One week ago at this time I was looking at whales and dolphins at Vancouver Aquarium. Now, I'm on the sofa in sweltering SoCal, binge-watching Mr. Robot and remembering all the fun food places I visited in Vancouver. Here are the food fotos!
Once we'd landed at YVR (that's the airport code for Vancouver if you need it for your Expedia search) and gotten checked into The Burrard, we realized we were starving, and considering we were basically surrounded by water, decided to go eat fish. So we went down the street and around the corner to a recommended sushi restaurant - Shizen Ya. They are known as the only place in Vancouver to use only organic brown rice. While it looked a bit odd, it's stickiness actually made the rolls a lot easier to eat. We ordered Spicy Tuna and Salmon Avocado rolls + Quinoa vegetable cones and SAPPORO! (You have to have eaten at Tokyo Delves in NoHo to get that last reference.) And yes, it was only lunchtime, but by then it was 5pm on the east coast as we were on VACATION!
After lunch, we went to Granville Public Market, which was full of food and had a bunch of restaurants and wine bars outside the market. I wanted to buy all of these towers of strawberries that greeted me almost as soon as I walked into the market, but alas, even I can't eat that many strawberries in two and a half days...
I could, however, eat some really yummy strawberry swirl gelato while listening to a local singer/guitarist play on the pier as small children chased pigeons all around him. He deserved every tip people dropped in his guitar case.
For dinner, we also took a friend's recommendation and when to The Mexican Antojitos Y Cantina. Sadly, you don't get free chips and salsa at Mexican restaurants in Canada. You do get really good margaritas though. And okay food... I mean, they are a whole United States away from Mexico. And I was born in El Paso, TX, which has its own Mexican food brand named after it, so I have kinda high Mexican food standards.... I ordered enchiladas with the chile sauce. To me (and everyone in Texas, New Mexico and most of California) that usually means a green chile sauce. Not in Canadia though... lol.
|Canadian Mexican food|
The next night we again took recommendations (from the hotel and my financial adviser) and went to The Flying Pig in Yaletown. We were immediately drawn to all the appetizers so we ordered a bunch of those instead of a meal -- the BC Salmon sampler, crispy brussels sprouts and the TO DIE FOR truffled jumbo macaroni. (Sorry no photos.. it was too dark inside.)
Combined with cocktails and catching up with one of QBall's friends now living in Vancouver, this was a fun and yummy Friday night.
Saturday was nature day -- walking across the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and a bike ride around the Stanley Park Seawall. But in the middle of our bike ride, we stopped for lunch at The Teahouse in Stanley Park. It was kinda fancy, but there were lots of people in the middle of nature days too. (The waitress even offered to store our bike helmets for us.) I was kinda looking forward to afternoon tea, but The Teahouse is a restaurant, not actually a tea house, thus no afternoon tea service. But they did have (mmm) hot tea that I ordered to go with my AMAZING Belgian Waffle covered (and I mean COVERED) in fresh fruit!
|Mmm hot tea with a view of the Pacific Ocean|
|There are actually two Belgian Waffles buried under all that kiwi, strawberry, blackberry, banana and grapes. This because not only my lunch but my dinner too. #foodcoma|
|QBall ordered the Kassler Pork and Apple Sausage Benedict. I had some of the sausage to counteract my sweet waffles with some savory protein.|
After walking across bridges and riding bikes all day, we stopped on the way home for some beverages and to watch Team Canada beat Team Russia in the semi-finals of the World Cup at Elephant & Castle Pub in the historic Marine Building.
On our final day, we went to brunch before going for massages. Yelp named Twisted Fork one of the best brunches in Vancouver, and it was just down the street so we headed over ... and then waited 45 minutes for a table. But it was worth it. They make their own crispy Asagio scones and preserves, which Qball ordered that comes with a giant fruit salad. I was craving eggs and ordered the first thing on the brunch menu - the "Green onion, mixed bell peppers and zucchini Scrambled Eggs served with toasted sourdough and housemade jam, roasted roma tomatoes, rosti and sauteed spinach".... make that garlicy spinach. It was delish! As were the roasted tomatoes.
|This was our view (sitting on one of the breakfast bars) as we waited for our food. Pretty.|