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February 18, 2010 at 2:25 PM

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Foods of the Games: A taste test

Posted by Seattle Times staff

Submitted by Jim Jeffreys and Suna Gurol

We weren't sure if Canada had any big variations on sports arena food. For example, would they have Canada's favorite artery-clogging snack, poutine?

UBC Thunderbird Place: The options at the two concession stands at UBC seemed pretty much the same as anywhere in the states - hot dogs, chili and some deli sandwich options.

We tried the hot dogs, pretzel and grilled veggie sandwich. The hot dog was meaty, but too water-logged. The pretzel had that classic stale, soft pretzel feel. The grilled veggie sandwich, which in my mind's-eye I imagined as a hot dish, was cold. However, the blend of mushrooms, peppers and cheese was pretty tasty. The Molsen's Golden on tap wasn't too shabby either.

Overall rating: 2.5 Hockey Pucks out of 5.

Richmond Oval: The spectator experience is not super luxurious. The bathrooms are porta-potties in the tent that surrounds the venue, so why should we expect the food to be any more luxurious?

We picked up a cheese pizza, a bowl of chili and also wanted to get a greek salad pita sandwich. They were out of the greek pita, and were super-snippy about it. We went to another stand. They were out of the greek pita too, but offered a vegetarian sandwich.

The bowl of chili wasn't half bad and had some corn, carrot and broccoli in the mix, along with the usual meat and beans. The vegetarian sandwich was pretty fresh and tasty, with crunchy cucumbers and tomatoes. The pizza was pretty rubbery on the other hand. Kai ate it anyway.

We give Richmond Oval 3 speed skates out of 5!

Canada Hockey Place: Being the biggest venue, they had the most options. Besides hot dogs, they had quesadillas, wraps and something called the BC Cheesesteak. We almost got that, but it was almost 10pm and the tummy wasn't up for it. And then we found the little stand selling beignets!!! Yum!

Canada Hockey Place gets 3.5 hockey pucks out of 5.

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