Vancouver – Part 5

I thought I would give you a break from the post-Vancouver madness, but I’m back with Part 5 of Vacating in VAnnCouver. You’re excited, right? That’s what I thought. Oh, and before I forget – I’m working on the Whistler post, however I have loads of photos to go through and it’s taking longer than I thought to put something together. Stay tuned!

The following photos were taken at Capilano and Beaver Lake.  I can’t say I was that big a fan of the bridge – it was way too shaky and narrow for my liking, and wasn’t as high up as I expected. It’s still a great place to visit – they have some lovely trails and you can do a treetop walk as well as a cliff walk (my favourite). Before I forget (I’ve forgotten the last 4 posts) – you can see the full-size images by clicking on them. WordPress is misbehaving and I can’t adjust the size of the pics.

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This is the the cliff walk – as you can see, the walkway is pretty narrow and only one person can pass through at a time. People frequently stopped to take photos and those following would patiently wait or take photos of their own. No stress man – we on vacation! However as luck would have it, I just had to be the one to encounter the chick with the complex. I had stopped to take some photos, and was positioned diagonally – not blocking the path but hey – if you’re not a stick figure, you’re not getting by. I hear “Excuse me, can you move?” So I look around as I try to flatten myself against the rail and I say “I’m sure you can see that it’s pretty narrow here.” Fat chick squeezes by me and says “Or you could just move instead of purposely blocking the way.”  Yes. YES! Because I woke up that morning with a conspiracy in mind! That’s right people – that’s what I do when I’m on vacation – I secretly plot the ways in which I can obstruct a stranger’s path. While my impulse was to reply “OR maybe you can lose 100 pounds and then maybe you’d be able to pass through” – I refrained from this display of bitchtasticness because hey – I’m on vacation. It’s not my fault someone shit in her Cheerios.

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This is Beaver Lake; contrary to what you might think, there are no beavers here. The lake is covered with thousands of lilly pads and is occasionally graced by the presence of a Blue Heron. It’s a lovely peaceful place.

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Stay tuned for the next post, featuring…. some part of Vancouver I haven’t covered yet 😉

Peace out,

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitsilano, Yo – Part 4

So… getting sick of Vancouver yet? I’m not! I’m enjoying reliving my trip – the only problem is that I want to pack up and go back, pronto. This week was my first week back at work, and here’s what’s been on my mind:

1) Wow, Quebec is really flat. Are those mountains I see over yonder?

2) Geez these trees are short.

3) Man, I really miss Vancouver coffee. This coffee sucks balls. I wonder if Marty can UPS me a Spanish latte?

4) I want to retire. No, seriously – can I retire now?

Oh – before I forget: I want to give a shout out to all my new followers! THANK YOU for stopping by! I’ve made it to a few of your blogs, but not everyone’s so I’ll be checking in soon 🙂

Alrighty – moving along…. today’s pics feature one of my favourite places – Kitsilano. If I were to pack up and move to Vancouver, this is exactly where I’d like to live. I loved the boho feel of the neighbourhood, its shops and eateries and the fact that beaches are SO CLOSE! AND, there’s a Whole Foods – what more can a girl ask for? I know! Athletic guys who walk around shirtless. Done! Oh snap – I almost forgot: 49th Parallel. Mmm Mmm GOOD.

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Now, if you’ve read any of my Social Etiquette posts, you will understand why this is one of my favorite pics – I think I’m going to have a T-Shirt made to wear on the train and other A-hole attractions:

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Stay tuned for Part 5!

If you haven’t checked out my previous posts about Vancouver, you can do so by going here:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Catch you on the flip side.

A

Out & About in Vancouver – Part 3

I’ve still got a few more posts coming your way, but I’m saving the best for last (Whistler! Yeah baby!). This is an ‘intermission’ of sorts – these are some random photos that I took, starting with the Manchurian warrior dude. This guy was everywhere!

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The two jokers groping the Manchurian warrior are my brother and his girlfriend. They make a nice threesome, don’t they?

Here are a few random shots that don’t involver warriors or threesomes 😉

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This is the house boat I’m going to live on when I move to Vancouver. Coincidentally, it’s called Karma. It’s a sign – I’m telling you! Oh, and it’s the yellow boat – not that I needed to tell you that, right?

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Back off muthafucka!

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Gryffin the human cat!/ Photo: RAnnDomized

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More Vancouver love coming your way shortly…

 

Namaste,

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacating in VAnnCouver – Part 2

I believe the best way to check out a new city is to walk it and Vancouver is definitely made for that so one sunny morning, I set off for Stanley Park. The walk toward the park is a lovely one, so I think I lost track of time, but I’d say from downtown you’re looking at a 30-40 minute walk. I took Haro Street all the way to the end then crossed over to the seawall near Lost Lagoon. What I found there, besides runners, cyclists and roller-bladers, was a massive posse of ducks, geese, seagulls and pigeons lying/flying about (and shit – lots of shit). I should warn you: the seagulls and crows take flight without any warning and they’ve got a preference for flying low so watch your heads! I recommend wearing a hat and carrying a very large umbrella, to be used as a shit shield. You can also get to Stanley Park via the seawall, but you are looking at a few kilometers worth of walking. If I’m not mistaken, to walk the seawall around Stanley Park is about 10km. Totally doable on a nice day.

I made my way to Stanley Park from Lost Lagoon and headed to the Vancouver Aquarium. Good LORD. I don’t know why I assumed things would be quiet over there – it was like a fucking zoo! I found myself surrounded by millions of screaming, pushy little bastards and their know-no-boundaries parents! When I simply couldn’t take it anymore, I got the fuck out of there and headed outside to find some peace amongst the sea otters and penguins. Personally, I don’t really give a shit about fish and frogs anyway, but if that’s your kind of thing then you’ll enjoy the aquarium (indoors). It was much calmer outside so I spent some time hanging out with the dolphins and whales – they were feeling more Zen then the horde of little fuckers inside. The sea lions, on the other hand, were a little bitchy so expect to be told off if they’re not in the mood to be ogled. Oh, if you do go inside the aquarium, be sure to check out Jack and Daisy – two rescued harbor porpoises.  I think the aquarium is worth a visit, but recommend that you go first thing in the morning to avoid all the crazy assholes.

Lost Lagoon/ Photo: RAnnDomized

Lost Lagoon/ Photo: RAnnDomized

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View of Van City from Stanley Park/ Photo: RAnnDomized

The seawall via Stanley Park/ Photo: RAnnDomized

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To finish this one up, here are some photos of my favorite aquarium critters. I really wanted to bring Jack home with me but there was just no getting around that big glass box!

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Jack! Perfect as a tub pet, no?

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Vancouver Aquarium/ Photo: RAnnDomized

Stay tuned for part 3!

Namaste,

A

Vacating in VAnnCouver – Part 1

Greetings friends!

I know it’s been ages since my last blog post, but you’re in for a treat today (and likely later this week)! I’ve been on a Facebook hiatus for the last 3 months or so and as a result, I’ve opted to tell YOU all about my trip to Vancouver and share some of the photos that I took.  Fuck Facebook y’all! Oh… you should know that I took over 1200 photos… but have no fear – I don’t think I have the patience to upload them all 🙂 .

This was my first trip to Vancouver and I can tell you without a doubt that I loved it. L-O-V-E. While Vancouver City is like most cities (though on a smaller scale), there were some notable differences that may prompt this writer to consider a move to the West. First off, if Vancouver isn’t the coffee capital of Canada, I don’t know what is. I don’t consider myself a coffee snob, but I do enjoy a good cup of java in the morning. My brother, the coffee connoisseur of the family, presented me with some fabulous options and I happily explored these during my stay: Revolver (for their regular latte), Café Medina (for their lavender latte), The Buzz (for their Matcha, Chai and Red Almond lattes + their vegan blueberry/lemon smoothie) and Café Artigiano (for their Spanish latte). If I had to pick one, I think I’d have to go for Artigiano’s Spanish latte. Dee-lish!  Oh, and I particularly enjoyed the baristas’ lovely artwork:

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Since we’re on the topic of beverages, I may as well talk about the fabulous restaurants that I frequented during my visit. The one thing I noticed was that regardless of where we went (or the day), we always had to wait for a table. In my opinion, this is a testament to the awesomeness of Vancouver’s cuisine. Other than one breakfast place we went to that was ‘Meh,’ I have zero complaints. If you’re in Vancouver, I recommend the following eateries:

Cactus Club: There are several locations throughout the city and the menu is pretty standard, with the exception of English Bay (apparently there are a few dishes that are unique to this location).  My favorite dish was the butternut squash ravioli (truffle beurre blanc, amaretti, pine nuts and crispy sage with white wine sautéed jumbo prawns). Holy deliciousness Batman! A culinary orgasm in my mouth – I tell you no lies. Marty had the peppercorn steak, while Elly had the prawn and scallop spaghettini. For dessert, I had the chocolate peanut bar (which Marty drooled over), while Marty had the strawberry shortcake and Elly had the chocolate lava cake. We left the restaurant feeling somewhat rotund, but quite satisfied with our selections.

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Joey Burrard: I had the best salad EVER at this restaurant! Check out the Market Chicken Salad (shaved vegetables, feta, whole almonds, wild rice, avocado, green goddess herb dressing). It was an explosion of flavor all around.

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Vij’s: We waited almost two hours to eat at this contemporary Indian restaurant and it was well worth the wait (while we waited, waiters frequently made the rounds with fresh appetizers, and took drink orders to curb our appetite). We ordered three dishes that were equally mouth watering – BC spot prawns in coconut and fenugreek with wheat berry pilaf, lemon ghee marinated chicken in tomato curry with roasted garlic and cashews, and lamb popsicles in fenugreek cream curry on turmeric and spinach potatoes. Dishes were accompanied by fresh naan and rice. Somehow, I forgot to take a pic of the lamb. Probably because I don’t eat lamb 😀

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Akira: If you like sushi, check this place out. While it’s a hole in the wall, the sushi is amazing and made with black rice (a first for me). I had three different rolls, expecting a max of 15 pieces but I ended up with something like 25 pieces (two of my rolls = 10 pieces each)! I definitely got my money’s worth – in Montreal I would’ve gotten less for the money. Check it out!

Akira (1069 Denman Street)/ Photo: RAnnDomized

Minami: Great Japanese restaurant with fantastic service. I had an entrée of gyoza, and a cold noodle dish (king crab, shrimp, heirloom tomato, celery, fennerl, micro shiso, dashi, garlic, olive oil, green tea soba). It was full of flavour and very refreshing. I suppose the drinks helped too.

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Beard Papa’s: This is the best place to get a cream puff! They’re made fresh daily and offered in a variety of flavors (flavor depends on the day). My favorite is the éclair version. So tasty.

Café Medina: This is a great place for breakfast or brunch and offers a variety of different options, like this big-ass skillet:

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OK, enough about coffee and food! (Though I’ve got more pics – wanna see them?).

Despite the seemingly high number of weirdos in Vancouver, I found people to be generally pretty nice. My favorites were the store clerks and wait staff; I was constantly amazed at how nice the wait staff was – I don’t usually tip 20% but found myself doing just that with most of my restaurant visits because the service was outstanding (not everywhere, but in most places). Store clerks were also eager to offer suggestions on restos and things to do.  I also found the city to be clean and well laid out – you can walk pretty much anywhere.  If you enjoy walking like I do and you’re situated downtown, then you can walk to Gastown, Coal Harbor, Stanley Park, the aquarium, Granville Island (via a water taxi) and the seawall. Kitsilano and South Granville are only a 10-minute drive away.  Aside from the coffee and food, the seawall and Vancouver’s overall connection to nature were huge draws for me. As well, Whistler is just 1 hour 40 minutes away via the 99N/Sea to Sky highway – the highway view alone is worth the drive! More on that later – Whistler deserves its own post.

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To finish up this first post, here are some pics of Gastown and Coal Harbor (and a few randoms thrown in for good measure):

Stay tuned for Part 2, coming later this week.

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The Coal Harbour ivy league penis/ Photo: RAnnDomized

And on that note, stay tuned for Vacating in VAnnCouver – Part 2! See you on the other side, yo.

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Peace out,

A