Best Burger Restaurants in Kitsilano

Moderne Burger's burger and fries. Image credit: Moderneburger.com

Moderne Burger’s burger and fries. Image credit: Moderneburger.com

Unless you are willing to brave these windy, rainy, and chilly nights out on your patio, the BBQ season seems to be officially over. But don’t despair. You can still grab a juicy burger from one of these great restaurants, right here in Kitsilano.

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Kits History Lesson: Olympia Pizza – A Local Eatery Since 1967

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We got this photo of Olympia Pizza in the 1990s by way of Shop West Broadway. It reminded us to give a shout out to one of Kitsilano’s oldest restaurants, and the tenacious Kitsilano Greek community. In 1967, six brothers from the Greek island of Evia had a vision of opening up an authentic home-style eatery in Kits. Their vision came true and Olympia Pizza was born. Check out their pizzas, classic Greek dishes (our favourites), and other specials here. They deliver.

3205 West Broadway, 604) 732-5334, Olympiapizzakits.com

It’s Closing Time for the Molson Brewery in Kitsilano

Image: Molson

Image: Molson

The recent announcement of the sale of the iconic Molson Brewery, located at the south end of the Burrard Street Bridge, is raising questions about the fate of this prime Kitsilano land.

Vancouver’s burgeoning craft brewing industry has contributed to Molson Coors’ decision to cease its beer bottling operations in December 2014 – and ultimately to this sale. The sale of the 55-year-old brewery is speculated to be approximately $200 million.

The 500,000-square-foot brewery is the largest in Western Canada. It has a production capacity of over 2.2 million hectolitres of beer per year, or about 600 million cans. It sits on 7.6 acres of valuable Kitsilano real estate. To the west it is bordered by Burrard Street and the bridge; to the north is Squamish Nation traditional territory; on the south sits the Seaforth Armoury; and to the east is the end-of the-line for the 11-kilometre long Arbutus rail corridor. Read more…

Family Toy and Clothing Sale at Kitsilano Community Centre, Nov. 15

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Kitsilano Community Centre will hold their annual Family Toy and Clothing Sale on Sunday, November 15.  Here’s your chance to clear your closet, or shop for inexpensive kids’ clothes and toys before the holidays.

If you want to set up a vendor table, it’s $20. If you want to shop the sale, admission is free.  All vendors must register in person, starting at 9am. The sale runs 10am to 1pm.

2690 Larch Street, http://kitscc.com

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

Image: Live Kitsilano

Image: Live Kitsilano

Looking for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this weekend. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the real estate porn. Read more…

Vancouver To Celebrate 2016 with Free New Year’s Fireworks Party

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Things are looking up. The world has the hots for our new Prime Minister, and Vancouver will have free New Year’s fireworks for 2016. For the first time in over a decade, Vancouverites of all ages are invited downtown to take in the dazzling pyrotechnics on New Year’s.

The Vancouver New Year’s party will include live music, entertainment and a countdown to 2016, culminating in blasts of midnight fireworks.

As reported by Inside Vancouver: “Vancouver is known throughout the world for its lively streets, vibrant community events and festivals,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson, “the free New Year’s Eve community celebration will be an exciting way to kick off the year ahead. It’s fantastic to see community partners and sponsors coming together to help Vancouver ring in the new year with a fantastic line-up of local entertainment, live music, fireworks, and family-friendly celebrations. The countdown is on for one of Vancouver’s best New Year’s Eves yet.”

Rain or Shine Ice Cream Turns 2 and Celebrates with Deals on Treats

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Rain or Shine Ice Cream is turning two and celebrating with deals starting Friday, November 6. The specials run through Tuesday, November 10. Because artisan ice cream doesn’t exactly run cheap, these are deals worth taking advantage of. $7 pints will make Friday movie night more fun. $2 kids cones on Saturday means you can bring the whole family. Full list above. Note that the most recent seasonal flavors were pumpkin pie, apple pie, apple cider, carrot cake, Four Winds porter, and brown butter snickerdoodle.

102–1926 West 4th Ave,  604.428.7246, Rainorshineicecream.com

Early Snowfall Brings Happiness to B.C. Ski Resorts

Image: Whistler Blackcomb

Image: Whistler Blackcomb

Last year was terrible, but the 2015-2016 ski season is looking good. Winter is already arriving on hills around British Columbia, raising hopes for ski operators.

As reported by Global News, Vancouver’s local mountains in the North Shore got their first snow snow of the season, with 7 centimetres falling over the weekend. Nearly 30 centimetres of snow has blanketed the Whistler-Blackcomb resort north of Vancouver, while Big White, near Kelowna, says 29 centimetres fell. Read more…

Learn How To Make Holiday Treats at Chocolate Arts, Nov. 21 & 22

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Chocolate Arts is opening their kitchen again this holiday season for a festive afternoon creating holiday treats. There are four classes of 16 participants each on Saturday and Sunday, November 21st and 22nd, either 9am-12:30pm or 2pm-5:30pm. Read more…