Shannon is a writer and a coffee drinker living in Vancouver. You can read more of her food writing at
Sometimes you just need a bite of something delicious to get you from point A to point B, without the hassle of sitting down to dine on a full meal. The next time you happen to find yourself strapped for cash or time or both, let’s hope you’re near East Vancouver’s Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood – a veritable paradise of snacks and tasty munchies for under $5.
Vancouver is unquestionably a city of coffee fans; one can find an indie café on almost every street corner. However, some days you just have to have your espresso the Italian way. Check out these local cafés if you're craving an authentic Italian experience. [Photo © Yellow Pages / Pages Jaunes]
Besides its rich cultural history, Turkish coffee is known for its strong flavour and unique unfiltered texture. It is poured into small cups from a copper cezve, grinds and all. Though not for the faint of heart, this beverage is favoured by many coffee fans, but can be hard to find if you don't know where to look. These Vancouver cafés and restaurants serve tasty traditional Turkish coffee to start you off.
Once a skid road for dragging logs to harbour, then a streetcar route and Italian suburb, Commercial Drive has long been central to Vancouver’s cultural diversity. Today, the foodie-focused strip is lined with restaurants, cafés and bars serving an array of international cuisines. These spots are worth checking out if you’re into food - like really, really into it. [Photo courtesy of Jamjar]
Can you imagine a world without nachos? When Ignacio Anaya decided to melt cheese on top of tortilla chips for a group of American army wives stationed in Mexico during the Second World War, he truly changed our snacking lives forever. Nowadays, you'll spot a plate of tortillas and melted cheddar on almost any restaurant menu. And even though it’s difficult to be disappointed by nachos, some are undeniably better than others.
Fish and chips, one of the world’s most ingenious food pairings, may be historically recognized as a British dish (Winston Churchill famously referred to them as “the good companions”), but they are a staple of any coastal city’s food scene. Vancouver is no different. Variations of the classic meal – fingers of fried haddock or cod accompanied by mouth-watering crispy potatoes – can be found in almost every neighbourhood. 
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