Review: Kissa Tanto

Thanks to my beautiful friends, I had plans to go to Kissa Tanto long before I had even heard of it, long before I had even arrived in Vancouver. For my birthday last year, I was given a voucher to Kissa Tanto, one of Vancouver’s superior Italian and Japanese fusion restaurants. Probably one of Vancouver’s…

Review: Fable Diner

Fable Diner was always on Andy’s radar, not necessarily mine. Time and time again he had suggested we visit there but my faith in the quality of diners isn’t the best, so I only wanted to go here when I was really in the mood. The perfect opportunity arose after we had spent the day…

Review: Timbertrain Coffee Roasters

Shout out to Timbertrain for providing the goods during lock-down! It took Andy and I a few weeks to venture out of the West End properly (all our walks kept us much closer to home, as advised by the provincial government) but eventually we made our way along into Gastown and the downtown area. The…

Stanley Park, a poem

Five minutes walk from home; over 1000 acres of green space. Our backyard, basically. The Lost Lagoon, a nature lover’s paradise. Lonely herons wading in the shallows or standing camouflaged amongst the reeds. Canadian Geese, commanding ownership of the pathways, strategically positioned to protect their young. Ducks lurk in masses, congregating near the shore. I…

The Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia

The Sea to Sky Highway can get you from Vancouver to Whistler in as little as 2 hours, but there are so many stops and viewpoints along the way that the road trip is justifiably an excursion in itself. Which is exactly what we did: it took us over seven hours from leaving Vancouver to…

Review: Tuc Craft Kitchen

Anyone paying attention to order of my posts: relax, my visit to the enormously popular Tuc Craft Kitchen took place a few weeks ago, well before congregating in public places was considered a no-go. Andy and I wore extremely fortunate to receive a generous gift voucher for Tuc Craft Kitchen from Andy’s brother Tom, and…

Review: Elysian Coffee

Little did we know that Elysian Coffee would be the last place we ventured to before Corona Virus took over the world. We visited Elysian Coffee in Mt Pleasant as a well earned break after walking the first half of the Vancouver Sea Wall. It coincided with me needing to exchange a ski pole after…

Review: Savio Volpe

I was given a generous gift voucher for Savio Volpe and before I made it there, it was reaffirmed to me by many different people that it was one of their favourite restaurants in Vancouver. I wanted to do something nice for my mum (in return for all the nice things she has done for…

Review: Acorn

For all I’d heard about Acorn, it sure didn’t jump out at me as we walked down Main Street. It is pretty small and only makes itself known by a sign that has a picture of an Acorn. It didn’t matter though – we were looking for it after all, and after checking out the…

Review: Cafe Portrait

The first place to have opened in the neighbourhood since I arrived in Vancouver, I sure had my finger on the pulse with this one. We went there within the opening week and hopefully before it becomes increasingly popular. We nabbed the window seat, with its big comfy armchairs and a windowsill lined with flowers….