Made a quick trip up to Vancouver with my little brothers a week ago. (Full report linked below.) What a great city. It's been a few years since I'd visited and this was the first time I really focused at all on food. Basically we did four things:
1) Granville Island: Went through the whole public market snacking. I especially liked Oyama and its wonderful prosciuttos. Mmm, duck and boar prosciuttos. (btw, that pic below is their mascot.) I would have liked to see more local/seasonal produce, but the selection was great. Lots of tropical fruits. We also went over to the kid's market where one of my brothers got a can of Ketchup (?!?) Pringles.
2) Chinatown: Both better and worse than, eg, San Francisco's Chinatown. Worse because my brother's didn't have a bunch of tourist crap stores to buy junk at, better because the food stores line and cramp the blocks. Ate at Phnom Penh, which was really good. Both good quality and a little more interesting preparations than most places.
3) Stanley Park and West End: We rented bikes and rode around the park and then walked up Denman and ate at Nat's, Mondo Gelato, and Kintaro's. Nat's was decent, but nothing special. Mondo was better (though they have some "no photos" policy, which I violated). Kintaro was really good. Huge line, but worth it.
4) Dim Sum: We stayed in Richmond for breakfast dim sum. We discovered the closest recommended places was out of business, Oriental Delight. The next day, we went to Richmond Mandarin, which I thought was pretty good, but I skipped a lot dishes that I wanted so that my brothers could be happy.
We also hit La Tarasca on the way up in Centralia, Washington, which was quite good.
My wife and I are thinking about making a longer trip together in August.