Vancouver Recap Part 2: UBC and Kitsilano

Have you ever visited a place and thought to yourself, “Ah, this feels like home?” I’m sure you have. Every time I go to Kitsilano, one of Vancouver’s most vibrant and sought-after neighbourhoods, that is my sentiment exactly. I explored the UBC campus and Kitsilano with my good friend Esma during the last two days of my Vancouver trip and I truly had a hard time leaving. There is something about the ocean air and the mountain views that is pure magic: so unique for a major Canadian city and certainly something that this girl has always been drawn to.

We stayed at UBC, as some dorms are opened up to the general public for short-term stays during the summer. The campus is one of the largest and most beautiful I have seen! Mountain views abound, as do beautiful gardens (both the UBC rose garden and the UBC Botanical Gardens are worth a visit).

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Esma and I settled into our room and then went to the Museum of Anthropology. I have a very short attention span when it comes to museums and galleries so I felt badly for going through the exhibits so quickly. I just can’t be bothered to stop and read everything. Plus, I was getting hungry hangry and the only thing on my mind was Virtuous Pie. Yes, there is a VEGAN pizza and ice cream restaurant on the UBC campus. Swoon.

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I ordered the Stranger Wings pizza + a kale Caesar salad + an IPA from a local brewery (don’t remember which one). And then I went back for ice cream because who can resist vegan salted caramel chocolate ice cream in a house made waffle cone? If you can, we can’t be friends. Everything was to die for (spoiler alert: I would return not once, but twice over the next day and a half).

It rained all day on Friday, which I was really happy about. I love the rain! I took a long walk from UBC to Kitsilano, exploring some of the side streets off of West 4th along the way. I love the arts and crafts style of architecture that was in vogue early in the 20th century.

By the time I returned to the campus, I was ready for more pizza. LOL. Basically, my travel routine is eat + walk to work up an appetite + eat some more + repeat. I went back to Virtuous Pie and got the Grandma Pie: Cheddar Cream, Cashew Mozzarella, Queso Fresco, San Marzano Drizzle, Red Onion, Parmesan, Rosemary, Thyme. I added chorizo ‘meatballs’ and it turned out to be one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. I think I shed a tear after eating the last bite.

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Thankfully, they had just unveiled their soft serve flavour of the month: Hazelnut Chocolate with Erin Ireland’s famous banana bread, roasted hazelnuts, and salted caramel. Again, how could I say no?

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Go big or go home, I say.

Esma left on Friday evening so I called it an early night and woke up early on Saturday morning to make the most of my final day in the city. I sat outside on the patio at JJ Bean and enjoyed a lovely Americano. Then I wandered over to the UBC Farm and checked out the farmers’ market. It is held every Saturday morning throughout the summer! I was so impressed by the array of local products and organic produce grown right at the farm. Talk about an inspiring example of sustainable agriculture in action! IMG_8742

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Virtuous Pie is conveniently located just around the corner from the farm, so I naturally ventured over there for the breakfast sandwich of my dreams afterwards. Unfortunately, I was too excited to take a photo. You”ll get the idea from the description, however: House-made Brioche Bun, 33 Acres Brewing Chorizo Patty, Tofu Scramble, Cheddar Cheese, Cashew Hollandaise, Chipotle Aioli, Oven Dried Tomatoes. Served with a side of Cajun Tater Tots. Um. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off of my keyboard.

I walked some more, taking a slightly different route away from campus and was struck by this view on Blanca Street:

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Nothing but good vibes coming out of that picture. ❤

The final foodie adventure of my trip was at Turf on West Fourth. I got a delicious green smoothie, a power bowl with marinated portobello mushrooms, brown rice, asparagus, hummus, and spicy almonds, and airplane snacks: a slice of Erin Ireland’s chocolate chip banana bread, a chocolate avocado pudding cup, and a black bean burger wrap. Suffice it to say that I was absolutely stuffed by the end of it, but it was so worth it. It’s not every day that I get to feast at Vancouver’s amazing plant-based dining establishments, so I took full advantage. And I ended up with a lot of recipe ideas for this blog, so I’m calling it a win.

Well, that’s a wrap for my Vancouver trip! It was hard to leave such a beautiful, bustling, and progressive city, but I’ll be back soon. 😉

With love and an open heart,

Allie xx

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