Aurora 1960 Vancouver

I'm a Vancouver girl who is inspired by fashion, travel, street art, trying something new, but most importantly --> anything referencing 60s style.

The blog is named Aurora because it is first a synonym for my name Dawn, and second because it is the name of sleeping beauty. I like the romanticized idea that excessive sleeping is regal because I do it so well. The '1960' ties in my fascination with the 60s particularly the fashion movement stemming from London and New York at the time.

I hope you enjoy! xo

- Aurora 1960

For Brunch (& Patio)

Havana on 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

Phone: 604-253-9119

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11-11pm, Fri 11-12am, Saturday 10-12am, Sun 10-11pm

Website: http://www.havanarestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @havanavancouver

 

The Havana patio is definitely the spot to be on a beautiful day in Vancouver, particularly for brunch which must be accompanied by a pitcher of Havana’s delicious sangria.

Located in the heart of commercial drive, Havana is a place to be seen and to enjoy great food with good friends. During the summer the patio is the main attraction for the restaurant so expect to wait for a coveted seat.

On my last visit I shared a pitcher of red sangria and for my meal I tried the Veggie Hash which comes with “two poached eggs, peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, goat cheese, brown toast, hollandaise”. It was very filling and I enjoyed every bite.

Something unique about this restaurant is the small art gallery located inside. Exhibit information available on the website.

This is a must visit spot on my list. Enjoy!

Photo source:

Exterior shot of Havana sign: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3562/3695806971_da7218127a_o.jpg

Busy patio shot: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3599/3695806737_2eb9263a71_o.jpg

Menu shot: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3459/3695807089_4f038e987a_o.jpg

Sangria pitcher shot: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3590/3695807361_8d48fe7fde_o.jpg

Interior shot: http://www.vancouvermom.ca/wp-content/themes/platform/functions/timthumb.php?src=http://www.vancouvermom.ca/wp-content/uploads/140510_havana_4.jpg&h=&w=480&zc=1

For Dinner

Cobre on 52 Powell Street, Gastown

Phone: 604-669-2396

Hours: Mon-Sun 5pm “til late”

Website: http://cobrerestaurant.com

Twitter: @CobreRestaurant

 

Another great eat in Gastown. Delicious food. Great atmosphere. Friendly staff.

The décor featured brick walls and low lighting. Perfect for gastown.

To eat I had the heirloom tomato salad and “Qualicum beach diver caught scallops buttter browned fresh hearts of palm, coconut bisque”.  To drink I had the white sangria with fresh peaches, and later a shot of tequila courtesy of a friendly staffer.

The portions are smaller as per usual with tapa menus, with the exception of the soup.

It is good to know that like other tapa focused restaurants in the city at Cobre food should be ordered with sharing in mind because the plates will come out at different times.

I would definitely put this on your list of places to try in the city!

Photo sources:

Exterior sign shot: http://www.timinganddelivery.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/cobre_gastown.jpg

Interior shot (kitchen/tables): http://www.bcliquorstores.com/files/attachments/cobre_01.jpg

Interior top level shot: http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/wordofmouth/0702.cobre-room.jpg

Bar shot: http://urbandiner.ca/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/cobre_bar.jpg

If you have been to 100 Nights at the Opus hotel you may have noticed some sections of this quote spread throughout the room. Love it!

100 Nights Twitter: @_100Nights

Photo source: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=167230640007998&comments#!/photo.php?fbid=159924977405231&set=a.159924974071898.40863.159924817405247&type=1&theater

It is sad that it had to come out in this way but love can be seen in Vancouver’s downtown core in response to the riots after the Canuck’s Stanley Cup loss last Wednesday the 15th.

It is great to see people coming together to leave messages on the walls boarded up against broken store windows.

Wednesday was an ugly night for the city but I think it is important to acknowledge the work of all of the volunteers who came out to help clean up!

Love the wall of Sid Dickens tiles at Bernstein & Gold.

Bernstein & Gold on 1168 Hamilton Street, Suite #100.

Website: http://www.bernsteinandgoldinteriors.com/

Sid Dickens tiles are also found at Chintz & Co. on 950 Homer Street (www.chintz.com) and Gigi B on Granville 1666 Johnston Street, Granville Island.

Bernstein & Gold wall shot (better than mine!): http://www.eye-on-vancouver.com/images/bernstein-gold-interiors-21469401.jpg

Exterior shot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ybia/5250401428/

For Dinner

Trattoria Italian Kitchen on 1850 West 4th Avenue, Kitsilano.

Phone: 604-732-1441 Hours: Mon-Thur 11:30-1am, Fri 11:30-2am, Sat 10:30-2am, Sun 10:30-1am (Brunch available on Saturday & Sunday)

Website:  http://www.trattoriakitchen.ca/index.html

Twitter:@Glowbal_Group

I had a great dinner at Trattoria this week and highly recommend it. The food was excellent and the service was equally as great. I was in a great mood as it was my first official patio dinner of the “summer”.

What I had to eat:

To start crispy fried calamari in a spicy sicilian tomato sauce with and Margherita tomato, basil, mozzarella flatbread.

For an entre I shared the caprese salad with Glowbal Group’s signature mozzarella bufala cheese, and the spaghetti Carbonara with “pancetta, scallions, free range egg, parmigiano reggiano”. The Carbonara was amazing.

For dessert a platter of tiramisu and zeppole al cioccolato “home made chocolate stuffed firtters [with] vanilla anglaise”. I am still thinking about the zeppole al cioccolato (they look like powdered doughnut holes filled with chocolate) it was delicious.

This is a must visit restaurant. I highly recommend it over its downtown counterpart Italian Kitchen on Alberni, mainly because it has a very different vibe. It felt friendly and intimate. It is a much smaller location but I think that ads to its charm.

Photo sources:

Exterior shot: http://a2.urbns.pn/w/s/gf/TWAppLgfYHDiu6-640m.jpg 

Interior shot 1: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2578/3994121758_9ec8a42489.jpg

Interior shot 2: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2578/3994121758_9ec8a42489.jpg

Pasta shot: http://a1.urbns.pn/w/s/Zx/Rp6MRQIOMWRF2r-640m.jpg

Dessert shot: http://a1.urbns.pn/w/s/53/E5p1og0ilAn2vU-640m.jpg

In Vancouver Canuck fever has officially set in as can be seen from the flags flying out of car windows, to signs in windows, and jerseys becoming a wardrobe standard.

Tonight is game one of the Stanely Cup playoff West versus East series and the city couldn’t be more excited!

Photo source:

Canuck street art shot: http://scoutmagazine.ca/scout/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/IMG_8115.jpg

For Lunch

Pronto on 3473 Cambie St, Vancouver.

Phone: 604-722-2933

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-5pm

Website: http://prontocaffe.ca/

Twitter: @ProntoCambie

 

A great place to grab lunch. It is very well priced and the staff are friendly. The restaurant gives off the vibe of a retro diner. There is lots of seating.

I tried the Provolone Sandwich with roasted garlic, red pepper and provolone cheese. It was a panini style sandwich. I also had the tomato basil soup.

The menu items are simple but delicious.

Photo sources:

Store front: me

Logo on window shot: Pronto Facebook page

Menu shot, Interior shot & food on table shot: me

For Dinner

Ki Modern Japanese & Bar on 310-1121 Alberni Street, Vancouver.

Phone: 604-609-0600

Hours: TBA. Open for lunch & dinner.

Website: http://kijapanese.com/

 

New restaurant. Difficult to find information about it.

The restaurant and bar/lounge are in two separate buildings at the top of the stairs that lead to the entrances.

The decor in the restaurant features high ceilings with dark wood panels on the walls. High booths that provide privacy, not a place to go and “be seen”.  The layout is split level with the main dining area on the lower portion and the higher level with smaller tables and a large bar for seating. The decor reminded me of the Keg in Yaletown.

We went for dinner at 9 on a Wednesday so it wasn’t very busy but it gave our group a chance to scope out the new restaurant.

The staff were very accommodating and were sure to make sure our dinner went seamlessly.

To drink I tried the girlie Hello Kitty* martini which exceeded my expectations. It was delicious. I have had a Hello Kitty martini at Goldfish several times which is lychee flavour where as this martini was more tropical and refreshing.
*Will post details when Vancouver drink menu is available online.

To start , miso Soup with tofu, scallions and wakame.

With the sushi that I ordered as my entre I tried an order of aji which is a japanese horse mackerel which was different and I enjoyed it. 

My favourite roll was the Kiwi-Tuna maikimono with “yellowfin tuna, mango, cucumber, spicy tomato salsa, topped with Kyoto miso”. I was looking for something different so the kiwi-mango mix caught my attention. 

Some of my friends really enjoyed the pan-seared Fresh halibut with “lemon confit + wasabi cream sauce”, and sides like the sweet and Yukon gold garlic wasabi Mashed Potato, and sweet potato wedges with wasabi mayo.

I would say Ki is somewhere new to try. As there are so many restaurants that offer sushi in the city there will be lots of competition for this restaurant.

Photos: (to come)

Logo: http://www.nightouttoronto.com/mnodata/userphotos/217/63499-ki-modern-japanese-restaurant—bar-3144-0.gif

For Lunch and For Dinner

Rodney’s Oyster House on 1228 Hamilton Street #405, Vancouver.

Phone: 604-609-0080  

Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-11pm; Sat 12-11pm; Sun 4:30-10pm

Website: http://rohvan.com/

 

Rodney’s is THE place to take an Oyster lover or anyone who loves seafood.

The vibe at Rodney’s is very low-key and casual. The decor is nautical and feels authentic not over staged.

Behind the oyster bar you will see the staff prepping the oysters shredding up horseradish. The oyster shucking is really a presentation that ads to the experience.

On my last visit it was a cold day so I warmed up with the ‘garlic shrimp with toast’ and of course no visit to this restaurant would be complete without sampling some oysters. The oysters are served with an array of condiments that leave you wanting to try more oysters and sauce combinations.

For dessert I couldn’t resist a slice of the vanilla cheese cake.

It is a great place to go with friends and try new flavours.

Photo Sources:

Exterior shot: http://www.globaltvcalgary.com/1948690.bin?size=sw620nws

Oyster bar: http://www.vanmag.com/sites/files/_VM1010_ED_Rodneysinterior_.jpg

Oysters on ice shot: http://photodreamz.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/rodneys-oyster-house-yatown.jpg

Oyster platter shot: http://www.urbanspoon.com/u/photo_list/181522?photo_id=504455

Sauce platter shot: http://a2.urbns.pn/w/s/Lx/thsNjmR58UfCp7-640m.jpg

Garlic shrimp & toast shot: http://www.foodgps.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/2006-november-306_edited.jpg

Just out of bed napkin shot: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3398/3222190212_df992969b5.jpg

Menu shot: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_xNJY0sSxMhg/TCvjK25flII/AAAAAAAAAvU/1AYYpratGjs/s1600/rodneysoystermenu.JPG

Second level shot: http://www.foodgps.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/2006-november-307.jpg