Be Mine: A Vancouver Valentine
An extended stay in a new city really gives you the chance to get to know it intimately. This Valentine’s Day show love for your love, and love for Vancouver, with unique treats that are locally made, ethically sourced and totally inspired. Here are a few traditional Valentine’s Day ideas have a little extra love — love for Vancouver — in them.
Bordering on Gastown and the Downtown Eastside in a beautiful heritage building Olla Urban Flower Project is more than just a flower shop. It is a socially conscious enterprise that is inspired to create beautiful arrangements and positive change in their community. From job creation to urban farming Olla’s impressive mandate matches their stunning arrangements. Find them online or seek them out: you’ll know you are getting close when flower petals on the sidewalk draw you into the shop.
Vancouver has a long tradition of Chocolatiers. Daniel Chocolates and Purdy’s are well established Vancouver based chocolate companies that will never disappoint. However, a little chocolate café not far from our residence has become a sweet spot in Vancouver. With a specialty in ganache bars, Mink Chocolates are unique. Instead of giving a box of bonbons, you can express your love in the form of beautifully crafted chocolate bars. The pretty bars come in exotic flavours with amorous names such a Love Potion, Sheba and Romeo and Juliet. Pick out a bar for the one you love or go to the café and double dip into the Mink experience with a pot of chocolate fondue for two.
Unearth your inner locavore with Raincity Grill’s cuisine with a conscience. Raincity Grill defines Pacific North-Western fare with an elegant and sophisticated flare while staying local, sustainable and ocean wise. Enjoy perfect wine pairings with you meal from B.C. wineries while you drink in a view of English Bay. The service, presentation and atmosphere are all impeccable making this award winning restaurant a spot you will love.
Era Jewellery Design is a modern and vintage jewellery store that will work with you to find or create the perfect design. The store was recently voted one of the best Vancouver based jewellery design stores in Vancouver and it prides itself on selling Canadian diamonds and stunning vintage pieces. Though it may be too late to craft the gift in time for Valentine’s Day, no one says you can’t give the diamond now and choose the setting together later on.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Vancouver Extended Stay!
Photo courtesy of Olla Urban Flower Project