photo montage of our favorite activities, food, & moments in Vancouver!

The flight from LAX to Vancouver is only about two and a half hours.

I finally got to work on finishing The Help on my Nook!

Doesn’t the Vancouver “walk” sign person look so much more jolly than here? It’s the little things.

Japadog. Japanese fusion hot dogs. They were so good that I didn’t even care that the name plays off a racial slur of my peoples. 😉 We ate Japadog three separate times. I kid you not. My favorite was the Spicy Cheese Terimayo. Also, attention New York residents – they are opening a location in the East Village this month. I’m jealous!

We spent an afternoon at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The scenery was beautiful. The air was fresh. I nearly crapped my pants crossing the bridge both times. It’s a tourist trap, but hey – we were tourists and didn’t mind getting ripped off a bit.

Gee, that’s kinda high.

Holding on for dear life. I was freaking out! Apparently suspension bridges aren’t the most stable bridges out there?!

 The Treetops Adventure.

The coolest and oldest tree I think I have ever seen. 1,300 years old!

I loved how much nature existed in the city. We saw a rainbow near Stanley Park on our way back from the bridge, and couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of it. The leaves were changing everywhere we went.
That night we noshed on some excellent small bites at Guu Original Izakaya. Guu took me by surprise, because I haven’t been super impressed by the izakayas in LA. However, I couldn’t turn down some good chicken karaage, sake, and beer. Guu was guuu’d. 

Another afternoon was spent at the Granville Island Public Market. We had some of the best soup we’ve ever tasted, and drooled over all the fresh produce, local products, and organic living items. We definitely recommend walking around this area.

After the Public Market, we stopped in at the Granville Island Brewing’s Taproom, and sampled some yummy local beer. We discovered that their Winter Ale was one of the most delicious beers we have ever tasted, and were promptly disappointed to learn that they don’t sell it in the U.S. 
Movember, baby!
At some point, we saw this amazing mural while we were trying to find the Canucks Team Store (don’t ask) at Rogers Arena. 

A trip to the Vancouver Aquarium was on L’s to do list. I wish we didn’t go on a Saturday when the place was mobbed, but, we managed to see some awesome sea turtles, and the most beautiful beluga whales! Also, the aquarium’s location inside Stanley Park (1,000 acres of nature IN the city) was perfect. We walked around the park for awhile after, and soaked in the views. 
A visit to the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology was on my to do list. I am waving my nerd flag, and I couldn’t be happier. I heart museums, and this one did not disappoint!  

We left our big camera at the hotel for a date at Salt Tasting Room. The menu consisted of wine, meat, condiments, cheese, and nothing else. The restaurant is located in an alley (literally), and L and I got lost (naturally). We ended up twenty minutes late for our reservation time, and dashed in while the host was about to give our table away. I was over this night before it even started. But then they brought me a glass of Pinot Noir, and all these plates of food. 

 And it was the best date we’ve had in years. Highly, highly recommended if you can find it without getting knifed in a dark alley. Kidding!
After we had successfully eaten our weight in cheese, we decided we needed a late night Canadian snack. So we headed over to Fritz’s European Fry House for some poutine! I have heard about poutine for years from L, and I felt compelled to give it a whirl. For those of you who aren’t familiar, poutine is french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. Damnnnn it was gooey goodness. We got some kind of garlic dip, and cajun ketchup on the side. Time to unbutton the skinny jeans…
On our final morning in Vancouver, we shopped for some last minute gifts in Gastown, and made a quick stop at the Gastown Steam Clock. Word of advice: go to Gastown for all the touristy crap like t-shirts that say Vancouver on them. 
We bid farewell to a wonderful city, made our way to the airport, and promised to be back some time in the future. 
Thank you, Vancouver, for showing us such a good time! 



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    Try Anything Once Terri

    November 16, 2011

    Looks like a lot of fun! I am definitely going to look up JapaDog when it opens here in NYC. There is something here called Asia Dog that I think might be similar. I'm glad you had a good time.

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    November 16, 2011

    Looks like an awesome trip. I love the Vancouver aquarium, but I've never been to the other places you went.

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    November 16, 2011

    What an amazing place! Thank you so much for sharing! We're a short drive away and have wanted to check it out. (Hopefully when he gets back he'll get some time off and we can do those kind of weekends!) Now I have some places on my to-see list. 🙂
    You commented on something that I love about living here (in the Pacific Northwest). There is such a beautiful balance between nature and city – it seems so peaceful! (And lots of great food!!!) That tasting room is now on my to-do list!

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    Kasia Fink

    November 16, 2011

    Beautiful photos! I couldn't have made better recommendations than the places you hit. Salt Tasting Room is one of my faves!! Oh right, except one: coffee with moi next time you're in town. 😉

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    November 17, 2011

    Omigosh, you and L look so happy, I love these photos!!! The rainbow is so so pretty, and I agree, the suspension bridge is super scary. We're planning to go to Vancouver in June, so I'll be revisiting this post. 🙂

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    November 17, 2011

    Looks gorgeous! Husband wants to move there after he's done his training – return back to his Canadian roots but at least on the west coast so closer to my family. This makes the idea a little more tempting…

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    honey my heart

    November 18, 2011

    your trip looks like such a fun time! the fry house and the tree top bridge! so awesome. glad to read about you and l's adventures and that you both had a great time 🙂

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    November 21, 2011

    Thanks, friends! We had a great time, and are already planning our next getaway!

    @Kasia: Yes, please! It's a date! 🙂

    @Mo: Ooooh, I'll bet Vancouver in June is gonna be beautiful!

    @charms: I loved how we stayed on PST! I was fantasizing about moving to Vancouver after our short stay although I don't know if we could afford it. The cost of living seemed pretty high!

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    November 29, 2011

    What a lovely trip! I absolutely adore Vancouver!! 🙂