A couple of weeks ago, I had a really great week because… Well, a lot of things happened, all of them in a good way. Needless to say, me and my camera = some pictures!
Remember DVP? I met her for dinner at Ebisu on Broadway a couple of months ago. I found out she likes hiking and, I myself, was more than willing to give it a try. Truth is, after living in Vancouver all these years, I still can’t believe I haven’t visited a lot of great places we have at a short driving distance. In this case, I tagged along for a hike to Diez Vistas (“Ten Views”) trail around Buntzen Lake. Me being crazy enough, I brought my camera with me! And here are some pictures I took:
I know, some of you might be saying “WTF with this picture?!” OK, what happens is that, while we were going uphill, after a somewhat steep section, this bird (pheasant?) jumped out of nowhere and scared both DVP and me! (In my case, I was more scare of the fall had I “jumped” back!). Funny thing? It stayed right there until I took this picture… >_<
Sorry, I would have taken more pictures but, truth is, we “missed” a couple of more Views, not to mention I wanted to conserve some strength for the rest of the hike. Oh, just for the record, it took us ~6 hours to finish it. According to a friend of mine who hikes with some frequency, she can do it in ~4 hours (the lower end of the range) but, for a first time, 6 hours is good enough. Ouch… I guess I really dragged DVP on this one! Oh, just for the record, I did fall once. To quote DVP, “It isn’t a hike until somebody slip or fall!”. OK, I guess that was me… Finally, we didn’t see any bears… ^_^;;;
On another day, one of the most interesting things happened to me. I have mentioned a couple of times already that I have met people thanks to food blogging. So far, the people I have met are from Vancouver itself. The special part about TNG is that she is NOT from Vancouver. It just happened she is comes to Vancouver with certain frequency and asked me once about restaurants. We missed each other when she was here earlier this year (I was in Panama) but, fortunately, this time I was not only available but served also as a guide. Asking people for suggestions as to where to take an out of town guests, the idea to visit Squamish came. So, to Squamish we went!
Given this is a food blog, it would be wrong not to include some food right?
Yes, *this* bus
After visiting some of the local trails, lakes and parks, it was almost lunch time and we decided to go to a place we drove by by earlier that day, Mountain Woman. Story goes, a couple had an abandoned school bus and decided to open a restaurant with the condition the husband would cook if and only if it was called Mountain Man. However, the couple split and the wife kept the “restaurant” and renamed it Mountain woMan.
TNG left the ordering to me. Let’s just say that was a bit of a mistake on her side. In a wacky attempt to try as many dishes as possible, I ended up ordering fish and chips as well as prawns, as seen above. Despite its thick batter, it actually tasted quite good! It had that characteristic prawns taste, though, because it was fried, not necessarily that seafood taste. Alas, they didn’t clean the prawns so, it is possible you will run into that “vein”.
Here, the fish and chips. Compared to what is served at some places… *cough*Pajo’s*cough*, these pieces were quite large. Alas, it was extremely oily and bland. Unlike Moby Dick‘s where the fish was bland but the tartar sauce salvaged; here, nothing salvaged it… To make it overkill, the fries were bad, as we barely touched it. Conclusion? It was a pass for me.
If you thought I was going to drive almost 100 Km just for fish & chip you are completely mistaken! After we had lunch, which, again, was a bit disappointing, we went to Squamish and to Grilled Fromagge for some, you guessed it, cheese sandwiches!
While we just had the fish & chips barely an hour prior, we still made an order here and rather than ordering individually, we ended up sharing one grilled cheese sandwich. Here, their Holy Cheeses: Swiss, Holy Sauce, applewood and bacon. When it arrived, it was served in a really interesting way: they split that single sandwich between the two of us (served on different plates)!
I will have to say this sandwich was quite good in its own ways! However, me being raised Chinese… The only issue I had was, oddly, the cheese! No, it was good; just that because I seldom eat something with so much dairy in it, there were instances it felt really it was a chore… Regardless, I am sure there will be a lot of people whose background is different from mine and have a really good time with it. The bacon stood up by itself, as well as the applewood..
After that, we went to a nearby micro-brewery and TNG sampled some of the beer (sorry, no drinking and driving, I am a responsible driver!). In the end, we checked with the front desk and they told us about at nearby trail that leads to the ocean. This is the closest to the Ocean we got ourselves into: somehow, that trail took odd wacky turns and we got “lost”!
After Squamish, we went back to Vancouver and… Well, you will find out later this week!