I’m a bit behind, because I’ve been going like mad, and exploring and eating ALL THE DELICIOUS THINGS.
I’ve been vlogging quite a bit, and also posting daily on Instagram, and moment-by-moment on Instagram Stories, if you want to see what I’m up to.
This was my second time in London, so it was a very different experience. It had been a long time since I’d been there, though, so the city had definitely changed.
What was great about being there this time was that I didn’t feel as compelled to see all the things. I’d already seen much of the city, and was able to just focus on my favorites. Plus, I really find the London Tube quite easy to get around on, so that part wasn’t very stressful.
I have lived many places in my life. I started in Kits, but then moved clear across the country for my teen years. I lived in the Martimes while I went to University, and then ended up back in Vancouver (Marpole, specifically) in my late twenties.
Since then, I have gravitated to downtown Vancouver. It took me a while, but after about half a dozen moves, I now call Vancouver’s West End and Coal Harbour home.
I love it here. I can walk everywhere. I walk my son to school every day, I walk to my teaching job at BCIT, I meet my clients for meetings in coffee shops, and I do all my shopping and errands primarily by foot.
I have some neighbourhood faves. One of the things that’s really important to me is shopping locally, and supporting small businesses.
Recently, I had the opportunity to show Raj and Emily around my ‘hood.
Soirette Macaron: we started very locally (Soirette is literally around the corner from where I live), with what I believe is the best macaron in the city. Vancity Buzz recently published a list of the top places for macarons in Vancouver, and I have had 90% of them. Soirette, for me, wins it hands down. Shobna, the chef/owner, does the most creative flavours you could ever imagine, and some you can’t. My fave is the pineapple wasabi (which is seasonal, so I can’t get it often). We got a half a dozen macarons between us to share, and our faves were the walnut goat’s cheese (I told you she was creative!) and the chocolate mint. After sipping tea and eating macarons while sitting on the seawall, we were off to our next destination.
Les Amis Du Fromage: Okay, so technically, it’s over the bridge, which puts it out of my neighbourhood, but this block of W 2nd is foodie heaven. This cheese shop, which has a second location on East Hastings, has the best selection in the city, and the staff has the deepest, cheesy knowledge. We all left with some treats from here.
Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks: Located right next door, Barbara Jo’s is the only bookstore in the city dedicated entirely to cookbooks. Nothing but cookbooks!!! I love it. I could lose myself for hours. By the way, Barbara Jo also offers cooking classes.
Patisserie Labeau: Foiled! Next door to Barbara Jo’s is a wonderful waffle joint. They even have gluten-free options. But they were closed because it was Sunday. Instead, we headed back over the bridge to…
Greenhorn Cafe: Conveniently located on the way home from me dropping Michael at school, Greenhorn is one place I come to a lot. I love the space. It’s unique and charming. Big windows, lots of light, good coffee, and wonderful, fresh food. If you want to stalk me, you’ll find me here often with my laptop and a cup of coffee. They have excellent gluten-free options, as well, like their spanish tortilla.
So there you have them! My favourite foodie spots in my ‘hood. I got to share them with my friends, and now I’m sharing them with you.