Café Medina is one part Moroccan inspired food, two parts hipster decor, and 3 parts interminably long lines. It's worth the wait for the spicy lamb meatballs though. Their waffle toppings (lavender infused milk chocolate and white chocolate pistachio rosewater) are pretty good too.
Built in the mid-80's using a similar approach to that of the original Ming dynasty garden, Vancouver’s Chinese Garden is a small sanctuary in the midst of a busy city. We visited on a sunny afternoon and agreed if people could put this place together that perhaps we could, at the very least, maintain our own backyard. - Mina
I love unusual food pairings. I love Japanese food. I
love like hot dogs. Ergo, I was enthusiastic about the thought of trying Japadog - a food cart that a bunch of my friends told me to find when in Vancouver.
Japadog's website says they are "making the world happy and alive through hot dogs!" and a good small business story always tugs at my heart strings. Alas, I can't say that I'm a fan. The actual hot dog was great and the ingredients were so fresh... but I imagine that the toppings are what fish food tastes like.
Don't take my word for it though, Anthony Bourdain seemed to be into it.
I remarked once about why there weren't any Native American restaurants, where I grew up, in Winnipeg. Considering that we extensively studied Aboriginal culture in school and there was a relatively large population of Native Americans in the area, I was surprised that not even one restaurant existed.
Any of the foods we tried on field trips were delicious, so when we learned of Salmon n' Bannock, a restaurant in Vancouver that serves First Nations cuisine, we stopped by for some bannock and way too much salmon.
Everything was delicious and the owners of the restaurant were so kind. We shared salmon mousse and a game sampler platter: cured arctic musk ox, smoked bison carpaccio, and spicy game chorizo served with with cedar jelly and a blueberry chutney... all on bannock crackers.
To end the meal, we split a Saskatoon berry sorbet that tasted like home.