- August 17, 2016
- Last Updated: January 22, 2023
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- Meal and Snack Inspiration
Good morning, friends!
Happy Wednesday! I did my best to photograph most of my meals while on vacation (it was easy when they were so pretty and tasty). Personally, I love looking at what people eat when on vacation so I figured I would discuss how I treated vacation meals in honor of today’s What I Ate Wednesday.
I truly believe that food creates memories, and I discuss this often on the blog. Food is the epitome of traveling in my opinion, I love researching new restaurants, trying new dishes, and finding new favorites.
And this vacation, in particular, was a very active one, so to keep up with our increased caloric needs, we ate more often and also larger meals.
In short, we were always hungry.
This is a colorful day of eats from last week. We were tired after completing a strenuous hike the day before. Per usual, I woke up starving and grabbed a quick bar to snack on in the hotel lobby before heading out.
By the way, I have really enjoyed the Kind Pressed Bars. Kind sent me a bunch to try (they may be for sale now at Target!) and they are pressed with ONLY fruits and vegetables, no sugar or anything. They taste really good and remind me of healthy fruit roll ups!
Then, we walked about a mile for breakfast at the Mediterranean cafe, Cafe Medina. We expected a little bit of a wait, but it was actually much shorter than we anticipated. Weekday brunches, for the win.
After a few cups of coffee, we decided on the liege style waffles and the special flatbread with smoked pork. You can pick your toppings for the waffles, so we ordered sides of dark chocolate and raspberry caramel, and actually ended up mixing them together as the ultimate waffle topping – no syrup needed. Loved every part of this meal!
We leisurely strolled back to our hotel, popping in some of the shops to look around. We eventually ended up on Granville Island for a food tour. Aren’t these guys cool?
Granville Island is a little niche in Vancouver. Technically, you can walk there, but you can also take a three-minute Aqua Ferry over like we did. The island is known for its local farmers market, showcasing various foods, fresh fish, antiques and products.
It also is known for its various entertainment!
We tried so many yummy things within the farmers market, including fresh fish, charcuterie, fresh baked bread, cheese, coffee, fresh cherries from the farmer, and Lee’s donuts.
Later on, we headed to the Seawall for a run! And by run, I mean I stopped like 57 times to take pictures, but I got 6 miles in.
The Seawall is SO COOL, you guys, and it is apparently the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront running path! It is absolutely beautiful.
It’s full of walkers, runners and bicyclists and is a great way to see the city, as well as the bountiful mountains and water.
After the run, we decided we had to hit up happy hour. Daily happy hours are one of my favorite parts of west coast culture, as I quickly learned in Portland. We found one at Lift, with dollar oysters, and $5 glasses of wine. And, we also ordered some fried crispy chicken bites.
We then walked back to the hotel to shower and get ready for dinner. By the way, we did not have a car in the city. We walked everywhere. Vancouver is a very walkable city, and our steps added up quickly walking to and from all of our meals.
We grabbed a smaller dinner at Miku Sushi, which our food tour guide raved about. We ordered a tofu salad and 3 sushi rolls to split. The sushi was flame seared, giving it a little bit different flavor, but it was delicious! I would definitely order it again.
And I couldn’t not end the day with something sweet. There were a plethora of gelato and ice cream options. D’Oro Gelato was my most favorite gelato, among the different places we tried. We tried 4 flavors, including cookies and cream, chocolate, creme brule and ricotta fig.
The ricotta fig was the creamiest of them all, and won my heart over. We then headed back to our room to watch the Olympics.
Guys, it was so hard to be on vacation during the Olympics! We wanted to explore, but we didn’t want to miss key events. But, the #bucketlist wins out, always, so we ended up not watching much of the Olympics, so I’m bingeing on them this week.
Here is a recap of our weekend in Whistler if you’re interested in seeing more Vancouver pictures!
Favorite Olympic sport this summer?
Are you a happy hour fan?
So many of my favourite eats! I love Miku, such a nice place to splurge on sushi once in awhile. I love taking visitors to Medina if we can get a spot! That charcuterie platter looks amazing.
Ok definitely adding Vancouver to my list of future travels after this post! Looks like a fabulously delicious trip!
That gelato looks amazing! The bucket list would definitely win out for me, too, over watching the Olypmics. There’s always the highlights to watch later!
Thank god for the highlights!
oh you DEFINITELY have to stop at least 20x to take a few thousand seawall photos!! looks like it was a great time, and you went to all the best places! The sushi there is unbelievable. That’s the number one thing i miss about living there haha
I’m so jealous you used to live there! Why did you leave? haha I could stay there forever!
Looks absolutely delicious – especially that gelato! It’s amazing how hungry walking EVERYWHERE can make you, right?
YES! Isn’t it? Good thing I love eating 🙂
The Sea Wall looks so gorgeous! Mountains and water.. 2 of my favorite things:) All of this food sounds delicious too:) And I totally feel you on the Olympics, literally every night is spent in front of the TV watching the events haha. I’m so sad women’s gymnastics is over since that’s my favorite! And soccer, beach volleyball, swimming.. ahh I love them all:)
I wish the Olympics lasted a whole year!
I am not going to lie, the only Olympic event I have watched live this year is water polo. And it was today during my lifting session at the gym. I have been keeping up to date with everything and love gymnastics, beach volleyball and all the running!
Fortunately, there are so many live feeds and recaps that even without watching it, I feel sort of up to date!
I 100% believe that food creates memories (I wrote a post about it, actually!). I have wanted to go to Vancouver for a long long time, and now I want to go even more! You have convinced me ;D
YES! Add it to your bucket list, it’s a MUST!
All of your food pics look incredible! Whenever I travel I too look up all the food places I want to try. I love trying new things and creating memories! Hope you had a great rest of your trip!
Thanks, Patricia. Planning the food is definitely my favorite part of traveling!
Vancouver sounds incredible! I love walkable cities like this because I feel like you get to explore more. Plus, it keeps you active! I’ve been loving watching gymnastics. The floor routines are my absolute favorite and they’ve kept me up a bit too late more than a few nights this week (oops!).
You definitely get to explore more!
Wow everything looks so delicious! My favorite Olympic events are gymnastics and swimming! I really believe that food creates memories too–thats why i love it so much!
Food is so integral to our memories and social gatherings!
Hehe I’m catching up on the Olympics too! I LOVE how you walked everywhere, and honestly, I think I’m often hungrier on vacation, because I’m consistently active instead of one workout. It’s fun, because the activity feels so natural. I love how you found all the places to eat at, because that kind of intimidates me about travel. I wouldn’t know where to start on where to go and eat.
So true – I think I’m hungrier from increased activity but also because everything looks so delicious. Planning where to eat is my FAVORITE thing. I spend hours researching 🙂
Everything looks so beautiful and delicious. That gelato is calling my name. I love walking around farmer’s markets and taste testing the little samples they put out, so fun! Also, that running trail looks gorgeous. That’s one of my favorite parts of vacationing, finding new places and trails to run at. I just have Netflix, no TV, (whomp whomp), so I’ve been relying on live updates of the Olympics. However, from the clips I’ve watched, I really like the synchronized diving and any of the running events.
It’s so fun finding new running trails – new scenery is always welcomed! The synchronized sports fascinate me.
all this food looks SO good. You definitely found some great restaurants! and favorite olympic sport is definitely gymnastics! Also love watching track and diving 🙂
I love all of the above, too!
Looks like you did Vancouver right! SO much delicious food.
I feel like we did, but I would have loved more time!
So. Much. Good. Food. I’m a big believer that half of the fun of vacation is eating!
It really is – you have to experience the local grub of where you are!
I end up watching all the gymnastics, which is my favorite!
I can’t believe how good all this food looks! I am especially intrigued by that delicious brunch.
The gymnastics is so fun to watch!
Mmmm…all of your eats look amazing! Especially that sushi!
Nothing better than fresh sushi!
Great food, great views AND great company? It looks like you guys had the perfect trip!
We definitely did! Thanks Kristy!