My buddy was in Vancouver today. For approximately five hours. He was actually on a layover, flying fin rom South Korea at 11:30 a.m., then flying out to Montreal at 4:30 p.m. Factor in the wait time at customs, travel to and from the airport, extended hilarious greetings/farewells, and that left us with closer to 150 minutes.
After picking him up, I have him a choice of lunch selections: brunch, dim sum, sushi, or food trucks. Surprisingly, he elected to go with the latter. At first, I figured we’d swing by the winter farmers market that usually boasts a half-dozen food trucks, but a quick check of my food truck app (Yes, I have a food truck app) revealed a food truck fest taking place downtown. Perfect timing! We could go down, grab a bite, then have a plenty of time for a hot chocolate!
The food truck fest featured over a dozen food trucks – and an enormous crowd of hungry diners…
From the Roaming Dragon truck: Pork belly with pickles in a steamed bun with rice balls, and their version of the ubiquitous Vietnamese sandwich, the banh mi. All great, but that bank mi was outstanding. I can’t say enough about the importance of fresh bread!
Akemi had the chickpea and puffed rice salad from Vij’s Railway Express. It was a little disappointing only because we tried it once before and loved it. This time, it was overpowered by the heavy dressing.
My buddy had a chicken naan that he had to wait twenty minutes for because the naan truck ran out of naan bread. No, really.
Once we were done, we hopped into my car and headed over to Bella Gelateria where we treated my buddy to ice cream (I highly recommend the rum and raisin!) and, of course, some hot chocolate (full report to follow).
After that, there was just enough time to drive back to my place so that my buddy could check out the house and pretend not to be frightened by Lulu –
Before jumping back into the car and heading back to the airport.
All in all, a visit both pleasant and highly efficient. Next time my buddy comes to town, I’m going to try break our record and wrap things up inside of two hoursQ
Three more episodes to go before we reach the end of Stargate: Universe. Akemi is cautiously optimistic about checking out Atlantis once we’re done, based on all of your recommendations. Will she like it? Or will it be another Girls?