August 5, 2011

#604insomnia x AYCE Hot Pot x Claypot Restaurant x Richmond

#604insomnia All You Can Eat hot pot at tweetup Claypot Restaurant in Richmond on August 4, 2011.

#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant

I joined a few insomniac tweeps, Jesse Cheng, Vanessa Tam, Queenie Cao, Lloyd Go, Justin Lam, and the very late Vivian Lau, for some Chinese hot pot in Richmond.

#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant

If you're not familiar with the #604insomnia hashtag and crew, they're a bunch of Twitter folks who usually stay up late randomly talking and communicating over Twitter.

#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant

#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant

The admittedly mostly Asian group of folks randomly decided for all these people to meetup over late night snacks every now and then.

#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant

Jesse, the unofficial insomnia leader, even got me a belated birthday present, a bracelet and cuff links.

#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant

How sweet.

#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant

Last time we went for nachos and beer in East Van. This time around, we got out at a normal dining hour for some AYCE dinner.

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This was a more casual week in social editing. And because I felt it was far too self-indulgent (even for me!) to talk about my birthday bash, I thought this fit nicely.

#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant

This casual dining tweetup proved a good fit for this week's Vancouver Daze and a nice change of pace.

#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant

Growing up in Ladner, I didn't discover all the random Chinese hangout adventures that are staple of  Asian culture until going to UBC.

#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant

The food itself was delicious. The assortment of meat, veggies, and seafood was filling and served for some good, fun conversation.

#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant

We sat in the so-called "VIP" dining room which was basically the end of the restaurant with closing doors and our own television playing Chinese news.

#604insomnia AYCE Tweetup | Claypot Restaurant

I know I write about and go to a lot of industry events, but I always want to make sure I keep going to more casual, inclusive, intimate meetups with other young professionals and students. Nothing beats a relaxed meals and meeting new people.

Originally published in Vancouver Is Awesome.

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