Phaidon Book log

Have:

Benu
The debut book from the celebrated, James Beard Award-winning Corey Lee, chef/patron of San Francisco’s Benu and pioneer of modern Asian food
Corey Lee

I first bought Benu for its ridiculously creative cover.


René Redzepi: A Work in Progress
Journal, Recipes and Snapshots
An unprecedented insight into the inner workings of restaurant Noma and its highly creative team of chefs
René Redzepi
I only have the recipe book, not the snapshots or the journal.


The Art of the Restaurateur
Reveals the hidden stories behind some of the world’s best restaurants, which celebrate the complex but unrecognised art of the restaurateur.
Nicholas Lander owned L’Escargot in London in the 1980’s. He is a renowned food columnist for the Financial Times.

The architectural sketches inside are quite beautiful but some have argued that the chef’s profiles are quite meaningless for new/aspiring restaurateurs.

Want:

Japan: The Cookbook
The definitive, home cooking recipe collection from one of the most respected and beloved culinary cultures
Nancy Singleton Hachisu

Aska
Aska is the debut cookbook from chef Fredrik Berselius, following the reimagining and rebuilding of his two-Michelin-starred restaurant
Fredrik Berselius


Boragó
Coming from the South
Internationally acclaimed star chef Rodolfo Guzmán of Boragó introduces the exciting world of high-end Chilean gastronomy
Rodolfo Guzmán


Room for Dessert
The definitive guide to perfect pastry from the former elBulli apprentice and his destination restaurant in Bali
Will Goldfarb


Eataly: Contemporary Italian Cooking
The best modern Italian recipes from the largest and most prestigious Italian marketplace in the world
Eataly


China: The Cookbook
The definitive cookbook bible of the world’s most popular and oldest cuisine
Kei Lum and Diora Fong Chan


omg Restaurant Andre has a book!

Octaphilosophy
The Eight Elements of Restaurant André
The culinary philosophy of premiere chef André Chiang, whose Restaurant André is in the top 50 world’s best restaurants list and is number 5 in Asia’s best restaurants.
André Chiang and Lotta Jörgensen


Not a fan of the font, but apparently all their Italian recipe books have the same Phaidon logo going on.

Puglia
Puglia is the latest title in the Silver Spoon regional cookbook series, building on the success of Tuscany and Sicily


What to Bake & How to Bake It
The ultimate step-by-step baking book for beginners
Jane Hornby


Thailand: The Cookbook
The definitive book on Thai cuisine, with more than 500 recipes
Jean-Pierre Gabriel


How to Boil an Egg
A collection of simple and nutritious ways to cook and eat eggs from the ever popular Rose Bakery
Rose Bakery


Fish
Recipes from the Sea
Fish: Recipes from the Sea is a celebratory collection of more than 200 recipes for cooking with fish and seafood from The Silver Spoon Kitchen
The book cover looks just like pieces from Calder mobiles, in fact, exactly as I would have laser cut them, with the two holes for mounting and balance.


The Art of French Baking
The definitive collection of authentic French pastry and dessert recipes
Ginette Mathiot


Home cooking with Ferran Adrià
The first book of home-cooking recipes by Ferran Adrià, the world’s most influential chef
Ferran Adrià

Book haul (HPB)

It all started with an innocent little trip to the Redmond Half Price Books. We weren’t even intending to go there, and were just dropping by briefly during a trip to the French Bakery to pick up a baguette and to World Market to pick up elderflower soda.

I found two fantastic Phaidon food books – a recipes from Noma cookbook by Rene Redzepi
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– part of a set of 3, but the most important part

$45.58 for the whole set on amzn.

and a Ferran Adria

that was completely in Italian but with very instructive pictures. They were both $24.95, so I decided to only pick one, and was all set to go with the Ferran Adria, having more normal recipes using everyday ingredients that made easy meals. Z managed to convince me to go with the Noma one, which had much flashier pictures and amazing plating, but recipes that I would likely never make, rendering it a mere coffee table book. But it’s so beautiful inside! It’s good for plating ideas I guess!

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Even if all the ingredients are impossible to find.

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I also found yet another Singapore/Malaysian cookbook to add to my growing stash – I’ve already got two Meat Men cookbooks, Christopher Tan’s Singapore Cooking by Tuttle, and Christina Arokiasamy’s The Malaysian Kitchen. This one seemed interesting because it had a lot more “street” recipes and not just the famous ones.

Case in point:
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This person did pretty good research despite having no affiliation with Singapore. It one was $10 in HPB and basically brand new. ($15 on amzn)

Anyway they did some advertising for their warehouse sale, which made us head down to the HPB warehouse in Greenwood – they were having a fill a bag for $20 sale. The books there were way less interesting than what is in the eastside stores, definitely no Phaidon or even the likes of it, things were organized very broadly by genre and not by specifics, so we couldn’t find anything really amazing. I looked through their entire fiction section and did not see a single Persephone book. We did however decide to fill a bag, largely with comics :P

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$10.95 on amzn

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$12.95 on amzn

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$10.95 on amzn

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$16.95 on amzn

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$8.64 on amzn

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$10.95 on amzn

I’ve had a soft spot for Dilbert and Foxtrot from my adolescence

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$17.95 on amzn

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$10.66 on amzn.
My New Yorker addiction is more recent

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We also put in a bunch of CDs but this is the only one we kept – Ryoji Ikeda’s Supercodex ($19.98 on Amzn) – the jacket is so weird and funny and each track sounds like something that would be playing in a film installation in a museum.

Some random fiction:
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$14.58 on amzn

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$9.56 on amzn

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$21.95 on amzn

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$11.75 on amzn. zomg the amzn picture is so bad.

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A cute kid’s book with great illustrations that I might braille one day – $11.95 on amzn

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And this huge photobook of Maui to scout for photo locations on our upcoming trip. The photo quality is not that great (compared to most modern photo books), I may decide to not keep it, but for now it’s a decent guide – $22.83 on amzn.

Total: $212.60 (amzn). Not bad for a $20 haul! And everything was basically new. Unfortunately at the warehouse sale we picked up two more HPB coupons, one for 50% off everything in their Olympia branch. Z and I have never been to Olympia (only passing through on the way up and down from Portland) and we had an insane number of fuel points so decided to make a trip south. I drove the 1.5 hours there and Z took care of the journey back. I wasn’t expecting too much since it was a HPB outlet, not a regular HPB, but we ended up getting a bunch of stuff!

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McSweeney’s vol. 15 – $1.50 (HPB)/$14.82 (amzn) – some water damage on the fabric on the top part of the cover

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McSweeney’s vol. 20 – $1.50 (HPB)/$4.95 (amzn)

McSweeney’s covers are so delicious. Vol. 20 is completely embossed!

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To add to my almost complete Alan Bennett collection – although this is a volume I might actually already have, but bought so long ago in Singapore to not remember :P. I wasn’t expecting to see any British literature here. 25c (HPB)/$9.97 (amzn)

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50c (HPB)/$11.95 (amzn)

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50c (HPB)/$13.50 (amzn)

More books to prep for our trip to Maui. This is the first time we have ever purchased this much literature in advance of a trip. I feel like I may return/discard them after the trip, but I guess the pocket guide will make for easier ID-ing if we see anything strange there. If I find the birding book truly useful/instructive then I will probably repaper the awful cover. I recently papered over our guide to birds in Seattle with some navy seikaiha paper from a random nautical stack from Michael’s and it looks 100x better. The Hawaiian haikus are rather strangely tropical compared to regular japanese haiku but the book is filled with cute little woodblock prints similar to that on the cover that I may want to carve in rubber.

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The amazing Japanese haul

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A Taschen icons book! I love their icons series and have ogled them in Kinokuniya since young!
$1 (HPB)/$4 (amzn)

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A strange episodic book I picked up from the fiction section and wanted to put back but Z wanted in the end.
$1.50 (HPB)/$15.87 (amzn)

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The arts were – the art of tea ceremony, ikebana, kabuki, and calligraphy/brush painting. The only one we’re not interested in is the kabuki section.

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$1.50 (HPB)/$5.99 (amzn). Not one of those questions that inevitably pops into my mind :P

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A really old book on Chinese brush painting – In the way of the Master, published by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
$1 (HPB)/$10.94 (amzn)

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$1.50 (HPB)/$30 (amzn)

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Cute pocket FLW book that had much better pictures than what we saw in the various FLR houses’ gift shops. It’s a really tiny volume though.
$1 (HPB)/$8.51 (amzn)

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50c (HPB)/$14.75 (amzn) – first saw in an airport drugstore. I have all his other fiction.

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$1 (HPB)/$13.45 (amzn)

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$1 (HPB)/$9.99 (amzn)

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$1.50 (HPB)/$14.53 (amzn) – another relic from my youth. The entire thing is handwritten and drawn :o This one is in preparation for our Yosemite road trip in October.

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$1.50 (HPB)/$11.96 (amzn)

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$1.50 (HPB)/$8.27 (amzn)

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$1.50 (HPB)/$12.99 (amzn)

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Cute Japanese accordion notebook that’s printed on the inside pages as well
$1.50

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Labels that I had actually bought on Amzn before for $16.95! $1.50 (HPB)

Total: $26.25 (HPB)/$233.39 (amzn)
Worth the trip down I guess! Olympia also has a lot of big stores like Jo Anns/Michael’s/T.J. Maxx/Target etc. that somehow you can’t find very near to Seattle. Our nearest Michael’s is 25 minutes away or something, as are all other stores that require a large amount of space. Or maybe we just live in the middle of nowhere :P We also finally tried a Buffalo Wild Wings for the first time, meh, can’t say it was particularly impressive. Duffy’s in Buffalo is so much better. The BWW fries are really intriguing though – they are presalted all the way through, but also cut directly from the potato (all the skin was showing) so we had a long discussion on how they could have salted the potato so that the salt permeated the entire thing before cutting. My conclusion was a wet brine, especially since potatoes contain a lot of water it would be easy to replace their water content with salt water. The texture also ended up being a lot better than Mcdonald’s fries I think because of the brine – they didn’t get stale as quickly and even the stale fries were still edible, not hard and card boardy. We spend a lot of time thinking about food :P

tête-à-tête 12: Whidbey Island

  • Clamming day! Took the the Whidbey Island Ferry pretty early in the morning and MS nearly left her backpack behind on the ferry – she really is a bumbly (newest term learned from Running Man that they used on Lee Seung Gi)
  • Drove straight to Double Bluff Beach – the tide was low but the clamming was so slow going! We spent nearly 3 hours there and had a really pathetic haul. Towards the end we found a good spot but many of the clams I dug there turned out to be duds >< We did however get a gigantic cockle that nobody dared to eat in the end :P
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  • Lunch at the Front Street Grill – of course Gordon’s was closed by the time we finished clamming :S Made the mistake of ordering the linguine again – the smoked pork loin was pretty good though! As were the coconut shrimp. I don’t know why all my memories are anchored around food.
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    Day 07 - Whidbey Island
  • Did a whirlwind tour of Whidbey – Coupeville shops (MS and I both bought a cute Japanese box/pouch from Jan Mcgregor), the Lavender Wind Farm (which closed at 5 but we were allowed to walk along the rows of lavender – in full bloom! and take pictures),
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    Day 07 - Whidbey Island
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    the Whidbey island Walmart to stock up on Knoppers. I can’t believe that’s the only Walmart that sells it.
  • Then we spent 30 minutes at the Fort Casey Lighthouse looking at bunnies and compost – there’s a little forest path that takes one on a compost tour – I kid you not!
  • Had to stop by a QFC on the way home to restock on fuel and clams – the seafood guy was missing! But he hadn’t packed up his station either. So LZ and MS tried to get customer service to call him over and I waited awkwardly with another customer for 9-10 minutes until I decided to Take Matters Into My Own Hands and went behind the counter. I offered to help the other guy with his seafood request too but he said he needed fish (which required cutting) and said it was okay.
  • The vongole was smashing! Much better than the linguine at lunch, which was not very difficult I suppose. Many of the clams we caught had little pea crabs in them!  It was all very strange.
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Day Thirteen:

  • Went to Kubota for a morning stroll (since MS’s flight was at 2pm) and then had the lovely Tavern burgers for lunch at Loretta’s. Just thinking of them awakes all kinds of burger cravings. They are definitely the best burgers I have ever had!
  • Dropped her off at SeaTac to a not very tearful farewell :P

tête-à-tête 09: Staying in

  • Decided not to hike Heather Lake today – too lazy after all the non-stop going out in Vancouver! That’s way more frolicking about than we are used to. Besides we had lots to do – I baked my parmesan and tomato cake in the morning while MS took a walk in Magnuson Park. We had instant noodles for lunch with sunny side ups and sausages and bok choy. That has been a fond memory of some previous house guests who were not allowed to eat instant noodles back home. (There are many such overly health conscious, dictatorial  parents in Sg who are capable of sucking all the joy out of life)
  • Made the maple leaf bookmarks for her parents and sister – didn’t let her touch any part of the process :P She just doesn’t have the right level of botheration to do something so intricate, and I know it. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture!

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    This is what they generally look like but her parents’ design was slightly fancier with 3 different paper swatches. I shot a lot more pictures of the bookmarks I made last year but all were lost in the great SSD crash of 2018. I still have the bookmarks (except for those I gave away), but am a bit too lazy to shoot them again.
    Apparently her sister got jealous after her mum said I was 多才多艺 (omg I actually got that right! I wrote it out in the journal without checking my phone’s chinese language input. My chinese skills must be improving by osmosis!) When she gave them to her folks after getting back they were all gushy about it too! I didn’t even have to use my new Paper-ya paper. Her sister said my Chinese handwriting is nice, I guess she didn’t tell her it was totally copied from the 书法字典 lol.
  • G came and made bazhang for us for dinner – I kind of anticipated that it would be small so I fried some pea shoots and a chye poh omelet ^^. His dumplings were indeed small! more thanks to the small bamboo leaves we get here than anything else. And he had quail eggs inside! That was a wonderful touch. He tried our raspberry ripple ice cream and said it was too icy and proceeded to text ZH ice cream making advice (unsolicited! We found this out from ZH the next day lol) which MS found somewhat amazing haha. We… are used to it. I can’t even say I am surprised.  He means well, of course.
  • MS finally learnt Go Stop! And won! This beginner’s luck thing is getting out of hand.
  • Late night watching Busted and having a curry maggi mee supper with spam and ajitama. It was awesome!! My husband sleeps way too early!! Anyway I think the plot of Busted moves a lot more slowly than Running Man, and the jokes are rather sparsely located throughout. I don’t know if it’s because a lot of the cast consist of actual actors and not just gag men… Even Jaesuk-nim and Kwangsoo-sshi were not able to rescue it.

Day 10:

  • The weather was supposed to be bad so we nixed our hiking plans to Heather lake. Again :P And ended up staying home. Again :) Which we like more than anything else.
  • Had lunch at Mike’s Noodle House – meepok and congee – it was really nice! MS really likes their congee. And then we did some shopping at Uwajimaya – they cheated me of my money – where the price for coconut milk and soya bean milk are both different from what it says on their price tags! So I complained and got my money back. I am quite aunty in this way. If it were only for one item I would probably have just accepted it, but that they had price discrepancies for two items just shows a lack of pride in your job. We also went back to Kinokuniya to look for my ‘These Islands’ book but it was indeed sold out. It was something I requested for our anniversary since it’s so expensive. They did however, have a massive photojournal about HDB flats, which was such a strange thing to find in a Kinokuniya in Seattle. LZ is just gonna order the book online! Amazon doesn’t have it.
  • No Beard Papa. Apparently MS is not a fan. What D:
  • Nuahed at home for the rest of the day and prepped the nasi lemak for dinner. I had everything in my pantry already, which was convenient; just had to mix up more sambal with sambal oelek, tamarind juice, and sugar – one of my biggest cooking hacks.
  • The coconut rice turned out okay but not quite fragrant enough – I guess I am missing the banana leaf. The oven baked chicken came out rather… oven baked and obviously not deep fried – must remember to brush the crumbs with oil next time. Perhaps the fat content of cream crackers is too low compared to Ritz crackers?
  • Taste test! I think it was too easy. Also, they smelled a lot of the things beforehand so it was hard to make it accurate/controlled. Only Z was taking it seriously! MS was announcing the contents of our shopping trip to ZH “to be fair”. People who Do Not Get Things. They could roughly all tell between the flat coke and flat sprite! I wonder why we had such a tough time last time.

Day Eleven:

  • Shopping at T.J. Maxx first – the hat I wanted was gone! MS and I both got sandals – I got a pair of Scholls memory gel sandals in aqua and grey for $25. And a whole bottle of pure geranium essential oil ($7) to replace my Muji one when it runs out. Z found a tub of Proraso shaving cream for $4 (this is the brand he typically uses and orders from Amazon). He was very pleased about it and congratulated me on my eagle eyes.
  • Lunch at Five Guys – MS prefers the burgers here to those at Great State (which have a cleaner taste and less greasy finish). They have more 料 at Five Guys and are greasier. The Cajun fries were good as usual. She was also impressed by the free peanuts lol. Singaporeans are so typical.
  • Went home to nua for about an hour before heading to the Seattle Center for our MoPop visit (tickets booked via SPL long ago) – she didn’t know Nirvana was based in Seattle! Also Death Cab for Cutie was from Bellingham. I didn’t know the rest of the local bands in the Nirvana exhibit. I brought her to the Indie Game room where we must have spent nearly 1 hour playing Overcooked with 2 other  (little) boys :P One of them (Hugh) had the cutest British accent and was so disturbed when he started saying “Cut the to-may-toes! Oh no! America is affecting me!” lol super melodramatic. I was saying ‘to-may-toes’ throughout, which could have rubbed off on him. I also said ‘shit!’ once in awhile whenever I dropped some vegetable, which he also started picking up. “Shit! Oops, my mother won’t be happy about this”  – all of these were monologues to himself – it was just adorable! He couldn’t have been more than 8.
  • Walked through the sculptures in the Space Needle Park and then the Olympic Sculpture Park (my first time).
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    The Calder was simply majestic, towering over the space needle from certain angles. All the benches were sculptures as well, so we didn’t know whether we could sit on them or not.
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    There was no time for the Discovery Park so we headed straight to Macleods for dinner. Fish and chips (meh), croquettes, and bangers and mash (with a surprisingly not bad Guinness onion gravy). The ale batter smells outside of Macleods promise more than they actually deliver.

tête-à-tête 08: Berrying

  • Woke up early to go berrying at Remlinger Farms. The weather wasn’t too sunny so the raspberry fields weren’t too crowded. Loads of raspberries on the brambles too
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  • MS and I got stuck in mud en route to the strawberry fields because I wanted to start at the opposite end with fewer people. The ground looked dry! MS blindly (trustingly, she says) followed me ^^ so her nice track shoes got all encrusted with mud >< I was wearing the croc flip flops my mum bought for me which are rubber so the mud washed right off – it was really difficult to find a working tap at the farm though. The strawberries were all kinda stunted and small but really sweet! I was surprised – much more so than those at Biringer Farm.
  • Checked out Snoqualmie Falls, since we were already in the vicinity, and shot 18374 pictures of dew covered plants.
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    It was massively crowded, and difficult even to find parking.
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  • Lunch at Macky’s Dim Sum at 1+ There was no wait for a table despite the fact that it was a weekend (not true the last time we went!). All the dim sum was pretty forgettable but the XO carrot cake was excellent! I’m still not a fan of how they deep fry the radish cake but it was so soft and creamy it probably needed to be battered or it would all fall apart.
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    Day 06 - Berrying
  • Headed to Michaels to find my letter board again (failed) and then francesca’s to help MS get jewelry for her mum and sis. She ended up getting a world map necklace for her sister against my better judgment – I wound up buying the gold and opal one I told her to buy
  • Went to ZH’s house at 4-ish and started on the raspberry coulis while he worked on the vanilla ice cream base.
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    MS is almost as bad at Code Names as JW and his octopus card! She had one word left (‘key’) and gave the clue ‘necessary’! What is that even?? How about ‘lock’? ‘lime’? ‘Florida’? ‘spacebar’? She was also very good at cluing the Assassin. Both her and LZ are hopeless at Contact (against me) lol. They took nearly half the drive to Remlinger and back to guess my word, and even then it was because I gave them some concessions as it is not really fair given how well I know both of them. When we play Contact it devolves quickly into a volley of insults more than anything else:
    Z: MS lacks this- (starting with the letter A)
    I: Contact! 1, 2, 3, Aptitude
    Z: Ambition
    lol.
    MS: Ivana is this- (starting with the letter C)
    Z: Contact! 1, 2, 3, Clever (lucky for him!!)
    MS: Condescending (dirty look from me)
  • Late dinner at Great State Burger with their awesome fries – not much else to eat around ZH’s house that’s within walking distance.
  • Walked past the 3 spheres and ZH carded us into Amazon Go (since we are too lazy to dl the app). I picked up a bag of brownie brittle (only $3.69!) and we all got free Amazon go tote bags. The rest of the cold, ready to eat food wasn’t particularly inspiring. We headed back to his place to pick up the now ready raspberry ripple ice cream and then made a short stop at the Met Market to buy my glasses on offer. I’m slowly replacing my stemless champagne Crate and Barrel glasses for something stodgier and sturdier with a fatter base but of similarly thin borosilicate glass from the Met Market. They’re pretty pricey though (about twice the price of my Crate and Barrel ones) but less likely to break (I think?). MS got a pack of spicy peanuts for her dad.

tête-à-tête 07: Vancouver

  • Last day in Vancouver!
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    We had crepes in Faubourg and MS and I went crazy over all their amazing cakes and pastries – I bought palmiers and raspbery financiers and a blueberry lavender danish and a lavender mousse cake and a matcha passionfruit cake. The cakes kinda melted in the car on the way back though :S because we took too long loitering around Vancouver and the bakery was the first stop so they were an abstract mess by the time we got back.
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    MS seems to really like lavender flavoured things. Too bad the lavender wind farm gift store was closed when we went.
  • Some last minute shopping at Zing paperie which has a lot of cute cards but not much more than Paper Source – I bought a stack of recipe cards and a cute card for MS that goes like this:

You’re the first thing I think about in the morning. You get me through my day. You have an enchanting, rich, aromatic smell. YOU MIGHT ASSUME I SIMPLY STOLE MARKETING COPY FROM A COFFEE BRAND AND HASTILY CRAFTED THIS CARD, but you’d be wrong. I wrestled with these long-considered sentences for hours on end, carefully selecting every word. I also love that you are Fair Trade certified.

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    Dropped by Gas Town to pick up the Delice d’Erable maple biscuits but they were out! of! stock! WTS! MS wound up buying some crappier touristy ones from a touristy shop. I bought a nice marquetry keychain with the Inukshuk for M and C, but MS ended up buying one of my Inukshuk keychains from me to give to her dad, apparently her family likes souveniry things like that – she also got her mum a Seattle Rain Festival T-shirt from Pike Place
  • Meadow has closed!!! The travesty!! Where am I gonna get cute expensive things??
  • Still too full from our crepes in the morning for lunch so we headed to the VanDusen first for a stroll –
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    walked through their maze again and found the stone garden! Which I don’t remember seeing before.
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    Managed to show MS the staghorn sumac and lamb’s ears (which she has probably forgotten by now), the incense cedar, and the very fragrant linden tree. She really liked the huddled couple on the bench sculpture just at the entrance – she seems to be a sucker for all sappy things!
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    I got a good shot of my stone people but – lost his hair!! We filched a stray sprig of faux leaves from Michaels in Issaquah to replace it – not quite the same but similar enough. I think it took us about 2.5 hours to walk though the whole garden. We made her take a picture hugging the humongous sequoia trees, one of the furthest north sequoias, I think. There was an Indian wedding going on in the Great Field – lots of richly colored saris and silks floating about – the atmosphere is just more festive at an Indian wedding because of all the amazing clothes. We briefly contemplated how we could sneak in and pretend to be guests just to try some of the buffet food.
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  • We were super famished by the time we got to the Banana Leaf of Broadway – ordered 2 of their 11 course meals – scallops in curry, chicken satay, papaya salad, rendang, mussels in green curry (very dilute :S), lobster in garlic sauce, jumbo prawns in black pepper sauce, goreng pisang, okra, coconut rice – and I don’t remember what else. We also got a plate of char kway teow in case there wasn’t enough carbs – the CKT was enormous! Obviously we had no room for Mean Poutine after that, which is just as well. To borrow an expression from Astrid Lindgren, we ate until we were four-cornered.
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    Day 05 - Van Dusen
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  • Shopping on Main Street –  I got some cute dog brooches by Meri Meri from Front & Company;
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    walked into a shelf in 49th Parallel – and still have the bruise!! Someone was laughing evilly at me since I’d previously accused her of being much clumsier than the average person.
  • Did not get held up at customs otw home! Hooray! But we also avoided the Peace Arch customs and went by the truck route.
  • Dinner at Chick Fil-A, refuel at QFC!

 

tête-à-tête 06: Capilano, Squamish

  • Another early start to see the salmon at the Capilano Hatchery – the place was jam packed! With fish, not humans. We didn’t ever bother bringing her to the Chittenden locks on account of the Capilano Hatchery just being that much more beautiful. The Japanese maple there was blood red, reaching out toward the sun.
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  • I stupidly proposed to hike to the Cleveland Dam, forgetting that we were in Canada with its insane terrain –
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    it took 336(?) steps to get to the dam – MS counted on the way down. We were winded by the time we got to the dam but the view was totally worth it. Next time, we’re driving.
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  • Lunch at the Fried Chicken Works at Lonsdale Quay –
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    there are so many restaurants there! We got the half and half fried chicken and a bowl of fried noodles from another stall and ate it all! Even though the chicken was family sized!
  • LZ made the drive to Squamish –
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    I got a long exposure of Shannon Falls,
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    we took a short nap at the Sea to Sky gondola car park before heading up the gondola. The sky was really cloudy in the morning but had cleared up somewhat so we got a pretty good view over the valley – nearly no mist!
  • Hiked around a bit along the Spirit trail to the trail that overlooked the Stawasmus Chief – think the last time we came with JW it was too foggy so we didn’t bother hiking much.
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  • Had some poutine at the Lodge Cafe and salted egg yolk fish skin and took a little nap at one of the lookout points right next to a waterfall. In the queue to take the ferry back to Edmonds a guy in the next car actually stepped out and asked for a photo of our salted egg yolk fish skin! The description of the contents of our package was printed quite large and he seemed to be very curious/amazed that anyone would eat such a thing as a snack, so he just had to get a photo of it. I offered him a piece to try but he declined :P Ang mohs missing out on so much in life.
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  • MS met one of her friends at the top! With her husband with whom she eloped in Vegas. Other people’s lives are so exciting.
  • Dinner at the Cactus Club – got the fish tacos (meh), the san choy pau with “szechuan” chicken, the ravioli with butternut squash and prawns, and the Hunter chicken which Pastor C ordered last time. MS really liked everything, but that was probably because I did all the ordering ^^
  • Started on the 2011 Music Festival Infinite Challenge episodes!