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Tag: 5 Things Vancouver

Yay Vancouver!

by Dan
Travel + Vancouver / March 01, 2010

Gold, Bitches! Photography by kp werker

Woo-hoo! 14 Gold medals and a sweet win against the US in OT! Congratulations to all our athletes: You did us proud!

Yay Canada! Yay Vancouver!

Thanks again to everyone to contributed to our 5 Things Vancouver posts during the Winter Olympics. They were all fantastic and it was great to get tips from people who really know and love the city. 

Just in case you missed any of the entries here's a complete list of the 30+ contributors:

Thanks all, and if anyone still needs some advice on where to go in Vancouver, please check out Lonely Planet's Vancouver Encounter and City Guide, and Chronicle Books City Walks: Vancouver.

And don't forget to write down all your new discoveries in a Moleskine Vancouver City Notebook!

Photograph courtesy of 5 Things Vancouver contributor KP Werker


5 Things Vancouver: Kelly McKinnon

by Dan
Kids + Travel + Vancouver / February 26, 2010

kidsbook-couchKelly McKinnon is the co-owner of Kidsbooks

Kelly enjoys travelling (especially on the seat of a bicycle), building Lego with her nephews, sports and eating (although in the email accompanying her answers, she suggests that the last two are linked!).

"I love my job running Kidsbooks, along with my business partner Phyllis Simon, because it is so much fun getting everyone excited books and reading," she says.  Amen to that!

What’s your favourite book about Vancouver?
City of Glass... Doug Coupland…he nailed it.

Where’s your favourite spot to eat on a budget?
Go Fish but the line-ups are terrible on a sunny day.

What is the best thing to do with kids in Vancouver?
The Aquarium...hands down!

What’s your favourite bar?
Rodney’s….the crabcakes are westcoast comfort food.

What’s your favourite free thing to do in Vancouver?
Waterfront…Walk, run, bike...
 

Thanks Kelly!


5 Things Vancouver: Maria + Stefanie, dandelion KIDS

by Dan
Travel + Vancouver / February 25, 2010

Maria + Stefanie dandelion KIDS

Maria Livingstone and Stefanie Missler are the co-owners Dandelion KIDS, a modern kids shop that stocks hip baby clothes and stylish duds for boys and girls. The store was born over 5 years ago over a casual coffee when they discovered a shared childhood dream of wanting to have a shop. The doors have been open since Winter 2004 on Commercial Drive in Vancouver and, in April 2009, Maria and Stefanie opened their second shop Port Moody.


What is the single best thing about living in Vancouver?
Maria: The moist air, your skin never gets dry
Stefanie: All the great parks and beaches


What’s the one place everyone should visit?
Stefanie: Museum of Anthropology
Maria: dandelion KIDS! [SHAMELESS! ~Dan wink ]

What is the best thing to do with kids in Vancouver?
Super Sundays at the Vancouver Art Gallery

What’s your favourite bar?
The Narrow Lounge

Why should people live in Vancouver and not just visit?
Maria: It would be nice to have that city buzz, and that only happens when there’s lots of people.
Stefanie: To bring even more flair, sophistication and diversity to this great place.

Bonus:


What’s the most common misconception visitors have about Vancouver?

That it rains too much (it’s spring in February-let it rain!!) and “we’re a no-fun city”

Thanks Maria + Stefanie!


5 Things Vancouver: Jill Amery

by Dan
Kids + Travel + Vancouver / February 25, 2010

Jill Amery is the Editor of UrbanMommies an online magazine with a focus on the stylish side of pregnancy and parenting.

Based in Vancouver, Jill is constantly searching for parenting tips, fun children’s activities and kid’s travel stories.

What is the single best thing about living in Vancouver?
Skiing and sailing on the same day.

Who is your favourite Vancouver author?
Aislinn Hunter

What’s your favourite restaurant for a romantic dinner?
Boneta

What is the best thing to do with kids in Vancouver?
Can’t choose just one – skating at Robson Square, play area at the aquarium, Wreck Beach – the sand’s gradual entry into the ocean is perfect for kids.

What is your favourite Vancouver hangout?
The patio at the Art Gallery in summer.

What’s the most common misconception visitors have about Vancouver?

Tie: A) We never dress up. B) It rains all the time.

Thanks Jill!


5 Things Vancouver: Erick Villagomez

by Dan
Architecture + Travel + Vancouver / February 25, 2010

erick-villagomezErick Villagomez is a former Torontonian who moved out west after he mistakenly froze his tongue to a metal pole one grim wintery day.

He is a self-declared urban cartographer and bibliophile who runs an environmental design practice, teaches architecture at UBC, and is a co-founder and writer for re:place magazine in his spare time.

 

What is the single best thing about living in Vancouver?
Flowers blooming in February while rest of the country is outfitted in parkas and toques. grin

What’s the one place everyone should visit?
If we have visitors coming in for the day we usually hit three places that each give a different sense of what the city has to offer: Commercial Drive (activist, gritty, left-wing, etc.), Granville Island (the industrial-wasteland-turned-touristy-artist-haven) and Lighthouse Park in North Vancouver (the not-too-hard-trekking park with beautiful views of the ocean and city). Did I mention each of these is about 20 minutes apart?

Where do you look for books in Vancouver?
Hmmmm….too many places. But being a book junkie, I frequent used bookstores searching for hidden gems—Bibliophile (used book in best condition found anywhere the city—Commercial Drive), Pulp Fiction (great selection of all around titles new and old - Main Street), and Macleod’s Books (a Neverending Story-type books store with piles of books that house hidden gems—Downtown, Pender St.).

vancouver-special


What’s your favourite book about Vancouver?
Most recently read: Vancouver Special by Charles Charles Demers. Cartographic: Vancouver A Visual History by Bruce Macdonald. Tour: Vancouver Discovery Walks by John Atkin. Classic: The Greater Vancouver Book edited by Chuck Davis.

What’s your favourite restaurant for a romantic dinner?
I’m not sure that I’d put it in the “romantic” category, but Bin 942 is one of my favorite places to eat. Small, funky, sweet tunes and great food….you can’t ask for more. Not to mention you can visit Oscar Art Books next door while you are waiting to be seated. grin


5 Things Vancouver: Crystal Allen

by Crystal
Kids + Travel + Vancouver / February 24, 2010

Crystal Allen has been in the book industry for 11 years and has been a publicist at Raincoast Books for 3 years. She specializes in Children's Books and Travel Books. In her spare time she is mom to Isabella, wife to Rob (who also works at Raincoast) and designs children's clothing for her own online store Lilikoi Lane. She moved from Bellingham, Washington to Vancouver when she was 19 years old and  classifies herself as a truly West Coast Girl. "The West Coast is my home... I can't imagine living anywhere else!"
 
What neighbourhood do you live in? In my 11 years in Vancouver I have lived all over the place. My first apartment was above the Chapters on the corner of Robson and Howe. A great way to be introduced to the city as a 19 year old girl. I've also lived in The Commercial Drive Area, The Westend, Yaletown, Burnaby and now we live in the Queensborough Area of New Westminster. It is a great neighbourhood for families. We have a waterpark and community center 3 blocks west of us, a plot at our local community garden 5 blocks east of us, beautiful views of the North Shore Mountains and Mt. Baker... AND the Olympic Torch went right past our house! The exchange of the flame was literally right in front of our deck. It was such an incredible, intimate, community celebration. Just us and approximately 150 of our neighbors. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget!
 
Where’s your favourite spot to eat on a budget? Whenever my sister comes up to visit from Washington we always hit Legendary Noodles on Main Street. Not because it is budget friendly (though it is) but because it is just so darn good! I credit finding this restaraunt to Bob Blumer and his show Glutton for Punishment. I had probably walked past the restaurant a dozen times and never noticed it but Bob did an episode on the art of pulling noodles that I happened to catch. A week later I was dining at the small family run restaurant.  There can't be more than 10 or so tables in the place. They have a glass wall so you can see back into the teeny-tiny kitchen and watch them turn a ball of dough into hundreds of noodles with a few tugs and flips. They make it looks so easy but after watching Glutton for Punishment I'm very aware that it is anything but. They also do handshaved noodles... Oh it's just so good. Now I have to go again. Good thing my sister is coming up in March! They have a few locations but I've only been to the one on Main Street.
 
What is your favourite building in Vancouver? Hands down my favourite building in Vancouver is the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library at the east end of Robson Street. I had a great view of it from my living room window in my first apartment. Inspired by Roman Architecture it is a must see. So many people stop their walk on Robson once they reach Chapters and Sears... DON'T!!! Continue a few blocks further east, enjoy a coffee on the front steps, people watch and take in this beautiful building. Check out the Wikipedia Entry on VPL for photos and history.
 
Where’s the best place for coffee? Skip the coffee and go for tea! Check out David's Tea on 4th Avenue at Yew. David's Tea is a small chain of tea shops started in Montreal in 2008 by the then 27 year old David Segal. In the two years that followed 1 store bloomed to 9 with more on the way. Blends like Coco Chai Rooibos, Singapore Sting, Love Tea #7 and Forever Nuts keep me (and others) coming back for more. I'm in there often enough that my favourite Tea Gal Maegan knows me by name and we're now friends on Facebook (ask for her if you make the trip in.) There teas are so original with ingredients like chocolate chips, candied pineapple, shredded coconut and beetroot... this is not your grandma's tea. And if you can't make the trip to 4th ave you can always order online!
 
What is the best thing to do with kids in Vancouver? There are so many great things to do in Vancouver but one of my favourites has to be Granville Island. We used to make the trip up in the summer from Washington to visit when I was a kid and now I love taking Isabella there. It is the Canadian version of Pike Place Market but (in my humble opinion) even better. I could go on and on and on about all the terrific things to do there as an adult (strolling the Public Market for fresh cheese, pasta, produce, meats and flowers, visiting the artists community, having a leisurely lunch overlooking the water at Bridges or Sandbar...) but with kids I would say my favorite things to do are:
 

-Visit the Kids Market

-Stroll the Public Market and grab a pint of raspberries in the produce section and a Montreal Smoked Meat Bagel at Siegel's Bagels

  • -Head outside and eat your lunch on one of the benches overlooking the water and be entertained by buskers and interesting visitors from all over the world

-Chase the pigeons for awhile... Like Bella did in this picture.

-Hop on the Aquabus and take in the gorgeous views of False Creek and English Bay

-Then when they are all tuckered out and snoozing in their strollers head over to the Net Loft and browse the great titles at Blackberry Books

 
Enjoy Vancouver! It really doesn't rain here all the time. I feel so blessed to live in such an incredible city! Can you tell that I'm passionate about my city by the length of this blog post? smile

5 Things Vancouver: YoYo Madeleine

by Dan
Kids + Travel + Vancouver / February 24, 2010

madeleine-yoyo-mamaWe heard from the yoyo mama earlier this morning and now here's the yoyo kiddo...

Madeleine is a Vancouver-born, six-year-old yoyo kiddo!

She’s a big fan of reading, particularly the Ivy & Bean series!

 

 


What is the single best thing about living in Vancouver?
Going swimming every weekend.

What’s the one place everyone should visit?
Nicola’s house.

Where’s your favourite spot to eat on a budget?
The Fish & Chips place next to the ice cream store.

What is the best thing to do with kids in Vancouver?
Go to a birthday party at Collage Collage.

What is your favourite building in Vancouver?
Our very own house. That building.

Bonus:

Where’s the best place for coffee?
The hot chocolate shop across the street from the library.

Thanks Madeleine!


5 Things Vancouver: Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit

by Dan
Kids + Parenting + Travel + Vancouver / February 24, 2010

annemarie-tempelman-kluit-yoyo-mamaAnnemarie is the founder and editor-in-chief of yoyomama.ca and yoyobelly.ca.

She’s also the author of Healthy Mum, Happy Baby: How To Feed Yourself When You're Breastfeeding Your Baby which was published by Random House in 2007.

She’s an email marketing expert with a background in web strategy and usability.

 

How long have you lived in Vancouver?
I’m one of those rare people who was born here.

Where do you look for books in Vancouver?
Now I’ve had kids I can indulge my children’s lit fetish with no shame at Vancouver Kidsbooks.

What’s your favourite restaurant for a romantic dinner?
Les Faux Bourgeois.

What is the best thing to do with kids in Vancouver?
The beach. Any time of year and in any weather. At the beach kids can build sand castles and mud pies and explore tide pools. They can draw in the sand with a stick and get chased by waves and commune with the seagulls. They can get dirty and sandy and wet and no one minds, not like at home or at a restaurant. And of course you can get fries or a popsicle from the concession when you’re done to top off your trip.

What’s your favourite free thing to do in Vancouver?
We love walking the new seawall by the Olympic athletes village – when it’s open of course. There’s lots to explore and see and on good days we make it all the way from Science World to Granville Island.

Thanks Annemarie!


5 Things Vancouver: Spilt Milk Moms

by Dan
Kids + Travel + Vancouver / February 23, 2010

spilt-milk-moms

The Spilt Milk Moms tirelessly review products for parents and kids, and seek out the most interesting, quirky and helpful stuff so you don’t have to.

Three of moms kindly agreed to give us their combined recommendations for Vancouver...

 

 

What’s the one place everyone should visit?
Museum of Anthropology

Where do you look for books in Vancouver?
KidsBooks
on Broadway  

What is the best thing to do with kids in Vancouver?

Where do you plan to watch the Olympics?
A combination of: home, friends, at a couple of events and the LiveCity venues!  

What’s the most common misconception visitors have about Vancouver?
That it rains all the time ... oops. Or that its close to Toronto - haha! The biggest misconception Vancouverites have is that yoga gear counts as fashion!

Thanks!


5 Things Vancouver: James Sherrett

by Dan
Travel + Vancouver / February 23, 2010

james-sherrett-adhackIn former lives, James Sherrett played hockey, guided fishermen, and wrote the novel Up in Ontario.

A foodist and a Flickrist, he is the founder of the creative community AdHack whose mission is to make better advertising.

If you want to go fishing, skiing, or hunting crabs waist-deep in the Pacific: James can probably hook you up.
 

What’s your favourite book about Vancouver?
The Pornographer's Poem by Michael Turner

Where’s your favourite spot to eat on a budget?
The Social butcher shop in gastown. Incredible sandwiches and home-made potato chips.

What’s your favourite restaurant for a romantic dinner?
Bishop's on 4th is the best restaurant experience in the city. Local food and west-coast cuisine was pioneered by proprietor John Bishop.

Where’s a good spot for Wi-Fi downtown?
Pretty much every coffee shop worth visiting (read: not Starbucks) has free wifi. Sometimes you just have to ask your barista. 

Why should people live in Vancouver and not just visit?
They shouldn't. Real estate prices are already too high. I'm not inviting any more demand into the market.

Bonus: 
Best Popcorn: The Dunbar Theatre on Dunbar at W. 29th.


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