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Pregnancy Shopping Guide for Kitsilano

Find nursery decor ideas at Stepback on West Broadway

Find vintage nursery decor ideas at Stepback on West Broadway

In September, more babies are born than in any other month of the year. Must have something to do with that wintery, romantic December month… Whether you are expecting next month or next year, or have a friend of family member who is, Kitsilano is the perfect place to shop for all that mom and baby require. Here’s our round up:

Pregnancy Shopping Guide for Kitsilano

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Harvest Haus Oktoberfest is Coming to Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, Oct. 2-5

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Prepare to essen well and raise your beer stein with a rousing prost. Vancouver has a new way to celebrate Oktoberfest at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, which hosts annual the German-style Christmas Market. Harvest Haus Oktoberfest takes place there October 2-5, 2014.

Harvest Haus, presented by The Social Concierge and Wet Ape Productions, intends to bring the feeling of an old world European harvest festivals to Vancouver, making our West Coast city into a “mini Münich.”

It’s the first time this event has taken place, and we’re all interested in exactly what kind of harvest bounty is on offer. Here’s what we know. There will be German-themed noshes including pretzels, spätzle, brezen, bratwürst, schnitzel and sauerkraut prepared with locally harvested ingredients. There will also be a traditional Swiss-style chocolatier tempting the crowds with his delights.

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5 Good Burritos in Kitsilano

Carne Asada Burrito from Chronic Tacos

Carne Asada Burrito from Chronic Tacos

A neatly wrapped flour tortilla stuffed with rice, beans, lettuce, salsa, guacamole, cheese, sour cream, and a favourite meat or vegetable mix – that’s what we call a “burrito” (actually meaning “little donkey” in Spanish). Originating from Northern Mexico or possibly California, the burrito makes for an easy meal anytime of day.

While we don’t exactly have great burritos in Kitsilano (you’ll probably need to venture outside of our neighbourhood boundaries for that, as in, head down to California or Mexico yourself), we do have a choice of some pretty good ones.

5 Good Burritos in Kitsilano

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Kitsilano Summer Bucket List

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It seems like only yesterday that we were anticipating the warm weather and long lazy evenings of summer, and now we are already being bombarded with back to school deals and rainy afternoons. But instead of looking too far ahead and dreading the gray skies looming around the corner, let’s revel in the moment and create a last minute Summer Bucket List. Here are our five Kits summer must-dos that you absolutely have to make time for in the next couple weeks:

 Kitsilano Summer Bucket List

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Itinerary: The Perfect Summer Day in Kits

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Image: 3dpete

It’s August and that back to school feeling is looming. It’s more important than ever to make every summer day count. How do you spend the perfect summer day in Kits?

Here’s one sweet itinerary. Read more…

How to Become an Urban Beekeeper in Vancouver

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Did you know that the City of Vancouver encourages urban beekeeping? The buzz on the street says beekeeping creates a sustainable urban ecology, facilitating pollination for plants in gardens, which leads to better veggie/fruit production. In fact, there have been two bee hives on the roof of City Hall since 2010.

If you’re already an avid gardener and are looking for your next hobby, this one is pretty neat. You get a swarm of tiny new friends who do essential work for the planet with a  liquid gold byproduct. But keeping bees requires some know how and infrastructure. So here’s what you need to embark:

How to Become an Urban Beekeeper in Vancouver

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4 Budget-Friendly Eats in Kitsilano

Wraps at Al Basha Restaurant in Kitsilano

Wraps at Al Basha Restaurant in Kitsilano

Have house prices in Kitsilano made you re-consider your monthly budget plan? Is your landlord about to give you the yearly rent increase notice? Already taken that splurge-worthy vacay?

Perhaps it’s time to start saving some cash. Try one of these 4 budget-friendly restaurants in Kitsilano for your next bite, without having to sacrifice for quality and taste.

4 Budget-Friendly Eats in Kitsilano

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Kitsilano Community Gardens Fight to Survive CP Rail Evictions

Maple Community Garden

Maple Community Garden

Many community gardens in the city, including our own award-winning Maple Community Garden and Cypress Community Garden, are facing imminent crisis as Canadian Pacific has issued a notice that much of the gardens be dismantled by July 31 in order to make way for track maintenance.

On Saturday July 26, from 11am-5pm, a the gardens are throwing a garden party to draw awareness to the issue and celebrate the long life of these community gardens. The event takes place between Maple and Fir along the 6th Avenue railway tracks. This could very likely be a final hurrah for the community of passionate gardeners that have called this spot home for years. A BBQ will be provided for anyone to use, there will be plant seed giveaways, music, veggies, and a mini market. Harvest and Garden Tours will take place at 1pm and 3pm, and there will be a Seed Saving Workshop at 2pm. This event is open to the public of all ages, including pets, and is free. Be sure to stop by to show your support for a lovely Kitsilano landmark. Read more…