If you know me, you know I love my food and I love getting suggestions from locals. I’ll be in Vancouver this week for the annual travel blog exchange (also known as TBEX) and got some great recommendations.
There are quite a few Canadian bloggers who know their stuff so I’m linking to them and pointing out my favorites.
Why Go Canada is a great all-around guide to Canuck destinations. There is a great guide on Cheap Eats in Vancouver.
Lindsay Young (@lindsontheroad) of This is How I Travel has great recommendations. Lindsay, who now lives in Toronto, and I bonded over a love of travel and fashion at the Toronto Travel Tribe. I’m excited to try her tips!
Kitsilano. Or Kits. Photo: Bill Casselman.
Sushi Recommendations I’m interested in:
Sushi Zero One. I would consider an affordable meal one that is under $10. Apparently, this is one of those places.
The Eatery – this was Lindsay’s top pick when she was living in Vancouver. After looking at their website, any menu combining sushi and KFC peaks my curiosity. The pictures of Astroboy also gave me a chuckle. Hello, nostalgia…
Kit’s Sushi – Sushi on the beach? Done.
Remember Anthony Bourdain’s Advice: “I never order fish on Monday, unless I’m eating at a four-star restaurant where I know they are buying their fish directly from the source. I know how old most seafood is on Monday – about four to five days old!” Bourdain is also not a fan of discount sushi, but can we make an exception in Vancouver?!
Randall Shirley (@fivefaves), a Vancouverite and editor of Five Faves has listed his top restaurants in his hometown. One I’m interested in checking out is Go Fish, which is steps west of Granville Island. He says: “if the Qualicum beach scallop sandwich is on the menu, you simply must order it. Holy yum.”
Cartel Korean Tacos. This is what I love about Canada: you get such an exotic mix of cultures and it ends up on your plate in ways you wouldn’t think were possible.
Lolita’s – I’m a sucker for a good guacamole recipe. Lolita’s serves theirs after 11 p.m. Me Likey.
Apparently, a legendary place for Chinese food is Hon’s. It’s not that the food is incredible; it’s more one of those places you can take a big group and the atmosphere probably speaks for itself.
Red Card Sports Bar. Photo: Urban Diner
For a great place to drink, Thom recommends Six Acres. It looks cute. Plus, they have popcorn.
Bridge’s looks like it has a great patio and is highly recommended by Lindsay.
If you want to catch the Stanley Cup Finals, Red Card Sports Bar looks like a good option. It’s in the MODA Hotel.
One of the many tasty-looking cocktails from Hawksworth Restaurant. Photo: Hawksworth Restaurant
Hawksworth Restaurant – located in the historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia (currently undergoing renovations and opening in the summer). The Hawksworth is already being hailed as the best new restaurant in Canada by Macleans and Brad Stanton is certainly the guy I want to make me a drink (I may need one after the Grouse Grind). Why? He’s the Vice President of the Canadian Bartenders Association. Tres cool.
Ensemble – this is a new restaurant and bar opened by Dale Mackay, who is currently one of the contestants on Top Chef Canada. I’m not sure how it is, but if you’re into the hype this might be an option. He’s also going to be cooking as part of EAT! Vancouver’s Food and Cooking Festival. Coincidentally, the festival is in the same building on the same day as TBEX. (Who wants to come with during a break?!)
Vij’s – The Coles notes on Yelp summarize that the wait to eat is about 90 minutes on average but that the food is worth it (especially if lamb popsicles is any indication). I guess if you’re a fan of Indian cuisine, this is the place to go. He also serves packaged meals and take-out versions of the dishes from his namesake at Vij’s Rangoli.
The Aftermath: Grouse Grind
Besides, I figure there’s no shortage of activity in Vancouver to burn off all of those calories.
I’ll give an update after the conference.