Food & Drink

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

Mezze at Nuba

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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4 Excellent November Events in Kitsilano

Corey W. Moraes Spirit Rain Boots for the MOV Artware exhibit. Photo credit: Corey W. Moraes

Corey W. Moraes Spirit Rain Boots for the MOV Artware exhibit. Photo credit: Corey W. Moraes

November may seem like a dreary, wet month, but there are some wonderful events happening in Kitsilano over the next several weeks. Check out our list below for 4 excellent November events in Kitsilano. And don’t forget about daylight savings time ending (which means you gain an extra hour) on Sunday, November 2nd – an added perk for the month. Read more…

300+ Spirits to Sip at Vancouver Hopscotch Festival Nov. 17-23

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Do you celebrate your victories with a tumbler of Scotch? If yes, perk up.  Hopscotch, the festival for dedicated whisky connoisseurs, returns to the PNE Forum in Vancouver November 17-23. Ranked one of the 10 best drinking festivals in the world by MSN Travel, the festival has expanded from a tasting hall to a super impressive Grand Tasting Hall with a slew of other satellite events including whisky dinners, classes, cigar smoke outs and even a Jack Daniels themed hoe down. Read more…

4 Great French Restaurants and Cafes in Kitsilano

Linh Cafe's Three Chocolate Mousse

Linh Cafe’s Three Chocolate Mousse dessert

With the highly anticipated Au Comptoir restaurant & cafe opening up this weekend (in the old Take Five Cafe space across from Whole Foods on West 4th Avenue), Kitsilano is adding another French dining spot to its list. Before we go and try this new Parisian brasserie, let’s review 4 great French restaurants & cafes in Kitsilano right now.

4 Great French Restaurants & Cafes in Kitsilano

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5 Free Things to Do in Kitsilano This Weekend

The Amanita muscaria mushrooms seen in our neighbourhood this time of year.

The Amanita muscaria mushrooms seen in our neighbourhood this time of year.

Fairytale mushrooms are cropping up along sidewalk edges, acorns and chestnuts are scattered in the grass, and in the gardens, dark plumes of unpicked kale threaten to overcome those tender perennials.

We could suggest fungi foraging. We could list acorn coffee or chestnut cake recipes. Or how about 100 ways to consume kale and still enjoy it? Nah. Instead, try one or more of these 5 free (or almost free) things to do in Kitsilano this weekend. And please, leave those pretty red toadstools alone and let the mycologist do the picking.

5 Free Things to Do in Kitsilano This Weekend

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Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 3: Dunbar-Southlands

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Find nostalgic treats at Butter Baked Goods on Dunbar Street

Over the last few weeks we’ve brought you recommendations on what to see, eat, and buy in some of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods that border Kitsilano, including the West Point Grey and The Armoury District areas. For this week, take a look at a neighbourhood where time has stood relatively still and with a community that is fiercely committed to holding on to its relics, including a retro theatre, several bookshops, antique stores, and even horse stables. Welcome to the Dunbar-Southlands neighbourhood.

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 3: Dunbar-Southlands

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Must Drink Now: Seasonal Pumpkin Beers at Darby’s Liquor Store

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Darby’s Liquir Store has a shelf full of pumpkin craft beers. Act fast, before they’re gone and pumpkin season passes you by.

  • Red Racer Spiced Pumpkin Ale
  • Parallel 49 Beer Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter
  • Parallel 49 Beer Schadenfreude Pumpkin
  • Russell Brewing Pumpkin Jack
  • Phillips Crooked Tooth Pumpkin Ale
  • Phillips Crooked-er Tooth Pumpkin Ale

Darby’s has expanded their liquor delivery service. You can get your pumpkin beer delivered  7 days a week from 3:30pm to 11:00pm. Call 604-731-8750.