Best Way to Beat the Rain in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

Sanafir-Bloedel-Little-India-VanAq-078-CustomWell, we had a good run.  But it looks like the wet stuff is finally here.

After an uncommonly mild spring, exceptional summer and very sunny fall, the clouds and rain have returned to Vancouver.  Sure, we’ll have a few bright, sunny days in the next few months … but don’t count on too many of them.

But that’s no reason to hunker down inside until next spring.  Vancouver is a city that comes alive once the liquid sunshine starts falling. With so many museums, great shopping, cafes and pubs and live entertainment options, there are plenty of ways to wile away an otherwise dreary afternoon out in the city.

In fact, the choices can be overwhelming, which is why I need your help.  What’s your favourite rainy day activity in Vancouver (apart from sitting on the couch watching Netflix)? Do you have a go-to place in the city when the skies are clouded over and the rain is falling? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

I’ll get things started with my top, all-time-favourite rainy day spot in Vancouver, a place where it’s warm and balmy 365 days a year – the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park.

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Best Way to Beat the Rain in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

Indoor Trick or Treating Locations in Vancouver for Halloween 2014

Halloween in Vancouver

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With Friday being Halloween and the weather forecast calling for chilly weather and light rain conditions, you may prefer to bring your trick or treating indoors. Several malls in Vancouver will be offering free trick or treating in their covered, warm, brightly-lit locations.

If you’re looking for some safe trick or treating alternatives in Vancouver that don’t require traipsing through dark neighborhoods in the cold, we’ve got a few ideas for you:

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Indoor Trick or Treating Locations in Vancouver for Halloween 2014

Taiwanese Puppet Festival comes to Vancouver

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Taiwan Festival 2005, “Beauty of Taiwanese Puppet Theatre”, Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

Thrilling hand-to-hand combat – between puppets? That’s one thing to expect at the Ouxi Taiwanese Puppetry Festival, which comes to the Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Drive) Nov. 4-9.  The festival features two visiting puppetry groups, including Chin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe and the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre, in performances that will bring the excitement of traditional Taiwanese puppetry to audiences of all ages.

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Heli Wine Tours come to Vancouver

Sommelier of the sky Alana Burns takes folks to Vista D'Oro Winery.

Sommelier of the sky Alana Burns takes folks to Vista D’Oro Winery.

Have you ever planned an afternoon of wine touring and had to flip a coin to decide who would be the DD (designated driver)? When you’re wine touring with only one other person say a partner, best friend or your favourite wine-loving auntie, this system kind of stinks.

Enter wine and events consultants Fork and Grape and Sky Helicopters. Sommelier Alana Burns has thought a lot about the logistics of Fraser Valley wine touring.

If they do heli wine touring in Napa and Bordeux, why not Vancouver? Why not help people have an afternoon of airtime adventure and wine sipping by flying guests from winery to winery via helicopter, Burns thought. After all, who needs a DD when you can hire a DP (designated pilot)?

This fall, Sky Helicopters and Burns’ company Fork and grape started shuttling lucky duos to some of the Lower Mainland’s best wineries via helicopter. Continue reading:
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Best Korean Food in Vancouver 2014? You make the call!

Photo credit Abex | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit Abex | Wikimedia Commons

Vancouver is justly famous for lots of different cuisines.  There’s our fresh West Coast-style dining, with local seafood and 100-mile ingredients.  We have incredibly authentic Chinese food and, of course, some of the best sushi this side of Tokyo.  But what often gets overlooked is how good Vancouver’s Korean food is.

Take a walk down Robson or Denman Streets downtown or a drive along Kingsway and out to Metrotown and you’ll find dozens – possibly hundreds – of Korean restaurants. Many are just mom-and-pop joints, but they all seem to cater to a discriminating, local clientele who know their bulgogi from their bibimbap.  And they always seem to be packed.

But if you’re not plugged into the Korean restaurant scene, finding a great place to try Korean food can be a bit of a challenge – which is why I’m asking for your help.  Do you have a favourite Korean restaurant in Vancouver or the surrounding cities? Please let us know by leaving a comment below.  

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Best Korean Food in Vancouver 2014? You make the call!