I decided to take a walk down to Uprising Breads this morning to pick up my son’s favorite whole wheat raisin bread; I’m sad to report that they have closed their Kitsilano location, almost two and a half years after opening. I will really miss this bakery, mostly for their child friendly space, great seasonal products and friendly staff.
Nonetheless, their caramel pecan shortbread will still warrant the trip to their East Van location which will remain open at 1697 Venables St.
Uprising Breads, 3066 West Broadway (CLOSED), 604-254-5635, Uprisingbreads.com
It’s last call for the Neighbourhood Small Grants deadline Sunday, March 31. For the last two years Westside residents have been able to apply for grants between $50-1,000 for projects that bring community members together or that “green” our beautiful neighbourhood. The Neighbourhood Small Grants Program is funded by the Vancouver Foundation and the City of Vancouver. The Westside Neighbourhood Small Grants are administered by the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House and a volunteer Resident Advisory Committee who promote, decide on grants and organize the end of year celebration.
In a short time, the Westside has seen some fun and community-building projects happen like Nathan’s Yarn Bombing Workshop, Mary’s “Bee line” tours of local bee hives and the Multicultural Food Lovers who cook recipes from their country of origin to share with the rest of the diverse group.
Now it’s your turn! Get financial support to make your awesome ideas for a community project a reality: Apply for your own small grant and encourage your friends, family, neighbours and strangers to apply for a small grant too! What are you waiting for?
Neighbourhood Small Grants Application Deadline: Sunday, MARCH 31. Grant requirements and how to apply: neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca
On Saturday, March 30, Singer/songwriter Julie Doiron will give an exclusive in-store performance at Zulu Records from 5pm to 6pm at the store at 1972 West 4th Avenue. Her October 2012 release “So Many Days” has gotten great reviews. The show is free and open to all ages. The atmosphere at these short, intimate shows at Zulu is great, but make sure you come early as it will likely be a packed!
Zulu Records, 1972 West 4th Avenue, 604-738-3232, Zulurecords.com
As my daughter’s birthday approached a couple of years ago, my family started to ask the usual questions about what the type of gifts she would want for her birthday, questions we had some difficulty with. As one of only two grandchildren at the time, she tended to get a touch spoiled by my family on her birthday, and we had on more than one occasion passed on a really cool toy, or an adorable outfit, that had gone entirely untouched after the moment she opened them. I know, it’s a first-world problem, but it’s also something we didn’t want to repeat.
After much discussion, including floating the possibility of telling my family not to buy any gifts at all, we settled on a solution that I liked at the time, and have grown to love. Don’t give her stuff, we told my family. Give her experiences. Give her the gift of time with you, doing something new, something you love, something she normally wouldn’t get to do.
We put the challenge out to my family to think a little differently about what they were going to get for her, and it was a immediately embraced. Read more ›
I am in charge of dessert for Easter dinner this year and my dining companions include a few very close, chocolate-loving friends, and a handful of wee ones. I am going to make Nigella Lawson’s Easter Egg Nest Cake again this year.
Not only is it super cute decorated with little mini eggs, but when you use a really high quality chocolate, like the melting chocolate from CocoaNymph on West 10th and Alma, it is absolutely divine! I can’t emphasize enough what a difference the chocolate makes. From my house to yours, I pass along a new recipe for your Easter dinner table.
The recipe comes from Nigella Lawson’s cookbook, Feast. Read more ›
There is no shortage of great places to get Easter chocolate in Kits – Purdy’s, Cocoa Nymph, Thomas Haas and Xoxolat come to mind. All of these Kitsilano chocolate shops boast excellent seasonal treats, but for me nothing comes close to the specialty eggs made by Chocolate Arts.
I am talking seriously decadent chocolate eggs, like the Caramel Cashew Egg (house roasted cashews, organic pretzels & a deep caramel in a dark chocolate shell), PB & J Chocolate Egg (organic peanut butter, milk chocolate & a bold housemade raspberry jam in a dark chocolate shell) and the S’more Egg (handcrafted vanilla bean marshmallow, organic graham crackers & chocolate sauce in a dark chocolate shell). Read more ›
There is no shortage of polarizing conversation in modern society: Android or Apple? The style cred of Ugg Boots? Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Superman?
When it comes to running, there’s one topic of conversation that causes strong opinions to surface. A source of endless debate, experimentation, and discussion. That topic? Eating and running.
What To Eat During Long Runs
I will preface this post by saying I speak from experience, not expertise. I’m not a nutritionist or a dietician (or even a legitimate foodie)! But, as an ultrarunner, I often do get asked what I eat during long runs. I’m here to share what works for me, and what I’ve heard works for others. And of course, I sourced all of my snacks in Kitsilano!
During exercise you reach a point where consuming energy (eating) helps you continue exerting energy (running). When it is time for me to eat, here’s what I go for: Read more ›
There are few things better than great hair. As many girls know, a good hair day can really make or break your mood, so when I heard that Christopher Deagle, Vancouver’s premier celebrity stylist, had recently decided to make Kitsilano home, I jumped at the chance to book an appointment.
To Vancouver fashionistas, Christopher needs no introduction. His work has spanned the pages and covers of countless magazines, including the pages of the one and only Vogue. He was also on Slice network’s Superstar Hair Challenge and Canada’s Next Top Model. He has won numerous awards, even being named the North American hairdresser of the year multiple times. He also boasts a roster of very famous cliental, including Carley Rae Jepsen and Micheal Buble. He is, in the words of my friend who happens to have ridiculously amazing hair, a “genius.”
I showed up to Christopher’s new digs, a chair at Simone – a beautiful, off the radar salon on Maple Street between West 10th and 11th – coffee in hand. He was super down-to-earth, funny and effortlessly cool. It was immediately obviously that he is an artist who is creative and passionate about his work. I never expected to like him as much as I did my haircut. I left with a new haircut and color that made me feel great. In fact, I felt so great that I insisted my husband take me to dinner later that night. Read more ›
Are you starting a garden in Kitsilano this year? Whether you are thinking of a container garden for your patio or restocking your front yard, there are many things to consider before you start buying plants. I’ll touch on some of these topics in the next few articles.
A primary challenge in creating a satisfying perennial garden is determining what pleases you. Discovering what you want, then making that a reality. What is your version of a perfect garden? Let’s touch on color in the garden first.
What can color do for your garden?
Are you interested in a garden featuring a single color or do you want to play with combinations? Some gardeners like bold contrast while others prefer the subtler distinctions that come with using similar colors. As we go through these images, notice how you are reacting to the color and how one plant’s color impacts another.
The opening image has plants with varying saturations of the same basic color, so although the dahlia is robust, the rose is delicate, with the coneflower somewhere in the middle, the image works and the plants are seen as a group. You can still have a vibrant garden working with a single color. Read more ›
Golden Aura Organic Eatery, which opened doors March 20 at 2680 West Broadway, is a new 16 seat restaurant in Kits serving affordable raw and vegetarian food. The menu is organic and free of dairy, eggs, and gluten. While there are a few cooked options, most of the menu is raw and vegan.
I am not vegan. In fact, I eat sugar, wheat, dairy, you name it – yet I still LOVE a good healthy, hippy restaurant and can’t wait to try Golden Aura. Its smoothies, juices, salads, soups, killer dessert list and prepared foods available for purchase present an updated combo of The Naam, our neighbourhood’s historic veggie destination, and Whole Foods.
You might even recognize the restaurant’s co-owner, Mahan Khalsa. She was on CBC’s reality TV series Dragons’ Den in 2011 with her former company, Sunshine Living Foods, a line of organic, raw, vegan, and gluten-free snacks. The investors didn’t invest, but even Kevin O’Leary praised her products. They can now be found under the label “Raw Aura” at Granville Island and at the restaurant. Read more ›