Build Your Children’s Library at Kidsbooks’ Annual Sale

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Natalia Makarenko Website: Image: Plum leaves.

Kidsbooks, the independent bookstore on Broadway devoted to young readers, is hosting its annual 20% off Sale January 22 – 25. This Kitsilano institution has an awesome selection of books for kids, teens and parents, as well as fun and educational games, crafts and toys. A super place to stock up on great reads any time of the year, it’s even better during their sale. Read more…

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 2015: Where and What To Sip Sweetly in Kits


January is a snore. That’s why they make up ridiculously indulgent events like Dine Out and Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival to help you endure it. Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, now in its fifth year, commences January 17 and ends February 14. 25 Vancouver cafes, patisseries, chocolateries and bakeries have concocted over 50 special drinking chocolates for the event. They range from enticing and rich to palate-boggling and bizarre.

In Kitsilano, the participants are 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters + Lucky’s Doughnuts, Chocolate Arts, Terra Breads and Thomas Haas.

From wasabi hot chocolate with a sesame florentine at Chocolate Arts to caramelized hazelnut and almond butter infused choc at Thomas Haas, here are the Kitsilano Hot Chocolate Festival menus. Read more…

Vancouver Fitness Deals to Jump-Start Your New Year

LadysportWhether you’ve resolved to take up a new sport, run a personal best in the Sun Run, get buff, or take better care of your health, these grey days may be dampening your enthusiasm. Buying a daily deal for a local gym or class will give you a taster of what they offer, save you some money and keep you motivated once you’re back in your routine.

Here are four fitness deals in Kitsilano and nearby businesses you might want to try. Read more…

5 Things to Do In and Around Kits this Weekend

Tom Brady Image: Wikipedia Commons

Tom Brady Image: Wikipedia Commons

Step out of the dreary fog and into a warm, inviting spot in our neighbourhood for some great food, entertainment, and fun this weekend. From watching NFL playoffs in good company to live music at MOV, here are 5 things to do in and around Kits this weekend.

5 Things to Do In and Around Kits this Weekend

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Metro Vancouver Gas Prices Dip Below $1.00

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Metro Vancouver gas prices  just dropped below $1.00 per litre for the first time in six years. A year ago, the same fuel cost $1.28. As long as there is a surplus of oil in the world, prices will remain low. The current surplus is not expected to disappear for several months. You can check out where to find the cheapest gas in Vancouver using GasBuddy.

Restaurant Review: Bienvenue to the Neighbourhood, Au Comptoir!

Image: Au Comptoir

Image: Au Comptoir

There’s a new addition to the Fourth Avenue line-up of delectable restaurants and as you may have guessed from the name, it is a classic Parisien café. Au Comptoir, which is situated between Vine and Yew, is a new Kitsilano neighbourhood gem which will quickly join your regular rotation of favourite resturants. If you’ve spent time in France, you’ll think they’ve nailed it. They should have, the founding partners Julian Aubin (of  Les Faux Bourgeois) and Maxime Bettili (of Acorn) are French. If you haven’t, consider the experience immensely pleasurable training.

We visited Au Comptoir for dinner on a Friday night and were seated at the stunning zinc bar. The restaurant does not take reservations and had a full house for dinner, so be prepared to wait. It’s been like that since they opened doors in late 2014. Alternatively, check them out for breakfast or lunch.

With a beautiful and intimate space, the ambiance at Au Comptoir is warm, friendly and decidedly French. After indulging in some spectacular foie gras, we ordered duck l’orange and grilled striploin from a menu full of classically French dishes with modern elements. We were also impressed with the French wines available by the glass. It’s not so easy to find Loire Valley vin in this town. Read more…

6,000 Intellectuals Descend on Vancouver for the 130th MLA Conference Jan. 8-11


If you’ve noticed an upsurge in tweed blazers and hounds tooth glasses milling about the city recently, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a logical explanation. The annual MLA (Modern Language Association) Convention is in town, bringing over 6,000 attendees from around the world into Vancouver for the weekend.

All sorts of writers, professors, philosophers, and the like are descending upon downtown Vancouver for the conference running January 8-11 at the Vancouver Convention Center. Everybody who is anybody in the language and literature world is here, presenting in over 500 panels over four days, on topics ranging from “The Science of Memory” to “Immigration and Comics.” Many UBC and SFU professors and students (including me) are involved in the action. Read more…

Target Canada Disaster: Brand May Pull Out of Canada after $2.1 Billion In Losses


Have you made the pilgrimage to Target Canada only to find the prices aren’t that low and the stuff isn’t that great? You also may have noticed that the shelves are empty – Target Canada has been dealing with insufficient inventory issues. Whatever your complaint, you’re not alone. After $2.1 billion in losses since its involvement in Canada in 2011, when Target bought out 133 Zeller’s stores, Target may be ready to call it quits in the Canadian market. Newly appointed Target CEO Brian Cornell, former Walmart exec, will make the announcement about major business changes February 25. Retail analyst Brian Sozzi wrote in a MSN Money post that Target may sell its worst performing locations to Walmart.

What is it they say? Expect less, pay more?

Did you shop at Target Canada over the holiday season? What are your thoughts?

Hungry? Kitsilano Brunch Crawl Goes Down January 18


Canada’s largest food and drink festival Dine Out Vancouver returns January 16-February 1, and tickets have just gone on sale. Dine Out gives diners the chance to savor deeply discounted meals at over 250 Vancouver restaurants. Participating restaurants create unique three-course menus priced at $18, $28 or $38 per person. Many Kitsilano restaurants are participating again. But beyond the set-price menu appeal, Dine Out also means a lot of one-of-a-kind culinary events. And that’s what really gets us excited. Read more…