Category: Saskatoon

19 Years

Jordon and I have been married 19 years today.  We are both off work this week and are kicking back and enjoying the day.  Well not exactly kicking back, we are up early this morning and going out for coffee and then heading to Indigo! where if Hilary is correct, the dayplanner of our dreams is awaiting us.  And on sale.

Then the bad part of the day, we are off to climb some hills to get some power back in our legs.  I think we are going to walk the Meewasin Trail north of Circle Drive Bridge along the eastside of the river.  If you don’t hear from me soon, you will find my body somewhere on a hill.

The rumor is that Zach Jeffries is going to be on CFCR tonight.  4 years ago I spent our anniversary in an auditorium with Darren Hill and Robin Bellamey debating Ward 1 issues.  Not we have Zach talking Ward 10 issues with Jordon, Hilary, and Lenore.  What the heck happened to my life.

Then I think we are heading to Starbucks for coffee afterwards.  Nothing like a strong coffee after the age of 40 to keep you up all night.  We may actually have to have a conversation with each other.  Or just lay in bed and vibrate from the caffeine.

As for gifts, I gave him a 16×22 print of the Holstee Manifesto.  Since that is a bizarre size to frame, I will have it mounted at Don’s Photo on a plaque mount. 

The Holstee Manifesto

I also gave him a Rode Video Mic Me for his phone.  Like most phone users, the video is great but the audio is horrible.  This will give much better audio.

Jordon gave me a Roots 73 camera bag from the Flannel Collection.  How Canadian is that?

Roots 73 camera bag

He also stocked up my tea pantry with a fall collection of teas from Davids Tea.

A year from now, we will be celebrating 20 years in Banff.  Hard to believe we have been married for 19 years.  How is that possible if we aren’t getting any older?  Well I am not getting any older.  He seems to have a lot less hair than he did 19 years ago.

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

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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.

Restaurant Review: Spicy Bite

Jordon and I went out to try the Spicy Bite on the weekend.  It is located downtown in the historic Drinkle No. 3 building.    We arrived around 7 p.m. on a Saturday night.  The restaurant was about half full as we had missed the first seating.  More people came in later and it almost filled up again by the time we were ready to leave.  Late night Indian food is a thing in Saskatoon.

When friends found out that we were going to go there, they recommended almost everything on the menu.  It was a little daunting over what to order but as we walked in, they had a buffet ready to go so problem solved.

Buffet at Spicy Bite in Saskatoon

Jordon and I both ordered a drink and got the buffet.  We sampled a wide variety of options the first time around and then both went back for seconds.  We were meeting some friends later that night and had to go but if we hadn’t we would have tried the dessert (we’ll do it next time).  Jordon is a less adventurous eater than I am (he doesn’t eat much lamb or goat) but he enjoyed his meal as well.  He had the butter chicken and some vegetarian options and enjoyed it all.  The buttered Naan bread was worth the trip all by itself.

Spicy Bite in Saskatoon

With the Taj Mahal gone, the Spicy Bite is your best option for Indian food in the city.  Even if you have never had Indian food before, you owe it to yourself the check out The Spicy Bite.

Spicy Bite
113 3 Avenue South
Saskatoon S7K 1L6
(306) 373-4747

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Saint Valentine’s Day

Eiffel Tower Candle HolderI hope your St. Valentine’s Day was a good one.  Jordon woke up early and gave me some Lindor chocolates and an Eiffel Tower candleholder.  I broke my iPhone 5 last week and he went out and got me an unlocked Acer Liquid Jade phone.  I love the phone because it is both thin and light, has a five inch screen and most of all doesn’t require me to make a giant payout to Bell to get another phone.

Acer Zen Jade Z cell phone

I have had Android phones before and didn’t like them as much as I have liked my iPhone but that was a long time ago and Android has gotten better.  It ran all of the apps I had on my cell phone and several I didn’t have.  The only think I really miss is iMessage but Google Messenger is pretty great.   Jordon also gave me a S’well water bottle, the kind that keeps drinks cold for 12 hours.

I gave Jordon a hoodie and the Daniel Craig collection of James Bond Blu Ray discs.  I also got him a spring jacket keeping with his normcore look.

After work yesterday, Jordon and I went downtown to the historic and charming Drinkle No. 3 building and at at Spicy Bite, a local Indian food restaurant.  It was the first time I had been there and I loved it.  While some friends gave Jordon advice on what to order, they had a buffet that was excellent.  The butter chicken, mushroom masala, butter naan bread, and and tika masala were all excellent. We then headed over to The Rook & Raven where we had a drink with Councilor Lorje and her husband Tom.  Now Jordon and I want to go to Barcelona this summer.

This morning we got up, grabbed our cameras headed back downtown for a nice quiet breakfast at Poached before heading out with our cameras and seeing what shots we could get of downtown Saskatoon.  This evening we are watching Spectre and ordering some food.  It’s a nice way to spend a Valentine’s weekend.