Today was Stefan’s birthday! The sun was out and it was a beautiful day. After listening to some happy birthday songs in the house we went for Bagels. I opted for a delicious cinnamon raisin bagel with Bacon cream cheese & Becky had sesame bagel with cream cheese. These were eaten on the subway. Which is easier said than done when your trying not to make a mess. At one point I had to scoop cream cheese out the bag. Time was a factor too as after a few stops we were at Metro Tech Plaza. There was a reggae festival taking place and everyone seemed in good spirits. Stefan called into Starbucks for his birthday coffee. It looked like a Guinness with Nitro Milk for its super cooling effect.
We started the walk from further back than I had last time, which gave Stefan time to finish off Becky’s half eaten bagel. I let him have it as it was his birthday.
The bridge was full of tourists stopping and taking photos, just like us! We did have the manners to stay out of the bike lane unlike some people. On the other side we thought about getting a soft drink in McDonalds but the queue was too long so we poo pooed that idea.
Rather than getting on the subway we walked to Stefan’s choice of restaurant for lunch. This took us past the Botanica bar of previous visits. This Chinese style restaurant called Mala project had gained its reputation by serving hot pots. Basically dry versions of the soup bowls normally found in similar restaurants. Rather than getting a sharing bowl we ordered as individuals. Becky went for a non spicy beef number that I had a nibble on that was very tasty. I opted for a mild spicy squid bowl that had just the right amount of spice. Stefan boldly went for medium spice with his choice of pork belly.
All of this was complemented by some purple rice. This rice didn’t look like rice and supposedly was a great anti-oxidant, which we needed at this part of the trip.
Lunch was followed by a dark bar called 10 degree that served 2-4-1 drinks. This allowed us to digest lunch have a break from the sun, & get psyched for our next bar Ace! This student style games bar served $3 pilsners where Emily & her friends Gillian and John joined us as we were playing darts. Stefan and I had already introduced Becky to Skee ball & I had triumphed at pool. The American pool tables have such big pockets how can you miss!
Dinner was at Ikinari Japanese steak house. The two big boys at the table (Stefan and I) went for 16oz rare rib eyes that were great. As was the bottle of cab Sav that went with it. Though the toilets stole the show. Having more buttons than the space shuttle it was quite an adventure.
Last stop was a rooftop bar called the broken shaker. We were all feeling the pace now and headed back. The subway was quite busy so there were no seats, which meant I had support Becky through the long journey home, but we made it.