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Ok, so food is constantly on my mind...
Favorite thing: The food!!!
If you're like me, from a landlocked location, then definitely try the seafood, in particular the sushi!
But for anyone, you must try out the Asian cuisine. There are lots of choices, and if you're Asian, you'll be amazed at the authenticity and quality. If you're not Asian, there is much less chance for you to end up at a place that passes off ginger beef as authentic.
You must start drinking coffee...
Favorite thing: You must start drinking coffee because you can not take 5 steps without hitting a Starbucks or some other coffee shop....IT IS INSANE HOW MANY THERE ARE! I did not see hardly any smokers, and it is my theroy that they all quit and took up coffee instead! Vancouver does not feel so much like a city, it is really a pretty place and I found it really easy to meet people. I am glad that I went and would likely go again.
Fondest memory: THE FOOD!!! They have every type of food you can imagine!! In my town we have mostly western style cuisine but in Vancouver they have it all! You must get out and eat in these ethnic places. There is everything from Japanese to Indian to Thai, all within walking distance, and of course try the seafood, you are on the coast!
Try out some of the tiny Asian...
Favorite thing: Try out some of the tiny Asian restaurants. I would often get back to the hotel after events at after 11 pm, famished after avoiding the super expensive food at GM place. Some are better than others, (and unfortunately I don't remember any names), but half the fun is figuring out which ones you like :)
Go visit Mama in White...
Favorite thing: Go visit Mama in White Rock!!!! I went to visit my great-uncle and his wife in White Rock, and they brought us to this fish 'n' chips place owned by Mama (the little chinese woman between my great-aunt and me). My great-uncle had told us that it was worth going just for the show. And it is. Mama is full of energy. As we were sitting down, she came out and pointed to each of us saying 'Halibut, Halibut, Halibut, Clam Chowder' with a chinese accent. She had just ordered for us. After she brought us our food, she brought us coffee (apparently, she had decided we were all drinking coffee) and was very generous on the refills. So much so, that when Dominique put her hand over the cup to 'cause she had had more than enough caffeine, Mama pushed her hand aside and gave here more!!!! She was a truly delightful woman!!!!
On the Vancouver Art Gallery steps
Fondest memory: Eating hotdogs on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery. There's nothing quite like sitting on those steps and watching the people go by on a warm summer night. During the day, the chess players, tarot card readers, magicians, musicians, artists, environmentalists, Hare Krishnas, pot-smoking punks and ravers are all found on the main steps. I personally prefer the side steps at the Robson Howe intersection instead. About getting a good hotdog in Vancouver - the best hotdogs can be bought from the vendor across the street from the art gallery on Robson. He's quite a character! Sauteed onions, sauerkraut, Korean hot sauce, mustard and a dill pickle. Yum!
Photo: I took this photo of the Vancouver Art Gallery with Hotel Vancouver in the background on July 2, 2001. The gothic Hotel Vancouver is one of the oldest buildings in Vancouver.
REXX's General Tip
Fondest memory: Salmon!! To tell you the truth, I've never ate any salmon
sashimi that thick that good!! If you have chance to go to
Vancouver, never forget to find a Japanese restaurant where
serve Salmon sashimi, it's delicious yet, so chip!!!
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