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Review: Da Vinci – The Genius

Something’s strange about the Mona Lisa, but I can’t figure out what…

This weekend, my husband & I went to Science World to check out their newest exhibit: Da Vinci – The Genius. We’ve always been interested in the Renaissance art and especially Da Vinci’s artwork. So we figured it was bound to be interesting, even though the last couple times we’ve been to Science World have been disappointing.

The exhibit focuses mostly on his inventions as well as his artwork. The exhibition does a wonderful job of recreating many of his inventions to full scale model. It’s amazing to see his inventions and resonances of them in many modern day items. For instance, Da Vinci has a drawing for an anemoscope in his notebooks which helps show the direction of the wind. This is exactly the same as weathervanes we see today. I always knew Da Vinci was obsessed with creating flying machines, but I didn’t know how many of his inventions were military ones, machine guns and tanks.

The exhibition’s artwork section focuses on Da Vinci’s most famous work: The Mona Lisa. This part of the exhibit focuses on some new discoveries about the Mona Lisa: the actual colours she was painted in of bright blues and softer pinks rather than the dark greens and browns of the painting we know now. From the close up details, we can see traces of the eyebrows that Da Vinci painted on her face even though now they’d faded/deteriorated away. We can appreciate new details about the background: the bridges and winding roads, the blue mountains in the far off distance.

Overall, it was a very educational and insightful exhibit. My husband & I spent almost two hours going over the exhibit and we both remarked how the time flew by. I thought the exhibit was quite large and very well done: much more impressive than I was anticipating.

Just one gripe I had about the exhibit: I wish it wasn’t held at Science World because of all the little kids running around. The first section of the exhibit had so many kids running around touching all the exhibits ¬†– even those clearly marked with a Do Not Touch sign. And so many kids without a parent in sight, letting Science World be the babysitter. It was distracting have so many children running around and creating chaos. I admit, I was annoyed and probably would have enjoyed the exhibit a lot more otherwise. Luckily, most of the kids seemed to get bored and were nowhere to be seen about a third of the way through the exhibit.

 

Da Vinci – The Genius
Science World (at Telus World of Science)
1455 Quebec St at Terminal Ave, Vancouver
Ph: 604-443-7440
April 29th to September 3rd

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Review: The Fish House Restaurant in Stanley Park

The Fish House

A couple weekends ago, my husband took me out to The Fish House Restaurant in Stanley Park. We’ve always talked about going there sometime in the six years we’ve been together but only just now got around to doing so. So was it worth the wait?

A word of warning about getting TO the restaurant: you’ll want to take Beach Ave to get there rather than through Stanley Park via Georgia Street like we did. We were 10 mins late for our reservation because of that long drive. And as we were driving through the park, I was very sure we were going to miss it or already passed it. If you do take the Stanley Park route, just trust the signs and once you’re sure you’ve missed it, it should appear out of thin air, like an oasis in the middle of a desert.

Apparently, when we went, they got a new chef in the week prior and there were lots of new menu items. I had the Cannery Cod entree with the salmon carpaccio to start. Stuart had the prawn cocktail to start, followed by the Trio of Simply Grilled Fish. Both my dishes were divine. The salmon carpaccio was surprisingly yummy, especially with the capers. I half expected it to taste kinda like salmon sashimi but it really didn’t at all. So melt in your mouth delicious that I’ve been thinking about it since. And the Cannery Cod was also so good. Very buttery and flavourful, two words I usually don’t use to describe fish but there you go. I loved everything about it, especially the lobster oil* which I haven’t tasted since in years. Oh and another thing I loved: the portions were a good size. I never felt like there wasn’t enough. I couldn’t even finish my fish. Stuart also polished off both his dishes too which he was apparently very satisfied with. I didn’t taste them though as I was too busy gorging on my own food.

Aside from the amazing food, I had to comment on the excellent service we got from our server, Corwyn. He was very friendly and funny that I enjoyed chatting with him every time he stopped by. And every one of his recommendations were spot on. If only every restaurant we went to had servers like him!

Anyway, Stuart & I are definitely going to stop by The Fish House again, hopefully later into the summer when the weather is nice. Perhaps before catching Bard on the Beach or Theatre Under the Stars? I’ve also told everyone within earshot to definitely head there as well for an awesome dining experience.

*Yes, lobster oil! Like the fabled one at The Cannery before it closed down. Our server Corwyn told me that they were the sister companies which explains the similar menu items like the cod that I had as well as the Salmon Wellington. Anyway, same lobster oil which you can apparently still buy by the bottle like before. The lobster oil alone is reason enough to come back again and again.

The Fish House in Stanley Park
8901 Stanley Park Drive
Vancouver, BC
Ph: 604-681-7275

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Things I Hate: March Edition

1) Cyclists who, rather than sharing the road, demand the road. They swerve right in front of you, ignoring all other cars, pedestrians and even buses. They glare at you as you carefully drive past them. They take traffic lights as suggestions rather than laws that need to be obeyed.You are not anymore entitled to the road than anyone else. We all pay taxes. We all have as much right to the road as each other.

2) Rain. I know we live in Vancouver so it comes with the territory. I know it’s March so technically still winter. But damn, it’s been raining for like 7 days straight and I’ve really had enough. I hate rain. I hate carrying around a soggy umbrella. I hate when my socks get wet because of a previously unknown hole in my shoe. I hate that I walk in such a way where I end up kicking water up the back of my calves.

3) Daylight Savings. I know that by now everyone else is used to it. But waking up 1 hour earlier is seriously killing me. I feel like the walking dead until at least two hours and copious amounts of coffee. All this week, I’ve been coming to work looking like crap because I’ve been desperately trying to catch a few last z’s before I really really need to wake up.

4) Ingrown hairs in places that are hard to see. Then it’s just blindly poking around hoping for the best. I had an ugly one last week that took a lot of perseverance and determination to get at because it was an *oh so sensitive* spot. I had to angle around with little compact mirrors, directed lighting and zero sense of pride. And that spot was sore for like two days afterwards too.

5) The price of gas is currently 140.8 at my current Esso/PetroCan. Holy crap, I didn’t think we’d be getting to a buck fifty so soon. At this rate, I’ll have to start busing to work which sucks because it rains so much in Vancouver (see rant #2 above). On top of that commuters are smelly and vicious: a deadly combination.

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