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My Vancouver #7: Coffee, Charcuterie, and Hiking

My Vancouver #7: Coffee, Charcuterie, and Hiking
My Vancouver #7: Coffee, Charcuterie, and Hiking

I love to explore new places in and around Vancouver, get lost on the trails, and eat my way through the city! In the My Vancouver series I’ll share the latest places I’ve explored, eaten at, and adventured to. You can find previous posts on exploring Vancouver here.

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Currently Eating

Daily Tasting Boards at The Salt Tasting Room

Our hunt at work for the next great charcuterie board continues! So far we have tried Homer Street Cafe (the frontrunner), Per Se Social Corner (not great), and Salt Tasting Room in Gastown (OK). The meat and cheese were good, but the servings were small. I liked the creative and ever-changing list of condiments Salt Tasting Room provides on the side.

Americano at Small Victory Bakery

The ever popular cafe in Yaletown, Small Victory serves up a great Americano and beautifully made baked goods. They also serve cookies and milk and scones with clotted cream and jam. What’s not to love? Maybe just their high prices.

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie at Tartine Bread & Pies

I won a bet with my boss at work and the prize was pie! I’ve had a few slices of pie from Tartine Bread & Pies this year and they have all been very tasty. I especially love the crust and abundance of fruit in their fillings. If you are looking to purchase a whole pie, I have found Tartine to be one of the most affordable places to go.

Authentic Street Style Thai Food at Kin Kao

Located on Commercial Drive by Venables, this small local spot serves up flavourful and delicious authentic “street style” Thai food. Kin Kao offers plenty of vegan and gluten-free options (indicated on the menu) and the food is made with fresh local ingredients. I went with 2 friends and we shared the papaya salad, deep-fried pork belly, pad thai, and panang curry. My favourite was the pad thai, but every dish was fantastic!

French Press Moja Coffee

Despite my everlasting love for JJ Bean Coffee, I am trying to buy less coffee and make more of it at home. I purchased a mini Bodum French press and my neighbourhood Whole Foods has a great selection of locally roasted beans to try. I recently tried North Vancouver’s Moja Coffee and it was smooth, flavourful, and easy to drink.

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Currently Exploring

Easy hike in Deep Cove to Quarry Rock

Amidst all the running, I am still trying to get out for a few hikes while the rain holds off. When I am short on time and low on energy, one of my favourite easy hikes is Quarry Rock in Deep Cove. Deep Cove is easily accessible by transit and the town is cute and fun to walk around. The views from Panorama Park are lovely and just a hint of what you’ll see when you reach the top of Quarry Rock.

Getting lost in Burnaby: Central Park, Confederation Park, Scenic Park

Over Labour Day, my hiking plans got cancelled on Monday because of the poor weather forecast. By lunchtime, I was getting pretty antsy so I ventured out to Burnaby to explore some of the city’s parks. First I stopped at Central Park, a few minutes walk from Patterson skytrain station. Central Park reminded me of a smaller version of Stanley Park, with its tall trees, pitch-and-putt golf course, and ponds. It didn’t take long to do the 5 km loop around the park, and I was ready for my next Burnaby adventure.

I hopped on the 130 Bus at Willingdon and Central Avenue and got off at Willingdon and Hastings. From there, it is a short walk to Confederation Park, home to a model steam railway, well-maintained track, and scenic trail system. I wasn’t entirely sure where to go, so I completed a short loop on the trail with views of the Burrard Inlet.

I continued on the Trans-Canada Trail and ended my adventure at Scenic Park. Based on Google Maps, I actually thought I would be able to reach the water from the trails. Unfortunately, I was wrong and the trail took me through the forest. It was beautiful, but I was a little nervous being alone on the trails. It is quite isolated and there were few people around. I probably wouldn’t rush back!

What’s your favourite kind of pie? 

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