See 6 Vancouver Attractions for $5: Winter Wander 2015

Photo credit: popejon2 | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: popejon2 | Wikimedia Commons

Pop quiz: Where is Vancouver’s Vanier Park located?

Bravo if you know the answer.  If you don’t, no worries – Even lifelong Vancouverites get mixed up on this one. Vanier Park stretches all the way from the Burrard Street Bridge to Kitsilano Beach on the southwest shore of False Creek. It’s a seaside expanse of green hills, little forested knolls, ponds and beaches.

And it also happens to be a cultural hotbed. Vanier Park is home to three major museums: the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and the Vancouver Maritime Museum.  It also hosts the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare fest and is home to the City of Vancouver Archives and the Vancouver Academy of Music.

And this Family Day weekend you can see all six of these Vancouver attractions for just $5.   Continue reading:
See 6 Vancouver Attractions for $5: Winter Wander 2015

Futuristic Vending Machines (with Fresh Groceries) Coming to Vancouver Buildings

Photo sourced from Happy Vending

Photo sourced from Happy Vending

Would you get your eggs, milk and fresh fruit out of a vending machine?

Starting in January, special refrigerated vending machines will begin making an appearance in select Vancouver high-rise buildings. Installed by a local company called Happy Vending, the futuristic machines aim to provide condo dwellers with basic groceries, from breakfast staples like bacon to personal items like diapers and Band-Aids.

The machines, currently slated to be installed in two area buildings, are capable of carrying from 50-70 items and are meant to function as a mini convenience store – offering patrons last-minute necessities and sparing them a trip to an actual store. While commonplace in Europe, the smart vending machines are still a novelty in Canada.

But how do they work? Continue reading:
Futuristic Vending Machines (with Fresh Groceries) Coming to Vancouver Buildings

Very Weird Chinese New Year Event Returns to Vancouver: Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2015

Photos sourced from GungHaggis.com

Photos sourced from GungHaggis.com

Vancouver’s most unusual Chinese New Year tradition is back.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy – the unique celebration that merges Scotland’s Robbie Burns Day with Chinese New Year – returns Sunday, Feb. 8, at Vancouver’s Pink Pearl Seafood Restaurant.

Started in 1998 by Vancouverite Todd Wong, the fusion event combines traditions from two very different cultures into something that’s, well, odd.

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Very Weird Chinese New Year Event Returns to Vancouver: Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2015

Waterfront Vancouver Restaurant Opens its Doors to the Homeless

Photo sourced from Tourism Vancouver

Salmon sliders at Ten Ten Tapas. Photo sourced from Tourism Vancouver

One trendy Vancouver restaurant is pioneering a creative way to feed the city’s homeless and low-income population. And it wants other restaurants to rise to the challenge.

Ten Ten Tapas, a tapas restaurant located on the False Creek seawall near the Burrard Street Bridge, has begun inviting area residents in for a free monthly made-from-scratch meal. A recent meal in the waterfront venue consisted of grilled cheese made on homemade sourdough bread and stuffed with Asiago, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, paired with choice of beef-mushroom or tomato soups or seafood chowder.

The monthly lunches, which have been held twice so far, generally attract around 50 people. Continue reading:
Waterfront Vancouver Restaurant Opens its Doors to the Homeless

Glitzy 26-Floor “Origami” Tower Proposed near Historic Gastown

Image from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

Image from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

Vancouver’s historic Waterfront Station may soon be getting a glitzy new neighbour.

A sleek, 26-story tower – described as “origami” in glass and steel – has been proposed for the parking lot currently located between the 1912 station on the edge of Gastown and the adjacent Landing building, a century-old office building that houses the Steamworks bar and restaurant.

The tower, proposed by Cadillac Fairview, is designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture,the same U.S.-based firm who built the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (the world’s tallest building) and who are working on Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower, to be the new tallest building when completed in 2018.

To fit in the small space available, the tower folds in at its base, enveloping one corner of the historic CPR train station.  Higher up, it broadens to resemble the new World Trade Centre in New York, with angled planes of glass and steel. Continue reading:
Glitzy 26-Floor “Origami” Tower Proposed near Historic Gastown