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Oct 21, 2010

A Culinary Day Out in Vancouver

Mi Madre and I headed to Vancouver earlier this month for a very fun 24 hours tromping around the town, checking out restaurants, bars, parks, and art. Here is a short account of the trip. Please check out the links to read my considerably more detailed Yelp reviews of each of the spots we visited. I’ll also link to photos from my Vancouver photoset on flickr.

After checking into our West End hotel the Blue Horizon (the same hotel where my grandfather stayed for a few months when he first moved to Vancouver in the 1970s), we hit Robson heading east. Our first stop was Japa Dog (4* on Yelp) (photo) – a little lunch time amalgamation of a hot dog stand and Japanese street food. That provided us with some fuel for the long walk down seedy Hastings street. But before we got there, we passed the big construction project that is Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium (photo). When the retractable roof is completed next year it will be the home of Vancouver’s new MLS franchise, the Whitecaps.

Hastings Street is starting to show some signs of gentrification. I only saw two people smoking crack openly on the street. There was still some pretty cool street art to be found (photos 1 | 2 | 3). Once past all that, we came to our destination, Commercial Drive. I had read that The Drive, as it’s known, is one of the more happening parts of Van and the reports seem to be true. It isn’t quite Los Feliz or Abbott Kinney, but it did remind me of The Ave in Seattle’s University District.

We stopped for coffee on the north end of The Drive at Pane Vero (4* on Yelp) before heading down through the heart of The Drive’s shopping district. Amongst other spots, we ducked into the memorable 10,000 Villages (5* on Yelp) where we bought a very cool trivet made of folded newspaper from the Philippines. After that we headed down The Drive past a number of Italian groceries and soccer bars where we spotted a very cool Italian soccer mural (photo). We went on to explore the Portland-esque neighborhood behind The Drive and then stopped for happy hour at an enjoyable spot called Timbre Restaurant (4* on Yelp).

From there we jumped on the skytrain and got out at the east end of False Creek where the sun finally peeked out for a bit (photo). The south east corner of False Creek is where Vancouver’s Olympic Village was built last winter. They’ve turned the media center into a very nice recreation center and all the athlete’s housing is now condos for sale (though most seemed empty). The weird part is that it seemed like they have done as much as possible to wipe away the signs that this is where the Olympics took place. No rings, no flame – the only hint was a street sign that ready Athlete’s Drive. Really it was kind of strange.

Just west of the condos is a very cool park (photo) with some great sculptures and some big kid toys. We had a great time checking this place out and the nice view across the creek (photo) before walking back downtown over the Cambie Street Bridge. Looking down from the bridge there was a very cool view of a huge pile of concrete street barriers (photo).

We walked back through downtown and up to Gastown where we walked past photogenic alleyways (photo) and shops (photo). We had a before dinner drink at my new favorite bar the Alibi Room (5* on Yelp) before heading to the dinner spot we decided on, the disappointing Pourhouse (3* on Yelp).

After dinner we walked back west past a cool interactive wooden art installation (photos 1 | 2). Our destination was a bar (pictured above) near our hotel called O’Douls (3* on Yelp). Unfortunately the advertised live music was a glorified hotel lobby band. But we did have a great time ending the evening sipping whiskey (photo). Stay tuned for news on my momma’s upcoming blog Sketching Scotches (working title).

We awoke to a rainy morning and after coffee took a nice drive around Vancouver’s Stanley Park. We then headed south to trendy Kitsilano where we stopped for brunch and the funky and delicious Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe (5* on Yelp) (photo). After eating we were off to the extremely enjoyable Museum of Anthropology on the UBC campus. I’m going to post a whole photoset of all the cool masks inside the museum soon, but for now here, is a photo of Arthur Erickson’s beautiful building.

After the museum it was time to drive back south to the US of A where we met John and friends for a delicious dinner in BHam at Bayou on Bay (5* on Yelp). All in all it was a fantastic trip. Vancouver is just as fun a city as I remember from those 19 year old drunken escapades – only this time with much better food. I look forward to the next trip. Thanks Momma!

Posted by enderzero at 1:07pm on Oct. 21, 2010    
Aug 23, 2010

Summertime 2010 Flickr photoset

Just threw some pics up on flickr from some of my summer activities. A lot seem to be sports related – like this shot from the Sounders vs. Chivas USA game above.

Lemme know what you think.


Posted by enderzero at 3:50pm on Aug. 23, 2010    
Jan 15, 2010


The name says it all.

Featured Sandwich: Burger


Posted by enderzero at 1:54pm on Jan. 15, 2010    
Sep 3, 2009

Life Is Beautiful

Mr. Brainwash and Robots

Mr. Brainwash is a street artist in the vein of Banksy and Shepard Fairey. Last summer he had a great exhibition (more) at the old CBS studios in H.wood. It took some pics while there and after more than a year of the photos sitting in a folder on my hdd, I have finally gotten around to doin em up and posting them to my flickr.

Check em out.


Posted by enderzero at 12:18am on Sep. 3, 2009    
Sep 2, 2009

Nope, Not on Fire

Station Fire

Station Fire

Thanks for your concerns but no, I am not on fire. The Mountains above LA most certainly are though and air quality is at an all time low.

A couple cool shots by okarol and many more here.

Posted by enderzero at 1:18pm on Sep. 2, 2009    
Jun 16, 2009

ADK’s Sasquatch Photoblog


ADK Dancetent

Alex has got his photoblog up and running and right now it is packed to the gills with great shots like these two from last month’s amazing Sasquatch Festival. Check out the awesome power of the fisheye!

For a lot more from Sasquatch check out Danz’s flickrset and Alex’s flickrset. Nice work guys.

Posted by enderzero at 11:15am on Jun. 16, 2009    
Apr 30, 2009

Jalama Pics 2009


A new flickr photoset is up from the recent trip to Jalama Beach.

Posted by enderzero at 6:05pm on Apr. 30, 2009    
Mar 6, 2009

2 Weeks in Turkey

Blue Mosque

I just put together a mock-itinerary for a friend who is thinking of traveling to Turkey. This is how I would recommend someone spend two weeks. Most of the photos are from my 3 week trip there 2005 (full flickr set). The photos above and below are the Blue Mosque in Istanbul – where any trip to Turkey should start (clicking most of the images will get you a bigger view).

Click here to continue on to the itinerary.

Posted by enderzero at 2:26pm on Mar. 6, 2009    
Jan 11, 2009

Hong Kong Lights Animation

HK Lights 6

I worked up this little animation in of some light effects on the HK skyline.

Click here to see it in motion

Posted by enderzero at 9:38am on Jan. 11, 2009    
Jan 7, 2009

Hong Kong Pics Online

HK Color Crosswalk

My photoset from Hong Kong is now up on Flickr.

I guess I was a bit bored by a number of the photos because I found myself doing a fair amount of heavy handed editing. I’ve grouped most of those shots towards the end of the photoset. Enjoy, and as always, please let me know what you think.

Posted by enderzero at 8:56pm on Jan. 7, 2009    
Dec 29, 2008

Nepal Photos Posted

Trek - Bright Stupa

At last (hey, only 2 months) I have my full Nepal photoset up on flickr. I have done my best to add details in the descriptions. Check it out and please comment. Which are your faves?

Also, I have compiled my 12 favorite photos from the set which you can view…
After the Jump

Posted by enderzero at 2:15pm on Dec. 29, 2008    
Sep 25, 2008

Versailles at last!

Trianon Steps

I have really been meaning to finish up these photos for a long time and I am happy to say the Versailles set is done at last!

Here is the photo above in larger format.

See the whole photoset (26 images) on flickr. w00t

Posted by enderzero at 6:00pm on Sep. 25, 2008    
Sep 10, 2008

WaterCube3D + MS Photosynth



Check out this awesome hi-res 3D View from inside the Watercube (actually from the top of the 10M platform). You can spin around, up and down in every direction while you listen to a few seconds of commentary from USA diver Thomas Finchum.

Do you think this sort of 3D thing is cool? Microsoft does. They have just released a web app specifically designed to allow you to create your own fully 3D image panos. Microsoft Photosynth is online (more info here) and allows you to upload your own images. I haven’t tried it out yet but plan to soon.

Originally from BGR

Posted by enderzero at 10:27am on Sep. 10, 2008    
Aug 5, 2008

XGames photoset


I was lucky enough to get hooked up with a pass (thx La) for the X Games this weekend and we nabbed an amazing spot on the deck for the Skateboard Superpark Comp. Check out the photoset on flickr.

Posted by enderzero at 7:05pm on Aug. 5, 2008    
Jul 31, 2008

Batbear!! (and other oddities)


Worth1000, a website of photoshop contests, recently concluded a site of strange animal manipulations. Unfortunately, Batbear did not win.

Posted by enderzero at 8:44am on Jul. 31, 2008    
Jul 21, 2008



You know, those wiseguys that make a funny face or lewd gesture in the back of a posed photo. Here is a hilarious gallery of them.

Posted by enderzero at 11:22am on Jul. 21, 2008    

Sorry I Missed Your Party


Great blog of strange flickr party pics and pretty funny commentary.

Posted by enderzero at 11:19am on Jul. 21, 2008    
Jul 19, 2008

PsD = Photoshop Disasters


PsD loves to make fun of botched head replacements, shoddy reflections, oddly sized appendages, horrible movie poster, and girls without nipples – but my favorites are the images that just have extra body parts just hanging out – like this rather lonely hand.

Another fave – Kinda makes you think you could do it better yourself, huh?

Great site – mediocre writing.

Posted by enderzero at 12:43am on Jul. 19, 2008


Pretty weird. Check it out.

Posted by enderzero at 12:21am on Jul. 19, 2008    
Jun 18, 2008

Seattle Spring 2008 Photos

Dancing Ballerina

New photos from my recent time in the N-dub are up on flickr. There are shots from my momma’s (like this shot of the Dancing Ballerina), shots from the Sasquatch Festival (also see Danz’s shots), shots from the city, and shots from the Rangerville party (and Abby has shots up on facebook – tho you probably gotta log in).

Lemme know what you think and thanks to everyone who made it such a great trip.

Posted by enderzero at 12:46pm on Jun. 18, 2008