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Coulter Curated Presents: Best of Vancouver Part I

19 Apr


I. Best Place to Feel Like You’re in Italy: Yaletown Gelato.
For a pittance more than the cost of a single scoop, order the most delicious *unadvertised* gelato cocktails in town! My favorites: Amaretto & Sweet Vermouth and Lemon & Limoncello!

II. Best Place to Feel Like You’re in Britain/Ireland/Boston: Go Fish Ocean Emporium.
British Isles fare served up with an East Coast flare. This is the perfect storm of Fish & Chips (witness below)!

III. Best Place to Feel Like You’re in Japan: Kamei Royale.
The Seafood & Lobster Miso Chowder, Samurai Power and Rapture Rolls are out of this world. As my honey says: This is the type of place you want mob ties to. Domo Arigato Kamei Royale!

IV. Best Place to Feel Pampered: Suki’s.
I am not the most adventurous with my hair. As a reaction against the short bobs of my youth, I keep my hair very long, very classic. Shiny, healthy, feminine, and low maintenance are my mantras when it comes to hair. Simon, my stylist at Suki’s, understands this, and his minimalist aesthetic matches mine to a T!

V. Best Place for Feel Free and Easy (a Pup Addition): Spanish Banks.
Four paws up, says Pup. Not to be missed, says Pup. Glad to be a dog in Vancouver, says Pup. At low tide, you can walk half a mile out- instead of chasing cars, Pup can chase container ships, that is until she gets distracted by crabs and other such tide pool characters!

VI. Best Place to Indulge Your Inner Fashionista: Misch.
You know I love me some Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, and Rag & Bone!

VII. Best Place to Feel Like You’re in Spain: Bin 941 Tapas Parlour.
The New York Times says: “Rub elbows with the Hollywood exiles at this tapas bar that looks like it was designed by Gaudí on a wine bender.” I love ducking out of the rain and into this whole-in-the-wall West End eatery and cozying up to my honey over some steak frites (with the frites piled halfway to the ceiling)!

VIII. Best Way to Travel in Style: Float Plane.
Playing into my romantic ideals, most of BC is inaccessible by road. One must take a float plane to navigate much of the terrain. I love going down to Coal Harbour with Pup to watch the sea planes land. They’re so graceful as they descend from the sky and gently glide across the water. In my most George Costanza-esque moments, I’ve considered becoming a seaplane captain, and my honey’s gently reminded me that I may need flying lessons first. Must learn to fly!

IX. Best Place to Feel like Julia Child: Granville Island Public Market.
I grew up in Cambridge, down the block from the original Savenor’s, the exotic butcher shop and gourmet grocer favored by Julia Child, a mythical neighborhood fixture who never opened her door on Halloween. I used to love strolling the isles of Savenor’s as a little girl, marveling at all the exotic wares, especially the meats: zebra, ostrich, snake… I love doing the same at Granville Island Market, truly a food lover’s paradise!

What are some of your favorite places in Vancouver? What are some of your favorite places in your area? What are some of your favorite places in the world?

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Kitsilano Beach and Granville Island Market

12 Apr

Kitsilano Beach, Unmoored Boat that Washed Ashore after the Wind Storm

My honey and I spent the day around Kitsilano Beach, sadly sans Le Pup who’s out of commission with a sore paw. Bless! We suspect it’s the result of a perilous barrel roll maneuver she executed at the dog park- she’s such a superstar at the dog park!

Kits Beach

Forbes Traveler recently named Kits Beach the third sexiest beach in North America, after South Beach in Miami and Main Beach in The Hamptons! It’s really time to start putting those Tracy Anderson DVDs to good use!

View of Cypress Mountain from Granville Island

Or…if not more importantly, then more deliciously- time to put that Legal Sea Foods Cookbook to good use. So we headed to Granville Island Market (where we witnessed a meeting of no less than 6 Afghan hounds!) to pick up some fresh Pacific Snapper for dinner, and some fish and chips and lemon meringue pie for lunch! While doing little in the way of getting me bikini prime, it sure was delicious!