Seriously. I feel as though I’ve returned to a shoddy facsimile of the Vancouver I knew and loved. Okay, I suppose I can forgive the bad weather (despite being told how wonderfully warm it was while we were suffering the deep chill in Toronto), the road closures and construction (VERY reminiscent of Toronto), the expanded bike lanes (often as large as the actual car lanes), even the increasingly complicated green initiatives (green, blue, AND grey bins plus yellow bag – we’re one step away from purple boxes for human remains), but I have to draw the line at the restaurants. When my old favorites start letting me down, that’s when I seriously have to reconsider my longterm plans. In the two weeks in which I’ve been back, my return trips to fondly remembered eateries have yielded results ranging from unmemorable to just plain bad.
Yesterday, Akemi and I discussed the bewildering downgrade in quality and wondered whether it was a matter of the Toronto food scene being better. We broke it down…
High End Dining = Toronto has the clear edge here. Vancouverites, for some reason, do not support high end.
Sushi = Vancouver sushi is far better in general, but Toronto boasts the best sushi restaurant by far in Yasu.
Pizza = Hands down Toronto. Between Buca and Piano Piano, they’ve got it covered.
Italian = Again, Toronto.
Chinese = Call this one a tie.
Korean = Vancouver gets the nod here. No Korean restaurant we visited in Toronto came close to Vancouver’s Sura.
Vietnamese = Tie.
Jewish deli = Toronto’s Schmaltz in a big, BIG way.
Tacos = I can’t believe I’d ever say this, but Toronto beats out Vancouver in this category.
Chocolate = It’s close, but Soma’s cocoa nib chocolate bar and award-winning orange blossom chocolates give it the edge.
Indian = Vancouver has Vij’s so Toronto is at a big disadvantage.
What’s a foodie to do? Besides spend half the year in each city?
Today’s Dark Matter season 2 sneak peek screen shot. Discuss.
Yep, it’s true. This Saturday at noon pacific time (3 pm eastern time, 6 pm in the UK, 2 am in Yangon!), I’ll be doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) over on Reddit. Topics will range from Stargate to Dark Matter, Student Bodies to Caillou. If you’re free, and have a questions – or are just interested in checking out the answers – meet me here: https://www.reddit.com/r/television/
A little something for the Stargate fans…