person to take on the role of Head Judge for our Wildcard category in the first-annual Made in Vancouver Awards.As we’re sorting through the entries for this eclectic category, we grilled Kristina for her favourite Vancouver hot-spots, ski runs and more. Find her picks below, and stay tuned for more from the Made in Vancouver Awards coming soon.
The Vesper Martini. Gin, Vodka, Lillett, with a twist please. Plus, I just like saying the name.
Back in the day, when the Blue Chair was still around, there was a run on that side of the mountain called Dad’s. (Yes, a politically incorrect time ago.) But there were always great moguls there, well-placed, and perfect for practising your freestyle.
Now that’s a hard one, there are so many! I’m going with the patio at Jericho Sailing Centre in the summer. A great place to watch the sunset.
Fifth Avenue Cinema. I love having a glass of wine and seeing a movie there.
My doppelganger. Apparently there’s someone in Vancouver who looks just like me. I’ve yet to track her down.
My neighbourhood of Kitsilano! The beach, bike routes, shopping, great groceries stores and so much of it all within walking distance. Plus, it’s easy to get downtown and relatively quick to get to East Van as well.
Evelyn’s Diner on Broadway near Arbutus. They make the best Americano in the city. And in a city drowning in coffee, that’s saying something. But please don’t tell anyone, I don’t want to wait in lines.
The perfect day would entail a walk in Kitsilano with my dog and my partner, and afternoon on the couch with a book, and then ordering in from one of the dozens of amazing sushi restaurants we have in this city. Doing as little as possible is the best treat of all.
Thin and crispy pepperoni pizza from Dominos. There are so many great artisanal pizza places in town but come hangover time, I like to go old school.
When shopping for a new lipstick or a little beauty pick-me-up, I like to hit Beauty Bar on 4th Avenue. They have some unique brands and the staff is always very helpful.
A friend recently treated me to a massage at the Fairmont Willow Stream Spa at the Pacific Rim Hotel for my birthday. It was divine. I love the massage tables, they actually bend so at the end of a full body massage, they leave you reclining in a very comfortable position.
We have some amazing interior designers and architects in this city. I love following them on Instagram and getting inspiration from their work.
As the city grows, so have the number of creative and entrepreneurial minds. And because we live in an age of sharing (over-sharing many would say) there is a constant exchange of ideas: When you see others doing something, it can lead to inspiration and innovation. You start thinking, “Maybe I can do that, too…and here’s how I can do it a little bit better.”