ask Carina about
breakfast and brunch • fine dining • nightclubs • cocktail bars • beaches • parks • art galleries
What do you do and why do you do it?
I´m recently finishing my Master´s degree in economical sciences. With a family background of entrepreneurs, I always had an affection for business administration. While I finished my Bachelor´s degree back in Germany, I used to work as a merchandise controller for a department store chain. I always loved to calculate with numbers and money. Besides that, I am the Vancouver District Representative of Rotaract, the 18 to 30 year old subdivision of Rotary. I think, that giving back to the community you grow in is an important part of becoming a successful and happy person.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
This will be a long one: I Appear Missing (Queens Of The Stone Age); Tears Dry On Their Own (Amy Winehouse); Circulation (JPNSGRLS); Head Like A Hole (Nine Inch Nails); Black Eyed (Placebo); The Best Of You (Foo Fighters); Hail, Hail (Pearl Jam); Enjoy The Silence (Depeche Mode); Better Off Now (The Katherines); Hysteria (Muse); Teen Idle (Marina and the Diamonds); 156 (Mew); Possibility (Lykke Li); Don´t Look Back In Anger (Oasis); Home And Dry (Pet Shop Boys)
What are the best TV shows of all time?
The Nanny (sorry, I´m girly); Game of Thrones (sorry, I´m mainstream); Doctors Diary (sorry, I´m German)
Name some spots in Vancouver that are good for a Tinder date.
Fun Fact: I never had Tinder and therefor never went on a Tinder date. I would always suggest the Vancouver Art Gallery as a great spot for a first date though!
Who’s your hero and where in Vancouver would you take them out for a serious hang?
I don´t consider anybody my "hero", but I´d love to have a beer at the Moose with Trent Reznor.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Always depends. I try to buy more at local stores, but as the Euro-Girl that I am, I love Zara.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Probably Celebrities...it´s just not my type of Night Club.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Having dinner at places with small plates, because my husband is a giant and needs lots of food!
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Vancouver and where did you get it?
This probably sounds incomprehensible to any Canadian, but as a German in this country: Poutine. The idea of fries with gravy still seems like a total perversion to me. And don´t even get me started about Caesars!
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Vancouver that you particularly like?
I love "Ask for Luigi" in Railtown! Super tasty pasta dishes, and lovely staff!
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Vancouver? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
I stayed at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia this summer. It is a beautiful, old-fashioned hotel with lovely rooms in artdeco-style. They definitely make sure their guests feel welcome: I got a beautifully arranged fruit basket in an amazing room (still dreaming about the bathtub sometimes), and we had an amazing wine tasting. We also had access to the spa, which was sensational. All in all it costed around 700 $, but I would say it was totally worth it.
What restaurant in Vancouver looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
There´s a lot of small thai and sushi spots, that don´t exactly look fancy or especially inviting, but will give you awesome food to incredible prices!
Where can you get the best cocktail in Vancouver? Which one do you like?
I do enjoy my Old Fashioned at Prohibition.
Where would you take your partner in Vancouver if you wanted to really pamper them?
My husband and I went to Smile Thai for a couples massage, and it was amazing! It´s a beautiful location, their staff is super friendly and awesome!
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Well, they really are into Poutine here (I told you my opinion about it earlier), but besides that, and caused by a big Asian community in Vancouver, we have a huge variety of Bubble Tea and Asian Dessert Cafés that I would not want to miss!
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Vancouver?
A Europeans opinion: Every gelato place that charges more than 2 Dollars per scoop, so probably EVERY gelato place. Go to Europe for that, it will be so much cheaper, and so much better.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Vancouver?
Earl´s on Robson Street. Yes, it´s a chain, and yes, it´s basic. But their rooftop patio in summer is bomb! Plus: Happy hour ;-)
What are the Vancouver spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Stanley Park! It is our "Central Park", but soooo much better!