5 Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Jackson’s Meat & Deli

Image: Jackson's Meat & Deli

Image: Jackson’s Meat & Deli

One of our favourite spots for lunch in the neighbourhood, as well as a good old-fashioned butcher shop, Jackson’s Meat & Deli is a Kitsilano staple that’s been around for a long time and has no plans on ever leaving. Here are five things you didn’t know about this Kits gem.

1) History lesson

Jackson’s Meat and Deli, located at 2214 West 4th Ave., has resided at this location since 1911. The current owner, Chris Jackson, is the sixth generation of Jackson butchers, and he runs the shop with his wife, Shayna. Read more…

5 Fun Free Events in Vancouver this Weekend

Giants mural by OSGEMEOS, on Granville Island. Image Credit: Vancouverbiennale.com

Giants mural by OSGEMEOS, on Granville Island. Image Credit: Vancouverbiennale.com

Besides watching the 87th Academy Awards this Sunday night, what other plans do you have for this sunny weekend? We’ve rounded up 5 fun free events happening in Vancouver starting this Thursday through Sunday so take your pick and enjoy!

5 Fun Free Events in Vancouver this Weekend

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The Juicery Co Set To Open in Kitsilano

Image: The Juicery Co

Image: The Juicery Co

We heard this juicy news bite from KitsKitchen, Kitsilano’s small batch soup maker. The Juicery Co is opening a Kitsilano location at 3570 West 4th Avenue, a stone’s throw from our  long-time favourite Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe & Pie Shop.

If you haven’t heard about Juicery Co it’s likely because this family-run operation is located on the North Shore. Their products use entirely organic ingredients and they source locally whenever possible.  The retail shop will sell their bottled juices and nut mylks as well as smoothies, acai bowls, and soups from KitsKitchen. Read more…

Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade 2015

Image: Jakub Ha?un

Image: Jakub Ha?un

Baaa. It’s the year of the ram. You can celebrate the wooly mascot at the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Over 50,000 people come out every year for the vibrant event which includes 3,000 participants such as cultural dance troupes, marching bands and martial arts experts. The lion dancing, in particular, is a sight not to be missed. The event is free to attend and starts at 11am at the Chinatown gate. We’ve included the map below. In case you weren’t aware, our Chinatown is the largest in Canada. We support every effort to keep the historic  ‘hood relevant in the face of suburban flight. If you don’t feel like braving the crowds or the weather, you can still join in: they’ll broadcast it on Shaw TV live and again at 9pm. Read more…

Cool Thing We Want: Bacon Roses from West Broadway Meat & Co. for Valentine’s Day

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Regular roses? Snore. A reader tipped us off about bacon roses at West Broadway Meat & Co. One day later they were on CTV Morning Live. We’ll join the horde of gluttons out there whose idea of true love is a bouquet of crispy porker. They’re $22 a dozen, creative, good-looking, and tasty. They make a nice change from chocs. West Broadway Meat & Co. still has some left and can be reached at 604-733-2220 or via Facebook. Go make someone happy.

Anti-Valentine’s Day and Single’s Valentine’s Day Events in Vancouver

Image: Katie Bell

Image: Katie Bell

Many people in relationships will agree that Valentine’s Day is an annoying commercial carnival. But the fact is, most of them get involved in the party anyway. So what kind of party options are there for singles and/or haters?You can always book a solo session at Float House or try one of these three suggestions we dug up. Read more…

5 Shops to Get Sweet Valentine’s Treats in Kits

Valentine's cupcakes from Cupcakes. Image Credit: Cupcakesonline.com

Valentine’s cupcakes from Cupcakes. Image Credit: Cupcakesonline.com

Getting your Valentine a sweet treat this Saturday, Valentine’s Day, is easy in our Kitsilano neighbourhood. Whether your Valentine is your spouse, friend, grandma, sibling, or dog, these local shops have great choices for all (ok, maybe not for your dog, instead, go to the many available pet shops for your furry friend’s treats please :).

5 Shops to Get Sweet Valentine’s Treats in Kits

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Valentine’s Day Restaurant Specials in Kits

Image: Flickr user Salvadonica Borgo del Chianti

Image: Flickr user Salvadonica Borgo del Chianti

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the restaurants in Kitsilano are pulling out all the stops to make sure you and your special someone have a romantic day. These delicious eateries have lovingly crafted specially priced Valentine’s Day menus guaranteed to get things cooking between you and your date.

So whether you’re celebrating with your main squeeze or your best pal, reserve early, cozy up together and enjoy a good meal! Read more…

Free Family Fun this Long Weekend in Kits

Meet one of the 100 free-flying birds at the Bloedel Conservatory. Image Credit: Vandusengarden.org

Meet one of the 100 free-flying birds at the Bloedel Conservatory. Image Credit: Vandusengarden.org

This weekend is a long weekend due to that newish Family Day statutory holiday on Monday, February 9th. There are lots of free or almost free events happening nearby to make the most of a likely rainy few days. Check out the Winter Wander event in our Kitsilano neighbourhood, the Robson Square Ice Rink will be offering free skating with free skate rentals, plus we have a host of other activities listed below. Have fun!

Free Family Fun this Long Weekend in Kits

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