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What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a West Vancouver socialite & foodist. I organize parties and get togethers with my friends. We frequent restaurants, shopping and hiking in the city for good measures. I love to be active but best of all I love to eat only the best foods I can find in Vancouver. I love badminton, tennis, golf, skiing etc. I do it because I love to be around people and I love socializing with only good well meaning people.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Songs by Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston etc.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Name some spots in Vancouver that are good for a Tinder date.
Who’s your hero and where in Vancouver would you take them out for a serious hang?
Anyone who rescues animals and free all animals in captivity from all the aquariums and zoos. I would recommend hiking the Garibaldi to enjoy the beautiful lake.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Love JCrew, Prada, Moncler, COS, Club Monaco, Ted Baker, Tory Burch
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
East end Chinatown area.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Charter a boat and go whale watching. I don't do it because I get sea sick.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Vancouver and where did you get it?
Cakes by Chez Thierry. Personal favourite is their Black Forrest Cake
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Vancouver that you particularly like?
I don't do bars. Too noisy. But if I do Jackalope's Neighbourhood Dive Bar.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Vancouver? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Sidecut at Four Season Hotel, Christmas dinner for four. We had their famous 52oz Cowboy Porterhouse.
What restaurant in Vancouver looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Where can you get the best cocktail in Vancouver? Which one do you like?
Milestones, I love their Peach Bellini.
Where would you take your partner in Vancouver if you wanted to really pamper them?
The Miraj Hamman Spa is the place to be.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Poutine, Beavertails, Ketchup chips, Jos Louis cakes.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Vancouver?
The Olympic Village.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Vancouver?
The Burnaby Village Museum (entrance is free)
What are the Vancouver spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The Granville Market, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, Whistler Village, Fort Langley, Steveston Harbour, Harrison Hot Springs, Richmond Night Market
Tomorrow’s your last day in Vancouver. How do you spend it?
Have dim sum at Chef Tony, bike around downtown Vancouver, have lunch at Kingyo, end with dinner in the sky in North Vancouver.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Barcelona. Unfortunately it is under attack today. The city is beautiful and the people and food is fantastic.