Featured Vancouverite: Sabrina Furminger

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

How long have you been a Vancouverite? 9 1/2 years

I coordinate publicity and marketing campaigns for dance and theatre companies, galleries, and cultural festivals. I’m also a writer of speculative fiction and recently published my first novel: a work of sci-fi chick lit set in Vancouver entitled The Healer. To learn about my work, please visit my website.

Favourite place in the city:
I was charmed by Spanish Banks on my very first visit to Vancouver. It’s amazing to me that a place of such untamed beauty can exist so close to a bustling city. I love it most in rainy weather, when the parking lot is empty, the air is fresh and salty, the waves are wild, the low-lying clouds are hugging the North Shore mountain range, and downtown Vancouver is just discernible in the distance. One of the pivotal scenes in The Healer takes place at Spanish Banks.

Best way to spend a Saturday in the city:
My publicity work takes me all over the city, so come the weekend I don’t stray far from Kitsilano. I begin my Kitsilano Saturdays with fresh pain au chocolat from Thomas Haas Patisserie, followed by a long meander down West Broadway. I browse the bookshelves at Pulp Fiction, scour the racks of vintage clothing at Shine, visit my favourite independent produce markets, butcher shops, and bakeries (including Cupcakes’ flagship store; I’m weak in the knees for their Boston Cream cupcakes!) for all my weekly grocery needs—and then cap off the day with cocktails and tunes at the Cellar Jazz Club.

Favourite Vancouver restaurant:
Right now I’m obsessed with the omakase (chef’s tasting menu) at Dan Sushi. The menu is different every day, and since you never know precisely what you’re going to get with each course (except that it’s going to be delicious), there’s an element of surprise that makes the meal an adventure.

Top insider tip for visitors:
I recently “discovered” the community centre in my neighbourhood. Vancouver’s community centres aren’t just swimming pools and basketball courts (although they’ve got those, too); they offer hundreds of fascinating classes on subjects like jewellery making, photography, Thai cooking, kickboxing, belly dancing, and more for nominal fees—and are often taught and attended by rad people.

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