Vancouver Weekender: January 6 through 8, 2012

Celebrate the first official weekend of 2012 by laying off the party circuit and kick-starting those resolutions in a notable way. Our Vancouver Weekender has a nice little round up of offerings that will help you do just that.

After your first week back behind the desk, we hope you’re feeling recharged and ready for a bit of local adventuring of the outdoor sort to get the weekend started. Scoot out of the office and over to North Vancouver and head up to Cypress Mountain where you’ll be able to put those skis to the test with a bit of twilight boarding or skiing. Cypress has plenty of runs open until late and has you covered for après too; just swing by the Crazy Raven Bar & Grill and load up on a huge plate of sharable nachos before heading home.

Start off Saturday by grabbing brunch at one of our favourites, The Red Wagon Restaurant. It’s eclectic, non-pretentious atmosphere is a welcomed fix for those young professionals looking to cozy up to a steaming mug of morning coffee. They’ve got a no-frills menu that delivers serious taste certain to satisfy.  With an assortment of all the usual brunch suspects like Benny’s, omelettes, pancakes and sandwiches, you’re bound to leave refuelled for the day ahead.

Head over to Terminal Avenue and check out the sprawling treasure trove that is the Vancouver Flea Market. Old is new with this weekend’s Annual Antique Fair that will have more than 60 vendors and over 350 different tables to peruse.

After you’ve picked up a few fine finds and dropped them at home, get cultured at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) and take in The Distance Between You and Me, on until January 22nd. This video exhibit explores the works of three diverse artists who use film to cull an array of often disturbing reactions from viewers. Grab a glass of vino at their on-site cafe and pause for some reflective talk before heading off to dinner.

Feeling up for a bit of a feast, and a healthy one at that? In keeping with resolutions (if you made them), ditch the carb-loaded burger joint and head to The Naam Restaurant in Kitsilano. This veggie hot spot is chock-full of lighter fare that will still fill you up. Always on our mind are their dragon bowls, sesame fries and own special miso gravy. Embrace your inner-hippie and enjoy live music playing each night before heading home.

Welcome Sunday with a run around the Seawall or grab a hot yoga class at a Bikram Yoga studio before you really get rolling. If you purchased a fresh-cut Christmas tree this year, today might be the day to retire it for a good cause. Annual charity tree recycling is being offered all weekend by the City of Vancouver and at the UBC Botanical Garden by small donation.

En route back into town, stop by Granville Island’s produce market for veggies, salmon, freshly baked bread and some cheesy goodness from Les Amis du Fromage. Head home and cook up a healthy storm before you head into another productive workweek.