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Gastown...

Simon | Sep 1, 2007 10:51 PM

OK...at the risk of sounding like frail wimps, let me start by saying we're from NY...we roam various sketchy parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, etc w/ regularity, often at 3am...we're used to the more than occassional junkie...i've worked on law-enforcement-related projects that have led me to hang out in crack dens and such at odd hours...you get the idea...

But tonight we were given a list of four restaurants in Gastown: Salt, Boneta, Chill Winston, and Irish Heather...it's Saturday...about 7pm...we walked there from Robson...

We couldn't find any of the restaurants...there were literally zero tourists...there were literally zero people heading to restaurants on foot...we took this route: Hastings most of the way w/ a loop around Columbia/Carrall...there was literally not a soul whom we could ask for directions because 100% of the people on the street (maybe 75+ in the general neighborhood) were either shooting up or vomiting or passed out...

The directions i had to Salt seemed to indicate that we should head down an alley that was full of mattresses and syringes, and was devoid of patrons...

i walked through Gastown on my previous trip to Vancouver and didn't remember it being quite as much of a wasteland, and with several hyped restaurants and the BC real estate boom i'd expected it'd be even easier to navigate...

Where the hell are these restaurants and where were their patrons?...should we have trolled more on Cordova?...we were craving the cured ham we'd heard we could get at Salt and the scallops rumored to be at Chill Winston...we ended up leaving and having a bland meal in Yaletown...

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