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.
"I'm not at all prepared for when The Big One strikes. I have two packets of instant ramen and half a bottle of Chardonnay..."
“When I was a little kid I thought my Dad liked Kokanee because it was somehow flavoured with his favourite fish...”
"One of my life goals is to travel the Inside Passage from Victoria all the way north to Skagway and then back again..."
Despite popular belief, The Dominion's architect J.S. Helyer never fell to his death during the building’s opening party in 1910.
"It always feels a little spooky driving past the Hope Slide knowing that there are two people still buried under all the debris..."
"When I was little I was astonished by the canoe arrival clip looped from In the Land of the Head Hunters in the Royal BC Museum..."
"You know, sometimes the territorial acknowledgement feels a little rushed and insincere, but that was a really good one..."
"If I could live anywhere I wanted in Vancouver, it would be in the Hotel Europe's second floor patio suite overlooking Gastown..."
"The coolest thing about The Cheaper Show was the genuine thrill finding a piece of art that you loved that hadn't sold yet."
"I wonder what will happen when the viaducts come down and Produce Row sees its traffic increased by a billion percent..."
"When I was a kid I thought the Chevron Barge was full of cigarettes because my Mom bought smokes at our corner Chevron..."
"Woah, mine is so much spicier than yours! I hope the cook doesn't white-person your whole dinner. I'll tell the waiter you can take it..."
"Don't you think the Green Men should be paid to be at the games...like as much or even more than the zamboni guy?"
"No dude. 16th and Blenheim isn't Kitsilano. That's like the diaper of Dunbar. You gotta be northafourth..."
“Considering the number of candidates running for Mayor in this election, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mr. Peanut threw his hat into the ring too.”
"We biked and hiked our way into a secret backcountry camping spot with an amazing lake view up in Pemberdise last weekend..."
"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..."