Biggest Lego Exhibition in Vancouver History is Coming, April 23-24

Photo credit: Alan Chia | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Alan Chia | Wikipedia

Lego mania is coming to Metro Vancouver.

The biggest Lego show in B.C. history is slated for April 23-April 24 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond. More than 5,500 adult Lego lovers from around the region and the world are expected to converge for two full days of fun and excitement with the tiny, brightly coloured plastic blocks. In fact, the event is already officially sold-out.

The public exhibition consists of a giant display hall where some of North America’s most skilled Lego builders will be setting up their creations. Expect some mind-boggling constructions that go way beyond your typical Lego forts and castles. Structures can range from full-size Lego cars to fierce-looking animals, stadiums and archaeological sites, lifelike pastries and edibles, realistic human sculptures and more.

In addition, there’s a “creation station” where guests can do some building of their own, as well as a “vendor alley” where all kinds of Lego merchandise and accessories – including rare and custom sets – will be on sale.   Continue reading:
Biggest Lego Exhibition in Vancouver History is Coming, April 23-24

Biking the Richmond Dyke Trails – The Past, the Present and the Future

Photo: Christopher Porter / Flickr

Photo: Christopher Porter / Flickr

The past, the present and the future come together while cycling the Dyke trails in Richmond. This popular cycling route is an easy ride and a favourite for families, history buffs and nature lovers! Flat, scenic and lots of places to stop and explore along the way!

The Past

I thoroughly enjoy the numerous historic points of interest found along this route. Visits to Finn Slough, London Heritage Farm, Steveston Village and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery bring the past to life.
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Biking the Richmond Dyke Trails – The Past, the Present and the Future

5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver

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Vancouverites have such an affinity for the water and there’s so many ways to get close and enjoy our rivers, lakes, coastal inlets and bays. Boardwalk promenades are ideal locations for leisurely strolls, watching activity on our waterways, soaking up some sunshine, and purchasing fresh-caught local seafood.

Here are the 5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver that will get you above and around our beautiful waterfronts.

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5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver

Special Photo Studio Just for Selfies Opens in Metro Vancouver

Photo sourced from The Selfie Room

Photo sourced from The Selfie Room

Chances are you’ve never taken a selfie like this.

A new selfie photo studio in Metro Vancouver is giving snapshot lovers the chance to take studio-quality selfies, complete with pro lighting, DSLR-camera-quality images and elaborate props and backdrops.

The Selfie Room is a new business located in Richmond, on the site of Trapped, an “escape gaming” complex where people pay to break out of themed rooms. (More on that here.) It’s inspired by similar offerings in Hong Kong, where the “selfie industry” is already booming. The idea is that guests can come in, choose from an array of backdrops and costumes, then take their own studio-quality images, no photographer required.

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Special Photo Studio Just for Selfies Opens in Metro Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Loads of community festivals and outdoor concerts happening around the Metro Vancouver area this Friday through Sunday.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Trapped! (for fun): Asian-style Escape Game Rooms Come to Vancouver

Would you pay to escape from prison? (Pictured here: a cell from the former State Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho) Photo credit: Mr.Thomas | Flickr

Would you pay to escape from prison? (Pictured here: a cell from the former State Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho) Photo credit: Mr.Thomas | Flickr

Would you pay $92 to be locked in a prison cell with three friends for 45 minutes?

That’s the premise behind Exit, Metro Vancouver’s first “escape gaming” experience. Popular in Japan and China, escape rooms force participants to solve elaborate clues in order to break out of their confinement.  The rooms themselves are often elaborately decorated to look like scenes from the past or horror movie sets.

Exit, located in an unassuming strip mall in Richmond, brings the phenomenon to Canadian shores.  It offers guests four different themed rooms to choose from: the prison cell, an Ancient Egyptian tomb, a lost ship and a mad scientist’s laboratory with blood-spattered walls.

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Trapped! (for fun): Asian-style Escape Game Rooms Come to Vancouver

Best Chinese Food in Vancouver? 19,612 People Voted – Here are the Results

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Photo credit: hermitsmoores | Flickr

The people have spoken.  Results to the sixth annual Diners’ Choice Awards – which go to the best Chinese restaurants in Metro Vancouver – are in.

An incredible 19,612 votes were cast during the month-long voting period.  Voters were tasked with choosing the best restaurants in 20 separate categories, ranging from Best Cantonese Restaurant to Best Food Court Stall and Best Dim Sum.  Over the years, the awards have grown to become the definitive guide to Chinese food in the city, helping diners identify hidden gems and familiar favourites among the thousands of Chinese restaurants in Metro Vancouver.

Photo credit: Flickr | Steven Depolo

Photo credit: Flickr | Steven Depolo

As in past years, the city of Richmond has come out on top, boasting an overwhelming majority of the winners.  In fact, many are located side by side along so-called Food Street in the heart of the city, where hundreds of Chinese restaurants are packed into the space of just a few blocks of Alexandra Road.

This year, several new award categories focused in on specific Chinese dishes, including Best Sichuan Boiled Beef, Best Honey Garlic Spareribs, Best Egg Tart, Best Taiwanese Bubble Tea and Best Wonton Noodles.  The Diners’ Choice Awards are followed on April 23 by the Critics’ Choice Awards, where the pros weigh in on the best Chinese dishes in the city.

The complete list of the Diners’ Choice Awards winners appears below:

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Best Chinese Food in Vancouver? 19,612 People Voted – Here are the Results