Place 72 – Day 161: Vancouver, BC – Haircut & 49th Parallel

Haircut

We were up a little later today and we felt great!

We had a decent sized breakfast and watched a couple of YouTube videos and then got ready for the day.

We went down to Gastown for Curtis to get his haircut. Unfortunately, the barber was a bit behind and we had to wait for 30 minutes!

Curtis got his hair cut and was very happy with it! The barber was from Australia and had only been in the country for 9 weeks.

Coffee

After the haircut, we went for a coffee a our favourite place, 49th Parallel.

We each got a doughnut, Kim a chocolate one and Curtis a lemon one. Curtis also got a cappucino.

We left the coffee shop and walked home.

We watched a bit of TV and then went out to get some food for both tonight and the Thanksgiving meal tomorrow.

We don’t celebrate it, but want to have a nice roast anyway.

We started at Whole Foods, where we got a nice half rack of lamb to have.

We went to SaveOnFoods for tonight’s dinner, which was swedish meatballs, carrots, creamy gravy, mashed potato & peas.

We watched some more TV and then went to bed. Other than having an nice big dinner, we have no plans tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 160: Vancouver, BC – Fort Langley, Cranberry Festival & Market!

Fort Langley, Cranberry Festival & Market

We were up at 10:00, had a quick breakfast, got ready, got in the car and headed on up to Fort Langley.

This is a small ‘township’ out east, fairly close to the USA border.

Fort Langley, BC

It took us around 1 hour to get there and then we had to find some parking as there were a lot of cars parked everywhere!

We managed to find a spot next to a school which was luckily just a short walk from the middle of the town.

We walked to the town and the first thing we saw was their farmer’s market, which they seem to do every Saturday. This was full of some jams, cheeses, booze and trinkets, all home made!

We smelled and saw a perogie stall which was busy, but they only took cash, so we walked down to (the only) bank in the town which there was a large queue for!

We got some money out and then went back up to get perogies. They had a few different things cooking, so we got a plate each with everything on!

There were perogies, a sausage, onions and some kind of hamburger meat wrapped in lettuce in a spice sauce, all topped with a cream sauce.

It was all ok, but Curtis had liked the sausage the most and the lettuce wrap thing the least.

Kim really liked the perogie and disliked the sausage the most.

Once we finished eating, we went over to the cranberry festival market.

This was a whole street rammed with stalls, a lot selling cranberry related items, such as cranberry beer,chocolate and bakery items.

We walked around looking at this for a while and trying a few samples, and then went to find a place for a coffee.

Cool Alleyway!

Curtis got a large cappuccino and it tasted odd. Kim wanted an ice cream so we found an ice cream place and she got a creamy salted caramel cone.

We watched the dragon boat race as someone from Kim’s work was apparently competing, but we didn’t see her.

After the race, we finished our food and drink and saw a couple of antique stores, so we had to go in! The town was old and quaint, so perfect for an antique store.

We spent probably far too long in there, but some of the items were super cool!

Work Stuff

We drove back home which didn’t take too long and we got back in perfect time for Curtis to watch the Leafs game.

Whilst he did that, Kim had to go to the city and do stuff for work, on a Saturday!

She rewarded herself by going to a few shops whilst she we in the area and managed to get us both dressing gowns too.

(Bad) Katsu Curry

Kim got home shortly after the leafs game finished and we decided it was dinner time.

We wanted Katsu Curry, so found a couple of Japanese restaurants and picked one.

We picked wrong!

This was a Japanese pub of some sort and was falling apart and was not busy at all.

We eventually ordered after waiting for a long time. We each got a chicken curry and we ordered a vegetable donburi to share.

All of the food was mediocre and the service was awful. We left and almost certainly won’t go back there again.

We got back home and snuggled on the sofa to watch some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 153: Vancouver, BC – Free Clothes?!

Fry Up!

We both really fancied a fry up this morning and although we didn’t have everything for it, we made it work!

We had a sausage, egg and cheese muffin with beans and hash browns. Some bacon would have made it perfect, but it was already exactly what we wanted.

Air Vents

We got ready for the day and then we went out to grab a coffee.

We stopped in at Home Depot to see if they had any closable air vents as the ones we currently have cannot be closed and it is freezing! We didn’t find any, so we just went for a coffee.

We got a coffee from Starbucks and it was one of the best from there we have had!

Kim didn’t actually have a coffee, but a hot chocolate and Curtis had a flat white.

We finished up our coffee and headed home, where Kim sorted out some videos we had on the GoPro, which was something we have been meaning to do for a while now.

Free Clothes?!

Kim went shopping whilst Curtis watched hockey as she has a bonus from work to spend from work on work clothes!

She drove out to Metropolis which was quite busy. Once parked, Kim went to a LOT of shops, looking for different things and trying them on.

Kim was there for a total of around 4 or so and it was a bit productive but she didn’t get as much as she had hoped.

Church’s Chicken

We had been told that Church’s Chicken was good, compared to KFC at least.

Kim drove past one on the way home and thought it would be a good time to try!

We ate this whilst we watched some TV and chilled out for the evening.

The chicken was alright, but the breading was odd.

Providing we get good weather, we plan to do something fun tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 147: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Beef Stew

Coffee & Homesense

We eventually left the house and went up to check out a few things we needed from Homesense, but first, coffee!

Curtis wanted to get a cardamom latte to see if that is any good, but they didn’t have any, so he got a cappucino instead whilst Kim got a salted caramel hot chocolate.

We sat and relaxed for a bit and then went up to Homesense to find a few things. The main things we wanted were;

  • A duvet
  • An airtight contantainer for coffee
  • A dressing gown for Kim

We were able to get these things pretty easily and Curtis was also able to find a coat which he needed, and it was half price!

We got all of this (which was quite a bit of money) and then took it home before heading back out to go to the supermarket. We spent around $150 there which wasn’t too bad, but it was busy in there today.

Homemade Beef Stew

We got back home and Kim spent a couple of hours making a delicious beef stew with dumplings and a side of cauliflower cheese. A perfect warming dinner as the weather starts to get colder.

We settled and watched Vikings and had some ice cream.

A great Sunday night!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 132: Vancouver, BC – Whiskey Flights & Fancy French Meal!

Shopping & Coffee

As with every weekend, we did some shopping and grabbed a coffee before anything else!

We had breakfast, got ready and then went out to get something from London Drugs. Then, after that, we went to Homesense to find some perfect whiskey glasses to have for home, which we did! We had to queue for a while but eventually got them purchased and then went to Starbucks to get a coffee.

We had our coffee in Starbucks for a bit, but then went back home so others could sit down. The weather was bad, so coffee shops were busy!

We got back home and Kim took her shoes to the cobbler to get the. Heals re done. Whilst out, she saw a few dogs, one of which was a collie mixed with a German shepherd which was very cute! She then had a hug with a kitten before going back to pickup her shoes.

Whiskey Flights!

Once Kim got back, we started getting ready to go out.

We took the train down to the city and walked for 10 minutes up to a pub which has a whiskey bar out back!

We got in and got our flights of whiskey. Kim went for the Scottish, where as Curtis went for the recommended one from the barman which was the cherry aged whiskeys.

Along with our whiskey, we had a meat and cheese board, which was phenominal!


Shebeen Bar | Vancouver, BC

Our Rating:- 10/10


We had some great chats with the bar staff but then had to leave so we could make it to our dinner reservation, but we had a Jameson Mule before we left!

Fancy French Meal

Kim booked in a French meal, which we were very excited for! We each got a glass of wine and then some free bread, just before our mains arrived!


Jules Bistro | Vancouver, BC

Our Rating:- 9/10


Kim got a tenderloin steak with scallion potatoes as well and ratatouille, and Curtis had a terrific rack of lamb which came with potatoes and corn.

For dessert, Kim had a chocolate & caramel pudding and Curtis had a cappucino, which was the best he has had in a while!

We finished our food, paid up and walked back home.

Once we got back home, a little tipsy, we got some admin done and then watched the latest Suits episode before going to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 130: Vancouver, BC – First Hockey Game in Canada!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and had a cold brew that Kim got him and it wasn’t great and actually made Curtis feel a little unwell.

Curtis got a few ticket in the morning and some were a bit more complicated which was excellent for him, making the time go fast.

After lunch, which Curtis ate even though he didn’t feel too good, he was kinda out of things to do, but started doing part of a project which was to write up policies.

The later and later it got in the day, the closer it got to hockey time, so Curtis was getting more and more nervous!

Curtis left and found and umbrella at work, so took that to walk home with!

Kim’s Day

This morning there was no catering, but Kim was in a 2 hour fire safety warden training so that ate up most of her morning. After the course Kim caught up on her emails, mainly with a supplier and the caterers for next week.

Then the weekly pizza came in so Kim sorted that out before jumping on a call with the regular catering company they use to discuss the trail that Kim had used. They talked about a few tweaks Kim wanted to make. It was a really successful call.

Then the fire drill started. Kim grabbed her high vis and ushered everyone out of the building and then spent the time hearding cats to try to get everyone in the same place!

After the fire drill kim and the other new fire wardens had a debrief.
When she got back to the office, Kim took 5 to have a sit down as it was almost 3! Then she rememebrred that she had a 3pm deadline to contact the hotel that she was speaking to yesterday to fully resolve the issue. She sorted all that and then put the remainder of the doughnuts from yesterday out!

Kim then spent most of the rest of her day listening to voicemail messages and picking through the backlog of emails she has.

First Hockey Game In Canada!

Can’t say it went well…

We got back home and had some pizza and then watched some TV. Around 19:15, we left and got into the car, heading to the Richmond Olympic Oval.

The traffic was abysmal and even when we got there, there was a queue to drive into the parking.

The parking is meant to be $2 per hour, but it didn’t give us a ticket so we parked for free!

We got a spot and then as Curtis was walking, he slipped on the wet floor and broke his flip flop, so he had to walk barefoot for the rest of the way.

The arena is huge, but we each finally found our spots.

The changing room was massive, and there is 8 of them, so Curtis had plenty of room!

After a brief changing room discussion, it was warm up time…And then game time!

It started well and Curtis’ team were actually able to get the first goal.

It was a very close game and Curtis had some good chances, but the game ended 6-1 the other way! Technically, it was 9-1, but after a 5 goal lead, the goals stop counting.

Of course, handshakes at the end

After the game, we drove home and were super tired. Now here we are, writing the blog!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 126: Vancouver, BC – Productive Purchasing

Shoe Shopping

We had a relaxed morning and then went out around 14:00.

We hopped in the car and drove to Richmond.

After 25 minutes of driving, we arrived at the strip mall and went right to Designer Shoe Warehouse and started looking for shoes.

Curtis had already ripped through his shoes as they were actually quite flimsy, so it was time to find something a bit sturdier (and probably more expensive).

Curtis managed to find some Under Armour shoes which were actually a very good price, too.

Kim was unable to find any shoes and we were also looking for some walking/hiking shoes for the winter, bu DSW didn’t have any, so we moved on to Sketchers, which were also not great.

We wanted a break so went to Starbucks for a coffee, but it wasn’t great and they seemed to get some of our order wrong too!

Richmond Mall

We left Starbucks and got back into the car and drove to Richmond Mall.

Kim wanted to look in a few clothes shops and also still look for some shoes.

We eventually went to SportChek and it was successful! Kim got a skirt there, Curtis got an Under Armour compression shirt to wear whilst playing hockey and Kim even managed to get some Columbia walking shoes.

We left after being here and we got home around 18:30, so were out for a good while!

Sweet Chilli Wedges

We got some potatoes when we got home, chopped them up and boiled them to make wedges. Whilst this was happening, we cooked up some bacon and grated some cheese to put in with the wedges and some sweet chilli sauce.

We ate that and watched TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale