The Musical with Full-Frontal (Puppet) Nudity is Back: Avenue Q in Vancouver starting Nov 20

Photo sourced from Artsclub.com. Photo by David Cooper.

Photo sourced from Artsclub.com. Photo by David Cooper.

If you loved Sesame Street as a kid and still cherish memories of Bert, Ernie and Cookie Monster, you’ll probably want to skip Avenue Q.

The raunchy, puppet musical that parodies Sesame Street and famously includes scenes of full-frontal (puppet) nudity is back in Vancouver, showing from Nov. 20-Jan. 3 on the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage.

The Broadway smash hit, which has now had several runs in Vancouver, is a ribald, risque remix of Sesame Street, showing what happens when our favourite characters grow up and confront some very adult problems.   Continue reading:
The Musical with Full-Frontal (Puppet) Nudity is Back: Avenue Q in Vancouver starting Nov 20

Best Persian Food in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

Photo credit: Gaby Av | Flickr

Photo credit: Gaby Av | Flickr

Vancouver gets lots of praise for its abundant sushi options and authentic Chinese restaurants. But one international cuisine that’s consistently overlooked is the city’s outstanding Persian food.

Persian restaurants – serving the traditional food of Iran – are concentrated in North Vancouver (where there’s a large population of Persian descent) and also scattered throughout the downtown area. Outwardly, at least, Persian food has much in common with more familiar Lebanese and even Greek cuisine.  The mainstay of the menu is skewers of beef and chicken, marinated and grilled over open flames. Pita bread plays a central role, too, as do starters with ingredients like eggplant and grape leaves.

But I’m far from an expert on Persian food, which is why I need your help.  Do you have a favourite Persian restaurant in Vancouver. Let us know by leaving a comment below. 

I’ll start things off with one of my favourites, Cazba, which has locations on Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver and on Davie Street downtown.

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Best Persian Food in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

Football, Street Parties and Cheerleaders: Grey Cup Festival Comes to Vancouver, Nov. 27-30

Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

The 2014 Grey Cup – the biggest game on the CFL calendar – is coming to Vancouver’s B.C. Place Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 30.  But for fans, the CFL excitement starts well before that with the 2014 Grey Cup Festival, a full lineup of parties and street fests, parades, tailgating experiences and more, Nov. 27-Nov. 30.

The biggest event on the schedule (apart from the game itself) is the Telus Street Festival, Nov. 27-Nov. 29 at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver.  The free party, which kicks off at 11 .m. each day, features live music on the main stage starting at 3 p.m., highlighting top acts from Vancouver and beyond like Delhi 2 Dublin, The Boom Booms and Humans. There’s also interactive games, street food and the Nissan Family Zone at Jack Poole Plaza for kid-friendly fun.

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Football, Street Parties and Cheerleaders: Grey Cup Festival Comes to Vancouver, Nov. 27-30

Attention Dessert Lovers: Vancouver Baker’s Market is Back

Photo credit: Whitney from Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Whitney from Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

Imagine a farmers market, but replace the fresh fruits and veggies with the kinds of sugary treats that make make dentists cringe and dessert lovers rejoice: cupcakes, cookies, brownies, macarons and just about every confection under the sun.

That’s the Vancouver Baker’s Market, held on select Saturdays now through December in South Vancouver’s Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre.  The unique market showcases homemade, local baked goods from 20 Vancouver bakers – everyone from pros to student and mommy bakers who want to share their creations with the world.

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Attention Dessert Lovers: Vancouver Baker’s Market is Back

Vancouver Hidden Gem: Quarry Rock Hiking, Minus the Crowds

Seymour_Maplewood-74Ask local hikers for their favourite short hike – the quick jaunt to a scenic viewpoint that rewards every time – and one name comes up a lot: the Quarry Rock Trail.  Located just outside Deep Cove, Quarry Rock (also known as Deep Cove Lookout) towers high above the Indian Arm inlet and is accessed by a 3.8-kilometre roundtrip trail from town.

But with popularity comes problems.  Finding parking along the trailhead at Panorama Drive can be a nightmare. Plus, on busy weekends, the trail can feel like a traffic jam, with big groups of hikers and international tour groups tromping up and down.

But there is a solution: a way to enjoy the great views at Quarry Rock while avoiding the hassles of the Quarry Rock Trail.

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Vancouver Hidden Gem: Quarry Rock Hiking, Minus the Crowds