Van City 2016
Each time I visit Vancouver, BC, I become more convinced that I could happily live there. Our quick trip last weekend to "Van City" was no different. We enjoyed a full and active couple days of shopping, good food, cherry blossoms, beaches, ferry rides, market meandering, and a few playgrounds mixed in. Of course, first thing Friday we stopped for lunch at Vij's Rangoli where I wisely ordered the Bombay potatoes covered in channa dahl and Bengali curry. I definitely need to learn how to make this dish. Wy's mango lassi and pakoras were top notch too. Then we headed to the West End and Stanley Park for the afternoon.
And yes, more about the food . . . We discovered a nice brunch spot on Granville Street, the Twisted Fork. My Asiago scones with fresh fruit and yogurt and Wyatt's banana-stuffed French toast got top marks. I think Wyatt's favorite meal was actually the one we had at Earl's -- a Canadian stand by -- where he ordered crispy chicken and pasta alfredo and a passion fruit soda . . . and then also ate much of my Caesar salad. He's growing I think.
One morning, we stopped in at Design House and its Marimekko shop where I snagged a couple lovely pillow covers. While there, Wyatt fell in love with a well-designed floor lamp that he insisted he needed for his room. Since he didn't have $600, however, he had to leave it behind. He was visibly crushed (and there were tears), but after some sympathy from us, he agreed to take his picture with the light so he could at least remember it and look at it now and then.
We came home Sunday via Kits beach and West Vancouver, including a self-guided tour through the lush, green, and rapidly growing UBC campus. We arrived back in Seattle to a grandpa and two cats who had missed us, making me glad to live here -- at least for now.