Yelp-ationing: Vancouver + Bainbridge Island

The excitement of Seattle had no time to wear off as we arrived at Bainbridge Island, WA, a beautiful island off the coast of Seattle, on the opposite side of Puget Sound. It was a 2-hour ferry ride, during which we salivated over the delicious “gastroptions” there were to explore in Bainbridge. We spent half a day there and left with stomachs full enough to carry us through the 4 hour trip over the border and to Vancouver. Scroll down to see all the amazing places we got to experience.

HPHouseLUNCH – The Harbour Public House

Yelp Rating: 3.5/5

Patty’s Rating: 4/5

The epitome of quaint is located on the outdoor deck of the Harbour Public House Restaurant, where the weather is a cool 65 degrees, the views are breathtaking and the food is out of this world! This 21+ restaurant wonderland boasts a continuously changing chalkboard of local craft beers (seriouslt, it was like the train schedule board at Penn Station). I tasted my first oyster shooter and there is a video out there to prove that it was one of the weirdest experiences I have ever had. I don’t think I will be trying it again. While the group of us had half a heart and twice the stomach to eat the entire menu, we held back and opted to share a clam chowder on top of each of our meals. The clam chowder would have been other-worldly had we opted to remove the half stick of butter that was already in it. It ended up being too buttery and I couldn’t stomach more than a few (hundred) spoonfuls. I chose the boar burger as an entree and felt nothing short of a pig after having all but licked the plate clean.

moraDESSERT – Mora Iced Creamery

Yelp Rating: 4.5/5

Patty’s Rating: 5/5

What do you do when you have stuffed your face on oyster shooters, clam chowder, burger and fries? Have dessert, of course! And that is precisely what we did. Mora Iced Creamery has close to a million flavors ice cream and sorbet. I had about five samples before I narrowed it down to Chocolate Mousse. I asked my friends if I looked depressed because I could honestly have eaten a hole gallon of that ice cream. I was also surprised by how the ice cream kept its consistency as I ate it fairly slowly. I can honestly say that I would make a trip out to Bainbridge Island just to have that ice cream.

SteamworksDRINKS – Steamworks Brewing Company

Yelp Rating: 3/5

Patty’s Rating: 4/5

We arrived at Vancouver and were less than impressed. The city was covered in a somber cloud and it didn’t stop raining until the last day we were there. On our first night, we wandered around, had dinner at a restaurant that was forgettable and made our way to what we hoped was their livelier area. Sadly, the rain beat out the crowds and we were left wandering alone most of the time. We took shelter at Steamworks just as the sky began to fall apart. The bar was beautiful and large and they were open til later than we expected. The bartender was funny and told us outrageous stories that we all laughed about later (likely because they were accompanied by a few free drinks).

alibi roomDRINKS- Alibi Room

Yelp Rating: 4.5/5

Patty’s Rating: 5/5

Alibi Room was the diamond in the rough that was our trip to Vancouver. I honestly wish I would want to visit the city again, but, call me a cynic who judges a book by its terrible weather and overall dreariness, I don’t think I will be back. Alibi Room was the perfect end to our trip. On another rainy night, we wandered phone-less (translation, directionless)  toward Alibi and were greeted by an unusual sight. A bustling bar that was full of delicious beer and an amazing server, Meg. Meg is the best friend that always offers cool advice and knows just what to order at a bar. She took us on a journey through the land of beer as we tried all sorts of stouts, hefes, PAs (which I found myself liking a lot). We all had a great time, drank a lot of delicious beer, laughed when a friend of ours got hit on and walked out to a group of really creepy men. I guess the magic of Vancouver is only contained in Alibi Room.

Grouse MountainATTRACTION – Grouse Mountain Ziplining

Yelp Review: 4/5

Patty’s Review: 4/5

While the rain caused Vancouver proper to look like it was a city out of a Godzilla movie (horrifying), it cast a sort of magical cloak around the northern Vancouver area where you find Grouse Mountain. We arrived in the afternoon to do some ziplining and were warned that the rain had cause a lot of fog and little visibility. Nevertheless we braved jumping into the unknown and took an all too literal plunge. I had the time of my life jumping into a cloud of complete white and watching my friend, who jumped before me, disappear in the distance. It was an exhilarating experience.

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