Bella Gelato is in the perfect spot for people watching. Try to grab a table on the patio so you can watch all the locals stroll by with their dogs while the marina looks picturesque across the road.
Heather, Amanda and I stopped by for happy hour as I LOVE the mimosas there. You see, they add in a dollop of gelato on top and it melts in to your drink – so good!!
We shared the burrata cheese (my fave!) which I always have when I visit. It’s dense and creamy and silky and heavenly and… You get my drift.
We also shared the bruschetta which is a really light variation. Lightly crisped bread slices with caprese cheese, tomato, arugula and of course a healthy dose of balsamic!
I hear their pizzas are true Italian and a must try too but I couldn’t fit it in.
The next day while we were waiting on coffee there we met the owner. What a passionate man! He was fantastical speak to and really cared about the community he lived in and the food he shares. He loves a challenge – see what you can come up with!
This weekend turned out unexpectedly well! I had originally planned to have a quiet weekend but as always, plans changed.
My friend Sunny called me on Thursday to see if a friend and I would like to join him for the annual James Bond party at The Vancouver Club. Can’t say no to that so next thing you know I was persuading my friend Jay to join me.
Friday was pretty quiet. Jay and I went shopping, she bought half of RW & co.
Saturday I went shopping with Billy at Metrotown then fell asleep in his couch while watching UFC.
Jay arrived around 6, we cooked squash spaghetti with basil chicken then started getting ready. Come 10pm we were just done and Sunny picked us up with Jens at 10.30ish.
The party was incredible – The Vancouver Club is just stunning. Jay, being an interior designer, spent most of her time ogling the fittings while I couldn’t take my eyes off all the killer suits and dresses.
We mingled and drank. Drink prices were surprisingly very reasonable with grey goose only $9 including tax and tip.
There was a carvery and dessert station in the VIP area, I managed to grab the last carvery plate, it was delicious. Or perhaps I was just drunk.
At 1am we all bundled up and headed to Cabana. It was packed but as always, we had an awesome time. There was actually a fight there, first I’ve seen in a long time. Managed to get my wrist bruised being thrown out of the action. Not long after that we retired home around 3am.
Sunday we woke up hardly hungover for once, it was great! We got up and devoured brunch at the Flying Pig in Yaletown before crashing ridiculously into a food coma for 3 hours on the couch! So much for our optimism to get out and about.
After dinner however I realised I had 9 free movie passes so we web to watch Last Vegas in Tinseltown. Hilarious movie, would def recommend it for a good laugh.
Spontaneous nights always seem to pan out to be some of the best.
Last night was one of them.
We decided to go for a quick drink and appies after an average day at work.
We parked and my boss, the shopoholic she is, asked if we could nip into Hollywood Boutique next to the Yaletown Skytrain. I obliged and she ended up purchasing a gorgeous green sparkly dress for New Years.
After much indecision we ended up at the Flying Pig. One glass of wine turned into a bottle and one amazing dish turned into four.
Part way through the evening I realised I was missing something. My bag. My entire purse. Filled with everything I need. Including my cards, ID, contacts and my keys. I ran back to the shop but it was closed. With a heavy heart I went back and told Yvette. By now she was crashing at my house… But without keys we couldn’t get it.
Of course my phone was dead but I eventually got through to my roomie Scott who was I’m Kits at a bday party as would be at least another hour.
With thy in mind Yvette suggested we check out The George for cocktails since I hadn’t been there. The place was dead, only one other guy there. Luckily the bar manager, Andy, took a liking to us and upon hearing out horror story shared a shot with us.
We ordered cocktails and Andy warned us that at 10.30pm 100 people were going to show up. We laughed at him.
11pm we’re giving Andy crap about all these people not showing up when low and behold 100 people waltz in the door! It was part of an annual scotch train pub crawl and they were all quite merry. I even knew a handful of them.
We ended up crawling into bed about 1am rather merry ourselves!
So this weekend was a long weekend. I had no idea!
If I knew I would have organised something. As it was I ended up working Monday anyway.
Friday started with drinks with the work ladies, 2 jugs of sangria later I was we’ll in my way for a good night. I had Jay, Merica and Heather over for drinks then we headed out. Was supposed to be a club VIP launch night but it was just guest list. One of the girls didn’t love the vibe so we didn’t even stay for a drink we just headed straight to Cabana.
Cabana was fun as always and we danced the night away. No idea what time I got home? 3am maybe?
Saturday I went shopping, I went to Victoria’s Secret and came out with 6 items 🙂 I love that place. I bought a top and some jewellery then met Maeghan for a coffee. We ended up heading back to mine so I could give her a bday gift and I cooked her fettuccine carbonara for dinner. Talked on the phone to my parents, watched a movie with Scott chewing on lollies and suddenly it was 2am and I missed my early night in.
Sunday I slept till 11, without waking! I was happily surprised. Next thing I knew Jay was over and we were an hour late for the Veuve Cliquot brunch, which started at 2pm.
It was a ticketed event, $30pp and included welcome champagne and brunch. Parlour did an awesome job with the food and staff and CanThrill did an amazing job with the event. It was sold out, full of happy people sculling Veuve & Grey Goose from the bottle. I love events like that, 4pm felt like 1am and I had lots of fun.
We ended up going to dinner at Global for dinner, the Chefs special which was one of the best meals I’ve had in Van. Rare rib eye, lobster, prawns it was perfect. Prob could have appreciated it more if it wasn’t for my drunken state.
With the intention of going out we headed back to SKLAs for some drinks but we all became lazy and Jay and I rocked home about 12.30am.
Poor Jay had a fever come on overnight and was sick as by morning so I spent the day tending to her needs while she watched movies, the good housewife that I am. I made veggie soup, dispensed pharmaceutical drugs, got coconut water and lemons etc.
In the arvo I sat down to work until mid evening then went to bed early and read.
All in all it turned out to be a great long weekend!
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