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Film Festival Giveaway

Film Festival Giveaway

Readers can win tickets to some festival movies (Under Rich Earth, Anne Perry, I Killed My Mother, Love at the Twilight Motel, When You Die as a Cat, Meet the Head of Juan Perez, Like Dandelion Dust, Private Lives of Pippa Lee, A Shine of Rainbows an

Fried chicken vs grilled

Some KFC franchisees are suing the parent company because it's emphasizing grilled chicken over fried in KFC advertising. The fried menu is turning away customers, the HQ people say.

Another green tea moment, plus juicy Aeroplan points

Aeroplan points are no longer available for Tropicana orange juice (thanks to a reader for the alert). I've been collecting orange juice points for several years and feel a little sad about this.

Hockey team makes big fuss over bill; wonders of ramen; wedding cookies; world's best pizza

Edmonton Oilers hockey team makes a big fuss over an $18,000 bill for 45 people at Calgary's high-profile Osteria de Medici. They were especially shocked by the liquor tally and insisted on a discount. Report at nationalpost.

BBQ pork buns; riding B.C. Ferries for the food and view; menu design

Pork buns - six-pack in one of those transparent crunchy boxes - for $5.99 at Fairway. BBQ pork filling is plentiful, if a little too salty and sometimes -- depending on the mouthful -- fatty. They're good straight from the store.

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