Soup Resets Are The New Juice Cleanse. Enter Kits Kitchen – Kitsilano’s New Small Batch Soup Maker

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Image: KitsKitchen

It’s January. Daily treats like chocolates and mulled wine and cookies are no longer acceptable. We’re being bombarded with coverage of juice cleanses and workout classes, not to mention friends complaining about the fit of their pants.

If you have ever tried a juice cleanse, you know that whether or not you think they work, you will feel rather low energy in the middle. Enter KitsKitchen‘s 48-hour soup reset. It’ heartier. It’s warmer. In short, it sounds more tempting.

KitsKitchen is a Kitsilano-based small batch soup company that uses organic and local ingredients. Their soups are available online as well as at Greens Organic Market. Read more…

Waterfront Kitsilano Home Crowned Most Expensive in the Entire Province

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If you’re feeling masochistic and wish to torture yourself with Vancouver real estate prices, here’s a fun fact. The most expensive house in all of British Columbia is located right here in Kits.

According to B.C. Assessment Authority’s report released Jan. 2, 2015, Chip Wilson’s waterfront, single-family home on Point Grey Road is valued at $57.5 million. The home boasts a massive 30,600 square feet, has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, and both indoor and outdoor infinity-edge pools. It was built on three waterfront lots. Wilson hosted a live performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers there. Read more…

Where ‘The Interview’ Was Filmed in Vancouver

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The U.S. was on the receiving end of North Korea’s fury over the release of The Interview thought up and directed by  Vancouver natives Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. As VanCityBuzz pointed out, they probably should have been blaming Canada.

Not only was The Interview created by Vancouverites, it was also entirely filmed here in Vancouver on a $44-million production budget using Canadian talent from October to December 2013. Film locations included CBC’s Vancouver studios, The Ascot Lounge in Gastown and in Robson Square Law Courts, which were designed by Erickson, as Kim Jong-un’s presidential palace. Ha! Details and hilarious photos of filming locations from here.

4 Last Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas for All Ages

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How about some pizza from Rocky Mountain Flatbread on New Year’s Eve?

Missed out on those Mount Seymour or Chambar NYE tickets? Don’t despair, and no need to stay home either. Here are 4 last minute NYE ideas for all ages, two of which are in our lovely Kitsilano neighbourhood.

4 Last Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas

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Get Warm! Best Noodle Soup in Kits

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Image: Terry Robinson

While the cold we experience here in Vancouver is nothing compared to our neighbours in the east, it tends to be in the kind of cold that seeps into your coat and under your clothes, chilling you to the core. Our solution? Noodle soup – and lots of it! Tried and tested by yours truly, here are our favourite places to get noodle soup in Kits. Read more…

Find Your Swimsuit! Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Is Back January 1, 2015

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If you keep one New Year’s resolution, let it be this one. The annual Vancouver Polar Bear Swim returns January 1, 2015. Its been going down every year since 1920. How to participate? Head to English Bay Beach (1790 Beach Avenue) on he first day of the new year. The nippy ice water dip takes place at 2:30pm. Since thousands participate, you’ll probably want to be a bit early. Registration begins at 12:30 at English Bay Bathhouse.

It’s free to freeze your tuckus off. Some even find it fun. We hear it’s a good hangover cure.

Bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and Cactus Club Café will give you a free coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

Family-Style Thai New Year’s Eve Feast at Maenam, December 31

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Image: Maenam

Gather your friends. Maenam’s Chef Angus An is preparing a tempting, Thai-style, New Year’s Eve feast December 31. The dinner is $60 a head for four courses served family-style. You can add their suggested wine pairings, which we generally think is a good idea when you’re dealing with a worthy establishment like Maenam. Afterall, The NYTimes thinks they deserve an international shout-out.

What’s on the menu? Fresh local seafood, intense curries, bright fruits and veg followed by refreshingly light desserts. There is a vegetarian version. We’ve put the menu below. Call to 604-730-5579 to book.

Maenam, 1938 W. 4th Ave., 604-730-5579, Maenam.ca

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10 Vintage Photos of Christmas in Vancouver

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L.D. Taylor and Katherine Federici sitting in Granville Mansion living room at Christmas; 1930. Image: Vancouver Archives

You know, because maybe Christmas Past seems a bit cozier than Christmas Present. Our picks for 10 fun vintage photos of Christmas in Vancouver. They span from 1898 to 1983. Read more…

5 New Year’s Eve Parties in Kitsilano

Believe it or not, Christmas is this week, and New Year’s is not far behind. That means you’ve got to start making your big NYE plans now, as all the best spots to celebrate will fill up quickly. There are lots of fun ways to ring in the new year, whether it’s a dinner party, a cozy night at home, or a fancy shindig out on the town.

We’ve compiled a list of the best bars and restaurants in Kits hosting awesome New Years Eve events, so that you can have the perfect party excitement without having to dress up too much or venture too far. Read more…

Genius Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer: Vancouver Farmers Market Tokens

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We’re not overselling these Vancouver Farmers Market tokens when we say they’re a happy, nourishing gift everyone will love.  Scoop up a handful at the Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey stadium or order online. You can use at all the markets, including Kitsilano Farmers Market, all year round.

Saturdays until Apr. 25 (closed Dec 27), Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium, www.atlocal.org