La Pentola’s Whole Roasted Branzino
Winter leaves us hollow and empty, and craving something warm and rich to fill the void. In contrast, after a hot summer’s day, our bodies bursting and beaming with sunlight, all we can imagine eating is the lightest possible fare.
On such a blazing day, a month before summer’s official debut, I sat in La Pentola at OPUS Hotel waiting with mouth watering for chef and co-owner Lucais Syme to present me with a succulent Northern Italian dish, the Whole Roasted Branzino, only available at the restaurant between Wednesday and Sunday.
Swimming in a pool of herbs, tomatoes, and lemon, the presentation of the flavourful white fish will cause conversation to pause as mouths slowly drop open and taste buds secrete. The tender meat slips off bones and deliciously moistens the mouth with its juices. Intersperse heavenly mouthfuls with a refreshing sip of white wine - we suggest the Suavia Soave Classico or Vietti Roero Arneis.
Eat slowly and lingeringly to appreciate the sensations, and bustling Yaletown will quickly be replaced by the breezy Mediterranean with each bite consumed.
~ Sandra O’Connell
Upon the vivacious walls of our OPUS rooms hang a collection of artwork that have as much personality as our lifestyle muses. They make one stop to stare, provoke an emotion, and reflect the creativity we so adamantly encourage. OPUS is proud to have these prolific Vancouver artists featured in our rooms.
Every generation has its pop icons and we all have nostalgic references that awaken memories so vivid they may still live. Michael Miller’s youth spent absorbed in video games is evident in his ‘The Nintendo Generation’ series, which depicts characters of that era in all their animated glory.
Tiko Kerr’s vibrant colours and electric, yet somewhat contorted images were created as a reaction to government cuts to the arts. The luminous cityscape paintings from his Lush Life series are a peephole into his immense imagination and creative breadth.
At first glance, one may be offended by the guns used as imagery in Mark Mizgala’s art, but if you stand still and stare a little bit longer, it’s apparent that the guns are, in fact, broken water pistols. The iconographic paintings appear ironic and childlike, yet portray another message under the surface layers of perception for each individual viewer to decipher.
With his series of urban shopping carts, Taizo Yamamoto forces us to acknowledge an often ignored object present in all cities. The images are a study in street anthropology, portraying homes and possessions packed into metal cages on wheels.
Alana Rothstein’s pulsating images of sensual colours and provocative scenes are a glimpse into another person’s life. Her art is an expression of a memorable moment in time captured in its most brilliant light. We are honoured to have her contribute to our ART + IDENTITY + TRAVEL package.
- Sandra O’Connell
What we’re listening to this month
Stop everything immediately. Turn up the volume. Close your eyes. And let these musical treats for the lobes wiggle their way inside you.
The Futures League – Mojo Back: (featured above)
New to the Los Angeles music scene, this band’s sound is commanding attention across North America. Most recently, The Futures League knocked people over with their wave of music at SXSW.
Alex Hepburn – How does it feel:
Wrapped in a musical cocoon of soul, rock, and blues, London-born Alex Hepburn’s voice is a juxtaposed blend of the robustly tender.
Scratch Massive – Paris:
Comprised of Maud Geffray and Sébastien Chenut, this French duo hypnotizes listeners with their seductive beats. Zoe Cassavetes, known for her indie love story Broken English, directed this melancholic video narrating the story of a trio of lovers.
- Sandra O’Connell
Behind the scenes at the OPUS Revamped photoshoot
After revamping our rooms at OPUS Hotel, it’s only natural that we show them off. Last month, we gathered a few creative minds and eyes to capture scripted acts unfold in the hotel.
Joined by Melbourne photographer Laura Manariti, we traipsed about the hotel creating scenes of mischief, amour, and amusement. We put ourselves into the lives of our diverse guests and set up scenarios that may ordinarily remain behind closed doors.
Racks of clothing containing items from Wear Else, JC Studio, Stylista Clothing Co., Scotch & Soda, Shoe Phix, Sienna Ray & Co., Boys’ Co., and Shine Jewels descended upon the second floor meeting room, filling the space with brilliant colour, opulent textures, and the odd sequin twinkling from the depths of fabrics. There were more clothes than the average man or woman has in their closets, and all were fit for one of our lifestyle muses.
With the help of stylists Crystal Carson and Gian Carlo, and makeup by Emily Cheng, our models, Sandra Laratta, Allyson Grant, Leanne Lewin, Nickeil Marcelle, Matthew Chambers, David Chin, and Josh Kalender,were magically transformed into guests.
We staged scenes of lust and desire in hallways, cheeky rendezvous in rooms, illustrious nights in the bar, and luxurious mornings welcoming the sun. We played Peeping Tom to our models, forgetting they were merely portraying characters as we felt ourselves fall into each setting.
Keep a curious eye out for images from our revealing shoot and imagine yourself in each divine scene.
A big thank you to everyone involved!
- Sandra O’Connell
At OPUS Hotel we hope to tease you with creativity and caress you with personality. It only seems fitting that with the redesign of our rooms, we should redesign our blog.
Welcome to the new OPUS Hotel blog – a collection of items that tickle our fancy and hopefully yours.
Curated by our OPUS Insider, Sandra O’Connell, the blog will include news from the rooms and bar of OPUS, art, music, fashion, film, and other morsels of the aesthetically and culturally arousing.
Here’s a glimpse of some of our newly redesigned rooms.