Vancouver Canucks Bar and Grill
at Vancouver Airport US Departures
With a mid-morning flight to the US, as always I got myself to Vancouver International Airport with lots of time spare before boarding. Not wanting to succumb to the awful snack choices on board, I usually treat myself to a light meal at one of the restaurants. My favorite is Vino Volo, although I go for the appetizer plates rather than the nice wine selection but today I really wanted a breakfast omelette.
I asked the helpful server if there was anywhere serving a decent omelette in this section of the airport and she mentioned that a new restaurant had opened yesterday, a little further towards my boarding gate, although she did not know what type of menu they were offering. Deciding to check it out, I wandered along to see the Vancouver Canucks Bar and Grill. This was in fact the new restaurant and in the breakfast part of their menu was exactly what I wanted - a bacon and cheese omelette.
Hub Restaurant and Lounge 1165 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P2 Ph: (604) 696-0400
Hungry after a couple of intense hours of boot camp, we walked up to Mainland Street's restaurant row for supper but did not get very far. My dinner companion confessed that since his last visit here he had been craving for a repeat meal of the sushi burger at Hub Restaurant. So that's where we went. The Sushi burger consists of sesame crusted albacore tune loin with a wasabi soy mayonnaise, cucumber avocado, lettuce and a soy chili dip. There is a choice of side house or Caesar salad or fries. As you can see he chose fries, which I was only too delighted to share because if you don't order the fries yourself the calories don't count. They were crisp and good but I left some for him anyway!
Sushi Bella on Davie
1175 Davie Street,
Ph: (694) 559-7707
Friends who live round the corner from Sushi Bella had been urging us to try it out. Davie Street was swarming with people in town for the annual Pride Parade and the restaurant was fairly full but luckily we had made a reservation. While we were debating the rest of our sushi choices, we ordered gyoza and the sushi pizza to share as starters. The gyoza were plump and juicy.
The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Yaletown
1011 Mainland, Vancouver
Ph: (604) 633 3524 or reserve through OpenTable
Four of us decided to head up to The Keg on the corner of Mainland and Nelson for dinner. I made a reservation through Opentable and requested a patio table, only to realize that the very popular patio tables at the Keg are assigned on first-come, first-served. Two of our party decided to go a bit earlier to see if there was room on the patio but were told there would be at least an hour wait, so we settled for a table near the window, and ordered wine while we waited for the others.
Although I had thought I would order a BC Gewürtztraminer but when Jeff, our server brought a taster of my selection and of an Italian Pinot Grigio, I actually ended up choosing the latter: a Danzante Pinot Grigio from Delle Venezia, Italy.
Cactus Club Cafe, Coal Harbour
1085 Canada Place
Ph: (604) 620 7140
On a glorious sunny Vancouver Sunday, twenty-three of us arrived at the Cactus Club Cafe Coal Harbour for an family out-of-towners post-wedding lunch. Canada Place was humming with activity. There were a couple of cruise ships docked, the open-air market was crowded and everywhere, people were enjoying the beauty of the mountains and the water.
1944 West 4th (between Maple and Cypress)
Ph: (604) - 732-1322 or on line through OpenTable
It was definitely time for me to get back into my dinner-and-a-show routine that had been so neglected as I ticked off items on my travel bucket list like the Amazon River, and a transatlantic crossing on Queen Mary 2. It was also time for me to catch up on some of the restaurants that have opened outside my regular walking range of Yaletown and downtown Vancouver.
I was thinking hungrily of the aburi sushi that I had eaten, both at Minami and the sister restaurant (Miku - also reviewed previously) and so I got an order of the aburi salmon oshi sushi - local wild salmon with miku sauce as well as the soft shell shrimp roll.
In the afternoon of the third day of our Amazon adventure, we made our first actual foray on foot into the jungle. Rather than viewing the vegetation and the birds and critters from the boats, we were actually going to hike to the Kapok Camp where we going to spend the night.
From the time we arrived at the airport in Iquitos and were taken to our coach for the ride to Nauta, we were in the capable and highly organized hands of the naturalist team who were leading our Amazon explorations. In my professional career I have encountered many people who were experts in their field, but Juan-Carlos Palomino and Robinson Rodriguez have made an indelible impression on me that I will never forget. How they could spot a tiny black dot high in a tree as we were speeding down river in our motorized skiff, and instantly identify the type of bird, simply blew my mind. Specially when our skiff driver, Darwin, would stop the boat so we could see the bird. Even through my very powerful binoculars I could often barely make out the shape of the black dot- which now just looked like a big bird-like blob to me. But they could point in the bird guide to the exact type of bird. And then when I zeroed in on the image captured (usually by Robinson, for me) on my camera, and zoomed in on the image - there it was. No longer a black blob.
Before supper each night, we were entertained on the upper deck by the ship’s band of whom the mainstays were brothers, Oscar and Edgar Rachi, and Blumer Arica, all of whom sang as well as playing multiple musical instruments. We danced lots of salsa and merengue with the occasional rumba for variation. It was quite a surreal experience to be dancing on a river boat in the Amazon jungle!
This is the INDEX of posts for the travelblogue of my trip to Peru for a week-long cruise on the Amazon River. I signed up for the Amazon River Expedition travel program sponsored by the University of British Columbia Alumni Association.
From Lima we flew to Iquitos in Northern Peru, took a coach to Nauta and boarded our riverboat, La Turmalina. During this trip we traveled beyond the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón rivers, visiting the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve (the largest wetland reserve in the world), Pacama village and spending a night in the Kapok Camp.
A small skiff took us on several excursions. They are numbered 1 to 14 on the map which is the key to upcoming posts. Along the way we saw birds, monkeys, river dolphins and a fascinating variety of medicinal plants and trees