Sunday, 23 September 2012

Deep Fried Cheesecake, DE-FENCE & 1st Trip to Walmart!

Be prepared for another monster post - I just can't stop taking photos of this place! The friday before last we headed to Richmond Night Market, something I had read about on a blog ages ago and bookmarked for when we were actually here!

It was a lovely evening, with an awesome sunset - which we have been seeing a lot of around here!

It was a feast not just for our eyes but also for our tastebuds! 

There were over 200 different food stalls - now that's my kind of market!

I went for a hot dog piled with shredded pork and cheese, By got some crazy teriyaki chicken burger with yam fries inside the bun!

but all night I had my eye on this shaved ice stand so I got a mango shaved ice with coconut jelly mixed in! it was amazing!

When I saw the 'Cupcakes' stand, I knew I had to try my first Vancouver cupcake! Of course it had to be coconut! 

and we finished off the night here at this truck...

You know in North America they don't just deep fry hot dogs, they like to deep fry tons of stuff, and so we tried out a deep fried slice of Reese's peanut butter cheesecake! It was super tasty and the perfect way to end our fun night!

On Saturday I woke up SO excited because it was going to be our first time attending an American football game! I knew from when my sister, Mel, studied in Georgia that game days are crazy and you must show your support by turning up in the school colours!

Luckily, that wasn't a problem as a few days before we had joined up to become members of the blue crew, where we paid a small fee to get into every sporting match year round at UBC and we got this cool free t-shirt! which you can't really see here but you can see it on Byron later on!

We turned up early because they were having a free BBQ, seriously there are so many freebies here, it's awesome! so we stocked up on hot dogs and drinks and I got my school colours painted on for free and we were ready to head inside the Thunderbird stadium!

At this point I should probably mention that I know nothing about American football and really had no clue what was going on most of the game, but I just clapped when everyone else clapped and cheered along.  The only thing I really do know is that when you kick the ball, as the guy is doing in the photo below, and it goes through the posts it's a goal!

Their mascot was keeping everyone in check and was pretty good at drumming up support and enthusiasm from the crowd!

My favourite part of the day was chanting 'De-fence, De-fence' just like I've seen people do in movies before! We also chanted 'T-Birds, T-Bird's' which took me back to my Grease days so that was fun too!

We were playing a team called The Huskies who had come all the way from Saskatchewan University.  I asked the lady sitting next to me how far they would have driven to get here, she said it's 2 provinces over so they would have flown! how crazy is that!

This is the scoreboard to show we were actually winning for quite a while, but in the end The Huskies pipped us by just two points and won the game!

It would have been sad times, except we had been given a free code app for attending and guess what they were giving away that day - cupcakes! So we hot footed it down to the Cupcakes location in Kitsilano and had a brownie pop and a cupcake!

By would like to point out that he didn't choose that pink frosted one, it was the one that came with the deal!

Later that evening we hopped on the sea ferry which was rather exciting and took a trip across the water to 'North Van' as the locals say! There's a bakery that doesn't keep it's baked goods for more than a day so at the end of the day they donate everything to local charities and churches within the community.  We went with a few people from our church and stocked up on tons of yummy baked goods! Did we luck out or what?

As usual, there was a rather nice setting sun so we were able to snap these pictures looking back towards Van City's skyline!

That funny shaped building on the left hand side is actually a revolving restaurant which is meant to have spectacular views of the city...we may even make it there one day!

The other most exciting part of my week was going to Wal Mart for the first time!

I promised a few people I would document it thoroughly, much to By's embarrassment! so hear are all the details...

Ice cream aisle heaven...yes that's Oreo ice cream and Reese's peanut butter cup ice cream!

Not only can you buy 12 packs of A&W for super cheap...but you can also buy it in these huuuuge bottles for when you really need your root beer fix!

The baking aisle was especially exciting! apart from it was waaay too big to fit it all in just one little Instagram picture so this is just a snapshot of sprinkles, peanut butter chips and shredded coconut fun!

Pop Tarts in any crazy flavour you can think of....we got the strawberry milkshake flavour! plus they were only $1.88 a box - bonus!

Having graham crackers at my fingertips makes me more than happy! I cannot wait for camping trips in the spring with s'mores around the campfire...I just hope bears don't like marshmallows too!

Goldfish crackers are one of the first foods I tried in America...they remind me of all the fun bus tripping coast to coast me and my sister did! 

Unfortunately my phone died mid shop, sad times! but probably good for all the people trying to reach the bottom of this post! so I'll leave you with this one final pic...if you ever need to stop in and pick up some milk and eggs...and a hockey stick?!

yeah...only in Canada!


  1. I made sure a trip to Walmart was on the itinerary for my US holiday this month and I spent almost exactly 100 dollars in there! But I could only buy things I could bring home in my suitcase, so ice cream was out... but I did buy some of the same things as you, like pop tarts, graham crackers and goldfish crackers! In fact I'm going to do a blog post about it all soon. Sad isn't it.. imagine if an American did a whole blog post about how excited they were to go to Tesco! But I know exactly how you feel!

    1. Haha yeah imagine being excited to go to Tesco! Although I do have a friend from California who just wrote a blog post all about her trip to England and how in love with it she is and it's her dream to live there one day and that made me laugh because I couldn't imagine why anyone would want to trade California for England!

  2. Cannot believe the deep fried cheesecake!!!!

    1. It was insane Claire! and oh so delicious!

  3. But you didn't have the joy of being asked every two seconds "do you have this in England?" as you went round Walmart. Looks like an action packed week - loving the sunset pics too! xxx

    1. haha no I didn't, I was thinking of Princess Vanessa when I was there though and when Matt took us to get 'stockings' and his confusion over the word tights!

  4. wow i love the pics of the night market, especially the first one. That deep fried cheesecake looks amazing! I'm so jealous of all the goodies you have at your fingertips! Like the new name for the blog too :)

    1. Yeah unfortunately the night market is just a summer market that ended at the end of September otherwise we could have definitely gone! but I'm sure there will be other fun markets depending on when you come. I've heard they have some great Christmas ones, hint hint!

  5. DEEP FRIED CHEESECAKE?!! CRIKEY! GOodness this makes me beyond jealous! Especially the walmart pictures! xxx

    1. Yeah and apparently some American told me the other day that one isn't even a good Wal Mart and if we take a trip over the border to an American one we will find one 10 times better so you can be sure I'll blog about when that day happens!

  6. OMG deep friend Cheesecake haahah that's so crazy but I'd love to try!!! :)
    I love that you are documenting your adventures in Vancouver here!

    I'm so jealous that you got to go to Walmart OMG all the poptarts!

    1. It was really crazy! and I wasn't sure about trying it but I'm soooo glad I did, it was super yummy! and yeah I squealed with delight at all the pop tarts too!