Commercial Avenue - Vancouver's Italian Quarter!

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Commercial Avenue -Vancouver's Italian Quarter

Last week I had some time to spend in Vancouver - where I don't get to go often enough.  One of my favorite places is...Commercial Drive!

 commercial drive - liz moras

There's this homemade pasta shop right next to this Wall Mural - I go here to pick up these huge FAT spaghetti that my dad loves! And then I'm of to a Croatian Deli that sells all his favorite dried meats and sausages.  This is also where I get my Mom her favorite Plum butter and Rosehip Jam!

commercial drive - liz moras

I popped by and picked up a luscious Italian torte for somebody's birthday...and some  yummy Italian cheese and bread...

La Grotta Commercial Dr - Liz Moras

Enjoyed an expresso and watched the guys go by...:-)

La Calabria Commercial Dr - Liz Moras

Check out these Events and Hot Spots!

Commercial Drive Winter Festival!

Saturday, November 28, 1:30 - 9:00 pm at Britannia Community Centre (1661 Napier Street)

Come celebrate the holidays at the Commercial Drive Winter Festival - a merry event including ice skating with Santa, Wii games, a holiday movie, holiday treats, tree displays and lots of prizes from Santa's elves!

Winter Festival 2009 details

 

Georgia Straight Readers Choice Awards
2009 Golden Plates, Readers' Choice


 

plate of delicious food

Cook the 'Hood: A Cookbook with a Difference

Contributed by socially-conscious local businesses, these close-guarded cooking secrets of Commercial Drive's best eateries include a wide selection of fabulous recipes that truly captures the vibe of the neighbourhood. Read more

The results are in and Commercial Drive was a hit! Read more.

Georgia Straight Readers Choice Awards
Best of Vancouver 2009

The results are in and Commercial Drive scoops 44 of Georgia Straight's annual Best of Vancouver awards!
Read more.

 

MOBY My Own Back Yard Community
New playground at 11th & Commercial!

My Own Back Yard Community Association (MOBY) is a vital part of the Cedar Cottage neighbourhood. On June 6th, 2009 we helped rally 200 MOBY volunteers to transform a vacant lot into a children's playground! Read more

 

3rd Edition in Stores Now!shopping bag colour selection

Commercial Drive's old street banners get second life as reusable shopping bags!

If you are thinking of getting one, don't hesitate. The last edition sold out in 3 months! If you missed them, don't despair - our 3rd edition is in stores now.

Here's a couple of our rave reviews:
"This is so brilliant, it makes me warm and fuzzy all over." trendhunter.com
"I have to say, these new Commercial Drive banner bags bring the funky back to non-plastic bags." purplegables.wordpress.com Read more

18th restaurant awards5 Commercial Drive restaurants recognized in Vancouver Magazine's 18th Annual Restaurant Awards - including 2 best of the City! read more

 

Italian motorcycles at Cafe Calabria
Italian Motorcycle Club

The Italian Motorcycle Club has some of the best Italian motorcycles you'll find anywhere. You'll occasionally find this collection parked curb-side in front of Café Calabria, just south of 1st Avenue.

A similarly impressive fleet of motor scooters is often found curb-side in front of Continental Coffee, just across the street at 2nd Avenue.

Just 2 of the popular meeting spots on the Drive for Vancouver's 2-wheel motor-heads! Ducati, Moto Guzzi, Bimota, Cagiva, Laverda, Vespas - pretty impressive.


 

 

 Accommodation Near the Drive

 

 Barefoot Moon Guest House

Commercial Drive Events

 

 

                                          

 

If you or someone you know is thinking of Buying or Selling property in Cultus Lake, Chilliwack, Hope, Abbotsford, Langley or anywhere in the Fraser Valley Area of B.C. - or if you would like more information please give Liz  Moras of Landmark Realty Chilliwack a call at- 604-799-0459 or e-mail at lizmoras@gmail.com.     

Copyright © 2009 By Liz Moras, All Rights Reserved. All photos taken by Liz Moras and copywritten.  Please do not use without permission.   Information provided by this author is only an opinion, it is not guaranteed, may be based on information collected from several sources, and may be time sensitive.  It is not necessarily representative of the opinions of Landmark Realty Chwk. Ltd.   

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Hi Liz!  You live in THE coolest area!  I just love the 'grafitti' / muraled buildings and the cool, urban shops.  You've got some of the most interesting buildings and communities in your area.  Great Localism post!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2009 03:36 PM #1
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Steven L. Smith
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Liz,

The wife and I will have to go there. We go to Italy often, or every couple years, but that looks like a fun weekend jaunt. I wish the border was not the hassle that it has become.

Nov 23, 2009 03:36 PM #2
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Steven -our canadian guys can be a pain - but your border guards are easy - all in all though we're looking it is relatively hassle free! Check out one of the B*B's i've got listed and make it an overnighter!

Debe -you know you're right - but why does every other place seem more exotic? :-)

Nov 23, 2009 03:48 PM #3
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Jane Peters
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I love Vancouver.  Don't think I have ever been to Commercial Drive.  My brother and sister-in-law bought a place in Whistler, so I am sure I will be coming up there one of these years.

Nov 23, 2009 03:55 PM #4
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Hi Liz...Great photos, you where busy while you where in Vancouver.

Thanks for sharing these...Cheers

Nov 23, 2009 04:56 PM #5
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
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Liz it looks like there are some really terrific places to eat in your neck of the woods! Hope you are doing well.

Nov 23, 2009 11:00 PM #6
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Laura Cerrano
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Liz, That area looks like so much fun.  I would be sitting outside often sipping Mochachinos and people watching (and then ordering some special dessert that will clog my arteries :)

Nov 24, 2009 12:13 AM #7
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Gary Woltal
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The artwork on that wall is stunning Liz. I think we have ONE wall in downtown Dallas like that!

Nov 24, 2009 01:08 AM #8
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Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
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Liz,

I'm missing Italian already.

Which, now reminds me, the next person who calls me about lunch, I'm going to say "Italian".

Brian

Nov 24, 2009 01:12 AM #9
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Liz:  So much packaged into one post, very nice for anyone arriving to Vancouver, especially if they want to have espresso and watch the guys go by!

Nov 24, 2009 01:22 AM #10
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Sylvie Conde
Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage - Toronto, ON
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Liz, those shops remind me of some of ours, in Little Italy; the cheese, fresh fruit and vegetable markets, and of course, the Italian cafes and bakeries.  One can never have too much Italian (... and hopefully he's good looking LOL)  Sorry, couldn't help it. :)

 

Nov 24, 2009 03:45 AM #11
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You're so funny Sylvie - I know i compare Chilliwack to Toronto -but Vancouver to Toronto would be a fairer comparison :-)  And I Second that! lol

Jane - I guess Little Italy's or vietnam or Chinatown -aren't all that different in the bigger cities?

Nov 24, 2009 06:26 AM #12
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Kathy Clulow
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Liz - what a great name for a local civic action group "MOBY" ... in our egerness to help others we sometimes forget our own backyard.

Nov 24, 2009 06:51 AM #13
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Sylvie Conde
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Liz, we don't have 'bring your tractor to school day' LOL - so I think Vancouver may be a better comparison ... but I'll have to wait to see it myself, and then I'll let you know.

And on that note ... off to bed.  Goodnight. I hope you're well.

 

Nov 24, 2009 01:33 PM #14
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Lisa Hill
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I love those wall murals. And the front of that restaurant looks so inviting! When I was in Windsor, Ontario a few years ago, I found several wall murals there too. Is that something that's common throughout the whole country?

Nov 24, 2009 04:29 PM #15
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Lisa - I love them - so many communties have them - I took a pic of one in Austin/Texas when I was there......it would be neat to do a book on the wall murals of america!

lol....Sylvie - that 'bring your tractor to school day' is SO Rachel - she should be a stand up!

Nov 24, 2009 05:08 PM #16
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Kathy - Isn't that the truth!

Sylvie - well you guys still have Way more Ethnic Villages then we do!

Brian - I see I've created a monster! :-)

Nov 24, 2009 05:34 PM #17
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Jane - who knows if anyone will ever find this post -but we're going to have an influx of tourist real soon - so you never know! :-)

Gary - I missed the one in Dallas - but I saw the one in Austin!

Carole - something makes me think that you could have a bushel of sweets and you'd still be fine!

Hey - Bill hi there! We haven't chatted in a while!

Fred - I don't come in that often so yes! :-)-

Jane - oh wow!  What about for the Olympics?  Do they live there or just a get-a-way....?

Nov 24, 2009 05:39 PM #18
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Sylvie Conde
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Liz, she was pretty funny once she got more comfortable.  Maybe she'll let loose next time she comes over ... and I'm still waiting for your recipe. :)

 

Nov 24, 2009 10:41 PM #19
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Nice pictures of the Italian area.  I have many memories of Commercial Drive as the first time I moved to Vancouver was very close to there.  Great food shopping!

Nov 25, 2009 01:33 PM #20
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