When I get the rare opportunity to travel, I put any dietary restrictions aside (not that I have many to speak of) hit the streets and start exploring. This week in Vancouver, I had some of the best hotdogs I've ever eaten (see yesterday's Japadog post). Today I had the pleasure of ticking off a few gastronomic firsts. I began the adventure with a delicacy native to Canada's eastern shore-- Québécois "Poutine": french fries drenched in gravy and topped with cheese curd. I ordered a slightly more protein intensive version "Poutine Galvaude" with chicken and peas. La Belle Patate, smack dab in the middle of Vancouver's gayborhood, boasts 30 different varieties of the French-Canadian gut busting treat.
Next I went for a walk in Vancouver's massive Stanley Park. Surrounded by water, the entire park is blanketed with huge expanses of wild berry patches. In addition to some delicious huckleberries (which resemble blueberries in appearance and taste), I also managed to score a handful of bright red thimbleberries and pacific trailing blackberries that tasted as sweet as Starbursts. I've never had a berry better and that's no exaggeration. A handful was not enough. With a only partially sated sweet tooth, I walked back up the main gay drag to Transylvanian Traditions, a Romanian bakery, to sample the store's signature "Kürtős Kalács", a lemon flavored chimney cake basted in caramel and coated with walnuts.
Thankfully, my generous hosts thought well enough to get me a gym pass. :-)
Pacific Trailing Blackberries
Vlad the Impaler Eats here
Chimney Cake: watch your waste line go up in smoke