I'm headed up to Vancouver (along with a friend) for a conference towards the end of March (3 nights, 4 days). I've been perusing the boards for ideas, but would greatly appreciate some help with the below requests.
In the mornings during the week, I'll be at the Westin-Bayshore, and staying nearby, so recommendations for quick breakfasts (or coffeeshops/bakeries where I could pick up a good pastry/baked treat) and lunches in that neighborhood would be really helpful. I am planning on knocking off early one day to head over to Granville Island and to try Go Fish, since I love that kind of stuff.
Re: dinners - based on recommendations on the board, we're considering Chambar, Bin 941/942 (what's the difference between the two, aside from menus?), West, Nu, maybe the izakaya crawl I saw on the boards... I'm not sure where else?... I had originally wanted to go to the Lumiere Tasting Bar, but with the departure of the chef, wasn't sure anymore. (If it's still good, does it take reservations?) Dinners in areas near fun bars would be a plus, as well as easy access to where we're staying since we won't have a car.
While my friend and I are rather adventurous eaters, we'd actually prefer to stay away from Chinese unless there's something spectacular we just shouldn't miss. Since I hear Vancouver is known for its seafood, then plenty of that would be lovely. Small plates are quite fine (I'm the sort who's more likely to order a couple of appetizers rather than an entree); local cuisine appreciated as well. We're from Los Angeles, if that helps.
We leave late on Saturday, so a recommendation good place for late lunch that day would also be helpful (else we'll do a large brunch/find a place for sandwiches to bring onto the plane).
One last request: one night I'll be by myself, so are there any recommendations for restaurants in the area near my hotel which'll be good for a single female diner? When alone, I'm happiest sitting at the bar and eating there.
Thanks in advance!