By Tana Kosiyabong
As the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics is getting closer, I’ve seen a drastic change in our downtown area. The city is all cleaned up nice and shiny. There are more visitors on the street than ever. Being a proud Vancouverite, I feel the urge to welcome them to my beloved city. So I compiled a list of food and drink I think visitors must try while they’re in town. Here are my 5 Must Eats in Vancouver (in no particular order):
1. British Columbia Salmon products. They are not exactly cheap eats. But if you can afford it, you must at least give it a try. Smoked wild sockeye salmon is one of the local delicacy. I also like to eat smoked salmon jerky with my congee. You can find BC salmon products at high-end restaurants, grocery stores, Granville Island Public Market, and specialty stores like Salmon Village. They are also great for Souvenirs.
2. Cypress Honey Lager from Granville Island Brewing. GIB is one of the best microbreweries in Vancouver. Cypress Honey Lager is a lightly hopped beer with a hint of Pure British Columbia’s Fraser Valley honey. Their new packaging is tastefully designed by me (shamelessly self-promoting), Bill (my boss), and the design studio team. Each packaging features a photo collage of local landmarks and sceneries in the neighborhood it named after. This makes a nifty souvenir too.
3. Beef Teri-mayo from JapaDog ($4.75). In the past two years or so, JapaDog has been overhyped by many local and international food critics/celebrity chefs. The novelty value is so high, this Japanese-Style hot dog vendor has topped Vancouver’s cheap eats list on urbanspoon.com. Although I don’t consider JapaDog “the Best in Vancouver,” I still think everyone must to try it once for the hype factor.
4. Poutine from Fritz European Fry House. Poutine, originally from Quebec, has become a diner staple across Canada. Classic Poutine is made of french fries topped with light gravy and fresh cheese curds. But now there are so many variations out there. Medium poutine from Fritz cost $5. Plenty enough for a meal.
5. Canadian Maple Donuts/Maple Dip Donuts from Tim Hortons. Maple Syrup is a quintessential Canadian sweetener. And Canadians love their Tim Hortons donuts. At 90 cents a piece, you can have them both. If you drink coffee, get a medium size (comparable to small coffee in the US) to go with the donuts. Asked for double-single (double cream, single sugar) or black. The donuts are plenty sweet already.
I also would like to recommend some of my favorites Cheap Appetite. Although they are not original to Vancouver or Canada, they are awesomely delicious. Click links below for the full reviews of these good, cheap eats in Vancouver:
1. Tacos from La Taqueria Taco Shop
2. Pad Krapow Gai/Nua from Thai Basil
3. Barbecue Chicken Pizza and Mexicana Pizza from Goldies Rustic Pizza
4. Ceremonial Matcha from Sawa Tea House
5. Chicken Noodle Soup from the Stock Market
NOTE: This is a bonus post. It’s not a part of Cheap Appetite annual budget.
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