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(Disclaimer: Not meaning to slam any business but the truth is, well , the truth. Now the misses are subjective, as my tastes are different from yours. Hope you get some use out of the post.) 

Burnaby-BC

Depending on where you live, Burnaby, BC has pretty much everything a person could want. Close to the SkyTrain, bus, grocery, shopping etc. Lougheed Town Centre, right next to the SkyTrain and the bus. It's a nice place but at this point, isn't for me. I didn't get "that feeling". The food was probably one of the best, when it came to amenities, in Burnaby BC. Burnaby has nice hiking/walking areas to explore. This dragon sculpture was pretty neat. My best friend graciously hosted me and was an awesome tour guide for 2 weeks!

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*Prices: Thifty ($), Mid-range($$), Pricey($$$)

-$$ Sushi Gen, takeout (9626 Cameron St ,Burnaby, BC ): Hit  

Average cost per roll, $15. Amazing sushi & sashimi. Fresh ingredients, great presentation, wonderful owners and staff. Go there, it's worth it!

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-$$ Red Robin, takeout (Burnaby, BC, 9628 Cameron St): Hit, sort of.

I had the bacon cheeseburger $8.99 (blue cheese), comes with fries. Tasty burger, not dry, nice flavour, not too salty. The fries were good, but I prefer, skinny or regular cut fries. The service, was not that great. They were training a new host, but I don't think it was going well for him. He forgot my order and had to check with me twice, about what I had ordered. The wait was ridiculous, just under 40 minutes, for takeout. There were a lot of other people waiting for tables and they were not impressed with the long wait either.

Burnaby-Red-Robin-3-$ Creative Nails & Esthetics: Miss   

Eyebrow threading ($5). My eyebrow, hair removal of choice. I was happy at first, but then I had a good look. My eyebrows were not even, too far in on one side, & my natural arch was gone. A plus, the service was quick, it took less then 4 minutes. The owner was really nice and accommodating.

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-$$ COBS Bread, 9855 Austin Road, Lougheed Town Centre: Hit  

$3-ish per baked good. This bakery is everywhere and they are good. The owner of this particular location is super outgoing and friendly, along with his staff. The scones are the best thing, at this bakery. My favourites being the chocolate and blueberry scones. And yes, I brought some home, froze them and just enjoyed the last one 2 days ago. So good!

-$ Anna's Cake House: Miss   

$2.10 each. The green tea cake was oddly textured. The flavour was good, not too sweet, but I couldn't get over the texture. I had a beef curry puff, the only thing that I had all day and my stomach let it go quickly. I did not go back.

-$$ Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, 9855 Austin Road, Lougheed Town Centre: 50/50   

Average $3/chocolate piece. Okay, most of the chocolates were overly sweet. Although they had really cute Easter products. They also have fudge, and other confections.

-$$ Purdys Chocolatier, 9855 Austin Road, Lougheed Town Centre: Hit  

Average $3/chocolate piece, $13.50/for 3 chocolate bars. Some were good, some of the fillings just were not my cup of tea. My favourites are the Peanut Butter Bar, Sweet Georgia Browns and the English Toffee. They also have ice cream, and other confections.

-$ Big Orange, 9855 Austin Road, Lougheed Town Centre: Hit   

$4.75/one size, bubble tea. The best bubble tea place that I found. All locations are not equal. This location had the chewiest, non-slimy tapioca balls around. And believe me, I tried them everywhere. The tea was not overly sweet or watered down. And it lasted, tasting great, kept in the fridge, until the next day. Only downside, they ran out of the pearls often. Or did not have them until an hour after opening.

-$ Chipotle (4700 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC) : Hit   

Average entree price $8.95. Really good. Nicely flavoured. Great customer service. One of the employees was in line, as well, and helped us decide what to order.

-$-$$ Canada Post Lougheed postal outlet: Hit  

Great service, friendly staff. Open on the holiday to take packages, even though they did not go out until the Tuesday, after the Easter holiday.

-$ BC Ferries: Hit   ($16.85, one-way)

Great staff. Clean. Food and drinks available. Nice decks to relax on, inside and outside. Shopping and arcades for the kids. The only thing I don't like is that animals have to stay on the same deck with the cars. What if you don't bring a car? Do they just stay in their cages, blowing in the wind? They need to work on that. Otherwise great experience and I will travel with them again.

-$ I-Mart (9616 Cameron St, Burnaby, BC): Hit

Small grocer, international market. Friendly owners. Found Tapioca Balls.

-$ T&T Supermarket, Asian market (147-4800 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC): Hit

They have them in Ontario as well. You lucky people who have T&T near you.

-$ Hannam Supermarket, Asian market (4501 North Road, Burnaby, BC): Hit

Another great Asian market to check out.

Part 3 next week, have a great weekend! Part 1.

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Till next time,

Nadia

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Burnaby, BC

My vacation/scouting trip was pretty successful, but it was busy from the get-go. I did have one day off, but I could have used another one. I pushed myself way too much when I knew better. The spots that I stayed in were, Burnaby, Courtenay and Victoria. Day trips to see all the other cities/communities.

I'm 95% sure that I will make the move to BC. It took from the time I got there, to about a week ago to decide if the province is overrated. BC has a lot of nice places but so does Ontario. It also has a lot of expensive places to live, but so does Ontario. The bonus being, for the most part, the milder year-round weather. I am over all of the snow, especially in April. By the way, BC is kind of overrated. All of Canada is beautiful, and most parts are more affordable than BC.

One thing that was odd to me, were the amount of liquor stores, everywhere. It reminded me of the US (not all parts of course). It seemed that they were on every block or beside every large grocer. It is really that necessary? And this coming from someone who consumes alcohol. I don't know, it was a little disturbing, but I guess I'll have to get used to it because it's coming to Ontario sooner or later.

The hills in many areas of BC are a b*&@h! It got to the point where I was cussing whenever I saw an incline coming. Who built this province anyway! My thighs do have muscles that I haven't seen in years, so I guess that's a plus. But seriously, the hills made me not want to live in certain areas. In a month I know I would regret it. And no, I would not get used to it.

BC kind of reminds me of where I live, with the amount of walkers, bikers and joggers. They are everywhere. There is a lot of outdoor space, within the city, which is great. One minute you're in the heart of downtown, the next you're in a secluded mini forest.

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I did learn that 3 weeks is too long to travel, for me. 2 weeks is the maximum for future travel. Plus, I missed Kai the cat more than I thought was possible. Serious kitty withdrawal. I just realized a few days ago that most of her whiskers are just starting to grow back. Meaning an inch or less of new growth, which is not normal for her. In the past I have only seen one, maybe two growing in at a time. So, she was so stressed that they fell out, or she was so stressed that she scratched them out. Either way it makes me sad that I didn't anticipate the effect of me leaving her for so long. I don't know how parents of human children do it, when they have to travel for weeks or months at a time. I would be a mess.

I'll do a couple more posts about specific places that I went to, shopped in and ate at, in the upcoming weeks. Travel time is coming up for many people and tips on where to eat or not are always helpful.

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Saanich, BC
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BC Ferries

Till next time,

Nadia