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VANCOUVER: Days 1 and 2 -- Banana Leaf, Go Fish, Granville, Les Amis, Le Beau, Vij's, Chinatown


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VANCOUVER: Days 1 and 2 -- Banana Leaf, Go Fish, Granville, Les Amis, Le Beau, Vij's, Chinatown

extramsg | Aug 18, 2005 06:39 PM

Here are links to my first two reports (covering the first two days). I was originally going to write just one report, but I guess I enjoyed myself enough that I just kept writing and writing. I was definitely gushing at times. It might be a couple days before I finish the last two reports because I'm off to a wedding.

Day 1: Salumi, Gelatiamo, Banana Leaf

Day 2: Go Fish, Granville, Les Amis du Fromage, Patisserie Le Beau, Vij's, Chinatown Night Market

Obviously we stopped in Seattle for lunch on our way up from Portland. We had just enough time to ride bikes around Stanley Park before the sun went down. Then we headed over to Denman and walked up to Banana Leaf. Good meal. Not everything was entirely a winner, but there were also no failures. Their roti canai was excellent as was their shrimp sambal.

The next day began with snacking. First we met Daddy-A from eGullet at Go Fish and had the best fish and chips of my life. Then we walked over to Granville and sampled some things from Oyama, bought some cherries, and ate a pastry from Laurelle's. Then it was over to Books to Cooks. I don't understand why we don't get more books from Canada, Australia, and the UK. It's the same damned language. Is it that hard dealing with grams for Americans? I was jealous of several books I saw, some of which are $60 Canadian, but $200 plus American at Amazon. Ridiculous. I think I might need to see if I can place an order through them or Chapters.

Then it was up to W 2nd for some cheese and belgian waffles. Great cheese shop. We got some Tiger Blue (recommendation by you know who) and the Montana. Both were quite good. The Tiger Blue rivals our own Rogue River Blue.

I wish the belgian waffles were freshly made and that they weren't nearly out so we had more choice, but that was more our fault than theirs. Quite good anyway.

For dinner it was Vij's. What a revelatory experience. I love when a place has a true commitment to the flavors of a cuisine, but isn't afraid to refine dishes and use quality ingredients. Best. Indian. Ever. I could seriously drink that curry from the lamb popsicles all day. If 7-Eleven sold it as a fountain drink selection, I'd start buying Big Gulps.

After that, it was the Chinatown Night Market. Glad we hit this one before the Richmond one the next night. It might have been a letdown. We had fun anyway, giggling at the Engrish of "wieners meat", oooing and ahhhing over crusty skewers of beef and chicken. The eggballs were an interesting, futuristic looking dessert. Tasted like fresh fortune cookies. Bought some t-shirts for my brothers and then it was off to bed.



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