But our Christmas gift from one daughter's family was "Lunch and a Panto" with them, and we knew we'd enjoy ourselves once we got going. The pantomime (Hansel and Gretel, an East Van Panto) wasn't until the 2nd, but we decided to come over a day early to make sure we'd be on time for lunch beforehand. As well, we realize that we've allowed our city experiences to narrow lately, and finding something new together is always good for the couple-dom, right?
Wise decision. It meant we had time to get off the bus at an earlier stop than usual and stroll a different route looking for a place to eat. Serendipity and thoughts of the kimchi I'd just made with my daughter pulled us in the door at MDG Korean Restaurant on Denman Street. Yes, there was a wait for a table, but so worth the ten minutes shivering in the doorway (it was freezing -- literally -- outside and folks kept coming in and going out. . . Brrr!). But once we were seated, service was quick and friendly. The menu was full of very enticing but completely unfamiliar dishes, so I did some quick research on the iPhone and we both ordered Dolsot Bibimbap (his pork, mine beef).
Then, if you're eating your first Bibimbap ever on a sunny cold January 1st in Vancouver's West End, you'll wrap your cashmere scarf more tightly than usual as you button up your peacoat, and you'll join the crowds moving toward the Polar Bear swim at the beach just a block or two away. You might spend ten minutes watching the brave or foolish and soon-to-be-very-cold swimmers before you walk contentedly home together. We hurried a bit. . . .after all, it was time for my nap. (What?! That staying-up-until-midnight thing really wears a woman out!)
I have a bit more to show-and-tell you about our two days in Vancouver, but I can't convince the photos I see in my new MacBook Air's photo file to come play nicely in Blogger. I'm confident they will, eventually, as these ones did, but we seem to have a time delay to contend with, something I'm inclined to blame on Wifi speed or interruptions or, you know, something tech....Disappointing, because I've even managed a What I Wore photo or two, and you know how long it's been since I last did that. Watch this space, though, because I'll soon be posting again and sharing another yummy Vancouver meal/restaurant, and showing you What I Wore to the Panto.
Meanwhile, the other photos on this post are of my Saturday morning run through the fog on a lethally slippery route. Frosty but beautiful.
So, do you already know the delights of Bibimbap? Any other favourite Korean dishes to recommend? We're determined to work our way through the restaurant menu (everything's so reasonably priced!) so suggestions are very welcome. As well, I think we're going to try making Bibimbap at home, and I'd love to know if any of you already do that and have any pointers. Finally, I wish you all, one more time, and resoundingly, Happy New Year! I hope yours has started well, and if not, I hope it gets better and better from here. All the best in 2016! I hope you'll keep me company -- your reading and commenting is what keeps me writing.