Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games and hand-held food I love to eat

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
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.

Thomas Haas
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.

11 Comments add yours

  1. Oh my goodness! Japadog sounds amazing!

    It’s pretty delicious! I think you could probably try a version at home: hot dog topped with teriyaki sauce, fried onions, Japanese mayo and seaweed.

    steph on February 12th, 2010 at 3:18 pm
  2. How funny, I got my 16 month old daughter that exact same hoodie when I was in T.O. visiting my folks. Gotta love the Bay!… craving a Banh Mi now.

    Banh mi is sooooooooooo good! I love my Olympic hoodie! Go Canada!

    steph on February 12th, 2010 at 3:19 pm
  3. Hi there! :)
    I love noodles too! keke.. hmm just found out about your blog earlier this week and I fell in love with it. Truly exquisite and inspirational.
    Can’t wait to read about your momofuku adventure & hope someday I can fly to NY to eat at the restaurant ;)

    PS: Japadog looks so yummy~~
    Wonder if they have it in LA… hmmm…

    I’m glad you like the site! Japadog’s only here in Vancouver right now, so I guess you’ll just have to visit! :)

    steph on February 12th, 2010 at 3:25 pm
  4. I’m sitting in front of the TV, watching the Olympics, reading a food-blog from Vancouver, Canada posting about the Olympics and somehow it’s a littel odd, isn’t it? The world is so close to my living-room, it’s amazing.

    Petra from German food-blog Chili & Ciabatta who presented a momofuku ramen some days ago

    gave us a hint to visit your blog. She didn’t promise too much when she told us about fine food and great fotographs. How interesting it is, visiting you!

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Canada (and for Germany, of course)!

    Until we meet again in this blog best wishes


    Thanks so much for the kind wishes! The world is rather small when you think about the connections people make; it’s so exciting to see people from all over the world here in Vancouver celebrating!

    steph on February 16th, 2010 at 4:27 pm
  5. La brasserie on Davie is banging. One of my fav. places to eat. Dinner is amazing (french/german).

    They do a brunch on the weekends that has breakfast poutine! It’s the ultimate cheesy goey crunchy eggy smoky fatty awesomeness: good fries, cheese curds, bacon lardons, poached eggs, hollandaise, pork gravy, truffle oil.

    Wash it down with a pint of new castle. Maybe nosh on a bit of pate.

    Nap away the rest of the sunday

    I love La Brasserie! Haven’t tried the breakfast poutine, but I’ll have to give it a try.

    steph on April 27th, 2010 at 12:35 pm
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