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A September 2008 trip to Vancouver by Composthp

Butchart Gardens Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: We visited Vancouver and surrounds in a week with friends playing hosts before taking the Inside passage on ms Ryndam for a 7 days Alaskan cruise.

Aberdeen Mansion

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Hotel | "A Downtown Bed and Breakfast with Old World Charm"

Aberdeen Mansion Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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This is one bed and breakfast that is steeped in history. Built in 1905, it has been beautifully restored and refurbished with Victorian antiques without sacrifacing modern conveniences. Located 15 minutes by bus from the heart of downtown Vancouver, it is situated in a quiet neighbourhood and a stone's throw from Commercial drive aka Little Italy.We stayed just shy of a week in this Victorian mansion in their newest studio suite- the Newcastle at CAD$89 per night (before tax). We opted out of the breakfast plan which was basically an addtional of CAD$5 per day and consisted of a basket of fruits, cereals and sandwiches delivered in a basket. The Newcastle studio is located at the highest ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2008

Aberdeen Mansion
1110 Victoria Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 4G5
604.254.2229

Van Dusen Botanical Garden

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Attraction | "VanDusen Botanical Garden"

Van Dusen Botanical Garden Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Let's go VanDusen suggested my friends on a beautiful sunny summer morning. And so we packed ourselves into my friends' car and headed for VanDusen (after we stuffed ourselves with dim sum at the Western Lake seafood restaurant). VanDusen Botanical Garden spans 22 hectares and is divided according to geographical regions from the Himalayas to South Africa, this garden boasts more than 255000 plants from around the world. It had a humble beginning in 1975 but the garden has gone from strength to strength. Certainly, it was one of the most beautiful gardens we had visited. We had arrived just after 10am and the park was...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 12, 2008

Van Dusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6M 4H1
+1 604 878 9274

Butchart Gardens

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Attraction | "100 Years in bloom"

Butchart Gardens Photo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
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If you love flowers and have only time to take in one tourist attraction while in Vancouver Island, then you MUST visit the Butchart Gardens. The gardens were created by Mrs Jennie Butchart to host and entertain guests in 1906. She began with a Japanese garden, expanded the gardens into the nearby disused quarry and created a unique sunken garden. From there, the garden grew to include fountains, rose garden, herbs garden spaning a total of 55 hectares in all. We signed up for the Butchart gardens tour with the Pacific coach line. For CAD$142 return, we did not have to worry about the transportation to and fro Vancouver mainla...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 13, 2008

Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia V8M 1J8
(250) 652-4422

Nitobe Memorial Garden

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Attraction | "A Piece of Japan in Vancouver"

Nitobe Memorial Garden Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Our first intention was to visit the UBC Botanical Gardens but we got lost very quickly upon arriving at UBC. We ended up at the entrance of the Wreck beach, a place which we were warned NOT to go by our host. When we caught sight of a familiar Japanese low wall, we were delighted to find ourselves outside the Nitobe Memorial Garden. Nitobe Memorial Garden is ranked 4th best traditional Japanese gardens outside of Japan. It is part of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Botanical garden and is located behind the Center of Asian studies. It was created to honour Dr Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933), ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 12, 2008

Nitobe Memorial Garden
2329 West Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4
+1 604 822 6038

Vancouver- Off the Beaten Path

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Capilano Suspension Bridge Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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We were fortunate to have friends in Vancouver who acted us our hosts and guide to Vancouver. Thanks to them, we were not only able to see the main tourist attractions like the Capilano Suspension bridge, Dr Sun Yat Sen garden in Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and Stanley park but lesser known sights like Burnaby mountain, Coal harbour and Deep cove. Visiting Vancouver, we felt as if we have visited not just a country but a composite of many including Japan, Korea, China and Europe. Capilano Suspension BridgeThis award winning attraction...Read More

Vera's Burger Shack

Restaurant | "Vera's Burger: Best Burger in Town"

Vera's Burger Shack Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Vera's Shack is a fast-food chain that boasts a 6oz burger patty made fresh to order and cooked just right. It began humbly in 1977 at a beach concession by Vera and her husband Frank. We visited the 9th store located at Commercial drive after walking past it several times on our last day in Vancouver. The joint was small, mostly standing room only with the smell from the grill attracting many, including drooling dogs during meal times. Vera's shack has been voted consistently as the best burger in Vancouver, with the "Doug's special" listed as one of the 101 things to taste before you die. Since the burgers were made fresh to order and custom...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2008

Vera's Burger Shack
1438 Commercial Drive
V5L
(604) 254-8372

Japa Dog

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Restaurant | "It's Japa Dog!"

Japa Dog Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Japa dog is not just any hot dog stand, it is a popular hot dog stand located in downtown Vancouver next to the Sutton Hotel; patronized and given the stamp of approval by food critics like Anthony Bourdain and local food magazines. It's fame has even spread to Japan where Japa dog is unavailable. This small hot dog stand is run mainly by Japanese students and boasts a short menu. The favorites and must try are: Terimayo, Oroshi and Misomayo. These are hot dogs with a Japanese twist. Instead of the classic relish and ketchup, teriyaki sauce, daikon and miso is used.For pork lovers, do try the Kurobuta, a premium Berkshire pork. To...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 28, 2008

Japa Dog
899 Burrard St, Burrad and Smithe St
Vancouver, British Columbia BC V6Z

Theresa's

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Theresa's Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Worker owned and run, fair trade and organic. This sums up the philosophy of Theresa's, a hole in the wall cafe located along Commercial Drive that strives to offer organic food at reasonable prices. We went hunting for breakfast and stumbled upon Theresa's. We entered the cafe upon the urging of a local who was going to have his breakfast there (at least I thought he was local). The cafe is small with a seating capacity of perhaps less than 20 adults. The menu offered the usual continental breakfast selection. The concept is to chose what you want and pay for it. There are also breakfast sets for those who cannot think clearly without drinking their morning brew first. My friend chose the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 29, 2008

Theresa's
1260 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4
(604) 676-1868

Jang Mo Jib Korean Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Authentic Korean home cooking"

Jang Mo Jib Korean Restaurant Photo, Burnaby, British Columbia
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Jang Mo Jib literally translated, means mother-in-law, offers authentic Korean dishes at reasonable prices. We tried the new branch at Burnaby, along Kingsway which had opened recently and was in the soft-launch phase at the time of our visit. A sign upon entry warned us that service maybe slow due to teething problems but we shouldered on, enticed by the fragrant scent and sizzling sound of barbequed meat, that and the fact that we were very hungry. We had arrived early but the restaurant quickly filled up with curious Asian locals and tourists. We ordered the usual Korean favourites like seafood pancake, bulgogi or bbq beef wraps set (which came with assorted kimchi and rice), ginseng ch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2008

Jang Mo Jib Korean Restaurant
5075 Kingsway
Burnaby, British Columbia V5H2E6
(604) 439-0712

Kyung Bok Gung

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Restaurant | "Kyung Bok Gung Traditional Korean Restaurant"

Kyung Bok Gung Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Yes, we went to another Korean restaurant, and we aren't even Koreans! While Jang Mo Jib is more family oriented and casual, Kyung Bok Gung seemed to cater for the upper echelon. This restaurant was voted as the best Korean restaurant in 2006. Their specialty? Sliced beef short rib marinated with their house special BBQ sauce. Diners have the choice to DIY the beef slices using the round grill built into every table or request for it to be done in their kitchen. Another house specialty was the beef soup. We ordered their sliced beef rib marinated in their house special sauce, lettuce wraps and accompaniments, Samyetang (again), seafood pancake and a seafood-vegetable hotpot. Having learnt ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2008

Kyung Bok Gung
143 West 3rd Street

(604) 987-3112

Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Authentic Hong Kong Dim Sum in Vancouver"

Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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This restaurant, located in a quiet neighborhood is anything but quiet. Pushing through their doors and we were immediately greeted with a line; and it was not even 10am yet. My first impression is that I have crossed borders and somehow landed on Hong Kong instead. From the decor to the service staff, the atmosphere, especially when the wait staff greeted their regulars like friends who had not seen each other for a long time when in fact, it was only yesterday that they had breakfast there; I experienced a sense of deja vu. The menu was standard Cantonese Dim Sum fare. Guests only need to mark what they want on the menu and hand it over to the waitress. Service was laid back but when the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 29, 2008

Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant
4989 Victoria Dr
Vancouver, BC V5P 3T7
604-321-6862

Hime Sushi Restaurant

Restaurant | "Hime Sushi- Best sashimi at affordable rates"

Hime Sushi Restaurant Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Canadians are said to consume more sushi per capita compared to the Japanese, or so we have been informed. Japanese restaurants run by Japanese, Chinese or Koreans seemed to be found everywhere in Vancouver. We were spoilt for choice.Hime Sushi is a little family-run Japanese restaurant by Koreans. We stumbled upon this restaurant quite by accident. Located at West Point Grey, opposite Safeway, it is considered as one of the best sushi place to go in UBC. The place maybe small and cosy but the bright and cheerful decor lightened our mood. The menu offered traditional Japanese home-cooked food. We tried the soba, unagi bento (grilled eel on rice) and the assorted sashimi (raw fish). What im...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2008

Hime Sushi Restaurant
4480 West 10th Avenue - #3
Vancouver V6R 2H9
(604) 224-2121