Holiday Dining and Gift Ideas Across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland for Foodies

Just keep these on hand in case you need a sugar hit this season. | Image by By Lenée Son

Just keep these on hand in case you need a sugar hit this season. | Image by By Lenée Son

There’s an unspoken collective agreement that December is the time where you get to gorge yourself on as much as you want, which makes it an especially wonderful time to share great food and beverages among all the people you like best. The diversity of the ingredients and of the people in our corner of the world makes shopping anything but local totally unnecessary – so while you’re thinking of treats and decadent dinners, why not have all that blissful gluttony also support creative locals who are super passionate about feeding it?

WestCoastFood.ca reaches across the Lower Mainland from Metro Vancouver to The Fraser Valley to tell food stories about the ingredients, the place, and of course, the growers, makers, and business owners that make it all thrive together. You can find pretty much anything you’re craving made right here.

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Holiday Dining and Gift Ideas Across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland for Foodies

Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Happenings: Robson Street

Saje at Home

Saje at Home

The following article was contributed by the Robson Street BIA

This spring, Robson Street has seen an influx of new store openings and expansions. Read on for a round-up of the latest happenings!

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Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Happenings: Robson Street

Locally Made Vancouver Gifts for that Person You’re Sorta or Seriously Seeing

Sourced from Wikimedia Common - Evalowyn

Sourced from Wikimedia Commons – Evalowyn

My boyfriend is lovely but gift-giving is not his strong suit. His first present to me consisted of a hockey stick and baseball glove (and believe me, I’m not the sporty type). When it was my birthday, he begged me to take him shopping and not so subtly point out items I might want. He’s even admitted to breaking up with girls before the holidays because he wanted to spare himself the ordeal of shopping for them. I tried not to judge him.

I, on the other hand, come from a family that adores presents, both giving and receiving them, and so, over time, I’ve somewhat perfected the art of giving good gifts. I will admit though that presents to significant others can be tricky, especially in the early stage of dating when you want to set the tone right. Here are some basic strategies and ten gift ideas that may help you as you start your shopping this month.

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Locally Made Vancouver Gifts for that Person You’re Sorta or Seriously Seeing

Portobello West Fashion and Art Market, May 25-26

photo: Portobello West Fashion + Art Market

photo: Portobello West Fashion + Art Market

Experience Portobello West’s Summer Market on Saturday May 25th + Sunday May 26th, 2013 at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre in the Olympic Village!

Stop by between 11:00am-5:00pm and shop from up to 50 amazing Canadian and Pacific Northwest designers, artists, and producers! There’s something for everyone including fashion, accessories, jewellery, art, sweets, and baby + kids items.

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Portobello West Fashion and Art Market, May 25-26

10 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts & Special Deals

Yes, Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13, and Vancouver has lots of options for last-minute gifts, from special deals and events to share with Mom to Vancouver’s best spa treatments, sweets, gifts for new moms, and more.

10 Last-Minute Vancouver Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 

1. Take Mom to the Vancouver Art Gallery for free on Sunday, May 13: You pay for your own admission to VAG and Mom gets in free. Current exhibits include Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence and the fantastic Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture.

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10 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts & Special Deals

Vancouver Holiday Shopping, Ferrari-Style

Photo: Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gifts.  This year, why not give the special someone in your life the gift that keeps on giving – a brand new Ferrari.

Yes, I know.  The $300,000 – $450,000 price tag (for base models) is a bit intimidating.  But, even if you’re among the 99.99 percent of people who can’t afford one, it’s still fun to browse.  And in Vancouver, there’s a new place to do just that.  For a fun, fantasy-filled afternoon, you can check out new and vintage Ferraris, and perhaps a Maserati or two, at the just-opened Ferrari Maserati dealership on the corner of Burrard and West Third Streets.

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Vancouver Holiday Shopping, Ferrari-Style