Will Travel for Food

Is there a bet­ter way to ex­plore this city?

Vancouver Magazine - - Ed Note -

with friends last night at an old haunt, the Bay­side Lounge, where the ex­cel­lent happy-hour Cae­sars play a cool sec­ond €ddle to the view over English Bay. (The cracked leather seats are just part of the bar’s charm.) Con­ver­sa­tion ran from week­end plans to the Van­cou­ver usual: real es­tate and all its facets. One par­tic­u­lar point of dis­cus­sion was a new high-rise de­vel­op­ment that’s about to re­place an old block of stores in the area, and one of our friends—who just that day had €nished re­lo­cat­ing from Gas­town to the West End—con­fused the lo­ca­tion, think­ing the­block was on Den­manStreet in­stead of Davie. In re­sponse to our teas­ing, he justi€ed his mis­take: “Give me a break,” he said. “I just moved to this neigh­bour­hood.”

We’re a city of neigh­bour­hoods, and it’s fair to say that while most of us get to know all the great spots around the corner, our men­tal maps get a bit fuzzier once we step out­side our home bor­ders. When we do, though, it’s al­ways worth the trip, be­cause there’s noth­ing quite like the de­light of dis­cov­er­ing a new-toyou spot in some far corner of the city.

For our an­nual food issue, food edi­tor NealMcLen­nan is here to help you do just that. With this issue’s A to Z guide (“Eat the City,” page 27), he’s gath­ered up acheck­list that you can use to get out be­yond your own back­yard an­d­ex­pand your taste map of Van­cou­ver. You’ ll€ nd those hot spots that are cre­at­ing new clas­sics in this city (St. Lawrence’s rice pud­ding, for one, man­ages to re­new this most vin­tage of desserts), as well as the old-time stal­warts around town that youneed to know about(in­clud­ing one of my beloved haunts, theEuro­pean Deli on Davie, where the­hum­mus is so in­cred­i­bly rich and­creamy it takes all my willpower not to stand by the counter and eat it with as­poon).

Be­cause whether you’re new to your ’hood or have an itch to set out and ex­plore some­one else’s, isn’t food truly the great­est way to ven­ture out­side of what you al­ready know? And it’s even bet­ter when you can be sur­prised by some­thing amaz­ing that’s been there all along, right un­der your nose—even in your very own­neigh bour­hood.

Anicka Quin ED­I­TO­RIAL DIREC­TOR ANICKA.QUIN@VANMAG.COM @ ANIQUA

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