Bella Gelateria

July 1st, 2010. Canada Day, 2010: Vancouver 

bella gelateria
bella gelateria

  After our dim sum lunch we burned it off by walking around downtown.  We figured we may as well walk over to the Olympic Flame.  Downtown was packed!  It was nearly as full as it was during the Olympics and at the waterfront where the flame was it was pretty crazy with all the radio station and tv broadcast tents, live music, food carts and street performers.  The aroma of corndogs, smokies & mini donuts filled the air while we heard all sorts of sounds coming from every direction!  It was like a contest to see what could grab a person’s attention best.  A huge stage at the end of the bay with a local artist and band, in the plaza several radio and broadcast tents with weather girl turned local celebrity Tamara Taggart in one of them and projeted onto a jumbo screen.  Where to look and what to see!

bella gelateria
bella gelateria
  We wandered over to the Olympic torch, which was having a revival since the fervor of the actual Olympic Games had ended.  There was also what looked like a huge lego orca whale standing on it’s tail to the side, which many people were taking a picture in front of.  We then wandered into the Vancouver Convention Centre for a respite from all the ruckus outside.

 

bella gelateria
bella gelateria

  As we left the convention centre we happened to bump righ into Bella Gelateria, the new big name in town for gelato!  I wouldn’t have even paid much attention to it, just thinking it was another gelato place, if not for having just read Sherman’s review of it on his blog!  Apparantly this stuff is premium..so of course Rachel and I had to try it out! 

bella gelateria
bella gelateria

  It is definitely quite classy inside.  We can even see the equipment they use and have a glimpse of the back kitchen where the magic happens!  And you know what?  James Coleridge himself, the proprietor and gelateer (yes, i made up a word) was at the shop behind the counter.  Cool!  I’m not for certain, but who else could it be?  He definitely wasn’t just one of the staff who scoops gelato into cups!  I went to the website prior to writing this post.  The story of Bella Gelateria is quite romantic and sweet.

bella gelateria
bella gelateria

  After some consideration we chose a cup of the Pineapple and the Nougat/Torrone.  Yummy & pillowy!  The pineapple was especially refreshing and as you can see from the picture the fibrous pineapple can actually be seen!  It was very fruity.  The Torrone was lightly nutty and the nougats were deightful!  We enjoyed our little side trip 🙂

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