Friday, June 26, 2015

2015 Canada West: More Vancouver (6/25/2015)

Thursday, June 25, 2015 (continued)
We left Stanley Park to see more of Vancouver.
A-maze-ing Laughter/14 Laughing Men (2009, by Yue Minjun)
in Morton Park
More laughing men
Vancouver Centennial Rocketship
(1986 replica of a 1936 parade float)
Hinge Park sign (KSS)
Human Structures Vancouver (2014,
by Jonathan Borofsky) in Hinge Park 
Tamiko and Kent on a giant lounge chair (PBB)
Other chairs with the BC Place arena across False Creek (KSS)
Southeast False Creek Development art installation (KSS)
Science World (1985, built for Expo '86) geodesic dome
Southeast False Creek Waterfront (KSS)
Salish North Star in Maple Leaf (2010,
by Wade Baker of the Squamish Nation (KSS)
Giant Sparrows (1988, by Myfanwy MacLeod)
A sparrow pecks at Tamiko's camera (KSS)
Food truck in Olympic Village Square (KSS)
Japadog menu (KSS)
Vij's Railway Express food truck
We figured out how to get onto Granville Island.
Colourful shops!
Lobsters flown in daily from Nova Scotia
Flowers and plants for sale in Triangle Square
The Public Market (1979)
The Public Market showing its industrial beginnings
Expensive eggs
Fancy chocolates
Piles of berries and cherries
Local salmon
Salmon candy
Cute knitted caps
More evidence of former industry
Ocean Concrete Silos (2014, painted byOs Gemeos, twin brother artists from Brazil) 
Ocean Concrete Silos
Next we headed to Queen Elizabeth Park.
Bloedel Conservatory (1969) aka Alien Ship is a triodetic dome
Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club
Rose Garden
Dried Allium sp flowers
Roses with goldenrod
Climbing rose for sure!
Woven fence
Cotinus coggygria/European Smoke Tree
Time for dinner.
Tojo is a world-renowned chef and his restaurant is where it was recommended to eat omakase/chef's choice at the sushi bar. But we decided not to do so, once it was explained it could cost $150 per person!
Tojo's Tuna Signature Dish:Tuna sashimi with special sesame and wasabi sauce;
yes, it melts in your mouth
Stealth photo of Tojo (in the middle) (PBB)
Great BC Roll (Inside-out barbecued salmon skin roll
with cucumber, sesame seeds and more salmon skin on top)
Tojo Roll (West coast dungeness crab, avocado,
spinach and egg rolled inside-out with sesame seeds on top);
*Note that Tojo is credited with inventing the California Roll
We also had Assorted Sushi /Nigiri, which was the chef's choice anyway, just a lot cheaper!
After dinner we went to the airport to drop off the rental car and wait for our red-eye flight to Chicago.
The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, The Jade Canoe (1994 casting of
Bill Reid sculpture, with jade green patina) at the airport

Friday, June 26, 2015
Arrived in Chicago to catch a flight to Minneapolis/St Paul to end the trip.
Best Western Plus Bandana Square (1985)
built in a former train repair shop
Best Western Plus Bandana Square breakfast "hut"