I recently spent a week test driving the re-engineered Honda Civic Sedan Sport Touring 2022 car around the city while I was out and about trying some new dishes at restaurants and cafes in Vancouver. Always love checking out new cafes that open in and out of the city; Forecast Coffee is one of the newest to open in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
Always love checking out new cafes that open in and out of the city; Forecast Coffee is one of the newest to open in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. I visited on a weekday afternoon to try their coffee, it’s a Whistler based coffee company that recently opened in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood serving their own roasted coffee beans which are available in cool packaging, they also have coffee beverages and feature some dishes made in house for breakfast, lunch or snacks. I had a Flat White to go. You can find them on instagram here.
The next day, I visited Jo’s Italian Deli in the West Point Grey neighbourhood for lunch where I had ROSÉ Radiatori in a Classic Pink Sauce to go. This pasta eatery is also an Italian grocer which features all sorts of dry pastas, sauces and other products imported from Italy. They also make their pasta fresh in house, have sandwiches and other food and drink items. You can find them on instagram here.
In this 2022 model there were many new features introduced such as the first all-digital LCD instrument display (Touring); they also added their first heated steering wheel.
The next day I was over in the East Village neighbourhood which always gives me a good excuse to visit the Pie Shoppe for some of their delicious pies or in this case slices. This was the delicious Fig and Ricotta tart. You can find them on instagram here.
Standard addition is the new 7-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ integration; also available is a new 9-inch HD colour touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ integration.
Another day in East Van and I went to check out Oh Carolina for a light lunch. I loved the former grocery store turned hip neighbourhood café and grocer in Mount Pleasant with a wonderful landscaped patio outside. Here I had the Smoked Sockeye Toast. You can find them on Instagram here.
They have added a Qi-compatible wireless charging (Touring) station which made for easy phone charging while driving.
For dinner I visited newly opened Loula’s Taverna on Commercial Drive for their Greek cuisine, a lively restaurant serving up tasting Greek dishes. The décor features the colours of Greece and it’s bright with its white walls on the interior, and blue tables and chairs, it’s also got faux climbing greenery and red flowers and the interior design comes from another connection who also did the Sopra Sotto eatery down the street.
The Marouli Salad with lettuce, green onion, dill, red wine vinegar, EVOO is refreshing; while the Lamb Chops with tzatziki, and bread were a delicious start.
I loved both the Hand-Cut French fries with feta and these were crispy and so good along with the tasty Chicken Boutakia that is marinated for many hours and then roasted for 3 hours on the rotisserie. I also loved the Brocolo – broccolini with a delicious lemon and virgin olive oil sauce; and the Revithada -oven baked chickpeas.
For dessert I loved the Ecmek shredded phyllo, masticha cream custard, sliced almonds..
You can find them on instagram here.
The sedan also features all-new simple, clean exterior and interior styling, with a more powerful and fuel-efficient 1.5-litre turbo engine; enhanced architecture and stronger body, updated suspension and steering tuning for improved handling and ride. The touring model also boasts a Civic-first Bose premium sound system with 12 speakers. One other great feature was the updated single camera Honda Sensing® system with new Traffic Jam Assist, Low Speed Braking Control (Touring).
Another night I headed over the the Westside of the city, specifically to Dunbar Village for dinner at Urban Thai Bstro specializing in Thai cuisine.
The standouts here were the delicious Duck Noodle Soup with a house-made broth and roasted duck; as well as the Massaman curry rack of lamb as well as the Jumbo XL Tiger Prawns in a curry egg sauce.
You can find them on instagram here.
The Honda Civic Sedan Sport Touring was enjoyable to drive around Vancouver in the to try some great eateries.
By: Richard Wolak
Disclosure: Honda Canada provided me with the 2022 Honda Civic for a week to test drive, and photograph.