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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby SoCalJasonland » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:59 pm

Last time I was in Vancouver, a six pack of beer at the liquor store was close to $18. What does a hard cider like that cost at a fair or amusement park?

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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby djcoastermark » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:03 pm

Kudos to you Nrthwnd for trying the cricket burg. There's a place I go to near me that has cricket soft tacos. Not the corn tortillas, but the soft flour ones. No other meat either, just crickets. I have not been brave enough to try them yet.

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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:52 am

Thanks, guys. And for ^^, the cider (a can of) cost $8 Cdn at the fair this year. Buying two of them was worth a six-pack of the same thing, at our local liquor store. Yeah, it's a real up charge for something like that. Same goes for the beer and most other alcohol they were selling. Everything was roughly between $8 and $10 Cdn.

As for the burger, I didn't really have a problem with it. I knew what I was eating, but even looking at it didn't make me wince. And I remember somebody else saying about this insect in particular..."think of it as eating potato chips.....crunchy potato chips." :wink: And there was really no taste to them, so the burger itself and the toppings and condiments were the real taste standouts of this burger. Nothing more, nothing less.

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My ticket.
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Map of the seating and bleachers set up. I was in the second left section of the four on the floor, there.
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Arriving with the rest of the crowd.
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VIP boxes for those who can afford more than just a ticket.
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My view of the stage set up, before it all starts.
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One look back. And then...
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It's on!
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And they're here!
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The awesome horn section of the band.
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Trivia: Huey Lewis & The News have been together for nearly 40 years, now!
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Last shot of Huey on his harmonica.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:14 pm

It's All About Fried Food, right? ;)

Yesterday, Tuesday, I went to The Fair much later in the day. I wasn't seeing any show, although the Blues Show was playing again in the Festival Park, and I did catch some of that. But my focus was on the Fried Foods that was everywhere at The Fair. Got on the many, many corn dogs available, then hit the Side Car Bar for a couple of beers. Followed that with a GI-Normous Dill Pickle Corn Dog (with a hot dog inside the pickle!), and some poutine from The Fry Guys.

Took all that food up to the Festival Park, and enjoyed it while listening to good blues and a bit of pop music. After that, I was going to get myself some of that Fried Jello I'd read about. But they'd run out of it for the day, so I switched my dessert choice to another pick I had my eye on - Praguery Cones. A thick baked cake-like cone, which (for my choice) had lemon curd and vanilla soft serve in it. Great stuff! Messy and enjoyable. :smile:

And just before I left for the day, I headed over to Toytopia, and the gift shop,
to pick up something that caught my eye on an earlier visit.

And bought it. :)
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Went through the Playland entrance of The Fair.
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First fried food of the evdening. Right by Coaster.
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Regular was fine, for me.
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I was surprised how thin the coating was around the hot dog. Expected it to be a bit...thicker?
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Lineups everywhere. Even for water.
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My next destination.
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My second beer.
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Great view of the rides, the games, and the crowds in Playland, from the bar.
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Purple train, followed by...
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Red train.
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What's this? What's this?
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Hmmm.
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Man, it must be something lugging that around on your shoulders.
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Exit, stage right!
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Everybody was heading to the General (free) Entry to the show bowl that night.
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Tom Cochrane was playing - the "Life is A Highway" guy (also featured in the first "Cars" movie).
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Up and over.
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Side Moon! (To be continued...)
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:32 pm

Continuing along....

After the bar visit, I headed to (what I call) the Main Food Walkway, with booths and food trucks on both sides of the pathway. Everything anybody could ever want in fair food was here and available.

I was always interested in the thing that was a dill pickle with a hot dog inside it, and then the whole thing was battered and deep fried. So I got that. Then, I picked up my poutine from The Fry Guys, heavy on the gravy.Up to Festival Park, enjoyed the blues show, and then dessert, which I had to change due to no fired jello being available. But the substitution was excellent. And messy.
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Not Chickie's & Pete's - just Chicky's here.
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Getting my BIG pickle dog, but passing on the fried chicken feet. :P
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Then over to The Fry Guys.
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The Fry Guys' menu.
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My poutine. With gravy. A lot of gravy. (o:
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At my table in Festival Park.
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The pickle dog was HUGE! And I do loves my mustard, yum!
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See? There's a HOT DOG in there! Totally a mess, but really good.
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And I finished off the poutine real easy.
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Better view of the stage for the blues show, this time round.
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Elephants a glow.
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Empty Agrodome. Eerily quiet, too.
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Prize Home at night. Pretty.
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Where I was supposed to get Fried Jello. But they were out, so I went somewhere else.
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Stopped at the BCAA booth for a free spin - and got a free iced tea at Blenz Coffee.
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The Praguery! This is where my dessert will be gotten.
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I chose #3 ~ lemon.
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How they make the cones.
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And then 'bake' them right in front of you.
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Yummy! Gooey! Messy! I loved it!
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And right before leaving, I picked up another Groot at Toytopia. A smaller, 'dancing' Groot.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:08 pm

Mmmm...corn dogs and poutine.

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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:52 pm

^ The actual number of poutine and corn dog stands around The Fair is really staggering. You could do an entire week (or more) at the Fair just eating that stuff and never repeating yourself, with all the varieties and specialties of what's being offered.

Oh, and did you enjoy the movie? One of the best parts for me was
during the credits, which I shall call "Groowth"... without giving it all away. :wink:
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EDIT: And on the way home from the fair a couple of days ago, I saw this poor little plant,
all alone, outside the plant shop. So I bought it, brought it home, and named it...what else? (o;
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Philrad71 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:35 pm

Now how did this one slip by me, Bill? I always like your reports on the annual exhibition.

Cricket burger? Yeah, I would try that.

Hot dog stuffed in a pickle? Definitely would try that!

Poutine? OMG...they need more poutine in the states. I think that is one of the big reasons why Americans are so unhappy. ;)

Looks like some decent bands too - I could see myself chilling out listening to some ZZ and Huey while downing a few beers...both fun feel-good bands from the 70's and 80's.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:05 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:^ The actual number of poutine and corn dog stands around The Fair is really staggering. You could do an entire week (or more) at the Fair just eating that stuff and never repeating yourself, with all the varieties and specialties of what's being offered.

:omg:

You keep giving me more reasons to go to Vancouver, and yet the city stays stubbornly far away from me and difficult to get to. :lol:

Nrthwnd wrote:Oh, and did you enjoy the movie? One of the best parts for me was
during the credits, which I shall call "Groowth"... without giving it all away. :wink:

Yes! That was great. :lol: The movie was silly fun, just what I expected from it. I love a superhero movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. Reminds me of when I was younger and everything didn't have to be dark and gritty.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:31 am

^ Here's one of the many, many corn dog stands throughout The Fair. It looked to me, like
there was one of these, every four or five stands in the larger groups of food stands on the fairgrounds.

And glad you enjoyed the movie. :smile:
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Didn't try the Corn Dog King. Maybe next year's Fair, if they're back again.
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