Day 436: Vancouver, Canada
Street food is one of my biggest passions and something that can make or break a country for me. I had heard that Vancouver had developed a great street food culture since the Olympics and I had hoped I could eat my way through the best of it.
That didn’t happen.
Because my flight was delayed and the conference was packed tighter than a factory farm chicken coop I was only able to hit up a few places but I still wanted to share them with you.
The first lunch I dragged Michael to The Kaboom Box because everyone raved about their hot smoked salmon “salmwich”. I was really impressed with their sustainable approach, they have committed to only using Oceanwise seafood, try to use as much organic produce as they can and packaging is biodegradable and compostable.
Okay so hippie/environmental tendencies aside I can tell you this place is amazing. The portion of fish was very generous and worth the $7 price tag and I loved the coleslaw on top.
I had heard about Japa dog long before coming to Toronto. I was desperate to sample the Japanese take on hot dogs and pounced on Dylan’s offer to skip a TBEX session to get one.
So it turns out everyone from Anthony Bourdain to Ice Cube has been to Japadog. A $5 hot dog is definitely a splurge but you would be surprised how tasty seaweed and Japanese mayonnaise can be on a hot dog.
My last day in Vancouver I convinced Michael, Gareth, Dylan and Jenny to join me at Re-Up BBQ, a Southern BBQ style street cart.
After we ordered the beef brisket I lamented that I was hoping to get pulled pork sandwich which I learned was at their other cart around the corner. Oh well, a bit more beef wasn’t going to hurt me, right?
The most disappointing of it all is that I am excited to return home to Toronto but unfortunately the street food sucks and is limited to standardized hot dog stands with canary yellow buns.
Woe is me.
Pro Tip: If you need to walk off some of the meals check out Lesley’s post with 4 days in Vancouver.