August 22, 2015
The Ultimate Vancouver Brunch Guide: The Acorn Restaurant & Bar
Image: Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz
We’re taking a tasty tour of Vancouver’s many brunches to create The Ultimate Vancouver Brunch Guide. This week we’re on Main Street digging into a delicious vegetarian feast at The Acorn Restaurant & Bar.
Brunch at The Acorn is hard to fault. The presentation, the flavours, and the textures are all spot on. What’s more at the end of the meal, you’re left feeling happy and full, not weighed down and in dire need of a nap, which is so often the case after a lavish weekend brunch.
Fresh rustic bread with a house-made blueberry sage butter (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)
Featuring a menu centred exclusively on fresh, wholesome vegetarian...
August 22, 2015
Metro Vancouver real estate bidding wars spreading to suburbs
Falling interest rates and declining inventory are driving sales, say experts
CBC News Posted: Feb 26, 2015 6:53 AM PT Last Updated: Feb 26, 2015 6:01 PM PT
Vancouver's real estate market appears to be heating up again, but this time real estate agents say the bidding wars are spreading to the suburbs as well.
Real estate agent Nicola Campbell, who specializes in home sales on the North Shore, said this year's market is the busiest she's ever seen.
Last month, there were 50 listings in North Vancouver for under $1.2 million. Of those,...
August 18, 2015
New property listed in Central Pt Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam
I have listed a new property at 311 2620 JANE ST in Port Coquitlam.
One of the Biggest 1 bedroom & 2 bathroom units you will find! You will fall in love with the extra large master bedroom that includes a private en-suite and His & her Closets! The spacious kitchen features a ton of cabinet space & a trendytile back splash! Living and Dining rooms are nice & open with updated high end laminate flooring. The slider from the living room opens to the Balcony that overlooks the courtyard, fountain & has views of the mountains!! Bonus: Condo fee includes natural gas for the gas fireplace & a HUGE Storage locker on the same floor for convenience! Great central location close to Coquitlam Shopping Centre, West...
August 17, 2015
New property listed in Southwest Maple Ridge, Maple Ridge
I have listed a new property at 21144 RIVER RD in Maple Ridge.
Rare find. Spacious 4 bedroom home with Master bedroom on the main & over 3,400 s/f of living space. Main floor features nice big master bedroom with 4 pce semi-ensuite (remodeled in 2013), French doors to the separate formal living & dining room with gas fireplace, sliders from the dining room to the 8 x 24 s/d overlooking the fully fenced and private backyard. Kit remolded in '92 w/ raised oak cabinets & B/I hutch. Basement features a nice big rec room with gas fireplace 2 good sized bedrooms & a 3 pce bath (updated '13), nice big laundry, new W&D in '15. The upstairs is ideal for the nanny or extended family w/ a 1 or 2 bedroom "suite", nice...
August 14, 2015
PNE Summer Concerts 2015 lineup announced
For over 100 years, fairgoers from across B.C. and around the world have made the PNE their annual end of summer tradition.
“The Fair at the PNE is a beloved annual tradition for families across British Columbia,” says PNE President and CEO Mike McDaniel.
This year’s Summer Night Concerts feature an exciting array of artists that are sure to please fans of all genres. Pop stars, Country favorites, R&B icons, and Rock ‘N’ Roll legends, will all be showcased at the 2015 PNE Concert series.
The Summer Night Concerts will run every evening starting on Saturday, August 22 in the PNE Amphitheatre, and are FREE with admission to the Fair.
For super fans of the artists...
August 14, 2015
11 crazy new foods at the 2015 Fair at the PNE
One of the most exciting attractions at the annual Fair at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in Vancouver is always its heart-stopping food vendors. And when we say heart-stopping, we mean the kind of foods that could very well lead to a major heart blockage.
With fair food trying to outdo itself year after year, the PNE is a great place to find all sorts of outrageous creations and mash-ups that defy all convention of sweet, savoury, and sometimes sane.
Here are 11 new foods you’ll find at the 2015 Fair at the PNE:
Jalapeño Poutine Mini Donuts
Jalapeño mini donuts poutine (Photo courtesy PNE)
Some serious next-level poutine from the mini donuts vendor: They’re adding cheese curds, jalapeño slices, and...
August 12, 2015
How to quickly improve indoor air quality
There are many reasons why the air quality in your home may not be at its best. A faulty furnace or an aged carpet are just two potential culprits. Until you get those issues addressed, how do you make your indoor air healthier — today?
Here are some ideas:
- Check the furnace filter. This is one of the most overlooked maintenance items in the home. Any furnace repair person can tell you stories about filters they’ve seen caked in dust. Make sure those aren’t yours. Air passes through those filters before circulating throughout your home. Replacing a filter takes less than five minutes.
- Clean the drains. Drains are a surprisingly common source of odour in the home. Most people only clean them when they’re...
August 12, 2015
Discovering that a home you like has “issues”
Say you’re viewing a home and are impressed with how it looks. The walls are freshly painted. Everything seems bright and new. You’re considering making an offer.
Then, while standing on a mat in the kitchen, you hear a squeak below your feet. You lift the mat and see that some tiles are broken. Obviously the mat was there to, literally, cover up that defect.
A few broken tiles are not a big deal. But now you’re thinking, “What else might be wrong with this house?”
There’s no reason to worry that every home will have maintenance issues hidden from view. However, it’s smart to do your due diligence to ensure the home you’re considering is truly as good as it looks.
August 12, 2015
8 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home
You’ve been saving for awhile, weighing your options, looking around casually. Now you’ve finally decided to do it—you’re ready to buy a house. The process of buying a new home can be incredibly exciting, yet stressful, all at once. Where do you start?
It is essential you do your homework before you begin. Learn from the experiences of others, do some research. Of course, with so many details involved, slip-ups are inevitable. But be careful: learning from your mistakes may prove costly. Use the following list of pitfalls as a guide to help you avoid the most common mistakes.
- Searching for houses without getting pre-approved by a lender:
Do not mistake...
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