More Vancouver Locals

Over the last few years, travel writer Randall Shirley has interviewed some more of Vancouver’s most interesting locals for the, Out in Vancouver newsletter. Along the way, they reveal their favourite dining spots, neighbourhoods, boutiques, and where they take their own out-of-town visitors. 

Adrian Harris and Jeremy Inglett, The Food Gays

Adrian Harris and Jeremy Inglett are known as The Food Gays—a Vancouver-based social media company they’ve built to share their love of food. The guys are business partners and food bloggers, and were both raised in British Columbia. They reside in the East Van Grandview-Woodland area with their dog Milo, who, they say "acts as resident vacuum cleaner" when they’re working in the kitchen. They like to eat, and have both worked in restaurants and cafes for several years, so they started The Food Gays in 2012. Their dive into the food world also led Jeremy to pursue a career as a full-time baker; he is a recent graduate of the Vancouver Community College Baking & Pastry Arts program. (read the interview)

Corey Giles, Local Lumbersexual

By day local LGBT writer Corey Giles can be found around the city of Vancouver—on his bike whenever possible. But this lumbersexual proves he’s more than just a bearded face wearing plaid—he’s a die-hard devotee of the Vancouver region’s outdoor experiences. (read the interview)

Dean Nelson, CEO of Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

If you attend the famed Whistler gay ski week you’ll likely at least see Dean Nelson. Say hi; he’s a super-friendly guy! Dean was raised in Alberta, but summer vacations gave him a taste for BC. Dean has now lived in the Vancouver region for 20 years, using his expertise in hotel and resort management to help open six different hotels before taking the helm of Whistler Pride + Ski Festival. Three years ago he relocated his home from Whistler to Vancouver. As a former very-frequent visitor, Dean knows a thing or two about visiting the city he now calls home. (read the interview

Ryan Steele, 1181 Bartender and TV Personality 

Fans of The Amazing Race Canada will recognize Ryan Steele from the show’s 2014 season. Ryan is also a very funny and talented comedian – you can see some of his sketch work at The Ryan and Amy Show website. To meet him in person, step up to the gay bar at 1181 on Davie Street, or the mainstream club 560 on Seymour Street. (read the interview

Talia and Erin, Owners of Van Caissey 

Talia and Erin Van Caissey own a "street-style" fashion and lifestyle boutique together. The engaged couple have already joined their names and put it on the door of their hot new VAN CAISSEY shop in Vancouver’s dynamic Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. The boutique—started as an online venture and now including a brick-and-mortar location at 125 West Broadway—was born of a desire to bring interesting, affordable men’s, women’s and unisex street style fashion pieces to a Vancouver and Canada-wide audience. (read the interview

Stéphane Mouttet, Chef Concierge at Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver 

Stéphane Mouttet, Chef Concierge at the Shangri-La Hotel, lives with his husband right in the middle of Vancouver—which positions him to constantly explore the city and be prepared to assist guests. Born in Canada but raised in France, Stéphane always knew he’d work in travel, and after training in France and becoming a qualified member of the global concierge organization Les Clefs d’Or (members cooperate globally to ensure guests have exquisite service), a friend suggested Vancouver as the ideal location for Stéphane’s career. Since moving here in 1991, Stéphane provided hospitality and expertise to guests of both the Four Seasons and Pan Pacific Vancouver hotels before becoming part of the Shangri-La Hotel’s premier staff team. (read the interview

Barb Snelgrove, Radio Host and Media Personality 

Barb Snelgrove is a true Vancouverite (second generation, to be specific) and she loves her hometown! Barb is a reporter with OutlookTV/OUTtv, writes for various on-line publications and is a host on Roundhouse Radio 98.3FM. She has won numerous awards for her work as a LGBTQ community advocate and will be inducted into the Canadian Q Hall of Fame later this year.                   (read the interview