Holiday Gift Boxes from Vancouver’s Local Businesses

Local is making a comeback! As the festive season approaches, Vancouverites are embracing small businesses, paying special attention to their quality products, and finding joy in supporting the community through hyper-locality. When seeking holiday gifts this year, look no further than these local-made gift baskets.
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Holiday Gift Boxes from Vancouver’s Local Businesses

Hops, Scotch and Every Other Tipple You Crave this Autumn: Hopscotch Festival Returns November 20

Libations lovers rejoice: Hopscotch is here!

Libations lovers, rejoice: Hopscotch Festival sweeps over the city on Monday, November 20, bringing with it seven days and nights of enticing tipples and prime pours. Whether a sampling free-for-all at the Grand Tasting Hall or an intimate whiskey masterclass, the event shines a spotlight on spirits from around the world for scotch, craft beer, cider, wine, cocktail and spirits aficionados and newbies alike.

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Hops, Scotch and Every Other Tipple You Crave this Autumn: Hopscotch Festival Returns November 20

A Vancouver Newcomer’s Observations Vol 3: Sushi Snobs

Photo: www.bcliving.ca

Photo: www.bcliving.ca

Hello Vancouver! As you all know, I’m a Vancouver newbie. I’ve lived multiple places around Canada, and I’m pleased to say I’ve now landed in this lovely city. I’m stumbling upon new reasons to love this city on the daily, and I could not be happier to call it home! Follow me and my column, New-B, as I get to know Vancouver and, inevitably, fall in love with it.

Before moving to Vancouver I had dined on what I thought to be some pretty acceptable, if not pretty delicious, sushi. Many cities I’ve lived in or visited have had their roster of “best” sushi hot-spots Continue reading:
A Vancouver Newcomer’s Observations Vol 3: Sushi Snobs

Totally Local, Totally Delicious New West Coast Foodie Website

WestCoastFood.ca

Lush forests, lively oceanfront, rushing rivers, sprawling fields, and a bright mix of cultures set the table for limitless culinary possibility from bustling Vancouver to the lively Metro suburbs to the calm Fraser Valley. There’s enough to keep a foodie chomping their way around our west coast for years, and there’s a new guide to what’s delicious and where you can eat it.

West Coast Foods is dedicated to looking beyond the city’s centre to uncover the restaurants, farms, ingredients, and people who make up Canada’s west coast culinary styles. For example, have you heard of the coffee hut in White Rock with small batches of beans that are roasted on a converted barbecue? Do you know where to grab a hearty pre-hike breakfast on the North Shore? Would you like to try your hand at an apple pie recipe straight from multi-generational apple farmers in Abbotsford? Have you been to Coquilam’s Koreatown?

Arm yourself with the website, and start exploring from Vancouver to the valley. (New posts are up each week!)

If your mouth is watering from south of the border and you are looking for a culinary getaway, enter our West Coast Food Sweepstakes for your chance to win a trip up on Amtrack, a two-night hotel stay, and a full day guided feast of a tour!

 

Vancouver local goods gift guide and Giveaway

Clockwise from top left: Butter Baked Goods, Giovane Cafe, Earnest Ice Cream, Thierry Patisserie Chocolaterie Cafe

Clockwise from top left: Butter Baked Goods cook book, The Market at Giovane Cafe, Earnest Ice Cream, Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe festive log (Photo by James Stockhorst)

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me….a basket full of B.C.-made goodies. I hope.  Vancouver is home to a bounty of creative, delicious and stylish shops, schools and makers, so shopping (and therefore receiving) local is easy during the holiday season.

Below you’ll find a list of present ideas for the writer, the cook, the pregnant gal, the constant class taker and the clothes horse. Happy local goodie gift giving – to help you out we even have a giveaway for two fantastic prizes at the end of the post!

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Vancouver local goods gift guide and Giveaway

Top 5 Craft Beers for Summer in Vancouver

Photo credit: QuinnDombrowski | Flickr

Photo credit: QuinnDombrowski | Flickr

Put away those porters and hoppy, heavy IPAs.  Summer is nearly here and that means crisp, fresh beers that can be sipped all afternoon-long on a sunny patio.

Vancouver’s craft beer renaissance means there’s no shortage of local brews that fit the bill.  Here are five picks that should be part of your 2013 patio season.

Howe Sound Brewing King Heffy ImperialHefeweizens (German-style wheat beers) are the king of summer brews.  And Howe Sound’s King Heffy is . . . well . . . the king of Hefeweizens.  It’s a bit more substantial than most hefes but offers up all the signature banana and clove notes.  Just be careful: as an “imperial,” this brew packs a punch with a 7.7-percent alcohol content.   Continue reading:
Top 5 Craft Beers for Summer in Vancouver

Defend Vancouver Fashion: Support the Thuggie

Not since lululemon has Vancouver fashion attracted so much attention.   Earlier this week, Internet guru and Twitter magnate Guy Kawasaki posted a story on his website titled Canada Goes Gangster with the Thuggie and Tweeted it to his 400,000 followers.

The story, which went viral, was all about Vancouver’s latest loungewear fad, the Thuggie.  If you haven’t heard of this yet, it’s a very odd-looking, ankle-length hooded sweatshirt.  Its designers describe it as a cross between a hoodie and a Snuggie (those blanket with sleeves things).

Well, the Internet hasn’t taken too kindly to the Thuggie.  Some fashionistas on the web have slammed the product as a new low in Canadian style and a crude impersonation of urban, “gangsta” culture (On the other hand, plenty of people have also come out to rally around Thuggies after seeing the blog post).   Seeing as how Thuggies originate right in our backyard, handmade in a small studio off Venables Street, I thought maybe we should show our support and defend a Vancouver fashion statement.

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Defend Vancouver Fashion: Support the Thuggie