Thursday, December 13, 2007

Vancouver, A City Underwater.

Vancouver is not dry, it's a city underwater, and surprisingly it's not because of the rain.
I have been working in Vancouver for the better part of the week, staying at the Pan Pacific, cabbing it to work and walking back. It's not a long walk, about 1/2 hour, but to make it interesting I choose a new route to walk back everyday. Something was brought to my attention and now I can't help but notice it every time. Vancouver has a huge addiction, you'd think everyone lived underwater.
The other night I made arrangements with my parents to have some dinner. It's come to be a custom when I work in Vancouver to have a sushi dinner at least one of the nights I am here with my parents who only live about 15 minutes away from downtown. We chose a favorite place and settled in with some cherry blossom rolls, "delicious" rolls, and salmon sashimi. As we sipped our warm sake, my mom made the comment that as they were walking down Robson St, the only restaurants which were full were Sushi restaurants. Raising an eyebrow, I wanted to learn more. For the next few days I tested this theory out, and cannot believe the contrast in business between Sushi restaurants and Non Sushi restaurants. I felt bad for the Italian restaurant with three people in it, looking out the window at the people standing in the rain waiting for a seat at the Sushi Restaurant next door. It's that bad. I would say without a lie that 75% of all lunch / dinner business in Vancouver is in the form of raw fish. Why is this?
I think it might be because Sushi is one the rare food items that tastes great, and is actually good for you too. There's no deep fry, no grease, no trans fats, no MSG, no McCrap. It's like eating art, and you can walk away from a sushi dinner and feel good. (unless you're with Darren C, holy how, that's a different story. Stay away from all you can eat sushi with Darren C. He eat wike fwee Wiwwy, and he take you down with him.)
I think the sushi phenomena is giving Vancouver a pleasant personality, but as a result I don't think there's much hope for the French or Italian restaurants, unless maybe they start to serve raw sausage or uncooked noodles? Doubt it.


The Big DC said...

Ha Ha !
That one incident after Sushi Tokyo still stands as the only time in my life where I had to lay down in my car for 20 minutes before I could sit up to drive.

Though I did have a close call in Houston a few weeks ago at Fogo de Chao - all you can eat meat...need I say more?

It's been WAY to long since we did sushi - one of these days we will need to go.

Nel said...

Speaking of sushi...Chuck and I went out to our favorite little sushi place last night for dinner. There is truly no better comfort food in my opinion. I had had a very tough day at work...(long story...won't bore with details) and after sitting there drinking hot green tea and eating my favorite rolls I actually felt much better.
On a side note...I read the other day that the reason Japanese people drink hot liquids with a meal is because it is very good for digestion and dissolves fat alot faster. I love drinking hot tea with a meal now...just feels right!

Mattie said...

Ahhhh sushi, one of life's great little mystery. Sounds so wrong to eat raw fish, but yet it taste soooo good when it hits your lips. Had in the other day for lunch, and felt great for the rest of the day, which was a very hectic day as well so I would have to agree with Nel on the comfort food thing. It just feels right to eat raw dead fish...

Eric said...

Believe it or not, one of the best sushi places i've ever been to is right here in michigan. The problem is that it's so darn expensive due to a lack of competition. Oh well.. it's a rare treat. And yes, you must chase it with hot green tea, there's no other way!
Next time you go, thank the japanese for cars and shushi!

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