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Feeling (up) Blue

The greyness of Vancouver has been wearing me down, and I was in need of a quick visual pick-me-up.

The destination: Wild Rice (117 West Pender Street)

Despite ten-plus years in operation, I don’t ever recall stepping foot inside. And when I did last week I was immediately drawn to the bar. Sure, those that know me may be saying, “Of course you were,” implying my desire for all things boozy, but I am talking about the actual bar–the counter; the strip that holds one’s cocktail.

At best guess, the illuminated turquoise acrylic slab stretched for at least 25+ feet through the majority of the main floor. It was slick and glossy and oh boy, was it blue. I couldn’t keep my eyes or hands off it. You see, when something appeals to me I resort to a tactile approach to gain a fuller experience. I know, it may seem odd to some, but I am a kinesthetic learner and I indulged; I ran my hands across the top and my fingers swept the side. I knocked on it, I pinched its edges and caressed the points where the shades of turquoise faded with the intensity of the lights underneath. It really is a thing of beauty.

The bar at Wild Rice (photo by a.baye)

Some colour theorists say that the colour turquoise gives a calming yet invigorating sense and heightens levels of creativity and sensitivity. Perhaps the latter point explains how I found myself feeling up the blue bar, but I wonder why my date was in such haste to end the evening?


Pit Stop: Tokyo, Japan

Tis Wednesday and we all need a little escape. Check out this restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. I wonder if you are served slop or if they have solitary confinement? Interesting concept, nonetheless.

Pit Stop: Taiwan

I wonder, would a restaurant like this fly in Vancouver? Or would it just serve crap food and rely on its novelty to get people in the door?

But what fun it would be to brand such a place. Besides themed toilet lids, imagine the subtle touches you could go crazy with: toilet paper rolls for napkins, porcelain crockery, the drink and food list–it would certainly give a different twist on steamrollers and chocolate logs. And the best part, the name… ohhhh, the possibilities – P&P, Lucy’s Loo, Flush, Thunderbox…you get the point.

Sidenote: For those slightly disappointed in the name “Morton,” apparently it is close to the Chinese word for toilet.

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