• Step into Summer with Freestyle Fitness Bootcamp

    Apr 17 • Exercise, famous • 57933 Views

    Looking to get beach body fit all year round?  You’re in luck! These days you can sign up for Freestyle Fitness with Dania Assaly, former National Freestyle Skier for Canada. Assaly, a resident of Kitsilano and owner of Dania’s Freestyle Fitness is now bringing her knowledge of training and conditioning to the beach.  Having trained for the slopes for nearly a decade, Assaly’s experience, energy and personality are bound to get you moving.

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    Freestyle Fitness offers a variety of services that include:

    Bootcamp Sessions
    (Spring & Fall sessions at Kits Beach)

    Tuesday & Thursday @  6:30 pm

    Drop in = $15  / 10 drop in pack = $150  / 16 sessions = $240

    Personal Training *

    Group Fitness *

    Team Training *

    *By Appointment only; Monday / Wednesday / Friday

     

    Having a disciplined regiment has made Assaly a champion performer, and you can now learn from her footsteps.  Many have already registered for the Bootcamp session that begins May 4th and you can too. These unique programs will utilize the “aparatus” found at Kits Beach and the Kitsilano Showboat.

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    Dania’s Freestyle Fitness will combine Assaly’s expert knowledge in sport conditioning with her love for training outdoors. Run, jump, play and work with Dania and you’ll be infected by her enthusiastic energy.  Assaly makes you want to strive for more and achieve the results your looking for through measurable goals, just like all champions do.

     

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  • Chewies: Will that be steamed, stewed, or nude?

    Apr 13 • Eats • 9812 Views

    Who would’ve thought that a Kitsilano restaurant could give New Orleans cuisine a run for its money?

    That’s exactly what Chewies is doing.  Local foodies can rejoice as the scavenger hunt for delicious Southern food is over!  This local oyster bar has brought a taste of Mardi Gras to Kits – in terms of both its delicacies and atmosphere.
    Richard Chew founded Chewies in 2011 along with business partner Jamie Haddad and his wife, Melanie Haddad.  The trio believed that with all the delicious oysters and seafood available in Vancouver, it was about time for the city to experience a restaurant that put a Southern twist on its dishes.  Southern Fried Chicken & Waffles, Jambalaya, Gumbo Yaya… these were the kind cravings that were previously left unfulfilled, until Chewies came along.

    And apparently those cravings were hella strong.  Chewies quickly expanded to its second location in Coal Harbour.  This success was due in part to Chewie’s very talented Operation Manager, Andrew Hall, but also to the quality of food that the menu offers.  Not only did Chewies answer our prayers for some New Orleans’ grub, it brought insanely delicious, award-winning dishes to Kitsilano.  Chewies has been awarded “One of the Best Brunch in Canada” from You Gotta Eat Here, which was presented on the Marilynn Dennis Show.

    Speaking of the food, I was super stoked to try out two of Chewies signature dishes: the Fresh Schucked Oysters on a Half Shell, and the Southern Fried Chicken. Truthfully, oysters have never been an item that I’d choose to order off of a menu.  They’ve always seemed a little bit risky to me, some people love them and some people don’t.  Well the people who don’t have clearly not tried them at Chewies.

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    I tried out three types of oysters: the Lighthouse Point ($2.75 each), the Kusshi ($3.25 each), and the Village Base ($3.25 each).  I could definitely taste the quality and freshness.  There was a hint of salinity that made it not even the least bit surprising when I found out that Chewies gets their oysters delivered daily.  There were different sauce options which added a variety to the dish as well: a shallot mignonette, cucumber & jalapeno “hogwash,” and the horseradish cocktail (my personal favourite) which had a solid kick to it.  As if these sauces weren’t enough, the oysters were also served with authentic Louisiana hot sauce, fresh lemon, and fresh grated horseradish.  There is literally no way you can’t like these oysters, there’s something for everyone.  Deal find: head there between 3-6pm when a select variety of their oysters are only a buck a shuck!

    And if oysters really reallly realllly aren’t your thing, please take my word on the Southern Fried Chicken.  Marinated for two days and slathered in a Cajun honey butter drizzle, I felt like the heavens parted when I took my first bite – this dish is absolutely to die for.  The ultimate comfort food, it’s a mix between sweet & savoury, and has a crunchy crispiness to it without being greasy.  Fried chicken sounds like a weird item to have for brunch, but I can definitely see why Chewies has incorporated it into all of their menus.  It’s THAT good.

    chewie_2The food wasn’t the only awesome part of my experience.  With a laid back yet sociable atmosphere, I felt very at ease yet energized.  The servers were upbeat and there was a wide variety of diners in the restaurant, it has a vibe that’s great for everything from a date, to a loud group dinner, to girls’ night out.

    My only uncertainty about Chewies is whether I’ll be trying the Buttermilk Biscuits, St Louis Style Ribs, or Po’ Boy when I return (let’s be honest, it will probably be them all).

    Hopefully I can brush up on my oyster shucking skills in time for their upcoming shucking competition.  If I win, all I’d hope for as a prize would be a plate of the Beignets *fingers crossed*

    Chewies Oyster Bar
    2201 West 1st Ave
    Chewies.ca
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