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The Vancouver Zoomer Show 2015 - billed as a Lifestyle Expo for the 45+ is on at the Vancouver Convention Centre today and Sunday. I volunteered for a short stint at the Vancouver chapter CARP booth, after which I wandered around the exposition. Had some unexpected encounters with people I had not seen since I retired. So nice to catch up. Among the many exhibits ranging from travel to healthcare there were two booths that I wanted to feature in this post...

The Vancouver Zoomer Show 2015 - billed as a Lifestyle Expo for the 45+ is on at the Vancouver Convention Centre today and Sunday. I volunteered for a short stint at the Vancouver chapter CARP booth, after which I wandered around the exposition. Had some unexpected encounters with people I had not seen since I retired. So nice to catch up. Among the many exhibits ranging from travel to healthcare there were two booths that I wanted to feature in this post...

Columbia University professor Wallace Sayre famously quipped in reference to competition in the academic realm, that "competition in university politics takes the most vicious and bitter forms because the stakes are so low."  The same concept, that the smaller the stakes the fiercer is the competition, has been promulgated by many others including educational guru, Laurence Peter of The Peter Principle ("In hierarchical organizations every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence").
In Sebastien Archibald's futuristic corporation, management has found a way to raise the stakes and beat the Peter Principle. Employees in line for promotion must...

The Fringe Presents: Marathon and Virtual Solitaire at Studio 1398, Granville Island,  March 17 to 29, 2015

In Vancouver, September is synonymous with Vancouver Fringe month. Over a couple of weeks, venues on and off Granville Island are crowded with people. Some love to cram in as many shows as they can, while others come to see a friend perform and the Fringe Festival may be their first exposure to theatre. Fringe 2014 featured  91 artists in more than 800 performances of over 80 shows in 11 days on Granville Island in theatre spaces and other odd sites as well...

We chose Javier's Cantina & Grill at Irvine Spectrum for a double birthday  celebration. We arrived quite early, five adults plus two kids, converging on the restaurant directly from work and after-school programs, all of us very hungry. The place was almost full when we arrived (and was equally packed when we we left). We were promptly seated on the patio as we had requested and baskets of tortilla chips and salsa brought out.  We ordered guacamole and  queso fundido to start while we decided on our dinners.

The adults (except me!) shared a Margarita pitcher. I stuck to one...

creamy lobster bisque

A rich lobster bisque and a creamy mushroom soup are my two favorite soups so my natural first choice on the BRIO Tuscan Grille restaurant week lunch menu was the lobster bisque. I had arranged to meet a friend  at BRIO for a leisurely relaxed lunch. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the bread basket of lavoush and crisp bread while waiting for our food.

 

Western omelette at Original Pancake House

Breakfast at the Original Pancake House was the choice of the youngest member of the family as the best way to celebrate his recent achievement. When we arrived at the restaurant around 9:30 on a Sunday morning it was packed, and patiently-waiting patrons were spilling out onto the pavement to soak up the welcome sunshine. Although we were initially told there would be a lengthy wait, it was actually only a few minutes before a table was cleared and we were seated.
 

Vegetables on the teppanyaki grill

The Kobe Japanese Steak and Seafood House on Alberni Street in downtown Vancouver, with its knife-twirling chefs and teppanyaki grills, has been an iconic Vancouver restaurant  since 1968. I have wonderful memories of watching my kids sitting transfixed by the juggling antics of the grill chefs and then practically inhaling  each morsel of the perfectly grilled vegetables.
 

My mature adult brain seems to have re-entered a period of accelerated learning as I try simultaneously to master the intricacies and nuances of several important social media platforms as fast as I can. As I figure out how to link and post efficiently to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube - just for a start - I can almost feel the impulses whizzing along neuronal pathways and embedding new concepts in my already crowded memory filing system. It's exhausting!

With two more months of intensive study ahead both I and my brain are looking forward to leaping off...

This is an odd confession to make for a theatre and restaurant reviewer who has lived in North America for 40 years. But the first time ever I visited Las Vegas (A.K.A. Entertainment Capital of the World) was a year ago, when I went there for a dance competition. It's a trifle surprising that I had not made it there before since entertainment is what I write about in ReviewFromTheSeat

On that first visit, after being shown around some of the major hotels, observing the plethora of top name restaurants  and enjoying the few awesome meals that I could...

Reversing aging - and bath-time luxury. How could these two concepts fail to capture my attention.

First the bath-time luxury. The Essence Naturals Cupcake Bath Bomb is a brilliant way of packaging bath and body products. Comprised of natural fragrances, essential oils and  flower essences, the Bath Bombs are designed to provide a moisturising bath and body spa experience.

But it was the product design that captured my attention immediately. Here's why...

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