I love my neighborhood, but the number of establishments you can walk to for a quick bite or a drink are pretty limited. So when this place recently opened, Tim was very excited.
The place is really nice on the inside, decorated warmly with art and lots of color. There’s chairs up front for hanging out. It was quite inviting.
I stopped by on my way home from work one night and picked up a tea and a spicy pickle, plus a turkey meatball piroshki for Tim. I love homemade pickles, and this one lived up to its name — it was f’ing spicy! Horseradish! The tea was also great, they had quite the selection, too. Iced and hot.
And Tim gave his piroshki a big thumbs up. He said it was great. I’m going to have to go back and try one myself sometime soon.
In addition to the piroshkis and the pickles, they had a bunch of sweet treats in their display case. The little peach cakes were so fun, I took a picture of them below, along with all the other beautiful piroshkis they offered. Ah yes… hungry just looking at these photos again…
Sweet treats! Look, peach cakes that look like… peaches!
Visited this little gem the other night before settling in at Prost for a few drinks. This cart, along with several others, is parked right next to the Prost patio.
I ordered smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato, avocado, and spinach on a gluten-free crepe. The gluten-free crepe was a super weird color, kind of black/brown/purple. And it didn’t taste nearly as good as a gluten-full crepe, but whatever, I’ve had it before and I expected that. Not the crepe cart’s fault. It was cool that they offered it! Plus vegan options. Of course.
This cart also offered up smoothies and other treats. Reasonable prices (my crepe was $7).
Here’s my weird looking crepe… and my weird looking hand.
Tim won some tickets to check out the Dandy Warhols at the Bing Lounge for a Kink radio broadcast. He was gracious enough to offer to take me, even though he has a ton of friends who would’ve probably loved to go. What a good boyfriend!
The Bing Lounge was good, very small. We didn’t arrive early enough to get a seat, so had to stand, but there really wasn’t a bad spot in the house.
Two members of the band, Courtney Taylor-Taylor and Brent DeBoer, played probably four or five songs on acoustic guitars and told a few stories. The whole event was really short, under an hour. But it was pretty awesome.
We hung out at the end to get our photos taken with the guys, who were really gracious and nice about it.
My old iPhone doesn’t take the best pictures… so here’s one of the TV screen that was near us.
Fun fact… Tim and Weave were extras in this Dandy Warhols video. If you look really closely, you can see them clapping (not really).
And then there’s this version that Tim showed me. Awwww…
I am aware that Domino’s has a rep for being pretty much the worst pizza out there. But since they’ve started catering to ridiculously picky eaters like me with their pseudo-gluten free option, I have ordered there twice. Actually, three times total, but the first time I ordered they were sold out of the gluten-free crust. They are definitely riding the wave.
The Domino’s gluten-free crust is actually one of the tastiest that I have had. Maybe because it’s “less” gluten-free than the others? It definitely beats Bellagio’s (theirs can be quite soggy). Both Bellagio’s and Domino’s only off their high maintenance pies in size 10 inch. And both are overpriced, as are most gluten-free options, but I think you get more bang for your buck with Bellagio’s list of favorites for $13.
Here’s what my last pizza looks like. I added a spoon to the photo so you can see just how small a 10 inch pie actually is.
And here’s the saddest little salad in all the world. Lettuce, a few tomatoes, and it wouldn’t be a Domino’s salad without cheese. Not worth the $3.50, but I needed to make the delivery minimum.
I do not know who Joe Fortes is… it’s probably this guy… and his restaurant was amazing. Upscale steak and seafood. Entrees were 30 to 50 dollars a plate, with some options for over 100. The interior has the typical steak house feel, lots of dark wood and old timey fixtures. There was a piano player stationed on the central staircase, and he played upbeat music which made the whole experience all the more fun.
Upstairs is a rooftop patio, decorated with lights and plants. And, if I remember correctly, even an outdoor fire pit.
The food was amazing. Although I don’t eat steak, there were a plethora of seafood options on the menu. I honestly couldn’t decide and let the waiter choose for me. He choose wisely! I had the miso sablefish, which came with rice and bok choy. I don’t think I’ve ever had sablefish before, but this was probably the best time to try it. The miso flavoring was amazing and it basically melts in your mouth. Also had a couple glasses of malbec and we split an appetizer of deep fried, bacon-wrapped crab leg.
This menu, as well as the menu at the Cactus Club, had little icons next to the fish dishes denoting options that were approved by Ocean Wise, which was pretty cool.
Honestly, the best meal I’ve had in a while! But very rich and very pricey.
The Cactus Club was recommended to me by the hotel receptionist. I was hungry and didn’t feel like venturing out, so I took her recommendation.
When I walked in, I definitely found the Cactus Club to be fancier than I had expected. The place was hopping for lunch, and it felt very cosmopolitan. Entrees were about 15 to 20 dollars Canadian, so definitely pricey for a lunch. Lots of meat on the menu, but I watched at the servers brought some other folks their meals and everything looked delish, including the salads. I opted for a salmon rice bowl, which was really tasty.
Sat at the bar for lunch and watched the Germany v. Netherlands Euro Cup game.
After lunch, I walked around the area where I am staying (Yaletown) and there are countless places to eat and shop. Since I’m only here one day, I kind of regret not exploring a little more before choosing a lunch spot, only because it was so fancy pants.
Fun boutique hotel. Lots of color and a contemporary feel. They offer juice and water in the lobby. Stayed in an executive suite which was a corner room, so lots of large windows. Yay! But only for one night. Boo. Reds and blacks with a very spacious and clean bathroom. Flat screen mounted on the wall so you can watch from bed and another flat screen in the sitting area. Kind of feels like a local version of the W, complete with the super comfy Heavenly Bed.
Each room also comes equipped with an iPad. Fun! Though I doubt I’ll touch it. And, hey, this room’s iPad was mounted in the same charger tray/stand that Tim brought home from work and tried to force me to use to stay organized.
Rate was about 200 per night (Canadian).
322 Davie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6B 5Z6
Stayed for my fabulous cousin’s wedding. Right on the beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Giant beach, several pools, para-sailing, wave runners and those ridiculous giant water tricycles. Only there for three days and it rained the first day (we must have brought the Portland weather).
The establishment is right next to a ton of other resorts and beach clubs, including one next door with a rotating restaurant on the top floor (way too spendy).
Overall, the Sirata was comfortable but the rooms were pretty rundown and felt a little dumpy. And the food was really mediocre. I recognize that I am spoiled coming from foodie town like Portland, though.
Stayed here for the DW Summit. Having attended college in Boston, Copley has always been one of my favorite places. I remember walking the halls of the Copley mall and frequently bars and restaurants in the area. In college, the hotels near Copley always seemed very fancy and impressive, so it was fun to actually stay there as a guest.
Rooms were great; it was, obviously, a Westin. So pretty standard accomodations on that front. Had a room high up with a nice view of nothing in particular. Bleak and rainy week, so it looked a lot like Portland.
Food was also pretty good, especially for conference food. Although two and a half days of it will get old no matter how they try and change it up.