Last night I went out for dinner with a couple of friends. We decided to try a little cafe-type restaurant called NOSH. I found out about it through Dineout Vancouver, but I never had the chance to go during the festival 🙁 It opened up just a couple months ago, but it had lots of good reviews!
The restaurant is located near the corner of Trafalgar Street and West Broadway; for UBC students, this translates into the Macdonald Street stop on the 99 B-line.
Of course, you have to do a little walking. What’d you expect?
NOSH is pretty casual, but it has an intimate atmosphere—probably due to the small dining area. It’s nice and fresh-feeling, with wood floors and furniture.
I had a duck confit dish, which is served with a pot of roasted veggies and brussels sprouts. The sauce was salty and delicious, and I even ate the brussel sprouts—which is impressive, because I am not usually a sprout-eater. But omnomnom.
Also there are unidentified purple things that were sort of crunchy and very edible.
Looks pretty fancy, doesn’t it?
For dessert, I had something called a Caramel Budino. It was something like a creamy custard dessert, except 109482091238 times better because it was caramel and toffee and unidentified cake bottom. And it came in a little glass jar. So cute.
I ate a spoonful before remembering to take a picture. I’m new at this foodie thing, okay?
The best part is that for something that looked and tasted high-class, it was cheap! Tax-included, I spent barely over $20. Definitely an affordable meal for any student! So if you’re looking for somewhere new to eat, I suggest NOSH 🙂
Why the past two days have been good:
- I’m pretty sure I did well on my first ever midterm! It was easier than I anticipated, so I finished it in 20 min. Too bad it was only worth 10% of my KIN 190 (physiology) mark.
- I downloaded new music and it makes me happy.
- I can do a cartwheel almost perfectly now! Yay, gymnastics class!
- I got all my chemistry lab work done last night. In less than 4 hours.
Yeah, I’m pretty impressed with me too.
- I drove to school today, and I snagged the last cheap parking spot this morning. 😀
Why the past two days have been bad:
- I’m exhausted. I stayed at school late last night to finish my chemistry lab, and so I didn’t get home until 11. I’m definitely not getting enough sleep; the dark circles under my eyes feel permanent.
- I opened up a juice box today, took a sip, and realized it tasted like pineapple. I’m allergic to pineapples.
- Also, the job action is confusing me. I thought we just went through this in highschool…
It turns out I completed the wrong pre-lab last night. Suddenly, I’m not so impressed with myself, the lab professor is not impressed, and I’m realizing why it’s a really bad idea to do your lab work the night before. So for all you chemistry students: CHECK YOUR LAB SCHEDULE!
Things I’m not doing: Preparing to move.
The other day, I took public transit to Cambie and Broadway, where my orthodontist’s office is.
That means I took the 99 B-Line Express bus, which is probably one of the busiest bus routes (the only other huge bus I can think of is the 135 on Hastings Street). Even on a supposedly non-busy hour like 10am, the bus gets pretty full. It runs from Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station all the way to UBC, stopping only at major transit stops. It’s supposed to come every three minutes, which is handy because there are so many people (both students and professionals) coming from all over Greater Vancouver.
On the bus down to the Skytrain, I saw a girl, and someone who presumably was her father, carrying lots of bags and a huge hot pink suitcase. It was one of those shiny, plasticky suitcases, and it was at least half the girl’s size. Automatically, I knew she was heading off on a long, extended trip. It turned out to be that GWAPS and I were heading in the same westward direction (“GWAPS” is the Girl With A Pink Suitcase). When we got onto the same 99 B-line bus, it finally occurred to me that GWAPS is actually another UBC student!
And I’ll bet that she was a fellow first year, too. Question: Are non-international students only allowed to move in on September 1st?
Immediately, I started to notice other potential UBC mates. There were the twin sisters with long braids; they looked about my age. And then there was the glasses-wearing, Emma Stone look-alike. In addition, there were lots of people wearing heavier school backpacks; typical of what you’d see on a normal school day. I’m pretty sure I accused (all in my head, of course) about a dozen people of being UBC students before I even got off at my stop.
To be honest, I don’t know where I’m going with this. Maybe I’m saying that there will probably always be at least one UBC student on the 99 bus at any time. I’ll just have you all know; if you see a small Asian girl squinting at you on the bus, it’s probably not me. That is all.
PS. Good luck this school year, GWAPS! I liked those shoes you were wearing!