We wanted to go on a little bit of an adventure for Valentine’s Day and look at the trip meter when we got in the car! Yes, time to hit reset and start fresh.
One of our favourite places to go is Deep Cove but it is just impossible to get to for most of the year. It is such a small town with so little parking and is so crazy-gorgeous… if you really want to spend any time there you have to go during the winter on a not-so-pretty day. It is just too damn popular.
For us, a grey February day in BC is ideal. We had tried to get there previously in the summer but so did everyone else. A driving nightmare. You can see why people want to go there though. It is unbelievably gorgeous!
On a Tuesday around noon it was quite quiet. Still no street parking but we got a spot in a free parking lot. It felt like we won the lottery.
Bluhouse Market & Cafe
We decided to go for a quick bite at Bluhouse Market & Cafe located at 4342 Gallant Avenue in North Vancouver.
This place is dedicated to being as good to the planet as possible and feeding people at the same time.
I loved it immediately. Bright with art all over the walls… I was charmed.
I loved the rustic furniture, all the white paint and the white washed wooden plank ceiling.
I ordered the forage crepe and helped myself to a mason jar of water.
Reg ordered a smoothie with protein powder that was huge! Turns out they were out of mushrooms so I had to choose another crepe. I picked the one with smoked salmon but it came with too many greens. Sadly, I did not like it very much which was a shame.
I did however love window shopping at the market at the back of the cafe.
Truly a special spot, if I had a cafe it would be just like this one.
On The Road Again
We walked back to our car and I saw this guy hanging out front of a house which made me laugh.
I felt like I beamed for most of the time during our quick little visit to Deep Cove. It was lovely to get back.
We went for a bit of a drive and ended up going down memory lane by accident. We drove by Park Royal which is where we stopped our Uhaul the first time we moved to BC. That parking lot was where we had our “We made it!” moment.
We also drove by the campground/RV park right by the Lions Gate Bridge that we camped at for the first few days while desperately trying to find a place to live in Vancouver.
Then it was over the bridge and into the city.
I really wanted to go for coffee and we discovered Continental Coffee House at 4295 Main Street.
Reg got a coffee made with the family’s own blend and I got a decaf mocha. Beautiful!
OK, I also snuck in a mini cannoli because it was so cute and I had never had one before. What a treat!
Reg LOVED his coffee which he said was very strong without being too bitter. I was shocked that my mocha was sweetened just enough, that for once I did not have to add sugar. What a beautiful rich mug of mocha.
Continental Coffee House is a total treasure and I am thrilled to find out they have a location on Commercial too! I will be checking that location out for sure.
Dinner And A Movie
We picked up a slice of pizza and went out to see the final Resident Evil movie. We had been to one of the other films for a wedding anniversary so I thought seeing a zombie horror flick on Valentine’s Day sounded like us. That said, we had seen La La Land a few nights before so we did get to enjoy some musical romance on the big screen too which was astoundingly good.
A Reg and Suzie Road Trip was the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day! We saw a lot and had a bite here and there, while reminiscing about our first move to the west coast.
I hope you had a good foodie day no matter how you spent Valentine’s Day. You do not have to spend a lot of money to spend time together, appreciating that special person in your life.