UBC Farm Market: Thrice Weekly, Organic, and Worth It

Image: UBC Farm

Image: UBC Farm

You know all about Kitsilano Farmers Market. But have you checked out the UBC Farm Market yet? Whether you need farm fresh produce during the week, don’t like rushing out of the hosue on Sundays for the Kits market, or are just curious in learning more about sustainable agriculture, this market makes it really pleasurable and easy.

UBC Farm Market take place at UBC campus Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through October. Produce, honey and eggs are from UBC Farm — a 24-ha integrated production farm situated within a 90-year old coastal hemlock forest. UBC Farm grows over 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The farm also features honey bee hives and egg laying, open pasture hens.

All produce is grown according to British Columbia Certified Organic Management Standards. However, the UBC Farm does not have organic certification.

Details on the UBC Farm Market schedule below: Read more…

Best Summer Brunch Spots in Kitsilano

Image: The Culinary Geek

Image: The Culinary Geek

AnnaLena‘s new and delicious brunch menu has inspired us to seek out the best brunch spots in the neighbourhood. With only a handful of summer Sundays left, it’s time to start scheduling in those brunch dates to make sure you don’t miss any opportunity for morning Caesars in the sun.

Here are some of our favourite spots for summer brunch in Kitsilano right now: Read more…

150 Millimetres of Rain Needed To Replenish Vancouver Reservoirs

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Image: Pixabay

The Vancouver forecast calls for rain today. Great; we need it. But don’t let up on your dedication to water conservation. It will take 150 millimetres of rain to replenish Vancouver’s reservoirs, which are currently at 69%. That’s about two months of non-stop rain. Vancouver is currently on Stage 3 Water Restrictions. The fine for watering your lawn is $250. Resist the urge. Keep doing the right thing!

5 Ways To Ward Off Killer Kitsilano Mosquitoes

It’s coming for you! Image credit: Wikipedia.com

Have you noticed those pesky little flying insects, particularly this week? You know the ones that keep you awake at night with that annoying buzz, not to mention the even more annoying bite left behind after it has sucked away a bit of your blood? Oh those lovely mosquitoes, claiming the title of the most deadliest animals on earth.

Well, they are out in full force right now, attacking you while you are on your way to work, while you are playing with the kids at the playground, and while you try to enjoy a cold one at your favourite bar patio – this even with our serious drought conditions (let’s blame that neighbour who keeps watering their lawn for harbouring mosquito larvae…) Here are 5 ways to help you cope with the buggers.

5 Ways to Ward Off  Mosquitoes in Kitsilano

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Kit and Ace Kitsilano Grand Opening

Image: Kit and Ace

Image: Kit and Ace

Kit & Ace, another Wilson family conception, has opened its doors in Kitsilano at 2235 West 4th. The grand opening party last week did not disappoint. With gin-and-blueberry popsicles courtesy of Glory Juice, Moscow Mules that were dangerously delicious, and the who’s who of Vancouver done up in their suspiciously coordinated casual-cocktail-wear, the celebration was a success to say the least.

Also on hand were an abundance of shop employees eager to explain the ins and outs of “technical cashmere” and to enthusiastically attest to the flawless craftsmanship and genuine TLC that goes into every piece of clothing. There was an obvious colour palette with this season’s line, showcasing primarily burnt orange and tones of blue popping against the neutral whites, blacks, and grays that dominated the store. Read more…

Fun Alert: Celebration of Light Fireworks Starts Saturday, July 25

fireworksThe Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks competition kicks off this Saturday, July 25. Kitsilano is lucky to have two of the prime Vancouver fireworks viewing spots: Kitsilano Beach and Vanier Park. Roads close down during this well-attended summer event. Kits residents are encouraged to walk, bus or bike to the viewing areas. Although the pyrotechnics don’t kick off until 10pm, the picnic areas are packed hours before with families and friends who eat and socialize until the big bang.

China’s Lidu Fireworks is the first competitor. Find out more about them below. Next up, Brazil July 29 ,followed by Canada August 1. Read more…

More Love for Vancouver Running Company, Now Open in Kits

Image: Vancouver Running Company

Image: Vancouver Running Company

We covered the opening of Vancouver Running Company (1886 West 1st Avenue ) a little while back. Since then, the shop has been getting a lot of love from clients and media. The concept is simple and so needed. Running shops in in Vancouver weren’t particularly cool or welcoming. Becky and Rob Smith were runners who wanted better looking merch and a community feel. They’re also fun. There’s as much emphasis on after-run beers as there is on a good running performance.

If you haven’t visited the shop yet, you can learn more from the Q&A with the owners below. Read more…

4 Outdoor Pools Still Open in and around Kitsilano

Maple Grove Pool in Kerrisdale. Image credit: Kerrisdalecc.com

Maple Grove Pool in Kerrisdale. Image credit: Kerrisdalecc.com

On Wednesday, July 15th, the Government of BC announced a Level 4 drought rating for the South Coast and Lower Fraser areas due to ongoing low stream flows. Despite this, the City of Vancouver has not increased its water restrictions from Stage 2, not yet anyway. “All water users are urged to maximize their water conservation efforts”, as stated by the Government of BC, yet we’ve all seen unnaturally green and glistening lawns in our neighbourhoods, even when most of our kids’ water parks are closed.

Please help the City of Vancouver by reporting any water abusers. Just call 311 with the address, date, and time the offender has been watering their lawn outside of the permitted times. In the mean time, here are 4 outdoor pools and spray parks that are still open in the Kitsilano and surrounding neighbourhoods. Check the Vancouver Park Board website for a complete listing.

4 Outdoor Pools Still Open in and Around Kitsilano

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Kitsilano’s 99-B Bus Line Is The Most Crowded in Vancouver

Image: Arnold C (User:Buchanan-Hermit)

Image: Arnold C (User:Buchanan-Hermit)

TransLink has released the 2014 Bus Service Performance Review which has stats on the most overcrowded routes in 2014. Drum roll, please. The 99-B line which runs on Broadway through the heart of Kits up to UBC is the most crowded bus line in all of Vancouver.  17.3 million people crammed on board these buses last year. The buses on this route are full 43% of the time. Read more…