We drove off the ferry and headed in to Richmond, BC, for our first stop: beef noodle soup. And so began our relaxing vacay filled with delicious eats and relaxing outings. Highlights below:
I’m not sure if I ordered the wrong soup, but the beef noodle soup at Chef Hung’s wasn’t nearly as awesome as I had remembered. Good, but not great.
After we checked in to our Airbnb house, we headed to Granville Island for my Art for Art shoot with Sherry. It’s filled with cute artisan shops and a public market too.
Our Friday night dinner at Hawksworth.
My absolute favorite: a dungeness crab with truffle custard, meyer lemon, edamame, and artichoke. It was like a delightful chawanmushi with a mix of textures on top. So good!
Our other dishes: a foie gras torchon, beet-crusted beef, and lamb shoulder. For dessert, a cute little set of petitfours: shortbread cookie and blackberry-mango gummies.
After our meal, we got a nice tour of the kitchen and the wine room from owner/chef himself, David Hawksworth.
Me and Jesse and David Hawksworth & Jesse too.
After dinner, a lovely sunset at Sunset beach.
On Saturday, we started off the day with lunch at Kingyo, a Japanese Izakaya restaurant, before I met up with my cousin Teh near his office in Vancouver.
Kingyo was delicious! My tuna-sashimi bowl below:
And Jesse’s delicious chicken meal. We would definitely come back here again.
In the afternoon, we rented bicycles and rode in a loop all around Stanley Park. It’s a beautiful park bordering the city and the water.
Jesse specifically requested this bike for me because I liked the color, and the poor bike shop people had to dig it out from 4th in the rack. But look how cute it is!
Out in the middle of Stanley Park, we found this little statue on the water. It’s a hilarious imitation of the Little Mermaid statue we saw in Copenhagen, but to get around copyright, they turned her into a scuba diver and named her the “Girl in a Wetsuit.”
For our Saturday night dinner in Vancouver: Guu Japanese Izakaya. We met up with my friend Henry who also went to Duke with us. He was wearing an awesome shirt.
And dessert: Bella Gelateria!
We had a lovely, relaxing time in Vancouver. And then it was back to the United States for Memorial Day (along with an hour-long wait to get back through the border crossing). Seattle is up next!
Anna Wu is a wedding and portrait photographer based in San Francisco but often jetsetting around the world. Follow her on facebook for more photography and travel adventures.