"Lumière's chef, Rob Feenie, is really amazing. I love French food, but can't eat a lot of it because of the heavy creams. He does French food without that, but keeps the flavor and the delicacy. This restaurant has been acclaimed in the last little while as being one of the best restaurants in North America. I'm also a big fan of Italian food. Villa del Lupo is another old Victorian house that has been converted into a restaurant. I'm a romantic, too, so I go for atmosphere as well as good food."

SUNDAY


Excursion
"I grew up on Vancouver Island, which is off the coast. I lived in Courtenay, which has wonderful winter festivals and is a very sportive place to be. There's fishing, boating, and hiking. I would fly to Vancouver, rent a car, and then drive north and take the ferry to Van-couver Island. It's a beautiful, scenic drive. There are beautiful mountains, gorgeous islands within the coastline, and incredible homes. The ferry ride is open sea and open air. You might see killer whales. Even though they have 'killer' in their names, they are very gentle beings. They're all along Vancouver and Vancouver Island. There are also bald eagles everywhere, as well as cougars and bobcats."

WHERE IT ALL STARTED


"I did theater in Vancouver at a place called The Lunch Box Theater, which was in a converted doughnut shop. We would do a play for an hour, and then the audience would eat lunches that the actors actually made. It was my first Equity job, the first time I was being paid as a professional actress, but everybody still had to have other jobs. There were no dressing rooms. There were bleachers that had been carted in from god-knows-where and a very small stage. It still sort of had that doughnut smell, which I kind of liked. The play I did was called Madly in Love. Some days, we would have like eight people in the audience and some days we would have a full house. It was a comedy, and I love comedy. I was sort of playing the young ingénue who didn't have a clue, as opposed to Samantha [in Sex and the City], who knows everything. Sometimes, the productions were really terrific and sometimes they weren't so terrific. Still, people came. Secretaries, executives, whatever; they would take their lunch hour to support local theater."