Lokafyer Profile: Rachael

Hi Rachael! Tell us a bit about yourself

I’ve lived all around the world but settled in Vancouver when I was 4 years old. This city will always have my heart. Being half-Chinese, I have an interesting perspective and  place in Vancouver. Both the previous and current immigration of Chinese people has been a big part in shaping Vancouver into the city it is. I’m really proud to be a Vancouverite and I’m sure people get tired of hearing about it.

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Why did you decide to join Lokafy?

I’m actually the Operations Manager at Lokafy in the Toronto office but whenever I’m back home, I’d love to be a Lokafyer. I think it’s such a great way to show travellers the truest form of your city. I think you learn things you wouldn’t otherwise be able to through Google. Even when I go to Yelp and check out restaurants in Vancouver, none of my favourites are listed.

What do you love most about your city?

Where do I start! Vancouver is an absolutely breathtaking city. Even in the rain, which is most of the time, you can see it’s beauty. Walking around and taking it in never ever gets old. The pace of Vancouver is a lot slower than other cities. The food is on par with it’s countries of origins. I love the sense of community that Vancouver has and it’s love for the environment. Compost trucks come around more often than garbage trucks! It’s hard to choose just one thing. The longer I’m away, the more I miss it.

If someone comes to visit you, where would you take them to eat?

Oh my. So. Many. Options. It really depends what you like and what time of day it is. Vancouver is known for it’s seafood. The Vancouver Aquarium created the Ocean Wise Seafood Program, which encourages sustainable seafood consumption. Minami or Blue Water Cafe in Yaletown and Yew in the Four Seasons would be my options. Literally anywhere in Granville Island for breakfast. I would also recommend going for some Chinese food. My family goes to The Ridge. It’s in my neighbourhood just south of downtown but it has some great home cooked Chinese food.

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What do you like to do for fun?

I love taking my dog for walks along the beach, in the forest or hikes in Whistler. Honestly, eating! My family members are big foodies. We like exploring new places to eat all the time. It’s our way of connecting with each other and spending time together.

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