Revolver Coffee: My first cup of coffee in Vancouver came from Revolver and I’m glad it did. They know what they’re doing there (they also have great pastries), plus it’s a great shop with all the coffee-making equipment you could ever need.
Matchstick Coffee Roasters: Vancouver has no shortage of good coffee houses and roasters. Matchstick is one of those. I got my afternoon fix here with a cappuccino.
Forty Ninth Parallel Coffee: The location I visited not only provided coffee, but they’ve partnered up with Lucky’s Doughnuts. Match made in heaven. The coffee was strong and good. Presentation was impressive.
Meat & Bread: It doesn’t happen often. If ever. But the minute I walked into this establishment I loved it. So I ordered the entire menu. That makes sense right? I literally said, “Give me everything on the menu.” And they did. While I tried the lamb, meatball and grilled cheese sandwiches, my favorite was their signature porchetta sandwich. If and when I come back to Vancouver, I will be making a return visit.
The Ramen Butcher: Despite being 3 weeks old (at the time of my visit), The Ramen Butcher had its act soundly together. Get there early, the line starts to form before it opens at 5 p.m.
Forage: I went from the airport to Forage for dinner. The entire meal was good, but I’m still dreaming of the Cheddar Pan Bread. Order this. Maybe order it twice. You have to try it.
JapaDog: I haven’t had too many hot dogs on this leg of the tour (Winter 2015), so when I saw a menu from this cart/brick-and-mortar my fans encouraged me to go to, I couldn’t ignore it. Japanese-style hot dogs in Canada. That’s the best way I can describe it. I ordered the Terimayo dog and wish I ordered two.
SWEETS + SNACKS
Oyster Express: Instead of dessert, I finished my day with a half-a-dozen of oysters from Canada. They were slightly briny, cold and everything I wanted. I was told Vancouver is known for their oysters and now I see why.
Lucky’s Doughnuts: Part of Forty Ninth Parallel Coffee (see above), I tried their glazed old-fashioned doughnut. It was one of the lightest old-fashions I’d ever had. If you like coffee mugs, pick up one of Lucky’s … can’t beat the logo.