Going for the Gold, eh?

Tomorrow marks the day that the 2010 Winter Olympic Cauldron will be lit in Vancouver, BC.  There will be over 80 countries competing over 17 days in Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross Country, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, and Speed Skating.  I actually used to take Figure Skating lessons when I was younger so this is the one sport I look forward to seeing the most!  My husband and I actually took a trip to Vancouver a few months ago and absolutely fell in love with the city! Here are my recommendations on must eat places… in medal order.

Granville Island

A public market in the middle of the city that has fascinating history and is an eclectic artistic community. This island is filled with waterfront restaurants, galleries, shops, and cafes. I don’t exactly remember where the pot pie and these delicious desserts were… so you’ll just have to walk around and find them for yourself!

Guu with Garlic

Japanese izakaya’s are HUGE in Vancouver. They are drinking establishments accompanied by tapas style foods. When we first walked into the restaurant, the chatty and fun atmosphere made us feel like we were instantly back in Asia.


Yes, this is a hot dog stand. No, this is not a typical one. It’s basically an infusion of Japanese food items on top of a traditional American hot dog. The one Jojo is eating is the Terimayo dog which contains Teriyaki Sauce, Japanese Mayonnaise, and Seaweed as toppings, mmmmm. Anthony Bourdain recommends it on No Reservations. Need I say more?


Bubble Queen

You may look at this and say… that’s just Bubble Tea, I can get Bubble Tea anywhere. But no, it is not your average Bubble Tea… it is the scrumptious, sweet, succulent, (insert more s words that mean delicious) Ferroro Rocher Bubble Tea! Ohhhh how I could go for one of these right now!

And on a separate note, if you haven’t seen this years Olympic mascots (Quatchi, Miga, Sumi, & side-kick Mukmuk), you really must take a gander at http://www.vancouver2010.com/mascot/. These mascots were created by the ever talented Meomi. My favorites are Mukmuk (the newest addition side-kick marmot) and Miga (a sea bear):

And yes, those are cookies, handmade by the AMAZING Sweetopia. She gives a tutorial on how to make these on her blog, go check it out! She makes it look soo simple, but I don’t think mine would ever turn out this well.

What Winter Olympic sports do you look forward to watching the most??


  1. Roxanna
    February 11, 2010 / 9:42 pm

    No love for Aberdeen Centre Food Court?! With the delicious Frappe Bliss? Vancouver has such great food!

    Of course, I always watch figure skating if there’s someone from Team USA to root for. Doesn’t seem like it this time around.

    • February 11, 2010 / 9:48 pm

      @Roxanna Yes, I did love that place too… but didn’t get a picture of it. =( That will be Honorable Mention #2 – Aberdeen Centre Food Court!

  2. February 11, 2010 / 11:09 pm

    we are not far from vancouver and hope to make a drive up there some day. i hear it’s beautiful and looks like they have some major good eats! i am totally looking forward to the figure skating. i was stoked that the championships were held right here in spokane for 2 years in a row. kristi yamaguchi was in town a few weeks ago, but i missed her! those are the cutest mascots ever!

  3. February 12, 2010 / 2:16 am

    thanks for the reviews! it all looks so yummy. can’t wait to visit vancouver one day!

  4. Lai
    February 12, 2010 / 9:12 am

    This blog refreshes my memories about Vancouver! I’ve been there several times and absolutely love it there. Granville Island and Stanley Park are nice scenes you can’t find in the States. The bubble tea there is so authentic! They even use real taro to make bubble tea. I heard in the news that Vancouver was ranked No. 1 city for living in the world!

  5. February 16, 2010 / 4:58 pm

    Isn’t Vancouver the best? I love living in Seattle, b/c I’m only a few hours away. The perfect weekend getaway. I’m looking forward to ice skating!! And I have crush on Apollo Ohno 😉 xo

  6. diane
    October 5, 2011 / 9:58 pm

    i LOVE the tea at Al Amode on Granville Island. I would really like to know how they make it. Thank you.

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