Vancouver Weekender: January 27 through 29, 2012

We can’t believe we’re already a month into 2012, and a pretty great start to 2012 it’s been so far! In sync with this celebratory state-of-mind, our Vancouver Weekender comes to you loaded with notable activities and ongoings worth checking out. Lets get started.

In the spirit of Chinese New Year and Year of the Dragon, settle into the weekend with post-work drinks and dim sum dinner at Sun Sui Wah. With several locations in the lower mainland, we suggest you aim to get there early as there is bound to be high demand. In business for more than 30 years, Sun Sui Wah is renowned for its specialty seafood and delicious traditional offerings. Looking for something closer to town? Simply head over to one of our previously reviewed favourites, Bao Bei, for a Chinese brasserie-style foodie fix. We love the modern culinary twist this award-winning hot spot offers, especially their tantalizing take on potstickers, noodle bowls and signature dishes like crispy flatbread with cumin lamb sirloin. Find it tucked within the Gastown scene.   

Looking for a way to dance off dinner? Head over to The Waldorf Hotel for the launch of what is set to be a weekly excuse to party, aptly named “Babylon.” With a roster of great DJs, live entertainment and more, this looks to be a welcomed way to unwind after a hectic work week. 

Given that the current weekend forecast is calling for drizzle, we think you should brunch it up on Saturday and take a trip to Che Baba for a healthy, tasty start to your day. This Cantina features lighter fare (fresh fruit and yogurt) as well as belly-filling bites like crispy polenta  topped with soft-boiled eggs and a selection of other ingredients (go for the wild mushrooms, thyme, shallots and garlic). Looking for more? Another brunch option worth noting islong-time Kitsilano favourite Bistro Pastis, offering an addictive selection of eggs Benedicts and omelettes (order the ham and gruyere cheese omelette).

If you have marriage on the mind or have you recently joined a bridal party, then head over to Vancouver’s foremost alternative bridal fare, Indie I Do, at the Heritage Hall this Saturday. Now into its 4th year, this show is unlike all those other perfectly-polished (and high-pressure) shows you’ve been to. Indie I Do offers a perfect blend of DIY inspirations, unique wedding solutions, and creative independent vendors guaranteed to help you ensure a personalized twist is added to your special day.  

Looking for an alternative way to boost your heartrate after perusing all things wedding? Head over to East Van’s Thunderbird Community Centre for a rolling good time. This one is perfect for the ladies (sorry guys; you can watch, though). Every Saturday, Raw Meat Vancouver invites women wanting to hone their rollerskate and rollerderby skills to join their drop-in sessions from 5-7pm for about $7. All you need to bring are your skates, some protective gear and a willingness to laugh and learn.

On Sunday, get thee to Chinatown in time to take in the colourful celebrations set to take place all day. Things officially kick off with a splash of colour, music and costume as part of a parade. Make your way to the Millennium Gate (located by Pender) and take it all in. Next, head over to Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Gardens for a leisurely stroll through the carefully manicured space and enjoy a full day of activities planned as part of their Temple Fair. There will be a traditional tea ceremony, an opportunity to partake in Chinese games, have your fortune told, enjoy live music, and nosh on delicious foods. These events are either free or by-donation and run until 4:30pm.