Cowboys and Angels at the corner of West 4th and Arbutus was a toy store/ceramic studio/portrait studio. I thought it was a really odd combination for a store, but their toy selection was great! I always seemed to find the perfect gift here, not to mention some stylish toddler rain gear.
Anyway, they have closed their Kitsilano location. The Kerrisdale store remains open in case you want to paint a mug, have your photo taken and pick up some toys.
Cowboys and Angels, 2003 West 4th, (604) 568-6673, Cowboysandangels.ca
Croissants aux amandes from Plaisir Sucre – Photo credit: Lisa Voormeij
Fancy taking the kid(s) out for a walk around Kitsilano with that awkwardly large stroller? Easy enough if you’re sticking to outdoor turf, but what if your energy-zapped self requires some refueling?
Below are some family-friendly choices to grab a quick bite to eat and drink, with room for you and all your gear.
Seven Stroller-Suitable Spots for a Snack around Kitsilano
This German deli has wide aisles, ample stroller parking inside, and outside seating for when the weather is cooperating. Imported specialty groceries, house-made sandwiches, schnitzels, and pastries, plus good, strong coffee. Try their pretzel croissants!
1900 West 1st Avenue, (604) 569-1848, Ploeger.ca
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I met a man from Oregon – land of espresso drive-thrus – who was fascinated by how many coffee shops Kitsilano has. He was even more amazed by the fact that they are all busy.
You can’t really walk more than a block or two at most in Kits without another place to grab a cup of java, but that didn’t stop Grindstone Café from opening their doors on Thursday at West Broadway and Maple, directly across the streets from the very popular Blenz coffee house.
Grindstone purports to be a European, puritan coffee house – no powders, no syrups, and a selection of espresso beans. Sadly, I assume this also means no whip cream and no vanilla sprinkle shaker, but I bet they make a good cappuccino. The café also offers house made sandwiches and soups.
Has anyone checked it out yet? Tell us what you think!
Grindstone Cafe, 2002 West Broadway, 604.732.0881, Grindstonecafe.ca
Living in Vancouver, we get used to the annual seemingly endless run of cloud and rain that typify our winters. In these stretches, we tend to forget what the North Shore mountains look like (never mind the sun). We most often hear the grumbling about the weather, the high price of real estate, the unfriendliness of the city, how much the Canucks need to trade Luongo, etc. Summer seems too far away. We almost forget all of the things that make this such an amazing place to live.
It is during these stretches that a sunny Saturday means the most, I think. The temperature rises, umbrellas get put away, and the grey recedes from our skies and our minds. We remember that we have beaches, and hiking trails, and oceans, and ski hills, all within sight and easy reach.
One of the presents we got my daughter for Christmas this year was a day tubing up at Cypress Mountain, and we woke up Saturday morning fully intending to head over to the Shore in the early afternoon. After a late breakfast at the newly revived King’s Head (with their revived, budget-friendly Beggar’s Breakfast), we got our snow gear together and set out. Fortunately, I decided to check the traffic before we got too far, and after hearing it we quickly changed our plans. Iron Worker’s bridge was closed, and up to two hours to get onto the Lion’s Gate. We decided tubing could wait until another weekend. Instead, we grabbed our tennis rackets and headed to Kitsilano’s Tatlow Park. Read more ›
Room 18 was a casual pub on West 4th between Yew and Arbutus. I have actually never been, but know that it was popular amongst locals for their cheap beer and wings. Reviews online tell the seemingly all too familiar tale of a Groupon disaster. Unfortunately, following in the footsteps of Hell’s Kitchen, located across the street, Room 18 is closed.
Room 18, 2042 W 4th Ave, 604) 739-4674, Room18.ca
This post is brought to you by the letter ‘W.’
What I am about to describe to you right now is a waffle that achieves the most scrumptious and delectable balance of chewy and crispy – a waffle so fresh, so rich, that it orchestrates some sort of Dutch (or French, or German)* symphony in your mouth as you consume it, bite-by-bite, in all its caramelized, corrugated beauty. I present to you, the Belgian Liège waffle.
What’s so special about the Liège waffle?
Well, according to David and Nicole, owners of Waffle Gone Wild, which just opened recently on 2967 West Broadway, the two most common types of Belgium waffles are the Brussels and Liège waffles. Read more ›
I love to dance. What I love even more is being able to walk to and from the dance hall in mere minutes. Add a diverse crowd ranging from younger kids to older adults, former hippies, office people and more to the mix and boom… That’s Just Dance. It happens three Fridays a month at the Russian Community Centre just on the corner of West 4th Avenue and Arbutus Street. And I love it!
Just Dance is a positive party community event that was founded in 1993 by resident DJ Abheeru. He had recently moved from Quebec City and wanted to to create an innovative and positive dance event with music from around the world in a smoke-free (unique in the days of smoky clubs) and alcohol-free environment. He also wanted Just Dance to be a nonprofit event that would donate all its proceeds to local charities and be driven by volunteers. Read more ›
Finding family-friendly Easter activities should be as easy as finishing the small bag of Cadbury mini eggs. But the most popular events, like VanDusen Botanical Garden’s annual Great A-mazing Egg Hunt sell out in the first week of March. Not to worry; Here are your options for Kitsilano and greater Vancouver Easter egg hunts that still have some space.
Get details on schedules and tickets by following the links.
Egg Hunts in Kitsilano and Beyond
1) Kitsilano Community Centre Easter Eggstravaganza, March 30
The gym will be full of fun activities for all ages; crafts, games, face painting, cookie decorating and much, much more! With special guest drop-in by the easter bunny.
2) Easter Train at Stanley Park, March 23-April 1
Hang out with the Easter bunny and sidekick: Easter Chick. There’s also the chance to partake in Easter craftacular activities. And Easter egg hunts are staged throughout the day near the start of the miniature rail line. Just be sure to BYOB (bring your own basket). Read more ›
Top Chef Season 3 premiered on Food Network on Monday, March 18. You can watch the full episode here. Thanks to Fable Kitchen, owned by Top Chef Season 2’s “best loser” (his words) Trevor Bird, there are Top Chef Season 3 competitors on their way to Kitsilano.
Geoff Rogers and Matthew Stowe will join Trevor Bird and Curtis Luk at Fable on March 31. They’re preparing a four-course meal for $99 including all taxes & gratuities – beverages sold separately. Seating is from 5:30 to 8:30pm by arranged reservation time. I’ve included how to get tickets at the end of the post.
Geoff Rodgers is the executive chef at MARKET, a local and sustainable restaurant in the heart of Calgary. He’ll handle the first course. BC’s own Matthew Stowe, currently a product development chef with the Cactus Group, will be providing course two. Trevor Bird will handle the third course. My personal favourite, Curtis Luk, (I’m a dessert groupie) will handle the fourth course. This dinner is a prime opportunity for any Top Chef Canada fan, or a lover of expertly and artfully prepared food.
Ticketsy can be purchased directly from Fable at 604-732-1322 or via email email@example.com. The menu will be revealed the evening of the event.
Fable Kitchen, 1944 West 4th Avenue, 604-732-1322, Fablekitchen.ca