Maryam Rahimi Blogs!
Arriving in Vancouver meant I officially completed half of my north america road trip. I started from Montreal (east coast), drove south towards New Orleans (Louisiana) then continued onto El Paso (Texas), then San Diego (california), then drove north on the west coast, passing LA, San Jose, San Fransisco, Port land, Seattle and finally crossing the USA/Canada border into Vancouver. PS the border check point between Washington state and British Colombia is breathtaking.
As many of you know by now, I have extensive spinal injury starting from my neck going down to my lower back. Needless to say, the road trip took a big toll on my spine so by the time I arrived in Vancouver, I felt like I was hit by a truck! from muscle knots and spasms to shooting pain in my buttocks. Ugh, I was dying and of course the big no-no happened, I took up temporary residency on my girlfriends couch in Vancouver! Feel free to send in your condolences now, I was feeling pretty dead -_-
Anyways, after few days on the couch, I was ready to head home! but my girlfriend (whom I own this wonderful portion of my road trip to) convinced me to stay, even offering her own bed. Finally I managed to find appropriate bedtime space (mucho gracias to my cousin!) and the most amazing thing started to happen, I was getting inspired!
In short, here is what I learnt about Vancouver:
Vancouver & Coffee!
I love coffee and I sure enjoyed my daily dose in Van City! I quickly learnt that Vancouver is the new frontier of the slow coffee movement in Canada and it's among the pack leaders with a bronze medal – a third place finish according to a recent ranking by Matador.
This method of brewing coffee is known as Pourover: it starts with freshly ground coffee, a filter, and a filter holder, often called a 'pourover dripper.' At the most basic level, pourover brewing involves pouring water over and through the grounds to extract the coffee flavors into your cup or serving. Delicious I might add!
My favourite place in all of vancouver! Located on the easternmost part of the Van city at the foot of Mount Seymour, Deep Cove is 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from downtown Vancouver. A must visit destination!
This was a periscope broadcast, my apologies for tilting the camera, I really want to share my experience of this wonderful sight regardless!
A very typical downtown for a metropolitan city. It's the southeastern portion of the peninsula in the north-central part of the City of Vancouver. It is the business, commercial, cultural, financial, government, and entertainment centre of the city and the Metro Vancouver and Lower Mainland regions.
Discovering Mouthwatering, Heart Pounding, & Fingertip Sucking Food!
On top of the delicious rich coffee you can find in vancouver, it's also a major foodie town! During the first half of my road trip, I managed to eat small healthy portions and keep the diet scale balanced however, all that went out the window when I arrived in Van city. Let's see what happened...
Yolk's breakfast joint! Line up always, but worth the wait. The potato wedges had a distinct zesty taste to them and you can tell the truffle oil they've used to make this. O so delicious! ... Onto the perfectly poached eggs topped off with portobello mushrooms, aioli, arugula and some aged white cheddar... YUM!
Postmark Brewing Cruising through the neighbourhood, we found ourselves at one of the best brewery/restaurant spots I've ever been to, and it is especially good since it is off the touristy beaten path of downtown Vancouver. We arrived without reservation but were seated within just a few moments. We passed that time sampling the excellent brews. Our server was excellent with her suggestions, a 5 star representation of brewery and the west coast lifestyle!
Vancouver's Beautiful Scenery
Vancouver was an inspiring experience as most of my trips to the west coast are. The west coast tends to carry a strong healthy sustainable and fit mentality that meets my lifestyle. I definitely recommend this vacation spot to anyone who is entertaining the west coast.
Next, coming up is the second half of this road trip, my exciting trip to Yellowstone National Park and more!