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Review: Japadog

For the past 3 years, all I’ve been hearing about is that I HAVE to try Japadog. Well, before this past Saturday, BF and I had been downtown only once all year (when we went to Guu Gastown). So we don’t get very many chances to check out the popular spots around town.

Anyway, here were my first impressions: 1) damn, that’s a long line-up, 2) the prices are more expensive than what’s on the website, and 3) it smells delicious.

After talking to a few other people in line, apparently only 10 people in line was pretty good. And we only ended up waiting about 15 minutes, so it wasn’t a big deal.

I ended up getting the Spicy Cheese Terimayo, and BF had the Kurobuta Pork Terimayo (which is the Kobe beef of pork, so they claim, haha). We also each got a pop, so our grand total was about $17. Pretty expensive for a hot dog stand!!!

Both of our hot dogs had the same toppings: wasabi mayo, teriyaki sauce, and seaweed. My hot dog was also stuffed with cheese and jalapeños. It was pretty delicious, and just thinking about it makes my mouth water a little bit. I like how they make their own hot dogs, and I also appreciated how the bun was big enough to accommodate all of the toppings. My sister’s BF had a Japadog with yakisoba on top (Japanese fried noodles)!

All in all, it was a great experience. I’m glad that I got to try it, but I doubt I’d go there again anytime soon. There are just too many other delicious places to check out in the downtown area. It’s too expensive for fast food (even though it is super unique and very tasty). Plus, I hear the line-ups are outrageous most days, and I hate waiting around when I’m starving.

Caved and bought a ski pass

BF has convinced me to shell out $309 for an early bird ski pass to Mt. Seymour (that’s 60% off the regular price). At first, I was completely against the idea, but I know I’m going to be upset with myself and super jealous come the winter when BF goes off to ski 2-3x/week, and I can’t go. Cost-per-use for the pass will be completely worth it, because this year I won’t have to shell out any money for gear. I have everything that I need.

Previously, we’ve split the cost of my pass since he gets his for free. This year we won’t be able to, but that’s okay. $309 is a bit cheaper than my pass to Grouse last year ($355), and we barely went skiing because the weather was crap. We ended up having to drive up to Whistler (and pay ridiculous amounts of money), or out to Manning Park. Fingers crossed this year that the skiing will be better, although I don’t see how it could get any worse!

The $309 will wipe my Savings Fund out, but that’s what it’s there for. And I know it will be worth it. I heart skiing.

From Wii to Playstation?

I’m very much considering selling our Wii and all of our accessories. We just don’t play it very often anymore, and I don’t really have any room to do my exercises with their fitness games (our place really is that small).

Seems like a shame, because it’s such a fun thing to have around. We could keep it around, but BF and I both think that getting a Playstation 3 is a better idea, especially now that they’ve introduced Move (which I hear is better than the Wii).

The Playstation is great because it would also be our Blu-ray player, and we’ve been wanting one of those for a long time. Plus, BF likes the game selection for the PS3 much better than anything out on Wii. I’d probably be looking at getting the Playstation Move bundle, as well as a few (used) games.

BUT the PS3 is so expensive. We can’t afford it without selling the Wii. So my proposal was to sell the Wii and all of the games/accessories, put all the money towards a PS3 (I’m thinking I can get $250 for the entire thing, as I have a lot of the accessories – extra controller, balance board, sports accessories, nunchucks, charger, motion plus add-ons – and about 10 games), and then instead of buying each other Christmas presents, we would make up the cost difference of the PS3 and my used Wii.

I will be watching PS3 prices into 2011 to make sure we get the best price (also watching Craigslist/eBay, etc. for any great condition used machines), and in the meantime I will post my Wii stuff on Craigslist to see if I get any bites.

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