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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

eating our way round canada

Granville Market - Cake stall

A holiday wouldn't be a holiday without some serious food indulgence, and in Canada, we made sure we did just that! And with portions that could easily have fed the two of us, it would have been easy to suggest sharing some courses, but with eyes bigger than our bellies on most occasions we went the whole hog.

Usually when we go on holiday, we get lazy and just wander to the local high street, assuming we'll stumble across a restaurant that'll be do the job and keep our rumbling stomachs quiet, but this time we did our research.  From checking out Tripadvisor to reading blog reviews to make sure we wouldn't be disappointed.  And we definitely weren't.  Unfortunately my photography skills plus bad restaurant lighting doesn't do half of these meals justice.

And in bad blogger form, I didn't even manage to take a quick iphone snap of some of the best meals we had.  A Banff vegan restaurant, Nourish, that we stumbled across by accident on our first day was incredible.  We wandered past and liked the look of the salads some other customers were eating so popped in, don't judge me but I doubt we'd have stopped at a vegan place had we read the menu first, but oh my. I had the beautiful burrito and it was amazing, a definite recommendation for anyone visiting that area.  It was so good, we almost went back for dinner that same day!
Cafe Medina Cassoulet

Cafe Medina Cassoulet

Cafe Medina waffles
Tripadvisor led us to Medina Cafe in Vancouver where we headed for brunch, sampling their skillets full of tender meat and perfectly fried eggs.  Leaving just enough room for a single waffle for afters.  I had mine with salted caramel sauce (which I successfully dripped all down my white top) and the Mr gave their famous milk chocolate lavender sauce a go.  Don't be put off if you think you don't like floral flavoured things, I usually don't but that was delicious. 

My mum and I's favourite memories of the first visit to Canada, was Granville Island.  Sitting watching the locals wandering around, others dancing to the local buskers and us deciding what to eat from the endless stalls.  So of course, our trip to Vancouver wouldn't have been complete without a visit this time. I'm sure the food stalls have doubled, and everything looks even better than I'd remembered.  We must have walked round that market for a good hour before we finally settled on what to have for our lunch. Although I must admit, after much uhming and ahhing we gave in and had hotdogs..., still, they were damn good hotdogs.  And just look at the colours of all that fruit and veg, if that isn't going to inspire you to cook with fresh ingredients then what would? 

Granville Island - berries

Granville Island - fruit and veg

Granville Island - fruit

I could write endlessly about the food we ate, but instead I think I'll let the photos do the talking, and the mouths do the dribbling.  And if you're planning on heading over there anytime soon, let me know and I'm sure I'll be able to point you in the direction of the best cake, the biggest portion of calamari, and the place where you get a whole loaf of bread as a starter! If you like you're food, then I'd highly recommend a trip to Canada.

Wild Tale Coastal Grill

Wild Tale Coastal Grill

Famoso Pizza - Jasper

Burgoo Bistro - Nachos

Burgoos Bistro - Grilled Chees

Purebread Whistler

Purebread Whistler

Purebread Whistler

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