Take-out dinner at Kits Beach night

The Barbeque Tempeh Burger from Tera V Burger. Image credit: Teravburger.com

The Barbeque Tempeh Burger from Tera V Burger. Image credit: Teravburger.com

With the weather warming up and longer daylight hours extending into the evening, why not make Wednesday nights your take-out dinner night, and have it at the beach? No cooking, no cleaning, no mess. Plus the dogs, kids, and/or roommates can run around while you enjoy a tasty and convenient meal from one of these great Kitsilano restaurants.

Take-out dinner at Kits Beach night

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City of Vancouver is looking for artists to decorate utility boxes

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Are you a starving local artist? Here’s your chance. Vancouver artists can earn $1000 for designing a motif for city utility boxes. The deadline to submit a design is April 6. Why? Because they’re graffiti targets anyway. Public art is better. Vancouver will cover 27 boxes found in major intersections citywide with a vinyl wrap that features a print of an artist’s selected design. In 2015 the City ran a successful pilot in the West End, and this year’s projects will be rolled out in partnership with business improvement associations.

Pop-up store in Kits promotes zero-packaging grocery movement

Image: Zero Waste Market

Image: Zero Waste Market

There’s a zero-waste grocery store coming soon to Vancouver, with a pop-up store in Kits. Have you checked it out yet? The concept: consumers shop without leaving a carbon footprint. The market sells packaging-free foods and ask customers to bring their own containers to fill. Shoppers bring their own bags, and load up containers and jars with bulk food items.

The founders Brianne Miller and Paula Amiama launched the concept as a series of pop-up stores last fall. One of these has been recurring in Kitsilano’s Patagonia store. The owners say the response to what they believe is Canada’s first ‘zero waste market’ has been overwhelming. Read more…

Cool art show at The Naam vegetarian restaurant through March 31

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Photo credit: Cole Dudley

From now until March 29, you can go to the Naam Restaurant any time 24/7 and view Jackie Conradi-Robertson’s joyful paintings while you enjoy the reliably good food at this Kitsilano iconic restaurant.

She has 22 acrylic paintings ranging in size from 8”x8” to 30”x40” on display at the Naam Restaurant. When I interviewed her I tentatively asked her if she felt my description of her work as “bright and cheerful” was how she would describe her paintings. She laughed and said, “Yes, you can see on my website I say that I’m not interested in expressing my innermost feelings.”

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3 open houses in Kits this week

Image: Livekitsilano.com

Image: Livekitsilano.com

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 week. 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 Kitsilano  real estate porn. Read more…

4 must-have local Easter treats

Daniel's all-natural truffle and solid eggs. Image credit: Danielchocolates.com

Daniel’s all-natural truffle and solid eggs. Image credit: Danielchocolates.com

Easter is early this year, coming up this weekend on Sunday, March 27th. Forget those Kinder Eggs and highly addictive Cadbury Mini Eggs. Instead, choose from handcrafted, all-natural goodies for your Easter egg hunt from these local shops in and around our Kitsilano neighbourhood.

4 must-have local Easter treats

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Lucky’s Doughnuts releases limited-edition Sakura doughnut for Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

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Spring has (nearly) sprung and Lucky’s Doughnuts is ringing in the season with the blossoming Sakura doughnut. Customers will be able to satisfy their sweet tooth from Thursday, March 24, 2016 — the official start of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival — through to April 14 for $5 a pop, while supplies last.

Lucky’s Sakura doughnuts are classic filled Bismarcks infused with Japanese Sakura blossoms and filled with house-made sweet red bean paste. They’re then topped off with a strawberry-Sakura glaze, a dollop of matcha meringue and a mini Sakura blossom shortbread cookie. Each Sakura doughnut comes in a beautiful, custom-designed box, making it the perfect treat to bring friends and family over Easter weekend. Read more…

Register now for Easter Eggstravaganza at Kitsilano Community Centre

Image: By Gerbil, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia

Image: By Gerbil, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia

Easter Eggstravaganza at Kits Community Centre takes place Saturday, March 26. Tickets are on sale now. If you’ve got little ones, you’ll want to prebook because this community event always sells out.

Eggciting things will be happening for Easter at Kits CC. The gym will be full of fun activities for all ages: crafts, games, face painting, cookie decorating and more. No Easter special event would be complete without our special guest stopping by. Parent participation required, but tickets only need to be purchased for the children. Infants under 12 months are free too.

This event sells out – so purchase early to reserve your spot.

Mazel tov! Solly’s Bagelry turns 22

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Vancouver institution Solly’s Bagelry just turned 22. That’s over two decades of being Vancouver’s go-to source for traditional Jewish baked goods. Bagels, eggels, schmears, knishes, matzo ball soup, and – OH – those enormous cinnamon buns. Read more…

The 9-kilometre Arbutus Greenway will change your life. Here’s how.

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In a landmark deal, the City of Vancouver has bought the nine-kilometre stretch of CP Railway land known as the Arbutus Corridor, which runs north to south through Vancouver’s west side, for $55 million. The Mayor says the corridor will become the Arbutus Greenway, a public green space for pedestrians and cyclists similar to NYC’s highline connecting neighbourhoods from False Creek to Marpole.

So far, the city’s plans include a transportation corridor featuring walking and cycling paths stretching from Marpole on the Fraser River to Kitsilano and False Creek, as well as light rail or streetcars. At a recent pop-up city hall, Vancouver residents offered creative suggestions for the space including turning an old rail car into a café, and one big wild garden. Read more…