7.23.2017

588. Rockies Roadtrip | Day 3 - Granville Island & Aboriginal Restaurant

Granville Island fish market
Today we went to Granville Island for most of the day. It's a pretty popular attraction with a lot of boutiques and a large food market. I bought a few random things and souvenirs to bring home to friends. After that we went to an authentic Aboriginal restaurant (one of the best in Vancouver and all of Canada apparently) called Salmon N' Bannock. My sister actually came to Vancouver a few weeks before I did and really loved this restaurant, so I wanted to try as well. It was really good and I definitely recommend it if you like meat. I don't particularly like meat and I'm usually afraid to try new kinds but today I tried venison and it was really good. I've been in Vancouver for only a couple days and I think I already gained a few extra pounds lol. I've eaten way too much since I got here and besides walking, I haven't done any other exercise yet. At this rate I definitely have to go a diet when I get back home! It's true that Vancouver food is a lot better than Toronto..plus I find it to be quite a lot cheaper here (especially since their tax rate is much lower too). Tomorrow morning we are going for dim sum with my other aunt and uncle. I am full just thinking about it hahah (but excited, since I love dim sum). They also just moved so I think we will see their new house as well.

Granville Island
Granville Island
Granville Island
Granville Island market
Granville Island
The seagulls here in Vancouver are quite large/fat and very vicious. They're not afraid of people at all and would come up and steal food lol. Then they would fight over the food with each other. In this photo there were a few of them standing here staring at a family eating hot dogs..ready to swoop in and take what they can. There were even warning signs posted up at Granville Island about them stealing food right out of your hand. My aunt and I had fun observing them.

street art
Venison
Here is the venison sausage appetizer we ordered..served with sage-blueberry preserve. It was delicious. I expected it to taste more game-y but it was pretty mild..kind of tasted like bratwurst sausages actually.

Salmon and Bannock
All the mains came with a side of bannock which was also really good. I had the Birch Glazed Wild Sockeye Salmon. It was delicious as well..I loved the sauce they used. If you come to Vancouver I would definitely recommend this restaurant and be sure to book in advance because it's very popular. We were pretty lucky to get a table on the day (I had emailed to reserve a few hours in advance). They got back to me really quickly to confirm my reservation though. & the service here was excellent!

Cheesecake Etc
We wanted dessert but my stomach was already bursting by the end of dinner since I was so full..so we decided to walk it off a bit first then go to have cheesecake at Cheesecake Etc. instead of the restaurant. My aunt had also taken my sister here when she visited, and they really loved it. I don't really like cheesecake but decided to go try it because of the reviews, and I loved the atmosphere here. It's a jazz bar and very cozy and romantic as well. Perfect date spot. I had the strawberry one and my aunt had blueberry. I couldn't even finish it because I had then slipped into a food coma hahah. But then after that we took a loooong walk which helped a bit.

Cheesecake Etc Vancouver
A bit of history on this little cheesecake cafe...(dating back to Paris!)

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