Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Burlington WA: Chuck E. Cheese

Sunday, October 16, 2016

White Rock, British Columbia: Sunday Brunch

To celebrate the recent successful renewal of our NEXUS cards for another five years, and to avoid just moping around the house the anti-climactic morning after the Storm of the Century that never happened, we decided to cross the border at the Peace Arch for lunch in White Rock, less than 30 minutes from our house.

Despite the eccentric GPS on our new Subaru Outback taking us the long way around, we soon found ourselves parked near the White Rock Pier, and enjoyed a blustery stroll out to the end.

Brunch itself, at one of the best-rated restaurants in White Rock, was a disappointment. It's an honest and friendly establishment, but we both found our orders lacking. Once Brian got over his initial disappointment that the Corned Beef Hash (below) was like none other that he'd ever eaten (is it "deconstructed?"), he tried to enjoy it for what it was. What it was turned out to be salty, and the mildly sweet tomato-type sauce didn't work for him.
 Kathy had anticipated with excitement her Bavarian Meat Loaf, a dish she's most commonly dined on in Lufthansa Airlines lounges. Sad to say, she was similarly disappointed.

Nonetheless, we enjoyed our little outing and it didn't break the bank.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mount Baker from Birch Bay

One last glorious day before the rain arrives...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Beautiful Birch Bay

Even at low tide, when it's a sunny day with all 10,781 feet of Mt. Baker gloriously visible...

Friday, August 12, 2016

Victoria, BC: Blighty's Bistro

A great dining spot on Oak Bay Avenue for Louise and us...

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday Afternoon Baseball: The Bellingham Bells

What a glorious day in the Northwest to attend a baseball game. Three of our grandchildren are visiting us, along with their parents, and they suggested we attend the game. For something like $9 a ticket we got seats right behind home plate, and for a bonus today featured special events for the young ones nearby, including balloon animals and a bounce house.

This was new to us. The Bellingham Bells are a Collegiate Summer Baseball Team, part of the West Coast League. The team comprises college amateur players who have played at least one year and also have at least one year of collegiate eligibility remaining. 

They took on the Victoria Harbour Cats today. After attaining a 2-0 lead in early innings, they eventually got drubbed 9-2. The most spectacular single play included two errors, both overthrows.

Our grandkids saw wild pitches, a balk, successful steals, and all from up close. What a great afternoon.

The official mascot is Dinger, a hamster... a Bellinghamaster. Get it?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Surrey, B.C. Dining: Tasty Indian Bistro Lives Up to Its Name

Surrey, B.C. is home to a lot of Indo-Canadians, and a lot of eateries that dish up fine curry, naan, and butter chicken. We drove up on a rainy Saturday to watch grandson Jake play Spring League basketball. With two hours between games, Jake wanted to watch other games in the gym with his teammates and eat the food he'd brought. 

We, on the other hand, drove his mother the 10 minutes or so to the Tasty Indian Bistro, Trip Advisor's top-rated restaurant (of 690) in all of Surrey. 

Tasty it was, a surprisingly elegant interior in a fairly typical strip mall.
Above is a dish, new to us, recommended by our charming waiter: Malai Chicken Tikka. Below is the balance of our feast, a bargain fifty bucks, given the quality and quantity. And then it was back to the gym, to watch Jake play.

Double Zero sinks a free throw.