Florida ‘hound is bringing her family (husband, 18 & 21 yr old daughters) to Vancouver at the end of May. We’re arriving via the train from Seattle on a Thursday, headed first for 3 days at a rental just up the road a bit from Deep Cove then back to Vancouver proper for 3 days in the West End, a few blocks from Sunset Beach Park. We’ll have a car & are planning a drive up the Sea-to-Sky, maybe as far as Whistler, depending on how sidetracked we get on the way. We do prefer to use public trans once we get downtown.
Our trip is to celebrate graduations: one from high school, the other from college. We have 2 very adventurous foodies and 2 uncomplaining middle-of-the-roadies lol. We’re most interested in Chinese/Asian (maybe sushi if the 2 of us can sneak away at some point) and seafood (we get great seafood in FL, but it’s so *different* from what you get there), good bakeries & chocolate. My husband and I have been to Vancouver once before ages ago; we ate mostly seafood in the city, but had the most amazing meal at a little Chinese place in Banff. They had these salt & pepper riblets – not complicated, but so delish, could have eaten them all night.
So. I have already made reservations at Absinthe, since I’ve read good things about it and even my picky eaters should be able to find *something* there. We’re going to spend a morning at Queen Elizabeth Park & the Vandusen Botanical Garden and I think Long’s is nearby, so we may eat lunch there (get there as soon as they open, right?). Peaceful is also on the short list. We’re planning to eat in several nights, probably when we’re up by Deep Cove (since it looks like there’s not so much up that way), so recommendations on seafood markets or other fun spots to shop would be great.
I’m still combing through the archives, but thought I would start the conversation. We are also pretty unschooled in Asian dishes – good Chinese food is only a dream in most of FL – so I would really appreciate notes on any specific dishes we might like. I already have beef roll on the list. I love love love good homemade noodles.
Is there anything from FL any far-from-home southerner would like me to bring ? I can’t imagine there’s much you all don’t get there that we do here, though I did see greyelf’s quest for hominy. I’ve got a great source for stoneground grits (Logan Turnpike Mill in N Georgia).
Thanks in advance - suemac