My Olympics Part 12 – Girl Power

Another instalment in the never-ending Olympic saga. At least this is a shorter one!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Somehow I managed to drag myself out of bed in time to make my 9 am shift, even with working until midnight the night before. I’m sure breakfast was cereal, because that’s really all I would have been able to come up with in that condition 😉

Today was a different day for us volunteers – only two games in the day! Not only that, but the men were no where to be seen. This day was all about the women. It was semi-final day in fact! I was excited, because it was the first (and only) day I would get to see any women’s hockey. Unfortunately, I wasn’t going to be there for the second game featuring their Canadians, but you can’t win ‘em all.

Surprisingly, I was lucky enough to again get an inside position, on the upper concourse. This meant I was able to enjoy a little hockey – USA vs. Sweden.


And per usual, I had my volunteer lunch.


Which was…soup and sandwich! But this lunch was a good one. In fact, when I walked into the break room I thought it smelled like chowder – and I was right! I had the creamy seafood chowder, lentil curry wrap, whole wheat roll, and granola bar. I loved the soup, and the wrap, but it was way too filling, so I only ate about half.

Because we only had two games going on at the arena, our shift was also shorter than normal. So, even though I should have just gone home to nap, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get in a little Olympic fun, so I hopped across the street to the Ontario Pavilion.


This pavilion was insanely popular, due to the 4D movie they were showing. The line up was so long every day! Even this day it was lengthy, but I figured it would only get worse as the Games went on, so I got in line, and chatted with 3 other women for the next hour.

What impressed me with the Ontario Pavilion was the food service offered to us in the line. Yes, a waiter came and took our orders off the pavilion menu, and brought them out to us. I went with the Ontario Mini Burger.


How cute is that baby? It was topped with Balderson Smoked Cheddar and Conestoga Bacon, and was a delicious little bite to keep me satiated as I waited to see the movie. One of the women I was standing in line with ordered the fries, and shared them with us, so I had a couple of those as well.

Check out that line up – longer than when I got in the line.


You take arty photos of things when you are standing in line that long.


The movie was really cool! It’s short, but I’d say it was worth the wait. I enjoyed the snow that was blown on us, and the smells they added to make the experience even that much more immersive.

After the movie, I headed on into the pavilion, which was mostly set up as a cafe/bar with some exhibits to check out, and lots of TV’s showing Olympic coverage.




I saddled on up to the bar to check out their Ontario food offerings (which were the same as the menu I’d seen outside, but I’m old and can’t remember things that long).


Not only did they have a nice food list (with all items priced at $5 or less), but there was a great beer and wine menu.


Also worthy to note, they had the best priced beer & wine I’d seen – only $6/glass.

Since I don’t drink beer, wine was my only option. I figured I’d gone all Games without imbibing, so why not today? It was hard to choose, but based upon the bartender’s recommendation, I went with the Cabernet Shiraz from Dan Aykroyd Wines.


Which I paired up with a sweet treat – the Kahlua Toffee Dufflet Brownie.


Please excuse the dodgy red lighting – I’d moved to a table, and it couldn’t be helped.

After enjoying my treats, I bid downtown adieu and made my way back to the ‘burbs. Another fun Olympic day down, only a few more to go! We’re heading into the home stretch – be sure to come back to see how it all eventually ends.


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6 Comments on “My Olympics Part 12 – Girl Power”

  1. March 14, 2010 at 4:30 am #

    This sounds like so much fun!! How neat!! So you volunteered at the Olympics?! Wow, I am so jealous, I would LOVE to do that someday! Glad you enjoyed yourself, and got to try some delicious food, and drink while you were at it 😉

  2. March 14, 2010 at 5:37 am #

    I’d be all over the lentil curry wrap! It sounds great! How is 4D different than 3D? Sorry if that’s a stupid question 🙂

  3. March 14, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    THESE ARE SUCH FUN RECAPS!!! still so jealous you got to experience it all! really really neat, Marianne!

  4. March 14, 2010 at 8:06 am #

    SUCH cool stuff! It’s so great you got to experience this all firsthand 🙂

  5. March 14, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    These are some of the best looking eats I’ve seen at the Olympics… I didn’t even know the Ontario Pavillion had a 4D movie. That’s pretty awesome. Oh man, now I really really want a brownie!

  6. March 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    I just stumbled across your blog. As a fellow Canadian healthy eating blogger I was excited to see all the Ontario foods! I love Balderson cheddar. I worked at a cheese shop and covered my school books in Balderson stickers in high school. I was super cool.

    I’m so jealous you could be out there for the games. Looks like fun! 🙂

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