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Dapper Restaurateur James Iranzad Goes Out in Vancouver

If anyone knows where Vancouver’s cool restaurants are it’s the guy who puts them there. Co-owner of Wildebeest and Pizzeria Bufala, James Iranzad sits at the head of a small dining empire like he would a table, commanding the attention of the city’s food enthusiasts with his charm and energy.

Part of Iranzad’s charisma derives from his fashion sense. In preparation for our new store opening next week (September 18—like you didn’t know), we’ve been talking to some of Vancouver’s citizens about style and the city’s highlights. Here’s what this bon vivant shared.

James Iranzad

What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?

Hyper-casual, moody, improving.

What would you do with 24 hours in Vancouver?

Early dim sum for sure. Then head to Granville Island for oysters and load up on salami, pâté, cheese and good mustard from Oyama, pick up a bottle of rosé, rent a boat, and head behind Bowen Island for a picnic and a swim. Afterward come back, freshen up, head to Gastown for cocktails then Bao Bei for dinner—and hopefully there’s a good show at Fortune or the Commodore.

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Vancouver Bakery Owner Jackie Kai Ellis Brings a Bite of Paris

Ingredients aren’t the only things Jackie Kai Ellis juggles: She’s a multi-hyphenate professional. In addition to owning Vancouver’s Beaucoup Bakery & Café, Ellis leads tours through Paris’s pâtisseries and writes about fashion, design and food for several top Canadian publications.

The École-Gastronomique-Bellouet-Conseil-trained (a mouthful, albeit a delicious one) pastry chef often looks just as delectable as her creations. So, in anticipation of our new Vancouver store (September 18 is just around the corner!), we asked her to dish on the city’s style and best restaurants.

Jackie Kai Ellis

What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style? 

Breezy, feminine, purposeful.

What would you do with 24 hours in Vancouver?

Wake up early. Get coffee first. Then take a leisurely hike to Lighthouse Park or around Buntzen Lake with my dog, Polly. Back in the city, I would go to Granville Island for some inspiring flowers and food. It’s not a day without putting on a beautiful dress, so I would meet with good friends for cocktails at West or L’Abattoir, then have some beautiful conversations over dinner at AnnaLena or Farmer’s Apprentice. Finally have a good night’s sleep with Polly beside me.

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Miso-Glazed Black Cod in Sake Marinade Recipe | What’s Cooking, Vancouver Edition

To celebrate our newest store opening—September 18 in Vancouver, Canada—we’re showcasing some of our (and your) favorite dishes and recipes that will be coming soon to our 119th store.

MIso Glazed Black Cod Recipe with Sake Marinade from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Buttery, flaky, silky black cod. In our recipe (as served seasonally at Bar Verde), this fish spends up to two days hanging out in a sweet flavor-layered marinade of miso, sake, mirin and sugar, which caramelizes under the broiler to create a beautiful mahogany-colored finish. To complete the dish, we nestle the filet atop easy, homemade shrimp dumplings, roasted shiitake mushrooms and poached vegetables—all swimming in a ladleful of umami-rich soy broth.

Like wild salmon, but milder and more delicate, black cod (aka sablefish) is high in omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil content, which makes it difficult to overcook. Adding to the virtues of this delicious, easy-to-work-with fish, almost all of the preparation for this recipe can be done up to 2 days in advance for a make-ahead meal that’s impressive enough for entertaining and easy enough for a special weeknight dinner. Salmon, Chilean sea bass and cobia can all be used instead of black cod, but it’s definitely worth seeking out—there’s really no substitute for its unique combination of texture and flavor.

MIso Glazed Black Cod Recipe with Sake Marinade from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

 

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Inventory Editor-in-Chief Ryan Willms on Vancouver’s Aesthetic & Fall Fashion

Amid the white walls and clean lines of his office, Ryan Willms, editor-in-chief of the design magazine Inventory, cuts an equally crisp silhouette. His hair hangs in a sharp fringe just below his angular chin. His nose truly is aquiline. His selection of a white shirt and black pants might be austere if he weren’t so relaxed.

To celebrate the opening of our Vancouver store on September 18, we’ve been exploring the city through the eyes of its fashionable residents. Get a glimpse of what British Columbia’s big city looks like to Willms in the interview below.

Ryan Wiliams

Your job takes you all over the world. How does Vancouver stack up?

I always enjoy coming back to Vancouver. The air here is amazing. I try to appreciate these days. Being able to run the seawall or go to the mountains is certainly unique to the city. There are some interesting people and things happening in Vancouver, but you have to hunt them out on your own a little more than in bigger cities.

What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?

Casual, comfortable, inoffensive.

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Rent Check: Watermelon and Tequila Cocktail Recipe | What’s Cooking, Vancouver Edition

To celebrate our newest store opening–September 18 in Vancouver, Canada—this month we’re showcasing some of our (and your) favorite dishes and recipes that will be coming soon to our 119th store.

Watermelon tequila cocktail recipe Rent Check from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell

There’s officially just under one month of summer left. Squeeze every drop from those last warm, sunny days and savor this cocktail from our Nordstrom bars showcasing flavors that exploit the end of peak watermelon season.

Bright and refreshing with a nice little kick, our Rent Check cocktail features muddled watermelon, freshly squeezed lime juice, floral St.-Germain liqueur and our sweet and spicy jalapeño simple syrup (as seen in our Smoke & Heat cocktail recipe). A seriously tasty way to raise a glass with friends to the end of a beautiful summer.

Watermelon tequila cocktail recipe, Rent Check from Nordstrom bars. Photo by Jeff Powell.

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Nira Arora, Virgin Radio Morning Host, Talks Up Her Town, Vancouver

Forget toast and scrambled eggs. Most mornings we scramble to get out the door in a reasonable outfit that won’t raise eyebrows at the office (clean, appropriate, not chosen from the floor). But Nira Arora, host at 94.5 Virgin Radio and mother of two, has to be a morning person. Not only is she cheery and perspicacious over the a.m. airwaves, but she always looks great too. In advance of our Vancouver store opening (did we mention it’s September 18?), we chatted with Arora about her look and her city. As usual, she had plenty to say.

Nira Arora

What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?

Chic, casual, sophisticated.

With 24 hours in Vancouver and no plans, what would you do?

I would shop on West 4th Street, have lunch at Granville Island, go for a walk at Stanley Park, then have dinner and drinks in Gastown.

What is the best time of day in Vancouver?

I love the afternoon, the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s so lively on a patio, just people watching.

Do you have a favorite date-night destination?

Going for a walk at White Rock beach, hitting a patio with a view of the ocean for fish and chips and wine.

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Vogue.com on SPACE, Nordstrom and Olivia Kim’s Just-Launched Department

It’s not that we haven’t been waiting with bated breath to tell you about SPACE, Nordstrom’s brand-new, just-launched department for emerging and advanced designers curated by Olivia Kim. Oh, our breath has been all kinds of bated.

But as folks like the New York Times and Vogue.com seem keen to tell the story of The Biggest Thing to Happen at Nordstrom in Quite Some Time themselves, we’re more than happy to let them.

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Simone Rocha, Vetements, Julien David,  And Re Walker and more at SPACE

SPACE, a permanent, evolving, women’s shop-in-shop on the very precipice of forward-thinking fashion minds from Beirut to Japan, London to New York, is live now at Nordstrom.com/SPACE and in Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco. (Vancouver: holla! You’ll have one too, just as soon as the flagship opens!)

SPACE at Nordstrom, a Q and A–style interview with our Pop-In auteur, emerging designer mastermind and all-around style guru is live on Vogue.com right now.

Here are some of our favorite sound bites:

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Style Dynamo Susie Wall Talks Red Carpet Interviews, Vancouver’s Scene and High-Low Looks

Although Canadian fashion and media maven Susie Wall has trod many red carpets, she maintains a no-fuss perspective on cultivating style. To celebrate our upcoming store opening in Vancouver, B.C. (the shopping starts September 18!), we spoke with Wall about her favorite celebrity interviews and her take on her town’s fashion sensibility.

Susie Wall

What would you do with 24 hours in Vancouver?

I’d want to take in as many neighborhoods as possible. I’d check into the Hotel Georgia, hit a food truck in Railtown, beach cruise the seawall, browse design and fashion emporiums in Gastown and book dinner at Sai Woo in Chinatown. Bonus if I got to the Vancouver Art Gallery and Earnest Ice Cream on Fraser Street for two scoops of Salted Caramel.

Anything you wear that’s distinctly Vancouver?

Distinctly Vancouver is such a tough thing to nail. My style perspective has always been done-undone. So if I’m wearing faded denim and trainers, I’ll make sure I have a manicure and top it with something like a chic blazer from Smythe. Conversely, if I’m wearing something formal for a “fancy night,” as my daughters call them, I’ll make sure my hair is loose and unfussy. Contrast has always been my best wardrobe weapon.

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad Recipe | What’s Cooking, Vancouver Edition

Nordstrom Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad Recipe; photo by Jeff Powell.

Fans of our Nordstrom Café Bistro and Bazille restaurants will not be strangers to this Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad; it’s one of our most popular lunch offerings! In celebration of our newest store opening–September 18 in Vancouver, Canada—we’re showcasing some of our (and your) favorite dishes and recipes this month that will be coming soon to our 119th store.

I’ve used this vinaigrette recipe before in our What’s Cooking series—see our Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos and impressive Bistro Crab Stack Salad. Along with the smoky grilled shrimp and Southwest-inspired toppings, this vinaigrette livens up all the flavors in this salad with a nice kick from the chipotle chiles, balanced by a hint of honeyed sweetness and a generous heap of fresh cilantro. As many diners at our restaurants have discovered, this salad is a perfect lunch to punctuate any visit to our stores and now, a new recipe in your repertoire for devouring at home.

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Jamming While Jogging, Vancouver Edition | Listen Up!

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We’re locked into a Vancouver, BC, groove right now, anticipating our new store in that beautiful Canadian harbor city on September 18.

One of our favorite things to do while in Vancouver is jog around Stanley Park. Smack dab in the city, it’s also a place to see orcas in the water. As we struggle to stay on our fitness regimen this summer/fall, we’re bumping Vancouver music in our headphones and visualizing Stanley Park, aiming to move as swiftly as an orca or perhaps soar like one of the local bald eagles.

Our running soundtrack comes courtesy of Vancouver resident Richard MacFarlane, who operates one of our favorite independent music labels, 1080p. Read our Q&A with MacFarlane here. For jogging he recommends the steady beat of Friendly Chemist, aka Van-city’s Jean Brazeau.

Read his comments and listen below to the sounds of the True North, strong and free.

–Andrew Matson

“If you’re running in Vancouver, or anywhere, you should be listening to Friendly Chemist–he’s from here. His music is this kind of spacy techno. Not super high-energy, but enough to keep you coasting for sure.”

–Richard MacFarlane

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