1) a peek into the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens (the side that you have to pay to see)
We’re into September in YVR and the weather remains fabulous. Cousin Richard was in town last week for a few days and we managed to meetup for dinner at the newly re-located Miku (Chef Kazuya Matsuoka), which now sits directly in front of Canada Place. The restaurant is Japanese and known for its aburi style sushi that comes lightly torched and with no need to garnish, dip or otherwise cover in wasabi. I thought the offerings were superb and we will certainly be making more visits to this fine establishment. On Friday I met up again with Cousin Richard and Lara for lunch at another of my favourite restaurants, West. I ordered the double stuffed mushroom ravioli which appeared like a fine work of art as it graced the table before me. Too boot, it was omg to-die-for.
2) me at Miku (photo credit: courtesy of Cousin Richard
3) the bulkhead design at Miku
5) Miku’s assorted sashimi set, complete with BC spot prawns whose heads are returned afterwards deep-fried for more tastiness
6) the prawn heads … they were so good
9) and Miku’s assorted sushi set
10) lunch at West … a work of art complete with mushroom ‘sand’ and truffle foam
Last week the rarefied rail experience that is the Royal Canadian Pacific sat parked down below us in the port shunting yard. The Royal is essentially the Canadian version of the Orient Express and is privately run and unabashedly – prohibitively I would suggest – expensive (the average tour of 5 nights/6 days will run you CAD$8,000 per person). Based in Calgary, obviously some wealthy guru rented the train for a hop over the Rockies to Vancouver. The engines are from 1954 and the cars from the 1920s are complete with silver service, walnut panelling, and period furnishing. I suppose I should add this to my bucket list eh!
11) the Royal Canadian Pacific engines taken from way up in our condo
We’ve also been very busy cooking, of course. Last week was a vegetarian week and we enjoyed making these delicious meals.
13) we made roasted vegetable Wellington
14) served with a jus and small tomato salsa
15) we made a vanilla souffle with vanilla custard
16) we made a spinach and broccoli roulade with sugocasa sauce
17) we made homemade basil paradella with a homemade ratatouille sauce
18) we did not make this! … we visited the Swiss Bakery for the ‘frissant’ … a cross between a croissant and a donut (this one is lemon mojito) and was just okay, sad to say
19) I took this shot on Sunday night when we had thunder and lightning in Vancouver … which is very, very rare indeed
20) training for a visit to Turkey … trying Efes pilsner … me no like
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