Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Vancouver + Whistler 2019 {Part 2}

We started Friday by running around Stanley Park. 

It’s a few miles longer than I thought- sorry L! 

But the views are totally worth it!


It was just so peaceful and beautiful. 

We saw sea planes. 
And the “girl in a wetsuit”

We also saw a seal swimming in the water. 

I love this place. 

I love how the path is separated for cyclists/rollerbladers and runners. 


After our 7 mile run, we went to 6 Degrees for breakfast. I loved the mug that came with my coffee. 

I had Benedict. 

Our route. 
Post breakfast we checked out of our hotel, got some Japadogs for the road and rented a car to head to whistler. 

The drive is so incredibly beautiful. 

Mountains! Snow capped mountains! 

We stopped at a scenic vista to take pictures and eat our Japadogs. 

Japadogs. Majestic AF. 

I was so happy to see mountains with snow. 


We got to Whistler and walked around the village. 

We had some beer and watched the mountain bikers. 

I just wish we had more time to spend here. 

We went to dinner at Araxi with friends. 

Amazing fresh oysters. 

Truffle parm fries. 

And Sablefish in miso broth. 

Lemon curd tart. Perfect end to our only night in Whistler. 

The best morning we got breakfast in the village 

I had a bagel sandwich and we got muffins to go. 

Then we competed in the Redbull 400 World Championships.  Race recap: 

Post 400 we drove back to Vancouver. We went to Alibi room for dinner and beer. 

I had an amazing stirfry of rice noodles, broccoli and tofu. 

We met the MRC Vancouver captains. 

Alibi room has great food and expansive craft beer selection. We enjoyed it 4 years ago also. 

Then it was time for bed. 

We woke up and ran part of the sea wall again. 

It was drizzling lightly and felt great. 

I love this place so much. 

I loved the signs warning cyclists to slow down. 

And just like that our run and time in Vancouver was over. 

We got breakfast at Tim Hortons before heading to the airport. 

The airport is cool. 

Obligatory plane selfie. 

As we got close to Chicago the pilot said we would have to circle a bit due to storms. After 20-30 min he said we will be landing in 8-9 minutes.... in Madison, WI. We were running out of fuel. 

So we landed in Madison with 3-4 other large planes and waited an hour and a half until the ground stop was lifted from ORD. The wheels up/wheels down flight time was only 24 min to ORD!

ORD was a complete shitshow when we landed. 5 planes to a baggage claim and lines a mile long for people who missed their connections. Apparently the storm cell messed a lot of people up. We were just happy to be home. (Direct flights are always worth a few extra $$).

This trip was entirely too short. There’s so much more I wanted to see in Whistler and Vancouver. We will have to return again soon. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Vancouver + Whistler 2019 {Part 1}

We landed in YVR around 1pm. After a 4.5 hour flight, we were hungry. 

So we hit the logistical, most delicious choice. Japadog airport cart. You haven’t been to Vancouver if you haven’t been to Japadog. #fact

I had a #6 Terrimayo with jalapeño cheese sausage. 

We took an otter covered subway to downtown and walked to our hotel.

Then we checked into our hotel and promptly took a walk to collect our bibs for the Redbull 400. 

Vancouver is beautiful. I have a very soft spot for mountains and ocean. 

Head over heels.  Send the dogs I’m never leaving. 

We celebrated my birthday dinner at Miku. 

One of the best sushi places in Vancouver. Oysters were briny sweet and delicious. 

Roasted Brussels sprouts. 

Tuna carpaccio with jalapeño and grapes. 

And the main attraction: an assortment of nigiri in Alburi method- light charring. It was out of this world amazing.  It has ruined sushi for me for a while. 

So beautiful and tasty!

Dessert was their green tea matcha opera cake. 
Post dins, we went to The Magnet for some beer. 

It was such a cool spot. The craft beer scene in Vancouver has really exploded for the better over the past 4-5 years. 

We walked some more and saw some cool artwork. 

Then we ended up at Darby’s Pub for more craft beer. It’s been so exciting to see how the craft beer scene has exploded over the past 4 years since we last visited. 

The perfect end to our first night in Canada.