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Spring in Vancouver usually means rain, rain, rain with a side of rain. You never want to tempt fate by leaving the house without an umbrella.
A couple weekends ago, I had made arrangements to meet up with friends for brunch. The forecast called for rain. The day before it was like a torrential downpour with rain drops pounding on my roof so loud that it woke me from my sleep.
And then I broke my own rule. In my rush, I left the house without an umbrella. I ran off to catch the bus, crossing my fingers that the rain gods would be on my side and that the rain would hold off until I got home.
But instead of the rain I was anticipating, it turned into a lovely day. By the time I arrived downtown, the sun was out and shining and I could almost convince myself that it was warm.
Brunch at Joe Fortes was lovely. Famous for their raw oysters (no thanks!) and seafood, I opted for the Atlantic Lobster Eggs Benedict. It was delicious – perfectly poached eggs, luscious velvety hollandaise sauce and buttery lobster served over a very filling homemade biscuit. The hash on the side was amazing. No one should be able to make potatoes that good. It was the perfect way to start the day.
By the time we were wrapping up our meal, the sun was still shining and I decided it was the perfect time for a walk. I headed down to the harbour front and watched the seaplanes land and take off. Vancouver is blessed to be surrounded by water and beaches and in the middle of winter it can be easy to forget about the lush beauty that surrounds you.
Of course, to wrap up a great meal you gotta have dessert. We headed to Bella Gelateria which is the most famous gelato place in Vancouver. Looking at it from the outside, you would have no idea of the perfection that is within its walls. The owner of Bella Gelateria, learned his craft of gelato by attending Carpigiani’s Gelato University in Italy. Who knew there was a Gelato University? He has won numerous awards from various gelato competitions, including the Florence Italy Gelato Festival.
This is good stuff and worth a visit if you’re in Vancouver. Just be aware of long lines in the summer.
Brunch, a walk along the water, gelato and the warmth of the sun. You couldn’t ask for more. A perfect spring day in Vancouver.
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