3 open houses in Kits this week

Image: Livekitsilano.com

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…

3 open houses in Kits this week

Image: Live Kitsilano

Image: Live Kitsilano

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…

New ice cream shop Tangram Creamery now open in Kitsilano

ice cream in kits

Image: Tangram Creamery

Tangram Creamery opened this January at 2729 Arbutus Street. There hasn’t been this much social media buzz about frozen treats in Kits since Rain or Shine opened. Residents are praising their gourmet ice creams, made on site, in flavors such as double chocolate, Guatemalan coffee, salted caramel, hojicha, and black sesame. Non dairy flavors include lychee and mango. There are macaron ice cream sandwiches. We’ve also heard they make a killer cookie cone from a type of French biscuit called the Langue de Chat with the end sealed in chocolate to avoid drippy leaks. Single scoops are $5, regardless of cup or cone. The special cookie cone is $1 more. In terms of scene, the shop is minimalist wood with once interesting now ubiquitous bare bulb pendants.

Go visit, taste, and let us know what you think.

Kitsilano fondues to melt your winter doldrums

Image: Aimee Custis Photography (Flickr)

Image: Aimee Custis Photography (Flickr)

If you find yourself craving some comfort in the cold, dreary, and rainy days ahead, look no further. Comfort comes calling by way of a cheesy fondue. Fondue will warm your spirits and bring out your inner child; dunking food into gooey pots of cheese is fun. Depending on whether you want to make your own fondue or let someone else do the work, here are a couple of fondue options in Kitsilano for you. Read more…

3 cheap, fun things to do in Kitsilano

$9 Linguini at Basil Pasta Bar. Image credit: Basilpastabar.com

$9 Linguini at Basil Pasta Bar. Image credit: Basilpastabar.com

Trying to save for that terrifically huge down payment? Thinking of your RRSP contributions? Expenses coming up for Valentine’s Day? We hear you. So here are some budget deals to take advantage of in Kitsilano to help you out.

3 cheap, fun things to do in Kitsilano

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