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MISHY'S TOP PICKS

WHAT TO DO :
ACTIVE-
-Stanley Park Seawall walk/bike - 10 kms ( rentals by the hour ) full route 35 kms - full day
- serious mountainbiking in the UBC Endownment lands - not for the faint of heart
HIKING:
- Grouse Mountain 'The Grind' - for the powerful( great restaurant/lounge at the top (tram down), amazing view !!!! - take tram up for sundown if you can't handle 'The Grind'
- Crecent Beach South Surrey to White Rock - 10 kms, bald eagles and and amazing view, nice ending on the White Rock Promenade, beautiful, easy hike
- Lynn Valley
- Stawamus Chief
- Garabaldi ( Squamish )
SEA KAYAKING:
- Bowen Island
GOLFING :
- Country Meadows
- Langara Golf and Country Club
- UBC
- Shawnessey
- Furry Creek ( tough course )
- Northview
- Westwood Plateau
- Mayfair Estates
- Morgan Creek
- Meadow Gardens
- The Redwoods
TOURIST SHOPPING/SITESEEING:
- Granville Island on weekends
- Chinatown on weekend
- Commercial Drive - best coffee, funky restaurants and people watching
- City Trolly Tour - all day, 16 stops, trolly every 15 mins, get on and off at your whim - 20$.
- South Granville, restaurants/stores
- Robsen street to Denman St to Davie St - whole day ( lunch on the patio at Milestones on Denman )
- New Westminster Quay
DAYTRIPS - weekend too:
- Whistler
- Victoria ( take a helijet if you can swing it)
- Gibsons Landing - ferry ride, 40 mins
HOTELS:
-Hotel Vancouver - best location to everything, best lounge, wine list & restaurants
-The Wedgewood - best location, Bacchus restaurant & lounge
-The Sutton Place - best lounge to spot movie stars & filmies - Fleuri Restaurant
-The Waterfront - best view in lounge and big rooms
-The Four Seasons - Chartwell is a fine restaurant
-The Pan Pacific - best view in lounge and rooms - 5 Sails Restaurant has an amazing brunch on weekends.
BEST SKIING:
- Whistler Mountain
- Blackcombe ( Whistler )
- Cypress
WEEKEND GETAWAY:
- Gulf Islands
- Whistler ( or day trip )
- Long Beach/Tofino ( Wickinninish Inn )
- Harrison Hotsprings
- Galiano Island ( Galiano Inn )
- Salt Spring Island
- Victoria ( The Empress Hotel )
FOOD:
Desserts:
- Death by Chocolate
- True Confections
- Senses
- Sutton Place chocolate buffet
- Hotel Vancouver dessert buffet
VEGETARIAN:
- Naam
- Krishna
- Bo Kong
- Habibis
- Woodlands
STEAK:
- Hys
- Gotham
- Mortons
- The Keg
SEAFOOD:
- Cannery ( a must in Vancouver )
- C Restaurant ( best patio )
- The Fish House
- Blue Water Cafe
- The Salmon House
- The Kettle of Fish
REGIONAL/WESTCOAST:
- Zevs
- Raincity Grill ( great BC wine list )
- Bishops ( elegant )
- Seasons in the Park
- Aqua Riva ( great view - casual )
- ZIN
- Raintree
CHINESE:
- Hons
- Won More
- Pink Pearl
- Wild Rice
- Shanghai Bistro
OTHER ASIAN:
- Kams
- Banana Leaf
- Tropika
JAPANESE:
- Tanpopo
- Samuarai
- Daimasu
THAI:
- Thai House
- Thai Away Home
- SalaThai
INDIAN:
- Vijs #1 ( must visit while in Vancouver )
- Sitar
- Raga
- Sami's
GREEK:
- Stephos ( always a line-up )
- Takis
ITALIAN:
- Villa Del Lupo
- Cin Cin
- Luxys
- Antons
- Il Giardino
- Portabello Restaurante
- Cafe de Medici
- Cioppinos
- Circolo
- Incendio
- Fredericos Supper Club ( live music, dancing )
- Rossinis ( live jazz, dancing - casual )
MY HIDDEN SECRET:
- Cafe de Paris - the owners treat you like family
WEEKEND BRUNCH:
- Sophies Cosmic Cafe ( Always a line-up )
- Hotel Vancouver Griffins Restaurant buffet
- Milestones on Denman St ( casual )
- O'Douls, good dinners too
- Elbow Room ( servers are abusive for fun )
- Ecco Il Pane
FINE DINING:
- L'Hermitage ( French )
- Lumiere #1 ( West Coast - book well in advance )
- Bishops #2( West Coast )
- Bacchus ( Wedgewood Hotel )
- Chartwells ( 4 Seasons Hotel )
- Pastis ( French )
- Rain City Grill ( West Coast )
- Piccolo Mondo ( Italian )
- Le Crocodile ( French )
- Fleuri ( Sutton Place Hotel )
- William Tell ( Swiss )
- Star Anise
- Seasons In The Park ( my personal favourite )
- Le Gavroche ( French, very romantic )
FUNKY RESTAURANTS:
- Ouest
- Lucy Mae Brown
- Crime Lab
- Tomatoes Fresh Food Cafe
- Sylvia Hotel Lounge ( view and drink )- very retro
TAPAS:
- Fiction
- El Patio
- Bin 941
- Brix
- Bin 942
( all of these have excellent wines lists too
- Tapastree
SPANISH TAPAS:
- Latin Quarter
- La Bodega
BEST JAZZ:
- Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club
- Hotel Vancouver Lounge on the weekend
- Rossinis ( great Italian food too )
- Georgia Hotel Bar and Grill - very loud
BLUES:
- The Yale - Very, very loud ! - Mishy loves this place !
BEST COMEDY CLUB:
- Lafflines
WINE SHOPS:
- Liberty
- Marquis
- Broadway International Wine Shop
(all of these carry an excellent selection of BC wines !)
For international wines:
- 39th and Cambie BCLB
- Alberni BCLB
WHAT TO BUY In BC:
- Smoked Salmon
- Haida art and jewelery
- Maple Syrup from Quebec
- Mission Hill Occulus ( Bordeaux Blend )
- Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay
- Mission Hill Ice Wine Riesling
- Sumac Ridge Sauv Blanc
- Gehringer Brothers Reisling Ice Wine
- Tinhorn Creek Chardonnay
* still waiting for 'other' new vintages in spring arrivals.
BEST BUILDING:
-Hotel Vancouver
-Marine Building - art deco masterpiece
I'm sure I've missed a few ! But I tried
Email me for more info bachian@hotmail.com, if your coming to visit, I'd love to meet any and ALL forumites !

P.S. - I always had dreams of being a concierge
Cheers,
Mishy
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Ouest is the 'hot' new kid on the block - I haven't been yet.
I LOVE the cannery - but I'm sure you've been there already. Blue Water is another great new seafood restaurant.
Lumiere is a pretty impressive restaurant, Rob Feenie's making some headlines and also has his own show on FoodTV. Make reservations WELL in advance!
Pastis on W4th is another restaurant I'd recommend.
Have a great time !
Cheers,
Mishy
Been to Ouest twice, and didn't like it either time: small portions, high prices, cold service. Interior design is great, but so what? Blue Water is owned by same people, and also has spotty service. Great oyster bar, but otherwise unremarkable but good food.

Lumiere, as Mishy said, is impressive. Best restaurant in Van, no question. And Pastis has never disappointed. I'm going there tomorrow, in fact.

If you're looking for something new, there's Samba, a Brazillian steak restaurant, downtown. Great beef, not a great wine list.

If you can venture a bit further away, in West Van (quite a way out on Marine Drive) there's a new-ish place called L'Emotion run by a wonderful, friendly couple from Provence (they had a restaurant in Cavaillon, and he came here to be executive chef at the Five Sails at the Pan Pacific for a while), and it's well worth the drive. Converted old house and great 4-course tasting menus; particularly conducive to romantic evenings. I think it's the best new restaurant
I would mention Cin Cin on Robson St. It is a very eclectic with very good food and very reasonable wine prices.
If anyone does go to the Wedgewood Hotel-the maitre'd there is/was a guy named Jean Luc Vincent. He is a great guy who will accomodate virtually anything. I would recomend the Wedgewod to anyone who is going to Vancouver.
Ok, I'm back and I didn't get a chance to try any of the above suggestions! I ended up in meetings both days and then golf that finished late and was followed by munchies, BS and beer. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I will definately leave time for dinner next time. Again thanks for all the suggestions!
Lumiere is brilliant. The service is gracious and the food is yummy. A couple points I really liked:

We were late being seated, and they comped us at the bar; given that they were pouring Louis Roederer as the house champagne, being comped was sweeeet.

They were absolutely flexible about my wifes wheat allergy. The resulting tasting menu, vegetarian, wheat free, was possibly better than my chefs choice tasting menu.

The space is good, not remarkable, but private enough for an unshouted conversation.

the wine list is nice, good in Burgundies, and Rhones. A tad expensive, but it is Canada. We chose a Chateauneuf that ended up being less than 100 percent markup, which is good.

Worth a return visit. Especially with friends.
Just returned from a recent business/fun trip to Vancouver. Mishy's (and others) suggestions are right-on.

Lumiere is one of the best restaurants I have ever experienced (it shamed the French Laundry, IMHO). Similar experience to Brent's, above. We ended getting a CDP as well. Delicious pairing with the tasting menu. Definitely will return next time in Vancouver.

Also ate at Cin Cin and Blue Water Cafe. Both were delicious, creative and had fun atmospheres. Blue Water had an extensive wine storage room.

In Whistler, we ate at Araxi (sp?) for lunch. These guys also own Cin Cin and Blue Water. High quality, despite the less-than-stellar Okanagan Valley wine we tried.

Stayed at the Metropolitan and really enjoyed the hotel. The restaurant at the Met is Diva--they catered two of our dinner events and I can report that the food and service were excellent.

I can't wait to go back to Vancouver!
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Posted by wine, women & song:
hey seaquam,
my & the ladyfriend are heading to
vancouver in april for a few days,
then hitting tofino & maybe sook (sp?).
any places i shouldn't dare to miss,
and how's the weather in mid-april?



The weather is unpredictable in the PNW at that time of year; possibly sunny and warm, probably wet and cool. It's a crapshoot.

I'm ashamed to say that I've never been to Tofino or Uklulet, though I understand the scenery is spectacular. I assume you'll be heading to the Wichaninish Inn?

Sooke is tiny, with nothing there, really, except for the Sooke Harbour House restaurant (and a few B&Bs nearby). It gets great press, but everyone I've ever spoken to who has gone there has been disappointed. Perhaps their expectations were too high, but their experiences have been consistent.

In Vancouver, there are a lot of great restaurants. Some newer ones worth seeking out are Bis Moreno (Italian, tasting menus only, seriously good!), Cru, L'Emotion, and there's always new ethnic places opening up (and closing down). As your trip approaches, remind me again, and I'll post a few more places that are currently good.

If you guys would like some dining companions while you're in town, my wife and I have recently mastered the knife and fork and are no longer an embarrassment to the people at our table. We're also going to take a course soon on discussing wine, weather, and current events. We can correspond by e-mail if that appeals to you. Smile

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Cheers.
ww&s

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Tofino or Uklulet

Actually my friend Seaquam meant to say...Tofino and Ucluelet!
...and don't believe him when he says they have mastered the knife and fork, and dinner conversation! (their still using training wheels)
Wink Big Grin

Seaquam does speak the truth about the unpredictable weather here during mid-April.

If you are planning a trip to the West Coast of Vancouver Island (Tofino-Ucluelet), and don't mind making a slight detour (to Campbell River), my wife and I would enjoy hosting you (and we DO know how to use a knife and fork).
Our little corner of the world has a lot to offer...
Campbell River and region

I offer sound advice.
That's 99% sound and 1% advice
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