Bengal Lounge – Empress Hotel, Victoria, B.C. (Canada)

While in Victoria, we stayed in a very popular and touristy section right along the harbor next to the British Columbia Parliament building. Our hotel was called The Embassy Inn. A seemingly very old hotel and the only hotel I’ve ever stayed at, that I can remember, that had serious water pressure. You know, it seems like almost all hotels have a lack of water pressure in … Continue reading Bengal Lounge – Empress Hotel, Victoria, B.C. (Canada)

Guido and the Black Ball, Next Door

The need to protect personal information and the grasp that Victoria has taken to curb credit card fraud in service businesses, we quickly realized the power of advanced electronics, wireless technology and the internet. Leaving Victoria we arrive at the Black Ball. The Black Ball is the name of the ferry service from Victoria, BC to Port Angeles in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. I think it … Continue reading Guido and the Black Ball, Next Door

Butchart Gardens and The Clay Pigeon – Victoria, BC (Canada)

Traveling from Seattle, WA to Victoria, BC was lengthy and adventuresome. My wife and I had been to Vancouver several times but never made our way to Victoria. We started this leg of the trip by taking the Washington State Ferry (WSF) from Anacortes, WA. to Sydney, BC with a brief stop into Friday Harbor to embark several more passengers. That was a lengthy cruise … Continue reading Butchart Gardens and The Clay Pigeon – Victoria, BC (Canada)

Jet Box Market & Rebar No. 9, San Diego Airport

Today I’m taking my first commercial flight since my Tebow/Denver excursion, and watching a historical life-changing transformation of the NFL’s most popular football player. That trip was to a city in which there was much to see, do and learn about. This trip today is to a previous home of mine, Seattle, WA. Ok, I never really lived in Seattle, but rather in a surrounding community within … Continue reading Jet Box Market & Rebar No. 9, San Diego Airport

Portino’s – Valley Center, CA

If you haven’t yet traveled up to Valley Center in San Diego County, California, you haven’t been missing much. Valley Center is quite distant in the back hills behind Escondido. In fact, it really is not a valley at all. It seems to sit atop a plateau, or mesa (that would be Spanish), and situated amongst surrounding valleys enroot to other hills and mountainous areas in … Continue reading Portino’s – Valley Center, CA

Lobster, what to do with the leftovers? (part 1)

Ok, here we go. My wife had an awesome suggestion to serve lobster and Filet Mignon for Father’s day to our family and my wonderful 91 year old Father. I knew my dad was into steak, but wasn’t sure about the lobster. We figured everyone would want their own lobster (1 1/2 lbs/approx. each). When planning the meal for eight we included one lobster each, … Continue reading Lobster, what to do with the leftovers? (part 1)

Car – smashed. Burger – Smashed. Martini – smashed.

Ok, back in the game after completing one seriously grueling quarter in school. I once blogged on Facebook “Death – by homework”. It got several “likes”. And it never helps when life continues to roll boulders in your direction. Today can actually be looked upon as a good thing; I now have one less Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) registration notice that will arrive in … Continue reading Car – smashed. Burger – Smashed. Martini – smashed.