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Anthony Bourdain’s Vancouver visit


Former chef Anthony Bourdain is famous around foodie circles both for his books, the most notable being Kitchen Confidential, and the niche he’s carved for himself as a travel food journalist with his show No Reservations which is shown on the Travel Channel down in the States. The most talked about shtick on the show is when Bourdain will eat something stomach turning, presenting audiences with a reality television version of the monkey brains scene from Temple of Doom.

Vancouver seems an odd destination for the show, since it’s neither one of the major food capitals of the world nor a place where one is likely to find something quite so unusual as a cobra heart like he ate in Vietnam. Still our city was one of the destinations for the show on this season, and while you won’t find it on Canadian television thanks to YouTube we can watch the episode online (for now).

I’ve said before that having outsiders come to Vancouver is a great way to get a new perspective on the city, and see just how much other people appreciate what we have there. Granted some of the eating that he does in the episode is way beyond a lot of people’s pocket books (mine included) but it’s still a great indication of what we have in our city.

The first three parts of the episode after the jump.


10 am March 28 2008 Richmond BC

I looked out at the back garden this morning and saw this. It is not supposed to be like this. Not at sea level anyway. What is the point of putting up with the highest real estate prices in Canada if we cannot crow about the weather to those unfortunate enough to live in Toronto

Friggin’ Cold in the Haida Gwaii

Sandspit Weather

Ok, snowed-in Metro Vancouver commuters: you can’t complain about the weather here.

Checking the Coquihalla web cams


I’m planning a drive to Kelowna tomorrow and so have been checking the B.C. Highway Cams [bhc] to try to determine whether or not I should be risking my life on the Coquihalla. Overall it looks grey, but unless snow is actually falling they’re quite good at keeping the highway clear.

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a real issue with the Coquihalla, though I remember trips as a kid when the family mini-van would get stopped at the toll bridge for hours because they had closed the highway down. Last year I did have one scary drive where I pretty much had to accept the zen notion that I could not know what was going on more than a foot and a half beyond my windshield due to fallling snow.

I said zen, what I meant to say was scary.

The city is shutdown, please call again


Originally uploaded by duanestorey.

It’s snowing out here in Burnaby, and this morning there was even snow downtown Vancouver. You know what that means? That means that the entire ballgame gets called on account of rain and everyone in Vancouver starts freaking out. The ballgame being Vancouver.

If we could close the city anytime white stuff hit the sidewalk we’d do it. Nobody in this town seems to know how to drive in the snow, despite the fact that a good number of us are Alberta transplants. Anyone east of the Rockies has to deal with driving in over three feet of snow, here an adventure.

If I were mayor I’d mandate everyone in the lower mainland take a Young Driver’s course on driving in snow, but since that’s unlikely to happen then I’m probably just going to keep my car parked and ride the Skytrain until the rain returns.

Two-Faced Vancouver

Quacker Trio

As I sit here baking, I am reminded of a post by Travis of Unvarnished:

Seriously, Vancouver. Come ON. You’re a smart city. You’re good looking. You’ve got so much going for you, but you’re throwing it all away with this absolutely disgusting weather.
I can understand, you’re Vancouver, you’ve got this “rainy” rep to protect, but OK, we get it, fine, you’re so BADASS and DAMP.

Ha! Go and read the whole post while you sip lemonade and mist-spray yourself with bottled tap water, Vancouverites.

It’s supposed to get back to normal on Sunday.

It’s so hot

heat wave

Originally uploaded by inklake.

I can not believe the heat in this city. I moved to Vancouver to avoid having to use my air conditioning, to avoid having to walk around town on the verge of passing out from heat exhaustion. This weather is ridiculous and whoever is in charge needs to cut it out right now. I’d rather a summer of rain than what we’re getting.

What are we getting? Well according to the CBC we’re getting record highs and a blown power transformer downtown [cbc]. That might be cool with you, but I’m not able to chill out and take this. I’ve got fair skin, and I burn to a crisp after a few moments in the sun. It’s horrible, and I don’t know what to do about it.

At least this will shut people up who joke that Global Warming might be a good thing for Canada, since it’s apparently so cold here. Al Gore was right, why don’t we just all admit that now?

Sent via the Al Gore Infowebnet, trademarked Al Gore 1991.

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas

OMG it's bright out!

Weather blogging = boring.

Still anyone else freaked out by the sudden apperance of a giant firey orb in the sky this morning? I know I’ve managed to develop a headache because I’ve had to squint all day, what with working in a giant glass bubble. It’s still a bit cold, except in my glass bubble office, but OMFG does looking up from the cracks in the pavement end in blindness. I’m sure we’d all be well pleased if Vancouver was defended by Superman, whose powers are derived from the rays of our yellow sun, but since we’re currently without any solar powered superheroes I think we’d all prefer being able to see.

Avalanche Awareness

In Vancouver you have the ocean to the West and the mountains to the North & East, like a big hug, offering closure and a sense of comfort from all sides. Okay well in my mind, that’s how I think about it anyway. The mountains are also a source of outdoor fun, whether you’re doing the Grouse Grind in the summer or tubing, skiing and boarding in the winter. With the weather we’ve been having though, they’ve become pretty dangerous and some warnings have been issued, including a special day dedicated to Avalanche awareness up on Grouse yesterday as a part of “Avalanche Awareness Days” Jan. 12-14, 2007.

Over the past decade in Canada, an average of 15 people have been killed and 75 injured by avalanches each year. There were seven avalanche related deaths in British Columbia in 2005.

“It’s a very simple message that I want all outdoor enthusiasts to understand,” added Les [John Les, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General]. “British Columbia is a fantastic place to play and be healthy, but everyone should be properly prepared before they go outdoors.

Avalanche Awareness Days will take place this weekend at ski hills throughout B.C. including the North Shore, where AdventureSmart teams will participate in avalanche safety demonstrations, and winter outdoor safety clinics at Grouse Mountain.

An AdventureSmart team will also take part in the Avalanche Awareness Days activities at Sun Peaks Ski Resort in Kamloops. The teams are part of the AdventureSmart program, which is managed by the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) in partnership with the B.C. Search and Rescue Association and the National Search and Rescue Secretariat. AdventureSmart provides a broad range of programs that encourage the safe participation in outdoor activities. [GovBC]

For more information on Avalanche Awareness Days and other outdoor safety information, check the following websites:,, and

Stormy Vancouver

I haven’t been outside of the office all day. I brought my own lunch today, sat in the kitchen and did a crossword. It’s not that I feared going outside. I can actually get half way across town through various passages and Pacific Centre Mall. I got back to my desk and opened up a browser winder. I have the webcam on my customized Google homepage and this is what I saw.


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