Written by janelle, October 01st, 2013 |Comments Off
Moule is one of those rare boutiques with something chic for everyone – women, men, kids and the home. For years, Moule was located in an airy, almost iconic space at West 4th and Maple, but this week they officially closed their Kitsilano location. Thankfully, they are neither gone for good nor moving far. They expect to open their South Granville location (at West 7th and Granville) very soon.
No need to wait until Thanksgiving to get your feast on. The annual fall food festival Feast of Fourth returns to Kitsilano October 1-13, 2013. The festival is the initiative of West 4th BIA. The goal is to spotlight restaurants and specialty food and bev shops on West 4th Avenue with a series of special events such as ticketed dinners, special pairing menus, tasting tours etc. Your favourite Kitsilano restaurants (Fable, Tractor, Romers Burger Bar, O5 Tea, Sushi Bella) are participating.
Written by Taraneh, September 27th, 2013 |Comments Off
You don’t turn down an invitation to judge the International Chocolate Awards. The Canadian National Competition took place in Vancouver this week, and let’s just say after savouring over 40 truffles, ganaches, bars and pralines, I’m steering clear of Hershey’s “chocolate” for good. I also feel an urge to gargle pretzels and binge on charcuterie.
The International Chocolate Awards are a relatively new international competition, established in 2012 by Brits by Martin Christy of Seventy% and Kate Johns of Chocolate Week. In 2013, the competition has expanded to include the Americas and Europe with individual competitions in Italy and Israel. The World Final takes place in London Oct. 15-18.
Get a sneak peek inside the International Chocolate Awards and find out who won after the jump. Read more…
Written by Taraneh, September 26th, 2013 |Comments Off
Here’s a good reason to venture outside of Kits this weekend: Science World has free admission Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. With regular admission rates of $15.25-$28.50, free admission has a real impact on your family’s entertainment budget.
Free admission is the kick-off event for Science World’s month-long celebration “Around the Dome in 30 Days.” Around the Dome activities and events are designed to bring the community together to showcase and explore the science and technology all around us. Browse the full schedule here.
If you haven’t been to Science World since the $35-million reno, head on over. We’re particularly keen on the outdoor sustainability-focused Ken Spencer Science Park. Plant a seed, meet a chicken, move a bus and lift one year’s worth of waste off the ground! Then take a break and watch a science show on our outdoor stage
Smith Residence (1983) by Daniel Evan White – See the upcoming exhibition about this local architect at the MOV. Photo credit: Danielevanwhite.ca
Rain is upon us but don’t despair! Here are 5 family-friendly, indoor activities for a drizzly day in Kitsilano:
5 Indoor, Family-friendly Activities for a Rainy Day in Kitsilano
1. A spot of tea.
Enjoy family-friendly afternoon tea with freshly baked scones, decadent mini-cakes, and fancy porcelain. Two spots to try are Neverland Tea Salon, which has just opened on 3066 West Broadway, and raw food & vegan cafe Indigo Food on 2589 West 16th Avenue.
2. Museum wander.
Visit a local cultural institution and discover something new about our neighbourhood’s history. Try out the Museum of Vancouver (while there, pick up the self-guided tour worksheets to keep the kids entertained), the Vancouver Maritime Museum, or the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum – which is housed in Vancouver’s oldest building dating back to 1865. A little farther up the road on the UBC campus, you’ll find the renowned Museum of Anthropology. Their big fall exhibit is The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011, with Frida Kahlo and more, from October 25. Read more…
British Columbia knows apples. Every year the province grows 25 percent of Canada’s apples in over 200 varieties. Stats are no fun unless you get to taste. The annual UBC Apple Festival October 19-20 at UBC Botanical Garden offers families the chance to do that and more.
The UBC Apple Festival is one of the most eagerly-anticipated Vancouver harvest events. The family-friendly schedule features fun activities such as:
5 Activities and Events at UBC Apple Festival
1) An apple tasting tent with over 60 varieties of new and heritage apples grown in BC
2) A Children’s Area with stations for crafts, face painting, games and story telling Read more…
Today’s column takes a look the “If you build it, they will come,” phenomenon popularized by the 1989 baseball drama Field of Dreams. An interesting graphic was circulating on Twitter last week showing the dramatic increase in cycling in New York City, and a simultaneous increase in bike lanes.
The implication in the subsequent discussion was that the increase in cycling was related to the increase in bike lanes. There have been similar discussions about increases in cycling in other cities, such as Seattle and London, and the increase in bike lanes in those cities. Read more…
Written by Taraneh, September 20th, 2013 |Comments Off
In need of a Friday chuckle? Vancouver-based columnist Guy Saddy, who writes a piece for Elle Canada every month, has used his word count to apply for CEO of Lululemon. As you probably know, and definitely should know, Lululemon headquarters are in Kits in the former bottling company at 1818 Cornwall; the Lululemon flagship store is on West 4th in Kits.
Lululemon corporate culture doesn’t have as much give as their signature stretchy pants. Employees adhere to the “Lululemon manifesto” (a bit creepy?) which dictates an employees breathing, sweating, outlook and so much more.
We’ve culled Saddy’s best witticisms and snarkiest digs below: Read more…
Autumn is here. Let’s pretend the next 6 months are not going to be rainy and gloomy. Instead, let’s celebrate the colourful, warm, and jovial aspects of this season by giving one or more of the following activities in Kitsilano a try. From harvest fun to cultural happenings, here are five fun things to do in Kitsilano in fall:
5 Fun Fall Activities in Kitsilano
1) Fall Foliage
Take a stroll through one of Kitsilano’s 17 beautiful parks to watch the leaves change into vibrant colours. Breathe in the cool fresh air. Soon the last remaining tourists will return home and you’ll have these wonderful places all to yourself again. Don’t forget your umbrella. Vancouver Park Board – Kitsilano Parks, Vancouver.caRead more…
Kitsilano neighbourhood is seeing a growth in the number of laneway houses going up in our fair alleyways. Laneway houses are a way to get out of living in the basement suite in neighbourhoods with a high proportion of single family homes. They’re favoured by the City of Vancouver because they’re green and they create diverse housing opportunities without ruining streetscapes.
If you’re considering building a laneway home, first check out Homes and Living’s cutting-edge laneway home being unveiled and auctioned for charity at Interior Design Show West (IDSWest) on September 21.
Designed by Gaile Guevara of Modern604 and built by Alair Homes, the 516ft laneway home offers a sophisticated, contemporary take on small space living. The value of the laneway home currently exceeds $500,000 in donated design, engineering and building services and you have the opportunity to buy it with the proceeds going to a good cause. Read more…