Pacific Northwest: Vancouver, BC

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Here's what I knew about Vancouver before our trip:
1) It's in Canada, but not far Canada like Montreal, so they speak English there.
2) The 2010 Winter Olympics were held there.
3) On the show Property Virgins, people always want to live near downtown Vancouver.
4) The food scene is supposed to be pretty good.
5) People always threaten to move there when/if things get bad here.

Here's what I know after visiting:
1) There are a lot of Asian people in Vancouver, especially Chinese.
2) It's a pretty new city, only 125 years old, and they have a lot of glass in their buildings. This makes the city very photogenic at night.
3) There are a ton of restaurants everywhere. In all of my travels, I have never seen such a huge diversity of restaurant types. On every block there was Indian, Green and Chinese food. No one must be cooking at home.
4) Stanley Park is pretty big and incredible.
5) Vancouver has some nice nature and a lot of bridges.

Although it was a fun and delicious place to visit, I don't think Vancouver is my "back up" place to live. They ask way too many questions at the border!
The city sparkles at night.
 Stanley Park.
The best clam chowder. Eaten in the pouring rain.
 One of the many bridges.
 The free, short, and not famous suspension bridge. Also, the workers at the gift shop did not like us buying gifts. 
 The tastiest and prettiest oysters of the trip. All local to BC.
 Char with leeks, and Israeli couscous. Incredible.
Some famous steam clock in Gastown. It makes a noise every 15 minutes. 
We didn't see any police during the trip, but I bet they were doing a great job behind the scenes. That city was safe!


Pacific Northwest: Seattle

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We stopped in Seattle for one night on our way to Vancouver. This gave us just enough time to see Pike's Market and enjoy a couple of delicious meals. The skies were sunny and clear, but as we were heading out of town, it began to sprinkle.
 If I lived in Seattle, I'd be spending all my monies at this market. 
 Ahi poke snack.
 Someone buy me giant spaghetti. And a giant spaghetti pot!
 Classy lodgings. 
The Walrus and the Carpenter had delicious local oysters and the best brussels sprouts. We also tried almost everything else on the menu.
Late night sazeracs.
A quick stop at Salumi to pick up sandwiches for the road. 


Pacific Northwest: Portland

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We visited Portland for the first time four years ago. Right after Obama took office. So, when Obama won again, we decided it was time to go back, and head further north. Our eight day trip started and ended in Portland, OR. A rainy, leafy city, where we stayed with friends in their charming farmhouse. We didn't do much besides eat, drink, walk around, and eat, drink some more.
Although everyone enjoys poking fun of Portland, there's something lovely about the city that resonates with me. I love the rain, the cute neighborhoods and everyone complaining about a 15 minute commute into town. I wouldn't mind living there when I'm all grown up. 
 Tuna melt at Lardos. 
 A rainy tour of the Japanese Gardens.
 Lost in Powell's. 
 A delicious meal for our first night in town.
 This was somebody's first time wine tasting. 
 This goat was such a poser. It ran up to me, squatted and took a very long, loud piss. 
 Tipsy times.
 Late night stroll through Kenton. 
 Oyster hash at Bijou Cafe. If only I could start every morning with fried oysters, I'd be so happy at work. 
 Amnesia Brewing.
Mr. Stalin and the goon squad. 
 Cascade Brewing.
Pok Pok, round two. The most amazing Thai food, outside of Thailand. We liked it so much, we went twice! 
 Goodbye brunch at Clyde Common, featuring braised pork perogies in pumpkin sauce. 
Up next: Seattle. Where it disappointingly didn't rain.