Best of the west: Vancouver to San Francisco
(part II)

Best Crêpe
A Spinach Feta Crêpe from Café Crêpe in Vancouver, British Columbia

Puréed spinach, salty feta, a dash of salt and pepper, and a hint of nutmeg enveloped in a thin, buttery (and ideally, in my opinion, not overly crisp) shell. With a few flicks of the wrist and skills not unlike an origamist, the chef produces a triangular crêpe, which is scooped into a paper cone for easy carrying. Perfect for a stroll down Robson Street: one hand on your crêpe, the other on your umbrella.

Best Hot Dog
Corner of Robson & Burrard (formerly Robson & Hornby) in Vancouver, British Columbia

Contrary to common belief, all hot dog stands are not created equal. As tradition/habit dictates, while I’m watching my Spinach Feta Crêpe materialize through a glass window from a sidewalk vantage point, R. has already half-devoured his all-beef hotdog on a whole wheat bun heaped with mustard, pickles, hot peppers and caramelized onions. In addition to having every possible topping and condiment one could desire, our hot dog vendor sells Pepsi products (much to our delight). But what really sets him apart is his free fruit candies and his old-school straw dispenser from which he always offers a straw with a characteristic flourish.

Best Breakfast
Edwin K Bed and Breakfast in Florence, Oregon

Five courses of belly-splitting bliss. We begin with a parfait of yogurt, strawberries, whipped cream and a sprinkling of granola. The main course includes a spinach soufflé with raspberry chipotle sauce served with smoked ham, seasoned potato coins, and a toasted croissant with a selection of homemade jams and jellies. A third course of fresh fruit and yogurt dip is followed by a fourth of chocolate marble and orange poppy seed loaves. And, just when your stomach is begging for mercy, out come the apricot and white chocolate scones, hot from the oven.