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Grouse Mountain

Sheepie has the yearly-pass membership, which allows up to 4 others to ride the gondola for half off. Even with 50% off, it was $20.98 – pricey like many tourist attractions in Vancouver.

It was a cloudy day, and slightly chilly up top. I managed to see some of the lumberjack show, which was pretty impressive. It gathered a large crowd and the humour of the performers made it an entertaining afternoon show.

Separate from the lumberjack show, there is an area where you can try out some axe throwing at a target. Not for children.

I unfortunately didn’t get to see the Bird show which my friend had mentioned that it was really spectacular. With all the fog, it might not have been a really visible show anyhow…

I was really impressed being able to see the two grizzly bears up close. Like many animals kept in captivity, they were used to having a crowd stare at them, photograph them, or have annoying people telling them to ‘look this way’. Seeing the grizzly’s made it worth the trip of coming up Grouse.

Luckily, it didn’t rain, but if it did, you can check out the small film theatre or buy some snacks at the food court, many whom has just done the Grouse Grind.

If you haven’t gone to Grouse, it’s worth checking it out. It’d be best to find someone with a yearly pass so you can go up half price. Spending nearly $50 just to go up and down a few minutes on the gondola is a bit of a rip off.




You can see 2 Grizzly Bears up close!! :D





Lumberjack on top of the pole doing stunts! It was a very foggy day…


Lumberjack show. The seats were jam packed with spectators.



Chilling at lounge…


Hikers coming up the Grouse Grind

The Observatory on Grouse

The Observatory on UrbanspoonTo celebrate my friend’s birthday and another friend’s graduation, we decided to have dinner up on Grouse Mountain . It was my first time up there so I was pretty excited. Unfortunately, the weather was poor in April, so we could hardly see anything on the gondola or from the Observatory restaurant.

The gondola usually costs a whopping $39.95 per person, but if you make reservations at the restaurant, the ride is complimentary. Despite the weather and view, the dining was quite a pleasant experience. It was $39 per entree, (I think it’s the most expensive dish I’ve ever ordered in my life) and I had the Scallops Diver’s Caught dish.
The interior was nice, and so were the furniture. The servers were all very friendly and professional.
The bread was really good. I’m usually not a bread fan, but these were good. The main dish was delicious too. Though, I’m not sure if it’s still worth the $40 price. However, if you think that the ride was also included with the food, then it doesn’t sound outrageous.

For dessert, we ordered 2 special dessert plates, each $20. We didn’t tell the servers that it was one of our friend’s birthday, but they probably figured out after the gift opening, and presented the dessert for her with a nice birthday wish with sauce.

At the end, they were nice to treat us with some chocolate cups. Unfortunately, I couldn’t have any since they contained hazelnuts (I’m allergic to nuts).

I give a thumbs up! If you’re celebrating an occasion, I recommend! However, do remember to make reservations. During summer seasons, it can fill up pretty quickly. Scroll further down to read my second visit to The Observatory in July.

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idearabbit_observatory3Complimentary taster-size soup
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Complimentary chocolates

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On my second time there, we were able to go whenever we wanted. So we waited for a weekend that had good weather. The restaurant was a quarter full, and we were seated at a table away from the window. The same waiter served us from last time, but this time, the menu had changed. I was a bit disappointed to find that the scallops were no longer on the list. But I thought I’d try something new this time and ordered the Northern Divine Sturgeon.

The little ‘surprise complimentary treats’ were different from last time too. Before the meal, it was compressed chicken with sweet sauce on a spoon. After dinner, lime jello with strawberry and  coco powder. Both were interesting to taste.

Furthermore, we were not served bread buns, but baguettes instead. The butter was garlic based last time, while this time, it was with sugar and honey. The baguette was very warm and fluffy. I ate quite a bit. After the bread were eaten, a couple left the table by the window. We asked the server if we could change tables, and they gladly allowed us to. They changed the table cloth, set up clean new plates and utensils.

The view from the window while eating was fantastic. It made the dining even more enjoyable.

My company had asked for his beef tenderloin to be as rare as they can get it, but it was served really cooked. It seemed really hard and more like a block. When we saw that the neighbouring table had rare ones, we knew that they had made a mistake. That was the only downside for the dinner.

At the end, we walked out onto the patio and started taking photos. The ‘manager’ looking man that also helped us change tables came all the way out to help us take photos. Great service!

Hoping to bring my parents next time their in town!idearabbit_observatory7At the base of the gondolaidearabbit_observatory8Gondolaidearabbit_observatory9Inside the gondolaidearabbit_observatory10Complimentary ride up the gondola if you reserve at The Observatoryidearabbit_observatory11idearabbit_observatory12View from the window – can see downtown Vancouveridearabbit_observatory13Northern Divine Sturgeonidearabbit_observatory14idearabbit_observatory15Beef Tenderloinidearabbit_observatory16Dessertidearabbit_observatory17