Let’s get back to the Olympic recap . . .
After the semi-finals were done we had no more tickets for any events (we originally had men’s luge tickets but sold those). Mind you that didn’t mean we couldn’t head out and soak in the atmosphere! So that’s exactly what we did – and we brought along a blogger friend! Marianne of From French Fries to Flax Seeds:
We spent the better part of the day wandering around Granville Island. Granville Island (not to be confused with Granville Street – clubbing central) operates as a cute little corner of Vancouver full of wonderful cafes, artist studios, and the world famous Granville Market. Long before moving to the West Coast, I remember watching a documentary showing the best urban farmer’s markets in the world. They ranked Granville as number one! Whether you agree with them or not there is no doubt it’s a cool place to hang out for a day. Particularly during the Olympics.
To be perfectly honest, we tried to get into the Swiss House (which was operating as a restaurant) but the line was long and not moving. At all. So instead we walked around Granville Island and had some yummy eats at the Farmer’s Market (sorry no pictures).
In the mid afternoon we said goodbye to Marianne. This was my first blogger meet-up and I have to say it was very successful! It totally felt like we’d known each other a very long time! Gracias for hanging out with us amiga!
After leaving Marianne the Fiancé and I continued walking all around Vancouver. It was cool to see the throngs of people from all over the world. The place was teeming with buskers, lively parties, and groups of people trying to catch glimpses of the Men’s Curling Gold Medal Match (Canada won btw!!!). It seemed as though everyone was out in the streets trying to have a good time!
Don’t worry – we took some time out to have some ridonculously yummy eats, courtesy of one of my favourite Korean restaurants in Vancouver!
One of these days I’ll order something else but for now I’m completely content with ordering my usual – a spicy cured tofu seafood stew! It comes piping hot, served with a bowl of rice, and all those wonderful small plates that you get at Korean restaurants. This restaurant (located next to Fog n’ Suds on Robson, in case you are wondering) is now one of my Vancouver stand-bys. I look forward to going back on every visit!
Given the exhaustion of our Hockey Semi-Final day (honestly we felt absolutely wasted by the end of the day) we were more than happy to keep our Saturday in Vancouver totally low-key. Of course before calling it a night we had to pay a visit to the Olympic Cauldron. There were loads of people trying to take pictures of the flame but we still got a great view and some pretty nice pictures too!
Surprisingly, the cauldron looked much more impressive in person than it ever did on television. Although I still maintain it looks like the Fortress of Solitude on fire!
Our Saturday in Vancouver was fun but the whole time we could barely contain our excitement for what was to come next! The Men’s Hockey Gold Medal Game!!!!
But that my friends, is a story for another day . . .