Vancouver Faces

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I interviewed one my favourite people in Vancouver, RAUL PACHECO. Multi-talented, Raul is a consultant/researcher/educator in environmental politics and policy by day and a popular blogger by night – Meet Raul.

Best kept secret in Vancouver?
I think many people don’t really realize how many inexpensive or free activities we have in Vancouver. If I told you the secret to all my hide-outs it wouldn’t be a secret, would it? I’ll share two of the best – First, Trout Lake – going for a walk there with a close friend on a warm and breezy Sunday afternoon? Bliss. Second? The beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park, and the pitch & putt there. If you want to learn to golf, one of the best places to do so. And the views of the city are amazing!

Favourite restaurant in the city?
I have many restaurants that are my favourite, so it’s kind of hard to pin down one of them. I’ve reviewed a lot of them on my UrbanSpoon page. I have favourites in each cuisine – for Ethiopian food, The Red Sea Cafe (Broadway and Fraser) is my absolute favourite. The sushi and variations of said sushi at Irashai Grill is fantastic. For Mexican food, I’m torn between DoΓ±a Cata, Don Guacamole and Salsa and Agave. And for Italian, Quattro on Fourth has always had a place in my heart, as has the Water Street Cafe. For brunch, I adore Crave, The Nice Cafe and Rhizome (all of them around the Main Street area).

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