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Fashion winners and sinners

Celebrating the best and worst Victoria trends from our style files of 2009

Ginger Cilantro Sticky Rice at The Mint; and a spot of trouble with frozen dim sum

Ginger Cilantro Sticky Rice, $14.25, at The Mint. My eating companion said it had been her best restaurant dish of the year.

Pianist, poet and artist team up on fundraising show

What: Christmas in the Box Where: Metro Studio (1411 Quadra St. at Johnson Street) When: Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20, $15 (tel. 250-216-5623) It's a pretty safe bet if Victoria's Heather Burns is involved, the show will go on.

Kaeshammer, symphony join musical forces

Piano jazzman and smooth blues vocalist Michael Kaeshammer debuts with the Victoria Symphony on Saturday at the Royal Theatre. He will show off his own uniquely styled Christmas favourites and songs from his latest album Lovelight.
Tegan and Sara break new ground

Tegan and Sara break new ground

Recording live in studio gave the Quin twins' latest disc fresh energy

Art therapy school moves to Victoria College of Art

It makes sense for art therapists to train in an atmosphere of professional painters, sculptors, photographers, art historians and other creative people. Which is why the B.C.

McDonald's and their verbose cartons; kale and curry; sweet potato fries

Sweet potato fries are all the rage -- they're popping up on restaurant menus everywhere. And, while I was watching The Mentalist, a commercial popped up for McCain Sweet Potato Superfries. Frozen goodness that just needs a little oven time.

In praise of frozen fish, wincing over vodka

Eating frozen fish is more environmentally friendly, much of the time, than eating fresh fish. Frozen fish can be transported with less fuel. Fresh fish, to stay fresh, has to be flown using big-carbon-footprint planes.

Messiah a hit through the ages

IN CONCERT What: Victoria Symphony: Handel's Messiah When: Friday, Dec. 18, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m. Where: Farquhar Auditorium (University Centre, University of Victoria). Tickets: $16 to $41.

Critics' Picks

THEATRE What: A Christmas Carol With Scott Hylands Where: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney When: Dec. 17 to 23 Tickets: $10 to $25 (tel.