Written by Kitsilano.ca staff, November 21st, 2014 |Comments Off
The German-style Vancouver Christmas Market opens this Saturday, November 22 in Queen Elizabeth Plaza. We go every year to get into the holiday spirit (Gemütlichkeit) with warm glühwein, smoked ham hock and a gingerbread decorating session with the small folk.
The village consists of about 50 rustic wooden huts surrounding a soaring Tannenbaum festooned with thousands of lights. The vendors have every kind of German (and international) Christmas treat you can imagine ranging from stollen, marzipan, black forest ham and schnitzel to poutine, crepes, maple candy and borscht. If you’re shopping for gifts or decor, there’s a good selection of glass ornaments, wooden toys, and Christmas stars. Read more…
Written by Orla, November 21st, 2014 |Comments Off
The holiday season kicks off in earnest this week with some fabulous free things to do in Vancouver. Whether you just want holiday cheer or are searching for the perfect gifts these three free, kid-friendly Vancouver events will get you in the holiday spirit.
Written by Kitsilano.ca staff, November 20th, 2014 |Comments Off
Grouse and Cypress opened November 15. If the only thing stopping you from heading up to ski/snowboard our Vancouver resorts is a lack of gear, MEC SnowFest this Saturday, November 22 is for you. SnowFest is the place to find great deals on used snowsports gear. So much so that people (and we mean people who really know how to camp) sleep outside in the cold to be the first through the door at 9am.
How it works: Vancouverites bring in used gear for consignment and MEC sells them at really affordable prices. Read more…
Written by Lisa, November 19th, 2014 |Comments Off
The Christmas Wreath from Chocolate Arts
Canada Post deadlines for gifts to be mailed are getting closer and closer… Stop procrastinating and take a look at what we have sorted out for you – the perfect gifts for mailing to relatives (and friends too), and all are available in our Kitsilano neighbourhood. Pick them up this weekend and have them ready to send on Monday.
Christmas in Kitsilano Gift Guide: What to Get For Out-of-Towners
Written by Kitsilano.ca staff, November 18th, 2014 |Comments Off
Image: Celsia Floral
It’s past the tipping point in November and we’re already thinking about gussying up the house for Christmas. We’re also on the lookout for pretty host/hostess gifts for all the holiday parties. Our search for Christmas greenery and blooms for led us to Kitsilano florist Celsia tucked just off West Fourth at Arbutus. We’ve already covered them for our round-up of best florists in Kitsilano. Now they’re at the top of our list for festive Christmas arrangements.
Their square wreaths, snow white orchids and succulent planters satisfy our design-minded friends. The voluptuous scarlet bloom bouquets and centrepieces are perfect for folks who appreciate simple, vibrant beauty.
Written by Kitsilano.ca staff, November 17th, 2014 |Comments Off
You know what they say, Christmas is the hop-hoppiest season of all. The craft-beer-themed gift we want to give and receive? A BC craft beer advent calendar. The original Beer Advent Calendar (known as the Snowcase) was first put out by Philips Brewery and featured 24 different brews. The case is available at various BC Liquor Stores.
“We did a sort of black forest cake beer. So it’s kind of a strong porter and we put cherries and cocoa nibs to get the chocolate flavor,” said Parallel 49 brewmaster Graham With.
Gary Lohin of Central City Brewers created a Belgian double style for the boozy present box.
“It’s a classic style and it uses a yeast that the monks use in Belgium and I also added rum soaked raisins in the beer, being the holiday time I thought that kind of fit, Christmas pudding style too,” he told CTV News.
The craft beer advent calendar sells for $74.95 a case and is available in government liquor stores across B.C. and parts of Alberta.
Written by Kitsilano.ca staff, November 14th, 2014 |Comments Off
Hopefully the sun stays shining during the weekend open houses. It always makes for a more enjoyable day, and makes every place you’ll see look a little better. LiveKitsilano‘s clients always appreciate when they get the the heads up to wear shoes that are easy to get on or off when visiting a slew of open houses in one day, so consider that the next time you get out to look at some Kitsilano Real Estate. Read more…
Written by Lisa, November 13th, 2014 |Comments Off
Koko Monk’s Brunette Bangle hot chocolate with curry and coconut. Photo Credit: Koko Monk
Winter is sneaking up on us fast, and while the sky may be a glorious blue, the chill is definitely in the air. Our local resorts for winter sports are preparing to open for the season over the next few weeks, so here’s where to find your winter gear in Kitsilano.
Written by Kitsilano.ca staff, November 13th, 2014 |Comments Off
After 3 years and nearly $20 million, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is celebrating the completion of a their restoration project with a housewarming party this weekend Nov. 14 to 16.
As reported by The Courier, the celebration kicks off Nov. 14 with the Kits House Review featuring a Musqueam blessing with Debra Sparrow, Musqueam hip hop with Christie Lee, storytellers, Zach Grey of the Zolas and “his old dad John” (as John Maclachlan Gray, composer, performer and playwright likes to be billed), and Barbara Jackson and Friends.
VIP guests include Bill Duncan, the first executive director of Kits House, and Kico Gonzalez-Risso, who ran the Kitsilano Theatre Company and coordinated many cultural events in the community, including the annual Kitsilano Folk Festival. Mary Bennett, celebration planner at Kits House, describes the event as a “Kitsilano-style love-in.” Tickets are $30/$15.
Other weekend events include free site tours — Nov. 14 from 6 to 7:30pm, Nov. 15 from 10am to 3pm and Nov. 16 from noon to 5pm — and an open house Saturday from 10am to 3pm offering storytelling circles, performances, workshops, presentations and a youth evening of art featuring a speed-painting workshop. Read more…
Written by Kitsilano.ca staff, November 12th, 2014 |Comments Off
Ginger with caramelized pear. Image: Rain or Shine
West 4th Avenue biz Rain or Shine just turned one. So we thought we’d give them the birthday gift of reminding readers that ice cream tastes delicious in the rain too. Rain or Shine is still rolling out those irresistible, limited-edition, seasonal flavours. Get a head start on your hibernation layers with better-than-cookie-dough brown butter snickerdoodle and sophisticated, peppery ginger with caramelized pear. For our vegan friends, there’s also a really lovely spiced apple sorbet. Don’t forget: ice cream is an ideal accessory for pie, crisps, cobblers, crumbles, waffles and more. Or just go get a cone. Happy licking, folks.