Welcome to the Vancouver Lexicon. Its purpose is to pin down the patois of the City of Vancouver by recording its toponyms, nicknames, slang terms, personalities, places, and other Van-centric things.
"You hear all these great stories about the former glories of Market Alley, but it's hard to imagine it because of the stench of piss..."
"It's gotta be Flying Ant Day because there are half a dozen of the sexed up critters currently writhing in my beer..."
"In a town so full of fools it's odd that there has only ever been one 'official' Town Fool, and that was Joachim Foikus..."
"My parents used to tell stories about sneaking beers into the Green Door and feasting big on spot prawns and fresh crab..."
"Three of my top five most intimate and memorable shows of all time were staged among the crates at Zulu..."
"I'm thinking about buying a cold sixpack of Hermann's on my break. Want to split it in the shade at the Whale Wall after work?"
"When Vancouverites find out that White Lunch used to be a thing, I think they're more embarrassed than they are surprised..."
"Even though we've gone all the way to the Stanley Cup Final three times, my biggest Canucks thrill of all time remains The Shift."
"Once I thought I found a new favourite Italian restaurant, but then Pino cooked me something new and I was reminded of that impossibility."
"We were hoping to bring in more Gewurtztraminer for this vintage but we ended up paying almost 40% in bear tax."
"There's definitely an argument to be made for the Pirate Pak being the most emblematic, iconic meal in British Columbia..."
"I was planning on heading up to the cabin for the weekend but there's no way in hell I'm going to risk driving The Coq in this weather..."
"One of the best, most delicious harbingers of summer in Vancouver is the beginning of the spot prawn season..."
"I miss hitting Record Row on a Saturday afternoon and blowing my cash tips on a shit tonne of vinyl. Hell, I miss cash tips, too..."
"Some kids grew up believing in dragons, unicorns, elves and faeries, but I came of age still believing in the existence of Artesians."
"I'm sorry I was late for my shift but it's totally not my fault. I got stuck in a bear jam just south of Function Junction."
"With all due respect to Diana Krall, Nanaimo Bars are the greatest thing to have ever come out of the City of Nanaimo."
"I could use some cold beer, two hot dogs, a lot of direct sunshine and some screaming. Hey, I know! Let's go to a Canadians game!"
"I made some pork loin last night and knocked the pairing out of the park with an old Syrah from Nk'Mip..."
"I was actually honestly thinking about getting a Delica until I realised I'd have to learn how to drive and parallel park all over again..."
"One doesn't leave Granville Island Public Market without at least a half dozen Honey Dips from Lee's. What we're you thinking?"
"Making sense of which beach is which at Spanish Banks is a tricky thing, even for lifelong Vancouverites."
"The only things certain in this world are death, taxes and Cheech projecting the 'Nucks to win the Stanley Cup."
"If ever a moment of silence was deservedly observed in the restaurant world, it was when Gyoza King closed..."
"My uncle rocked a hand-drawn East Van Cross on his t-shirt back in 1972."
"Hi Mom. I made the ferry just in time but it's a milk run so it's probably best that you start dinner without me."
‘If you think Vancouver is a restrictive bummer now, you should be glad you weren't trying to have fun in the bottle club era!”
"My manager at work is a bit of a Relic. He keeps scheduling me to work brunch even though I told him I have yoga.."