Food & Drink

Kitsilano’s Bon Macaron releases special Valentine’s Day collection

Image: Bon Macaron

Image: Bon Macaron

Get one for yourself. Get one for a friend. Bon Macaron Patisserie has released their 2016 Valentine’s Collection, consisting of 5 specialty flavours with unique designs. The macarons are available in a pretty gift box that has room for the entire collection, plus two extra macarons of your choice. Specialty macarons are:

Cinnamon Heart – A white macaron decorated with tiny candy hearts.
Kir Royal – A deep pink cassis macaron flecked with gold.
Mon Cheri (chocolate and cherry) – An adorable macaron based on the ‘heart eyes’ emoji.
Rose – A bright red macaron sculpted to look like a rose.
Passion Fruit – Mini-macarons in the shape of hearts, X’s and O’s Read more…

Last call for Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Image: Terra Breads

Image: Terra Breads

Time is running out for Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 2016. If you have a sweet tooth, act fast. You can still sip delicious hot chocolate-themed creations and all their decadent accessories now through February 14 at participating Vancouver cafes. There are 25 “chocstars” serving 59 different flavours of hot chocolate.

In Kitsilano, we’re spoiled for choice. Chocolate Arts, Terra Breads, Thomas Haas, and  49th Parallel Coffee + Lucky’s Doughnuts are participating in the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival.

Details on Kitsilano hot chocolate menus below. Read more…

Best soup in Kitsilano

Burgoo Bistro's Mushroom Medley soup and Tastiest Chicken sandwich combo. Image credit: Burgoo.ca

Burgoo Bistro’s Mushroom Medley soup and Tastiest Chicken sandwich combo. Image credit: Burgoo.ca

Spring is in the air, almost. Sweet little snowdrops have cropped up along the sidewalk. Delicate buds have formed on the cherry trees. Cheerful daffodils are getting ready to show their sunny yellow heads. For now though, we still have a few more weeks of winter weather ahead of us. It’s a good time to warm up with a nice hearty bowl of soup, especially if you are nursing a cold or just need a bit of a break from the grey skies. Here is our selection of some of the best hearty soups in Kitsilano.

4 best hearty soups in Kitsilano

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New ice cream shop Tangram Creamery now open in Kitsilano

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Image: Tangram Creamery

Tangram Creamery opened this January at 2729 Arbutus Street. There hasn’t been this much social media buzz about frozen treats in Kits since Rain or Shine opened. Residents are praising their gourmet ice creams, made on site, in flavors such as double chocolate, Guatemalan coffee, salted caramel, hojicha, and black sesame. Non dairy flavors include lychee and mango. There are macaron ice cream sandwiches. We’ve also heard they make a killer cookie cone from a type of French biscuit called the Langue de Chat with the end sealed in chocolate to avoid drippy leaks. Single scoops are $5, regardless of cup or cone. The special cookie cone is $1 more. In terms of scene, the shop is minimalist wood with once interesting now ubiquitous bare bulb pendants.

Go visit, taste, and let us know what you think.

Kitsilano fondues to melt your winter doldrums

Image: Aimee Custis Photography (Flickr)

Image: Aimee Custis Photography (Flickr)

If you find yourself craving some comfort in the cold, dreary, and rainy days ahead, look no further. Comfort comes calling by way of a cheesy fondue. Fondue will warm your spirits and bring out your inner child; dunking food into gooey pots of cheese is fun. Depending on whether you want to make your own fondue or let someone else do the work, here are a couple of fondue options in Kitsilano for you. Read more…

3 cheap, fun things to do in Kitsilano

$9 Linguini at Basil Pasta Bar. Image credit: Basilpastabar.com

$9 Linguini at Basil Pasta Bar. Image credit: Basilpastabar.com

Trying to save for that terrifically huge down payment? Thinking of your RRSP contributions? Expenses coming up for Valentine’s Day? We hear you. So here are some budget deals to take advantage of in Kitsilano to help you out.

3 cheap, fun things to do in Kitsilano

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Dine Out in Kits: 7 restaurants offering three-course meals for $20

Vancouver Icon Bimini’s is one of seven Kits restaurants with a $20 prix fixe menu till January 31, 2016.

Dine Out Vancouver is an annual event by Tourism Vancouver to encourage us all to try some new restaurants with a set menu in the range of $20 – $40.  It is going on now through January 31. It offers limited but excellent choices always, in our experience.

It’s a great chance to try out a place you haven’t been before or invite some friends to one of your long time favorites. And here’s the really good news for Kits folk on a budget: Seven of the restaurants in our area are only $20 for a three course meal.

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Visit 5 Vancouver museums for $5 at Winter Wander: January 23, 2016

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Hurrah!  Winter Wander returns to Vanier Park this Saturday, January 23.  For just $5 you can enjoy a wonderful day of music, science, history  and art at five Vancouver museums.

Your $5 admission will get you into all of Vanier Park’s attractions; The Museum of Vancouver (MOV), H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Academy of Music, and the City of Vancouver Archives.  And, as in previous years there will be performances by Academy of Music students and Bard on the Beach’s Young Shakespeareans, some of Vancouver best food trucks will be on site and there will be contests for the chance to win great prizes. Read more…