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Meat ‘n Greet With all the latest listeria scares, it’s valuable ‘inside information’ to find out where to get the best, and safest, cold cuts in town. Freybe’s on East Hastings features mouth-watering sausages and delectable deli meats, and this charcuterie uses only the finest cuts and imported spices to craft quality foods worthy of the Freybe name. Naturally low in carbohydrates, most Freybe meat products are both lactose free and gluten free, with no use of liquid smoke or mechanically separated meat. The vast selection of gourmet deli meat products, featuring over 120 varieties of sausage, ham and specialty meats means you’re sure to find something to whet your appetite. Check out the Factory Retail Outlet of Freybe Gourmet Foods Ltd., open daily, at 1927 East Hastings St.; Tel: 604-255-6922.

Gazing at Stars If you’ve not been out to Vanier Park (just east of Kits Beach), then why not make a day of it? Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy all three attractions uniquely positioned on the south shore of False Creek, with views to match, inside and outside! The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre at 1100 Chestnut is one of the gems in the Vanier Park Explore Pass, which is valid for one visit to all three Vanier Park attractions at a discount price. Explore the wonders of land, sea, and space in one convenient location, and at your own leisure. And, you don’t have to

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‘Out’ on Film Yaletown’s neighborhood takes advantage of its great location by offering many outdoor events, most specifically, the Outdoor Movie Night in David Lam Park. The event occurs in July and offers a classic 80’s film, which people of every age can enjoy. To start this great day off, they offer a Roundhouse community picnic in the park. Go to for additional information. And over in Gastown, while the area is historical, it has become one of Vancouver’s trendiest neighbourhoods. Home to an abundance of Vancouver’s art galleries, one in particular stands out: Artspeak Gallery. They consistently have new exhibitions and events with incredibly innovative and talented artists. For art lovers, an exhibition to check out this summer is “Motto Storefront.” Motto Storefront is converting Artspeak into a magnificent array of contemporary art exhibitions, incorporating talks and workshops, which occur on Saturdays at 2 pm until July 22nd. For more information on this and other exhibits and events, go to Your Vancouver 2010 | 




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ancouverites still coasting on that Olympic high can now get their patriotic fix at Forsya (Fors-eye-ah). This Main Street boutique has everything you need to put some sass into your wardrobe this sunny season – and it’s all designed and made by Canadians! “It’s amazing the amount of talent we have here at home,” says owner Julie Hebb. “We’ve got a mix of local favourites like Allison Wonderland and Montreal mavens like Annie 50 and Eve Gravel (our newest designer) – there’s something for everyone.” It’s a shopper’s paradise as Forsya has stocked up on all of summer’s sweet trends. Look forward to channeling your inner vixen with high-waisted shorts and 50s inspired dresses – all perfect for days at the beach and backyard barbeques.

“I’m in love with the Petunia dress by Annie 50 right now,” exclaims Julie. “The mod inspired design is very feminine and flattering, and the butterfly motif is just darling.” Flutter on down to Forsya to check out new lines from their very own house label, Five Left, Cherry Bobin and more. And don’t forget that, every six weeks, you get to celebrate with them as they unveil a new art collection. “There is always something exciting happening around here,” says Julie. “We just had an art opening for mixed media artist Jill Pilon.” So join in on the fun as Forsya gears up for the season. To get the inside scoop, visit www., or head down to the Vancouver store at 2206 Main Street (@ 6th Avenue).

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xploring the various neighbourhoods of Vancouver is a rite of passage for curious locals. With up to 20 very diverse areas to choose from, you can plan a new weekend jaunt every week this summer! Check out these ideas:

Head East, Young Man The edge of downtown’s east side features Strathcona, with its heritage clapboard homes and wild English-style gardens. In HastingsSunrise, great ethnic shops abound, and that’s also where you’ll discover “wedding dress row!” And Fraser Street / South Hill is always raring to go with block parties and more. Over on the kitschy Commercial Drive, there’s always something happening. Italian Week kicks off with plenty of activities on June 6 ( for details), and the area is also home to the Alice in Wonderland Festival, taking place on Sunday in mid-July at Trout Lake Park (John Hendry) - Victoria Drive between East 13th and East 19th. You can attend as any character from Alice in Wonderland. A mad croquet rally will be presided over by the king and queen of hearts; a race will be lead by the dodo and special appearances to be made by Humpty Dumpty, the Tweedles, the mock turtle, the caterpillar and Queen Victoria. Sponsored by VanCity, Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, The “T” Company, and the City of Vancouver’s “Celebration Grants Program.” For more information: www. On one of Vancouver’s many beautiful summer days, it is an excellent idea to check out the restaurants and shops of the South Main district. From their perfect patios to individualist boutiques, South Main can be seen as the essence of Vancouver. With no chain or big box stores, each boutique is inimitable and you are bound to find something unique in each shop. One particularly different boutique is Front and Company, as they double as a consignment store. Those shoppers looking for store brands such as Aritzia and Zara but wishing to skip on high prices are sure to find what they’re looking for at this boutique. For more information on this truly one-of-a-kind store, visit

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Summer and flowers are really one in the same, which is why the award-winning Flower Factory on Main Street is a place worth stopping into. The arrangements are carefully crafted to ensure they’re unique and not to be found at any other flower store. They specialize in breath-taking wedding arrangements, and with wedding season just around the corner it’s the perfect place to go to make sure that you have a flawless flower arrangement on your wedding day. Whether you’re planning a wedding or just need some flora to brighten up your home, visit

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How the West was Won On the West Side you can’t avoid hitting prestigious Kerrisdale, nestled just west of “the tracks.” It hosts a fun birthday community celebration each August. And West Point Grey’s Fiesta Days in June is a must-do event for the whole family – and kids really dig the fair and rides at Trimble Park. Granville Island is a veritable maritime oasis, with sailboats, crafters and produce stands all sandwiched in under the Granville Bridge. Cambie Village is booming again now that Canada Line has successfully burrowed through the area. Though only 10 minutes from the heart of busy downtown, Kitsilano offers a laid-back district integrated with modern, healthy living. The neighbourhood has few chain stores, but is plentiful with smaller grocery stores, boutiques, independent coffee shops, unique restaurants and yoga studios. When in the area, a key restaurant to visit is The Naam on West 4th Avenue. It’s famous for its groundbreaking vegan dishes that even the biggest meat lover can thoroughly enjoy. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so there is never a bad time to go and try one of their unique dishes that cannot be found anywhere else. To preview the menu go to www.thenaam. com/naam/. South Granville offers the perfect summer shopping experience, as it is like shopping in a mall but with fresh air and beautiful scenery. 14 | Your Vancouver 2010

And although there are plenty of options for the upscale shopper, the area also caters to the average mall shopper, with chain stores including La Senza, Joneve and TNA. The area is not only great for fashion but is a great place to go to liven up one’s monotonous, daily errands, because you are able to still enjoy the radiance of a Vancouver summer. The neighbourhood features a gourmet grocery store - Meinhardt - equipped with a butcher and bakery, making it easy to get all of your everyday tasks done in one place. This unique area is not only fantastic for those looking for a great meal or a distinctive shopping experience, but is a one stop neighbourhood for art lovers. With 20 art galleries, on what is known as Gallery Row, it is a great destination for anyone looking to visit incredibly different types of art in one spot. For a list of updated exhibitions visit, www. row.html. South Granville is famous for its Stanley Theatre, home to many live productions. Until July 11th, the world’s most successful rock ‘n’ roll musical, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, will be playing at the theatre, creating the perfect end to an incredible day of exploring the South Granville strip.

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Century’s Winds of Change Mural, China Gate, The Monument of Canadian Chinese, Historical Alley, Sam Kee Building, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives and the Silk Road Route. For more details on these attractions, visit attraction.html. 05289806

Our city’s Downtown core is where the business of the day is conducted, but it’s also the setting for many major malls. The Granville strip is getting a revitalization post-Olympics, so stay tuned for a new look to the area. The West End, which has Davie Street and Denman as anchors, is a great place to stroll along English Bay or grab an ethnic bite. Over in Coal Harbour, you’re right by Stanley Park and the views are to die for. Yaletown and Gastown combine artsy with upscale, with tremendous visual results. Chinatown is the perfect Vancouver escape; as soon as you set foot into the neighbourhood, you are taken to a completely different place. It has been named one of North America’s cleanest Chinatowns and paying a visit here is a great way to sample Chinese culture without traveling for hours on end. From the architecture to unique dining experiences, the neighbourhood is virtually exploding with authentic Chinese culture. When visiting the neighbourhood there are 10 must-see attractions: the Vancouver Chinatown Millennium Gate, West Han Dynasty Bell,




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t’s well-known around the world that Vancouver is a very photogenic city. Mountains, ocean, forest; rivers, lakes, parks and man-made sculptures… There’s something eye-catching at every turn in this city. Nestled amid high-rise towers and strips of residential streets are wonders of nature that take your breath away. It’s a place we’re glad to call home. The Vancouver Courier put the call out to amateur shutterbug readers to see who could capture the heart of our city the best. No digital altering was allowed, we were seeking “au naturel.” The entire staff judged the entries, for which we received many responses, and here are our three winners: Grand prize winner Sheryl Smith says that long before the Olympics came, she fell in love with the Inukshuk. “It’s just such a lovely sculpture and must have some magical qualities to it to make so many people flock to see it, standing in grandeur at English Bay. And, of course, the setting couldn’t be more beautiful!” Smith also read up a bit on the cultural and 16 | Your Vancouver 2010

spiritual meaning of the Inukshuks, and thought the sentiment was really lovely. It’s her signature photo, having appeared at a number of galleries and events including the Zack Gallery, The Silk Purse, The Harmony Arts Festival, The Deer Lake Gallery and The Metro Theatre. Simon Rhys-Jones, second prize winner, only moved to Vancouver from Wales last September, but it didn’t take long to get caught up in the visual splendour that welcomed him and his spouse to their new homeland. “While walking in Stanley Park last October, I was astounded by the beautiful blanket of multi-coloured leaves that covered the parking lot, in the area by the Totem poles. The vista looks out to downtown, and the maple leaves were so synonymous with our new home.” Rhys-Jones, a West End resident, says the leaves, while simple, brighten up the day. Patricia Gordon placed third; the image she submitted is a photo taken from False Creek South, looking northward. It was taken on November 11, 2009, which is Remembrance Day. Gordon says the sombre, dark clouds seemed appropriate for the occasion, and we agree.

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iscover Vancouver’s community gardens with the City of Vancouver’s set of walking/cycling tours. It introduces eight different “pods” of community gardens. Each tour is under three kilometres one-way, and contains between three and six community gardens. Vancouver is home to dozens of community gardens spread throughout the city. There are approximately 1,600 community garden plots, as well as 900 community-shared plots that have been integrated in various development projects around the city. With 2,500 plots currently in place, Vancouver has roughly 4.3 plots per 1,000 people. You can download separate tour maps or access a city-wide map by going to http:// initiatives/foodpolicy/projects/gardenwalks. htm. (Yes, it’s a long one!) Combined, the walking tours include most of the gardens in the city. But feel free to visit a garden even if it isn’t in a “pod” or on the map. Vancouver’s community gardens are open 12 months a year, seven days a week, from dawn to dusk.

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Kitsilano Rail Corridor North Urban Acres, Pine, Cypress, Maple & Kits West - These five gardens actually look like one, as each starts where the next one ends. Gardened mostly by people living in the area, the Maple Garden is the city’s oldest community “shared” garden, setting a precedent for the development of more community gardens since that time. After you’ve done the tour, you can also wander over to Granville Island for more foodie fun!

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tasty fruits with local roots by Jeremy Shepherd, contributing writer


he summer is only beginning, but the harvest is already in. With a cornucopia of items including salmon, strawberries, garlic, goat cheese, truffles, muffins, fudge, flowers, pumpkins and pottery, Vancouver Farmers Markets have been providing a literal smorgasbord of local goods for the last 16 years. Tara McDonald, the executive director of Vancouver Farmers Markets, said the produce comes from as far away as the Interior and as close as farms that are literally in Vancouver’s backyards. “It’s all local,” she said. “And fresh!” Vancouver’s recent support of community gardens has resulted in a crop of new farmers who have started looking for vegetables in the soil in their yards instead of supermarkets, according to McDonald. She said she expected a lot more food from urban gardens at this summer’s farmer’s markets. The prices are generally similar to store prices, according to McDonald. “Farmers set their own prices based on market prices,” she said, mentioning that some items at the markets, like rhubarb, are generally not available in stores. McDonald said the value that customers get 20 | Your Vancouver 2010

is the main appeal of the markets. “People are wanting to get back to basics, they’re searching for authenticity,” she said. Whether it’s fish from the Queen Charlotte Islands or peaches from the Okanagan, McDonald said the food is fresher, has a longer shelf life and just tastes better. “Once you’ve had a fresh tomato grown a few miles away, you’ll never go back to tomatoes grown in Mexico,” she said. “One-stop shopping,” McDonald said, identifying another appeal of farmers markets. “I can put an entire meal together: fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread, in one trip.” Despite serving 12,000 people a week at Vancouver’s four farmer’s markets, McDonald said it often feels like a tight-knit group. “There’s a community vibe,” she said. She said there isn’t a true meeting place in Vancouver, but farmer’s markets fill that void, allowing people to meet each week in a friendly environment. McDonald said the Vancouver Farmers Markets have been serving delicious, healthy food since the mid-1990s, but they have always operated without a guarantee from the city. “We’re hoping for a landmark year,” she said. “We’re hoping to work with the city to establish permanency.” Besides being the executive director of

farmers markets Vancouver Farmers Markets, McDonald said she is also a customer, and relishes the opportunity the market provides to teach her young daughter about nutrition and which foods are in season. McDonald said she is hopeful the customers and vendors will put their own stamp on this year’s markets. “We’re inviting everyone from Vancouver to come out and make the market their own,” she said. There are four market locations scheduled for this summer: • The market at Trout Lake was scheduled to open May 8, and to be in the north lot between Lakewood and Templeton. • The Kitsilano market was scheduled to open May 23. • The market on Main Street was scheduled to open up shop on June 2. • The West End market is scheduled to open on June 5. Hungry readers can go to, or call 604-879-3276, for more information.

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A century of rides and Clydes’ by Jeremy Shepherd, contributing writer


ou’ve got to give credit where it’s due - the PNE has endured. The fair that originally began in the wilds of Vancouver has continued to thrill and charm for over 100 years now. The PNE was originally opened by Prime Minister (and five-dollar-bill model) Sir Wilfrid Laurier on August 16, 1910. “At the time it was the second largest fair in North America,” said Laura Ballance, spokesperson for the PNE. Ballance said only New York boasted a fair that lured a greater crowd than Vancouver’s first incarnation of the Pacific National Exhibition. People flocked to the midway known as skid road in the fair, then known as The Industrial Exhibition, to be alternately horrified, titillated and entertained by chorus girls, petrified women, the sacrificial crocodiles of the Ganges


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VANCOUVER CHINATOWN NIGHT MARKET Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 6:30pm to 11:00pm To Sept 5 VANCOUVER FRANCOPHONE SUMMER FESTIVAL Info: 604-736-9806 June 17 – 24 POINT GREY FIESTA W.10th & Tremble Park June 19 – 21 SCANDINAVIAN MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL Scandinavian Community Centre Info: 604-294-2777 June 18 – 20 ALCAN DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL Concord Pacific, Plaza of Nations, False Creek Info: 604-688-2382 June 18 – 20

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NEANDERTHAL ARTS FESTIVAL The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street July 21 - August 1 THEATRE UNDER THE STARS Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park July 9 – August 21 VANCOUVER HERITAGE FOUNDATION WALKING TOURS Marpole, Sunset and Oakridge July 10, August 14, 21 MARPOLE SUMMERFEST Granville Street between 63rd & 71st Avenues in Marpole July 10

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August 34th ANNUAL POWELL STREET FESTIVAL Woodland Park, 700 Woodland Drive Info: 604-739-9388 July 30 - August 1 ANNUAL VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE Info: 604-687-0955 August 1 MUSICFEST VANCOUVER Info: 604-688-8441 August 6 – 15 GASTOWN FARMERS MARKET Every Sunday August 2 – Sept 27

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summer festivals Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Now in the 21st season, Bard on the Beach offers Shakespeare plays, related to dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vanier Park, this year’s festival offers: Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra and Falstaff (Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2). June 3 -September 25 Chinatown Arts & Cultural Festival Info: 604-658-8850 This colourful festival celebrates the rich muticultural heritage of Vancouver. It is held over four Saturdays in July at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park Courtyard, and highlights a different cultural group each festival day through performances of music and dance, an artisan marketplace, food tasting and a children’s craft corner. July 5 – 26 Festival D’ete — the 21st Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival One of the most acclaimed cultural rendezvous, in French. The festival will stage a great celebration, highlighting the music and songs of talented artists from throughout the francophone world. It happens in the purest traditional forms of the francophone summer festivals, with exterior stages set up in the heart of the city. June 17 – 24

Vancouver International Jazz Festival From Gastown to David Lam Park, from hip bistros to great concert halls, you can hear a wide variety of jazz, blues, groove, world music, improv and popular artists. Featuring over 1,800 musicians from Canada and around the world, at various venues around Vancouver. June 25 – July 4 Caribbean Days This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar, with tens of thousands of attendees. July 24 – 25 Vancouver Early Music Programme & Festival 2010 An acclaimed series of summer courses and concerts jointly sponsored by Early Music Vancouver and the School of Music, University of British Columbia. Featuring celebrated performers and ensembles from the international scene, along with Vancouver’s finest musicians. July 25, 30, August 1, 8, 10 and 12 34th Annual Powell Street Festival The Powell Street Festival is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage that features something for everyone: dance, music, film, and video, visual

arts, martial arts demos, amateur sumo tournament, craft vendors, traditional displays, and of course tons of scrumptious Japanese food. July 30 – August 1 Musicfest Vancouver Musicfest Vancouver is an extraordinary celebration of spectacular music. Festival fare will include orchestral, choral, world, jazz, opera and chamber music, featuring Canadian and international musicians performing at several popular Vancouver venues. August 6 – 15 22nd Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival Western Canada’s largest queer media event will amuse, challenge, educate, and titillate you. For up-to-date festival information check out the site. August 12 – 22 Vancouver Fringe Festival BC’s largest theatre festival, featuring over 500 wild and wonderful performances of the best in local, national and international talent. Being held at a variety of venues on and around Granville Island. September 8 – 19 Vancouver International Film Festival This 29th annual film festival encourages the understanding of other nations through the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting of cinema professionals from around the world in British Columbia. Dates t.b.a. Your Vancouver 2010 | 27


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Hold your next event at the Garden

Weddings, meetings & special events at affordable rates. Facilities include indoor spaces for up to 120 people, meadows & lawns throughout the grounds, Nitobe Memorial Garden (now open for weddings), and our new 245 seat Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre. Picture your next event here.

Shop in the Garden

Plants for containers and gardens, garden books and tools, gifts for travellers and special occasions Weekdays 9:30am - 5:00pm Weekends 10:00am - 5:00pm

Upcoming Events 2010 Art in the Garden - Aug. 7-8 10:00am - 5:00pm Indoor Plant Sale Sept. 16-17, Apple Festival Oct. 16-17 Boootiful Botany Halloween Oct. 30  

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dogfriendly parks EAST SIDE Dusty Greenwell Park Falaise Park Fraserview Golf Course John Hendry (Trout Lake) Jones Park Killarney Park Kingcrest Park New Brighton Park Portside (at CRAB Park) Sparwood Park Strathcona Park Sunrise Park Sunset Park Tecumseh Park MIDTOWN Charleson Park Cooper’s Park Nelson Park WESTSIDE 37th Avenue & Oak Street Park Balaclava Park Fraser River Park George Park Locarno Park Extension Musqueam Park Queen Elizabeth Park Quilchena Embankment Spanish Banks Stanley Park Sunset Beach Park Valdez Park Vanier Park For more information click on www.vancouver. ca/parks/info/.

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visit: pools ’n parks Public Swimming Pools

Aquatic Centre at Hillcrest Park 4575 Clancy Loranger Way (Ontario Street & 30th Avenue) 604-830-3259 (opens Summer 2010)

Renfrew Pool 2929 East 22nd Avenue 604-257-8393

Britannia Pool 1661 Napier Street 604-718-5831

Vancouver Aquatic Centre 1050 Beach Avenue 604-665-3424

Kensington Pool 5175 Dumfries Street 604-718-6200 Kerrisdale Pool 5851 West Boulevard 604-257-8105 Killarney Pool 6260 Killarney Street 604-718-8280 Lord Byng Pool 3990 West 14th Avenue 604-222-6090 Percy Norman Pool 30 East 30th Avenue 604-257-8680

Templeton Pool 700 Templeton Drive 604-718-6252

Public Parks Vancouver is famous for its parks. There are 192 parks in the city where special functions, such as weddings and large picnics, can be held. Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park and Van Dusen Botanical Garden are three of the largest and most-visited parks / gardens in Vancouver. Contact the Park Board at 604-2578400, or check out vancouver. ca/parks/ for more information.

look! galleries ’n museums MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY 6393 NW Marine Drive 604-822-3825 VANCOUVER ART GALLERY 750 Hornby Street 604-662-4719 VANCOUVER MUSEUM 1100 Chestnut Street 604-736-4431

VANCOUVER MARITIME MUSEUM www.vancouvermaritime 1905 Ogden Avenue 604-257-8300 BURNABY VILLAGE MUSEUM 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby 604-293-6501 Your Vancouver 2010 | 29

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take a bite out of vancouver you’ll also enjoy board games, stand-up comedy routines, and no-charge live music. Go to for all the details.

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fter a really hard day of kicking back at Kits beach, watching all the beautiful people playing volleyball, or simply walking by, you may be in need of some refreshments.

New & Well Received!

We’re Number One! The Courier’s west side readers will tell you it’s Darby’s Pub on West Fourth that is the ultimate hang-out for the hip crowd. Voted tops in the 2010 “Stars of Vancouver” poll, it’s much like the style of modern English gastropubs: simple and delicious fare, served with a passion, and at an affordable price. And it’s interactive at Darby’s, as the schedule is chock full of fun events like karaoke night and open mic night;

The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe downtown has been named Canada’s Best New Bar in the May, 2010 issue of Food & Wine magazine. In its guide to the best of Canada’s wine and food, owner Steve Da Cruz is interviewed and describes some of the local products and recipes featured in The Genuine Article cocktail program at The Corner Suite. Da Cruz and partner, André McGillivray, along with Executive Chef Jason Leizert, are dedicated to the unearthing of classic recipes and techniques. The bar also features classic absinthe service and more than a few tales of the histories of their spirits. Go to for more.

Your Vancouver Dining radha yoga & eatery

Innovative & organic vegan cuisine in a beautiful setting. Featuring a seasonally changing menu, dinner is served Wed-Sat, 6-10pm. Large party bookings available. w w w. r a d h a v a n c o u v e r. o r g 728 Main Street 604.605.0011

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Lunch Buffet: Mon-Fri $12.95 / Sat-Sun $14.95 (Incl. chai, coffee & juice) 11:30am-4pm Dinner Buffet: Mon-Thurs $15.95 / Fri-Sun $16.95, 4-10pm

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Your Vancouver Summer 2010  

A booklet promoting summer activities in Vancouver, with photos and stories of the city.

Your Vancouver Summer 2010  

A booklet promoting summer activities in Vancouver, with photos and stories of the city.