Food & Drink

Love or hate the newest Kitsilano ice cream shop DIP?

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We shared our favourite Kitsilano ice cream shops and readers had a lot to say about the new DIP Ice Cream store that just opened at 2967 West Broadway. The shop is tucked between a dollar store and a sushi joint and co-owned by friends Tanya Shklanka and Robyn Harding.

In order to stand out from the rest of the ice cream shops in Kitsilano, DIP is all about the dip. Soft serve cones are dipped into various forms of chocolate topping before being dazzled with a coating of toppings. But that’s not the whole story. Some of our readers have already complained about the prices (not that Rain or Shine is cheap!) and we found out why they’re on the high side. DIP creates homemade soft-serve ice cream using milk from Birchwood Dairy in Abbotsford, and dips cones in Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolate, before decorating the local-ethical goodness with different toppings and drizzles. That costs. Read more…

Kitsilano Farmers Market now open

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In case you were so excited about the Kitsilano Pool opening and forgot about the other hot spring neighbourhood events, here’s a reminder. Kitsilano Farmers Market is now open for the 2016 season from 10am to 2pm each Sunday at Kitsilano Community Centre on Larch Street.

Every Sunday, the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional produce, meat, cheese, seafood, and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week.

Details here: eatlocal.org/markets/kitsilano

Beer sales could be coming to Kitsilano Beach

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Kitsilano beach goers may soon be able to purchase alcohol from at Vancouver Beach Parks concessions. For many, cracking a beer or sipping wine while picnicking should be a natural part of beach enjoyment. The question of alcohol on Vancouver beaches is part of a larger survey the park board is conducting as it looks at revamping concessions. The Park Board has hired a consultant to develop a business strategy for its 12 seasonal concessions operated between April and October.

“If provided in a responsible manner, do you agree or disagree with the sale of alcoholic beverages at Vancouver Beach Parks concessions?” asks the online survey. (The survey is still live. So take the time to weigh in.) Read more…

Kitsilano’s best ice cream shops

Smoking soft serve from 720 Sweets. Image credit: 720sweets.com

Smoking soft serve from 720 Sweets. Image credit: 720sweets.com

Of course, the moment we begin writing a post on the best ice cream in Kitsilano, the weather changes on us. Well, all three of these sweet shops are still worth a visit during this cool spell, and as a bonus there probably won’t be any line-ups.

3 of Kitsilano’s best ice cream shops

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4 great Kits restaurants for families

The Sunshine Diner's gggs benny. Image credit: Thesunshinediner.com

The Sunshine Diner’s eggs benny. Image credit: Thesunshinediner.com

Often when we do a post on family-friendly restaurants, the usual suspects come to mind including Rocky Mountain Flatbread, White Spot, and Burgoo. While all three of these places do indeed offer a welcoming space and good food, we thought we’d seek out a few more restaurants to add to the list.

4 great Kits restaurants for families

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Where to get your BBQ supplies in Kits

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Green table top Weber available from Gandy’s Home Hardware. Image credit: Weber.com

This weekend may offer some more record-breaking warm weather so it’s high time to uncover your rusty grill and make some assessments. Do you need a new one? Does it need a good clean? And where can you get the best meat, seafood, vegetables, and sides for your upcoming barbeque? Find what you need at these Kitsilano shops.

Where to get your BBQ supplies in Kits

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F.I.S.H. brings sustainable BC seafood to West Broadway

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Image: F.I.S.H.

There’s a new fishmonger in the hood. F.I.S.H. just opened doors at 2959 West Broadway. Fresh Ideas Start Here is a local purveyor and smoker of sustainable BC seafood. They have another shop location in Burnaby. They’re open weekdays from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and weekends from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Drop by and let us know what you think.

Take-out dinner at Kits Beach night

The Barbeque Tempeh Burger from Tera V Burger. Image credit: Teravburger.com

The Barbeque Tempeh Burger from Tera V Burger. Image credit: Teravburger.com

With the weather warming up and longer daylight hours extending into the evening, why not make Wednesday nights your take-out dinner night, and have it at the beach? No cooking, no cleaning, no mess. Plus the dogs, kids, and/or roommates can run around while you enjoy a tasty and convenient meal from one of these great Kitsilano restaurants.

Take-out dinner at Kits Beach night

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Pop-up store in Kits promotes zero-packaging grocery movement

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Image: Zero Waste Market

There’s a zero-waste grocery store coming soon to Vancouver, with a pop-up store in Kits. Have you checked it out yet? The concept: consumers shop without leaving a carbon footprint. The market sells packaging-free foods and ask customers to bring their own containers to fill. Shoppers bring their own bags, and load up containers and jars with bulk food items.

The founders Brianne Miller and Paula Amiama launched the concept as a series of pop-up stores last fall. One of these has been recurring in Kitsilano’s Patagonia store. The owners say the response to what they believe is Canada’s first ‘zero waste market’ has been overwhelming. Read more…