A Day in the City

Today I spent the day with one of my daughters back in my old haunts of Kitsilano. It was a funny feeling to visit some of the places in the daylight as they were places I most often visited very late at night in the old days.

I started at Benny’s Bagels for a coffee and, of course, a bagel. Same vibe as when I visited there in the late 1980s or early 90s. And the food was great.

 Next stop was the Naam Restaurant over on 4th Ave a bit east of MacDonald. Once again, this is a place I would typically have visited after midnight. In the old days I may or may not have had a couple of cocktails in me before visiting The Naam. Today? I had just had a cup of coffee at Benny’s!
Today at The Naam my daughter had their grilled cheese sandwich. The bread was wonderful. Thick and hearty slices the way my mom and dad used to make it back home on the farm.

 We also had a bowl of their soup of the day – a coconut and sweet potato with lime soup. A little thin on flavour but still enjoyable.

Oddly enough, the service at the Naam today was top notch. Attentive and friendly. Is that because of the time of day I was visiting? Hmmm.
 Over to Granville Island where we stopped for a visit to Bon Macaron Patisserie. I chose a bacon flavoured macaron while my daughter had the Oreo. My bacon flavoured macaron was great. The Oreo one? I have no idea. While at Granville Island I stopped to chat with a couple of guys at an olive oil pop-up. Daughter and I sampled a few unique olive oils before settling on a small bottle of butter-flavoured olive oil.

My daughters favourite flavour was the Blood Orange infused olive oil. Admittedly, it was excellent.

After the olive oil sampling we popped over to Terra Breads and bought a small loaf of sourdough bread with pumpkin seeds.

We sat outside and ate a couple slices of bread with a drizzle of butter flavoured olive oil on it.

All in all, it was a beautiful day to be alive.

Thumbs Up For Market Grill at Granville Island

Market Grill Burger
Market Grill Burger

As some of you may recall, I am always on the hunt for the perfect burger. This weekend my burger hunt took me to

Market Grill on Granville Island and I have to admit, I found another contender for the best burger in the city.

However, even though the salmon burger and fries was delicious and I look forward to my next visit to Granville Island so that I can once again enjoy a burger at the Market Grill, it was the service that I saw being delivered that made me smile and give them the Life in the Burbs two thumbs up.

Cal, the owner of Market Grill, was behind the grill doing his best to keep the wide variety of burgers and fries moving from the grill area to the front and into the customer’s hands.

Cal of Market Grill
Cal of Market Grill

While he was running the grill and the fries station, he was joking with the customers, advising them that their fries were very hot and trouble-shooting what was going on out front where the customers were lined up.

I wandered up to the front counter and there was a good crowd of customers milling around. I was looking around, somewhat puzzled, wondering if the people were in line to order or if they had already ordered and were waiting for their food.

Cal looked over the counter, saw my puzzled look and asked me how he could help. The next thing I knew my order was taken, prepped and ready for me and my hungry little one to dive into.

The burgers, especially their salmon burgers and their fries are excellent. But the real winner for the customer at Market Grill is Cal’s winning smile and “sure I can do that” attitude.

If you are on Granville Island and you need to eat, you can’t go wrong with Cal and the Market Grill.

 

 

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Boat Rentals on Granville Island

When the weather gets hot in Metro Vancouver many people head to the beach. Beaches are great and all, but they get too crowded with sun bathers and the freaks who insist on throwing a frisbee or football around. Add in the muscle men and females without enough clothing and I’m looking for an alternative place to chill out.

My solution is to go the boat rentals on Granville Island and get out ON the water. However, my weekend plan to go out and get on the water didn’t work out quite as well as I had hoped.

Apparently you have to have a license to operate a pleasure craft? Fortunately, you can get your online boat licence at BoaterExam.com

Unfortunately I did not know about Boater Exam until after I had gone through the hassle of loading the family into the car, driving to Granville Island, parking the car and then walking with our kids and half our household belongings across Granville Island.

Rental Boat
Boat Rentals on Granville Island

I suppose I should mention that I do not actually own a boat. Typically, I do the boat rentals on Granville Island when the spirit moves me to get the family out on the water.

It came as quite a surprise to me when the young lady behind the counter asked if I had a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. Me, “Uhh, no…”

Not a bad thing to require boaters to have a valid license I suppose seeing as my family’s safety would rely on how well I understand the rules of being on the water.

To make a long story a bit shorter, we did not go boating today. Instead we came home so that I could look into how to get a license. If you want to learn the safety rules and regulations and take the Transport Canada exam you too can visit the good people at Boater Exam. They will make sure you know your stuff before you get to the dock.

 

 

 

 

Hartman Leather Briefcases on Granville Island

After a few weeks of thinking about it and planning to do it, I actually did it; I visited Hartman Leather on Granville Island in the heart of Vancouver and checked out the collection of leather briefcases he offers.

I shot a few minutes of video inside the shop just to get a feel for the kind of shop and artisan work that Dave Hartman does rather than focusing on any one of his leather briefcases, bags or the belts he has in the shop. I will happily say that each and every bag or briefcase in his shop is extraordinarily magnificent. Like, WOW, this stuff is unbelievable and priced where even I could afford it.

The one briefcase that I did not spend enough time with was the tan briefcase that Dave Hartman has created. In the video I added a text box when I panned across the tan case; the text box says that the case reminds me of the Bexar Goods Porter Satchel (itself an incredible bag). Hartman’s tan briefcase is so simple and classy looking…I WANT one so badly!!

Anyway, here is a short tour around his shop and a look at some of the products he has created.

Granville Island on Wordless Wednesday

Granville Island, another visual tour… and before you wonder why I have included pictures that are blurry or sometimes askew (Google that word, just for fun…you’re welcome) keep in mind that nearly every picture is taken while trying to keep one or two of our twin toddlers from pulling over a display or running off into the distance. Enjoy…

Berry Time
Berry Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peppers
Peppers
My Princess and the Benton Cheese
My Princess and the Benton Cheese

My Princess at Benton Borther’s Cheese…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiddlehead Ferns
Fiddlehead Ferns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spot Prawns
Spot Prawns
Salmon etc
Salmon etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweets
Sweets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Granville Island on Wordless Wednesday

Granville Island…

Toques
Carhartt Toque

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dora Toque
Dora Toque

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olives
Olives
Sausages
Sausages

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Aquarium
The Aquarium

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benton Brothers Cheese
Benton Brothers Cheese

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going Home
Going Home

 

Benton Brothers Fine Cheese Opens on Granville Island

Oops…found my blog post about Benton Brothers Fine Cheese in the development file. It is unfinished but I will get on it to share some of the tastes that we experienced at Benton Brothers Granville Island location.

Benton Brothers Fine Cheese
Benton Brothers Fine Cheese

Just for the record, it was Benton Brothers Fine Cheese that saved me from quitting my blogging. Details to follow.

Uncomfortable New Social Phenomena

There is what I believe to be a relatively new to the Westcoast and very unpleasant social phenomena going on that I am not at all comfortable with; people who walk towards you and do not move aside or make any effort to go around you who therefore walk right into you.

My Sweetheart and I were at Granville Island today with the girls in our back-pack

Granville Island Sockeye
Granville Island Sockeye

carriers (never take a stroller to Granville Island!) and it happened time and again, people would walk right into me!

 

There is no reason for them not to see me, I am closer to 300 pounds than 200, and I am over six feet tall with a shiny shaved head. You can’t help but notice me especially when I have a 30 pound toddler screaming on my back.

At first I was making every effort to dive out of the way. Side-stepping around all sorts of people, old and young, male and female, every ethnic group was walking into me. Then I thought, what the hell is going on around here? Why am I doing all the diving out of the way of all these ignorant prats? Screw you.

However, rather than just walking into and over someone I came up with a more creative solution. Now when I see someone walking towards me and it becomes obvious they are not going to make any move to accommodate the fact that there are now two people who require passage on the walkway, I make an abrupt stop and a hard turn to the right. And then stand there looking off to the side as if I am deep in thought.

Bam! They are so thrown off their game that they are forced to sidestep around the mountain of a man and child that is suddenly standing there in their way. Works every time.