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!

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!

300 Kinds of Whisky (and other spirits), 1 Room: Hopscotch Vancouver returns Nov. 17-23

Photo credit: Ryan Hyde | Flickr

Photo credit: Ryan Hyde | Flickr

Do you enjoy an occasional single malt? Then this is the event for you.

Hopscotch – the festival devoted entirely to whisky, with some beer and other spirits thrown in – returns to Vancouver, Nov. 17-Nov. 23.  Now in its 19th year, the festival has expanded from a simple tasting event to an entire week of whisky-paired dinners, master classes, cigar smokes, music parties and more.

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300 Kinds of Whisky (and other spirits), 1 Room: Hopscotch Vancouver returns Nov. 17-23

Weird Frankenstein-Shaped Pumpkins on Sale in Vancouver

Photo credit: Tony Dighera

Photo credit: Tony Dighera

Have $79.13 and want to get yourself a really cool pumpkin for Halloween?

Vancouver’s Urban Fare grocery stores are selling what may be the world’s creepiest (and most expensive) pumpkins.  Known as Pumpkinsteins, they’re actual pumpkins that have been grown to look like an orange Frankenstein head.

And I’m not just talking about a passing resemblance.  These pumpkins have eyebrows and noses and lips and a receding hairline and ears … basically everything except the two bolts that stick out of Frankenstein’s neck.  It’s like Frankenstein got stuck inside a pumpkin and is trying to burst out from inside.

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Weird Frankenstein-Shaped Pumpkins on Sale in Vancouver

’70s American road movies at Cinematheque

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

If you recognize the above movie still, then you probably know your ’70s American cinema.

And if that’s the case, you’ll appreciated a retrospective this weekend at Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.).

Two-Lane Blacktop is a retrospective of 1970s American road movies on Oct. 23 – Oct. 26. Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (above, 1974, starring Susan George and Peter Fonda) is just one of a number of free-wheeling treats, including a prime Clint Eastwood flick, a Roger Corman cult classic and even some artier, more existentialist fare.

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’70s American road movies at Cinematheque