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Go Further with Ford Canada: Introducing the Ford Escape 2017

About a month ago, I was invited by Ford Canada to Harambe’s Ethiopian Restaurant on Commercial Drive, to hear about Robin Esrock’s bucket list experiences from his book “The Great Canadian Bucket List”. From hearing about his adventures, we were all inspired to take on our own bucket list item, in a brand new Ford Escape 2017.

I picked up the new Ford Escape 2017 with the Titanium trim last weekend, and planned out my adventures.

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The SUV is quite roomy in the back, with space for 5 people and luggage in the trunk. I wanted to explore how comfortable it would be… hence we set off for Aldergrove to Metro Vancouver’s only remaining drive-in theatre: Twilight Drive in Theatre.

Once we folded the rear leather seats down and piled in our pillows and blankets, we definitely had plenty of room to stretch our legs to watch Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Say hi to our cuddly movie companion, Sam!

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As someone who never tires of exploring beautiful Vancouver and the GVRD, I believe one destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list is the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver.

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The Capilano Suspension Bridge was originally built in 1889, stretching 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River. And there’s so much more! From Treetops Adventure, Kids’ Rainforest, Totem Park, and the adrenaline-pumping Cliffwalk, there is much to see and do at this top destination experience in BC.

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A few of my favourite features of the brand new Ford Escape 2017:

  • Auto lights, including Bi-Xenon HID headlands with LED signature lighting – this was a big help while driving to Aldergrove in the night-time, so I could focus on the road & navigation system.
  • Panoramic Vista Roof – so perfect for stargazing at night!

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  • Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support – this is a fantastic safety feature for drivers, especially for longer drives and road-trips.
  • SYNC 3 system, a handsfree in-vehicle communications system that allows for phone calls, music controls, and other functions via voice commands. Yay for keeping both hands on the wheel!
    If you are an iPhone user, they also have Apple CarPlay so you can still chat with Siri in your Ford.

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I’m a big fan of the aggressive look of the grill and headlights at the front of the vehicle, without appearing too bulky. It has more than enough power in its 2.0L Twin-Scroll EcoBoost engine with Intelligent 4WD, and a turbocharged induction system. The electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) makes it a breeze to drive on the road despite hard acceleration, sharp corners, or uneven road surfaces.

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Starting at a $21,599 pricetag, the Ford Escape 2017 is a great compact crossover option for those looking for go further with Ford, with space, power on demand, and comfort, all in one.

Popbar: A taste of New York at Metropolis at Metrotown

Say hello to delicious handcrafted gelato on a stick! Popbar, founded in New York, just opened their first location in BC at Metropolis at Metrotown. This follows their first location in Canada at West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, as well as a soon-to-be third store at HighStreet Shopping Centre, Abbotsford.

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Popbar was founded by Reuben BenJehuda from Italy and Daniel Yaghoubi from Germany, who collaborated their love for authentic, all-natural, gluten-free, low in sugar & fat frozen treats. Today, they offer over 40 rotational flavours of popbars – popGelato, popSorbetto, and YogurtPops, and a customizable experience where you choose where your popbar is dipped and topped!

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Each popbar can be dipped in your choice of premium chocolate dippings, including dark, milk, and white chocolate. With toppings, you can add pistachios, almonds, coconut, chocolate sprinkles, caramel and/or crushed waffle cone. Feel free to let your “Popaholic” know if you’d like to do a full dip, half dip, or even drizzles of the chocolate, or if you’d like half pistachio, half almond toppings. Have fun and be creative with your popbar!

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If you’d like to enjoy the Popbar experience, their beautiful new store with larger than life popbar displays is at Metropolis at Metrotown, near Superstore on Ground Level. For website and hours, click here.

 

Mini Whistler Getaway!

Over the weekend, I had the chance to try snowboarding for the first time at Whistler. The weather was amazing – a little on the chilly/windy side, but lots of sunshine!

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In my honest opinion, snowboarding isn’t quite up my alley… but to be fair, I only spent 3 hours on the mountain in a beginner’s lesson. Between worrying about going in the right direction and doing as the instructor instructed, I also had to worry about falling over the cliff! I’m not too fond of heights :$

Nonetheless it was an interesting experience. I’m not sure whether I would do it again, but hey, I could always try skiing next time (apparently it’s easier).

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After getting off the mountain and still in all our snowgear, le boyfriend and I decided to wander Whistler Village for some happy hour appys… or as they like to call it: “après” (French translation “after”). We stopped at The Citta Bar/Citta’ Bistro for some deliciously crunchy yam fries (my favourite!), hot chocolate, and an absolutely incredible Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip. This was actually quite a lot for the two of us… we agreed afterwards that we probably should’ve just stuck with one appy =P

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We stayed at the beautiful Aava Hotel for the night. I loved the rainbow neon lights along their exterior! Not sure if this is usually what the hotel looks like or set up for the Gay Pride celebrations in Whistler the same weekend.

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For dinner we dined at the famous Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler VIllage. Stay tuned for my next post for details and fooood pictures =D