Vancouver and San Francisco

Hi all! I thought I'd finally share the photos from my trip on here. Ali and I spent 2 weeks in Vancouver visiting my brother, his wife Shauna and their lovely little boy Finnegan. My nephew is the cutest. We also went to San Francisco for a few nights, I'd been before but I love it so much I can never resist a return visit. Mostly we hung out with family, saw the sights and ATE. 

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Ali was really excited about trying Jappadogs!

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It was good!

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My lovely nephew and sister in law.

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Can you see a racoon in there?

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We went to see Kimbra one night, she's my fav. She was wonderful. My brother and his wife were going to see The Shins the same night right beside us so we went out for nutella and strawberry crépes and stood drinking cinnamon liqueur from a coffee cup in the street. So much fun! Then Ali and I went off to Kimbra, danced and danced and drank many drinks then came home with food and passed out. 

Kimbra

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A lumberjack show (seriously) on Grouse mountain.

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This was like the best thing I ever ate ever.

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On to San Francisco now...

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Amazing Alcatraz.

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We met up with our friends Chris and Anne for 2 nights in SF. They are big foodies (Anne runs a cookery blog called Waffle Hearts) and any time we meet they take us somewhere amazing (like when we went to Ninja in NYC). The first night Anne just told us "wear something you don't mind spilling food on". Hmmm! Turns out we were going to Opaque, everyone keeps telling me they have seen it on CSI. It's basically a pitch black restaurant, you order before you go in and then you dine in the dark! So surreal, it was so much fun! Pouring water was....interesting. And I definitely dropped a green bean in my cocktail at one point. Eventually I just gave up on cutlery and used my hands...what? Nobody could see! I mean you honestly couldn't see one speck of light. The servers are all either completely or partially blind and try to guide you through the experience. I felt so full leaving, but had no idea how much I'd actually eaten as I hadn't seen any of it! 

The second night we went to this amazing thing called Off the Grid. There's a real culture of food trucks and street food in SF, and I don't mean messy kebabs and burgers - I mean real good food, there was even a creme brulée tent! Basically on Fridays they all get together in one space and you can eat whatever you want! We had pulled pork sliders (called Pork Floyd), Indian food, mango and sticky rice popsicles, cupcakes and kettle corn. So good! There was live music too, it was such a lovely evening. 

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Lovely Chris and Anne, Chris is from Norway and Anne is from Washington. We just got the invitation to their wedding in Italy in June - can't wait! 

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The cupcakes from here were GOOD. I had salted caramel, so yummy!

Sorry for bombarding you with photos, but hopefully you enjoyed them! I love sharing my holiday photos. It was so lovely to see my brother and his little family. I hope I can go back and visit soon. It really struck me on my trip how lucky I am to have so many people around me that love me, and how much I love my family. I go to Vancouver and get to spend time with amazing people, I get to live with someone I love completely, and when I'm not at my own home I get to be with my brothers and sisters and parents and grandparents and my little nieces and honestly - there's never a dull moment with them all around. 

20 comments:

  1. Aww I love Johnny Rockets, we went to San Fran a few years a go to visit family and its such a lovely place :) fab photos & I love the raccoon :) x

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  2. Aww these photos are lovely. You and Ali are such a cute couple! x

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  3. What great pictures and impressive you managed to do VC AND SF! Im desperate to go to both! xxx

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  4. Opaque sounds like the coolest thing ever! I think you should have a cupcake van! It would be SO cool!

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  5. Looks like you had an amazing time, America does the most awesome food! The burger I had in Johnny Rocket was amazing, I'm drooling at the thought of it lol xoxo

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  6. Vancouver is gorgeous isn't it? I saw that Lumberjack show at the top of Grouse Mountain too, in 2005! I remember it being cold up there! xx

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  7. I've always wanted to go to San Francisco, it looks amazing!

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  8. Look at all that foood, giant pikachu, more food mmmmmmmmm xx

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  9. I seen the Racoon :D Looks like you had a lovely time ! and OMG FOOOOOOD >o< <3 xxx

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  10. Claire this looks perfect and the weather looks amazing. I would love to visit Alcatraz <3 Glad you had fun x

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  11. aaah, I want a Beaver Tail now! They are crazy good.
    I'm still slightly confused as to the squid in a drawer photo, but it looks like you had a great time.

    Girl Reviews Things xx

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  12. This looks amazing, your family is so cute and I LOVE your Fleetwood Mac t-shirt! I have had Rumours on repeat recently, such a good album!

    Maria xxx

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  13. You're photos are amazing! I met Santa and watched frosty the snowman last year on grouse mountain. Did you go in the cable bus thingy? Or did you do the trail up? Annnd one more question! Did you visit Granville market in Vancouver? X

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    1. I did visit Granville Market it was lovely! And too lazy for the trail haha, also scared of heights! I was even scared of the cable bus thingy xxx

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  14. Looks like you had a great time - I want to go to San Francisco now! :) x

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  15. I always say this, but your photographs are beautiful! You could honestly make me want to go ANYWHERE!

    It looks like a fantastic holiday and you and Ali look so happy! You are right your nephew is adorable! But then again I'm all over babies.

    Gosh.. I'm hungry now.. ;)

    x

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  16. you are so cute in your pics!! x

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  17. Claire, these photos are AMAZING. I'm so, so jealous of your trip! I was following it all on instagram of course! Did you use two different cameras for the trip btw? I'm envious of your photo taking skillz. I've recently bought myself a bridge camera in the hopes of improving myself a bit.

    Love your Fleetwood Mac tshirt of course. You look soooo lovely in that photo. Your brother and his wife, and Finnegan make up such a sweet family unit, i totally awww'ed over those pictures!

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  18. Eee I love all of these pictures Claire! And oh my goodness, so so jealous you got to see Kimbra live! I'm kind of really obsessed with her right now u__u

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