As I've been blogging about, Nick and I had our 1-year anniversary on July 31 celebrated up in Vancouver, B.C.!The whole weekend we were saying 'why don't we do this more often?!' Vancouver is such a fantastic city with so much to do and great food, and only a 3 hour drive (including crossing the border) from Seattle. We'll be sure to go back hopefully soon!
We did lots of walking around the beautiful city and lots of great eating. Our first stop was to Japa Dog. A Japanese style hot dog that gained a ton of press from the recent Vancouver Olympics. Giada and Justin Bieber are fans!
celebs who love Japa Dog
showing off my Jappadog
Site of the 2010 Winter Olympics
We also had a fantastic dinner at a restaurant called The Italian Kitchen. It was great Italian comfort food, and a really swanky atmosphere. We had calamari and panzanella salad to start, and Nick had spaghetti and Kobe beef meatballs while I did a big calorie splurge with a lobster tagliatelle.
image: Italian Kitchen
Just by chance, we happened to be in Vancouver during a weekend a lot was going on. There was a huge fireworks show over English Bay we got to see and also the second biggest Pride Parade after San Francisco which we checked out after doing dim sum at a restaurant called Kirin! It's actually one of the largest Pride Parades in all of North America!
Another fun thing we did to top off the weekend was rent cruisers and bike around Stanley Park and the waterfront, about 7 miles. It's a great ride, meant for walking and beautiful views!
city skyline from Stanley Park
Stanley Park beach
Our first year of marriage has been wonderful and we're looking forward to many more years to come!
Oh and regarding gifts - the first year is traditionally paper - so we look a little twist on it and did tickets to Europe in September (blog post about it here)!