Category Archives: Canada

Canadian Bacon Watch Day 19

Sadly, my trip to Vancouver ends today. Even a long weekend seems short in this City of Glass high-rises. Yesterday, apart from having a few mishaps on my bike, I traveled around the sea wall in style. We started at Granville Island and walked through their market. That’s where I found the above: Bacon Tomato Salt! How delicious does that sound?!

I would sprinkle this on everything and anything. As you can see to the right, there’s regular old Bacon Salt too.

Dude! This, right here, is why I can no longer make fun of Canadians.

The city and the food has earned my respect and the fact that they have serious political uprisings has made them cool, even, in my eyes.

What I didn’t get to try last night and what I’m hoping to be able to do today is take a sip of some maple beer. That’ll just cap off a great weekend.

PHOTO: Flavored salt sold at Granville Island’s market in Vancouver.


Pixel this out

I can’t believe I forgot my camera for my first trip to Canada! Tomorrow I’m going to go to the tried-and-true disposable. Today, however, as I walked around downtown, my phone sufficed.

This pixelated Orca by Douglas Coupland is at the Convention Center on the Waterfront. I’m glad it came out because it was the only time my hands were out of my warm pockets long enough to take a photo. Not too shabby, Droid.



Canadian Bacon Watch Day 17

As we like to tell the kids in schools, ‘No excuses.’ I know I’ve been remiss in my duties to update this blog, but life happened. I had other things to do. Some would say that my professional life should take precedence. In this case, I agreed. I put my bacon watch on the back burner (ha… just got that) and now I’m ready to resume it.

And, this is a two-fer. In the spirit of doing more with less or just the good ol’ Canadian sustainability and resourcefulness, this post is both Bacon Watch and a chance to update the masses that I’m IN CANADA! eh?!

Honestly, my first impressions were exceptional. After an annoyingly complicated journey (kicked off by my furious fast-paced packing an hour before I had to leave), I finally arrived in Vancouver. Check out that photo above. I was welcomed by a freaking museum installation, complete with nature calls. Passed by a waterfall with another marvelous touch of Native American art. Breezed through customs. Got my first Canadian passport stamp. And, the kicker, saw Quannicus 🙂

I chose to stay at the most “art-full hotel in Vancouver,” also known as The Listel. So far, so good. But I’ll give my full recommendation at the end of the weekend.

For now, it’s time to get some Canadian bacon! yeah right! Though, it is on every menu I’ve seen since I arrived.

By the way, it’s freezing here. I may be judged for overpacking, but I honestly don’t think I brought enough to deal with this bone-chilling weather. If you’re going to rain, just rain. Otherwise, warm up! It’s spring here too, right?

PHOTO: Soaring art eagle in Vancouver International Airport.