Adventures Geek Life

Vancouver Recap & Birthday Loot

Sorry for the extended absence, looks like I needed a “vacation from my vacation.” But I had such an amazing time in Vancouver visiting with my family and all my friends that I wanted to take a minute and share some of the highlights with you.
Family Spring 2014 Obviously, my favourite part of the trip was visiting with my family. My first night in town was my actual birthday, so we were able to get my whole family together at my parents’ condo for an awesome Asian food feast. My parents have this thing about ordering enough food for three times the people at any given meal, so we had every one of my favourite Chinese food dishes + an insane spread of sushi and sashimi. And this despite the fact that I’d already eaten Chinese food the night before and for brunch with the old gang earlier that day. So. Yummy.

Snow in Burnaby I had expected that Spring would be closer in Vancouver than it is in Montreal, but in yet another anecdotal example of climate change, it seems the snow decided to follow me. And in Montreal it was 7 degrees Celsius when I left. However, Vancouver being Vancouver, not much of the snow stuck and it had all melted by the time I had left.

Vancouver Birthday Loot Other than EATING ALL OF THE ASIAN FOOD, my other obsession this trip was spending my birthday money on comics and toys! I got a couple of books as gifts (Death Comes to Pemberley from my mom & Fight For Tomorrow from my sister), but the rest I collected by going to 3 different comic book stores! Yeah independent businesses! I also snagged myself a couple of toys, including an MLP blind box and a Garrus Funko POP! It was soooo hard to choose which Funko to get, but when I spotted the Mass Effect collection I knew I had to get ol’ Archangel.

Critical Hit Show Another highlight of this trip for me was finally getting to see my friend Eric’s Live D&D show, Critical Hit. It was the second anniversary show, which meant a lot of references to previous adventures, but it was still hilarious for someone like me who hadn’t been to the show before. It was also great to see the turnout for live, nerdy entertainment, and reminded me that Vancouver isn’t really all bad.

Minami Sushi On Rick’s last night in town he treated me to an incredible birthday meal at Minami, a restaurant that specializes in aburi (flame seared) sushi. I’d never even heard of aburi sushi before, but my goodness I’m glad that I did. Pretty much everything we ate was incredible and the sake list made my head spin. If you’re in Vancouver and in the mood for a unique (if spendy $$$) meal, I definitely recommend it.

PANK and the Boys My last three days in town were spent at my sister’s place, helping her out with my nephews while her husband was away at GottaCon. I had such an incredible time being a PANK, getting the pants beat off of me by my nephew James and serving as a human shaped jungle gym for his brother Owen.

All in all I had a wonderful time and already miss all my family and friends. Hopefully I’ll see you all again sooner rather than later.

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22 Comments

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    Hello, Sweetie!
    March 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Ahh! It all looks so awesome!

    Happy belated birthday, lady!

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      Mariko
      March 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you, sweetie!

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    Stephanie Medeiros (@writerary)
    March 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Welcome back! I think I let out an audible squee when I saw the little Garrus–he’s so cute. Glad you had a great time. 😀

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      Mariko
      March 10, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks! I’m thinking Garrus looks a little lonely, so I might need to get Wrex to keep him company.

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    Nagareboshi
    March 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! ^___^ Looks like you had an awesome time!

    http://nagareboshi9.blogspot.ch/

    • Reply
      Mariko
      March 12, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you! It was great, and much needed.

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    Joie Fatale
    March 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Glad your birthday was an adventurous one! And glad you’re back! That D&D live show sounds amazing!

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      Mariko
      March 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you! The Critical Hit show was awesome, and they’re gonna be at ECC this year if you are going (or know anyone else who is).

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    cuddlycactus
    March 10, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Happy Birthdaaay! Glad you had a great time. I’m totally jealous of all the food– that sushi is making my mouth water! Not to mention all those trades– ooh ahh!

    I’ve never heard of D&D live shows! That sounds really fun! 😀

    Elyse @ Cuddly as a Cactus

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      Mariko
      March 12, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Hehe. I forgot to include the video games I got, too: Heavenly Sword & Borderlands 2. Stoked for those. The live D&D thing is a pretty new phenomenon, but I know of a couple other cities with similar shows (Toronto for starts). If you’re up at Emerald City Comic Con, Critical Hit will actually be performing. I totally recommend checking them out.

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    B
    March 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Oooh, I spy Hawkeye! I love it! Enjoy!

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      Mariko
      March 12, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      I’m loving it so far. Kate Bishop is the radness!

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    margotmeanie
    March 10, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Looks like a great trip back!! I really need to check out Minami now! NOMMS!

    <3

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      Mariko
      March 12, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      It was short, but sweet. Glad I got to spend a little time on my old Main St. stomping grounds, despite how much it’s changed. And yeah, if you can swing it budget wise, Minami is 110% worth it.

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    Fiona
    March 11, 2014 at 7:02 am

    yay sounds totally awesome – glad you had a great trip 🙂

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      Mariko
      March 12, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you, Fiona.

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    Jane Y.
    March 11, 2014 at 8:48 am

    mariko! happy birthday again. i think your smile says it all! such a pretty smile!!

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      Mariko
      March 12, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      D’awwww. Thanks, Jane. I guess I do need to smile more. 🙂

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    Damaris / The cat, you and us
    March 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

    How sweet are the two pictures with you smiling! 🙂 family photos are always fun, specially to look at them after a while. I like your birthday money presents haul and the yummiest aburi nigiri, mmmm, totally worth it!

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    ariellalphabet
    March 12, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Looks like you had a great time! Happy (belated) birthday!

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      Mariko
      March 12, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you, Ari!

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    nerdburger
    March 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful time visiting your family. I hope you love she hulk #1 as much as I do.

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