A Food-Tripper's Guide To Vancouver

8 July 2016

An edible road trip. Wish you’d thought of that, right?

In 2013, two 20-something friends, Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller, packed their little car to the gills and drove out of Vancouver on a 37,000 kilometre cross-country mission to avoid all drive-thrus, toss culinary clichés out the window, and unearth the very best Canadian cuisine has to offer.

 Dana and Lindsay, the food-trippers. (Image: edibleroadtrip.com)

To say it was a success is an understatement. The adventure, which they dubbed FEAST: an edible road trip, took them over five months to all of Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories, became an award-winning blog and a delicious Instagram account (feast_on), and is currently being turned into a cookbook, #FEASTthebook, coming spring 2017.

The attention subsequently saw them invited to experience Newfoundland’s Roots, Rants and Roars Festival; Montreal’s en Lumerie Festival; Germany, Austria and Hungary by boat; and Sri Lanka.

“Food is one of the easiest ways to experience a local culture,” they say. “People will return to a place because of a certain food experience. After a gruelling hike, the meal you eat is going to taste even better, and make the hike more memorable. Good food enhances the overall travel experience.”

Today, a day for the @thepieshoppe. ☕️☔️

A photo posted by FEAST: An Edible Road Trip (@feast_on) on


 

More on eating and drinking in Vancouver:

Eat the street. Vancouver's Finger-Licking Good Food Trucks Ale and hearty. Hoppy Endings In Vancouver: Canada's Craft Beer Capital


 

Brunch caesars from #FEASTtheBook with @joyroadcatering's mad good pickled asparagus. #cabinlife #tofino A photo posted by FEAST: An Edible Road Trip (@feast_on) on

As they’re both still based in Vancouver, I asked these fabulous foodistas to dish on their favourite ways to experience the city, by mouth.

Here are their recommendations for a good feed, a delectable time and the chance to take in the real flavour of Vancouver:

  • Take a craft beer tour to 33 Acres and Brassneck Brewing. End at the Alibi room for great pub food and a huge selection of local tapas.
  • Go to the Four Winds Brewery, marvel at the gorgeous design work, and sample any of their excellent beers. Fill a growler (takeaway beer mug) and head down to Centennial Beach at Boundary Bay Regional Park. At low tide, you can walk out for miles.
  • Order a pizza from Via Teverre or Pizzaria Farina, grab a bottle of Okanagan wine, and drive out to Lighthouse Park. Hike the 10 minutes to Juniper Point and watch the sunset while eating pizza. End the night by standing in line to get a cone of Earnest Ice Cream: whisky hazelnut, cardamom, or salted caramel are all top notch.
  • Head to Deep Cove to do the popular hike from the town to Quarry Rock, and then grab a post-exercise donut from Honey’s. Get the classic honey flavour, as they’re always the freshest. (Note: we’d only suggest this during weekday 9-5 hours, as it can feel like Disneyland at any other time).
  • For higher-end restaurants that don’t take any wrong turns, try Ask for Luigi, Bao Bei, and Farmers Apprentice. Ask for Luigi does excellent pasta in the cosiest railtown nook. Bao Bei is modern Chinese fusion food and their dumplings are incredible. Farmers’ Apprentice’s is a celebration of Pacific Northwest food.
  • Granville Island is an iconic tourist spot. There is a great bagel stand there, and Oyama Sausage Co. is a must-visit.
  • Beaucoup Bakery or Pure Bread are our favourite bakeries in the city. Beaucoup has the flakiest croissants we’ve ever had, and they nail all their flavour pairings. Purebread has the most magnificently abundant pastry case we’ve ever laid eyes on—it’s especially grand in the morning. Try the outrageous brownie, the sour cherry buckwheat scone, or any of their amazing breads.
  • Tacofino is another Pacific Northwest institution and has the best fish tacos.
  • And don’t forget to check out a farmers market – there are multiple throughout the city during the summer.

Boards are for surfing (and snacking on). #FEASTTofino

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“It would be impossible to come up with one definitive Canadian dish,” say Lindsay and Dana. “And that was never our intention. It ignores one of our country’s best traits: its diversity. The way we eat varies so much from region to region, landscape to landscape.”

So don’t stop there. Once you’ve sampled the best of Vancouver eats, there’s still a whole country to explore. As Lindsay and Dana’s Edible Roadtrip revealed, there is not one single national dish.

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Lisa Richardson

A Bris Vegas girl who got hooked on snow, Lisa Richardson is now based in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, where she writes, blogs, mountain bikes, skis, climbs, and requests deliveries of Vegemite and Violet Crumbles from anyone who visits. She's always up for an adventure - the dirtier and more self-propelled, the better.