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.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday Afternoon Home Cannelloni Assembly

Kale (instead of spinach) from our garden...
Ricotta cheese filling...
Beef and pork filling...
B├ęchamel sauce - Fun to watch it change color...

It's always handy to have three-year-old Parmigiano-Reggiano on hand...
Brian stuffed the cheese tubes and Kathy the meat tubes. How can you tell?
On goes the B├ęchamel...
It looks like an Italian assembly line...
We finish up with the tomato sauce and the parmesan...
It looks good in the oven and will look even better within reach on the dining table.
Buon Appetito!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Flight Delay in Portland

We enjoyed our flight on Alaska from Honolulu to Portland, including a pleasant lunch.

As we were landing, we caught a hazy glimpse of Mt. Hood in the distance.

Once landed, we found our flight up to Bellingham is delayed by an hour, so it's time to check out the PDX Alaska Boardroom, making us happy for the second time today that we sprang for a membership.

Honolulu: HNL Admirals Club

Our Alaska Boardroom membership admitted us to this very nice and very quiet lounge that American and Japan Airlines share. No doubt it's busier when a JAL plane is outbound.

It's an interesting circular layout.

Full self-serve bar but we'll stick to coffee at this hour.

There's even self-serve rice ball and Umami soup. Of course we had try some.

Very mild but not unpleasant...

Friday, June 3, 2016

Honolulu: Hilton Hawaiian Village

When you book on points, a Rainbow Tower Fifth-floor lagoon-view room is probably, as Shakespeare would say, a "consummation devoutly to be wished."

Aboard Asiana: SYD-ICN: Korean 'Bibambap'

Ramen noodles mid-flight with a side of kimchi...