Vancouver – Poutine, Pâté and Enjoying Things

Julia Child, I think you are on to something. I’ve always believed that good times revolve around good food. In the midst of all my busy-ness, I forget to make time for other people. I for one, sometimes live in a little selfish bubble and get caught up in the day-to-day routine, forgetting to stop for awhile to just enjoy things.

Jenn and I spent one evening without a schedule, we basically just walked around and got lost looking for nothing in particular. Our first stop… Dunn’s.

Based on the popular chain from Montreal, Dunn’s specializes in traditional French-Canadian favorites including smoked meat sandwiches and the quintessential poutine.

Above – The Famous Dunn’s Reuben (Smoked Meat Double Stacked on Dark Rye w/ Sauerkraut and Melted Swiss).

We visited during their Poutine Fest, a sample of 3 for $9.99. Above from Back to Front – Italian (Cheese Curds and Meat Sauce); Peppercorn (Cheese Curds & Peppercorn Gravy), and finally Dunn’s Italienne (Cheese Curds & Meat Sauce with chopped Montréal smoked meat).

It was nice to get a little taste of Montreal in BC, but visiting Dunn’s made me want to take a trip to experience the real deal.

Dunn’s Famous – 827 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC

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Full, but still not really wanting to go home just yet, we continued our wandering, till we headed to the Shark Club and decided that we didn’t want to pay cover to drink green beer. Oh did I mention this happened on St. Patty’s Day?  We continued walking until we hit Gastown.

I’m really loving Gastown as of late. I enjoy the seeing the changes that have happened over the years. I remember Gastown in my highschool days as a place of cheap touristy souvenirs and birthday dinners at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Oh and the evenings at Fabric, but let’s not go there. Now, Gastown is becoming trendier, with new food and beverage establishments popping up in the best of places.

Alibi Room – great beers on tap and of course, a great place for conversations about…nothing.

Above – Mushrooms & Hazelnut Pâté with Truffle Oil, a whole roasted Garlic Blub and Crostini. Topped off with a Swans Bukerfileds Berry Ale, it indeed was a nice ending to dinner number two.

I love evenings like this, ones that are unplanned, full of long walks, random conversations and of course good food and drink.

Alibi Room 157 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC

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Today’s Musical Pairing – “Slow Your Breath” by Future of Forestry