I received this giveaway cashmere dress on a hot June afternoon in Phoenix. While the heat couldn't stop me from trying it on immediately, I knew it would be long before I step out in this dress. I was diligently storing it away when our upcoming trip to Vancouver flashed across my mind. Of course, it was the first thing that went into the suitcase!
The weather was perfect to wear this dress with a cardigan, considering I get the shivers once the temperature hits the 50's, rather 60's. The cardigan was a blessing as we planned to window shop in sunny downtown, and, watch a play on the chilly beach, on the same day. I carried the faux fur bag to compliment the animal print in the shoes and belt. The bag is very comfortable for long days of walking, and, the long strap allows you to wear it like a cross shoulder bag once those shoulders start giving in. A truly practical bag that doesn't compromise on style.
Bag: Forever21 (Sold out, but, a smart option here)
Cardigan: Blanco, Spain
After exploring Stanley Park, and, window shopping in downtown, we were ready for the much awaited brunch at Medina Cafe. Want art on your plate without the price tag that's usually attached to it? This Middle-Eastern cuisine inspired bistro is the place for you. Fresh ingredients, great presentation, interesting flavors, and, a casual chic vibe - all for a reasonable price. What better in a city that's generally expensive for travelers and locals alike?
The Paella I ordered came with a brunch twist, a fried egg, which complimented the sour-spicy sauce well. I cringed to let my hubby taste it, because the portions are perfectly sized (for a hungry me!), and, I certainly did not want to finish my meal, longing for more! The greens provide the crunch, and, the avocados actually blend well (I wonder how?) with rest of the textures and flavors.
Nevertheless, it was worth trading for spoonsfull of his Moroccan meatballs that came with focaccia, and, raita infused hummus. The flavors in the raita were spot on, and I was surprised it worked so well with focaccia. An illustration of how good fusion food doesn't always have to be a fussy blend of cuisines. Medina Cafe brought two simple everyday staples, from across the globe, together to form a winning combination.
The mandatory waffles were ordered to share. How could we leave without trying the dish that made Medina famous? The toppings spoil you for choice - how does one possibly choose ONE from white chocolate pistachio rose water, salted caramel, and, dark choclate?
The cafe exudes warmth that makes you want to stay, and, the sign outside which reads "life is too short for bad coffee" made us linger with a hot cup of mocha, long after everyone who walked in after us, was gone. We finally make our way out, feeling light yet content. The way only food made with good quality ingredients can make you feel.
After taking in the sunshine at Kitsilano beach, and, napping in the park, we were ready for some cocktail gastronomy. While walking in the hip Kitsilano neighborhood, we couldn't resist the touristy vibe of Las Margaritas - colorful patio, sun umbrellas, margarita pitchers, and, Mexican artifacts. What we thought would be a tourist trap turned out to be a delish margarita experience. They make their margaritas with freshly squeezed fruits, and, you can taste it in every drop! They were truly delicious.
Soon we were walking again, this time to Bard on the Beach, a Shakespearean theatre festival that is set up, every summer, along the beach. A must do the next time you guys are there. The play ended close to midnight when we were forced to snack up at Tim Hortons before hitting the bed only to catch a flight back home in less than five hours.