Now, doesn't this make you hungry ?
I always order the same old, same old. This is a bacon, cheese burger with tomato, lettuce and carmelized onions. This is my standard order and I don't usually deviate. I'm not that adventurous.
This is part of my series of showing you around Vancouver and having a burger was just an excuse to snap a few photos of our premier shopping, down on Robson Street. (more info here) We used to come down here for dinner every Friday, until the Stanley Cup riots a few years ago (info here1) We are referring to the FIRST riot back in 1994, not the SECOND recent riot in 2011 (info here2) So embarrasing to have two recent riots. There are always trouble makers who come to the city to make trouble. I mean, who comes to a hockey game with baseball bats in their backpack, or molotov cocktails . . . and who wear balaclavas or masks to hide their faces . . .
We haven't been down here in "years" and I notice that we have a lot of vacant stores. This is the street with our highest retail rental rates. Appears that our local economy isn't as vibrant as I thought, or it could be that these stores cater mainly to tourists and tourists are not traveling to Vancouver. Or perhaps our visitors aren't spending any money
We also have private vendors selling Art on the sidewalk, in front of closed stores. I'm thinking what our visitors must be thinking about their impression of our city. When our economy was vibrant, pre 2008
You would be hard pressed to find parking on Robson Street. This night there is lots of room . . . even for an H-D Motorcycle. Robson Street is in a designated tourist district so the stores are allowed to open extended hours. If you were to visit Vancouver you would surely come to Robson & Thurlow Streets
This is it. Ground Zero of our premier shopping area, Robson Street (in the evening)
and here is how it appears "peeking around the corner"
Oh, back to my burger . . . We like to go to the Red Burger place and we were lucky to "jump" the line
by grabbing a couple of seats on the Counter, rather than having to wait half an hour or more for a more intimate table. Mrs Skoot is able to take larger bites so this is what she ordered
They also provide "unlimited" fries but we didn't order any extra and were content to only have what was served. In order to keep the calories down, I only had a glass of ice water, instead of the bottomless coke, which is what I would normal ordered
It is hard to capture a decent sunset in the City, but this is what we saw a couple of weeks ago
Hard to compete with wires and telephone poles