Saturday, February 7, 2009

Perogy, pierogi or pirogi?

Pierogi (also perogi, perogy, pirohi, piroghi, pirogi, pirogen, pierogy, pirohy, or pyrohy), from the Proto-Slavic "pir" (festivity), is the name most commonly used in English speaking areas to refer to a variety of Slavic semicircular (or, in some cuisines, square) boiled dumplings of unleavened dough stuffed with varying ingredients.

excerpt from Wikipedia

Whatever you may call them, I call them Y-U-M! Last night was perogy night at the Ukrainian Cultural Center near Main Street and E. 10th Avenue. We got there about 20 minutes after it opened and there was a crazy line up! One for people that were eating at the Hall and one for take out. Once we finally made it inside, we waited to be seated then joined another line up where we paid and got our food. This was a picture of the line up inside. It circled the entire venue which was around 3000 sq ft!

I think Rob, Lili, Henry and I were in line for a good hour before we started eating. By that time, I think we were so excited to get our meal that we forgot to take any pictures until we finished! Don't worry, we plan on attending the next one and will be sure to document our meals :D Every first Friday of the month!

Stuffed full of perogies, cabbage rolls, sausage and salad, we made our way to the Vancouver Art Gallery for the opening of How Soon is Now. The How Soon is Now exhibition is part of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad which represents work done by artists in the region. It just so happens that Lili and Henry had extra tickets for us, because not only is Henry's cousin one of the participating artist, but he helped her in making this!

Yup. A giant pom pom! This giant pom pom has been traveling the world in various exhibitions for the past four years and it sold last night! Here is a sampling of some of my favourites ...

Made entirely of crepe paper.

Upon closer look, the skull is made up of paper flowers. Each flower is individually mounted directly to the wall to form a skull.

Us just goofing around.

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