My Olympics Part 4 – Celebrations Galore

Yes, the Olympic adventures continue!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

After only one volunteer shift I was lucky enough to have a day off (two in a row actually). I had originally planned to make my Sunday a lazy day at home, watching sports on tv, but when I woke up and saw just how gorgeous a day it was out, I knew I had to get downtown to take in the Olympic atmosphere. Plus it was Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year – you knew the city was going to be buzzing!

I wanted to get on a bus and get out there as soon as possible, so I threw together a quick breakfast – the same as the day before!

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More toast with pb & j, yogurt with craisins, coconut, and almonds, and some unpictured cranberry juice. Again with the patriotic breakfast 😉

After I was fuelled up I packed my things and was out the door to enjoy the excitement in the city. I had plans to visit certain locations, but ended up running into an old skating friend who was back in town from New Zealand with her boyfriend and flatmate, so I ended up spending a good portion of the day with them.

Our first stop was of course, the Olympic Cauldron.

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We weren’t the only ones vying for that perfect shot.

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We then meandered down to Historic Gastown.

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Our ultimate goal was to find a good spot to watch the last Vancouver Canucks hockey game before the NHL went on Olympic break. We found that place in the Lamplighter Pub.

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It was a good location – not too busy, good looking menu, and lots of TV’s showing both the hockey game and Olympic events. Can’t go wrong with that!

All I was craving was a good salad, and one on the menu jumped out at me – the Goat Cheese Croquette Salad. It includes: medjool dates, craisins, mixed greens, spicy candied walnuts, maple-ginger vinaigrette.

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It was a really nice combination of flavours – I especially liked the spicy candied walnuts. They added a real kick to the salad when you got a bite. And although the croquette seems like it might be small, it’s definitely enough goat cheese for the salad.

After lunch we parted ways as they were off to shop, and I was off to sightsee. I wandered around Gastown for a little while, snapping photos. It’s been years since I was last down there.

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And made my way along the outskirts of Chinatown.

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Which in turn led to a trip past Canada Hockey Place.

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I joined the crowds along the False Creek Seawall, and made my way towards the Edgewater Casino.

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To check out the Celebration Village and their Chinese New Year events.

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They have a full street food market going on, where you can enjoy any number of culinary delights.

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Because it was Chinese New Year’s, I was able to watch some of the lion dance. So good!

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Then I figured I should try out some of the street food offerings. How could you not? I knew I had to test out items I’d never had before. Like bubble tea! I chose the lychee tea (only because the coconut was sold out).

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As for something to munch on, I decided to go with something that completely intrigued me – takoyaki. From Wikipedia: Takoyaki (たこ焼き or 蛸焼?) (literally fried or baked octopus) is a popular Japanese dumpling made of batter, diced or whole baby octopus,tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion, topped with okonomiyaki sauce, ponzu, mayonnaise, green laver (aonori), andkatsuobushi (fish shavings)”.

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I wanted to try the scallop ones, but alas, they only had 2 ready to go, so I had them complete my order with 4 shrimp ones.

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Street food at it’s finest.

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Enjoyed looking out over False Creek at the Olympic Village.

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Once I had finished all my tasty eats (hello bubble tea, my new love), I figured it was about time I made the trek home. I strolled along the seawall, looking at all the inukshuks people had been building along the water.

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Canadian pride was out in full force.

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After all the fun of the day, it was great to come home and enjoy a nice dinner with the family.

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Pork chops with stuffing, broccoli & cauliflower with cheddar cheese, and a baked potato. Yum!

I caught up on all the sporting events of the day, and finished it off with a chocolate dipped strawberry. Yum!

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And that, my friends, brings another Olympic post to a close. There are many more to come! Stayed tuned.

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5 Comments on “My Olympics Part 4 – Celebrations Galore”

  1. February 28, 2010 at 5:56 am #

    what an adventurous day off! glad you got some fun time in with friends 🙂

    and goat cheese croquettes are definitely up there on my ten favorite things list.

  2. February 28, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU’VE NEVER HAD BUBBLE TEA BEFORE?? I love bubble tea! There is a great place in Sunwood Sq beside Hons and the one in the mall across from Lush (near the food court) is okay too. Strawberry is great and Taro is good too… tastes like baby arrowroot cookies.

  3. February 28, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    I’m shocked! Never had bubble tea?? Living in Victoria and Vancouver? Amazing!
    I really like takoyaky. In my residence we have a night of “Japanese culture” and they usually break out the takoyaky. The frozen aisle kind though, not street vendor. But probably every bit as authentic.

  4. February 28, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    Your whole day just sounds so cool! And I agree that bubble tea is just about the best thing ever.

  5. February 28, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    Wow, what a fun day of culture!

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