3 creative date night in Kitsilano ideas

Live music at the Blue Martini Jazz Cafe. Image credit: Bluemartinijazzcafe.com

Live music at the Blue Martini Jazz Cafe. Image credit: Bluemartinijazzcafe.com

Ah, it’s Valentine’s Day this Sunday, February 14th. Don’t have any plans made yet? We’ve got three date ideas in Kitsilano for you. And hey, they can all be enjoyed solo, too. Read more…

Kitsilano’s Bon Macaron releases special Valentine’s Day collection

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Image: Bon Macaron

Get one for yourself. Get one for a friend. Bon Macaron Patisserie has released their 2016 Valentine’s Collection, consisting of 5 specialty flavours with unique designs. The macarons are available in a pretty gift box that has room for the entire collection, plus two extra macarons of your choice. Specialty macarons are:

Cinnamon Heart – A white macaron decorated with tiny candy hearts.
Kir Royal – A deep pink cassis macaron flecked with gold.
Mon Cheri (chocolate and cherry) – An adorable macaron based on the ‘heart eyes’ emoji.
Rose – A bright red macaron sculpted to look like a rose.
Passion Fruit – Mini-macarons in the shape of hearts, X’s and O’s Read more…

3 open houses in Kits this week

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Image: Livekitsilano.com

Looking for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this week. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the Kitsilano  real estate porn. Read more…

Last call for Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Image: Terra Breads

Image: Terra Breads

Time is running out for Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 2016. If you have a sweet tooth, act fast. You can still sip delicious hot chocolate-themed creations and all their decadent accessories now through February 14 at participating Vancouver cafes. There are 25 “chocstars” serving 59 different flavours of hot chocolate.

In Kitsilano, we’re spoiled for choice. Chocolate Arts, Terra Breads, Thomas Haas, and  49th Parallel Coffee + Lucky’s Doughnuts are participating in the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival.

Details on Kitsilano hot chocolate menus below. Read more…

Best soup in Kitsilano

Burgoo Bistro's Mushroom Medley soup and Tastiest Chicken sandwich combo. Image credit: Burgoo.ca

Burgoo Bistro’s Mushroom Medley soup and Tastiest Chicken sandwich combo. Image credit: Burgoo.ca

Spring is in the air, almost. Sweet little snowdrops have cropped up along the sidewalk. Delicate buds have formed on the cherry trees. Cheerful daffodils are getting ready to show their sunny yellow heads. For now though, we still have a few more weeks of winter weather ahead of us. It’s a good time to warm up with a nice hearty bowl of soup, especially if you are nursing a cold or just need a bit of a break from the grey skies. Here is our selection of some of the best hearty soups in Kitsilano.

4 best hearty soups in Kitsilano

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Luxe Australian brand Aesop to open permanent flagship on West 4th

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Upscale Australian skincare brand Aesop is committing to a permanent retail location on West 4th. They are currently in a temporary location at 2072 W 4th Ave. This will close for construction once permits are granted. The new store will be 1,950 square feet and serve as the primary showroom for Aesop’s Vancouver operations.

Aesop launched in Melbourne in 1987. Their mission is to create a range of superlative products for skin, hair and body. They use plant-based ingredients and non-botanical elements such as anti-oxidants. The well-respected label is known for chic, simple packaging and the intense botanical aromas of their product lines.

Aesop currently has stores in Gastown, Montreal, and Toronto.

You’re a poet even if you don’t know it. Check out Kits Poetry Group.

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Michael Sean Morris, Bonnie Nish, Sita Carboni and Daniela Elza at a Kitsilano Writers’ Group in January, 2004. Bonnie was the guest at the Kitsilano Poetry group in October, 2015.

Are you a closet poet? Want to get together with others who write — or like — poetry? In 2015, Sarah Ripplinger got a Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Vancouver Foundation (managed by Kits House) and started the monthly Kits Poetry Group. Read more…