My cousin Paul and niece Erica were in town for a week, visiting Vancouver.
Their stay involved a lot of eating, mainly dessert, but also included plenty of sightseeing, shopping, and spending quality time with my dogs.
Did I mention we ate a lot of desserts? yes? One of the highlights was the carrot cake at Cadeaux Bakery, pictured above with extra end-piece frosting!
We did a fair amount of walking Vancouver’s various neighborhoods – after which we stopped for a snack. Yes, dessert in the form of ice cream.
Erica and Paul trekked across Van, tracking down about a dozen “pianos” interspersed throughout the city. Akemi and I (and the dogs) joined them for their Olympic Village hunt, finally locating one of the pianos. Pictured above: Bubba shows off with a little Chopin.
We did Vancouver-style dim sum at Sun Sui Wah where our meal was accompanied by Jerry Springer on the big screen. Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Ha-gow! Ha-gow! Ha-gow!
Our restaurant itinerary included Taqueria, Meat & Bread, Fable Diner, Bob Likes Thai Food, Rangoli, and, of course, Minami for their salmon oshi sushi.
Among my cousin Paul’s Vancouver commemorative purchases was the beginnings of his Halloween ensemble.
Before leaving, Paul and Erica presented us with going away gifts: wacky themed socks for me, and a Pokeman cap for Pokeman-obsessed Akemi. Bubba immediately took ownership of the cap.
Paul and Erica couldn’t get enough of the dogs, especially Lulu who, despite her snoring, outrageous belching, and terrible gas, seemed to make a great impression.
Erica bids the dogs a fond farewell.
Brought Bubba in to get his stitches out today. The results came in on the two masses removed from his head and, while one was benign, the other one was inconclusive. We have an appointment in late September with an oncologist for further tests (x-rays and ultrasound) as well an anti-cancer vaccine.
Lulu, meanwhile, continues to slow down. At 9, she is officially a senior!
Well, our guests have left and Akemi (and I, but especially Akemi) are already missing them. Akemi LOVES to entertain, so much so that she suggested we could home-stay visiting international students. I, on the other hand, prefer responsible adult guests, so I’m looking to adopt. Any of you interested in a move to Vancouver?