Food & Drink

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

4 Ways to Get Into the Christmas Spirit in Kits

Scrooged movie available at Limelight Video

Scrooged movie available at Limelight Video

One week left till Christmas. You’re not getting a chance to catch up on your Philips Snowcase Advent Calendar. Those items on your family’s wish lists are not even half crossed off. And people’s road rage is increasing at an alarming rate. Christmas is feeling a little bit bah humbug. Try one of these 4 ways to get into the Christmas spirit, and remember the wise words of Dr. Seuss, “What if Christmas…doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!

4 Ways to Get Into the Christmas Spirit in Kits

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Must Try Now: Mulled Wine Sorbet at Rain or Shine

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Image: Rain or Shine

Let’s face it: most Christmas party hosts overheat the mulled wine and burn off the booze anyway. So if you want all the spiced, burgundy goodness, without the let down of not having a buzz buffer during conversation with the boring guy in the ugly Christmas sweater, head to Rain or Shine. Their just-in mulled wine sorbet is like Christmas party in your mouth. And you don’t have to make small talk with what’s his face. Another festive alternative: rum and eggnog ice cream.

Rain or Shine, 102–1926 West 4th Ave., 604.428.7246, Rainorshineicecream.com

Christmas in Kits Gift Guide: 5 Delicious Ideas for Foodies

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These days, we’re obsessed with what we eat. Whether we’re hedonists or vegans or hedonistic vegans (hey, to each his/her own) we can’t stop talking about, photographing and writing about food.

Here are 5 tasty or tempting food-related gifts. With pictures.

5 Delicious Ideas for Foodies

1) Artisan sea salt from Vancouver Island Salt Company

Head to Vancouver Olive Oil Company for Canada’s first fleur de sel hand harvested off the coast of Vancouver Island. If you’re looking for more novelty than Canada’s first artisan sea salts, try their taste-bud-boggling variations such as balsamic vinegar or smoked sea salts.
VOCC, 2751 West Broadway, 604-737-7171, http://www.vooc.ca/
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5 Great First Date Restaurants in Kits

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First dates can be nerve-wracking enough without having to choose the perfect restaurant. Luckily, you have a wide range of fantastic, unique and romantic spots to choose from right in the neighborhood. While there are countless chefs that have put down roots in Kitsilano, we’ve put together a list of some of the brightest hidden gems guaranteed to wow your date.

5 Great First Date Restaurants in Kitsilano

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6 Best Places to Meet Santa in Vancouver

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Naughty or nice, giving your kid(s) the opportunity to sit on Santa Clause’s lap to discuss toy requests has to be one of the most memorable holiday experiences for them and you. Whether they screech at the site of the big guy or pull his beard to test if it’s real or not, photo ops of these moments are priceless. Here is our round-up of the 6 best places to meet Santa in Vancouver.

6 Best Places to Meet Santa in Vancouver

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Cool Thing We Want: BC Craft Beer Advent Calendar

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You know what they say, Christmas is the hop-hoppiest season of all. The craft-beer-themed gift we want to give and receive? A BC craft beer advent calendar. The original Beer Advent Calendar (known as the Snowcase) was first put out by Philips Brewery and featured 24 different brews. The case is available at various BC Liquor Stores.

We’re even more stoked about the Mystery Gift beer advent calendar colloaboration by hotshots Parallel 49 and Central City Brewers. It’s an assortment of 22 mystery craft beers from the breweries, plus two special collaboration beers.

“We did a sort of black forest cake beer. So it’s kind of a strong porter and we put cherries and cocoa nibs to get the chocolate flavor,” said Parallel 49 brewmaster Graham With.

Gary Lohin of Central City Brewers created a Belgian double style for the boozy present box.
“It’s a classic style and it uses a yeast that the monks use in Belgium and I also added rum soaked raisins in the beer, being the holiday time I thought that kind of fit, Christmas pudding style too,” he told CTV News.

The craft beer advent calendar sells for $74.95 a case and is available in government liquor stores across B.C. and parts of Alberta.

Rain or Shine Ice Cream Turns One

Ginger with caramelized pear. Image: Rain or Shine

Ginger with caramelized pear. Image: Rain or Shine

West 4th Avenue biz Rain or Shine just turned one. So we thought we’d give them the birthday gift of reminding readers that ice cream tastes delicious in the rain too. Rain or Shine is still rolling out those irresistible, limited-edition, seasonal flavours. Get a head start on your hibernation layers with better-than-cookie-dough brown butter snickerdoodle and sophisticated, peppery ginger with caramelized pear. For our vegan friends, there’s also a really lovely spiced apple sorbet. Don’t forget: ice cream is an ideal accessory for pie, crisps, cobblers, crumbles, waffles and more.  Or just go get a cone. Happy licking, folks.

Rain or Shine Ice Cream, 102-1926 West 4th Avenue, www.rainorshineicecream.com

4 Date Night Ideas in Kitsilano

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Mezze at Nuba

This weekend, take out that shy classmate, a new love met online, or your forever flame, and stay close to home in Kitsilano where there are many options for great date nights. Here we have four date night ideas for you that all incorporate a place to dine with an activity to partake in. As a bonus, you’ll only have to find and pay for parking once as each restaurant is within easy walking distance to the activity.

4 Date Night Ideas in Kitsilano

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