I LOVE LOVE LOVE going down to Vancouver once in a while, to get some big city energy which we sometimes miss since moving to Kamloops. We decided we wanted to be near Gastown this time around since we have always stayed on the opposite end of downtown by English Bay. We scooped up a tiny, i mean tiny tiny, one bedroom airbnb on Seymour street and had a pretty sweet view.
In typical Vancouver fashion, it rained all afternoon and evening on our first day. That certainly didn’t stop us from making our way down to one of our favorite spots, Kitanoya Guu With Otokomae, to grab some dinner, and meet a friend.
This is easily a favorite because of the casual Japanese fusion fare – and the hot towels to start are a sweet perk! The night ended after probably too much beef sashimi and sake; we then waddled back to our airbnb.
I also have to mention the incredible Japanese style poutine that I had, because I welcome any kind of poutine, with open arms.
This particular weekend visit was extra exciting because we planned to go to Granville Island, which we had actually never been to – It did not disappoint! I feel it’s safe to describe Granville Island as a mythical foodie fairly land, so much food, beautiful produce and market area and so many vibrant colours!!
And a little treat of course – Bacon Cheddar Scone
Walking around I just fell in love with this whimsical place. We started off with the Public Market, where I honestly wish I could do our groceries every weekend! What an amazing selection of produce, meat, treats, tea, anything you can think of!
I picked up a bag of Angel Mist tea from the Granville Island Tea Company, and it is one of the most amazing teas I have ever had, I hate to think about what will happen when I run out!! It is definitely a must try!
Our mini trip was made complete, by checking off yet another restaurant from my ongoing “You Gotta Eat Here” bucket list – The Wallflower. This super trendy, laid back diner, proved to be everything I was hoping for!
Although I had originally set my heart on their Meatloaf Wellington, I was disappointed to find it was not offered for lunch :((((( and so I ordered the BBQ Benny instead. It was quite spectacular, with a ridiculously buttery hollandaise sauce – perfection.
Vancouver captures completely everything that I love about the west coast: the sea, the mountains, the culture, the lifestyle. I know that wherever we end up, Vancouver will always have a special place in our hearts.