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Powell Street Festival Celebrates Japanese Canadian Culture August 1-2

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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

 

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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 bistropastis.com 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.

Cool Thing We Want: Chocolate Arts’ Ice Cream Sandwich

Image: Chocolate Arts

Image: Chocolate Arts

It’s cool alright. In fact, it’s frozen. In case you forgot that Chocolate Arts rolls out seasonal desserts, consider this a friendly reminder. Avalon milk and free range eggs enhance the intensely vanilla speckled ice cream. It sits on a solid brownie base. The whole shebang is adorned in dark chocolate. Next time you hear the ice cream truck, feel free to turn up your nose. You got better places to source those calories.

1620 W 3rd Ave., 604-739-0475, Chocolatearts.com

4 New Places to Eat in Kitsilano

Basil Pasta Bar features $8 pasta dishes in Kits. Image credit: Basilpastabar.com

Basil Pasta Bar features $8 pasta dishes in Kits. Image credit: Basilpastabar.com

This Spring and Summer in Kitsilano has seen a lot of new restaurant openings. Here we have 4 more for you to check out this weekend. Choose from Japanese tapas to juicy burgers, or fresh vegetarian salads and cheap pasta.

4 New Places to Eat in Kitsilano

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5 Ways to Stay Cool this Weekend in Kitsilano

Rain or Shine's Strawberry Mint Sorbet. Image credit: Rainorshineicecream.com

Rain or Shine’s Strawberry Mint Sorbet. Image credit: Rainorshineicecream.com

Another heatwave is coming for us here on the West Coast this weekend. Thankfully there are plenty of ways to stay cool in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. From outdoor pools to icy treats and breezy patios, here is our list of 5 ways to stay cool this weekend.

5 Ways to Stay Cool this Weekend in Kitsilano

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