Also interesting was the juxtaposition of da Vinci's work with earlier representations of the body as well as with contemporary responses to, and representations of, the body and the bodily -- I've been very impressed over the last few years with the contexts that the VAG sets up for the works they exhibit.
Before we went to the Gallery Saturday morning, we had both first run to, around, and back from the Stanley Park Seawall (I figure 14-16Km), so we'd worked up good enough appetites to enjoy our "Usual, No 5 on Buckwheat" crêpes at our favourite crêperie. I've mentioned before that we were first anxious, then reassured, to see how the new owners handled the transition. Service isn't yet as fast as it used to be, but it's very friendly and it's becoming more efficient. The crêpes are as good as ever and they've kept the buckwheat ones on the menu, so we're very happy (each crêpe is made from scratch after ordering unlike so many places that pile them up to fill later -- there's a big taste/texture difference).
But there's a new addition we've noticed -- t-shirts hanging on the wall, clearly available as merchandise, with the restaurant logo on the front
and a very cute slogan on the back, one whose ESL freshness has been making me giggle for the past several visits (the new owners, although they can turn out crêpes like a Breton, apparently hail from Thailand, or so one of the servers told us):
Given how pleased we were when the waitstaff under the old owners first started to recognize us and to anticipate our order -- Your usual? -- you can imagine that we were tickled that not only does the new owner greet us warmly already (I'm sure he's glad to be seeing return customers in his new business -- must be a relief to know that people are going to continue frequenting a new investment), but he called us over on our way out last Sunday to hand over a t-shirt for each of us. Might not be as fashionable as some of the other outfits I've shown you, but I'll happily wear it running off the calories that I'm going to put back on with my Number Five with Buckwheat! Real food, my sincere friend -- how about that?