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We were invited to Perche No (Italian for ‘why not’) by Eric and Kaylea from Singapore! They work for the Prima Taste company – which makes some of the best instant noodles I’ve tried. We got to try some amazing dishes prepared by Chef David – he came and introduced them to us and talked about the ingredients. Was really great – like having a private special dinner. Great company and great food! I highly recommend checking out Perche No next time you’re in Seattle.


Chef David is originally from Malaysia and enjoys creating Italian dishes. Reminds me of an artist who lived near where I grew up – Paul Luvera – an Italian who carved totem poles.






Durian fried rice! So good – had a great durian flavor and cili padi through out. Was great – Chef David told us about how people who weren’t keen on the scent of Durian would call the fire department as they thought there was a gas leak!




Sole with capers over marinated eggplant and tomato. My mom used to cook sole with capers for my dad years and years ago – reminded me of that.



A durian extract infused aperitif! Chef David had a little bottle of durian extract – strong stuff!



Wild boar with a Belgian chocolate reduction over polenta



Plumcello – made with plums from a tree Chef David has had for 32 years







White truffle gelato with carnation flower. White truffle has such a earthy, musty tone to them and made me feel like I was in my parent’s garage on a cloudy was when I was a kid looking at a moth stuck in a spider’s web. Delicious!


Durian filled canneloni – Kit got to really try durian tonight – was good! She liked it! Wonder if I can talk her into us bringing one home from the Asian grocery…




Chref gave the ladies roses at the end of our meal



The kitchen



From left to right: myself, Kit, Chef David and Eric






A chandelier



Kaylea, Eric and Chef David right before we left. What a great night – was great to hang out with Eric and Kaylea – very nice folks! Never tried all these Italian things before – was like going to school with a Chef, and we had Chef David to ourselves pretty much for 4 hours (yep – the meal literally took 4 hours).. The dishes were served with almost an exact time between each one, kind of like tracks on an album. Special thanks to Aunt Cindy, without whom we would never have been able to attend – she babysat Miles!


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Approaching the Canadian border!

A weirdly shaped building; probably full of video cameras pointed at people crossing the border.

A raindy day.

Getting closer!

So they asked us a few questions – who are you, what are you doing, where are you going, for how long etc etc. Then they let us loose in Canada!

I really like tunnels – this one was especially cool as the center lane has little lights.

My sister Sue has come up to Canada before and gotten me noodles in the past. She told me about this place in Richmond… First stop: Price Smart Foods!

This place was amazing – so many varieties I’ve not seen in the USA before – really awesome!

Five – count ’em FIVE bags full of instant noodles! Wow!!!

Then we drove through Richmond to Yaohan Centre – a big Asian shopping mall.

This place looks rad!

So I was planning on going to a couple more stores: T&T and Osaka. Well, They’re one and the same so that was easy enough. They have a huge cooked food section in Osaka Supermarket – check out all the kinds of dim sum! I like the Shepherd’s Purse bun ingredients¬† (click image to enlarge).

We both agreed that these actually smelled quite good.

Wow! Frozen turtle!

After all the noodle shopping, we decided to check out the food court. There were a few places – a curry place which smelled awesome, lots of Chinese and then there was Seoul Express. Sweet!

My cute wife Kitten made it such an awesome day!

She got a BBQ beef combo.

I decided to get…

Bibimbap!!! Been wanting to try this for so long and it’s so good. Comes in a stoneware crucible of fire! The food was sizzling for literally five minutes after it was at the table!

French language on everything – proof of being in Canada!

Okay, I’ve discovered something amazing here. The rice at the bottom of the bibimbap is stuck to the bottom. I found that with the spoon from my miso, you could pry it off in nice little pieces. This is like the bacon of the rice world – this is great! Kit told me that her grandmother would cook rice and do the same thing.

With pugs at home demanding attention (they’re telepathic), back to the USA we went.

I ended up with 55 new packs of instant noodles to review – in addition to the 26 that were already in the hamper, that’s 81! Pretty sure I’ll be good on noodles for a while!

Brand Variety Style Country
Chencun Rice Noodle Beef With Brown Sauce Cup China
Chencun Rice Noodle Fragrant Peppery Beef Cup China
Chencun Rice Noodle Spicy Beef Cup China
Chencun Rice Noodle Red Roast Spareribs Cup China
Chencun Rice Noodle Braised Ribs Cup China
Chewy Satay Chicken Pack Hong Kong
Chewy Spicy Beef With Chili Flavor Pack Hong Kong
Chewy Taiwan Roast Pork Flavour Pack Hong Kong
Chewy Scallop With XO Sauce Pack Hong Kong
Four Seas Hot & Spicy Mushroom & Beef Bowl Hong Kong
Four Seas Chicken Bowl Hong Kong
Four Seas Japanese Style Pork Bowl Hong Kong
Four Seas Sesame Oil Chicken Bowl Hong Kong
Golden Wheat Shrimp Bowl China
Golden Wheat Spicy Beef Bowl China
Golden Wheat Mushroom Chicken Bowl China
Golden Wheat Stew Beef Bowl China
Golden Wheat Stew Pork Bowl China
Golden Wheat Stew Pork Pack China
Golden Wheat Shrimp Pack China
Golden Wheat Stew Beef Pack China
Golden Wheat Spicy Beef Pack China
Golden Wheat Mushroom chicken Pack China
Hao Hao Mi Goreng Shrimp & Onion Pack Vietnam
Itomen Cinstant Ramen Crab Pack Japan
Knorr Quick Serve Macaroni Wonton Pack Hong Kong
Knorr Quick Serve Macaroni Shrimp Pack Hong Kong
Knorr Quick Serve Macaroni Japanese Pork Bone Broth Pack Hong Kong
Knorr Quick Serve Macaroni Abalone & Chicken Pack Hong Kong
Mamee Oriental Noodles Curry Pack Malaysia
Mr. Noodles Bowl Beef Bowl Canada
Mr. Noodles Bowl Spicy Chicken Bowl Canada
Mr. Noodles Bowl Noodles Kimchi Bowl Canada
Mr. Noodles Spicy Chicken Cup Canada
Mr. Noodles Chicken Cup Canada
Mr. Noodles Beef Cup Canada
Mr. Noodles Bowl Noodles Chicken Kimchi Bowl Canada
Mr. Noodles Bowl Chicken Bowl Canada
New Touch Yakisoba Noodles Tray Japan
Nissin Demae Ramen Kimchi Flavor Bowl Hong Kong
Nissin Demae Ramen Sesame Oil Bowl Hong Kong
Nissin Demae Ramen XO Sauce Seafood Bowl Hong Kong
Nissin Demae Ramen Artificial Chicken Bowl Hong Kong
Nissin Demae Rice Vermicelli Chicken Pack Hong Kong
Nongshim Oolongmen Kimchi Cup Korea
Nongshim Potato Pork Ramyun Pack China
Nongshim Shin Ramyun Bowl China
Sau Tao QQ Scallop Seafood Bowl China
Vina Acecook Oh! Ricey Spareribs Pack Vietnam
Wei Lih Steam Noodle Spicy Sichuan Bowl Taiwan
Western Family Instant Noodles In A Cup Chicken Cup Canada
Western Family Instant Noodles In A Cup Spicy Chicken Cup Canada
Western Family Instant Noodles In A Cup Oriental Cup Canada
Western Family Instant Noodles Vegetable Pack Canada
Western Family Instant Noodles Chicken Pack Canada

Only one duplicate that I’ve reviewed before!

This was such an awesome birthday – I have the most awesome wife in the universe! I love you Kit!

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Red Robin & Toys’R’Us

POKEMON CARDS!!!!! at Toys’r’Us …

First we went to Red Robin…








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When I was a kid, we didn’t have all these games like Call Of Duty or Halo. We didn’t even have the Internet as we do today; everything was dial-up, and you had scant choices of who to dial-up. There was Prodigy, Compuserve, America Online and a couple other big ones, but many hobbyists would connect to BBSes (bulletin board systems), which had messageboards that people could use for local discussion, files that they could download and online games. These were commonly referred to as ‘doors.’ I ran a BBS while in middle and high school. Where I lived, to call the next city over was long distance. A few people in the area started BBSes of their own and hosted games and discussions. The games were very basic as far as graphics go; in this video, you can see that everything is made up of text. Since everything was dial-up, this made things faster. Also, dial-up pre-Internet boom was usually 14,400bps or lower. I remember when I bought a 14,400bps modem at Software Etc. in the early 90’s for $200 – people said ‘why would you need something that fast? nobody will ever support it.’ Nowadays, it’s probably being hosted in a landfill, along with other ancient tech items. I still enjkoy BBS games and you can too – go look on Google for a program called SyncTerm – then use it to check out a Telnet BBS! One thing though – when you’re using it, hit Alt-Enter – it will make it fullscreen and very much like the experience we had back in the day.

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Andy’s Accident At Recess

A couple weeks ago, Andy hurt himself at recess. In class, wrote about it and recounted the events… Click the pics to enlarge…

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When Pugs Attack

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