Best Brunch in Vancouver: Cafe Medina


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Brunch is a movement, a worldwide phenomenon, created by combining two of our favourite and most important meals, breakfast and lunch, into one.

Normally eaten at around 11am and served until 2pm, wherever you go, you will see ‘Brunch hours’, ‘Brunch menus’, and maybe even be asked to go on brunch dates. So when you are in Vancouver and looking for the best place to lounge and eat brunch with your friends after having slept in that morning, where should you go?

We have made it our mission to introduce to our guests and readers all of Vancouver’s best brunch locations. This week, we are taking you to Café Medina.

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Photo from adelightfuldish

Nested next to the Stadium-Chinatown Skytrain station, this gem in the wall is located at 556 Beatty Street. Here, brunch is served from 9 am to 3 pm. Their famous sign, “Life is too short for bad coffee”, is displayed outside, capturing your attention and pulling you through their doors. From Medina, you will learn that lavender lattes are supreme and should be offered at every major coffee shop.
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Vancouver’s International Wine Festival: Beginner’s Guide to Wine


The Wine World is Here 1,750 wines • 14 countries • 178 wineries • 54 events • 8 days


Did someone say International Wine Festival?

Before the words even left our lips, the tickets to this event were already close to being sold out! But you are still in luck. As of this minute, there are still tickets available for the Dinner and Auction on February 22nd, the Wine Mingler on February 25th, the International Wine Tasting events on February 27th, 28th and March 1st, and several trade seminars. The entire event runs from February 24th – March 2nd, 2014.

If you are not a wine expert but would like to learn more about it, then provides the best free, and accurate beginner’s guide to wine.

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5 Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Vancouver


February 14th is coming up and love is in the air! Vancouver is such a beautiful and romantic city and there are about a million things you could do to create a wonderful Valentine’s Day experience for your significant other. Do you want to be creative this year? Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Chocolate

Enjoy some artisanal desserts at Le Bel Café. We recommend trying their Peppermint Patty. If you order this and sit outside, you will for sure have women running up to you asking you what it is. What an adorable AND delicious treat. Le Bel Café is also a participating store of the 4th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival which will go on until February 14th. Price | Under $10

Peppermint Patty Le Bel Cafe

A mix of 70% Valrhona guanaja chocolate infused with organic peppermint, vanilla bean Chantilly, accompanied by a double fudge cookie.

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Dine Out Vancouver Festival: Jan 17 – Feb 2


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Starting today

Dine Out Vancouver is back and ready to serve all of your palates in Vancouver and Metro Vancouver. If you love to dine out but are also on a budget, then this festival is perfect for you. For an extended period of time, high-end restaurants all around Vancouver are offering affordable, 3-course menus at a fixed price of either $18, $28, or $38! Restaurants participating include many talks-of-the-town such as Mosaic Bar & Grille, Minami Restaurant, Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant & Lounge, The Italian Kitchen, L’Abattoir, Salt Tasting Room, Twisted Fork Bistro, Hapa Izakaya, just to name a few! Continue reading

TED2014 in Vancouver: March 17-21


We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.


The mid of March is about to get very busy for Vancouver! As many of us are aware, Vancouver is home to the upcoming TED2014 conference. 2014 is a special year for TED because it marks the event’s 30th anniversary. For those who do not know, TED conferences bring together the world’s greatest innovators, thinkers, and doers, to speak about a topic of their choice (under 18 minutes or less). These range from talks about science and technology to performing arts and music. One of my favourite speakers was Amy Cuddy, who spoke about how “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are“.
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Thanksgiving in Vancouver


If you find yourself in Vancouver over the Thanksgiving weekend, there are lots of great events to choose from to make this a long weekend to remember. From gourmet turkey dinners to square dancing parties, Vancouver is set to host a great Thanksgiving weekend!

1. RIPE 2013 is the Vancouver Farmers Market 4th Annual Dinner Fundraiser. They will be serving up a casual, family style Thanksgiving feast with all the fixings, all prepared by local chefs. To compliment the meal, cocktails, BC wine and local micro brews will be featured. Team this up with a silent auction and live entertainment and you’ve got yourself an exciting Thanksgiving!

Ripe 2013 by Armstrong

Photography by Joey Armstrong

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Honda Celebration of Light


Celebration of Lights Vancouver

Vancouver’s biggest event of the summer kicks off this weekend with the start of the Honda Celebration of Light festival. With 400,000 spectators flocking to English Bay every night, this 23rd annual celebration features spectacular light shows from the United Kingdom, Canada and Thailand, a daring Red Bull Air Show, and over a dozen incredible musical acts at the free SHOREfest concert series. Continue reading

New Year’s Resolution


With New Year’s Eve just around the corner people have already started to ask the question, “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” According to numerous polls a few of the most popular things people resolve to do are to get fit, learn a new skill, and spend more time with family.

If these resolutions are on your list, why not combine them and consider one of these exciting options in and around Vancouver. Whether you try it once or commit to it for the year, you are sure to have an adventure.

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Rock Climbing

Not only does rock climbing increase agility, coordination, flexibility and muscle strength, it also burns a tremendous amount of calories. There are a few climbing gyms in the area that offer great introductory packages for all levels of skill and fitness.  Cliffhanger Climbing Gyms have a branch that is easily accessible from downtown. Start reaching your fitness and outdoor adventure goals now and in the summer take you new skill to great heights in the mountains that surround beautiful Vancouver.
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