Autumn is my favourite time of the year. I’ve written countless blog posts about it and save my sweater collection all year round, ready for the Autumn months.
This year, I started my Autumn off by spending it in the Canadian Rockies. I’ve really wanted to go there for sometime. After a nine hour flight, I arrived in Banff, to be greeted by crisp air and the sights of lush meadows and tall peaks.
I’ve visited Canada before, back in 2012, and it is one of my favourite places. That time, I was lucky enough to visit the East Coast and posted a blog about my culinary experience here. An overarching style of Canadian cuisine is difficult to define- Canadian food is a smorgasbord of different cultures. Certain indigenous food is seen as very Canadian, whilst Canadian food takes its inspiration from French influences.
Naturally I ate a lot whilst I was over in Canada. Here are a few of my highlights:
Like how delicious was this, seriously? Jasper is a beautiful location- peaks as far as the eye can see- but it doesn’t have a large selection of eateries. The one is a top pick out of the ones that were available. The restaurant was super cosy as well- and one particular waitress was amazing.
Mamma Rosa (Penne, roasted garlic, mushrooms and free-range chicken in rosé sauce)
With fabulous views of Burrard Inlet, North Vancouver and the iconic Canada Place, Bellagio Cafe is a great place to relax with a glass of white and a big plate of pasta. The rustic surroundings added to the charm.
Burgoo is a Vancouver standard, serving up tasty comfort food to visitors to its bistros since 2001. I hadn’t had beef bourguignon for a while, so decided to give this a try. It was so satisfying and nourishing, especially when teamed with gravy and biscuits.
Vancouver is a charming city, but prone to rain, so this was comforting on a drizzly night.
Murchie’s is a bit of a Victoria institution. If you only have a short time in Victoria (like we did), then make sure you visit Murchie’s and sample their tea and cakes. This was amazing- I was craving something sweet and this really hit the spot. Even looking at the pictures makes me want to go back!
Admittedly, I actually ate a lot more food than is listed here- there was the schnitzel in Whiskey Jack’s, also in Jasper- however I was too busy enjoying myself to take pictures.
I loved Canada- can you tell? I recommend a trip, whether you’re going for the food or not.