Written by Kitsilano.ca staff, November 17th, 2014 |No Comments »
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 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.
Written by Kitsilano.ca staff, November 12th, 2014 |No Comments »
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
If you’re indulging in a little Halloween candy, make it good. We’re dying to give our special someone the Day of the Dead chocolate skulls at Purdy’s. They scream ghoulish fiesta and come in milk chocolate and dark chocolate. We’re dead certain you’ll like them.
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.
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