This Is Our #FirstStop Every Trip to Vancouver

Everyone has a #firststop in a city that they frequent. Exploring the world through the hyper-local lens of vetted musts is what our new travel series is all about. Here, we'll be sharing those places with you via hand-plucked, first-person accounts from our favorite tastemakers. It's going to be a melting pot of long-standing institutions and stumbled-upon dives. Last month we brought you my personal favorite alley in NYC—Freeman'sThis time, we're headed to the West Coast for a tour of Vancouver, B.C., with director Conrad Vernon. Turns out the guy who directed Sausage Party knows where to find the best martinis. 

Back in 2008, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Jonah Hill pitched Conrad Vernon an idea for a movie—in Rogen's living room. To hear the director tell it, everyone was in the "proper state of mind" to be receptive to the idea. Some eight years later, Sausage Party is hitting theaters as the R-rated animated comedy from the guys who brought you This Is the End. In its own right, Sausage Party is similarly about a group of friends facing the end of a world. The story by Rogen, Goldberg, and Hill follows a group of hot dog sausages as they escape their packages in search of a higher truth and/or buns. Yes, the NYT rumors are true. It is indeed an animated sex comedy that debates the existence of God... with food. 

Co-directed by Vernon and Greg Tiernan, the non- (repeat non-) family-friendly romp stars Rogen, Hill, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Nick Kroll, Paul Rudd, David Krumholtz, Bill Hader, James Franco, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride. The first animated project from Rogen and Goldberg's Point Grey production shingle promises to close out the summer with a wave of irreverent humor and endless sight gags.

Produced at Nitrogen Studios in Vancouver, Vernon split time between New York, Los Angeles, and the Canadian production office during the three-year animation pipeline. As such, we saw fit to tap the director for his favorite local hangs. Writing jokes about condiments and the existential beliefs of meat products is bound to work up an appetite.