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For the first couple of months I had no clue exactly what Tim horton’s was.  Maybe a coffee shop – but what’s the point, there’s plenty of starbucks and blendz coffee everywhere.  Burgers?  Doesn’t look like it.  So What is it, I asked myself.  What can this chain of stores, stuffed with merry customers be selling?

IMG_0159Eventually a bit further down the line I made my first venture into one of their many outlets – and what did I find.  Cheap filter Coffee and a massive selection of tasty donuts – stuffed, glazed, cream filled, jelly filled – any way you want it.  I went straight for the Maple glazed,cream filled, Canadian – when in Rome….

I’m now at the stage where I can barely pass a store without buying a little treat – and its only $2.35 for a coffee and donut.  But its only been recently at the recommendation of my head chef at RCG that I should try the sour cream donut – super sickly sweet, crumbly texture and of course its got that sour cream yogurt thing going on.  It is an epic donut.

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So i’m at work the other day and we’re doing steak tartare for our monthly Market monday thing, and all of a sudden I get a craving for more raw meat specifically what is problably Ethiopias most famous dish – Kitfo,  not quite like your average steak tartare.

So after a morning looking at cars in second hand yards I head down to commercial drive, Vancouver’s multicultural melting pot, to Harambe.  A local Ethiopian joint with lots of praise.  Inside the whole place is  covered in kitschy, colorfully dyed cotton, and surprisingly catchy Ethiopian Reggae is playing on the radio.  The waitress, the only other whitey there, brings the menu – but I already know what I want.

Kitfo is made from freshly chopped beef mixed with warm butter and an Ethiopian dried chilli powder called mitmita.  A little cardamon and seasoning and its good to go.  The main issue people have with this dish is the warmth of the Raw beef.   It really is a strange feeling in your mouth – I love it.

This is served with the traditional Injera pancake – with its distinct metallic flavour, bit like indian iddly – also a small side of greens and some of the sour/salty Ethiopian cottage cheese.   I washed all this down with a cup of spiced tea – which surprisingly had a sign reminding people to use fresh water.

After barely finishing I’m surprised how filling a plate of (warm) raw meat can be.  I only wonder if it’s as safe to eat in Ethiopia.  Can’t wait to try!

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Smile If You Masturbate

What an absolute legend.  Need I say any more?

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So here in Vancouver they have the second biggest Chinatown in North America.  Quite a claim to fame.  But this one is a little different.  It’s more functional rather than touristy and the restaurants here are catering pretty much solely to local Asians.  There’s less of the back to back cantonese restos you find elsewhre and more shops selling speciality foods and roast meats.

And being skint, now I’m not living in a tenner a day Thailand, this is where were eating our meals.  And no meal is better – or cheaper – than the $1 BBQ pork bun.  Freshly steamed every morning, and available at one of the many Chinese bakeries, this is my highlight of the day. The sticky,  sweet spiced pork inside gives you a nice warm cosy feeling that makes you forget the never ending rain outside – if only for five minutes.

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So I’m here finally after all that travelling in Asia – And it’s strange.  going from the structured chaos of BKK, to the calm, organised – even slightly sanitised – big city of western Canada.  It’s going to take a bit of getting used to.  But really it’s a nice place, sitting out on a coastline of peninsulas and looking over to Vancouver island.

The only real issue I’ve got is the rain.  It rains all the time.  And when I say all the time, I mean everyday, and most of the day.  And it doesn’t rain hard – just long miserable slow, soaking rain.  You cant hide from it, it gets round corners.  And where’s all the snow?  I was told it snows all the time in Canada, and I look on the TV and it’s all at home.  Nobody mentioned that Vancouver is in the warmest part of Canada.  Somebody told me that they give flights to homeless people to get to Vancouver because they wont die of exposure here – It makes sense, but i’m not sure it really true.

Anyway, apart from the rain it’s awesome – Bring on the snow…or the summer. Once it stops pissing it down I’ll take a few photos

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