This weekend we went to watch the Celebration of Lights, a yearly summer fireworks competition between various countries at English Bay. But before heading out to watch the show, we had to fill our tummies. For that we went to my parents’ place, where my mom made bánh cuốn, a Vietnamese dish made with minced pork, onion and mushroom wrapped in corn and rice flour.
Before eating, you top it with some lettuce, cilantro, basil, mint, crispy shallots, chả (Vietnamese ham) and drench it in nước mắm (spicy sauce made with fish sauce, lemon or lime juice, garlic, chili pepper, sugar and carrots). Delish!
After stuffing ourselves, we made our way toward the West side. We wanted to avoid the crowds at English Bay but couldn’t find parking near Vanier Park, so we headed farther west toward Jericho Beach. After squeezing the car into a tight parking spot and losing our bearings for a quick second, we ended up at Hastings Mill Park.
We found a spot on the grass, laid out our $2 mat from Thailand and sat down to enjoy the view.
As we waited for the show to start, we had some healthy snacks (chips, m&ms, fuzzy peaches) and lukewarm water, ironically purchased from an ice cream truck.
Unfortunately, due to various contributing factors (shaky hands, no tripod and smoke generated from the fireworks), we were unable to get good shots. I have to say, though, the fireworks were not so impressive. That night’s display from Canada paled in comparison to China’s show which was so grand that we were able to see it from our condo the weekend before. Not surprisingly, China proved victorious this year.
Even though the display from my hometown was a bit of a let down, it was still a nice outing with the hubby and sibling. But the best part of the night? Taking leftover bánh cuốn home to have for lunch the next day.