Two weeks spent watching Olympians compete in the bitter cold and celebrating till all hours has left my skin feeling parched, my extremities chilled and muscles sore. What I need today is a bit of R&R so I head to downtowns Yaletown neighborhood, which is characterized by industrial warehouses with elevated, brick-paved loading docks. The warehouses have been converted into restaurants, brewpubs, and boutiques and the loading docks, with their al fresco tables, are popular in all kinds of weather even on a gray day like today they are packed with people drinking coffee and getting ready to order lunch.
Blue Water Café & Raw Bar is a good bet for sustainable seafood while Cioppinos serves excellent Mediterranean fare. After a bit of window shopping check out Atomic Model for chic handbags and accessories, Fresh Lingerie for saucy intimates, and Barking Babies for designer dog clothing I stumble upon Skoah, one of Canadas most famous skin care companies. The day spa is currently offering a special one-hour Olympic treatment called Fan Facial. The facial of champions promises to leave my skin hydrated and cheer-worthy. Closing ceremonies, here I come.