Food & Drink

4 Excellent November Events in Kitsilano

Corey W. Moraes Spirit Rain Boots for the MOV Artware exhibit. Photo credit: Corey W. Moraes

Corey W. Moraes Spirit Rain Boots for the MOV Artware exhibit. Photo credit: Corey W. Moraes

November may seem like a dreary, wet month, but there are some wonderful events happening in Kitsilano over the next several weeks. Check out our list below for 4 excellent November events in Kitsilano. And don’t forget about daylight savings time ending (which means you gain an extra hour) on Sunday, November 2nd – an added perk for the month.

4 Excellent November Events in Kitsilano

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300+ Spirits to Sip at Vancouver Hopscotch Festival Nov. 17-23

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Do you celebrate your victories with a tumbler of Scotch? If yes, perk up.  Hopscotch, the festival for dedicated whisky connoisseurs, returns to the PNE Forum in Vancouver November 17-23. Ranked one of the 10 best drinking festivals in the world by MSN Travel, the festival has expanded from a tasting hall to a super impressive Grand Tasting Hall with a slew of other satellite events including whisky dinners, classes, cigar smoke outs and even a Jack Daniels themed hoe down.

Admission to the Grand Tasting Hall starts at $45 and comes with five tasting tokens. Extra tokens cost $1.10. In addition to whisky, you can choose from craft beer (including the talented Vancouver brewers), vodka, gin, rum, tequila, liqueur, and so many more reasons to use the festival’s free shuttle service. There will be food on offer at the tasting hall. Details on that aren’t out yet.

Get tickets and more intel from the festival website: http://www.hopscotchfestival.com/

4 Great French Restaurants and Cafes in Kitsilano

Linh Cafe's Three Chocolate Mousse

Linh Cafe’s Three Chocolate Mousse dessert

With the highly anticipated Au Comptoir restaurant & cafe opening up this weekend (in the old Take Five Cafe space across from Whole Foods on West 4th Avenue), Kitsilano is adding another French dining spot to its list. Before we go and try this new Parisian brasserie, let’s review 4 great French restaurants & cafes in Kitsilano right now.

4 Great French Restaurants & Cafes in Kitsilano

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5 Free Things to Do in Kitsilano This Weekend

The Amanita muscaria mushrooms seen in our neighbourhood this time of year.

The Amanita muscaria mushrooms seen in our neighbourhood this time of year.

Fairytale mushrooms are cropping up along sidewalk edges, acorns and chestnuts are scattered in the grass, and in the gardens, dark plumes of unpicked kale threaten to overcome those tender perennials.

We could suggest fungi foraging. We could list acorn coffee or chestnut cake recipes. Or how about 100 ways to consume kale and still enjoy it? Nah. Instead, try one or more of these 5 free (or almost free) things to do in Kitsilano this weekend. And please, leave those pretty red toadstools alone and let the mycologist do the picking.

5 Free Things to Do in Kitsilano This Weekend

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Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 3: Dunbar-Southlands

Butter Baked Goods

Find nostalgic treats at Butter Baked Goods on Dunbar Street

Over the last few weeks we’ve brought you recommendations on what to see, eat, and buy in some of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods that border Kitsilano, including the West Point Grey and The Armoury District areas. For this week, take a look at a neighbourhood where time has stood relatively still and with a community that is fiercely committed to holding on to its relics, including a retro theatre, several bookshops, antique stores, and even horse stables. Welcome to the Dunbar-Southlands neighbourhood.

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 3: Dunbar-Southlands

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Must Drink Now: Seasonal Pumpkin Beers at Darby’s Liquor Store

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Darby’s Liquir Store has a shelf full of pumpkin craft beers. Act fast, before they’re gone and pumpkin season passes you by.

  • Red Racer Spiced Pumpkin Ale
  • Parallel 49 Beer Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter
  • Parallel 49 Beer Schadenfreude Pumpkin
  • Russell Brewing Pumpkin Jack
  • Phillips Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale
  • Phillips Crooked-er Tooth Pumpkin Ale

Darby’s has expanded their liquor delivery service. You can get your pumpkin beer delivered  7 days a week from 3:30pm to 11:00pm. Call 604-731-8750.

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 2: The Armoury District

Arthur Erickson's Waterfall Building in The Armoury District

Arthur Erickson’s Waterfall Building in The Armoury District

Last week we explored the West Point Grey neighbourhood with its wonderful parks, museums, and family-friendly cafes. This week, head the opposite direction, east, to The Armoury District just across Burrard Street. This esthetically cool and tiny neighbourhood has only recently become official, though many of the chic businesses there have been established for decades. Home to fine furniture, luxury car, and modern design showrooms, art galleries, and indulgent food shops, The Armoury District can easily be strolled through in an afternoon. Here are our recommendations on what you should see, eat, and buy:

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 2: The Armoury District

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Best Cafes & Coffee Shops for a Study Spot in Kits

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Week five of the semester means that classes are in full swing and student stress levels are on a steady incline. One crucial component of student life is finding your go-to study spot where you can get into your zone. Kitsilano is definitely the hot spot for UBC and SFU students in Vancouver, and we have a huge range of cafes, coffee shops, and the like that are perfect for studying.

Here are a few of my favourite neighbourhood nooks and crannies to hole up in with my books. Read more…

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 1: West Point Grey

Pacific Spirit Park trail

Pacific Spirit Park trail

This weekend, venture out west. To West Point Grey to be exact. With its eastern boundary beginning at Alma Street, the West Point Grey (or Point Grey for short) neighbourhood is a pleasant stroll or short drive/ride away for many Kits residents. Here’s our guide on what to see, eat, and buy in this affluent, well-established section of Vancouver.

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 1: West Point Grey

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