Food & Drink

What You Really Need To Know about the B.C. Oyster Ban

Image: Chewie's

Image: Chewie’s

On August 18, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a Canada-wide warning about B.C. oysters. There are infected oysters on our coast. In summer months, vibrio bacteria often bloom. –

But with the unusually warm weather we’ve been having, B.C. has seen a significant uptick. If oysters with vibrio are cooked, they are safe. Raw, however, a risk of infection does exist.

Beyond that, what you need to know is the warning it posted refers to oysters harvested on or before Aug. 18. The CFIA has not updated their info. Many commercial oyster farms on the coast (and there are several score) don’t have a problem with vibrio.

If the shellfish are kept in deeper water, where temperatures are lower, they should be safe. Many producers take this precaution. The CFIA doesn’t inspect each farm, and the tests it does perform aren’t necessarily reliable. Read more…

Free Pink Salmon Festival Returns to Kits Point August 30


Free fish bbq anyone?

In a year that has been particularly challenging for salmon, the Pacific Salmon Foundation is asking for your help in celebrating salmon’s most abundant species. Pink salmon are traditionally undervalued as a seafood source even though they are the most sustainable species.

On Sunday, August 30 from 12 pm to 4 pm, at Vanier/Haddon Park behind the
Maritime Museum the Foundation will be serving up pink salmon barbecuedonated by Canadian Fishing Company and prepared by executive chefs including RobertClark, Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk and Garrett Schack. All barbecue will be available bydonation with proceeds supporting community-led salmon conservation projects across British Columbia.

Why are they throwing this fishy shindig?  Because we, as consumers, have the power to ensure that salmon have a healthy future in British Columbia. Read more…

Bon Macaron Patisserie Now Open in Kitsilano

Image: Bon Macaron

Image: Bon Macaron

Bon Macaron Patisserie has a cult following in Victoria, BC since opening there in 2013. It launches two new locations in Vancouver this month: a Kitsilano patisserie which opened August 8th at 2823 W. Broadway, and a Granville Island storefront will open its doors soon after.

Owners David Boetti and Yann Fougere, both French, met at university in the South of France and later moved to BC, where Fougere completed his degree at University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. After working at several bakeries in Victoria—Fougere was manager at the iconic Murchie’s for four years—the friends opened a patisserie dedicated to macarons.

Boetti and Fougere create an inventive and constantly expanding array of sweet and savoury macarons. Think white truffle sea salt, bubble gum, lavender chocolate, bacon, goat cheese and fig and more. Read more…

Bar Events and Daily Specials in Kitsilano for Every Day of the Week

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Image: Corduroy

Kits has loads of fun spots for easy weeknight drinks and entertainment. In fact, most of them host daily events with drink specials, featuring live music and all sorts of tournaments.

We checked out a few of the more popular venues to scope out what’s happening in Kits this summer, so that you know which bar to hit up, when you’re in the mood for a casual night on the town.

Bar Events and Daily Specials in Kitsilano

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Powell Street Festival Celebrates Japanese Canadian Culture August 1-2


Summer is the season for free festivals. If you’ve already spent your vacation budget, check out Powell Street Festival this weekend, another great and free event that’s worth your while.

Before the Second World War, the Downtown Eastside was home to the largest Japanese Canadian community in Canada. Powell Street Festival puts the spotlight on the history of this community on Aug. 1-2. The event celebrates all aspects of Japanese Canadian culture and includes food stalls, crafts, dance, music, walking tours, sumo wrestling, a David Suzuki lecture and more.

Now the longest-running community event in Vancouver, the festival fuses east and west, traditional and quirky, at Oppenheimer Park and surrounding venues.

Find out more about the must-see shows in the Georgia Straight coverage or this article in 24hours Vancouver. If you’re only in it for the food, we can assure you that the sake, sushi, ramen, Japadogs, karaage fried chicken, osaka balls, gyoza  and grilled corn will be out of this world. Attend hungry.

Find more free cultural festivals in Vancouver in August here.

UBC Farm Market: Thrice Weekly, Organic, and Worth It

Image: UBC Farm

Image: UBC Farm

You know all about Kitsilano Farmers Market. But have you checked out the UBC Farm Market yet? Whether you need farm fresh produce during the week, don’t like rushing out of the hosue on Sundays for the Kits market, or are just curious in learning more about sustainable agriculture, this market makes it really pleasurable and easy.

UBC Farm Market take place at UBC campus Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through October. Produce, honey and eggs are from UBC Farm — a 24-ha integrated production farm situated within a 90-year old coastal hemlock forest. UBC Farm grows over 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The farm also features honey bee hives and egg laying, open pasture hens.

All produce is grown according to British Columbia Certified Organic Management Standards. However, the UBC Farm does not have organic certification.

Details on the UBC Farm Market schedule below: Read more…

Best Summer Brunch Spots in Kitsilano

Image: The Culinary Geek

Image: The Culinary Geek

AnnaLena‘s new and delicious brunch menu has inspired us to seek out the best brunch spots in the neighbourhood. With only a handful of summer Sundays left, it’s time to start scheduling in those brunch dates to make sure you don’t miss any opportunity for morning Caesars in the sun.

Here are some of our favourite spots for summer brunch in Kitsilano right now: Read more…

Bastille Day Party at Bistro Pastis July 14


Image: Bistro Pastis

Image: Bistro Pastis

With Canada Day behind us, award-winning restaurateur, John Blakeley, invites you to celebrate Bastille Day at Bistro Pastis. For 16 years running, Blakeley pays homage to his home country with a celebratory menu. On July 14 Bistro Pastis is offering a $55 three-course price fixe menu. There will be live entertainment with French chanteuse, Pepper Really, who will lead guests in the signing of the French national anthem, La Marseillaise. That night, guests may enter to win a five-course catered dinner at home, hosted by Blakeley himself.

Reservations are recommended, visit or phone 604.731.5020. Menu below:

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Supermarine Officially Opens on Yew This Weekend

Image: Mikel Ortega

Image: Mikel Ortega

Supermarine is officially open for business at 1685 Yew Street this weekend. The new 35-seat seafood restaurant by James Iranzad and Josh Pape has been serving a limited crowd of friends and family weeknights this week, but for the rest of us, it’s been hard to get through the door.

The restaurant is in the former Abigail’s Party space. Abigail’s was also an Iranzad affair. We’re hopeful Supermarine will be a smash hit, given that beaches need skilled seafood restaurants, and we’re short on them in Kits.

Jacob Deacon-Evans is the chef. He’s worked at Bishop’s and West, so he knows his stuff. The menu is imaginative and the plating is pretty. We’ve heard about tempura snow crab, reinvented vongole, lobster bao buns with black garlic bisque, and even a new spin on prawn cocktail. Read more…

Ryan Reynolds Put Nat’s New York Pizzeria in Forthcoming Deadpool Film

Nat's Pizza Kitsilano

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Ryan Reynolds grew up kicking it in Kits. Part of his high school coming of age experience was hanging out in Nat’s New York Pizzeria (2684 W Broadway)  in Kitsilano in the 1990s. The Province reported that he’s paying back the owners by using their pies as props in his film Deadpool which was shooting in Vancouver. Nat’s Pizza was also served to cast and crew.

Nat’s New York Pizzeria is a family business by cousins Nat and Franco who came to Vancouver by way of New York. The pizza is a family recipe that nods to their Neapolitan ancestors but integrates NYC’s pizza style. The cousins are accustomed to famous fans. They get Canucks players in there regularly, as well as Danny DeVito and Charlize Theron. They’ve been voted best pizza in Canada by Flare magazine too. Expect an old school, comfort-food, movie night pie — the kid we all used to enjoy before the sticklers for Neapolitan authenticity took over the scene.