In Vancouver, Canada, I was born and raised, on the playground was where I spent most of my days, chillin' out, maxing', relaxing all cool and playing tennis and volleyball all throughout school...ok - where was I going with this....
Right - here are some of my favourite eats of Vancouver, BC, Canada, my beautiful hometown!
In general, Vancouver, being on the best west coast is known for their fresh pacific salmon and seafood along along with a strong influence of Asian food culture. This has created a city full of delicious fusion dishes and amazing fresh Japanese sushi, sashimi and izakayas. Hongcouver, I mean Vancouver, also has some of the best Cantonese food and dimsum, but I actually didn't have any this time around as I was just in Hong Kong before I arrived - see Hong Kong blogpost HERE). There are also many fresh farm to table style restaurants and food trucks everywhere now, but I wasn't able to try everything I wanted to this time around - something for next time! (Sorry!)
These may not be the the most recent trends of eateries these days, since I've been living abroad for the past few years, but these are some of my favourites that I always go back to whenever I visit. Some eats are also classic Vancouver or only-in-Canada favourites!
Old Dutch Ketchup Chips!
Other brands carry this flavour as well, but none taste as good as OD! A classic childhood and adulthood favourite snack and flavour of all time!
Canada's "favourite" coffee shop since 1964. Founded and named after a Canadian hockey player from Hamilton, Ontario. You will see Tim Hortons EVERYWHERE in Vancouver and across Canada - and even internationally now in the UAE!
Poutine (pronounced "poo-tang, but drop the "ng" on the tang)!
This dish was invented in Pointe Gatineau, Quebec, so it is actually a more common dish in the east. However, it is still popular and can be found easily on the west coast - actually, even fast food places like A&W, Burger King and McDonald's in Vancouver all carry poutine on their menus now!
Izakayas, izakayas and more izakayas!
Vancouver is well known for having awesome izakayas - tapa style Japanese food with grilled, seared, fried or baked foods that go well with some sake or Japanese beer!
Here are 3 of my favourites - each are very different in their menu and atmosphere, so check them all out for yourself!
More traditional of an izakaya. The atmosphere in here can get quite loud with just the servers and chefs yelling orders back and forth to each other, but it's all part of the authentic izakaya experience. More selective of a menu with daily specials as well as the regular menu to order from. The food has always and still is GUUD!
The five Guu locations in Vancouver can be found HERE.
More trendy and upscale of an izakaya. The one on Robson has a dining as well as lounge area. I much prefer the atmosphere and service of the one on Robson rather the one in Yaletown.
The food here can be a bit more fusion, but they also have a wide variety of choices on their menu depending on lunch or dinner times.
The 4 Hapa Izakaya locations can be found HERE.
The newer of the 3 izakayas, so I've only been here a couple times when I was visiting, but is seems very popular and has been good each time I've been. Less tapa style here - more full portion dishes but again, it can depend on what you order.
This is the only location of this one that I know of.
Cactus Club Cafe!
A very Vancouver restaurant, with many many locations around the city. Canadian owned and operated, a blend of fine and casual dining as well as a blend of Western and Asian tastes. Somehow, the locations downtown have gotten prime real estate and can be found around the best views in English Bay and Coal Harbour! Executive chef Rob Feenie is cooking new menu items at the "Concession by the Bay" location. His "Feenie" Burger used to be my favourite burger ever when he used to own his own restaurant!
The many many locations can be found HERE.
Japanese Rolls and Sashimi!
Vancouver being surrounded by the Pacific ocean = fresh seafood = good quality fish = amazing and affordable Japanese food! Perhaps it's my tastebuds, but I think the sushi and sashimi in Vancouver is the best that I've ever had - even compared to in Japan! The thing is, in Japan, you have to pay an arm and a leg for great quality sushi and sashimi In Vancouver, everyone can enjoy great quality Japanese food easily and at many great places!
Did you know Sushi Town (in Burnaby and North Van) owners opened up a location in Seoul too? I've gone there with some Vancouver friends and it was awesome because it was the same type of rolls we were craving! And for such good prices! (Blog post to come soon)
Two of my most recent favourite places in Vancouver. Fresh ingredients are KEY!
1. ASA Sushi in Kerrisdale
This is more of a family tradition and nostalgic item - but it is also the best cake in the world!!!
We used to always get this for family birthdays and special occasions. I don't know how it started, but I'm glad we discovered it. I thought maybe it wouldn't taste as good years later as some things seem to taste better when you are a kid - but no, this cake was exactly the same and just as delicious! We used to cut and put leftovers in the freezer, but it wouldn't even last very long because someone would take it out and eat it even in it's frozen state - it's that good!
Vancouver Local Beers!
Canadian Caesar Time!
I can't believe I never had a Caesar until my most recent trip back to Vancity! After my first sip, I loved it! My new favourite drink! What's there not to love about a savoury cocktail made with Clamato juice, vodka, worcester sauce, tabasco sauce, spices and pickled green beans and/or olives - or a whole meal in it if you want!
Check out my Caesar taste test tour HERE to discover 11 different Caesar's around Vancouver!
Here is a preview of 3 different kinds:
Fit and functional hometown favourite - come check out almost all the lululemon stores in Vancouver and Greater Vancouver area!