City Love: Vancouver

Let’s continue being international and show some love for our neighbors up north. This month’s City Love is dedicated to Vancouver!

Vancouver stands out for me because even though it is an urban city it is still surrounded by nature. It is the fourth most densely populated city in North America, but I never felt the “crowdedness” that I usually feel whenever in a big city like New York or San Francisco. Having the mountains, the ocean, and the rainforests all around you definitely helps in keeping locals and tourists busy doing outdoor activities year round.

I’m not much of a hiker or even an outdoorsy person, but I’ve been told that there are many trails leading to beautiful sites quite accessible from the city. For me, I’m quite content enjoying the views at Stanley Park.

This won’t be a City Love post by me if I didn’t talk about the foods that I’ve enjoyed in Vancouver. And Vancouver has a lot to offer because of how diverse the city is.

A Canadian staple, poutine is fries with gravy and cheese curds on top! Even fast food joints like Burger King serves their own version of poutine and some restaurants will put their own take by adding meat and/or eggs. I got the breakfast poutine with bacon and a poached egg! Can’t go wrong with that!

I first heard of Japadog on my first trip to Vancouver. It’s basically a hotdog with Japanese toppings (teriyaki sauce, seaweed, bonito flakes, etc.). You really can’t just eat one. On my first visit they were only operating from one cart on the street but on my recent trip there were multiple carts throughout the city and an actual store on Robson Street (the main shopping strip in Vancouver).

There’s also an abundance of izakayas (Japanese tapas bar) through out the city. If you’re in the mood for some sake and some appetizer style foods then bringing your friends to an izakaya is the answer. Since the food are appetizer style, you can order a few dishes and share with your friends to try many different things.

Bella Gelateria
On my last visit my friends and I decided to try gelato from Bella Gelateria, an award winning gelateria that serves traditional and unique flavors in small fresh batches. I loved their black sesame and of course I had to try their Philippine mango flavor too.

Meat & Bread
Such basics but what they come up with in this restaurant is pure genius! Must try the porchetta sandwich, it’s divine! It’s a very tender pork sandwich with crispy pork skin and salsa verde. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I could have seriously had this everyday and would have not gotten tired of it.

Vancouver, even though it is technically in another country, felt like home and that’s why I like visiting so much. The people are friendly, there are many things to do, and the food is great. What else can you ask for?

Bear Hugs Rudolf

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