The Strange Itinerary of Some Chinese Fast Food

February 12, 2018

This took place in 2015 but I thought it was interesting enough to republish:

The ever-loving and I were in Pacific Centre mall and decided to get some coffee from the food court. It was busy and we shared a table with a couple of young Japanese kids who were eating large plates filled with Chinese food.  One of the kids didn’t eat much of his and after a while most of his order was left sitting on his plate.

I watched a street person take a soda cup from the trash, clean it out the best he could, and then get a free drink at the refill station. Enterprising, I thought.   He then came over to our table and politely asked the kid if he had finished his meal. When that was confirmed, he took the plate of food and his soda over to another table and began to eat.

Excellent, I thought; that meal isn’t going to waste.

A minute or so later, a bunch of mall cops showed up. They were after someone in the A&W line, but the street guy got nervous, took his soda and left in a rush.  The Chinese food still sat on the plate.

Almost immediately a chap came along who looked for all the world like an affluent student.  However, he fished a clam-shell container out of the trash and cleaned it off.  Then he sat next to where the plate of food was sitting. Over the next few minutes he gradually incorporated the plate into his sphere, sliding it closer and marking off his space with his small bag.  He then proceeded to fill the clam-shell with the Chinese food and walk off.

One meal, three users. That is efficient food distribution!


Snacks Tonight #10

February 3, 2018

Homemade vanilla ice cream (far more successful — and easier — than the method I used for Snacks Tonight #8) along with homemade chocolate biscuit.  I used whipping cream and added vanilla essence.  Other flavours would be easy to add.  Beautifully creamy. If you let it sit out of the freezer for about 10 minutes before serving, it is a lot like soft serve — my favourite style.

PS: I’ll use evaporated milk instead of condensed milk net time, to reduce the sugar level.

Dinner Tonight #41

January 27, 2018

Tonight’s dinner was Moroccan Chicken smothered in olives via the New York Times. I used both large green and smaller black olives. Pretty good!

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Breakfast Today #7

January 26, 2018


One of the great breakfasts — kippers cooked in butter with spiced scrambled eggs.  Only one of us likes this, so lots more kippers for me!


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Dinner Tonight #40

January 24, 2018


Tonight I made a very pleasant and unusual Peruvian stew with chiles, limes and apples.  It was my very first time using a slow cooker.

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Dinner Tonight #39

January 20, 2018


Tonight I made a baked brie stuffed with cranberries and ham.  Served with Ceasar salad, it was mighty fine.

Dinner Tonight #38

January 12, 2018



I call these pork splats (not so pretty but very tasty), served with steamed mixed vegetables and Chef John’s bravas sauce.  Not bad at all.


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