TLR Travels: Vancouver Edition
A couple days after coming home from Montreal, it was time to pack again. This time, we were visiting Vancouver.
We were so lucky to be joined by Anna from Food Diva and Isabelle from Allons.Y! It can be awkward to stand up and take time to place your food for the perfect IG photo, so I'm always glad when I'm around other people that understand (that we're probably going to eat cold food lol).
Chambar - 568 Beatty Street, Crosstown, Vancouver BC
Chambar claims fine dining without the pretension. For those of you based in Toronto, this place has Bar Raval vibes, very dark wood, dimmed lights, amazing food and drink, laid back crowd. So yeah, I guess I agree with their claim.
Anna and Ash had the Tajine d'Aziz à l'agneau which included braised lamb shank, honey, figs, cinnamon, cilantro, almond cous cous. Of course, I had a couple bites of Ash's and it was delicious, very aromatic and full of flavour.
I, on the other hand, was feeling more like a veg dish, so I had the Ratatouille which had zucchini, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, sunchokes, spinach, halloumi, olives, quinoa tabbouleh. I LOVE halloumi, so I was really excited for my dish, so I was a little disappointed when I only got 3 tiny bits of fried cheese.
Nelson the Seagull - 315 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC
Bread and coffee. Simple.
I'd seen a couple of Vancouver Instagrammers post about this place, so I was eager to make it to Gastown to try out their infamous bread. When you walk in, it's very cozy and the smell of baking takes over.
I had a grilled cheese with a macchiato and it was the perfect lunch on a cold rainy day.
33 Acres Brewing Co - 15 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC
4 bloggers together in a city. Of course we had to brunch! We set off for 33 acres brewing, known for their coffee and beer flights. Ok, maybe I wasn't ready for the beer, but I'll take a coffee.
They also serve Nelson the Seagull bread (to die for), so you know I was looking forward to brunch.
Nemesis Coffee - 302 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
Olive + Ruby Coffee - 2839 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC
Coffee & a swing?
Can't go wrong with that.
Ramen Danbo - 1333 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
While not an IG-friendly spot, the food here is unreal. It was atop the list of Eater Vancouver's Top 10 Try Before You Die Ramen, and it lived up to the expectations. I had the classic Tonkotsu Pork Broth ramen. I didn't take any photos because I was busy slurping away, but trust me, totally worth the 30 minute wait in the rain.
Rainy days are numerous this time of the year, so if you're willing to strap on your rain poncho, do check out the Eastside Flea and shopping in Gastown.
Until next time!