Today I visited the Vancouver Art Gallery for the first time. Well alright, this was the third time i’ve been there in the past seven days… but after a year of going there for various rally’s, meet-ups and congregations this was my first time entering the gallery, funny how that works : P
I went with my friend Tanisha to see the exhibit “Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man”. To be honest I was expecting much more. They had just taken a bunch of pages from his notebook a framed them. I think if DaVinci (a very paranoid and private person to my understanding) could see it he would have a heart attack. I’m glad i went though. We only got to see one other exhibit because all the upper floors were in transition. Afterwards we went to Urban Outfitters to see the book/weird stuff section. There are always so many entertaining things there!
When I got home I really wanted to make goma-ae (Japanese spinach salad with sesame sauce) but I didn’t have the ingredients so I walked to the grocery store. When I got to the checkout I realized I had left my wallet at home. Yay! Luckily my Mom was able to come bale me out. I love Mothers : ) Tell yours that. Now!
1/2 pound of raw spinach, cooked.
1 Tbs. white sesame seeds
1/2 Tbs. mirin 1/2 Tbs. Pear Juice
1/2 Tbs. sugar 1/2 Tbs. Coconut Sugar
1 tsp. soy sauce
Bring a pot of water to the boil. Put the spinach leaves in the pot all at once. If you have baby leaves (they are round and small and not crinkled), boil them for 30 seconds and not any longer. If you have fully grown leaves, boil them for about a minute. Immediately drain the pot. Run cold water over the leaves to cool them off fast. Drain. Take the spinach leaves in your hands and squeeze out the water as much as you can.
If you don’t have pre-toasted sesame seeds (irigoma), toast the seeds briefly in a small dry frying pan. Crush in a small mortar and pestle or suribachi. Add the sugar and crush some more. Add the mirin and soy sauce and mix. Mix with the spinach. YUM.
What can I say, I am a lover of flash-mobs. It all started last August when I found out about the Zombie Walk via Facebook. I went with my friend Alison and had a really fun time. On Saturday a local group called Vancouver Improv Anywhere hosted the 2010 Silent Skytrain Dance Party and it was super fun time. We met at the VAG and for a while everyone was doing that awkward “I wonder who else is here for the flashmob” thing, but then they pulled out the megaphone and we were off.
To start things off (and later to finish things) they had everyone do a congo line from one platform to the other.
Then we would board a train, do out thing for 4 stops and get off to wait for the next train. It was really entertaining to see people’s reactions. Some people got really pissed off, I remember this one guy started yelling when we got off the train, saying how now he could enjoy his ride in peace. Lots of people whipped out their video cameras and stuff. I considered asking one guy if he was just gonna stare or join us : P
I also met a slew of really cool people. It seems like lots of people that are into musical theatre also like flash-mobs haha! At one point I asked people what music they were dancing too and I met a bunch of Panic! at the Disco fans! I also found out that a bunch of my fellow partiers had been to a bunch of the same concerts as me. I’m always so glad to meet other awesome people!
The guy who hosted it filmed a bunch of stuff so i’ll post that video once it is online, this was taken by another dude. You can see me (3rd in the congo line) at the beginning of the video : P
Overall it was a super awesome experience. After it ended I couldn’t help but giggle when I saw people plugged into their headphones, I kept picturing them dancing : P
Next time i’ll remember not to wear so many layers, phewf! It was a true Vancouver workout.