Five Thoughts From the 2015 NHL Draft

My friend Josh has some interesting insights about the NHL draft this past Friday. Fingers crossed for the Oilers next year!

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Hey everyone!

Its been a long time since I’ve been able to do some sports writing on my personal blog due to my involvement this past year for The Wanderer.  Even though I am sad that my time with The Wanderer is over, I am excited to be back on my personal blog writing about all things sport!

For my first article in almost a year, I wanted to share some thoughts after the NHL draft that will impact the upcoming season for the NHL:

1. Connor McDavid is just one of the pieces the Oilers have added to dramatically make themselves better.

The last 3 months for the Edmonton Oilers have brought more progress than the last 9 years since their Stanley Cup Final run in 2006 combined.  Not only have they landed the greatest #1 overall prospect since Mario Lemieux in Connor McDavid, over the draft, the Oilers…

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Hawksworth 

Voted as the second best restaurant in Canada, Hawksworth was something that I was excited to try while I was in Vancouver.

I tried the hamachi tatari and butter poached lobster which were both delicious!


Andrew had the lamb ravioli and the parmesan crusted chicken.
They were all amazing dishes and I thought that the plating was stunning!

Definitely a restaurant perfect for special occasions!

Last year I realized that they film Once Upon a Time right in Richmond so naturally Andrew and I had to go see the set. I think we ramped it up on our heads a little too much because when we got there, it wasn’t like anything  we expected. The few things that made it look like Storybrooke (the fictional town in Maine where the show is set) was this giant sign:

and the clock tower ( the clock is added when filming) which is currently for sale.

They also have a sign for Mr. Gold’s shop but the contents of the shop are completely different.

I guess the one exciting thing that we found out is that the city posts when filming occurs so you can actually go down and watch when it happens! Too bad Captain Hook wasn’t around this time =(

Rotato

The Richmond night market is one of the only places I know that sells rotatoes. Rotatoes are potatoes that are cut in a spiral, impales on a stick and deep fried. The result: a new take on the french fry.

rotato

Rotatoes have developed their own cult following so much so that they’ve even developed a chart on how to use a rotato:

My favorite is this group dance:

You too can be uber cool dancing with rotatoes.

And finally the piece de resistance: The Rotato Throne (a la Game of Thrones)

Seriously. Rotatoes are the best.

Fable

Fable (“farm to table”) is probably my favorite restaurant in Vancouver. Not only do they have really good brunch, but their dinner menu is fantastic too! This time around Andrew and I sat at the ‘chef’s table’ so we got to see them cooking away.

I had the tomato soup and grilled cheese as an appetizer. (The grilled cheese is definitely something special. Very gooey and very tasty.)

But one of their crowd favorites is the spaghetti and meatball. It’s served covered in parmesan foam which is the best since it infuses the noodles with it’s wonderful flavor.

I ended up trying the salmon (on a bed of kale hummus and potatoes) though I was seriously considering the gnocchi.

While Andrew attempted the flat iron steak (the black bean jelly was probably the most interesting part).

But sitting in front of the chefs definitely made this experience more exciting. It definitely felt like we were watching some type of performance as the chefs whirled around throwing ingredients into pans and adding sauces and garnishes to their plates. But the best part was that it felt like we were watching a competition on TV but then we actually got a chance to eat the food that was prepared. Isn’t that everyone’s Food Network dream?