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Very Delicious Vancouver

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It’s been a few years since I visited Vancouver and it really is a gorgeous place. And delicious. I ate, drank, cycled, swam (in the hotel pool) and ate some more.
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Cafe Medina, with a Mediterranean feel, was my favorite breakfast place. Owner Robbie Kane is originally from Toronto and loves to walk around and chat with customers. I learned that after he opened the restaurant he was sitting at the bar and a woman came in and sat at a table for four. Since it was busy, her server asked her to sit at the bar instead. She did. Robbie asked her her name. “Medina,” she told him. He couldn’t believe it. What did he do? Marry her, of course!Robbie’s brother Brian is an Emmy Award-winning set designer who stops in frequently. “I took three months off and did the decor,” he told me. Favorite dishes are the fricassee (a bestseller), lavender latte, and waffles with caramel, passion fruit, chocolate, and honey dipping sauces. MedinaEating2 copyMedinaLatte copyMedinaFricasse copyMedinaWaffles copy
A cool dinner spot was Nightingale, which opened last May in the Coal Harbour area. It’s casual but classy and specializes in small plates. Apparently it’s very popular with the business crowd at lunch. I loved the roasted brussel sprouts, the salads and the desserts were divine, especially the flourless chocolate cake.NightengaleApp2 copyNightengaleApp3 copyNightengaleDessert1 copyNightingaleResto
The best seafood I had was at Yew Seafood + Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel. The soaring ceiling, magnificent wall hangings and toasty wood paneling gave the room an airy yet warm feel. Fabulous mixologist Lauren Mote shared a few cocktail secrets first, then it was seafood heaven.Here are a few of my favourite dishes: halibut, oysters, scallops….YEWHalibut copyYEWScallopsOysters copyYEWScallops copyYEWShrimp copy
Cacao Vancouver is a tiny resto in Kitsilano with a huge reputation. It was nominated as one of Air Canada enRoute’s 2017 Best New Restaurants, and rightly so. Chef Jefferson Alvarez is a creative genius and is happy to share all the tricks of his trade at the open kitchen. Depending on the season, he features all sorts of regional ingredients and a very forward cocktail menu. CacaoHalibut copyCacaoMeat copyCacaoKitchen copyCacaoSmores copyCacaoChefMo copy

Get Best Flight Prices this Summer

Thinking about your summer travel plans? I just discovered the cheapflights.ca website that has all sorts of info about when to buy airline tickets. Generally, they advise 4-5 months in advance for the best fares. Most expensive time just about everywhere? The Christmas/New Year’s season. But there was some other useful information as well. I’m looking to depart from Toronto for some summer adventures, but they cover tons of other cities as well. Here’s what I found out:

From Toronto to Vancouver:
For summer travel, airfares are at their highest from mid-July through mid-August. Aim to buy: Mid-to-late February. (Good news for procrastinators: flights for the third week in July look to break with this pattern. You may find betters deals for the week by shopping in mid-April.)
Last-minute deals: There is a lull before the summer season kicks off, so look for a bargain when the calendar flips to spring.
When to fly: The second week of June
When to buy: The third week of March
Added tip: Get booking now for spring skiing. Early January is the prime deal time for flights in the first week of April.
To New York:
You don’t have to plan too far in advance to stretch your summer with a late-season trip to New York.
When to fly: The second and third week of September
When to buy: The first half of June
To Paris:
Autumn is a bargain window for a visit to Paris.
When to fly: The last week of September
When to buy: Between late May and early June
As for summer travel, the last week of July and the first week of August are pricey times to visit Paris and require advance planning. Aim to buy: February. The last week of June and the first week of July are better for late shoppers. Aim to buy: Mid-June.
Check Cheap Flights for best flight price info also available to Varadero, Cuba, Las Vegas, Beijing, Bangkok and morw.