Trolleys, Reptiles, Perfume, Mexican Food & Boxes
During the last week, I’ve built up quite a repertoire of interesting blog posts and new links from Vancouver’s bloggers. Time to close a few tabs on my laptop, so without further ado, have a look at these:
- David of Loud Murmurs recently became an “online advocate for an improved transit system in Vancouver” in a recent article for the Westender. Read about the story behind the quotes here.
- Our own Miss 604 wrote that the Surrey Reptile Refuge, open since 1992, is now closed due to lack of funding. How sad that another organization that helps unwanted pets is in limbo! Earlier this year, the Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary had to leave its home and, though open, needs to find a new location. Hopefully the Surrey Reptile Refuge will find some way to open again soon.
- Also on Miss 604, guest blogger Raul of the Random Thoughts of a Student of the Environment blog (aka Hummingbird 604) rounds up Vancouver’s Mexican restaurants. Just like sushi in Vancouver – where it’s hard to find anything truly good and not frozen among all the fake, awful sushi places in Vancouver (I lived in Japan so I can be snobbish) – good Mexican food is quite rare. There’s even a card game called The Nacho Incident about Canada’s lack of good Mexican food. From the game’s description: “As Canadians have long suspected, Mounties have been arresting anyone caught with quality Mexican food since the 1970s.”
- Malta-transplant Darren Barefoot blogged about strangers reading your supposedly anonymous blog using From the Grey Box as an example. This made me into an additional stranger reading the now less-anonymous blog too. Written about items found in a local apartment building’s giveaway box, the writer seems to be jolly and optimistic making the posts fun to read. Oh, and enthusiastic about the items. Yay for less cynicism in the world!
- Finally, Monique of So Misguided links to another Vancouver blogger, this time a local perfumer who writes about her trade. Ayala Sender writes SmellyBlog about her company Ayala Moriel Parfums. Lately it seems to be updated about once or twice a week, which is perfect as some of the posts tend to be on the long side.
(Above photo is of a Mexican restaurant, though not in Vancouver or even Metro Vancouver. It’s in Metro Vancouver’s honourary international suburb, Bellingham. Lorenzo’s is near the Bellis Fair Mall, good enough to make the drive, and represents the good Mexican food that rarely makes it over the border.)