New start... in the Wet Coast!
Trip Start Sep 05, 2008
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Another thing: DIM SUM. The sheer size of the Chinese community out here has a directly proportional effect on the variety, quality and quantity of dim sum in Richmond. Not surprisingly, there's definitely a wider array of exotic options out here than in Montreal (Pa, not just chicken feet!). A few weeks ago, we went to a fancier dim sum place with some of Mike's EA friends and I tasted a dish (among many during that meal!) that consisted of 3 different kinds of sauteed Asian mushrooms topped by the fleshy layer of a pomelo rind. I was intrigued. I love mushrooms, and I really enjoy pomelo, but had never tasted the skin prepared in this way. In the end, the fleshy rind was more texture than taste, but am curious to know if it's chock full of vitamins and minerals or something.
We haven't gone to a strictly sushi place yet, but I remember from my previous visits in the past 5 years that this city ROCKS on that front as well. Mouthwateringly fresh raw fish on perfect mounds of rice in esthetically pleasing presentations at a fraction of the cost and half the time it would take to be served in Montreal
Ummm, so as you can tell, I enjoy my food. You should have gotten the picture from my previous blogging while travelling through SE Asia and Buenos Aires!
But all is not perfect in the province that tauts itself as the "Best Place On Earth". Would such a place also consist of HORRIBLE drivers?!?!? I think not! Why oh WHY do slow drivers insist on driving in the left lane, and why oh why do people not attempt to pass them? It seems that Vancouverites are more than happy to follow at snail's pace behind the slowpoke in the front! Then when you attempt to pass the slow guy, someone in the neighbouring lane choses to slow down right next you at that very moment, boxing you in from passing. ARRRRGH. Not that I'm a crazy fast driver. Far from. But there's a huge difference between a safe driver and a lame driver...
Another delightful observation I've had on life out west has been on Vancouverites themselves. Now, if you get a Quebecois really nice and angry, an entertaining show will ensue
All in all, Vancouver is a pretty cool town. Mikey and I caught a number of flicks during the recent Vancouver International Film Fest. We saw a humanistic portrayal of a washed out martial artist movie star, the Muscles from Brussels in "JCVD" (Jean Claude Van Damme); a hilarious Desi version of American Idol in a movie called "Loins of Punjab Presents"; a slightly long but very entertaining animated film about the Ramayana with jazzy songs overlaying the story in "Sita Sings the Blues"; a not too depressing environmental doc called "Addicted to Plastic"; an ode to Buenos Aires' tango music legends, much in the same vein as Buena Vista Social Club called "Cafe de los Maestros", and finally Madonna's contribution called "Filth and Wisdom". I highly recommend all of them!
p.s. I found a smoke meat resto on West 4th Street called PHAT (Pretty Hot And Tempting, get it?!) that does this Montreal classic justice... But sadly, they charge almost DOUBLE the price for the privilege to sink your teeth into savoury soft smoked pastrami since they have to import this delicacy all the way from Montreal, from the same supplier as Schwartz's. Funny enough, PHAT is too clean for me
I promise. Sooner or later, I'll stop playing the city comparison game. But in the meantime... I'm going to enjoy being a tourist in my new city and discovering cool little spots to share with you guys.
p.p.s. I started crocheting to kill the time while I look for work. A comfy beige wool throw is emerging from the skeins. Next up: I'm going to learn how to knit, and Trina, I'm holding you to your promise to stake out a knitting cafe so we can rock the joint with our needles and gossip...