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Gourmand du Vancouver

By James Peterson, October 16, 2019

You could eat your way through Portland, take a nap, and by the time you wake up find it’s time to try the new restaurants that opened while you slept. So you can be forgiven if you’ve missed all of the culinary delights being cooked up in Vancouver. Curious? Remove the mental barrier that is the bridge and plan an adventure over the river. Here’s your itinerary. Suggestions curated from

Breakfast – Blue Door Bakery

This decadent French bakery serves a wide array of pastries and savory dishes. Don’t let your food allergy stop you, they can make even your caramel apple French toast vegan!

Lunch – Lapellah

According to Eater, “Owner David Mork was one of the first in the area to work with a local farmer, April Thatcher of April Joy Farm, to create a seasonally focused menu.” Well, doesn’t that sound delightful!

Afternoon Treat – Treat Bakery

Evidently Stephanie McNee’s bakery case is over-flowing with everything from homemade ding dongs to a wide variety of cupcakes. They also make their own ice cream!

Dinner – Little Conejo

Mezcal and tacos anyone? This hip, yet charming place comes to Vancouver from the minds behind Portland’s Noble Rot.

Cocktails – The Grocery Cocktail & Social

It’s a speakeasy-style place with drinks like the “Yas, Queen with gin, lemon, Brovo pink vermouth, grapefruit bitters, and sparkling wine to the Ideal Conditions with coconut vodka, lime, turmeric liqueur, cilantro, and hot sesame oil.”

Hotel: Hilton Vancouver

You’ll be too full to drive home, so snag a room at this conveniently located downtown hotel and pretend you spent hundreds/thousands on airfare on your little vacay.

Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash

James Peterson

Broker | OR & WA

As a licensed real estate broker, James Peterson is passionate about connecting clients with the home that fits their needs, lifestyle and personality. James recognizes the uniqueness of the greater Portland market; its diverse neighborhoods, each with their own vibes and quirks, makes finding the ideal property for a client an exciting and rewarding challenge. James has a true passion for this vibrant city—its people, spaces, architecture, and communities. Combined with his love of design, attention to detail, and creative use of spaces, this passion allows him to bring joy to clients’ lives through real estate. James is also motivated by the nuances of the delicate art of negotiation, the hunt for the right property, and the thrill of closing a deal that satisfies both buyers and sellers. He has chosen to be a part of Living Room Realty, a Certified B Corporation, because it reflects his own values of responsibility and sustainability by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business. His philosophy of excellence, enthusiasm, honesty and reliability, unites with his tireless drive to make him a truly dedicated real estate broker. James’ work philosophy has been broadened by his experience as a volunteer fire fighter, EMT, family grief counselor, ICU nurse, and anesthesia provider. Additionally, as the owner of JP Investment Properties LLC, James is experienced in the building and design aspect of the real estate market through construction and project management, home remodeling, and bringing investors and builders together on projects. A devoted family man, James has used this experience to renovate his own family dwelling through home remodeling and the addition of an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) designed to enhance the space in which his family lives, works, and plays. James understands that finding time for play is, of course, an essential part of life. He is an outdoor enthusiast and reenergizes through backpacking and mountaineering; road, cyclocross, and mountain biking; snowboarding; and scuba diving. He also satisfies his creative urge through landscape design and gardening as well as craft brewing. For James, life is about finding balance, discovering harmony, and seeking joy amidst the many demands of modern society. It is this same balance, harmony, and joy that he strives to foster in the lives of his clients.
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