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OPUS Profile: Camilla Jadhav

With over a decade spent in the hospitality industry, Camilla now contributes to the OPUS Hotel team as Duty Manager. This true Canadian (Caesars are her cocktail of choice) and North Vancouver native makes her days all about ensuring guests are creating incredible memories. And her smile will get you. Every. Single. Time.

Ask her about…

21 Jump Street. She wanted to be an undercover cop when she was younger.

Favourite OPUS Lifestyle Concierge?

Billy – but that’s probably because I love musicians.

Who would you like to see stay at OPUS?

Michael Fassbender, Nathan Followill, Charlie Hunnam, Ryan Gosling… Oh sorry, you meant just one ;)

Best experience you’ve had with a guest?

Too many to choose just one! It’s a bit dorky just how much I truly enjoy making sure every guest has an amazing experience with us. If I had to narrow it down, I would consider my best guest experiences are when I get to chat with guests beyond the standard greetings and find out about them and their life!

Got a secret of Vancouver?

There are a few small beaches around the seawall. More often than not, if I get there early enough, I can claim my own private beach for the day!

What will get you dancing?

Live music… and a couple drinks!

Money’s no object… where are you traveling to next?

Bora Bora

Favourite Canadian personality?

Fictional – Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables

Non Fictional – George Stroumboulopoulos

Tell me something quirky about you that the average person may not know.

I’m a pretty open book once you know me. However, I loved pickles so much when I was a little girl (and “may” have even drunk pickle juice on occasion), that in turn, I obviously named my cat, Pickles…  RIP Pickles Jadhav.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

The Sant’Angelo at OPUS Bar

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It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean chilled treats should be ignored. Inspired by a Roman sweet sold by street vendors, OPUS Bar’s Sant’Angelo is bartender Martin Corriveau’s newest cocktail on the December menu.

A fragrant balance of Amaro Averna, Marsala, Tamarind Syrup, and Grappa trickle through hand-crushed ice to produce a festive and richly coloured beverage. The flavourful drink writes love notes of orange, rose, chocolate, and raisin on the palette as it journeys through the mouth.

That night, I dreamed of the cobbled streets of Rome.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Winter cocktail at OPUS Bar

There is temptation in the crisp air this time of year – the anticipation of holiday parties and soirees bubbles slowly to the surface. It’s a period of time when we succumb to luxurious consumption. We welcome hot chocolate, hearty soup, rich fondue, and bold Barolo to warm the coldest corners of our bodies.

Bartender Martin Corriveau has concocted another indulgence to appeal to decadent tastes and desires. The Hot Butter Rum has been molded and manipulated from a traditional cocktail into one with a rich twist unique to OPUS Bar.

The drink is a mixture of Oakheart Bacardi, Goslings Black Seal Rum, a splash of lemon, and a velvety syrup of butter and Tonka Bean ice cream devised by Pastry Chef Matt Wilson. The glass is topped with fresh cream that delightfully threatens to linger on noses, asking to be licked off by your neighbour.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

OPUS Profile : John deC. Evans

We’re taking you further inside our hotel to introduce you to a few of the people who have made it a reality. I sat down with John deC. Evans, visionary, developer, co-owner and president of OPUS Hotels Corporation, to talk about his vision, favourite rooms, and his perfect day in Vancouver.

Tell us about the OPUS revamp.

In the life of a hotel, there is always the requirement for a makeover. The vision needed to evolve like people, fashion, and music. They all change with time. The energy and spirit of the original vision had been well received globally. We always wanted a residential look and feel, which was expressed in light fixtures, fabric selections and colour choices. We worked collaboratively with Robert Bailey, the interior designer, to continue that approach in the revamp. The goal was to stay true to character – neither more conservative nor more outlandish.

What’s your favourite room and muse?

From a colour perspective, I’ve always liked the muse Mike. I liked the vibrancy of the original, bold red. With the revamp, the colour has softened and brightened but is still a favourite. We retired the golden colour and, hence, the muse couple called Bob and Carol. Frankly, they were dated. They left with their harvest gold colour, which was kind of done. And in came an Hermés orange with our Pierre muse. Love it. If I had to pick, I’d say I like those, Mike and Pierre.

The vision in the rooms and suites was that they would have all of the essential pieces – even in the smallest rooms. There would be the same excitement for guests staying in the standard room as in any other. I’ve stayed in that room. I like that room - the feeling, quality, coziness - as much as the signature penthouse suite.

With each visit, you might be in a different state of mind. If you’re in an introspective mood, you would perhaps choose to stay in Susan’s blue room because it makes you feel restful. Or if you want to have a party weekend – try some things you’ve never tried before – you may stay in Billy’s green room.

Once a guest has stayed with us, they’ll know our muses and colours, and will know upon returning which room to select for their mood. The nice thing about that is a guest will never have the same experience twice.

As a traveler, how would you spend a day in Vancouver?

Get to bed early, get up early. Wake up refreshed when the sun rises (or to sheets of rain). You have the choice to exercise first or go to breakfast. The day is very much about being outside and being active, absorbing the beauty of the city rain or shine. Spend the afternoon at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

There’s amazing dining in the city, including lots of chef owned and operated restaurants, such as Lucais Syme’s La Pentola and Pino Posteraro’s Cioppino’s - both brilliant dining experiences. And there’s a little sushi restaurant on Pacific Boulevard called Ki-Isu – it’s great and always packed.

What are your favourite dishes on the menu at La Pentola?

The soufflé di parmigiano with zucchini crudo and the lemon cream dessert. They have similar textures and they both melt in your mouth. If I never ate another thing, I would be happy.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

OPUS Bar’s Fall Cocktails

I can already see my breath. Summer has officially departed. And the crispness that has arrived can only be combated with something that warms you from the inside.

OPUS Bar has revealed its fall offerings. A list of fluids that act as a furnace when consumed.

On one of these early autumn evenings, I was treated to a taste from bartender Martin Corriveau, who shook and stirred a Val Venosta and Castelletto for me.

With one sip of the green Val Venosta I found myself in an orchard of apples. The martini (42 Below Vodka, Apple Brandy, Lime Juice, Basil, Apple Juice) is equally balanced with flavours – the basil and apple complement and caress each other like lovers spooning. I wanted to savour each sip. Tasting the elements individually.

Once this mixture had disappeared, I moved on to the Castelletto, named after the red light district in Venice in the 14th century. The crimson potion (Martini Rosso, Grappa, Smoked Plum Syrup, Acid Phosphate, Absinthe) bites like the inhabitants of its namesake – sweetly, with affection and arousal. I wanted more.

Come into OPUS Bar for one of these new concoctions. Visit on one of the following dates to accompany your cocktail with music.

Friday, October 11, 7 – 10pm – Colin Bullock
Saturday, October 12, 7 – 10pm – Luca Fogale
Friday, October 18, 7 – 10pm – Martin Acosta
Friday, October 25, 7 – 10pm – Greg Neufeld
Saturday, October 2, 7 – 10pm – Ali Milner

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

On Two Wheels

Just because fall has arrived, doesn’t mean it’s time to lock up your bicycles. In fact, the crunchy, crispy sound of leaves under wheels is just as enchanting as when heard underfoot.

When you stay at OPUS Hotel, take a spin on one of our complimentary bikes. There’s something freeing and fanciful about the fall wind slipping its fingers through your hair when winding along the seawall.

Find more cycling inspiration at Cycle EXIF.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Images from left to right, top to bottom: Kenevans at Pony Bikes in Melbourne via Cycle EXIF; Annie Leibovitz featuring Cate Blanchett for Vogue 2004; Kinfolk via Cycle EXIF; Steven Meisel for Vogue 1999; Steven Meisel for Vogue 1998; Sman Wooden Cruiser via Cycle EXIF; Steven Meisel for Vogue 2009.

 

Live Music Series at OPUS Bar

Over the next few weeks you may hear melodic tunes escaping from the windows and doors of OPUS Bar. We’re excited to announce a new live music series that will be taking over our space on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Bring your friends and socialize to the beat of these talented musicians.

Our schedule includes…

Thursday, August 8, 7pm – 10pm: TÉA
Friday, August 9: Private event.
Saturday, August 10, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Andrew Mockler
Thursday, August 15, 7pm – 10pm: Martin Acosta Duo
Friday, August 16, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Mark Fossen
Saturday, August 17, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Greg Neufeld
Thursday, August 22, 7pm – 10pm: Ali Milner
Friday, August 23, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Tonye Aganaba
Saturday, August 24: No music tonight.
Thursday, August 29, 7pm – 10pm: Martin Acosta
Friday, August 30, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Kristopher James
Saturday, August 31, 8:30pm – 10:30pm: Neal Ryan

All musicians presented by Musos Entertainment

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Images from left to right, top to bottom: Téa, Andrew Mockler, Colin Bullock, Ali Milner, Martin Acosta, Jon Shrier.

Vancouver Pride Weekend!

As a devoted supporter of the LGBTQ community, OPUS Hotel couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming Pride festivities in Vancouver. For one weekend each year, people from around the world come to our city to celebrate at a variety of colourful parties that culminate in one of the largest parades in the world.

Here are a few events to catch over this long weekend that marks the 35th anniversary of the Vancouver Pride Parade…

Friday, August 2nd

Davie Street Party: From Broughton to Burrard Streets, cars are barricaded and pedestrians are given free rein to dance, cavort, and revel in their uniqueness.

Saturday, August 3rd

Vancouver Dyke March & Festival: The 10 year anniversary begins at noon at McSpadden Park, followed by the festival at Grandview Park at 1pm.

Sunday, August 4th

The Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival kicks off at noon. Follow the winding parade as it marches from Robson to Denman to Pacific.

OPUS Bar will be hosting a live music night with Ali Milner and DJ George V from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

Wrap yourself in colour, douse your body in glitter, and dance away the weekend celebrating diversity.

Find more events at www.vancouverpride.ca and www.mydavievillage.com.

Images via The Vancouver Sun.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

The French (Canadian) 75 at OPUS Bar

On a sweltering summer day, our heated bodies need to be cooled down. Popsicles, icicles, fans, anything with some modicum of “chill” to turn down the furnace under our skin.

OPUS Bar has an item to add to your list of summer coolants… The French (Canadian) 75.

Presented in its own petit bottle, the almost traditional cocktail contains Blanche de Chambly, a Quebec white ale, instead of champagne. Barman Martin combines Plymouth Gin, Orange Bitters, and Lemon Simple Syrup within the bubbles of the wheat coloured beverage.

Expect your tongue to fizzle with vibrant and sweet citrus flavours as your body reaches a more desirable temperature. You may even swear you’re in the middle of an orange grove if you close your eyes tightly.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Let OPUS Hotel spoil your furry friends

For most pet owners, pooches or felines are counted as family members and most loyal companions. Let’s face it, besides the occasional bark or meow, pets can be the drama-free versions of brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and spouses. In other words, the perfect traveling partner.

At OPUS Hotel, we welcome all members of your family, including your furry ones, and we don’t charge extra. Your dog will be welcomed with a water bowl, a bag of treats, and Modern Dog Magazine.

After Lassie has indulged in treats in the room, take him or her exploring outside. In either direction, the Seawall is a puppy’s dream, but head east to reach doggie-friendly Coopers’ Park and let your pooch run amok with the dogs of Vancouver. Your dog isn’t the only one who can socialize at the park… perhaps you’ll find a man or woman to join you for a cocktail when the dogs have been put to bed.

Once you’ve made your mark in the fashionable boutiques of Yaletown, spoil your four-legged love at Barking Babies located just around the corner from OPUS on Homer Street. Everyone deserves a souvenir when they travel.

Next time you stay at OPUS, we hope to meet your pup too.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider