This weekend we are in Puyallup, WA for the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show. Last night we went to the Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle for dinner, drinks and music.
The night was okay.
GPS led us to Western Ave (the office address, not Alaskan Way (the club entrance). Not to worry there is an staircase from Western Ave to Alaskan Way.
$10.00 parking - not bad considering we were in Seattle. There is free parking down on Alaskan Way, although it was pretty full.
$14.00 cover charge
The regular chef had the night off, so there was a limited BBQ menu.
Food was okay. I had pulled pork sandwich. The pulled pork was really good. The hamburger bun it came in was dry. No worries.
Hubby ordered Jambalaya. They were sold out. He switched to Gumbo instead. He didn't get his meal until after we had all eaten, our plates had been cleared, and we asked the waitress 3 times for his food. Seriously his meal was a good 40 minutes, after everyone elses. He said it was amazing once it finally arrived. It was very spicy and half way thru he needed another beer. 45 mins. 45 mins to get a beer. We ordered 3 beers at the same time, 2 Fat Tires and a pale ale. 15 mins later we got 1 of the Fat Tires and the Pale Ale. It was another 30 mins and me asking for the manager to get Hubby his beer. By which time his gumbo was cold and congealed.
The service was bad. Really horrible. Which was a shame because music was great. Karen Lovely, followed by the Ty Curtis Band. I'd listen to both again.
Highway 99 is a well known blues club in Seattle both for it's food and the live music. Maybe we just caught the staff on a bad night. I'm not in a hurry to go back.
Mum and Dad, Dave and Morag have a pretty full calendar for the Olympics already. But just in case they have any spare time, they could head out to the Celebration Site in Surrey. It'd be worth it for the RCMP Musical Ride alone. I doubt very much that they will get a chance to see the Musical Ride in Hobart or London.
When - February 12th to 28th (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Where - Holland Park - corner of King George Hwy and Old Yale Road, King George Skytrain
Artwork by Zach Camozzi - click on the map to open a PDF file.
What - Celebration Stage, Skating Rink, Toboggan Zone, Curling Zone, Sustainability Way, Kids World, Meet the Mascots
You can buy an after hours pass which allows you to ski or snowboard to your hearts content from 8:00pm to 6:00am for $150.00. And better yet Grouse Mountain wants to recognise and celebrate the Vancouver 2010 athletes and volunteers. Visit Grouse Mountain Guest Services with your accreditation to receive a complimentary Grouse Mountain After Hours Pass. How cool is that?
For those of you who don't know, Sarah McLachlan is a Canadian singer/song writer. She is awesome. At least I think so. Between hubby and I we own pretty much every CD she has released. Way back when, one of the first dates hubby took me on was to her show at the Orpheum, I think. The summer of 97 he took me to the first Lilith Fair at Thunderbird Stadium. (wow that makes me feel old). We heard (but didn't see) Sarah play at the One Year Countdown to Vancouver 2010 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre as part of last years' Cultural Olympiad.
Her song, One Dream, is going to feature in the NBC coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. One Dream is inspired by the athletes striving to reach their goals. Download it from itunes.
You really don't need tickets to the events to enjoy the Olympic Games. I still think that's the best way, but if you don't want or have the cash to spend, or don,'t want to stick to a set schedule then there are still lots of ways to enjoy the Games.
There's the LiveCity sites in downtown and Yaletown, the celebration site at Robson Square, the Whistler Live sites, the Richmond O Zone, the Surrey 2010 Celebration site, the Aboriginal Pavilion, and the West Vancouver Spirit Square. And there's bound to be lots more that I've missed.
Today Bell Canada announced an Olympic fan zone in Vancouver. The information below is taken from the press release.
Bell Ice Cube, located at Robson and Beatty, will be the place to be to connect live to the Olympic experience
VANCOUVER, Jan. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today unveiled plans for Bell Ice Cube, a public showcase located at the heart of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where visitors can watch Olympic events live in HD, cheer on Team Canada with the latest products from Bell, listen to live music and meet some of world's best athletes, all under one roof.
Housed in a 3,000 square foot (280 square metre) structure, the Bell Ice Cube will open to the public on February 11. It will serve as the ultimate viewing centre and meeting place for those wanting the next best thing to a front-row seat at the 2010 Winter Games.
Bell Ice Cube will be open daily from February 11 to 28 from 11 am to 11 pm and will feature entertainment, Olympic ticket giveaways and interactive product demonstrations. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the very best of Bell's communications solutions including Bell Mobility, Bell Internet and Bell TV products and services.
Every day at 3 pm, there will be a live show called Ice Talk, where Olympians will be interviewed by five-time Olympian and Bell Champion Charmaine Crooks. Athletes will share their own Olympic stories and sign autographs for Games fans. The line-up of athletes will include Susan Auch (speed skating), Duff Gibson (skeleton), Nancy Greene (alpine skiing), Clara Hughes (speed skating), Johann Koss (speed skating), Chris Lori (bobsleigh), Karen Magnussen (figure skating), Ashleigh McIvor (ski cross), Steve Omischl (aerials), Joannie Rochette (figure skating), Beckie Scott (cross-country skiing) and Hayley Wickenheiser (ice hockey).
Bell Ice Cube will also feature guest performances by internationally acclaimed vocal play group, Naturally 7. In addition to brilliant harmonies, every instrument sound is created by the human voice. From musical styles that range from pop to R&B, Naturally 7 has charmed fans around the world.
No tickets to events? You can still get that "Olympic Feeling".
Go skating in downtown Vancouver at Robson Square. Opening November 24th GE, free public skating will operate noon to 9:00 pm daily. Rentals are $3.00.
Take a sleigh ride or go skating at Grouse Mountain. Morag and I did both last year, it was a lot of fun. You can also go snow shoeing or skiing. Grouse Mountain will be open 24/7 throughout the Olympics. The NBC's Today Show will be broadcast from the top of the mountain at 4:00am. So if you're inclined to be an early bird you can go up and watch the live broadcast.
Morag Dec 2008
You can also go snowtubing, snow shoeing or skiing at Mt Seymour.
Hang out at the O Zone in Richmond. There'll be outdoor skating, exhibits, athlete appearances, ice carvers, ice art, entertainment, food and fireworks. You can try out (virtual) bobsledding and ice hockey at The BCLC Winter Games Dome. Don't forget this is home to Holland Heineken House too.
Four Host First Nations Pavilion - located on the plaza of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the pavilion will open in February 2010 and run throughout the Olympic Winter Games. Not yet complete, the pavilion will include a 3000 sq ft sphere surrounded by a Coast Salish Long House. It will showcase Aboriginal art, sport, business, and culture from across Canada.
The 2010 Cultural Olympiad presented by Bell will bring art, theatre, dance, and music to Vancouver and the Sea to Sky corridor from January 22nd to March 21st 2010. Checkout the event listings here. I won't be able to make it, but some events that caught my attention:
The Only Animal: Nix- January 22nd to February 22nd. Because I never seen snow and ice theatre before.
Livecity Vancouver - Livecity Yaletown (B David Lam Park) will be open during the Olympic Winter Games. Livecity Downtown (A) will be opening during the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. From the Livecity Vancouver website:
High-quality, secure, family-friendly environment that showcases the arts, culture, entertainment and Olympic sponsors
Schedules and content built around Games-time events
Events that are open, accessible and free of charge
Planned on-screen programming on large LED screens showing Olympic and Paralympic events and track the progress of Canadian athletes
Live programming featuring the very best local, national and international performing artists, as well as special appearances by past and present Olympians, Paralympians and other special guests
And every guest at the door will receive a voucher redeemable for 2 tickets to a victory ceremony at Whistler Medals Plaza during the Games.
image Whistler Blackcomb/Coast Photo
700 pm to late Ullr After Party at Garibaldi Lift Co.
A Whistler tradition.
Ullr is the Nordic God of Snow.
Just before the start of each season mountain folk pay homage to Ullr by sacrificing skis and snowboards in a great bonfire in the hope that Ullr will deem their offerings worthy enough to cover the mountains with snow and bring a long powder season.
I have to work in Whistler tomorrow, and hubby has a free night at the Holiday Inn SunSpree, so Hubby and I are going up after work tonight. Maybe we'll see you at the countdown event.