Last week I took a short road trip to Vancouver with my good friend, Julie Chase. For being so close to Seattle in proximity, I really don’t take advantage of going to Vancouver very often (it’s been over two years). Great food, beautiful urban/city landscapes, friendly faces, and great shopping! Here’s a recap of our weekend and few things I would reccommend checking out if you ever find yourself in the city of glass, Vancouver.
First off, it was a rainy weekend so we didn’t do much outdoorsy stuff but it still felt very scenic. Regardless of the rain and wind, Julie and I still did quite a bit of walking. Everywhere we turned, there were beautiful views of mountains in our faces.
A Scenic Backdrop
View From our Condo in Yaletown (aka the Yuppie neighborhood)
On the first day of our 3 day trip, I had an idea! Not too long ago Julie and I watched 50/50 together (a film that takes place in Seattle, but filmed in Vancouver), and I distinctly remember the scene where Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen were standing outside in a long line at a cafe. I remembered it because that’s when Joseph broke the news to Seth that he had cancer. So the idea was to look for that cafe since it’s probably really good to warrant a line that long (or it could have been a bust, and it was just some tourist trap). It was 50/50. Good news, the cafe was only about a mile away from our place so we were on our way in no time. Just took a Google Search with keywords “50/50 Cafe Joseph Gordon-Levitt” to find out the cafe was called Finch’s Tea & Coffee House. More good news! The place was phe-nom-in-al. Fresh baguettes, the most amazing tea list, cute decor and ambiance, and it wasn’t crowded on a Saturday during brunch.
Finch’s Tea & Coffee in 50/50
I truly enjoyed watching 50/50, since it was during a sadder period in my life I felt like I could relate to it a lot, not just because JGL is such a hottie. Here’s my favorite dialouge/scene. The night before his big surgery and was having a nervous breakdown and called his therapist.
JGL: What were you doing when I called? Were you on facebook?
Katherine: You know… umm… stalking my ex-boyfriend actually isn’t the only thing I do in my free time.
JGL: I wish you were my girlfriend.
Katherine: Girlfriends can be nice. You just had a bad one.
JGL: I bet you’d be a good one.
From Finch’s we walked over to Gastown and discovered a lovely boutique called Block. Such an interesting location for this high end boutique. Just a few blocks away Julie told me was the meth capital of the world. So walking into Block we were pleasantly surprised. I’m a sucker for exposed wood beams, terrariums, which is exactly what block was decorated with. On top of that their selection of clothes was beautiful from local indie designers and New York City as well. We met the owner and chatted with her for a bit. She looked like she jumped out of a fashion magazine – beautiful and so very well dressed.
My favorite boutique during the trip
Soon after that we walked through downtown to get to the West End and had Ramen at Santouka. I was dubious since it was in a touristy spot of town but I was again pleasantly surprised. FRESH RAMEN, hot out of the steamer. You can smell the broth from outside. Of course there’s a line, and it’s worth the wait! I gotta say, Seattle, does not have it’s pick of good Ramen places so Julie and I were VERY excited. Definitely coming back to this one next time.
The delicious bowl of miso ramen I devoured in minutes! Only $9.00!
The rest of the trip felt like a whirlwind, the next day we didn’t do as much walking, we drove from neighborhood to neighborhood. Punjambi Market, Kitsilano, Yaletown, Gastown were some of the notable ones.
The next morning we had breakfast at and were on our way home!