Lifestyle

Jun 8, 2009
Your Generosity Test
BCBusiness D.B.

Times are tough, and you might be tempted to downgrade your do-goodery – but we’re here to tell you that giving back doesn’t necessarily mean giving up a lot. As this list shows, some philanthropic deeds can be done on the cheap – and some are easier said than done. Where do you draw the line? Feel free to add your own ethical quagmire to the comment field below.

Jun 3, 2009
How to Do Well at Doing Good
J Bucher

Good and well – a subtle but important distinction. It’s the difference between making money and improving lives. It seems to make sense that the two values would rise in tandem – that the more profitable a company, the more it gives to charity. But it isn’t true. The biggest...

Jun 3, 2009
Camp Couture: Children's Clothing
Steven Schelling

Finding just the right summer camp clothes for kids is a delicate balancing act. First, there’s the issue of size: with bathing suits, no “room-to-grow” rationales – unless you want to shell out for therapy after an embarrassing swim class...

Jun 3, 2009
June Wine: Malbec Achaval-Ferrer 2005
Jim Hoggan/Alexandra Barrow

JIM HOGGAN'S WINE PICK Malbec Achaval-Ferrer 2005 Summertime – and even if the livin’ isn’t as easy as it has been in some other years, it would be a crime to waste the weather. The sun is still high, the air still warm and...

May 12, 2009
Natural Beauties
Steven Schelling

Forty years ago, we were more than happy to slather on chemicals, parabens and silicones in our continuing effort to conquer the ravages of time and look our best. Only crazy, filthy hippies went on about handmade goat’s milk soap and beer shampoo. But as Bob Dylan once sang, the times they are a changin’, to the point where green, all-natural, organic, vegan-friendly and eco-conscious have become the new watchwords of the cosmetics industry. Only now we needn’t smell like...

May 12, 2009
Lofty Libations
Jim Hoggan/Alexandra Barrow

Jim Hoggan’s Wine Pick On the east side of the French A7 autoroute, just across from the Château de Beaucastel’s property in the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation, is the 30-hectare vineyard of the Coudoulet de Beaucastel.

May 6, 2009
Video: Guide to Golf Slang
J Bucher

In the May issue of BCBusiness, Jim Sutherland takes you on a tour of the six best courses in B.C. that might never come to be. Jim's an old golf hand, and he throws down some lingo with which you...

Mar 24, 2009
Blue Moves
Steven Schelling

April 30 is Jeans Day across the province, an annual charitable event wherein employers and employees raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital by purchasing the right to trade in their workaday pencil skirt or dress pants for a much-loved pair of their Sunday best.

Mar 24, 2009
Sweet Things
Jim Hoggan/Alexandra Barrow

Jim Hoggan's Wine Picks California wine growers were probably disappointed to learn in the early ’70s that Zinfandel, long considered to be an American original, was actually descended from the old Croatian grape, Crljenak kaštelanski. But there are no other reasons to put “disappointed” and “Zinfandel” in the same sentence. “Zins” –...

Mar 1, 2009
Small Comforts
Jim Hoggan/Alexandra Barrow

The Hoggan Taste Test The Challenge: To find a wine under $30 that you could take to a house party (or serve to a crowd) without offending the guests or your palate. The Sommelier: Igal Amsallem (ambiancevins.com), whom I asked to recommend some bottles, all available at Liberty Wine Merchants.

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