From Saskatchewan

Off to Regina

Jordon is doing something fun with Ford Canada tomorrow in Ogema and then in Regina.  We are jumping into this 2016 Ford Focus

2016 Ford Focus

and then driving to Regina where Jordon will get out, get into a 2016 Ford Flex and then drive to Ogema where he will ride on the Southern Prairie Railway train with author Robin Esrock and some other fun bloggers and writers.

I will check into the Regina Ramada with Mark and Oliver and then we are going to walk from the hotel to Wascana Lake which we will circumvent and then head back to the hotel for an afternoon swim before taking in supper in downtown Regina.

Later that night, we will head to Chapters where we will take in the book signing.  Should be a fun day.

Restaurant Review: Best Asia Buffet

Jordon and I have gone a couple of times and I have come to really enjoy it.

It’s a large buffet restaurant which is similar in concept to Smiley’s but on a smaller scale.  Maybe it’s smaller size is the reason but the food is noticeably better than other buffet’s in town.

There is a salad station that includes fresh & crisp garden salad, potato salad, fruit salad, coleslaw and assorted raw vegetables. 

Restaurant Review: Best Asia Buffet in Saskatoon

There is a wide variety of hot food.

Restaurant Review: Best Asia Buffet in Saskatoon

  • Rice noodles
  • Pad Thai noodles
  • Fried soba noodles
  • Deep fried rice
  • Steamed rice
  • Sweet n’ sour pork
  • Ginger Beef
  • Chicken Balls
  • Egg Rolls
  • Spring Rolls
  • Pierogis
  • Pizza
  • Ribs
  • Fries
  • Fried Chicken
  • Basa fish
  • Shrimp

The food is fresh and restocked at quick intervals which means it is always hot.   We tend to stop by during the lunch time when it is packed.   Our experience is that they have brought their “A” game and run a smooth operation with lots of fresh food coming out when it is needed.  

During different days of the week there is turkey, prime rib, and roast beef which is a nice break from the regular fare but to be honest, I haven’t tired of the regular fare yet.

If you want dessert, they have a pretty good dessert table set up with pies, squares, and other sweets.

Restaurant Review: Best Asia Buffet in Saskatoon

If you are looking for a good Asian buffet place, The Best Asian Buffet may be the best place in town.

Best Asia Buffet
300-415 Circle Drive East
306.974.5611
bestasiabuffet@gmail.com

Best Asia Buffet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

On CFCR’s Civically Speaking

Hilary and I on CFCR Civically Speaking

Jordon snapped this photo of me on CFCR’s Civically Speaking.  Lenore Swystun often has Jordon and Hilary on the air to discuss local and provincial politics.  I was just following Jordon to the studio when Lenore invited me in to watch and then she asked me a coupe of questions and I muddled through.  So this is how one becomes a political pundit…

Hoppy Easter

I hope your Easter weekend has been a good one.  It was quiet around here but nice.

On Thursday night, I picked Jordon up at work and dropped Mark and Oliver off at the Cineplex Odeon Theatre at The Centre Mall for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

No matter, the boys like the movie despite the fact that almost no other reviewers did.  While it wasn’t the Scotiabank Theatre, I would be somewhat concerned if I was DC that the theatre was in no way full on opening night for the guys.

On Friday, I had to work but to keep tradition around here, we went to the Draggins Rod and Custom Car Show at Prairieland Park on Friday night.  It wasn’t that busy at that point of the day and all of the displays were there.

Draggins 56th Annual Rod and Custom Car Show

I worked Good Friday so we waited until I was off work and then went to the show.  Jordon, Mark, Oliver and I all had our cameras.  All of the photos were uploaded to Flickr albums. Click on the links to see Jordon’s, Mark’s, and my shots of the show . 

Saturday Jordon had to work.  We were given two tickets for the Saskatchewan Rush lacrosse game against the Toronto Rock.  While Jordon’s right food has caused him all of the problems, he badly burnt his left ankle last fall.  It was in horrible pain on Saturday night so Oliver and Mark went and saw the Rush beat the Toronto Rock at SaskTel Centre.  Of course they loved it as the Rush put on a really good show and the energy of 13,000 fans is contagious.

We got up early today and the boys found all sorts of chocolates and treats.  The Easter Bunny somehow snuck in without waking Marley up and left some chocolate eggs and a few gifts for the boys.  Mark found a Eureka Scenic Pass 2 person tent while Oliver found a skateboard and a stainless steel beer stein that was left for him.

Eureka 3 season Scenic Pass 2 person tent

Oliver isn’t drinking yet but the beer stein will go with the camping stuff and be used as a drinking mug while camping.  Mark’s tent is a three season tent which means if we experience some bad weather in Banff or Prince Albert National Park, him and Oliver will be okay.  The vestibule will be able to hold some of the gear outside of the tent and give them some more room to maneuver. 

It’s a two person tent but has two entrances and two vestibules.  For being a small tent, it is quite roomy.

We had a nice brunch and then went for a long walk through the University of Saskatchewan.  For dinner tonight we are having some turkey and ham before chilling out as a family.

Exploring Saskatchewan with a 2016 Ford Explorer

For the weekend, Ford Canada lent Jordon a 2016 Ford Explorer and sent us to the 2016 Ford World Women’s Curling Championships in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

2016 Ford Canada Explorer

Since I was working this weekend at Safeway, I got some co-workers to cover my shifts at around noon on Friday, Jordon showed up at my work and picked up essential supplies like some Pepsi, Diet Coke, iced tea, granola bars, and some Twizzlers for the trip.  After a short bit we were off.

As I climbed into the 2016 Ford Explorer, I couldn’t help but notice that there were seats where there were none before.  The back area has two seats and Oliver was in the third row of them.  He was buckled up and pretty pleased he had to share space with no one.    That left the middle row to Mark who was just as happy.

The third row of lay flat seats in the 2016 Ford Explorer

The Explorer is really nice on a road trip like this.  Oliver played his Nintendo 3DS XL in the back seat and wasn’t heard of for three hours.  Mark chilled out and read in the middle row of seats and never said a word.  Beside him was a small cooler we had that was full of ice and goodies.  He distributed the pop and the treats.

Up front there was a lot of room.  I wasn’t feeling good on Friday and had a sore lower back.  While Jordon was fiddling with his seat, he found the control to the seat massager.  Combine that and some heat, I was in a much better frame of mind.  It really made a big difference.  There is a low and high function for the massager.  I found the high a little too much but the low was perfect.

Interior of a 2016 Ford Explorer

For the ride down, we had ESPN Radio the entire way.  There are all sorts of charging jacks in the Explorer which are perfect for iPods or the iPhone but once with Sirius Satellite radio, what more do you need?  There are so many options.

Ford booked us a hotel at the Motel 6 in Swift Current.  The hotel is gorgeous.  We had a suite and kitchenette.  We didn’t really need one since we were only there for a night but I took the drinks out of the cooler and put them into the fridge and the ice back into the freezer.  Jordon wrote that the room felt like an Ikea showroom.  He was right.  From the color to the platform beds, it looked and felt like an Ikea.

Oliver on the bed in the Swift Current Motel 6

The beds were comfortable, the room was quiet until about 3 a.m. when a parade of loud drunks wandered in but all things considered but that only loud for a couple of minutes.  The hotel has fast wifi, the lobby had free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.  All things considered it was a really nice hotel.  I’d not only stay again but it would be my go to hotel in the area.

For dinner, everyone suggested Tong’s Wok.  It is gorgeous in there and I recommend you eat there if you are in or passing through Swift Current.  We ordered the meal for four.  Instead it looked like a meal for 8.  We were all hungry and ate exactly half of it.  The portion sizes are out of this world.

Oliver working on his angry face

Saturday morning we got up really early so we would have some time to explore a bit of Swift Current.  We grabbed breakfast at a packed Humpty’s and then went to Cypress Motors Ltd. where we picked up our tickets for the 2016 Women’s World Curling Championships.

After that we explored downtown Swift Current and saw the gorgeous First United Church and the downtown core.

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At noon was the opening ceremonies at the Credit Union iPlex.

Heading into the Opening Ceremonies at the 2016 Ford World Women's Championships

Our tickets were split up so Oliver and Mark watched from a row higher than we were while Jordon and I sat below.

Opening Ceremonies at the 2016 Ford World Women's ChampionshipsThe M.C. was talking and all of a sudden he was interrupted by 13 bag pipes going all out and a squadron of drummers as the teams marched in.  It totally drowned out the iPlex’s sound system which was both funny and awesome.  There is nothing like 13 bag pipers marching in athletes from all over the world to get your heart beating.

Opening ceremonies of the 2016 Ford World's Women Curling Championships in Swift Current

Opening Ceremonies at the 2016 Ford World Women's Championships

Of course Canada came in to a large and loud cheer.  There were many short speeches and the World’s were underway.

There was about 90 minutes to kill between the opening ceremonies and the first draw.  Instead of leaving for a bit and rushing back, we saw the food selection at the iPlex and ordered there.  Such a better food selection than what SaskTel Centre has in Saskatoon.  I was happy, the boys were happy, my wallet was happy.  This is what stadium food should be.  Of course is was right beside the souvenir area.  Jordon wanted to buy me a toque that looked like a curling stone.  I vetoed that but he did get me an event shirt and some curling rock earrings.  Oliver was adamant that he got a Canadian Flag to wave.  How could one say no to that request.

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Our tickets were right beside the house for the Canada-Denmark game.  I had no idea what was happening at the far end but you could hear everything that was said in the Canada-Denmark game.   The seats next to us were empty so Mark and Oliver moved down to where we were.   Watching four games at once is challenging but as the Canada-Denmark game went on and went into extra ends, the entire stadium was full of tension.  When Canada won the game not only was everyone happy but relieved as well.

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Now we need some shots of Canada.

2016 Ford World Women's Championships

Sitting in a stadium seat for several hours didn’t help my back that much.  After leaving, stretching and heading north up Highway #4, I turned out the heat on my seat and it felt amazing.  I know heated seats are sold as a winter feature but on a day like yesterday, they are worth so much more than helping the car stay warm, they really make a big difference when  I wasn’t feeling great.  It’s a great SUV and made this trip a lot of fun.

Off to Swift Current

Okay, this is cool.  Ford Canada is lending Jordon a 2016 Ford Explorer and is sending us to the 2016 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Swift Current tomorrow. 

For those of you (like me) who have never been to Swift Current before, we are driving east to Rosetown and then heading straight south to Swift Current.  In case that sounds like a boring drive, Jordon assures me that it is not and it is one of his favorite drives.  It’s a hilly, windy highway through a massive SaskPower wind farm.  According to Jordon it is a fun two hour drive south. 

When we get there, we are staying at the Motel 6 which looks to be quite nice.  From the photos and the reviews, it looks like I’ll be staying in an Ikea show room.  I feel like I may have to dress trendier just to stay there. 

Since the hotel advertises “fast Wifi”, expect some photos to be posted online of the drive tonight and a lot of photos to be posted to Twitter tomorrow as the curling gets underway.