This past weekend we were super fortunate to spend a night downtown without the kids. It was an incredible night due to some very generous friends.
Friends of ours are moving out east this month and before they go they wanted to treat us and another couple we hang out with a lot to a night out on them. We were told to make sure we had someone to take the kids for the night of November 3. So we did.
Before we got to the hotel we made a stop at Cartem’s Donuterie. If you’ve never had a Cartem’s donut, you need to change that ASAP. You can’t even compare them to Tim’s. Since we were being so generously treated to this night we thought we would start the night off with something sweet for everyone on us. And lucky for us, the employee at Cartem’s was feeling generous and gave us 50% off our dozen donuts. This was a good start.
We were going to be staying at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. Sam and I have never stayed at a fancy hotel so we were eager to see what we were in for. As we arrived at the hotel it was hard to miss the Lamborghini, Jaguar, and numerous other luxury cars parked out front of the hotel valet. The inside of the hotel is beyond luxurious with display cases full of outfits from designers I’ve never heard of.
As we got to our room we were blown away when we noticed how large it was. Why does anyone need a living room in their hotel room? As you can see from the photo below we were generously upgraded to a corner suite with an incredible view of downtown Vancouver. Friends of ours had a beautiful view of the lightly snow-dusted mountains from their corner suite.
The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver has a half in half out pool (picture below) which means you can swim from inside to outside without leaving the pool. It’s a very unique pool that I’ve only seen in magazines. The service was incredible with an employee at the front to greet every guest as they entered the pool and to offer you a towel and your choice of flavoured water. The pool was surrounded by the gym with treadmills, ellipticals and all the free weights and workout equipment you would need. The hot tub was hot, as it should be and was where the girls spent their time.
As our last couple got to the hotel, it was time to get ready for dinner. Dinner was a short 5 minute walk away to Black+Blue. Sam nor I had been to this restaurant before so again we were excited to see what we were in for. All I knew was they served A5 Grade Wagyu Beef. If you don’t know what that is, it’s the highest quality beef in the world. Wagyu cattle are so luxurious and precious that they get massages. Yes, the cattle get massages.
At Black+Blue there is a humidity-controlled glass case at the centre of the restaurant where you can see all the different cuts of meat they serve in the restaurant. It’s pretty cool to see a whole pig hanging there and all the different cuts of beef and pork they serve. Even their caviar is in there.
I won’t tell you about everything we ordered because you probably don’t care but everything we ate that night was next level. I will tell you about the Wagyu beef, though. My friend warned me to stick to a 6 ounce steak. I was confused as I usually order a 10 or 12 ounce steak. But trust is the foundation of any friendship, right? (That sounds so cliche, barf.) I trusted him and only ordered a ounce. They bring the raw steak to your table to show it to you before they cook it to make sure that it is acceptable to you. I’d never seen one before so I obviously said yes.
The steak was amazing. Beyond amazing even. It was unlike anything I had ever eaten before. As you can see from the picture it is so well marbled that all that fat was absorbed by the meat and it was so rich. The same richness as eating a stick of butter but a million times more flavourful. You know a steak is special when its price is listed per ounce on the menu. That being said, if you ever have the opportunity it try a wagyu steak, do it. It’s something everyone must try once.
Black+Blue was amazing and we finished the night with some desserts that were made and lit on fire tableside. Needless to say, our experience there was amazing and it’s something everyone should try. I highly recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for a fancy night out for a special occasion.
We finished our night with another hot tub and more Cartem’s before crawling into our king size bed for the night.
Breakfast was at YEW Restaurant at the hotel. It too was fantastic and for whatever reason we were seated at the “special table”. You know how restaurants usually have a room with a private table? That’s the one we got, the picture above, nobody asked for it but we got it. A giant glass-walled room with a table for about 12 that the 6 of us got to enjoy our breakfast in.
All in all, it was one of the best nights we have had out in a long time. Thank you to our amazing friends for the treat!
Never stop adventuring!