Vancouver Date Night at Burdock & Co

Now that it's February, it seems like love is in the air everywhere! With Valentines Day coming up, we wanted to share one of our new favorite places in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant neighborhood, Burdock & Co. The best part? There's tons of vegan and gluten-free options too (and it's only a few blocks from our house).

Vancouver Date Night

We love going on friend-dates with each other, and the intimate and romantic setting at Burdock & Co. is the perfect place to catch up over some amazing, locally-sourced food. We love the ethos of the restaurant, and dining on shared plates is our favorite way to eat. The entire menu tastes like you're eating straight from the garden, which really fits with the vibe of our neighborhood.

All of the food is local and organic, and the shared plate menu changes seasonally based on the ingredients. What's really neat is their wine program, which features all natural wines. If you haven't tried "naturalist wine" before, it's definitely worth the experience! The stories behind the wine make the experience much more personal, and it adds a little entertainment to your evening as well. 

Romantic Dinner in Vancouver

For our romantic date night out, we picked a few items to share, and they were all amazing! Burdock & Co is known for it's signature fried chicken with a delightful dill sauce, and it did not disappoint! Our tastebuds were very happy with the vegan parsnip latkes with cashew cream and apple butter, proving that you do not need dairy to make a delicious sauce. We also enjoyed scallops so fresh we had to eat them raw, charcoal-grilled beef hanger steak, and a winter beet salad (we are so obsessed with beets). 

For dessert, we had the most incredible dark chocolate ganache, because you can never go wrong with ganache, and nibbled on some house-made goat cheese. Fun fact: it's Taylor's dream to own goats and make her own goat cheese, and after chatting with the staff at Burdock & Co. we learned it isn't that hard to make!

Next on our list: weekend brunch at Burdock & Co! The tomato-baked eggs and gluten-free eggs benny are calling our names. Whether you're in town visiting or just looking to branch out a little in Vancouver, check out our Mount Pleasant neighborhood guide for more local gems!

PS! We are doing an Instagram takeover this week, you can follow along at @burdockandco. We love supporting local, so just so you know, this is not a sponsored post! 

A Weekend in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

After last week's birthday post from LA, we're back with another birthday post, this time celebrating Elaine's birthday! We headed to Harrison Hot Springs for a girls getaway with our other bestie Lindsay (from the blog Treasures and Travels) and had such a relaxing and fun trip.

Vancouver Trip to Harrison Hot Springs

Harrison Hot Springs is about a 2 hour road trip from Vancouver, and we stayed at the gorgeously retro Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa.  It was so fun to dress up a bit and enjoy a dinner in The Copper Room with a live jazz band and a stellar menu. 

We packed our dancing shoes, and had a ton of fun dancing to classics with the band and celebrating Elaine's birthday. How amazing is this light up dance floor?! 

Later that night we took a late-night dip in the resort's hot springs, and woke up to this incredible lake and mountain view in the morning from our room. The resort has five mineral-fed hot spring pools all kept at different temperatures, so you can warm up in a hot tub or cool down in a cooler pool, or go between both! 

After a buffet breakfast at the resort we headed down to the lake, which has the cutest little pier. It was picture-perfect with the mountains and water and trees, just like our weekend at Harrison! 

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Things to Do in Abbotsford, BC

On our drive back to Vancouver, we stopped for coffee at Old Hand Coffee in Abbotsford, BC. We love this little bakery and coffee shop and have been wanting to try it forever! 

They serve local Bows and Arrows coffee from Vancouver Island, and the Dutch baked goods are all baked in-house and are soooo delicious. There's even some gluten-free options, which makes for the prettiest pit-stop to hang out with your besties on a road trip. 

While in Abbotsfoord, we also stopped by Spruce Collective, which is home to an awesome assortment of local and vintage goods, ranging from home and kitchen goods to dresses and scarves. 

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They also have a new vintage market just up the street full of thrifted finds which you should check out if you're in the area! Harrison Hot Springs was the perfect weekend getaway for us, and don't forget to tag us on Instagram in any of your photos if you visit! 

Thanks for reading! Coming up next week: Montana! Pack your snowboots.

A Birthday Weekend in LA

Helloooooo everyone, we are so happy to be BACK! We had such a great winter holiday enjoying some much needed rest at home, and we managed to squeeze some adventures in too! It was my (Taylor's) birthday on Friday, and I had pretty much the perfect weekend down in LA celebrating with good food, art, and some warm sunshine. AKA all my favorite things! 

The weekend started off with an oh-so-healthy and oh-so-delicious meal at Forage in Silver Lake, which is a farm-to-table restaurant full of amazing salads, open-face sandwiches, and . Silver Lake is an area of LA that we really need to explore more, I think it's definitely the next neighborhood for our LA city guide.

Next up, we headed to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), which is equally artistic on the outside as it is on the inside! We somehow missed seeing Levitated Mass though, so that will be on the list for next time!

The palm trees were overflowing, and a visit to the LACMA lamps is a classic LA tourist photo that just has to be done at some point. Fun fact: the James Turrell exhibit is what inspired Drake's Hotline Bling video

Bestia has been at the top of our foodie list for ever, but it's pretty tough to get a reservation unless you plan a month (or more) in advance. Our advice? Start planning now! Our friend Alisson totally pulled through though, and somehow snagged a reservation for my birthday dinner! If you're heading to LA, you must visit!

The vibe at Bestia is low-key and casual (it's in the Arts District after all), but the food is anything but. It's so nice to be able to enjoy fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere without feeling stuffy and pretentious. The cocktail menu is adventurous (bone marrow egg nog, anyone?) and all of the pastas are made in-house. Pro tip: order the lamb meatballs! 

The good eating doesn't stop there, and the next morning we headed to check out the new Gracias Madre in West Hollywood. We love the one in San Francisco, but this location has a totally different vibe. A little brighter, and the patio is amazing! The owners have their own farm, and their sister restaurant is our other love Cafe Gratitude

Gracias Madre is a completely plant-based Mexcian restaurant (read: vegan) but it's done soooooo well! From Mexican mimosas to mezcal margaritas, it's definitely the perfect place for a healthy, weekend brunch. Plus, Beyonce eats here.

After a few mimosas, we took a trip to the Getty Museum, which is free! You can either drive there ($15 parking) or Lyft there, and then you take a tram up the hill. It was pretty overcast when we were there, but on a clear day you can get a view of the entire city. Plus, free art!

Later in the night we headed to the Arts District and visited Petty Cash Taqueria for some amazing tuna ceviche (and bomb margaritas), and ended the night at Angel City Brewery with a bunch of our friends. It was pretty much the perfect weekend in LA! Minus losing my passport. If you want more ideas of what to do on your weekend, check out our local LA City Guide here. If you want to know how to replace your Canadian passport in the US, we got you covered there too ;) 

PS - it's Elaine's birthday this Friday! Yes, we are a week apart. No, we do not share the same sign. Stay tuned for her birthday trip next (she doesn't know where we're going...yet).