Vancouver, BC: More to Devour
It’s the Canadian city featuring practically everything you could ask for: mountains that drape over a dazzling nighttime skyline, an ocean that gently hugs every curve of the coast, and the laid-back feel of a young metropolis. There’s another unforgettable attribute this place has to offer: the absolute diversity of its food is like no other. And there’s a reason for it. The preservation of cultural practice has bled into gastronomic replication, available in the modernized and traditional formats. The city brings together the cultures of many, and appreciation for all; and there’s absolutely nothing that fosters cultural appreciation like food.
If Sunday is the day of rest, Saturday is the day of brunch! Practically an activity of the religious type, Vancouverites are pious about having options to maximize the most of sunny days in the particularly rainy city. One such option would be Yolk’s Restaurant and Commissionary, featuring classics like eggs benedict with hash browns, incredibly fluffy french toast, Belgian waffles, and more. And while you’re at it, don’t neglect the classic mimosa that deserves a place on every brunch table.
Vancouver has a reputation for fairly spot-on authenticity when it comes to Asian cuisine; after all, many Vancouverites of Asian descent have retained their own distinct cultural practices and food has become just another dimension of this. A common of example of what bringing well-known dishes to a city like Vancouver is exemplified through the bulgogi-burrito served at the Korean restaurant Tako; contrasted with the traditionally prepared bibimbap, it’s obvious to see how this place gets both versions just right.
And of course, there’s the ramen. In today’s world, appreciation for the Japanese noodle-soup has grown ten-fold as its popularity has exploded. There is an incredible amount of choice you have when faced with perusing ramen joints in Vancouver, but Jinya Ramen in the core of downtown keeps Vancouverites constantly coming back for more. Proof of this rests in its newly renovated Robson location. The Tonkotsu Black and the Tonkotsu White are popular must-try bowls, with the black featuring a rich roasted-garlic oil that transforms the classic creamy white broth into something else entirely.
Endless sweet tooths can be satisfied with a modern twists on irreplaceable flavours for the common dessert. Take ice cream, for example: Mister Artisan Ice Cream utilizes liquid nitrogen to create quirky versions of well-known flavours, like Thai Milk Tea and Coconut Ash, available in black waffle cones that serve as vehicles for the casually tantalizing visual masterpieces. Another notable spot is Lotus Cake Boutique, featuring layered mille-crepe cakes come in variations like matcha and earl grey; Asian-inspired flavours are muted and never veer towards the overly sweet or indulgent and please not only the palate but the eye.
The nature may leave you breathless, but the food may be another thing that keeps you coming back. Vancouver is unforgettable in its own right for a food scene that never forgets to surprise; there’s always more to discover.