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Had a great weekend in Surrey, BC for the annual general meeting of the ECCC.  It was a chance to get away from the kids (first time for more than 1 night in six years); it was a chance to visit with friends and get to know new acquaintances a little better.  I also attended a “ministerial” for the first time–there’s a great bunch of pastors in this conference.  The Covenant church really does feel like home.

And we had beautiful sunny weather the whole time, which was a shock not just for the visitors to the area.

I won’t get into the boring (to you) details of the weekend.  Of note, however, was Sunday’s trip into Vancouver.  We wandered down to Granville Island with Dixie’s brother.  Granville Island is a former industrial area of the city revitalized as a trendy/artsy-fartsy/old-school public market area.  A person could have quite a full, relaxing day out there.  Start out in the morning in a coffee shop with the paper; wander along the water and have a light lunch somewhere; wander some more–maybe through the market–and have a solid dinner before calling it a day.  It’s now officially one of my life goals: spend a full, easy day on Granville Island.

That’s not what’s of note, however.  We were undecided about where to eat for supper.  We were actually seated at Bridges on Granville Island, but after perusing the nearly blank menu decided to go elsewhere.  A peruse and dash, if you will.  The next plan was to drive into the downtown area for some Thai food, but on our walk back, Dixie’s brother spotted a Sushi restaurant he’s wanted to try for a long time, but could never get into: Shabusen Japanese Yakiniku House (the one on south Granville, just a couple of blocks from Dixie’s brother’s apartment).

I was reluctant at first–I was hungry after all that walking, so raw fish and wasabi–unappealing at the best of times– didn’t seem like the thing we should be trying out.  As it turns out, Dixie and I both loved it.  We went with the all-you-can-eat menu so that we could try a bit of everything.  Dixie’s brother did the ordering, since he knows his way around a Japanese menu.

Dixie and I in front of some of our food:


In front of Dixie is a plate of various seafood wrapped around some rice (“Nigiri sushi”). On the left: shrimp (“Ebi”–cooked); back right: tuna (raw); front right: salmon (raw).  On my plate is a scallop cone: a dried seaweed cone filled with raw chopped  scallops and rice.  

The large white cup in front of me is green tea; the small white cup with the blue graphic is warm sake.  

On the grill: lamb chops and chicken breast.  The meat on the grill was a mistake.  According to Dixie’s brother it’s a Korean custom, but we found it a bit annoying to have to pay attention to the cooking meat.  Much of the lamb ended up burned to a crisp.

Also eaten: deep fried avocado (“Maki”); spring rolls; chicken karrage (deep fried chicken wings); deep fried yams, carrots, zuchinni and squash (“Tempura”); Yakisoba (noodles); pork gyoza (dumplings); miso soup (soy soup); edamame (soy beans).

My judgment: delicious!  

I would never have guessed, as I generally don’t care much for fish.  I would take raw tuna or salmon over the cooked equivalent any day.  The raw tuna was my favourite, followed by the raw salmon.  The meat melts on your mouth.  

The warm sake was also delicious–it’s a rice wine, but I found it reminiscent of ouzo, though not as sweet.  I think Dixie’s brother described the taste as “wine and soap”, but it was very good.

(More pictures of the trip may follow, but I make no guarantees.)

All things go, all things go.

So I’m taking a little trip to Chicago next week for a conference. I can’t remember the nature of the conference–words in the title included “sustainable” and “paradigms”–or maybe it was “matrix”–but I can’t remember the rest.

I’m kidding. It’s “Midwinter”, our denominational annual pastors conference. “Pastor’s conference?” you query. Yes. I know I’m technically not a pastor, but it was felt that it would be good for me to hobnob with those in our conference who are. It should be an interesting and educational week. I dont’t know if I’ll blog at all, but I’ll keep you posted here (also in my sidebar on the right).

I’m arriving in Chicago a day early, so I’m trying to think of where I should go. It’s the 3rd largest city in the U.S.ofA., so I will need to keep my goals reasonable. It dawned on me two days ago that Chicago is the birthplace of The Second City, the launch pad for many of our greatest comedians, including, but not limited to, Fred Willard, Bill Murray, Eugene Levy, John Belushi, Chris Farley, Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey (the Toronto Second City was home to many, many more). Unfortunately, I arrive to late on Sunday to go to an evening show. So that won’t work. Hopefully I arrive in time to catch the hour long episode of The Office after the Super Bowl.

At this point I plan on going to North Park Seminary on Monday morning for a look-see. After that, who knows. Perhaps Chicago’s Old Town, where The Second City theatre is (as well as the Old Town Ale House, apparently a favourite haunt of Second City actors). And then maybe a stop at either Giordano’s or Gino’s East for some Chicago-style deep-dish pizza (I’ve been thinking about it all week–let’s hope they sell pizza by the slice).

Then Monday night the conference begins.