Food & Drink

A Week in Drink Specials in Kitsilano

Image: Local/jerbeland

Image: Local/jerbeland

We may be known for our coffee shops and yoga studios, but Kits is also home to a pretty great selection of bars, pubs, and patios. I tend to stay close to home on my nights out and I’m restricted by the budget of a writer, which means I’m well versed in the drink specials in our neighbourhood.

Here are some of my favourite spots and their best deals. I’ve got you covered for every night of the week.

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Food Porn: Lucky’s Tiramisu Doughnut

Image: Tiramisu bismarck at Lucky's

Image: Tiramisu bismarck at Lucky’s

This post is about the tiramisu bismarck at Lucky’s Doughnuts. We’d rather be having the tiramisu doughnut for breakfast right now than our usual porridge. Why? Because it’s a light-as-air yeast doughnut topped with fluffy mascarpone and dusted with cocoa powder; it might ascend were it not anchored down by the sinfully pleasurable goop known as coffee pastry cream. In contrast, our porridge is grey gruel – tedious, fibrous fuel – sweetened only by mouth-puckering out-of-season berries.

But how to justify buying one on a Tuesday, not even a weekend splurge day? Maybe if we bought a box of them, we could give them to a friend or colleague who would surely invite us to share one over a coffee. Better still, we could organize our next interview at Lucky’s and order one … to share, of course. OR: we could write a very short blog post about the tiramisu bismarck. Because if we did that, everyone at Kitsilano.ca would have to try one. It would be a blogger duty.

Nomnomnomnom.

Lucky’s Doughnuts, 2198 West 4th Avenue, 604.420.4901, Luckysdoughnuts.com

Meet the Revamped BiBo Pizzeria Con Cucina

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When I walk into BiBo Pizzeria Con Cucina late on Tuesday evening, I am immediately greeted by a charming young Italian couple. Andrea and Michela Bini are exactly what you expect of married Italian restaurant owners – excitable and hospitable, they usher me in and make me comfortable, ready to share their work, their stories, and, most importantly, their food.

Last year, BiBo reopened on Valentine’s Day after a change of ownership and two months of renovations. The new and improved interior is cozy and elegant, with red walls and brick accents, a black-and-white Italian movie playing above the bar, a giant mural of an actual street in Italy filling one corner, and shelves stocked with bottles and jars of sauces and spices. Andrea and Michela designed the interior themselves, but it seems like the change they are most proud of is the new patio. Although just big enough to fit two small tables, the large windows open wide in June for the entire restaurant to enjoy the fresh air and street view. Read more…

Studying for Exams? Where to Pull an All-Nighter in Kitsilano

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Image: Siegel’s Bagels

It’s that time of year again for Vancouver university students. During exams, real estate for your bum and books is hard to come by, especially in the wee hours of the night when you really, really need to be anywhere except your apartment. Kitsilano has a few cafes and restaurants that are open 24/7. Here’s where to geek it up at 3am. Read more…

5 Ways to Get Gardening in Kitsilano

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Herbs growing in a recycled wine box.

 

The cherry trees are blooming, the grass is growing, and those clever crows are getting really vocal. It’s springtime in Kitsilano and it’s also time to tend to your gardens, big and small. Here are 5 ways to get gardening in Kitsilano NOW. No matter what size your green space – a full garden or a few pots on the window sill – we’ve got you sorted. Read more…

Rain or Shine’s Awesome New Flavour Pairs Craft Beer + Ice Cream

Image: Rain or Shine Ice Cream

Image: Rain or Shine Ice Cream

Rain or Shine, Kitsilano’s small-batch ice cream shop which has caused a 10%* rise in foot traffic on West 4th, has a new seasonal ice cream flavour made with White IPA from Powell Street Craft Brewery. We were already fans of the suds. Now we have another reason to eat ice cream. Get it while it’s … cold.

102-1926 West 4th Avenue, (604) 428-7246, Rainorshineicecream.com

*denotes inexact figure

5 Underrated Coffee Shops in Kitsilano

Image: Culprit Coffee

Image: Culprit Coffee

As one of the world’s best cities for coffee, Vancouver knows how to brew the best cup, pair it with the perfect pastry, and serve it with a smile. I like to think that Kitsilano is at the forefront of our city’s coffee reputation. In a community of high-strung students and new families, fitness gurus and early risers, pretty young things and aspiring entrepreneurs, caffeine plays a major role in the lives of us Kits folk.

Whether to grab-and-go at the start of the day or labour over with a textbook, coffee is always in demand in Kits. We all have our favourite go-tos, and we all know the big guys (49th Parallel, Calhoun’s, Blenz), so I scoured the streets for a few spots that may unjustly fly under the radar sometimes.

Here are my top picks for underrated hidden gem coffee shops in Kitsilano. Read more…

Chocolate Arts Launches “Haute Chocolate” Service

Image: Chocolate Arts

Image: Chocolate Arts

We’re big fans of Chocolate Arts over here at Kitsilano.ca. The chocolate shop and café has come up with yet another irresistible reason to visit with the launch of their decadent, high -tea-inspired hot chocolate service: haute chocolate

The haute chocolate experience features a choice of three unique cocoas, a rotating selection of chocolates and pastries, and the option of either a house made marshmallow or whipped cream garnish. The service, priced at $15.95, is available from 3–5 pm Monday to Friday, with extended seating times running from 1 –5 pm on weekends. Reservations are recommended but not required. Read more…

Where to Find Great Pizza in Kitsilano

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When faced with an array of choices, you just can’t go wrong with the classic margherita pizza

A thin, blistered crust. Ovals of melted mozzarella. Sweet tomato sauce perfumed with basil. Before you get all slim and trim for the upcoming season, order a pizza, the ultimate comfort food, from one of these 5 great pizzerias in Kitsilano. Best to enjoy it guilt free.

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Best Bars To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Vancouver

Image: Irish Heather

Image: Irish Heather

When you think of going green in Vancouver, you’re usually referring to the city’s initiative to become the most eco-friendly city by 2020. On St. Patrick’s Day March 17, however, we’re talking about the best place to have a (possibly green) beer and celebrate all things Irish.

Here are the 5 best Irish pubs in Vancouver to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Looking for Kitsilano-specific celebrations? Use this list. Read more…