Fit more summer in a Honda Fit

2019 Honda Fit

Summer is blazing, get your errands done in a flash then make a break for it and get out to the country like we did recently for a day trip to Cultus Lake Marina the Honda Fit is a perfect fit.

I recently had the opportunity to drive the peppy subcompact Honda Fit EX-L Navi for a few days and was pleasantly surprised. In most small cars I tend to either hit my head on the inside roof or have to slouch down to see and sit comfortably, but in the Honda Fit this was not the case.  The Fit, quite simply fits, I could sit upright, and still have plenty to head clearance and plenty of viewing through the large front windows. The EX-L Navi trimline takes the simple car up a notch with HondaLink system, leather trims, HD radio/Sirius XM, automatic climate control, all added to the standard Fit features like; keyless entry, 6 speaker audio system, multi-view rear camera, steering wheel cruise control and audio controls.

Throw everything & everyone in the Honda Fit

The 60/40 split rear seats and cargo cover for when the seats are up, allow the Honda Fit to pack in a lot of people and stuff for your getaway.  Great fuel economy is a huge plus, especially with the current fuel prices, making it easier to justify hopping in the car for any reason.  The subcompact is a dream to park too, perfect for everyday errands around the city.  Unlike some subcompacts that lack power, the Honda Fit handles highway driving nicely with enough pep to get in and out of traffic and on to your destination in a breeze.

Honda Fit fits everywhere

Overall, I was quite impressed with the Honda Fit EX-L Navi for a great economical, easy-to-drive, subcompact, and starting at around $15,500 for the base trim models, plus good fuel economy, it can definitely fit in most everyone’s budget.

For specs and details on all trimlines of the Honda Fit visit honda.ca/fit

Tasting Plates South Granville September 12th

Before summer ends, take a stroll on South Granville Rise as Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates South Granville edition visits the neighbourhood.  Savour the flavours of the ‘hood’s diverse eateries.

During the tasting extravaganza restaurants in the area along Granville Street, between 12th and 16th Avenues, will open their doors to bring patrons a Tasting Plate that best exemplifies their kitchens. Taste the bites, visit with chefs, and meet new and old foodie friends as you roam table to table, taste to taste.

Starting at a to-be-determined staring location, Tasting Plate participants will check in and pick up their Tasting maps and menus then set off to seek out new tastes and flavours.  Walk, ride, or roll your way around the streets with your friends and family for a pleasant late-summer evening.

The participating eateries for Tasting Plates South Granville include;

The Rise Eatery, 3121 Granville Street

Fiore Restaurant, 1485 W 12th Avenue

Meinhardt Fine Foods, 3002 Granville Street

Phoscao Cafe, 3007 Granville Street

More restaurants and the opening location will be announce by Vancouver Foodster as the event draws near.

Tickets are available now on Eventbrite:
$29 Ultra Early-Bird Ticket sales end on Friday August 17th
$35 Early-Bird Tickets, from August 17th – 31st
$45 Advance Tickets after August 31st
$60 per person regular tickets, after September 9, 2018

If you don’t want to wait until September, there’s still the chance to attend Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates Commercial Drive coming next week August 22nd, kicks off at The Drive Coffee Bar, 1670 Commercial Drive

Picks of the Week – August 15, 2018

Mid-August and the annual smokey overlay above the city is upon us, there’s lots of entertainment to keep you indoors and out of the poor air.

Jericho:  It’s the final weekend of Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory Festival  the trio of plays at Jericho Arts Centre: Dark Road by Ian Rankin, A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin & The Beauty Queen of Leenane wraps up August 17th.

Synth: Show a little respect as Erasure takes the stage at The Orpheum Theatre tonight, August 15th.

VQFF Closing Film: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Festies: The Vancouver Queer Film Festival also wraps up this weekend but not before many more days of world class films.

Laugh:  Visit one of the best patios in Vancouver, the Neil McRae Bar at the Improv Centre on Granville Island and while you’re there get a good laugh a at Vancouver Theatresports League zany improv antics when you check out the fun at Avocado Toast or stay for the late night show WTF – What The Fun!

WhitecapsKicks: Whitecaps FC hope to continue the forward momentum into the playoffs as they host NY Red Bulls on Saturday

Tyrant: Enjoy the August line-up of comedy and jazz at Tyrant Studios Summer Lounge Series: Friday Jazz & The Comic Strip Saturdays

Cabaret: Fabulist Theatre presents Our Time: An Empowerment Cabaret, a celebration of women in stories and songs from the suffragette to the #MeToo movement

Rock: It’s the weekend to Rock Ambleside Park, as it welcomes a bevy of classic rock acts, including Loverboy, Lee Aaron, Trooper, Chilliwack, Nazareth and more on Aug 17, 18, & 19.

PNE: The 2018 Fair at the PNE opens this weekend, this year the Fair celebrates the40th Anniversary of SuperDogs, the Pacific Coliseum’s 50th Anniversary and the 60th Anniversary of the famed Wooden Roller Coaster.

PNE Summer Nights Concerts

Nights: The opening of the PNE also kicks off the Summer Nights Concert Series fan picks between free concerts from Boyz II Men and Air Supply this Saturday and Sunday

Music: The CBC Musical Nooners are back for another year, bringing lunch time music to the outdoor CBC Plaza on Hamilton Street

Dine:  Provence Marinaside’s Tomato Festival picks the best of the summer’s crop and brings it to your plate through the month of August

Resist: Until October 8th at MOA, Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America, invites visitors to take a closer look at the political and social significance of Latin American artistic traditions to express political realities.

Exhibit:  Experience a visit to the cabin and stay indoors, at the Vancouver Art Gallery as Cabin Fever  an exhibit tracing the history of the North American cabin as an architectural form and a cultural construct, on view until September 30, 2018.
As well, David Milne: Modern Painting  on until September 9th, offers highlights of Milne’s half-century career, which took him from New York City, to the battlefields of Northern  France and Belgium, and back to the wilderness of Canada and the US.

Wild: The Museum of Vancouver latest exhibit Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, brings the great outdoors, indoors to take a look at the relationship between local plants and animals and the people and places in the city, showing until 2019

TUTS CInderella: Tré Cotten(Topher) & Mallory James(Ella)
photo: Lindsay Elliott

Stars:  Theatre Under The Stars has extended the 2018 season of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and 42ND Street on alternating nights at Malkin Bowl, now closing August 25th.

Bard: Make your picks between a brilliant Beatles themed version of As You Like It,  now extended until September 28, or the dramatic Macbeth on the Mainstage, and find Timon of Athens or Lysistrata on the Howard Family Stage at Bard on the Beach 2018

 

Hit the water with Cultus Lake Marina

Hot summer days beg for a trip to the shore, Vancouver is lucky to have Cultus Lake, a hub of water recreation just a up the highway.  At just under 90 minutes from downtown Vancouver to Cultus Lake Marina, it’s a quick getaway, but the aquatic oasis feels like a world away.  

Whether your overnighting at one of the campgrounds and cottages, or just taking a day-trip with friends, Cultus Lake is a hive of activities.  The famed Waterpark bring tons of friends and families to play on the waterslides and other rides but the lake itself is nature’s water park. The compact 6 sq km lake punches above its size for what it has to offer.

Tubing on Cultus Lake

Beaches for swimming, shores for picnics and family gatherings, calm coves for fishing or stand-up paddle-boarding, and open water for jetskiing, boating, waterskiing and more.

The hub of most of these activities, is the Cultus Lake Marina; rent jetskis, wake boards, tubes, or like our gang, one of the many boats that the Marina has to offer.

11 Passenger Four Winns Funship

One of the 7,8,9 or 11 passenger Four Winns powerboats are ready to tow waterskis and tubes or just leisurely enjoy the waters. Groups of 13 can hit the water in the Marina’s Pontoon Boat, perfect for a party on the water. A boat license is not required to rent a boat from Cultus Lake Marina but the drivers (max 2) are required to watch a 10 minute safety video, inspect with the boat with the marina staff and take responsibility for the operation and condition of the boat.   Once all the checks are done and all passengers have their personal floatation device fitted it’s time to sit back and enjoy the open water.
Cruising around Cultus Lake is a great way to surround yourself in nature, the evergreen slopes and granite cliffs rising from the lakeside, only interrupted by the tiny villages of Cultus Lake and Lindell Beach book-ending the ends of water.

Whenever you’re looking for a getaway from the city, pack up the car, hit the road and enjoy everything Cultus Lake has to offer.

Jetskis & Boats await at Cultus Lake Marina

Cultus Lake Marina is located at #50 Sunnyside Blvd, Cultus Lake, BC.
(about 90 minutes from downtown Vancouver or 10 minutes from Chilliwack)
Visit cultuslakemarina.com for pricing and more information
Call 604-858-9990 or email rentals@cultuslakemarina.com to book your boat, jetskis or other watercraft.
Follow @cultuslakemarina on instagram to get inspired for your own day on the water.

Harmony Arts’ Night on the Pier Crowns Top Mixologist

Harmony Arts Festival – Night On The Pier

Last week Harmony Arts Festival presented its 3rd Night on the Pier, a celebration of cocktail culture. Under the late-day heat of the setting sun, Ambleside Pier was filled with visitors seeking thirst quenching cocktails.

Nine of Metro Vancouver’s top mixologists poured their original cocktail creations for guests to sample and enjoy, alongside small bites from Mamie Taylor’s, Feast the Neighbourhood Table, Sebastian & Co. Fine Organic Meats Ltd, Las Margaritas, Two Rivers Meats & Backyard Eatery.

Winner: Cocktails At Tiffany’s, and Las Margaritas house-made salsa & chips

After sipping all the cocktails, guests were invited to vote for their favourite to be crowned top mixologist.

After the votes were counted, Milestones’ bartender Souhail Rostainajad was crowned the people’s choice for top cocktail with his refreshing “Cocktails at Tiffany’s” featuring spirit sponsor Barcardi White Rum.

The other competing cocktails, bartenders, restaurant and spirit sponsors were:

 

Matthew Benevoli, Nomad – “West Coast Windstorm” featuring Southern Comfort & Charton Hobbs

 

 

 

 

 

Max Borrowman, Juniper Kitchen and Bar – Essence de Rouge featuring  Grand Marnier

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Bruce, Keefer Bar – “From Sea to Sea” featuring Giffard & Torres Pisco, & Tempo Renovo Gin

 

 

 

 

 

Daniela Campos, Feast The Neighbourhood Table – “Hazy Prophet” featuring Aviation Gin

 

 

 

 

 

Levon Culbertson-Bottomley, Edible Canada – “Sheringham Oolong Sout” featuring Sheringham Distillery

 

 

 

 

 

Sabrine Dhaliwal, UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar – “Cherry Road” featuring Belvedere Vodka

 

 

 

 

 

Robyn Gray, Rosewood Hotel Georgia – “Bahamian Swizzle” featuring Mount Gay Eclipse Rum

 

 

 

 

 

Skye Haneul Kim, Cacao Progressive Latin – “atardecer en Ica” featuring Tacama Demonio de los Andes Pisco

 

 

 

Cocktails, Canapes & Croquet make for a ‘wicket’ day at Fairmont Empress

Where better than the iconic Fairmont Empress in Victoria to host a leisurely garden party and croquet tournament.

On August 26, 2018, don your best summer garden party, cricket-friendly attire and join MC Joe Perkins of CTV Vancouver Island as the Fairmont Empress brings the beloved pastime to the front lawns of the restored grand hotel.  Just as the hotel has gone under a $60+million rebirth to bring new life to the hotel’s rooms and interior spaces, the social scene is returning to the hub of Victoria’s Inner Harbour.  Like the social affairs of the colonial era, the verdant front lawns of Fairmont Empress, have been transformed to roll out a civilized Croquet tournament. The lush flower gardens Victoria is famous for, bloom around comfortable lounge seating, as the participants and guests enjoy culinary treats and craft cocktails from the Fairmont Empress team of chefs and bartenders, creating an ‘only in Victoria’ afternoon.

No experience is required to participate in the tournament, croquet attire consists of grass friendly footwear (flats, sandals, or wedges, no heels on the lawn), a sun hat to shield your eyes, and your smartest summer outfit to  impress and intimidate the competition. Prizes are awarded for best dressed croquet team.  If you don’t want to play, spectator tickets are available also.

Register, on Eventbrite, as a team (two people), or as a single to be paired with a teammate at the event:
$89 per person plus tax & gratuity after August 1, 2018 at 5pm (must be 19+ to attend)

Included in ticket price:

  • Pimm’s Welcome cocktail
  • Passed canapes, finger tea sandwiches, sweet bites.
  • Access to social lawns including lounging, games, food and cash bar
  • Minimum of two rounds of croquet play on the front lawns of The Empress

 

KitsFest brings Bathtub Races to Vancouver August 11

After a 22 year absence, Bathtub Races are returning to Vancouver, yes Bathtubs are back!

Part of KitsFest, Vancouver’s healthy living & sport beach fest, running August 10-12, 2018 at Kits Beach, The 1st Annual Bathtub Races will bring thrills and excitement to the water on Saturday.

Photo: Willow Friday Iron Oxide Art Supplies

This year’s bathtub event hearkens back to the Nanaimo to Vancouver Bathtub Races that were part of the defunct Vancouver Seafest until the 90s. The Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society and KitsFest are bringing the quirky races to a whole new generation.  Nearly three dozen racers, in three heats, will hop in their bathtubs and speed around the mile-long course off Kits Beach. Spectators will be dazzled at the speed and agility of the tiny watercraft, as they watch from the shores of English Bay or large licensed race pit. Live entertainment, DJ and prizes will keep the everyone amused during the Bathtub Races. The races get underway at 2:30pm, with heats following every hour until the final run at 5:30pm to determine the Bathtub Races champion.

The Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub society have been racing bathtubs since Canada’s Centennial in 1967, the spectacle of the Nanaimo to Vancouver Bathtub Races came to an end when SeaFest came to an end but the tradition has continued in Nanaimo Harbour and now the tubs are ready to return to Vancouver at KitsFest.  KitsFest is a weekend filled with sport and activity from beach volleyball, and waterpolo to Lululemon Sunset Yoga, touch football, or try your hand at Steve Nash Spin by the Sea, tennis or Zumba.

To join in the fun of the Bathtub Races or any of KitsFest’s multitude of healthy living and family-friendly activities, head to Kits Beach August 10-12, visit kitsfest.com for schedule and events.