Food & Drink

In The Soup! Chatting with KitsKitchen Founders Joni & Amy

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Image: kitskitchen

Vancouver, especially Kitsilano, is all about innovative healthy lifestyles. Our neighbourhood is home to many young entrepreneurs who practice exactly what they preach when it comes to sustainable and health-conscious choices. Joni Lind and Amy Kizaki, founders of KitsKitchen, a  small batch soup company, are two perfect examples. Forward-thinking, environmentally-aware, fitness-obsessed and innovative, their start up is all about making delicious and detoxifying food readily available for all of us. Read more…

5 Best Indian Restaurants in Kits

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Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Sometimes you just need a little curry to get you through the day. Lucky for us in Kitsilano, there’s no shortage of good Indian restaurants. Here’s our top 5 list of the best Indian restaurants in Kits. And although we love East is East and they do serve Indian dishes, for simplicity this list is restricted to just Indian-only cuisine.

5 Best Indian Restaurants in Kits

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Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 2015: Where and What To Sip Sweetly in Kits

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January is a snore. That’s why they make up ridiculously indulgent events like Dine Out and Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival to help you endure it. Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, now in its fifth year, commences January 17 and ends February 14. 25 Vancouver cafes, patisseries, chocolateries and bakeries have concocted over 50 special drinking chocolates for the event. They range from enticing and rich to palate-boggling and bizarre.

In Kitsilano, the participants are 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters + Lucky’s Doughnuts, Chocolate Arts, Terra Breads and Thomas Haas.

From wasabi hot chocolate with a sesame florentine at Chocolate Arts to caramelized hazelnut and almond butter infused choc at Thomas Haas, here are the Kitsilano Hot Chocolate Festival menus. Read more…

5 Things to Do In and Around Kits this Weekend

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Tom Brady Image: Wikipedia Commons

Step out of the dreary fog and into a warm, inviting spot in our neighbourhood for some great food, entertainment, and fun this weekend. From watching NFL playoffs in good company to live music at MOV, here are 5 things to do in and around Kits this weekend.

5 Things to Do In and Around Kits this Weekend

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Restaurant Review: Bienvenue to the Neighbourhood, Au Comptoir!

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Image: Au Comptoir

There’s a new addition to the Fourth Avenue line-up of delectable restaurants and as you may have guessed from the name, it is a classic Parisien café. Au Comptoir, which is situated between Vine and Yew, is a new Kitsilano neighbourhood gem which will quickly join your regular rotation of favourite resturants. If you’ve spent time in France, you’ll think they’ve nailed it. They should have, the founding partners Julian Aubin (of  Les Faux Bourgeois) and Maxime Bettili (of Acorn) are French. If you haven’t, consider the experience immensely pleasurable training.

We visited Au Comptoir for dinner on a Friday night and were seated at the stunning zinc bar. The restaurant does not take reservations and had a full house for dinner, so be prepared to wait. It’s been like that since they opened doors in late 2014. Alternatively, check them out for breakfast or lunch.

With a beautiful and intimate space, the ambiance at Au Comptoir is warm, friendly and decidedly French. After indulging in some spectacular foie gras, we ordered duck l’orange and grilled striploin from a menu full of classically French dishes with modern elements. We were also impressed with the French wines available by the glass. It’s not so easy to find Loire Valley vin in this town. Read more…

Hungry? Kitsilano Brunch Crawl Goes Down January 18

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Canada’s largest food and drink festival Dine Out Vancouver returns January 16-February 1, and tickets have just gone on sale. Dine Out gives diners the chance to savor deeply discounted meals at over 250 Vancouver restaurants. Participating restaurants create unique three-course menus priced at $18, $28 or $38 per person. Many Kitsilano restaurants are participating again. But beyond the set-price menu appeal, Dine Out also means a lot of one-of-a-kind culinary events. And that’s what really gets us excited. Read more…

Soup Resets Are The New Juice Cleanse. Enter Kits Kitchen – Kitsilano’s New Small Batch Soup Maker

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Image: KitsKitchen

It’s January. Daily treats like chocolates and mulled wine and cookies are no longer acceptable. We’re being bombarded with coverage of juice cleanses and workout classes, not to mention friends complaining about the fit of their pants.

If you have ever tried a juice cleanse, you know that whether or not you think they work, you will feel rather low energy in the middle. Enter KitsKitchen‘s 48-hour soup reset. It’ heartier. It’s warmer. In short, it sounds more tempting.

KitsKitchen is a Kitsilano-based small batch soup company that uses organic and local ingredients. Their soups are available online as well as at Greens Organic Market. Read more…

Get Warm! Best Noodle Soup in Kits

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Image: Terry Robinson

While the cold we experience here in Vancouver is nothing compared to our neighbours in the east, it tends to be in the kind of cold that seeps into your coat and under your clothes, chilling you to the core. Our solution? Noodle soup – and lots of it! Tried and tested by yours truly, here are our favourite places to get noodle soup in Kits. Read more…

Family-Style Thai New Year’s Eve Feast at Maenam, December 31

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Image: Maenam

Gather your friends. Maenam’s Chef Angus An is preparing a tempting, Thai-style, New Year’s Eve feast December 31. The dinner is $60 a head for four courses served family-style. You can add their suggested wine pairings, which we generally think is a good idea when you’re dealing with a worthy establishment like Maenam. Afterall, The NYTimes thinks they deserve an international shout-out.

What’s on the menu? Fresh local seafood, intense curries, bright fruits and veg followed by refreshingly light desserts. There is a vegetarian version. We’ve put the menu below. Call to 604-730-5579 to book.

Maenam, 1938 W. 4th Ave., 604-730-5579, Maenam.ca

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Genius Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer: Vancouver Farmers Market Tokens

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We’re not overselling these Vancouver Farmers Market tokens when we say they’re a happy, nourishing gift everyone will love.  Scoop up a handful at the Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey stadium or order online. You can use at all the markets, including Kitsilano Farmers Market, all year round.

Saturdays until Apr. 25 (closed Dec 27), Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium, www.atlocal.org