Good things in Vancouver
2006年 01月 19日

Google Earth

Google Earth 昨日ダウンロードしてみました。スゴイです。地球の衛星写真3D地図と説明すれば良いでしょうか。こんなスクリーンから、

We downloaded Google Earth yesterday. It’s incredible. It’s like a 3D satellite photo map of the earth. You can see a close up from this screen





to this screen. We can see gardens of my home in Japan and my husband’s in England. Please try it out!

Google Earthについて 
Google Earth download (for Mac and Windows)

# by chilco | 2006-01-19 08:28 | Misc.
2006年 01月 18日





Vancouver had 27 consecutive days of rain. This couldn't break the longest record of 28 days in 1953. I bet people at a meteorological observatory were disappointed. On sunny Sunday we went for a walk around Lost Lagoon in Stanley park. These trees were bent down. We found beaver tooth mark at the bottom of the trees. Did beavers give up taking these trees? or are they coming back? I love to see beavers since I have never seen them before.

b0059607_011107.jpgIt started to rain again the next day (ToT).

# by chilco | 2006-01-18 00:13 | Nature
2006年 01月 12日

Dine Out Vancouver

1月20日(金)から2月2日(木)まで、Dine Out Vancouverという外食奨励イベント(?)が行われます。バンクーバー周辺の144店のレストランで、$15, $25, $35のコースメニューが楽しめます。人気のレストランはもう予約がいっぱいだそうで、幸いにも私達はParkside Restaurantを予約することができました。メニューはこんな感じ↓で、前菜、メイン、デザートから一つずつ選びます。これで、一人25ドル(約2,500円)はリーズナブルですよね。楽しみです。

An event called “Dine Out Vancouver” is going to be held from Friday, January 20th to Thursday, February 2nd. You can enjoy a three-course dinner at 144 of Vancouver's restaurants for $15, $25, or $35 per person. Popular restaurants were booked up already, but luckily I was able to book the Parkside restaurant. Their menu is listed as below and you pick one dish from appetizer, main, and dessert menu. This course, $25 per person is quite reasonable. I am looking forward to it.

*Wild mushroom soup with black truffle oil, whipped crème fraîche and herbs
*Terrine of chicken, rabbit, smoked ham and foie gras, toasted country bread, traditional garnishes
*Pesto crusted salmon carpaccio, potato and green bean salad, tapenade vinaigrette
*Salad of Belgian endive, apples, croutons, toasted pecans and blue cheese dressing

*Braised beef short rib, spring onion mashed potato, savoy cabbage, mustard jus
*Crisp duck confit and Toulouse sausage, cassoulet beans, port wine orange sauce
*Gulf coast prawns, saffron and Parmesan risotto; lemon, chili and garlic butter sauce
*Handmade pumpkin and mascarpone stuffed ravioli, toasted hazelnuts and truffled sage butter

*Dark chocolate pot-de-crème, brandy soaked cherries
*Sticky toffee pudding, spiced rum and ginger ice cream
*Dolce latte Gorgonzola, toasted pecans, poached apple and Greek honey
*Trio of house made sorbets

# by chilco | 2006-01-12 09:53 | Restaurants
2006年 01月 10日

Renewable resources



I bought a pack of olives the other day and the container said it is made out of corn and is compostable. Sugoi! I wish all the plastic containers in the world are compostable.

# by chilco | 2006-01-10 12:41 | Nature
2006年 01月 08日

Touch of Pink

b0059607_3393791.jpg友人からのお勧めでこの映画を見た。2004年に配給され、カナダ・イギリスの合同製作。カナダ生まれのパキスタン人アリムはゲイで、理想のイギリス人ボーイフレンドとロンドンに住んでいる。そこへイスラム教の母親が遊びにくるところから映画は始まる。この映画には Cary Grantの精霊役でKyle MacLachlanが出ている。Cary Grantの物真似がすごい上手い。びっくりしますよ。私もCary Grantの物真似を練習しています。びっくりするぐらい、似ていません。夫は結構上手です。

このDVDをレンタルショップで探している時、見あたらなかったので、店員さんに「Touch of Pink はどこですか。」と聞いた。店員さんは、「ゲイ&レズビアンのセクション!」って店中に聞こえるように言った。他にお客さん結構いたのに。。。「ポルノじゃないですから〜(T0T)」ってみんなに言いたかったよ。

We watched this film since our friend recommended it. This film was released in 2004 and co-produced by Canada and Britain. Alim, a Canadian born Pakistani is a gay and lives with an ideal English boyfriend in London. The film starts from when Alim's muslim mother comes to visit him. In this film, Kyle MacLachlan acts as the Spirit of Cary Grant. His impression of Cari Grant is incredibly good. You will be surprised. I am practicing Cary Grant impression as well, but it's surprisingly bad. My husband is pretty good.

When I was looking for this DVD in a rental shop, I couldn't find it. So I asked a shop keeper, "Where's Touch of Pink?". Then the shop keeper said, "It's in the Gay and Lesbian section!" as if saying it to everybody in the shop. There were quite a few customers. I wish I could have said to everybody, "It's not porno(T0T)"

imdb rating 6.7

# by chilco | 2006-01-08 03:48 | Film


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