In Europe, this is the season for the Spring Classics of bike road racing. They are the accompaniment to my waking each morning (via the Internet, of course), and they reminded me of these two fellows I met during one of the Gastown Criteriums several years ago.
I was hard at work in the kitchen preparing a sumptuous sauce. There were a number of skillets and pans on the stove, all of them on track to provide the meal of a lifetime.
In the midst of the sweatiness of concentrated creation, I put something in the sauce that was meant to go into a different skillet; something that completely wrecked the taste I was aiming for.
And what were my immediate thoughts? “Control-Z — Undo — backspace!”
Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that I still rate Fet’s Bar & Grill very highly. I’ve been going there for years and years and the food just keeps getting better. Service is always great and the Fergie family (two generations now!) are excellent hosts. They also have one of the best sited patios on the Drive, right opposite Grandview Park. It is the perfect place to sip a cocktail, chew on the daily special, and people-watch — one of the Drive’s favourite activities.
However, Fet’s weren’t always in the building they currently occupy. Way back in the last century, they were on the opposite side of the road, at 1179 Commercial, where Taiyo Sushi is now. They were called Fettucini’s Cafe then. In the back lane — the lane that runs from the Park to the library — is a reminder of those olden days:
Hard to believe it has not been lost or covered over in the sixteen years since they moved. I hope it stays a long time and becomes a heritage sign like the one for the Cozy Apartments.