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Wanyee Li

Born in Montreal and raised in Vancouver, Wanyee is secretly patriotic in a Canadian sort of way. Plus, she is one of those people who always raves about the beauty of Vancouver. Still, she caught the travel bug while studying in Lyon, France, and now the itch won’t go away. In her spare time, Wanyee enjoys horseback riding and playing badminton and volleyball with friends. Also, she loves to eat. Wanyee has a BA in International Relations from UBC. Her dream job is anything where she can write to her heart’s content.

Follow her on Twitter @Wanyeelii


Tea culture at Pekoe Tea Lounge

I sat down with Pierre Leonardon, owner of Pekoe Tea Lounge, to chat about the growing popularity of tea in Vancouver.

Finger pointing in Richmond Chinese signage debate not constructive

Language rules on signage would not resolve the tensions that underlined the petition presented to Richmond City Council last week.

Pizza and salad combo at Whole Foods a steal for lunch

A somewhat unimaginative lunch combo at Whole Foods is redeemed by its price tag.

Growing basil in the winter: harvesting and plant food

Billy the basil plant is alive and well. Read on to find more tips on growing basil indoors and our food editor's go-to marinara recipe.

Chinese New Year falls on weekend, bringing extra good fortune to Sun Sui Wah restaurant

Chinese New Year’s Eve fell on a Saturday this year. Allan Yung, the manager of Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant on Main Street, couldn't have been happier.  Sun Sui Wah’s profit over the weekend...
snack box

How Chinese New Year traditions evolve in one Canadian family

In my family, Chinese New Year is not an affair set with traditions.

A recipe for delicious chai

Try this great chai recipe for those chilly mornings.
growing basil indoors

Growing basil in the winter: A beginner's journey

Follow me as I try to grow basil indoors this winter. Also, learn how to make pesto with your freshly grown basil.
Spectacular French Creme Brulee at Absinthe Bistro

VO Foodie's favourite French

Hidden French gem on Commercial Drive: Absinthe Bistro