As we settle into our space in Olympic Village, we often get hungry... VERY hungry. Lucky for us we are situated in an area with a lot of tasty options and all within walking distance too. 

 

(A little map for you, just in case you're ever in the neighbourhood!)

With all these options I decided to do a little food blogging and exploration. As a group we all love a variety of foods and it would be a waste of a good area if we didn't explore all our options!

Tasty Empires will be a documentation of all the great food in and around our area. We hope to explore some of these well-known and not-so-well-known places and find out how their food built them a tasty empire within Vancouver.


Our first stop - Shishinori

Our first stop - Shishinori

Shishinori - Lunch

Located right on Cambie and West 7th. Unlike most Japanese restaurants that serves rolls and sushi, this little Japanese restaurant serves up some healthy choices of rice bowls, plates, subs and desserts. 

The space is quite small and cozy. We arrived right around lunch time and a line was already starting to form. Prepare to share a table if you're coming in twos.

I had the chicken chashu and Dan had the curry.

I had the chicken chashu and Dan had the curry.

Right away when we got our food we could tell this was going to be a fresh and healthy meal. Everything comes loaded with greens; i'm talking salad, edamame and all that good stuff. Their selection of drinks circulate a variety of teas which are all very clean and healthy.

Your combo includes a choice of miso or ice cream. I got the miso and Dan got the ice cream.

Your combo includes a choice of miso or ice cream. I got the miso and Dan got the ice cream.

Shishinori definitely stands out in this area as a healthy alternative to the many burger and fast food joints. While maintaining more character by not serving the average rolls and sushi you come to expect from a Japanese restaurant. 

 

Solly's Bagelry - Breakfast

Solly's located on West 7th and Yukon, serves up some delicious bagels and cream cheese (among many other baked goods). Whenever you talk about bagels in Vancouver, the name Solly's always seemed to come up. This was the first time I actually went to the place!

Before starting our morning meeting, Adam and I decided to stop in to try some of their bagels. The interior is warm and the staff are friendly. The sheer amount of stuff they have can be a bit overwhelming, so I played it safe and stuck to their signature bagel and cream cheese.

My onion bagel with dill cream cheese.

My onion bagel with dill cream cheese.

Adam decides against a bagel and gets a cinnamon bun instead.

Adam decides against a bagel and gets a cinnamon bun instead.

Solly's is a back to basics bagel place. Nothing too fancy here, just good'ol wholesome bagels that will fill any bagel and cream cheese craving you may have. It's easy to see how they built an empire on bagels!


Well I hope you enjoyed our little food outings. Stay tuned as we try more places out and give you our two cents on the food around our studio!

-Victor

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