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

Where to Find the Best Winter Farmers Markets in Vancouver

Photo credit: Rex Turgano | Flickr

Photo credit: Rex Turgano | Flickr

By about this time, Vancouver farmers market fans are beginning to suffer some serious withdrawal. Most of the markets shut down earlier this month, depriving Vancouverites of their weekly fix of farm-fresh local fruits, veggies, eggs, meat and more.

But despair not: Not one but two winter farmers markets are operating in the city this year, offering up locavore delights during the cold and rainy months ahead.  Continue reading:
Where to Find the Best Winter Farmers Markets in Vancouver

Aboriginal Boutique Hotel Opens in Vancouver

Photo sourced from Skwachays.com

Photo sourced from Skwachays.com

The first aboriginal boutique hotel in a Canadian city has officially opened in downtown Vancouver.

Skwachays Lodge, located at 29/31 West Pender St. in Chinatown, features 18 unique suites each decorated with a different aboriginal theme. The suites were designed collaboratively by aboriginal artists and interior designers and combine original artwork with high-end furnishings.

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Best Pizza in Vancouver 2014? You make the call!

Photo credit: ElfQrin | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: ElfQrin | Wikimedia Commons

It’s said that in polite conversation, you never talk about two things: politics and religion.  To those taboos, I might add a third: pizza.

Few topics stir up as much passion and animosity as the great debate over where to find the best pizza in Vancouver.  Everyone has an opinion and it’s rare to find two pizza fanatics who see eye to eye on the matter (Inside Vancouver’s Tom Taylor recently offered up a newcomer’s take here.)

But I’m hoping to get to the bottom of the great pizza debate right here.  Do you have a favourite pizza restaurant in Vancouver? Let us know by leaving a comment below.  

And, yes, I do realize that this is actually a ridiculously difficult – maybe even unanswerable – question.

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Best Pizza in Vancouver 2014? You make the call!