After I got over my initial excitement upon finding out I was going to Seattle, a realization hit me. Maybe, just maybe, I could talk my family into making a day trip up to Canada. Now I know most people think that Canada is just “eh,” but after traveling to 33 countries, none of which were Canada, it seemed elusive, exotic even. So I couldn’t help but ask: Canada, eh?
My family agreed to make the road trip up to Vancouver, but Josh gave me one condition. I was not, I repeat, NOT allowed to mention how this was my 34th country and oh my gosh I’m so traveled. I agreed, and we got in the car and headed to the border.
Hello Canada! (34!)
After passing into Canada (34!) we headed up to Vancouver. The city is gorgeous! All of the buildings are made of glass, and reflect the water that seems to be everywhere.
We were starving, so we headed off to Black + Blue, a glamorous steakhouse in downtown Vancouver.
Doesn’t it look cool?!
Even the meat refrigerator is awesome!
The first thing I saw on the menu was B + B Blue Cheese Bread, and I immediately ordered it for our table. It arrived piping hot, smothered in roquefort butter with chive oil on the side.
My dad, Louie, ordered the Louie salad with dungeness crab, romaine, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, eggs, avocado and Louie dressing!
Louie liked it.
My mom Cathy ordered the “Cathy” bacon-wrapped scallops, which basically means that she ordered off menu and the restaurant custom made a mango sauce topping!
Josh chose the Hunter Pasta with pappardella, braised lamb cheeks, pine nuts, and sun-dried tomatoes in a red wine jus. The lamb is delicious!
I ordered the Mussels & Frites, which are salt spring mussels served with house chorizo and covered in white wine, garlic, herbs and of course, crispy frites.
After lunch, we headed off to Stanley Park. It was a beautiful day to be outside!
One of my favorite parts of the park is the totem poles!
Can you find me?!
We spent the rest of the day exploring the park.
So, family, I bet you’re glad we went to Canada! (34!)
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