Snow City

1 March 2017 – I feel like I’m turning into a Weather Girl. Next thing you know, I’ll be looking for the camera, waving my hand at a non-existent screen & gurgling on about “wind chill” & “humidex” & “active weather.”

Well, maybe not.

But I do nonetheless find myself compelled to report on current weather. Weather here in temperate Vancouver, whose early spring is the envy of all Canada. Except this year: double-digits in Toronto, and snow-&-predictions-of-snow out here.

My new-found favourite café, The Last Crumb (3080 Main Street), is on top of the situation.

The Last Crumb, 3080 Main St Vancouver BC


I have not comforted myself with pie. Yet.



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  1. What a treat to walk Vancewver vicariously.
    Back in the 80s author and historian Jan Morris wrote about Canadian cities for Saturday Night magazine and compiled these loving, critical studies in a book. Example:
    “Vancouver is one of those cities, like San Francisco, which are the victims of their glorious settings.” Jan Morris, City to City, 1990.
    I also recall her ‘smile test’ where she would walk streets, smile at passersby and note their responses. From that, she called Van “Neo-Nice”.
    I so recommend her book — the chapter on Toronto is called “Flat City”.

    • I think there is something to the idea of being a victim of a glorious setting, it can cause newbies (like me!) to be so gob-smacked with the geo-beauty that they see everything as a postcard moment & never notice real life teeming all around them – as for Toronto being Flat City, well, maybe in the 80s… nuthin’ flat about Toronto to me now, at least not in its energy


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