I’ll Eat Vancouver

I have been remiss in updating the blog for a number of reasons.  First and foremost, work will often pull me under unexpectedly at any moment like the sea.  Second, my computer needed to be upgraded to support the new version of Safari and WordPress.  And last, I went on vacation to Vancouver.

Traveling to Canada when the dollar is at parity makes a more expensive trip than I like.  About the only thing that’s “cheap” is the food, which is a good thing because it is superior.  Here are the notables:

-Vij’s – the best Indian food.  Everyone waits in line no matter who you are.  Patience is rewarded with creative cocktails and fresh bread once you sit down.  The widely lauded lamb “popsicle” is worthy of praise as perfectly charred chops in a creamy perfumed sauce.  In Vij’s cookbook, you find out why it’s so good – four cups of whipping cream.  1480 West 11th Avenue, West Side.

-Motomachi Shokudo – After a bike ride through Stanley Park, all I wanted was a hot bowl of noodles.  Conveniently located next to the bike shops, Motomachi serves up ramen to restore my weary self.  Springy noodles with a balance of accompaniments including a special burnt onion oil, I was warmed while the outside was not. 740 Denman Street, West End.

-Salt Tasting Room – When wine becomes the meal supplemented by finely curated salamis and cheeses.  Its sparse rugged interior adds to its a priori authenticity in Blood Alley. 45 Blood Alley, Gastown.

-Hawker’s Delight – The laksa wards off Vancouver’s chill with thick noodles in a curry broth for only $5.  Creamy, spicy, and full of tofu, chicken, and fish balls, it’s worth as much as a fur coat.  4127 Main Street, Main Street.

-Xian Cuisine Food Stall – Did I mention how cold it is in Vancouver?  About the only thing that I wanted to eat was noodle soup which I got in all variations of the Asian spectrum.  At the Richmond Public Market, you can watch them make your hand pulled noodles served in your choice of soup.  A bit of a schlep outside of town, I wish I had a bigger stomach to accommodate all that the market had to offer.  8260 Westminster Highway, Richmond.

-Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe – hippie dippie eclectic, with a menu that reflects its familiar yet unconventional decor.  Comfort food is given a twist like the Southwest Eggs Benedict served on a bed of cornbread, guacamole and black beans.  2095 W. 4th Avenue, Kitsilano.

-La Quercia – surprise after surprise at this Italian restaurant that reminded me of The Big Night.  A prix fixe menu provides multiple dishes that rotate daily, making me want more.  On my visit, I had a creamier than thou burrata, and meltingly tender braised beef cheeks, amongst the many fine things that I tasted that night.  Fine dining is in low key intimate setting, which apparently is always booked.  For a prix fixe that is $45, no wonder.  3689 W. 4th Avenue, Kitsilano.

-Indian Candy – maple cured salmon.  Sweet and savory and smoky, all the good things in life.  Need I say more?  Granville Public Market, Granville Island.

Even the local neighborhood sushi places had outstanding sushi, better than many NY places for a fraction of the price.  Vancouver is a great place chase away the cold with a good meal.

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