Branches & Knots Japanese Fashion Retailer Commits to a Permanent Home on West Broadway

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Image: Branches & Knots

Branches & Knots Trading Co., a fashion retailer and wholesaler specializing in Japanese-made goods, has transitioned from pop-up to permanent location at 3128 West Broadway. This little gem has super chic and practical Wild Bird Society of Japan rain boots, handcrafted JHA watches, sculptural outerwear and all sorts of other good design. Stop by and say hello to owners Naomi and Junko, plus Coco – the store pup.

3128 West Broadway, 778-379-1855,

Mayor Robertson Supports Reopening of Kitsilano Coast Guard


Following the toxic bunker fuel spill in English Bay, Mayor Robertson is calling for the Kits Coast guard Base to be reopened. The base closed in 2013, despite protests.

As reported by CKNW:

“I don’t think that closure was warranted. I think we need to have a Coast Guard Base with the equipment to deal with a situation like this right here on False Creek. People in Vancouver are still very concerned about losing that Coast Guard Base, and want to be sure we have all of the resources necessary to respond to an oil spill.” Read more…

How To Volunteer To Help with English Bay Oil Spill Clean Up


An estimated 2,800 litres of toxic bunker fuel oil spilled from a grain-carrying cargo tanker anchored in the middle of Burrard Inlet. We’ve seen the early effects wash up in the seaweed and rocks on Kitsilano Beach and other Vancouver beaches, which are now closed to the public. It’s what we don’t yet see, like the long term impact on marine life and marine ecosystems, that’s most worrying.

If you want to help out with the spill clean-up, you can register to volunteer with the City of Vancouver here:

Vancouver Fuel Spill Washes Up at Kitsilano Beach

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Image: Chad Dey (@chad_dey)

As reported by CBC, Vancouver’s beaches, including Kitsilano Beach, have been made no-go areas after toxic fuel leaked into the waters of English Bay on Wednesday afternoon.

Residents are being warned to avoid the beaches on both sides of the bay, despite the sunshine, and to keep their pets leashed and away from wet sand as a cleanup operation continues. Read more…

9 Kid-Friendly Cafes and Restaurants in Vancouver

Enjoy a great latte and gorgeous pastry at the kid-friendly Darcy's Cafe. Image  credit:

Enjoy a great latte and a gorgeous pastry at kid-friendly Darcy’s Cafe. Image credit:

With this pleasant weather lending itself well to a daily stroll with the little ones, a family friendly spot for a snack en route would make for the perfect day. So here then, our list of Vancouver’s best kid-friendly cafes and restaurants for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or just a quick bite. Two are in our own Kitsilano neighbourhood while the rest are just a short drive away. Almost all of our picks have a play area for kids and a special kids menu to make life easier for the parent(s). As a bonus, they all offer great food and drinks for you too. Enjoy the break!

9 Kid Friendly Snack Spots in Vancouver

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Breakfast Diner Deacon’s Corner Opens Doors in Kits

Chicken, bacon & waffle sandwich. Image: Deacon's

Chicken, bacon & waffle sandwich. Image: Deacon’s

Kitsilano has some of the best brunch spots in the city – and recently, the neighbourhood welcomed another local gem: popular breakfast diner Deacon’s Corner. The original Vancouver shop is on Main and Alexander. The Kitsilano location sits on Broadway and Trutch, in the old Shack location.

With very fair prices and large plates, Deacon’s serves up Southern style comfort food, all-day breakfast, and prides itself of being the “home of the hangover breakfast”. Read more…

Why You Need to Attend EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival: April 26-May 3, 2015

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Image: Eat!

When you find yourself coming up with mostly dining ideas for out-of-towners, you know your town is a food destination. Thank goodness Vancouver’s 13th annual Eat! Festival is finally living up to our community of talented chefs.

Eat! 2015 takes place April 26-May 3. The new format includes over 35 culinary events. There will be five days of interactive experiences (this is the good stuff) leading up to the three-day B.C. Place floor show. Read more…

Delicious Thing We Ate: Brioche Hot Cross Buns at Beaucoup Bakery

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Image: Jackie Kai Ellis/Beaucoup Bakery

If you add one more treat to your Easter menu, let it be brioche hot cross buns from Beaucoup Bakery. When some French upper class lady said “Let them eat cake,” (it wasn’t Marie Antoinette; that’s urban legend), she was referring to brioche, the buttery almost bread that’s impossible to put down once you tear off a tender corner. If you use that recipe as a base for hot cross buns, it’s magic. Beaucoup has enriched their brioche recipe with candied lemon and orange peel, currants and a pinch of spice. Tradition never tasted so good. Read more…

ClassPass Comes to Kitsilano

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Image: ClassPass

Kits is known for being a particularly active neighbourhood. From yoga studios to running on the seawall, Kits is chalk full of residents who love to sweat! Now there’s a new way to vary your workout without breaking the bank. It’s ClassPass, your ticket to deep discounts at the best workout spots in Vancouver.

Offering unlimited group fitness classes with one monthly membership, the ClassPass is a wildly popular service that promises to transform your workouts and allow you sample some of the finest studios in the city, with activities including cycling, yoga, pilates, barre, strength training, bootcamp, dance and more – for only $99 per month. The service, now in 33 cities including Los Angeles and London, has democratized fancy fitness. It has attracted hordes of fans, particularly folks with flexible schedules and a willingness to try new studios.  Read more…