Vancouver Getaway: Trains & Tikis part 4
March 8, 2011
The Waldorf Hotel is located on an interesting, if slightly isolated, stretch of East Hastings Street near industrial docklands a few blocks to the north,
The massive British Columbia Sugar Refining Co. Ltd. building (Rogers Sugar)
Called the worst building in Vancouver by the Vancouver Sun in 1975 because of the “sheer force of its industrial revolution ugliness”
and Commercial Drive a couple of blocks to the east –
a colourful shopping street full of boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and organic markets.
Marlena had to stop in here because of her (secular) fascination with the Virgin Mary.
A friend of Michael’s took us to a place just off Commercial (on Venables) called The Prophouse Cafe.
It’s practically a museum of kitsch decor,
except that everything is for sale (I think)
or for rent for your movie project.
The owner seems to have a fetish for all things panther
such as panther lamps,
but, really, you name it
and you can find it here.
I’m out of words.
Also on Venables is Casa Gelato, a place I go every time I’m in Vancouver.
One scoop lavender (green for some reason), one scoop basil & pernod
Never less than 212 flavors of gelato at any time.
Not a problem on the dreary February day we were there – the staff was practically foisting samples on us.
Closer to the hotel, East Hastings Street is a little less exuberant than Commercial Drive. It’s a commercial street populated by the kinds of unremarkable stores and services that working class people use on a daily basis (though some gentrification is starting to creep in).
There are couple of large thrift stores within a few blocks of the Waldorf.
Didn’t find anything here.
At the Value Village, this pair of awkward nature paintings appealed to me (except they were grossly overpriced).
I bought this Coco Joe “lava” letter holder and a couple of cds.
When we asked for a recommendation for lunch nearby, the staff at the hotel suggested The Red Wagon, a few blocks east of Value Village.
Grilled 3-cheese sandwich and tomato soup
An excellent suggestion – everything was fresh, homemade and delicious.
They’ve only been open a few months but already they’re a Vancouver favorite. Not busy when we were there, but apparently that’s an anomaly. Worth waiting for (go for the food, not the decor).
Near The Red Wagon is a beautiful French bakery called The East Village.
Callebaut chocolte banana cake with marzipan
Oh why didn’t I try one of these?
Sour cherry chocolate truffle tart
Butteriest palmier ever.
More to come