Posts from the ‘Vancouver’ Category

The Future Belongs to the Curious!


I stumbled onto this interesting and inspiring video today, and after watching it, I had to look up what SkillShare was all about. The catchphrase at the end of the video is: “The future belongs to the curious”. Well, I am certainly curious, so I googled it. Turns out that SkillShare is a sort of online learning hub. Their slogan is “Learn Anything From Anyone”. Basically, anyone can register to give a course in anything, and then people can sign up for it! Sounds pretty awesome right!?!? It’s not available yet in Vancouver, but you can go to their website here and vote for it to become ‘unlocked’ (I think that means available?) in Vancouver.

Do it!!!!!

More Vancouver Posters!

I found more rad posters/ prints starring Vancouver. I love them!

Drawn map of the city. The artist who made this also makes maps that look similar but are paper cuts. Amazing! Available here on Etsy.

Another cool map. I sort of love maps. From here.

A fun city skyline decal.

   

And my personal faves! They would look so cool together hanging on a wall! From this great little Etsy shop.

Any of these posters would make a great gift for Vancouverites living away from their hometown =) I would have loved to have one when we were in Singapore.  Oh, and they are all available for sale on Etsy. If you have not yet discovered the magic and joy that is Etsy, you should probably go there right now. Ahhhhh handmade bliss……

Winter Adventure!

One of the gifts I got for Brett this year was a mystery ‘Winter Adventure’. Basically, it was an evening on Grouse Mountain, either snowshoeing or skating and then dinner at the fancy restaurant on the mountain, The Observatory. I had to book it ahead of time to make the dinner reservations and so wasn’t sure what the weather would be like on the chosen date. The weather turned out to be: DOOM AND GLOOM. Lame. But still fun!

We went night snowshoeing, which I have never done before. We used our new snowshoes that we got for Christmas (Thanks Mom and Dad!!)

It was raining….a lot…..can you tell??

Still happy! After snowshoeing, we went for possibly the fanciest dinner I have ever had, which I wanted to take photos of but was too chicken to try. I think they frown on that kind of thing in posh restaurants? I had venison and Brett had lamb. Delish!

So, one more thing to tick off the life list: night snowshoeing!

Vancouver Posters

Hope you are all having a wonderbar holiday season! I want to share some Vancouver love with you today. Part of the reason I started this blog in the first place was as a place to highlight all the awesomeness that is Vancity. So. Check out these rad posters:

Numero Uno:

From Ork Posters

Numero Dos:

From Darryl Albert  *** My awesome sister Leesa gave me this poster for Christmas!***

Numero Tres:

From Lake Jane. This one is my personal fave, but is sadly not available anymore…

Anyone seen any other sweet Vancouver posters?? I’d love to see them!

Same season, new year…

I thought I would do a little Christmas Season Retrospective of the the 5 Christmases that Brett and I have spent together…quite a variety, as you will see:

Holidays 2007- Atlantic Trap and Grill Newfie Pub in Vancouver, Canada (No Christmas picture available so we will have to make do with a New Year’s shot instead)

Christmas Day 2008- On the beach in Varkala, India. That’s actually my friend Andrea in the photo….I didn’t have any with me in them, so she’s a good stand in.

Christmas Day, 2009, Swimming in the ocean in Auckland, New Zealand. To be fair, I only put my feet in. I don’t want to mislead anyone here. But I was wearing my bathing suit. So that’s saying something. Not going to be doing that in Canada on Christmas Day anytime soon.

December 23rd, 2010, Glacier Hiking in New Zealand. Awesome! That’s all I have to say.

December 23rd, 2011, Ice Skating with the fam, Richmond, B.C. Back in the Motherland for Christmas!

 

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Dinesty Restaurant

On Sunday (and by that I mean 10 or so Sundays ago, because I wrote this draft and then promptly fell off the blogging band wagon) we went to a Dim Sum Restaurant in Richmond called Dinesty. It was deeeeeeelish! I loves me some dumplings and these were the real deal! Almost like the legendary DinTaiFung….which we sadly don’t have in Canada. Anyway, here is a sample of what we ate:

      

From left to right: Pork Soup Dumplings (Xiaolongbao), Vegetable Pork Dumplings and Shrimp Pork XiaoMai. Y-U-M!

We also ordered pig’s ears. That’s them in the front dish. While they were not my new fave, I’m glad I tried them.

For more deets (and better pics!), check out Iron Gullet, the food blog of my friends Rob and Janette! Tons more yumminess!

Friday nights awesomeness

Brett and I had such a rad Friday night yesterday! We did so many things and it was such a beautiful night weather wise that even just walking around the city felt a little bit magical.

First, we went to see our first movie this year of the Vancouver International Film Fest. We chose Sarah Polley’s new film, Take This Waltz. It was a great movie- good story, great actors (Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby and Sarah Silverman), beautiful styling (I want to own every piece of clothing that Michelle Williams’ character wears in the movie) and some great shots of Canada (The movie is set in Toronto and Cape Breton). Oh and also a cool soundtrack! Plus, seeing movies at the film fest just has an extra nice vibe to it. All these people are there to see really great art, so it just has a different atmosphere than a regular movie.

After the movie, we walked over to the CBC Vancouver building, where there was a free, outdoor concert to celebrate the first annual Culture Day in Canada. Playing at the concert were The New Pornographers, The Midway State and The Stars. I had never heard of Midway State, but the other bands are two of our faves. It was AWESOMES!! Well, it was a bit short, but how can you complain, it was FREE!!! So we rocked out for an hour or so, then we hopped on the skytrain back to our hood.

Where we went to……St. Augustines, for yummy seasonal beer on tap and the best nachos I think I have ever had. EVER. They were amazing. Fresh guac, fresh salsa, oh my…..heaven. And the beer I had was called Red Racer Pumpkin Ale from Central City Brewing in Surrey. Who knew there was a microbrewery in Surrey!?!? I must go there……

Hope the rest of the weekend rocks as much!! Enjoy yours!!