Today is the Opening Ceremonies for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and after weeks and weeks of no rain and gorgeous sunny days, the weather report is now calling for rain. It’s too bad that it’s not snow, but that’s probably a little too much to ask for. This winter has been one of our warmest and driest (well, maybe now wettest) and it’s ironic because at this time last year the city was shut down by a winter blizzard with record-breaking snowfall levels.
Even without the snow, I’m looking forward to Vancouver hosting the Olympics; its easy to get excited when there are happy people in the streets and the excitement is palpable. Vancouver is a gorgeous, laid back, food-filled city. A few people have been emailing and asking me for restaurant recommendations and, while I’m no restaurant reviewer, I thought it would be nice to put up a list of hand-held food I like to double fist while I walk the streets of this city.
A unique Japanese twist on the All-American hot dog, the iconic orange Japadog cart serves up dogs topped with traditional Japanese condiments: teriyaki sauce, nori, kewpie mayo, bonito, daikon, and green onions to name a few. Sounds strange, but tastes oh-so-umami-good.
La Taqueria’s tacos reminds me of the street tacos I used to eat every night during my stay in Mexico, except that La Taqueria’s tacos use locally sourced produce instead of mystery asada. Warm corn tortillas hold perfectly cooked and seasoned meats (and veggies, if you swing that way) topped with lime, cilantro and onions. Favourites: de lengua and al pastor.
Chocolate croissants comparable to those in Paris and a delectable twice baked almond croissant have me stopping into Thomas Haas for a sugary breakfast whenever I get the chance. They also have an excellent selection of sandwiches and the famous (in Canada, anyway) moist, truffle-y Chocolate Sparkle cookie.
Au Petit Cafe
Crisp, light and airy bread is the bed for crumbly, savoury pork Vietnamese meatballs, house made ham, char siu, and refreshing pickled daikon and carrots. Often touted as Vancouver’s best banh mi, Au Petit Cafe is my favourite place for Vietnamese subs; they’re so good sometimes I beat myself up for having a stomach that won’t hold more than two at once.
For more restaurant reviews, you might want to check out some of these lovely Vancouver food blogs:
Note: All the photos are of Japadog because it rained the next 3 days.