Food & Drink

Kitsilano Businesses Win Big at Westender ‘Best of the City’ Awards

Image: @shopwest4th

Image: @shopwest4th

Westender just published their 18th Best of the City Readers’ Choice Awards. Kitsilano businesses scooped up many awards. In citywide bests, Drexoll Games won for best Games, Gravity Pope won best for Shoes, Lazy Gourmet won for Caterer, and West 4th Ave itself got third best shopping street in Vancouver after Robson and Main.

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Great Late Night Eats in Kitsilano

Image: Pixabay

Image: Pixabay

Kits is known for a lot of amazing thing, but unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), the late night scene is not one of them. However, there are a few hidden gems for scoring some late night snacks, if you know where to look! Next time you find yourself out past midnight and craving a nosh, check out these delicious options, right in the neighbourhood. Here are five restaurants open late in Kitsilano.  Read more…

5 Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Jackson’s Meat & Deli

Image: Jackson's Meat & Deli

Image: Jackson’s Meat & Deli

One of our favourite spots for lunch in the neighbourhood, as well as a good old-fashioned butcher shop, Jackson’s Meat & Deli is a Kitsilano staple that’s been around for a long time and has no plans on ever leaving. Here are five things you didn’t know about this Kits gem.

1) History lesson

Jackson’s Meat and Deli, located at 2214 West 4th Ave., has resided at this location since 1911. The current owner, Chris Jackson, is the sixth generation of Jackson butchers, and he runs the shop with his wife, Shayna. Read more…

The Juicery Co Set To Open in Kitsilano

Image: The Juicery Co

Image: The Juicery Co

We heard this juicy news bite from KitsKitchen, Kitsilano’s small batch soup maker. The Juicery Co is opening a Kitsilano location at 3570 West 4th Avenue, a stone’s throw from our  long-time favourite Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe & Pie Shop.

If you haven’t heard about Juicery Co it’s likely because this family-run operation is located on the North Shore. Their products use entirely organic ingredients and they source locally whenever possible.  The retail shop will sell their bottled juices and nut mylks as well as smoothies, acai bowls, and soups from KitsKitchen. Read more…

Cool Thing We Want: Bacon Roses from West Broadway Meat & Co. for Valentine’s Day

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Regular roses? Snore. A reader tipped us off about bacon roses at West Broadway Meat & Co. One day later they were on CTV Morning Live. We’ll join the horde of gluttons out there whose idea of true love is a bouquet of crispy porker. They’re $22 a dozen, creative, good-looking, and tasty. They make a nice change from chocs. West Broadway Meat & Co. still has some left and can be reached at 604-733-2220 or via Facebook. Go make someone happy.

5 Shops to Get Sweet Valentine’s Treats in Kits

Valentine's cupcakes from Cupcakes. Image Credit: Cupcakesonline.com

Valentine’s cupcakes from Cupcakes. Image Credit: Cupcakesonline.com

Getting your Valentine a sweet treat this Saturday, Valentine’s Day, is easy in our Kitsilano neighbourhood. Whether your Valentine is your spouse, friend, grandma, sibling, or dog, these local shops have great choices for all (ok, maybe not for your dog, instead, go to the many available pet shops for your furry friend’s treats please :).

5 Shops to Get Sweet Valentine’s Treats in Kits

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Valentine’s Day Restaurant Specials in Kits

Image: Flickr user Salvadonica Borgo del Chianti

Image: Flickr user Salvadonica Borgo del Chianti

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the restaurants in Kitsilano are pulling out all the stops to make sure you and your special someone have a romantic day. These delicious eateries have lovingly crafted specially priced Valentine’s Day menus guaranteed to get things cooking between you and your date.

So whether you’re celebrating with your main squeeze or your best pal, reserve early, cozy up together and enjoy a good meal! Read more…

5 Best Southeast Asian Restaurants in Kits

Thai fusion at Maenam. Image credit: Maenam.ca

Thai fusion at Maenam. Image credit: Maenam.ca

We at Kitsilano.ca are always on the lookout for that close-to-authentic and addictively delicious Pad Thai – a stir-fried noodle street-food dish that’s hugely popular in Thailand. Having yet to find it in our neighbourhood, here are 5 Southeast Asian restaurants in Kits that do many other dishes of that region wonderfully well.

5 Best Southeast Asian Restaurants in Kits

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Where to Watch Super Bowl XLIX in Kitsilano?

superbowl-xlix_home_pageThis is it. It’s down to one game. Super Bowl XLIX takes place this Sunday, February 1. So where are you going to watch the Seahawks take on the Patriots?

Even if you really like your couch, the beery, brunch-y camaraderie of a pub full of roaring fans adds an undeniable thrill. Pub viewing also gives you the chance to debate the merits of Super Bowl commercials with a stranger.

Here are a few places to watch Super Bowl XLIX in Kitsilano. Tell us where you’re going to watch by commenting below! Read more…

10 Businesses in Kits That Are Older Than 10

The Naam. Image: Ruth Hartnup

The Naam. Image: Ruth Hartnup

Guess what? Kitsilano.ca’s 10 year anniversary is coming up February 1. We’re doing a series of anniversary posts over the next few days to celebrate our history in the Kitsilano community. We started with a look at the Then and Now Kitsilano photo series . Our second anniversary post is “10 Businesses in Kits That Are Older Than 10.”

This post is dedicated to the other grizzled oldtimers in Kits who predate yoga pants (okay fine, Lululemon was founded in 1998), we meant predate Whole Foods (2007) and have made our borough a better place for over a decade.

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