Valentine’s Day Restaurant Specials in Kits

Image: Flickr user Salvadonica Borgo del Chianti

Image: Flickr user Salvadonica Borgo del Chianti

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the restaurants in Kitsilano are pulling out all the stops to make sure you and your special someone have a romantic day. These delicious eateries have lovingly crafted specially priced Valentine’s Day menus guaranteed to get things cooking between you and your date.

So whether you’re celebrating with your main squeeze or your best pal, reserve early, cozy up together and enjoy a good meal! Read more…

Free Family Fun this Long Weekend in Kits

Meet one of the 100 free-flying birds at the Bloedel Conservatory. Image Credit: Vandusengarden.org

Meet one of the 100 free-flying birds at the Bloedel Conservatory. Image Credit: Vandusengarden.org

This weekend is a long weekend due to that newish Family Day statutory holiday on Monday, February 9th. There are lots of free or almost free events happening nearby to make the most of a likely rainy few days. Check out the Winter Wander event in our Kitsilano neighbourhood, the Robson Square Ice Rink will be offering free skating with free skate rentals, plus we have a host of other activities listed below. Have fun!

Free Family Fun this Long Weekend in Kits

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Lululemon’s Chip Wilson Quits Board and Puts Energy Toward Wife/Son Cashmere Start-Up

Chip and Shannon. Image: Wikipedia Commons

Chip and Shannon. Image: Wikipedia Commons

He still owns 13.85% of the company but Vancouver, and more specifically Kitsilano, bigshot Chip Wilson has left the board at Lululemon. After the heinous public gaffes concerning women’s bodies and some other rather tedious corporate drama, Wilson is out. The last straw, as it turns out, concerns a product he refers to as Technical Cashmere, the brainchild of Wilson’s wife (former Lululemon designer) Shannon. Wilson tried to introduce it to Lululemon unsuccessfully. Instead, Shannon and Wilson’s son J.J. are using the fabric as the core textile for their new label: contemporary luxury brand Kit and Ace. At the moment, Kit and Ace has seven stores in Canada and New York.

The name Kit and Ace has an embarrassing backstory we’d like to share. Because it made us chuckle. According to the NYTimes: Read more…

6 Kitsilano Attractions for $5 at Winter Wander This Family Day Weekend

winter wander 2015Vanier Park is the place to be this Saturday, February 7, for a day of music, history, science and art at the fourth annual Winter Wander celebration. A $5 admission covers entry to The Museum of Vancouver (MOV), H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Academy of Music, and the City of Vancouver Archives. And, there will be live performances by Vancouver Academy of Music students and Bard on the Beach’s Young Shakespeareans, face painting, prize draws and food trucks.  Here are the details: Read more…

5 Best Southeast Asian Restaurants in Kits

Thai fusion at Maenam. Image credit: Maenam.ca

Thai fusion at Maenam. Image credit: Maenam.ca

We at Kitsilano.ca are always on the lookout for that close-to-authentic and addictively delicious Pad Thai – a stir-fried noodle street-food dish that’s hugely popular in Thailand. Having yet to find it in our neighbourhood, here are 5 Southeast Asian restaurants in Kits that do many other dishes of that region wonderfully well.

5 Best Southeast Asian Restaurants in Kits

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How Kitsilano.ca Became a Blog – Q&A With Founder Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis. Kitsilano.ca founder

Rob Lewis. Kitsilano.ca founder

Today is our 10 year anniversary. Feel free to make some noise.

Most people don’t know how the Kitsilano.ca blog began or what its purpose is. We are not the neighbourhood BIA. We are a simple community blog. Our goal is to cover the neighbourhood beat. We do so thanks to many talented volunteer contributors who share their tips and experiences from all walks of Kitsilano life.

When it all began, February 1, 2005, there were only a couple of guys who needed beer money. Meet Rob Lewis: the guy who founded Kitsilano.ca.

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10 Things We Love/Don’t Love About Kits

Image: Wikipedia Commons

Image: Wikipedia Commons

Every romance has its foibles. In honour of our 10 year anniversary today, February 1, we’ve collected a list of 10 things we love and really don’t love about living in Kitsilano.  All of our Kitsilano.ca bloggers have pitched in. Read more…

Where to Watch Super Bowl XLIX in Kitsilano?

superbowl-xlix_home_pageThis is it. It’s down to one game. Super Bowl XLIX takes place this Sunday, February 1. So where are you going to watch the Seahawks take on the Patriots?

Even if you really like your couch, the beery, brunch-y camaraderie of a pub full of roaring fans adds an undeniable thrill. Pub viewing also gives you the chance to debate the merits of Super Bowl commercials with a stranger.

Here are a few places to watch Super Bowl XLIX in Kitsilano. Tell us where you’re going to watch by commenting below! Read more…

10 Businesses in Kits That Are Older Than 10

The Naam. Image: Ruth Hartnup

The Naam. Image: Ruth Hartnup

Guess what? Kitsilano.ca’s 10 year anniversary is coming up February 1. We’re doing a series of anniversary posts over the next few days to celebrate our history in the Kitsilano community. We started with a look at the Then and Now Kitsilano photo series . Our second anniversary post is “10 Businesses in Kits That Are Older Than 10.”

This post is dedicated to the other grizzled oldtimers in Kits who predate yoga pants (okay fine, Lululemon was founded in 1998), we meant predate Whole Foods (2007) and have made our borough a better place for over a decade.

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