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Heritage Vancouver Names Hollywood Theatre #1 Endangered Site for 2014

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The Heritage Vancouver Society has released its annual list of top 10 endangered sites in the city. Our very own Hollywood Theatre is top on the list:

“The Art Deco Hollywood Theatre is a precious community landmark built in 1935-36, and one of our last intact neighborhood theatres. The current owner has not expressed interest in retaining the interior of this significant theatre and has not found a buyer who would maintain its public assembly use. The only proposal so far would retain the facade, make significant changes to the interior and end the building’s use as a cultural community space.” — Heritage Vancouver Society

What happens next? Well, Kits residents are known for civic action. We’ll leave that in your capable hands.

5 Cool Things to Do in Vancouver in Spring

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Balmy breezes. Blossoms. More sun. Warm weather is on its way back, along with your desire to get outdoors and explore Vancouver. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up five cool things to do in Vancouver in spring. Go play outside! Read more…

Icebreaker Launches Yoga Collection for Women

image006If you’re bored with Lululemon or simply looking for yoga wear made from better textiles, Icebreaker‘s new yoga collection should pique your interest. The merino specialist (located at 2089 W 4th Ave.)  is launching its first yoga-inspired garments for Spring/Summer 2014.

Image: Icebreaker

Image: Icebreaker

Wool is ideal for fitness, as our lumberjack B.C. residents of yore can attest to, because  it breathes to prevent overheating, resists odour and feels pretty nice, even when you’re sweating.

The line includes merino wool tops, leggings and hoodies for women. These aren’t cable knits. We’re talking light, soft and airy. If you’re thinking the way I am, you’re also going to want to wear them on your next jog.

Icebreaker, 2089 W 4th Ave., 778-329-2710, Icebreaker.com

Food Porn: Lucky’s Tiramisu Doughnut

Image: Tiramisu bismarck at Lucky's

Image: Tiramisu bismarck at Lucky’s

This post is about the tiramisu bismarck at Lucky’s Doughnuts. We’d rather be having the tiramisu doughnut for breakfast right now than our usual porridge. Why? Because it’s a light-as-air yeast doughnut topped with fluffy mascarpone and dusted with cocoa powder; it might ascend were it not anchored down by the sinfully pleasurable goop known as coffee pastry cream. In contrast, our porridge is grey gruel – tedious, fibrous fuel – sweetened only by mouth-puckering out-of-season berries.

But how to justify buying one on a Tuesday, not even a weekend splurge day? Maybe if we bought a box of them, we could give them to a friend or colleague who would surely invite us to share one over a coffee. Better still, we could organize our next interview at Lucky’s and order one … to share, of course. OR: we could write a very short blog post about the tiramisu bismarck. Because if we did that, everyone at Kitsilano.ca would have to try one. It would be a blogger duty.

Nomnomnomnom.

Lucky’s Doughnuts, 2198 West 4th Avenue, 604.420.4901, Luckysdoughnuts.com

Studying for Exams? Where to Pull an All-Nighter in Kitsilano

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Image: Siegel’s Bagels

It’s that time of year again for Vancouver university students. During exams, real estate for your bum and books is hard to come by, especially in the wee hours of the night when you really, really need to be anywhere except your apartment. Kitsilano has a few cafes and restaurants that are open 24/7. Here’s where to geek it up at 3am. Read more…

Rain or Shine’s Awesome New Flavour Pairs Craft Beer + Ice Cream

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Image: Rain or Shine Ice Cream

Rain or Shine, Kitsilano’s small-batch ice cream shop which has caused a 10%* rise in foot traffic on West 4th, has a new seasonal ice cream flavour made with White IPA from Powell Street Craft Brewery. We were already fans of the suds. Now we have another reason to eat ice cream. Get it while it’s … cold.

102-1926 West 4th Avenue, (604) 428-7246, Rainorshineicecream.com

*denotes inexact figure

Air Canada Rouge Low Cost Carrier Expands Service to Vancouver

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Image: Air Canada

Yeah, we live on a beach. But that doesn’t stop us from dreaming of our next vacation over here at Kitsilano.ca.  Low cost carrier Air Canada Rouge (a subsidiary of Air Canada) begins service out of Vancouver this spring. Their focus is leisure travel. So we’re looking forward to cheaper flights to sunny destinations plus more route options.

Rouge will fly to a number of destinations where Air Canada has already flown to in the past — just more frequently. Air Canada Rouge will take over Air Canada’s flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Anchorage. The airline announced that it will introduce new seasonal non-stop service operated by Air Canada rouge between Vancouver and Phoenix beginning December 17, 2014.

We also expect, especially in Europe, a rollout of additional destinations. Rouge plans to operate a total of 54 routes, including new service this summer to Barcelona, Dublin, Lisbon, Manchester, Nice and Rome. Read more…

Top Searches in Vancouver: Snakes Over Dogs? Sid Dickens? Massage?

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Massage. Pet snakes. Sid Dickens. Saxophones. What do these have in common? They made the list of top searches in Vancouver in 2014.

Millions of searches take place every day on classified sites. Millions of ads get posted. Ever wonder what Vancouverites are buying? The results are a mix of boring, baffling and totally bizarre. Kijiji, Canada’s leading classifieds site, pulled data for the top 200 searches.

Here’s what they found out.

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Cool New Exhibit: “Rewilding Vancouver” at MOV

Image: Museum of Vancouver

Image: Museum of Vancouver

Vancouver gets credit in international rankings for being an urban space that’s culturally attuned to and integrated with nature. We’re green and getting greener. We have tons of green space, most especially the well-known 1,001-acre Stanley Park, and an easily accessible seawall. Despite this, our city has dramatically transformed the natural environment to fit our needs.

Rewilding Vancouver, the new exhibit at Museum of Vancouver in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park, takes a look at the city’s nature as it was, is, and could be. Read more…