Guess Where I Had Lunch Today

April 5, 2018


And all for a buck and a half, with unlimited soda.


Today’s Kitchen Dilemma

April 2, 2018


Where to start?

Snacks Tonight #11

March 7, 2018


Cherry & Strawberry Crumble, with vanilla/star anise ice cream, all from scratch.

Updated Review: The Dime

March 3, 2018


After the NPA event, I went to the Dime for brunch with the Everloving. It is nothing much more than a bar with background music, TVs on most walls, heavily tattooed staff (giving great service), and good cheap food.  I really enjoy the place, as does herself, and I thought it time to give it another shout out.

If we go there during the week for lunch, we are both addicted to the Breakfast Sando, served with greens and a piquant dressing. Great stuff.  But on the weekends they have a brunch menu and we both adore their Chorizo Hash Skillett. It is a good plateful of potatoes and onions and peppers, a fried egg, with enough chorizo to give it a kick, and served with a form of hollandaise that is to die for.

The quality of the food is superb and the real kicker is that, like all the food at the Dime, they are just $5.95 each. So, two filling brunches and a great pint of local beer cost $17.00 including tax.  Most breakfast places on the Drive will charge you $17 for a single serving of hash and eggs with coffee. And most of them won’t be as good.

If you’ve never been to the Dime, I can thoroughly recommend it.

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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