5 Ways to Welcome Autumn in Kitsilano

Pumpkin Pie

You know it’s nearly autumn when your sweaters and boots suddenly appear from the back of the closet, squirrels hastily begin collecting acorns outside, and the couch starts to look mighty cozy in the evenings. We’ve got 5 ways for you to get out and welcome autumn in Kitsilano and here they are:

5 Ways to Welcome Autumn in Kitsilano

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Lucky’s Doughnuts Launches New Menu; Pumpkin Doughnuts Are Back

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Go buy elastic waist pants. Lucky’s Doughnuts, our local doughnut shop that operates out of 49th Parallel Coffee (2198 West 4th) , launches their new menu today. They’ve remixed old favourites; they’ve added new wonders.

Pumpkin doughnuts return with a few tweaks (see above). There’s a magical breakfast cruller with maple icing and candied peppercorn bacon (see below). We’re tempted to use that as the carb in a wacky sweet-meets-savoury-eggs breakfast sandwich.  Other standouts: chocolate chip cookie dough (what?!) and a matcha bismarck. Ummm, eat your greens? 

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Cocktails and Shopping at Kitsilano’s Fashion on Fourth: September 18, 2014

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Vancouver Fashion Week , Vitamin Daily, and West 4th Avenue join forces this coming Thursday, September 18, to celebrate the eclectic mix of fashion and retailers in our neighbourhood. The goal? To encourage Vancouverites to explore our wonderful boutiques, find a good deal on fall fashion, and sip a cocktail while doing so.

Fashion on Fourth is an event taking place from 5:30 to 9:30pm this Thursday, beginning at The Bimini Public House. Here, attendees will check in to receive their VIP pass outlining participating retailers, have their photo taken by VFW photographer, receive a complimentary cocktail, and listen to Vitamin Daily’s Editor-in-Chief Sarah Bancroft fill us all in on Fall Fashion Trends, alongside models sporting some of our West 4th merchandise.

Later, guests will venture out into the street to shop at 15 West 4th boutiques. Various shops will be hosting in store parties, offering promotions, or serving treats and cocktails. At 9:00, everybody will head back to Biminis to show their proof of purchase and, in return, receive a gift bag filled with West 4th goodies.

You can add yourself to the list of guests by RSVPing at shopwest4th.com. This is a lovely opportunity to explore some shops that you likely wander past on a regular basis but never venture into. It’s also a great chance to show off our neighbourhood to the Vancouver fashion world.

A Tale of Two BC Apple Festivals

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Every year, we cover the annual fall UBC Apple Festival. This year, we’re bringing you even more fall harvest goodness and more access to tasty apple pies.

UBC Apple Festival takes place October 18-19, 2014. But there’s another apple festival on our radar. The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival takes place September 28, 2014. It’s a little farther afield and totally worth the trip. Salt Spring has been growing apples since 1860. Today over 350 varieties of organic apples grow on the island.

Details on the festivals are below. You don’t have to choose. They’re on different weekends. Why not hit up both? Read more…

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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The Kitsilano real estate market has picked up pace this fall. We’re seeing lots of new listings, and price drops with many of the older listings that haven’t sold. We expect a lot of activity this weekend at the Open Houses, so make sure you get in to see the homes that have caught your eye before they sell.

Here’s a full list of all homes with Open Houses in Kitsilano this weekend: http://livekitsilano.com/open-houses/. Below are some notable listings with Open Houses:

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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3 Family Friendly Events in Vancouver this Weekend

Southlands Country Fair

Southlands Country Fair

Summer is refusing to give into the next season and this weekend’s forecast will certainly prove its defiance. Sure, you could head on down to the beach but consider venturing out of our Kitsilano neighbourhood to check out some other interesting areas. Here are 3 family friendly events this weekend to do just that.

3 Family Friendly Events this Weekend

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Calling All Kits Foodies: Chocolatier Greg Hook Teams Up With France’s Or Noir To Create Irresistible “Allure” Chocolate

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On Saturday, September 20, Kitsilano’s Chocolate Arts chocolate shop and café releases Allure, a signature chocolate created in collaboration with renowned French chocolate house Cacao Barry.

Chocolatier Greg Hook is the first artisan chocolatier in Canada to visit their Or Noir laboratory and blend his own signature chocolate. Allure will embody the precise flavour profile and characteristics Hook/Chocolate Arts desires in their chocolate consisting of: bitter, sweet, aromatic, fruity and cocoa.

Allure will be available in various chocolates and pastries at Chocolate Arts chocolate shop and café, as well as in various formats for home use. Read more…

Pumpkin Ale is Here! Find It on Tap at Darby’s in Kitsilano

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Pie-spiced and malted with the colour of an autumn sunset, 6.5% alc./vol., and mellow pumpkin-mash finish, Steamwork’s seasonal Pumpkin Ale is now available in Kits. You can find it on tap at Darby’s. They’ve got 30 taps going at all times, so you’ll have no trouble finding another tasty seasonal craft brew to try next.

Darby’s, 2001 Macdonald Street,Pub 604-731-0617 or Liquor Store 604-731-8750, http://www.darbyspub.ca

Fancy a Bike Ride? Vancouver Tweed Ride Rolls through Vancouver Sunday, September 14

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Image: Vancouver Tweed Ride

In a city where yoga pants pass as street wear, it can be difficult to find opportunities to dress up. Here’s your chance. The Vancouver Tweed Ride, a fancy bicycle ride where riders dress in traditional British Cycling attire, particularly tweed, rolls into town Sunday, September 14.

If you’re keen to participate in this fashionable cycling event, head to the The Vancouver Club in the heart of city on the day of. Registration opens at 9:30 am. It’s $40 to participate. Registration will get you: A Rider Kit (includes Happy Water bottled water, JJ Bean Promo Card, boxed tea from Murchies and more!), morning and midway point refreshments and entrance to the after party. You can also register to participate online here: http://vancouvertweedride.com/register/.

The actual Tweed Ride will start at 11am September 14.

The purpose of the Vancouver Tweed Ride? recreate the spirit of a bygone era, promote biking in urban areas and raise money and awareness for a local non-profit.

There will be prizes for best vintage bike, best tweed outfit, etc.