A final look around the apartment

May 8, 2014

It’s been a great place to relax and enjoy the view. I haven’t walked this much since my teenage days on a paving crew, but Kitsalano is a terrific neighbourhood if you can get up to climbing hills.

Last night’s dinner was a hoot. Vij’s, the Indian restaurant the kids chose, doesn’t take reservations. They open at 5:30 and require that clients arrive at five and line up in their little garden, sitting around elevated koi ponds on stools. At 5:30 they let us in in the order we arrived. Lots of waiters swarmed the many tables, doing whatever needed doing. Various tasteless samples came around during meal preparation, ranging from strange, sweet tea to french fried strange potato substitutes to other deep fried potato substitutes.

Then came the appetizer, something tasty and hot, meat based. Then came our four entres, which we shared. All were tasty and hotly spiced, based upon one of the popular meats, and floating in a sauce which we eagerly lapped up out of the platters with superb nan bread. So we had pot roast, pork tenderloin, rubberized chicken and tiny lamb chops along with mystery vegetables and lots of spices, washed down with many glasses of water.

Everybody seemed to love it. Desert was rice pudding for Charlie, two Timbits floating in sugar syrup for me, and excellent home-made mango ice cream for the girls. We all ended up spooning away at the ice cream.

Thus ended our rather fine dinner at one of Vancouver’s trendiest restaurants.

Rumour has it that Vikram Vij, whom we met at our table, is to become one of the personalities on the CBC program Dragon’s Den next year.

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