Over the weekend Reg and I decided to go see some of the holiday sites in downtown Vancouver. One that was super high on my list was the Vancouver Christmas Market.
Reg hates lines and as soon as he saw the one to get in, he wanted to leave. Being from Toronto, I was like no way! We travelled all the way downtown, we were going to go in. I knew this was a popular venue and it was going to busy no matter what. Luckily the line moved quite quickly.
The problem? They stuffed people in like the German sausages they were selling and we could barely move! I do not like crowds and people bumping into me and sadly, after paying $7 each for admission, I was immediately grumpy.
There were obviously way too many in this small market and I felt like this was more of a cash grab than a community event.
The market was very impressive, there was even a merry-go-round right smack in the middle. Sadly the lineups for everything were so long so if you were not waiting for something, there was nowhere to just stand and watch. Or for me, take photos. You always had to be shuffling and moving.
Elbow to elbow we walked around the small market to try and at least see what was there.
I was happy to see that you could get Beavertails and in particular, the Killaloe Sunrise. Nothing like fried dough with brown sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice!
For those who like sweet and/or savoury there were crepes and Borsch!
The crafts were pretty festive and the whole place was German-themed this year. Reg loved the wizard-looking nutcracker in particular.
I started laughing hysterically when I saw the Kartoffel Haus’ Hurricane Potato. The only thing I ever remembered from German class in high school was “Ich habe eine Kartoffel” (I have a potato) and there was the word Kartoffel!!! It finally came in handy, LOL.
OK, these looked pretty damn awesome, I have to say. Again, lineup was way too long. We shuffled on…
As we were winding around the bend with the rest of Christmas crowd, we started nearing the beginning again, passing booths for mulled wine and cider.
I really wanted to have a German sausage with sauerkraut but that was the longest line next to the one for the actual Christmas store. Sigh…
I giggled when I saw Berlin Vegan Eatery because I figured that was such a Vancouver idea but on Facebook Warren told me that actually when he was there the people at the booth said Berlin is the vegan capital of Europe. Who knew?
We got to the front entrance and we were done. I did not want to leave without eating something so Reg and I shared a pretzel and went for a walk. Free from the crazy crowds, enjoying a warm salty pretzel on a clear cool night.
Ferrero Rocher Mini Dome
Everything was quite magical and what an interesting idea! To set a perfect holiday table inside a mini dome! They were also handing out free chocolates, which you can tell from the blissful look on Reg’s face.
The Cross Décor and Design played a part in creating this ultimate holiday inspiration. For this Christmas, their design and lifestyle expert Stephanie Vogler suggests using, “neutrals as a backdrop and layer on textures and small touches of holiday sparkle. I collect classic white, silver and gold ornaments and add pops of colour in my holiday decor depending on my mood that season.” Beautiful!
It had been quite the outing. We did not find a Christmas tree (which is what we were looking for at the market) but we did experience some foodie treasures and way too much human contact for me. We got on the Skytrain and headed home. Reg did not open his Turkish Delight until we got back. I was very impressed, not only with his restraint, but with the fantastic flavours once I got to try some for the first time. Delish!
Life sure is not boring for this foodie this holiday season! The hard part is figuring out what to eat and what to say no to.
I am totally OK with that.