Street Food City Returns for Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2014

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There is the tendency to forget Vancouver food trucks during winter. That’s why Dine Out Vancouver Festival throws down with Street Food City III, a pop-up food truck pod in downtown Vancouver January 22-26. Vancouver food trucks come out of hiding and diners get to sample many food trucks in one place. You can hide from the rain in the tents provided. Bonus: you can also expect live music. There are 23 food trucks participating in Street Food City III.

Find a rundown of participating food trucks and other pertinent event details after the jump. Read more…

Vancouver No Pants SkyTrain Ride 2014: Funny or Foul?

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Image: GoToVan

About 100 people were spotted without pants at Vancouver’s fifth annual No Pants SkyTrain Ride which took place Sunday, January 12. Vancouver Improv Anywhere, a flash mob company, organized the ride. SkyTrain passengers had one of two responses to the montage of bottoms and hairy thighs: avoiding eye contact or snapping photos.

Vancouver’s No Pants SkyTrain Ride was one of dozens held around the world, inspired by a stunt pulled by a group in New York in 2002. The event is done purely for laughs.

Was it funny? Foul? Or just chilly for participants? We’ll leave that question in your capable hands.

Lululemon’s Chip Wilson Builds B.C.’s Most Expensive Home in Kitsilano/Point Grey

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Image: CBCNews

Most Kitsilano residents have strolled or jogged by Chip Wilson’s 30,600-sq.-ft. doozie of a private residence on Point Grey Road. If you approach from the waterfront, you can’t miss the giant graffiti mural Wilson commissioned for the seawall behind his new mansion. After you finished picking your jaw up off the pavement/sand, you may have wondered what the yoga pants palace is worth. Drum roll, please. Annual property assessments show that Wilson owns B.C.’s most expensive home at $54 million. The custom job has two floors, seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

Dispute over Kitsilano Beach Bike Path To Enter the B.C. Supreme Court in March

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Get ready for the next round of fighting over the proposed Kitsilano Beach bike path. But first, here’s a brief recap of the issue. The Vancouver park board approved plans to spend $2.2 million on the construction of the separated Kitsilano Beach bike path in October 2013. The lane was designed to complete a continuous path from Canada Place to Jericho Beach. After protests from Kitsilano residents and a lawsuit in November 2013, the City of Vancouver agreed to a B.C. Supreme Court injunction halting any construction on the path until a hearing was held.

The B.C. Supreme Court will take a look at the petition that seeks to permanently halt the project on March 12 and 13. The case was brought forward by Kitsilano neighbourhood resident Megan Carvell Davis. Davis’s lawyer, Robert Kasting says the court case will revolve around the terms of a trust agreed upon when the land in question was donated to the city in 1928. Read more…

Dine Out Vancouver 2014: 5 Best Restaurant Deals in Kitsilano

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It’s that time of year again. Dine Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest restaurant festival, returns from January 17 to February 2, 2014. Dine Out is produced by the folks at Tourism Vancouver who know that we need incentive to love rainy Vancouver in January. During Dine Out, restaurants offer three-course dinner menus at deeply-discounted price points: $18, $28, and $38. A record 263 restaurants are participating in this year’s festival. Stop pretending to be interested in dinner recipes featuring kale and browse these tempting menus.

Here are the best Dine Out meal deals at restaurants in Kitsilano. Reservations are now open. Act fast. Read more…

Vancouver Island Resort without Snow Sends Skiers to Whistler Instead

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 1.25.15 PMSuffering from the snow shortage at our local Vancouver ski resorts? It’s been a tough season for resorts so far. Seymour and Cypress are only partially open. Other resorts, like Mount Washington Alpine Resort, a Vancouver Island ski resort, have yet to open at all due to a lack of snow. But Mount Washington found a clever solution for its season pass holders, sending them to Whistler to get a taste of powder.

The resort has negotiated a deal that will allow their customers to ski and board for free at Whistler Blackcomb starting on today and continuing until the end of the month.

This time last year, the resort had about 350 centimetres of snow at its mid-mountain baseline, but this year it only has about 20 centimetres.

8 Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Kitsilano

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The new year will bring about new resolutions for many of us. Top resolutions year after year for Canadians include: lose weight, save more money, exercise more, quit smoking, quit drinking and learning something new. I confess to having made a few of these resolutions more than once myself. Last year I resolved to eat less meat and discovered some of the vegetarian restaurants in our neighbourhood in the process. If you are a vegan or vegetarian – or, like me, just trying to eat less meat – there is no better place than Kits.

Check out some of Kitsilano’s best vegan and vegetarian restaurants below. Read more…

3 Cleanses to Jump Start Your Winter Detox

Image: The Juice Truck

Image: The Juice Truck

Vancouverites love a good detox and January is the month when detoxes are most in vogue. For some or us, the idea of a juice-only cleanse makes a bleak winter month seem even bleaker. For others, internal cleansing is the cornerstone of good health.

If you fall into the latter category, here are a few winter detox options available in Kitsilano. Read more…

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014 Breaks Record

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Crazy or brave? Perhaps encouraged by the relatively balmy weather, a record-breaking 2,550 folks rang in 2014 by taking a dip in the Burrard Inlet for the annual Vancouver polar bear swim which takes place every year on New Year’s Day. The English Bay water temperature was 8C; the air temperature was 6C. The new record eclipses 2,246 participants in 2011.

Recycling Your Christmas Tree in Vancouver

christmastree10Wondering how and where to recycle your Christmas tree in Vancouver? You’ve got a few options. You can bring your tree to a tree chipping event. The annual Lions Club tree chipping takes place at Kitsilano Beach parking lot January 4-5 from 10am to 4pm. Your tree must be naked (no tinsel or lights). The wood chips are used for compost. There’s ongoing chipping now through January 5 at UBC Botanical Gardens from 9am to 4:30pm daily. Don’t forget to tip; $5 is recommended. Chipping is “free” but all proceeds go to charity.

Another option for recycling your Christmas tree is to put your tree out with your yard waste or food scraps to be collected by the City. Here are more detailed directions.

You can also drop your tree off at the landfill or transfer station. The Vancouver Landfill and the Vancouver South Transfer Station are accepting Christmas trees for free until January 31. Read more…