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Latest blog posts from Jay Banks and his team about Vancouver BC

Vancouver Restaurants With the Longest Tradition: Minerva’s


A fixture in Kerrisdale since 1973, Minerva’s has provided Mediterranean food to the neighbourhood’s people for more than a generation. Minerva’s’ owner, Nonda Pavlakis, was a young man of 17 when he came to Vancouver from Greece in 1967 to be with his brother and sister. He did tailoring and sales at a clothing store, […]

Top 3 Local Food Stores in Vancouver

Top 3 Local Food Stores in Vancouver

“People think food just appears,” says Nicole Robins, owner of North Vancouver’s Sprout Organic Market. In actuality, the food we eat is still grown on farms. Much of it comes from far away, shipped from around the world by ships and planes, with attendant problems in freshness, chemical exposure and production practices. One alternative is […]

Photo Essay: Vancouver Gardens You Can Visit All-Year-Round


There is nothing like having a walk surrounded by nature on a dreary day. If you think Vancouver’s gardens are worth visiting only in spring or summer, you will be surprised – our city’s climate allows to create places that are a real pleasure to see any time of year. See the gardens that have something […]

How to Avoid Vancouver Traffic Jams – Updated!


Vancouver is regularly named the most congested city in Canada. This designation is mostly due to the heavy commuter flow across the limited number of bridge crossings entering the city’s downtown core – a factor that is exacerbated by the seemingly constant interruption of new construction projects that block roads and cause further delays. While […]

Vancouver’s Best Gluten-Free Bakeries


More people are opting for gluten-free nowadays, whether it’s for wheat disorders or simply for health reasons. Fortunately, Vancouver has a selection of certified gluten-free bakeries that offer a wide range of breads, sweet treats, and baked goods that will satisfy both gluten-free and non-gluten-free eaters. Lemonade Bakery Address: 3385 Cambie Street Website: Serving […]

Vancouver Restaurants With the Longest Tradition #6: Ovaltine Cafe

Vancouver Restaurants With the Longest Tradition #6: Ovaltine Cafe

The Ovaltine Café looks like it somehow became unstuck in time. It lies less than a block from the intersection of Main and Hastings, arguably the centre of the Downtown Eastside. Outside, people sell used clothes and DVDs on blankets spread on the sidewalk. Others walk by on their way to the Carnegie Community Centre […]

Vancouver Neighbourhood Photo Essays: Mount Pleasant

Vancouver Neighbourhood Photo Essays: Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant has undergone an amazing transformation since the 1990’s, opening new businesses and changing the whole landscape of the community as East becomes the new West. This area is located between Cambie Street to the west and Clark Drive to the east, 2nd Avenue to the north and 16th Avenue and Kingsway to the […]

Best Places to Work Remotely in Vancouver: Coworking Spaces

Best Places to Work Remotely in Vancouver: Coworking Spaces

With a vibrant community of creatives and a flourishing digital media scene, it’s no wonder that coworking spaces are growing in popularity. Vancouver is undoubtedly a costly city to live in, so offering a comfortable space equipped with coffee machines, lounge areas, hot desks, private meeting spaces – and all for a reasonable rate – these […]

Street Art in Vancouver: The Artist’s Perspective

Street Art in Vancouver: From the Artist’s Perspective

When Lululemon founder and prominent Vancouver billionaire Chip Wilson commissioned a $7,000 graffiti mural to cover a portion of the Seawall that sits on his property, he thought he was doing the city of Vancouver a favour. “We’re doing it for the people of Vancouver,” he said in 2013, “and we’re hoping that, by us taking this on, other people along the Seawall […] will actually take on the art project themselves.”