We took a quick weekend getaway in Vancouver, BC, Canada and had the greatest time. It was so much nicer than we expected! That might have been because my personal bar was fairly low -- the last (and only other) time I was there, I was with my dad and our old car got broken into. Both the front windows were busted out and his gym bag was stolen. This time I returned with an open mind and had the most enjoyable time.
This post will be short since we were only there for two days, but we hope to return within the year and flush out this post with lots of more options! For now, plan to spend some time roaming around Stanley Park, immersing yourself in the gorgeous First Nations art at the Museum of Anthropology, or take the ferry to Granville Island Public Market. Drive out to Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver, if you really want to experience the best Chinese food. Eat at every Korean fast food shop you pass by. You really can't go wrong in this clean, bustling, delightful city. Please enjoy the Mint & Mirth Guide to Vancouver, B.C.
Vancouver is just a quick drive away from Portland, and if you hustle you can make it there in five hours. The city taught me so much about diversity in just a short time. Portlanders often complain about the lack of diversity in Oregon, and although I'm aware of the problem and want to help make it better, I don't know if I had a clear picture of what a truly diverse society would look like until I spent some time in Vancouver. The city is filled with immigrants from all over, and a lax national immigration policy means that people from all walks of life get to visit Canada on long-term work permits and experience life and culture there, while also contributing some of their own culture. According to most recent surveys, the city is 39% Caucasian, 4% Middle Eastern, 14% South Asian, and a whopping 36% East and Southeast Asian. Vancouver has been called the most Asian city outside Asia. Just walking down one of the main streets, you can easily see multiple Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Cambodian, Indian, Vietnamese, Pan-Asian, Uzbek, and Mongolian restaurants. It was truly delightful and while I know that diversity affects so many other more important factors in a community, for me, it was a foodie paradise. I hope I live to see the day that Portland evolves into a more diverse society, whatever form that takes.
Revolver Coffee & Tea in Gastown
Timbertrain Coffee Roasters in Gastown
49th Parallel Coffee and Donuts on Mount Pleasant
The Buzz Café & Espresso Bar in Yaletown
Caffe Cittadella in Fairview Slopes
Roaming Dragon -- Asian fusion food truck
Dock Lunch -- recommended by absolutely everyone who heard I was going to Vancouver!
Japadog - a Japanese fusion hot dog food cart, what could go wrong?
Simba’s Grill -- African cuisine in the heart of the restaurant district.
Yogi Korean Snack Bar -- the best Korean food I've ever ever had
The Black Lodge -- healthy vegetarian cuisine
Tuc Craft Kitchen in Gastown
The Flying Pig in Yaletown
Fable in Kitsilano
The Liberty Distillery
Long Table Distillery
The Shameful Tiki Room
Odd Society Spirits
Phnom Penh -- Cambodian family-style cuisine, worth the long wait, order the wings
HK BBQ Master -- Chinese barbecue heaven in nearby Richmond
Go Fish Ocean Emporium on Granville Island
The Flying Pig in Gastown
Guu with Garlic - This Japanese tapas bar took my breath away. Order everything you can afford.
Kirin Seafood Restaurant - unforgettable dim sum in Richmond. Make reservations ahead of time if possible.
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