Japa Dog (Burrard & Smithe)
When you think of Vancouver, you don't exactly think of hot dog stands -- well, unless you're me. Years later, I still have fond memories of a hot dog stand I went to on the corner of Robson & Burrard, made with high quality meat (real meat, not lips & assholes like in the US), toasted and accompanied by an array of delicious sauces that were so difficult to choose from. During a visit in September 2009, that hot dog stand was there, but just another block over was an even more memorable stand, Japa Dog, with (you guessed it) a Japanese theme.
Japa Dog gets featured on all the travel publications and travel shows, and is well worth its popularity. They have a poster showing off pics of various celebrities that have dined there. I guess it should have been no surprise that while I happened to be there with Top Chef Las Vegas contestant, Robin Leventhal, we run into movie star, Scott Glenn and his wife. They all bonded as Sun Valley, Idahoans while I just munched on my dog.Salt
Culture Shock Gallery (Alert Bay)
It's worth the ferry ride to visit this "interactive gallery" to learn more about First People's culture. Of course, I have to say the Salmon BBQ is a must.
Stanley Park & the Sea Wall
Just an absolutely gorgeous couple of hours' drive up north. The quintessential ski village is also a destination in the summer for mountain biking, ATVing and Zip-Trekking.