Kristina Ikavalko

What makes good ramen? For the uninitiated, a bowl of noodles is a bowl of noodles. To the connoisseur, however, truly good ramen noodles are made with love, made daily (even hourly), with simple ingredients - wheat flour, salt, water, and ‘kansui’ (alkaline water).  They are then immersed in a rich and tasty broth, carefully prepared and simmered for at least a day, and topped with a soft-boiled egg, pork ...

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No Car, No Problem – Vancouver Car Sharing

Thanks to the proliferation of car sharing companies, there is now an alternative to car ownership especially in Vancouver - the car sharing capital of North America. And, really, as nice as it is to have your own set of wheels, a car comes with its fair share of expenses and headaches -- all of which are eliminated with car sharing. Whether you want to make one last trip to Whytecliff ...

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Coal Harbour Neighbourhood Guide Map

Neighborhood Guide: Coal Harbour

LOWDOWN   A relatively new neighborhood, Coal Harbour’s high rises sprung up in the ‘90s and offer luxury accommodations with grand, waterfront views.  Easy access to Stanley Park and Harbour Green Park make up for the forest of concrete towers.  Tourist presence is high as Coal Harbour is bookended by 2 luxury Fairmont Properties (Pacific Rim and Waterfront) as well as the Pan Pacific to the East and the iconic Westin Bayshore ...

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Places to Eat Around UBC Vancouver

  As back to school nerves set in, Ikea Allen keys are misplaced and you are still on the waiting list for a required UBC course, preparing your own meals is the last thing on your mind.    Let us help you find nearby eats on campus. Virtuous Pie Located in Wesbrook Village,  Virtuous Pie (01) is a light and airy pizza place offering only 100% plant-based fare. This meat-eater was suspicious of the “BBQ ...

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Vancouver's Best Ice Cream

Living in Vancouver, you can't help but notice that ice cream is having a moment.  Never before has it been so easy to keep your cool with an icy treat. Check out our best ice cream picks below. We are not quite Italy with gelato on every corner, but we are moving in that beautiful direction. Though Mario's Gelato and La Casa Gelato have been scooping up the best for decades, ...

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Best Summer Patio Restaurants Vancouver BC

Nothing says summer like al fresco eating and drinking. Despite endless coastline and inimitable views, Vancouver has shockingly few patios due to strict restaurant and liquor licensing laws. We wish we had more but as September looms, we figured we'd better make the most of the options we do have. We encourage you to do the same and enjoy a drink and a nibble at any one of our top ...

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We can all agree that moving is the WORST.CHORE.EVER.  However, like taxes, it is an unavoidable part of grown-up life. Here is a checklist and some tips and tricks to making it less painful. ✓ Read your current lease for specific instructions for vacating. Most landlords require one month’s notice in writing. Prepare a letter and deliver it in a timely fashion or risk paying a penalty. ✓ Decide whether this will ...

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What neighbourhood is right for you?  Your lifestyle, preferences and location requirements are all key to deciding where to live. Are you are looking for a strong sense of community? Do you want to walk to work or have easy access to the beach? Or, do you hate cooking and want to be near restaurants and bars? Let's be real though... it is pretty hard to make a 'wrong' choice.  After ...

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Vancouver Chinatown City Guide

Neighbourhood Guide – Chinatown

LOWDOWN For the designer or tech worker looking for a historic neighbourhood with an artistic edge, Chinatown blends colorful Vancouver history with new, mid- and high-rise developments that appeal to dedicated urbanites seeking unique spaces.  Established in the late 1800s when CP Rail brought in thousands of workers from China to complete the railroad, this settlement flourished from a rough neighbourhood of (predominantly) male workers to a prosperous corner of the ...

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Vintage Apartment Design Ideas

With the ubiquity of design shows and magazines, we are inundated with ideas and inspiration but how do we make our space truly our own?  One option is to source and acquire some unique pieces from the past. Whether your taste runs mid-century modern or 20’s art deco, investing in a vintage piece from the past can add texture and interest to an otherwise 21st-century space. Get The Vintage Vibe SMALL FLOURISH There ...

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