A pretty good place for a pre-hockey game meal (this was about the last game before the latest COVID break) is just around the corner from Rogers in Chinatown. Between 2 Buns is located in the space that was previously Bestie, that we always intended to visit. We arrived a couple of hours before the game on Sunday evening and after a short wait, placed our order and paid our tab first then sat down at a booth to await our eats.
Staycations are definitely a thing these days. I often see blog posts about staycations featuring Vancouver hotels but they are usually the pricey high-end hotels that charge extra for wifi and $40 for parking and that's fine for once in a while. Our little go-to place (which is not so little) often gets ignored. Mharie and I live in Aldergrove which is not so far out in the country but we like a change of scenery and driving to Vancouver and back (or more often transitting) for one event or meal is sort of a pain. As a result, our staycations combine convenience and the desire for a place to take an afternoon kip between lunch and dinner or museum or hockey game. We are also not keen on shelling out top dollars just for the stay-in-town convenience. Of all the places that we have stayed, Century Plaza has become our favourite.Sure CP does not boast valet parking and is really not the place where the movie stars stay, but what it offers at a reasonable price makes it pretty impressive. Built in 1972, it might have been one of the top hotels in town at the time and the lobby and public spaces reflect it.
There are four Zubu Ramen restaurants in Metro Vancouver but only the Olympic Village location has the distinction of being called a 'food hall'. The Food Hall even seems to occupy a unique location on their website, separate from the other three locations. I'm not quite sure why that is and I hope they don't feel excluded!
OK, so I didn't realize this was a take-out only place. I guess I should read more carefully. My first real clue was looking for the front door. I thought that maybe we were arriving at a rave.
We love dim sum. We love the simple dim sum that comes from Mom and Pop type restaurants in low-rent buildings or from food courts. We love the high-end stuff from Chef Tony or Sun Sui Wah. Now we love the creative, bordering on fusion dim sum which comes from Jingle Bao on Denman near Robson.
Mharie and I are keen on diner fare and have wanted to try Mary's on Davie for some time. Mary's is one of those iconic places that has been around forever at the cultural centre of Davie Village. We finally made it early on a Saturday evening and were seated right away. I have the feeling that this place gets rolling and entertaining as the evening moves along but sadly we missed most of that. We still enjoyed its "festive" decor and a soundtrack that I would call Donna Summer's MacArthur Park adjacent! It felt like a party even before everyone arrived!
While we seem lately to be eating a lot of katsu and ramen and dosa, it doesn't mean that we don't love great Italian food. So we made the trip out to Kits to try this Vanfoodster recommended pasta and Italian specialty cafe and eatery.
Well, we didn't come for the view, although looking out the window from Kawawa Ramen into the underground Walmart parking lot at Guildford Mall, we were able to wager on which Surrey residents would run into each other (for the record, we always choose to park a little further away and walk since our legs aren't broken, thus avoiding the silly battle for the closest parking spot).
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