6 Candidates Show You Why Vancouver is Special

Vancouver’s civic election is happening now, and all these amazing candidates are floating to the surface like turds in Lost Lagoon. It’s beautiful, really, to watch the process of democracy in action. I had to share some of the best candidates with you, because they are too good to Bogart. 1. Would you vote for…

5 “Beertastic” Off the Beaten Path Day Trips from Vancouver

Summer’s pretty much here. It’s time to play! For us, that means following fresh air and exercise with a pint of something tasty. There are few places you can combine outdoors activities with a local brewpub as easily as Vancouver. The variety of things you can do outside the city–even using public transport–is astounding. Everyone knows…

Peaceful Noodle, Vancouver

In a city known for the overall high quality of its Chinese food, it can be hard for eaters to find much beyond the Cantonese and to lesser degree Shanghai cuisine. Enter Peaceful Noodle, and the game changes. Even if Peaceful were the only place covering northern and western Chinese cooking domains, it would be…

Vancouver’s New Micro, Nano, and Pico Breweries Part III: 33 Acres

For Part 3 of our series on Vancouver’s new breweries, we will visit on of my favorites, 33 Acres.   33 Acres seems oddly situated on a mixed-use and mainly residential, block. While they might not get the kind of walk-in traffic they might if they were located on Main Street, 33 Acres already has a loyal following…

13 Things You Did Not Know About Vancouver

We all know it rivals Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro for most scenic big city in the world but here’s some things you might not have known about Vancouver. 1. Vancouver recently banned doorknobs and might be the first city in the world to do so. 2. The reason for the doorknob ban is to…

GOLD, GOLD, GOLD! The Women’s Gold Medal Game USA vs. CANADA

  Before the game starts, the media interviews the sister of one of the American hockey players. The sister, her face fully painted with the American flag, says “When our team doesn’t play Canada, it’s just not the same.” This rivalry sets the tone for entire game. Canada was up 2-0 by the end of…

Olympic Fever!

After getting back from Victoria, we noticed a significant uptick in Olympic fever. The torch relay was making its way all over Vancouver, and to us was an important part of the buildup. We went down the street to Main & 2nd to see some of the relay, and being away from the hub of…

Olympic Countdown Begins

I haven’t yet written about being back in Vancouver, mostly because we have been way too busy. The Olympics are on their way, starting on Friday, and we have a lot of things we’d like to get done before that chaos begins. We already made our run for the border, as we expect security to…

The Vancouver “Sound”

I’m one of those people who needs to see live music, because I find it to be a salve for the soul. Nothing can substitute for the immediacy and the intensity of a live show, especially when it’s loud and you can feel it in your bones. And some bands are simply meant to be…