Being back in Vancouver makes me look at life here with new eyes. Why do bakeries insist on inserting baguettes in plastic or paper bags? Why, apart from Asian shops, is the choice of fish so limited? And above all, why do so many people walk around with cardboard coffee cups in their hands? Isn't a coffee something you take a sociable 15 minutes or so to sit and enjoy? Also I don't care if it is Thanksgiving weekend, the notion of a pumpkin pie latte makes my eyes cross. Right, mini-rant over.
But even though we're a long, long way from France, we're surprisingly close to things French. Within ten minutes' walk, are these two authentic bistros (with the prix fixe at Bistrot Bistro displaying a hint of Asian influence).