How Kitsilano.ca Became a Blog – Q&A With Founder Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis. Kitsilano.ca founder

Rob Lewis. Kitsilano.ca founder

Today is our 10 year anniversary. Feel free to make some noise.

Most people don’t know how the Kitsilano.ca blog began or what its purpose is. We are not the neighbourhood BIA. We are a simple community blog. Our goal is to cover the neighbourhood beat. We do so thanks to many talented volunteer contributors who share their tips and experiences from all walks of Kitsilano life.

When it all began, February 1, 2005, there were only a couple of guys who needed beer money. Meet Rob Lewis: the guy who founded Kitsilano.ca.

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10 Things We Love/Don’t Love About Kits

Image: Wikipedia Commons

Image: Wikipedia Commons

Every romance has its foibles. In honour of our 10 year anniversary today, February 1, we’ve collected a list of 10 things we love and really don’t love about living in Kitsilano.  All of our Kitsilano.ca bloggers have pitched in. Read more…

Where to Watch Super Bowl XLIX in Kitsilano?

superbowl-xlix_home_pageThis is it. It’s down to one game. Super Bowl XLIX takes place this Sunday, February 1. So where are you going to watch the Seahawks take on the Patriots?

Even if you really like your couch, the beery, brunch-y camaraderie of a pub full of roaring fans adds an undeniable thrill. Pub viewing also gives you the chance to debate the merits of Super Bowl commercials with a stranger.

Here are a few places to watch Super Bowl XLIX in Kitsilano. Tell us where you’re going to watch by commenting below! Read more…

10 Businesses in Kits That Are Older Than 10

The Naam. Image: Ruth Hartnup

The Naam. Image: Ruth Hartnup

Guess what? Kitsilano.ca’s 10 year anniversary is coming up February 1. We’re doing a series of anniversary posts over the next few days to celebrate our history in the Kitsilano community. We started with a look at the Then and Now Kitsilano photo series . Our second anniversary post is “10 Businesses in Kits That Are Older Than 10.”

This post is dedicated to the other grizzled oldtimers in Kits who predate yoga pants (okay fine, Lululemon was founded in 1998), we meant predate Whole Foods (2007) and have made our borough a better place for over a decade.

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Kitsilano Then and Now (Photos)

Greer's Beach, 1896. Image: Vancouver Archives

Greer’s Beach, 1896. Image: Vancouver Archives

Guess what? Kitsilano.ca’s 10 year anniversary is coming up February 1. We’re doing a series of anniversary posts over the next few days to celebrate our history in the Kitsilano community. Our first anniversary post is on Vancouverite Andrew Farris and his Then and Now photo series.

We often turn to the Vancouver Archives for snapshots of Kitsilano’s past. Farris’s Then and Now photo series makes the vintage photo experience more intense because he features exact locations in two time frames (past and present). When you hover over the image you see the dramatic scene change. Read more…

5 Rainy Day Activities for Bored Grown-ups in Kits

Image: Wikipedia Commons

Arts Club Theatre. Image: Wikipedia Commons

Living in Vancouver, we’re used to getting our fair share of rain. While the lack of snow this season has been notable, this mild winter has been wetter than ever. Don’t let it put a damper on your day – Kitsilano is chock-full of fun indoor activities – and they’re not just for kids! Try these sure-fire ways to have fun, stay dry and avoid cabin fever! Read more…

New Vancouver Craft Beer Website Tells You Where You Can Fill Your Growler

Image: Flickr user butch

Image: Flickr user butch

The craft beer scene in Vancouver keeps growing. It’s not easy to keep up with who’s doing what and where to buy their suds. Enter Growlerfill.ca, a website which hopes to make satisfying your next beer craving even easier. How? They show you which breweries in Vancouver offer growler fills, when they offer them and how much they cost. And we all know craft beer tastes better fresh from the tap. Read more…

In The Soup! Chatting with KitsKitchen Founders Joni & Amy

Image: kitskitchen

Image: kitskitchen

Vancouver, especially Kitsilano, is all about innovative healthy lifestyles. Our neighbourhood is home to many young entrepreneurs who practice exactly what they preach when it comes to sustainable and health-conscious choices. Joni Lind and Amy Kizaki, founders of KitsKitchen, a  small batch soup company, are two perfect examples. Forward-thinking, environmentally-aware, fitness-obsessed and innovative, their start up is all about making delicious and detoxifying food readily available for all of us. Read more…