Holiday Gift Guide
Check out these fab finds in our Holiday Gift Guide from Coral + Cloud, Davie and Chiyo, Kanazawa Wines and Pidgin Restaurant. It’s a great way to support local Japanese Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs!
Coral + Cloud
Miko Hoffman’s Etsy shop Coral + Cloud only launched in May 2014, but the orders have come in quickly. Described as “hanging objects for humans and homes,” Hoffman’s handpainted mobiles and necklaces (for grownups and kids) are made with wooden beads and upcycled cotton string. The nontoxic acrylic paint and sealer make them perfect for children. Prices range from $33 to $48. She will also be at the Shiny Fuzzy Muddy craft fair at Heritage Hall, December 13-14.
From delivering wine for Domaine de Chaberton Winery in Langley to producing his own award winning wine, Okanagan Valley vintner Richard Kanazawa has come a long way. After honing his skills at Red Rooster and Blasted Church, Kanazawa and his wife launched the first vintage of Kanazawa Wines in 2010. Since then his wines have racked up appearances on wine lists in Vancouver restaurants and established a solid fan base. A delicious, subtle and creative choice for the wine lover you know. The Pika Pika, a sparkling white ($24.90, 750ml), and Sakura, a scarlet rosé (($17.99, 750ml), are also great selections for the holiday meal.
Visit their website for a list of wine merchants in the Lower Mainland.
Davie and Chiyo
Davie and Chiyo specialize in whimsical, handmade wedding accessories and their sales skyrocketed when they were featured in Martha Stewart Weddings. Started in 2008 by sisters Fumi and Himi Hill, Davie and Chiyo (named after their parents) also carries an everyday line through their Etsy shop which includes clutches, tote bags, coin purses and jewelry. Their designs are influenced by their bicultural background; the basic shape of their clutch and its clasp is a traditional Japanese style, while the fabrics have western influences. (Co-owner Alisa Stephenson is also half Japanese.) Visit their Etsy shop for holiday specials between $10 and $40.
Chef Makoto Ono achieves a rare level of inventiveness in Vancouver at his Gastown restaurant Pidgin, which expertly fuses Japanese, French and Korean cuisine in a bright and spare space. The menu features sizeable share plates served family style. Highlights include pork belly rice bowl with asian pear kimchi, bamboo and quail egg; beef brisket with a miso gorgonzola crust and beets; and a dessert of meringue with yuzu curd, vanilla cream and coconut. Prices range from $6-$12 for small plates and $15-$31 for large plates. Gifts certificates are available in any denomination from the restaurant.
350 Carrall St
604 620 9400