Friday evening when I got home from work, I had the most random message waiting for me – a family acquaintance was in need of some people to help at a cherry demo at some Urban Fare locations downtown Vancouver on Saturday. How they were involved in the cherry demos and how they came to call me is a bit convoluted and not worth explaining. But how could I say no to 6 hours of handing out cherry samples when I was going to get paid a very nice stipend for my time? Talk about no brainer. Sign me up!
Saturday morning we made our way downtown, and I got set up at my location – right in the front entrance of the store!
These weren’t just any cherries – they were Jealous Fruits cherries, from just outside of Kelowna, BC. Why the name Jealous Fruits? Well, apparently these cherries are so good, all the other fruits are jealous of them. Creative idea, no? Urban Fare is the exclusive seller of the cherries in Vancouver, as most of their fruits are shipped over seas.
I donned my red checkered apron, put on my happy smiley face, and set out to entice people into sampling (and hopefully buying) some of these delicious cherries. I may or may not have sampled a few myself…for quality control purposes of course. You have to know the product you are pushing, right? I am happy to report they were of very high quality – huge, sweet, and delicious.
It was an interesting experience. Some people would completely pass you by, some would stop and chat, and some thought I worked for the store and asked me questions I definitely couldn’t answer. It was an easy job though, that’s for sure, and something I would do again if another opportunity came up. Oh, and if you ever get your hands on some Jealous Fruits cherries, you won’t be disappointed. I would have bought some to take home with me if I hadn’t just bought and froze 4 lbs a few days earlier.
When I had my lunch break, I took advantage of my prime downtown location and the gorgeous weather to have a very west coast lunch down in Coal Harbour, looking out over the water.
Sushi and Starbucks! Does it get any more Vancouver than that? I don’t think so.
I stopped in to a little sushi place around the corner from the store, and ordered a prawn & avocado roll, two pieces of salmon nigiri, and a gomae roll. I was intrigued when I saw I could get my favourite sushi accompaniment (gomae) in a roll.
The gomae roll was excellent – thumbs up to whoever came up with that idea. I want to recreate it at home. Prawn & avocado was good too. The salmon nigiri wasn’t the best. Not because the fish wasn’t fresh, but 1) it was farmed Atlantic salmon, therefore having little taste, and 2) the cut/size of the fish compared to the rice was off, making it less enjoyable than it should have been.
My non-fat, half-sweet iced green tea latte was refreshing on this hot day, even if they didn’t do the best mixing job.
And really, is there anything to complain about when you have a view like this?
Sometimes it pays to jump on those unexpected opportunities when they come up – something great might just be around the corner.