EATING ON THE STREET IN VANCOUVER ...
This incredible local food truck called Fresh Local Wild (@freshlocalwild ) was a nice find only a few blocks from the Vancouver Convention Center. While their menu was limited, they offered a couple of sandwich varieties or Chicken Fried Oysters for around $8. If you're wondering what Chicken Fried Oysters are, don't wonder, just order - they were to die for. They apparently use a similar deep frying process to deep fried chicken but use whole oysters, all of which are a decent size. They dress it with a little aioli and "special sauce," which makes every bite memorable for hours beyond the last one. The truck is located on Hastings and Burrard every Monday to Friday.
Submitted by: Renee Blodgett Twitter: @weblogtheworld Website: www.weblogtheworld.com
EDITOR'S NOTE: Another tip about street food trucks in Vancouver came in from Claudia Laroy of www.thetravellingmom.ca who wrote:
Vancouver has a thriving and delicious street food scene that offers very good and cheap eats ($10 range) in the heart of the city.
The cuisine choices reflect the great ethnic variety of Vancouver; Korean/Mexican fusion, French, Greek, Italian, and Japanese.
Some of the finest are Re-UP BBQ, Coma Food Truck (Korean), Fresh Local Wild (west coast fish & chicken), Feastro the Rolling Bistro (seafood tacos), La Brasserie (chicken sandwich), and of course we can't forget the beloved Japadog. There's even a free Street Food Vancouver App (for your Smartphone - highly useful to locate food trucks near you, as they change locations daily.
BEING YOUR BEST ON THE ROAD ...
A smile goes further than a frown. Whenever things get tough and you get frustrated on the road, I have always found that staying positive, and keeping a smile on your face, will help you get better deals, make new friends, and have more fun!
Submitted by: Angela Schonberg Twitter: @angelaschonberg Website: https://www.facebook.com/angelajoyschonberg
TRAVELLING WITH KIDDIES ...
A mom's idea of fun and your child's will differ on the road. My tip about this? Do an activity that your child wants with no judgement BUT ask for the same from your child in return. You both might learn something and you are teaching your child the art of compromise.
Submitted by: Lara Kroeker Twitter: @travelHTR
BEST CHEESECAKE IN THE USA ...
The best restaurants are sometimes in the least likely places. The best cheesecake I've had in the United States --- imagine a dreamy fluffy cream cheese and sour cream mixture topping a buttery graham cracker crust --- is at the French Pantry, a tiny restaurant surrounded by industrial buildings in Jacksonville, Florida. The line starts at 11:00 a.m. for the French Pantry's decadent bruschettas, crisp salads, and amazing desserts, and they close promptly at 2:30 p.m. every Monday through Friday. This restaurant thrives on its loyal fanbase to spread word of its brilliant food, rather than using fancy advertising or websites.
Submitted by: Akila Twitter: @theroadforks Website: www.theroadforks.com
THE NEILSON IN BERNESE, OBERLAND, SWITZERLAND ...
One of the lesser-known attractions for those visiting the Swiss Alps is the Niesen. The mountain is unique in its pyramid-like shape, for which a funicular (the Niesenbahn) was constructed in 1910 to assist climbers and tourists to ascend its steep slope. The view is magnificent - you can gaze over the Lake of Thun towards Interlaken & the Alps, including the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. Switzerland is not a budget destination, but this attraction is particularly worthwhile and spectacular on a blue-sky summer day. A roundtrip ticket will set you back about 25 or 50 CHF (depending on age discounts), or you can choose to hike down on the descent. www.niesen.ch
Submitted by: Claudia Laroy Twitter: @travelling_mom Website: www.thetravellingmom.ca
THE SALTY TONGUE CAFE IN VANCOUVER, CANADA ...
By the time my husband and I stumbled upon this unassuming cafe in the Gaslamp district, we were starving to the point of crankiness. Desperate to silence our growling stomachs, but unwilling to settle for mediocre food, we hesitantly walked in. The obliging staff patiently offered suggestions as we questioned them about the entire menu. The cuisine was delicious but affordable: elegant salads, meat pies, and sandwiches, all locally-sourced. We topped it off with a sugar pie (a cousin to the Canadian butter tart) and left, hand-in-hand, stomachs blissfully full, our crankiness a distant memory. Website: http://irishheather.com/salty-tongue.html
Submitted by: Geraldine DeRuiter Twitter: @everywhereist Website: www.everywhereist.com
Bonus dress tip ...
Pre-trip research is extremely easy with Journeywoman's What Should I Wear, Where section. The best way for a thief to pick you out of a crowd is not the color of your skin or the shape of your eyes. It is what you are wearing. If you are dressed the way local women are dressed a pickpocket will not necessarily choose you first. He isn't sure if you are actually someone who lives in the area and up to his tricks or an unsuspecting visitor. More often he'll target a woman who doesn't seem to fit in. She'll more likely stand out in a crowd.
Evelyn Hannon Twitter: @journeywoman
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