How much do you love noodles?
Enough to go to nine different restaurants, sampling different types at each one? Well your eyes may say "YES, PLEASE", your belly might just say "NO MORE" after slurping, or shoveling, in the sixth or seventh plate.
That seemed to be the average number of restaurants completed during Vancouver Foodster's first ever Noodle Mania. If you followed the Twitter hashtag #NoodleManiaYVR at all during the event, you'd have noticed as the night progressed there were more and more "roll me out of here" and "uber full" comments flying around.
On a mission, I made it to all nine restaurants, and even had time to enjoy some pear tea at the start of my journey with the co-owner of Shaktea, Maria.
Driving from place to place was key that night, as my normal biking pace may have been slowed down by my ever-growing belly, bite after bite. It also helped because the distance between restaurants was vast, at least in the mindset of a girl from the island. We covered almost all of Vancouver, venturing from Yaletown, over to Kensington, down to Kerrisdale and back up to Kitsilano.
Let the journey begin.
Noodle Stop #1
Re-visiting The Mac Shack in Kerrisdale for some tex mex delight, the Bacon Cheeseburger Mac.
Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni and Vegetarian Macaroni
Noodle Stop #2
Being tempted by $2 wine shots while enjoying good compay at NOVO Pizzeria & Wine Bar.
Noodle Stop #3
Eating Pad Thai beside a rainbow at Bob Likes Thai Food. Imagining myself back in Thailand but being brought back to Vancouver as I discover I have no chopsticks to eat with, but a fork.
Noodle Stop #4
Chatting with the volunteer, loving the decor and taking photos of the monkeys in the tree as I eat Pad See-lw and Pad Thai loaded with peanuts at Urban Thai Bistro.
Pad See-lw and Pad Thai
Noodle Stop #5
Twisting Pinot Grigio infused spaghetti elegantly around my fork at Yaletown L'Antipasto and attempting to do the same with the delicious papperdelle with fennel sausage.
Spaghetti in a Pinot Grigio sauce and Papperdelle Rosse