Buying bulk food Weigh to Go on Dunbar Street

Spices I buy at Weigh to Go include ground cilantro, nutmeg, mustard seeds, caraway, cumin and chili powder. The bag of instant tapioca in the middle cost $4.90.

Spices I buy at Weigh to Go include ground cilantro, nutmeg, mustard seeds, caraway, cumin and chili powder. The bag of instant tapioca in the middle costs $4.90.

Do you also hate it when you want to try out a new recipe and it starts with “add one clove” or “take half a teaspoon of mustard seeds and mix it with ¼ teaspoon of garam masala?” Continue reading

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Artists-in-residence salon series brings cohousing idea to Dunbar-Southlands

Keiko Honda is a community builder in Dunbar-Southlands and Kerrisdale.

Keiko Honda is a community builder in Dunbar-Southlands and Kerrisdale.

I met Keiko Honda in the shower room of Kerrisdale pool last year. The elegant young woman was supervising her daughter Maya, who just finished swimming lessons. I, on the other hand, was undressed and wet, showering off the chlorine, after having enjoyed half an hour of lapses in the pool. Our eyes met, but we only smiled at each other.

Our shower meetings went on for several months, but I never had the opportunity to speak to her. Keiko and Maya had already left the dressing room long before my kids and I were ready. Continue reading

Canadian cuisine for beginners: Kerrisdale’s Mac Shack

MacShack_Logo*** update – The Mac Shack has disappeared from Kerrisdale – In the same location, there is now a high-end pizzeria that doesn’t do take outs.***

We Belgians are well known for our exquisite national cuisine. That also makes us a bit snobbish.

When I moved to Canada four years ago, I did not know what to expect with regards to food. I knew Vancouver is rich in Asian restaurants and has some of the best sushi in the world. But is that “Canadian” food? Continue reading

Prepare for The Big One with Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness workshops

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Desmond Rodenbour will be carrying dozens of extra chairs into a Kerrisdale community centre room, because evermore people show up for his emergency workshops.

Although a 4.5 magnitude earthquake hit Haida Gwaii over the last weekend of February, Daniel Stevens, Vancouver’s director of emergency management said his presentation of the Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program at the Park Board on Monday, Feb. 25 was incidental. Continue reading

B.C. Liberals’ quick-win ethnic strategy preoccupies students more than election

As the report into the B.C. Liberals’ leaked multiculturalism strategy led to another resignation today, Langara College’s newspaper published two articles about students’ take on the issue.

Ben Bulmer and Deanna Cheng both wrote for the Voice's March 14, 2013 issue about Langara College student's attitude towards the B.C. elections.

Ben Bulmer and Deanna Cheng both wrote for the Voice’s March 14, 2013 issue about Langara College student’s attitude towards the B.C. elections.

When Voice reporters Ben Bulmer and Deanna Cheng canvassed Langara College students about the upcoming B.C. elections, they were surprised to get such diverging results. Continue reading

Michael Kluckner hits nostalgia nerve at Marpole Historical Society

Artist and author Michael Kluckner explains the architectural changes in old and new Vancouver in a presentation for the Marpole Historical Society on March 9, 2013.

Artist and author Michael Kluckner explains the architectural changes in old and new Vancouver in a presentation for the Marpole Historical Society on March 9, 2013.

A plethora of collective “ahs” filled St. Augustine’s Parish Hall last Saturday, when Michael Kluckner, an expert on Vancouver history, showed slides of the former White Spot on Granville and 67th Ave.

Most of the nearly 100 seniors who attended Kluckner’s presentation about old and new South Vancouver, spent a big chunk of their spare time and money at one of the city’s top social centres of the era. Continue reading

A new taste: Goat curry Marpole style

When you follow advice from the Twitter crowd, you don’t always know what you’re getting into. You might end up eating something you had never contemplated before. Like fresh goat meat in a bowl of spicy curry sauce.

When I decided to attend an afternoon presentation at the Marpole Historical Society last Saturday, I asked my Twitter followers for restaurant suggestions in the area. The Marpole Business Improvement Association recommended an Indian restaurant called Mirchi on Granville and 64th Ave. I love Indian food, so I decided to give it a try.

Mirchi Indian restaurant on Granville and 64th Ave. in Marpole

Mirchi Indian restaurant on Granville and 64th Ave. in Marpole

I arrived at 4 p.m. and found the restaurant entirely to myself. I was seated in a sunny place at the window.

Although I am an omnivore, my diet is 80 per cent vegetarian. I am a reasonable cook, but I perform poorly at most meat dishes, which is why I always want to learn from my rare restaurant outings. Continue reading