I used up the last of the arborio rice last night making broccoli risotto to go with baked chicken in an effort to begin using up all of our staples. I'm not gonna lie, it is a little bittersweet. In many ways it has been a fun challenge making food here with so little equipment because let's face it, we all get pretty set in our ways. I know I do. There is not much flour left, or brown sugar, or really most things. Thanks to Bonnie though, I still have some spices which I'll have B take to the office before we leave, hoping someone can use them. We will leave behind the mixer, as well as the loaf and muffin pan. The square pan is in the oven as I type and that will stay too. Hard to imagine it was but, what seems like yesterday, that I was outfitting the kitchen doesn't it?
Pina and Giovanni were back to their ways, treating us like gold. They made reservations for dinner at a favorite pizza place on Commercial Drive, home to Little Italy. What I did not realize was that it was a belated birthday celebration for Mr. Bruce. The dining room is dominated by a pizza oven, the likes of which I've never seen before.
When last we met, I talked about that crazy bloom and said I would go take a look at it which I did.
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Did I tell you it was raining? It was. Something else very strange was there and that was this crazy scene.
During that visit I also saw a plant with seriously blue foliage that I am not even calling purple. Blue I tell you.
Saturday morning I walked to Dressew to get some buttons and on my way home I thought we should try a nearby Mexican restaurant for lunch. (see above about how much food is in the house!) Turns out it was authentic Mexican food and very tasty. As we walked home, I noticed a bird which will not surprise you but what might surprise you is the size of the leaf in his beak.
Following lunch I did a little sewing while B took a short nap. Why am I still sewing? I've been working on some short sleeved things, however, with the way the temperature refuses to rise, having a day when I can wear them seems like it will never come. Next up was a trip to BC Place on Beatty Street for another gift for Bruce's birthday.
In our family, we have some people who are excellent gift givers, however, and I don't say this to make anyone else mad, but Matt seems to be at the top of the heap when it comes to unique gifts. He sent some electronic tickets for the Orlando City/Whitecaps game! How fun was it to cheer on our home team in this city? Very fun. Even more thrilling were the actual seats, pitch side.
Although Sunday was Italian Days, over on Commercial Drive, we ended up sticking with our routine, partly because Bruce had been having a tiny bit of back pain and walking in a crowd of 200,000 or so seemed like it would be too much. The operative word is had because he is much improved in part because he's been using that fantastic ointment, Voltaran, introduced to him by Matt and Tom while they were here. Not available in the States without a prescription, it is over the counter here and works like a charm.
Instead, following lunch, we went to the Vancouver Art Gallery to see a new exhibit.
Leaving we came across two very fun things as we sat on the gallery steps, like people do.
One thing I will also miss is the constant sky watching this spot has afforded us. A show everyday.
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