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Sablefish

I love eating the grilled fish from the fresh fish sheet at Sandbar so it is crazy that the memory that sticks with me from our Mothers' Day dinner was not the perfectly cooked Alderwood-grilled, miso-marinated Sablefish, but the potatoes that I got as a substitute for the regular rice accompaniment. The sablefish was delicious but it was the texture and smoothness of the potatoes that kept me having just one more bite, till - so much for my carb-restricted eating plan - my plate was empty.

Tilley hat and lightweight breathable shirt and pants

The most perfectly planned travel can be ruined by an unanticipated illness or injury. Obsessive as I am, I found it absolutely essential to check out all possible health precautions so I would not "check out" on my jungle trip.

From a health perspective, a seven day journey up the Amazon River into the jungle, even on a "luxury" river boat, is nothing like the luxury cruises in the Mediterranean or Caribbean, that I was accustomed to. The rain forest environment is hot and humid, and vicious little mosquitoes carry nasty organisms that cause malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and...

Hiking boots, Dancing shoes!
Bet you are wondering about the dance shoes. Dance shoes - in the Amazon jungle? Well read on!
 
Before I embarked on this wild adventure, jungle cruising on the Amazon, I had three aspects to consider.
1) Planning the trip - How does one get to the Amazon?
2) Researching - What preventative health measures were needed to keep me healthy and happy? and not mosquito-bitten.
3) Preparing for travel - Finding the items I would need to take with me?
My travel and preventative health measure posts will come later in this A toZ Challenge. But here was my...
The Amazon River

One of my sensible and pragmatic daughters-in-law, on hearing my plan to cruise the Amazon River through the Peruvian jungle,  looked at me bemused and said "why?"

Since heat and humidity, bugs and butterflies, moths and mosquitoes rank far below the bottom of my list of favorite things, while comfortable beds, hot showers, flush toilets  and temperate insect-free environments place way over the top, I could understand her bewilderment...

A Piranha platter

I really did eat a  piranha on the Amazon River - it didn't eat me because it was a vegetarian. Really. 

I thought  - piranha - big, sharp teeth, man-eating carnivore. But did you know that in the rivers of South America there are more than 30 different species of piranha? And some eat primarily vegetation.

The theme of this A to Z Challenge is about my Amazon River Jungle Cruise adventures. Read about eating grubs to prevent jungle diarrhea, what you should take with you on a jungle expedition, dancing rumba in a backyard bar in an Amazon village,...

The ensemble cast of Trojan Women at Douglas College. Photo by Krista Graham.

On a miserably cold, rainy night we took the Skytrain from downtown Vancouver out to Douglas College in New Westminster. We went to see a student production of Charles Mee's adaption of Euripides' The Women of Troy. I was overjoyed to experience a production that was so much a visual and auditory delight that it made our sodden trek out to New Westminster more than worthwhile.
Euripides' The Women of Troy describes the fate of the women of Troy, waiting to learn their future after the capture of the city by the Greek Army......

The Vancouver Zoomer Show 2015 - billed as a Lifestyle Expo for the 45+ is on at the Vancouver Convention Centre today and Sunday. I volunteered for a short stint at the Vancouver chapter CARP booth, after which I wandered around the exposition. Had some unexpected encounters with people I had not seen since I retired. So nice to catch up. Among the many exhibits ranging from travel to healthcare there were two booths that I wanted to feature in this post...

Columbia University professor Wallace Sayre famously quipped in reference to competition in the academic realm, that "competition in university politics takes the most vicious and bitter forms because the stakes are so low."  The same concept, that the smaller the stakes the fiercer is the competition, has been promulgated by many others including educational guru, Laurence Peter of The Peter Principle ("In hierarchical organizations every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence").
In Sebastien Archibald's futuristic corporation, management has found a way to raise the stakes and beat the Peter Principle. Employees in line for promotion must...

The Fringe Presents: Marathon and Virtual Solitaire at Studio 1398, Granville Island,  March 17 to 29, 2015

In Vancouver, September is synonymous with Vancouver Fringe month. Over a couple of weeks, venues on and off Granville Island are crowded with people. Some love to cram in as many shows as they can, while others come to see a friend perform and the Fringe Festival may be their first exposure to theatre. Fringe 2014 featured  91 artists in more than 800 performances of over 80 shows in 11 days on Granville Island in theatre spaces and other odd sites as well...

We chose Javier's Cantina & Grill at Irvine Spectrum for a double birthday  celebration. We arrived quite early, five adults plus two kids, converging on the restaurant directly from work and after-school programs, all of us very hungry. The place was almost full when we arrived (and was equally packed when we we left). We were promptly seated on the patio as we had requested and baskets of tortilla chips and salsa brought out.  We ordered guacamole and  queso fundido to start while we decided on our dinners.

The adults (except me!) shared a Margarita pitcher. I stuck to one...

creamy lobster bisque

A rich lobster bisque and a creamy mushroom soup are my two favorite soups so my natural first choice on the BRIO Tuscan Grille restaurant week lunch menu was the lobster bisque. I had arranged to meet a friend  at BRIO for a leisurely relaxed lunch. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the bread basket of lavoush and crisp bread while waiting for our food.

 

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