When we knew we were going to visit Vancouver, BC for 3 days before leaving on a cruise to Alaska, Ruth and I composed a list of must revisit options. On our list were the Van Dusen Garden that we never made it to, one restaurant, a few food emporiums, and 2 other parks including legendary Stanley. We also made it to Famous Foods and Queen Elizabeth Park.
Queen Elizabeth Park was dedicated by the current queen of England’s father when he visited this city in 1939. This 13 acre city park is on the highest point in this city, has a fantastic restaurant called Seasons, and provides the best view of this entire urban center from a mountain top that was once a quarry. For these 3 reasons, we were driven to go to Seasons again.
It was worth the effort! Also on top of Little Mountain a short distance from Seasons in the Park is the Bloedel Conservatory. Ruth ducked into the Bloedel to see its 100 birds and 500 exotic plants while I parked our vehicle in front of this restaurant 45 minutes before it opened for the day. She already had a seat in Seasons by the time I joined her in the already crowded restaurant. Seasons also offers valet parking for 10 dollars, but parking was no problem. We both had the mushroom soup and it was delicious. While we ate it, we watched Vancouverites explore the quarry garden below our window.
We visited Famous Foods for the first time on this trip to Vancouver. Ruth especially enjoyed this unique urban store at 1595 Kingsway and bought a lot of prepackaged products to take home. In a city with both many Whole Foods stores and several Save-on supermarkets, Famous is certainly a different concept. It offers a lot of unusual bagged flours, interesting cookies, and trail mixes that are one of a kind. We found and bought a lot of Bigoli pasta that we had only seen for sale in Venice, Italy, and in one kitchen store in Melbourne, Australia. Unfortunately, we had lost our taste for it by the time we got home and tried it. It simply did not taste the same as it did in Venice for some reason.