How to Carve a Pumpkin into a Jack-o’-Lantern

Welcome to Jack-O’-Lantern Season! It’s that time of year, and if you’re like me, there is a great, big, orange pumpkin taking up a lot of counter space. I am no expert.  I was looking for some tips on how to carve a pumpkin, too. Fall is a busy time, with back to school, and back […]

Celebrating 2018 Chinese New Year in Vancouver’s Chinatown – Year of the Dog

Celebrating 2018 Chinese New Year in Vancouver’s Chinatown – 2018 Year of the Dog 狗 The Chinese New Year Parade will return for the 45th time on Sunday, February 18th, 2018 恭喜發財  Gung Hay Fat Choi! Happy New Year! 新年快樂 新年好 (xīn nián hǎo)  Have a good New Year! One of my favourite neighbourhood Vancouver events, the annual […]

Free Ice Skating in Downtown Vancouver Robson Square

Robson Square Ice Rink – Skating Is Free, Start A Tradition The Robson Square Ice Rink is open December 1st, 2017  until the end of February 2018 (so you can take your Valentine on Valentine’s Day!). This open air ice rink in the heart of Downtown Vancouver is open daily. Almost a ‘best kept secrets’, […]

Top Holiday Season Things To Do In Vancouver

Top things to do in Vancouver this Holiday Season It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  The lights twinkle a little more brightly, the air is crisp, and there’s a party going somewhere. Best Vancouver Christmas Attractions Vancouver Christmas Market I love the Vancouver Christmas Market, it’s a taste of Europe here in Vancouver. The […]

Celebrating 2016 Chinese New Year in Vancouver’s Chinatown – Year of the Monkey

Celebrating 2016 Chinese New Year and Valentines Day in Vancouver’s Chinatown – 2016 Year of the Monkey 猴 The Chinese New Year Parade will return for the 43rd time on Sunday, February 14th, 2016, and it’s also Valentines Day. Clever Monkey! 恭喜發財! Gung Hay Fat Choi! (Happy New Year!) 情人节快乐 (And Happy Valentine’s Day) One of […]

Travel Like a Local, Enjoy Local Like a Traveler

Travel Like a Local, Where Ever Local Is I have always loved the phrase, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’. It’s a little bit of travel wisdom given out in 390AD by St Augustine to a co-worker. As I read it, the phrase gives me license to dig into the local scene, to […]

Vancouver Christmas Market 2014 Holiday Fun

I love the Downtown Vancouver Christmas Market, it’s festive, it’s romantic, it’s got great food and gift ideas, and it’s an affordable, family holiday activity! This year the winter season Christmas Market is open from November 22 to December 24, 2014. Colourful décor. Authentic gifts. Family entertainment. Tasty authentic food. The aroma of mulled wine. […]

Finding Fabulous Hot Chocolate in Vancouver

Vancouver’s Best Cups of Hot Chocolate As Vancouver starts to feel the winter chill, hot cocoa is a perfect way to warm the spirit, indulge is something luxurious, and share a moment. After the initial seasonal egg nogs, I turn to something less cloying, something more earthy and complex.  Cacao has a long history, considered sacred […]

Robson Square Ice Rink – Skating Is Free, Start A Tradition

Robson Square Ice Rink – Skating Is Free, Start A Tradition The Robson Square Ice Rink is open from now until the end of February 2014. This open air ice rink in the heart of Downtown Vancouver is open daily. Almost a ‘best kept secrets’, a great and often uncrowded way to introduce kids and […]

Vancouver Christmas Market 2013 – A Seasonal Favorite

The Vancouver Christmas Market from November 22 to December 24, 2013 on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza! The Vancouver Christmas Market is a little bit of Traditional European Christmas Holiday Season in Vancouver. If you haven’t been, its at least worth visiting once. I like to visit once every year, take in the festive decorations, […]