Kitsilano’s 99-B Bus Line Is The Most Crowded in Vancouver

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Image: Arnold C (User:Buchanan-Hermit)

TransLink has released the 2014 Bus Service Performance Review which has stats on the most overcrowded routes in 2014. Drum roll, please. The 99-B line which runs on Broadway through the heart of Kits up to UBC is the most crowded bus line in all of Vancouver.  17.3 million people crammed on board these buses last year. The buses on this route are full 43% of the time. Read more…

Vancouver Folk Music Festival Fun for Families

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Image: Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival goes down this weekend July 17-19 at Jericho Beach. Tickets are still available and the weather is going to be great. If you’re thinking about going, do. And bring along your kids. We’re spotlighting family fun at Kitsilano’s summer festivals, and Van Folk Fest goes all out.

Folk Fest is free for kids 12 and under. In addition to awesome local and international music (Said the Whale, Richard Thompson, La Gallera Social Club, Trampled by Turtles), kids get their own Little Folks Village with eco-friendly arts and crafts, story telling, face painting, and songwriting.

More details on kids’ activities at Vancouver Folk Festival below. Read more…

Bastille Day Party at Bistro Pastis July 14

 

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Image: Bistro Pastis

With Canada Day behind us, award-winning restaurateur, John Blakeley, invites you to celebrate Bastille Day at Bistro Pastis. For 16 years running, Blakeley pays homage to his home country with a celebratory menu. On July 14 Bistro Pastis is offering a $55 three-course price fixe menu. There will be live entertainment with French chanteuse, Pepper Really, who will lead guests in the signing of the French national anthem, La Marseillaise. That night, guests may enter to win a five-course catered dinner at home, hosted by Blakeley himself.

Reservations are recommended, visit bistropastis.com or phone 604.731.5020. Menu below:

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Best Bands at Khatsahlano Street Party July 11, 2015

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The Belle Game. Image: Khatsahlano

Khatsahlano is going down in Kitsilano Saturday, July 11. You’re probably looking at the line up at Vancouver’s biggest free music and art festival and feeling overwhelmed. Curated by Zulu Records, this is your chance to see the best bands of Vancouver’s music scene. From old school punk rockers to Pitchfork’s new darlings, here’s a last-minute cheat sheet to help you decide which bands to see and when.

Best Bands at Khatsahlano Street Party July 11, 2015

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Supermarine Officially Opens on Yew This Weekend

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Image: Mikel Ortega

Supermarine is officially open for business at 1685 Yew Street this weekend. The new 35-seat seafood restaurant by James Iranzad and Josh Pape has been serving a limited crowd of friends and family weeknights this week, but for the rest of us, it’s been hard to get through the door.

The restaurant is in the former Abigail’s Party space. Abigail’s was also an Iranzad affair. We’re hopeful Supermarine will be a smash hit, given that beaches need skilled seafood restaurants, and we’re short on them in Kits.

Jacob Deacon-Evans is the chef. He’s worked at Bishop’s and West, so he knows his stuff. The menu is imaginative and the plating is pretty. We’ve heard about tempura snow crab, reinvented vongole, lobster bao buns with black garlic bisque, and even a new spin on prawn cocktail. Read more…

4 Ways for Families to Enjoy the Khatsahlano Street Party

An entertainer at the Khatsahlano Street Party Family Zone. Image credit: Khatsahlano.com

An entertainer at the Khatsahlano Street Party Family Zone. Image credit: Khatsahlano.com

The ever-popular Khatsahlano Street Party is getting ready to rock the Kitsilano neighbhourhood this Saturday, July 11th, from 11am till 9pm. This is Vancouver’s largest annual free music and arts festival with thousands of people gathering along West 4th Avenue to enjoy over 50 musical performers, beer gardens, food, and many fun activities.

Considering the high temperatures, blasting amplifiers, and hordes of excited spectators, we’ve got a list here for you on how to enjoy (and survive) this super event with your kids.

4 Ways for Families to Enjoy the Khatsahlano Street Party

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Ryan Reynolds Put Nat’s New York Pizzeria in Forthcoming Deadpool Film

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Ryan Reynolds grew up kicking it in Kits. Part of his high school coming of age experience was hanging out in Nat’s New York Pizzeria (2684 W Broadway)  in Kitsilano in the 1990s. The Province reported that he’s paying back the owners by using their pies as props in his film Deadpool which was shooting in Vancouver. Nat’s Pizza was also served to cast and crew.

Nat’s New York Pizzeria is a family business by cousins Nat and Franco who came to Vancouver by way of New York. The pizza is a family recipe that nods to their Neapolitan ancestors but integrates NYC’s pizza style. The cousins are accustomed to famous fans. They get Canucks players in there regularly, as well as Danny DeVito and Charlize Theron. They’ve been voted best pizza in Canada by Flare magazine too. Expect an old school, comfort-food, movie night pie — the kid we all used to enjoy before the sticklers for Neapolitan authenticity took over the scene.

Why the Popularity of Laneway Homes in Vancouver Is Growing

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Guest post by Kenny Wong, the Operations and Marketing Manager for PHW Homes

Single detached home prices in Vancouver are the highest they have ever been and the most astronomical in Canada. With the average Vancouver home now priced at a cool $1 million and up, these prices don’t leave many options for the new prospecting home buyer or recent graduate student fresh out of school. Young families often find it exceedingly difficult to purchase their first home.

A rising solution to Vancouver’s housing woes has been something called laneway homes. A laneway house is a smaller, detached home, typically located where a garage is on a lot. Permits for laneway homes have increased every year since 2010, reaching 357 in 2014. Read more…

Cool Thing We Want: Chocolate Arts’ Ice Cream Sandwich

Image: Chocolate Arts

Image: Chocolate Arts

It’s cool alright. In fact, it’s frozen. In case you forgot that Chocolate Arts rolls out seasonal desserts, consider this a friendly reminder. Avalon milk and free range eggs enhance the intensely vanilla speckled ice cream. It sits on a solid brownie base. The whole shebang is adorned in dark chocolate. Next time you hear the ice cream truck, feel free to turn up your nose. You got better places to source those calories.

1620 W 3rd Ave., 604-739-0475, Chocolatearts.com