Saturday, May 27, 2006


The flight home left at 10:30. We left the hotel at 8AM the van took us straight to the curb of Jet Blue. The flight home was uneventful. We stopped at Don Pablo’s on 436 for lunch. Arrived home at 1:30P.

It was good to be home, we were exhausted the jet lag was a killer. We had had a wonderful trip a time always to be remembered.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Hong Kong - JFK

We had a big breakfast of homemade biscuits, hash browns, fried apples, gravy, and left over sweet rolls.

We left the LaRue at noon for the taxi ride to the airport. The security guard called one of his taxi driver friends. He told us that the driver would not charge us for our luggage. The trip cost $378 HK. It was a rainy trip through the city. We arrived without incident.

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The plan was to leave at 3PM but was delayed till about 4PM. We started our run down the runway at 4:32pm it was 50 seconds before we left the ground. This was the longest run I have ever timed, it usually take 35 seconds to leave the ground. We were in a fully loaded 747 on a 12 hour flight to Vancouver. The meals on this flight were not that great. The first meal was fried fish fingers with pineapple fried rice. The second meal was a rice dumpling with chili sauce and glutinous rice wrapped in a tea leaf.

In Vancouver we were only allowed to go to a transfer waiting area. We were hear for about 2 hours. We arrived at JFK around 10:30PM. I called the hotel and ask how we were suppose to get to the hotel. We had to take the airport train to stop B, then the bus would come and pick us up from there. We made it to our room about 12 after a 24 hour journey.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Hong Kong - Sabbath

Rhonda and I went for a brisk walk on the trail near the LaRue Villas. Our round trip is 3.2km. It was raining and very hot, when we returned we were wet with rain and soaked with sweat. We went to the early church service, and sat on the back row with Jeri and Bess. After the service I had to leave the new carpet and paint were doing a number on me.

Jeri and Bess had made a delicious lunch. We had cottage cheese loaf with no cottage cheese, baked potatoes, salad, and creamed corn.

We left for Stanley at 3PM. We walked down to turtle beach. There were groups of people practicing on dragon boats. The dragon boat festival is next Wednesday. The boats are long and narrow, the seat about 30 people side by side. They row out to a marker and then race back to shore. There is one person in the front that bangs on a wooden drum, and another person at the rear that steers the boat. We watched for several hours then took the bus back, we arrived at 6PM.

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We left in the car for the peak at 7PM it was a 10 to 15 minute drive. When we arrived we almost decided not to park the car it was so foggy, but when we walked over to the observation area it was beautiful. The cloud bottom was right above us. The city lay below. We soaked in the sight for quite a while. We had thought of eating at one of the restaurants at the peak but decided it was so late that we would stop in the market and get some bread for sandwiches instead. I also bought a watermelon that turned out to be good. I also made a small stir fry with some long beans using some of Doug’s Indonesian soy sauce.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Hong Kong - Kowloon

Doug left for Malaysia this morning. We are own our own we took the bus in to Hong Kong for the short Star Ferry ride over to Kowloon. The sun was out again this morning and it was nice and breezy on the ride across the bay. There were no Chinese Junks to be seen on the crossing. I guess the days of Suzie Wong are over for good. We disembark on the Kowloon side into the shining sun, it feels great.

We are going to the Hong Kong Museum of Art first it is a modern looking building 5 story building built in 1991. The museum is a nice one Sam and I zoom through will Rhonda take her time. Sam and I had planned to go over to the Hong Kong Space Museum while Rhonda took her time but it did not open until 2PM and it was only 11:30. So Sam and I sat in the lobby and look out at the city through the giant glass wall. At noon I sent Rhonda a text message that said “Lunch.? Space M closed we are in lobby dj”. Rhonda appeared riding down the escalator momentarily.

We walked up Nathan Road the densest shopping street in town, as best we could trying to avoid the “copy watch” and tailors salesmen. This was not an easy task. When one of the young salesmen approached and ask it I wanted a good suite cheap I told him that I did not wear suite. He countered with “How about a shirt then”. They were quite persistent. Most to the tailor salesmen were Indian so we decided there must be an Indian restaurant around. Sure enough the next side street we came to I looked down the street and there was a blue sign mixed in with all of the red and yellow signs for the India Restaurant. It was located at 2A Humphrey’s Ave on the 1st floor. It was a small place only 10 tables or so, but very elegant. The food was great as well. We had the lunch set menu, somosa, vegetable curry, rice, and nan. The meal also came with a coconut desert. The place had an unhurried atmosphere which was a nice contrast to the bustle going on outside.

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We exited our little sanctuary back to the explosion of sights and sounds of Kowloog. We walked over to Kowloog Park. In the south-east corner of the park is the Jamia Masjid & Islamic Centre it is Hong Kong’s principal mosque build in 1984. Prayers were just letting out and the sidewalks were packed. We made our way to the relative quiet of the park. The grass needed a bit of attention, even though it could not be walked on. There was a sculpture garden, a lotus pond, and a pond that was being cleaned out. They had gathered up all the turtles from the pond an piled then in a giant basket.

Upon leaving the park we crossed Nathan Road to visit another Muji store. They had some nice bowls I would have liked to have had back home but we already have 32 pounds of china. We took back streets on our return journey to the Star Ferry. The sun was still shining on Kowloon, although there was a big shadow over Central Hong Kong.

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Rhonda decided it was time to go back to the hotellll. So we escorted her to the Central bus station to the number 6 bus. The bus had just arrived and the driver left the bus. We left her there for the next driver. We went to the electronic mall about a mile away. We caught the tram down Queen’s road and got off where Bess had showed us on the map. It was right around the corner. We were looking for an iPod, but after I figured that if we were in Hong Kong we could find a bargain. So I tried to buy a 30GB iPod for $200.00 they are $300.00 at home they just laughed at me then we would got to the next store and I would offer $220.00 no sale. I went up to about 275.00 still no sale. Then just gave up. I ordered one for Sam’s birthday from for $285.00, no bargains in Hong Kong on electronics. We made our way home via bus.

When we arrived home we discovered that Rhonda had had her own excitement on her return trip to the La Rue. It seems when the bus driver returned he had changed the bus to number 6X Stubbs Road to Stanley. It turns out that this bus starts up Stubbs road then goes into a tunnel that emerges on the other side of the mountain on route to Aberdeen, before going to Stanley. After departing Aberdeen Rhonda got off the 6x bus at Repulse Bay and caught the 6 bus back to Central, where she could stop at the Hospital on the way down the mountain.

We had haystacks to supper prepared by Jeri and Bess. Bess had also made some sweet rolls for Sabbath breakfast and there was plenty for supper that night as well. They were delicious!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Hong Kong – Stanley

We ride the bus #15 over to Stanley this morning. Stanley was notorious during World War II as the home of Japan’s largest POW camps in Hong Kong. But it is now known for its picturesque market. The SUN IS OUT! It is a 30 minute trip. The sky is blue and the sun is shining all is good. The ride is beautiful we ride on the upper deck of the bus on the front row. We arrived in Stanley just as the shops are opening. The I Drive of Hong Kong. All that was missing was the shell shops, but there were little stalls of everything else imaginable.
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DonT wanted some chop sticks so that was our mission when we arrived. It did not take long to discover a shop with quite a selection. The shop keeper told us they were made of mango wood. I bought several sets.

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We walked the stalls for several hours. Sam bought a pair of swimming trunks for his summer job. We bought several other small items. As we were leaving the market area a art gallery caught my eye. I ended up purchasing a framed etching.

There was a sign for a Buddhist temple. So we made the short walk around the cove. Something didn’t seem quite right. It was in an area that might remind you of an abandoned strip mall. The Tin Hau Temple (temple of the Queen of Heaven) was built in 1767, and during the First World War. Villagers took asylum from war in this temple. It is one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong. It did not seem to be this old. I guess the outside had been redone.

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We rode the bus back to Doug’s around 1pm. Doug was going to take us out to a restaurant. First it was Chinese; then sushi; we ended up an Indonesian restaurant. The name was Indonesian Restaurant since 1968. It was exquisite the perfect place for lunch, small and intimate. Our first course was Gado-Gado a salad made with green beans, sprouts, cabbage, carrots, and tofu covered in a peanut sauce. It came with a side of shrimp chips. The next course was egg rolls, then Spicy Nasi Goreng a fried rice dish with lots of soy sauce and no eggs. Then came a dish with roasted of smoked vegetables. Then came Semur Terong an eggplant dish, with a sweet soy sauce, very good! The egg plant was long and skinny and bright purple. Cut in half and sliced. Then coated with this dark delicious sauce.

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After lunch we departed for a department store near by and went to the third floor. To a store called Muji a Japanese store. They had all kinds of different stuff ranging from storage to cooking to furniture. We got a small white porcelain tea pot and some serving spoons.

Doug and Bess went home from here; we went out on our own. We roamed the street, kitchen stores, book stores, endless street vendors. We made it to a 2 story food market with smells galore some good some bad. We went out on a walkway between two buildings and could see the street below. Below us were thousands of people buying their daily groceries. When it was time to go home we hailed a taxi down and road back to LaRue Doug’s apartment, named after Abram La Rue. Chinese Adventists trace the beginning of missionary outreach among Chinese people to Abram La Rue, who arrived in Hong Kong in 1888. La Rue, an American, was in his mid-sixties when he began his work. He was a shepherd and woodcutter with no formal training as a pastor--a fact that, along with his age, led the General Conference to reject his request to serve as a missionary to China. Undeterred, La Rue found his own way to Hong Kong where his work paved the way for J. N. Anderson, the church's first official missionary to China, who arrived in 1902.

Doug had been working late so we ordered Pizza Hut Pizza after we had our pizza Jeri gave us some mangostein fruit. It was very different don’t think I could describe it.

Shenzhen – Hong Kong

We woke up at 2:15AM 2:15PM at home. We watched TV for a few minutes National Geographic Channel about alligators in Sanibel Florida. Tried to go back to sleep. I got up at 6:30. It is still very cloudy outside. The city is slowly coming to life. Around 8:30 we leave the hotel for the market. On the way we stop in at the McDonalds across the street. We have pancakes, hash browns, and I had cup of corn. It was very sweet.

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It is dreary and dark out side with a sprinkling of showers. We walk the wet streets with our umbrellas. The wetness makes the smells stronger. We went over to little tea shop across from the hotel. The proprietor insisted that we have tea ceremony. It was oolong tea. We ended up buying several things there, a little brown tea pot and 8 little cups, a 3 legged frog that you have at your ceremony, and a bamboo handled brush that you also use in the tea ceremony. Doug bought a small butane burner, that I ended up with when we got back to his home. Doug will get another one next week when he returns.
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Form there we went to a ceramics / china shop Tian Wen Star in the mall on the lower 3 floors of the hotel. I bought 8 folded square plates for Y520 = $66.00. They weighted 15Kg – 33 pounds. So as we were leaving Shenzhen later that day we bought a new carry on case to carry them, it cost Y200 = $24.00.

From here we went back to the hotel to check out. We left our luggage down in the lobby.

We went back to the cloth market around the corner. We picked out two fabrics’ for a comforter cover. We negotiated a price and paid for the fabric, then it turned out the sales girl had to go somewhere else to get the material we needed. It was time for us to leave we were planning to catch the 1PM bus from the hotel to the boarder. The girl had been gone to 5 or 6 minutes. Doug told us to go and try to hold the van while he tried to resolve the problem. We made our back to the hotel and got the luggage. They loaded it into the van and ask where our friend was. We told them that he would be there any minute. Doug had told us that they always leave on time. We stood outside waiting. Doug appeared about 1:08. he was quite surprised that we were still there. He had gotten our money back for one of the pieces of fabric.

At the boarder market Rhonda picked up her 2 skirts. Then we looked around a little longer. There was a little of everything in this mall.

We crossed the boarder and road the train back to where Doug’s car was parked. We arrived there about 3PM. We make our way back through Hong Kong a 45 minute trip.

Jeri had an appointment down town so they went in the car and we road the bus. Bess was our guide. We met Doug and Jeri at a place down town and had a veggie burger. The we went to the escalators, a famous shopping district in Hong Kong. We road up the escalators and then walked back down shopping along the way. There were many restaurants and shop in the area. We went in to a Japanese furniture store that had a Japanese soaking tub made out of wood. Rhonda thought it was a bit too tall for her.
We made our way back to Doug’s. Doug fixed me some corn coffee from Indonesia. It was quite good; I think that the big blob of fresh cream and sugar helped.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Hong Kong to Shenzhen

We started the day with a brisk walk in the muggy still air of the morning. Doug, Sam, and I walked about 3 km along this very nice flat trail along the side of the Mount Nicholson that Doug lives on. The views of the buildings of down town Hong Kong was fabulous from the trail as it snaked around the mountain side. Right beside the trail were two apartment building each 70 stories tall, they were perched on the side of the mountain towering into the fog above our heads quite a sight. One of them was called The Summit the other The Highclift.

When we returned to the apartment Doug fixed us blue berry pancakes with freshly made maple syrup.

We left for China around 10:30. Our first stop was an electronics mall in down town Hong Kong. Doug showed us his favorite place to purchase electronics and had them cash a check for him as well. Then it was a 45 minute drive the station where Doug parks his car when he takes the train to Shenzhen . The train ride was very smooth and only two stops. The interior of the train was very different. The train was probably a 12 car set but was entirely open on the inside. You could see all the way to the end of the train and it was just one big open area. We arrived at the Luohc Checkpoint and crossed the boarder in a mere 15 minutes. Form there it was off the Luohu commercial center (Luohu Shangye Cheng) a 5 story mall right across the street. We were instantly wrapped in the frenzy of Shenzhen, a wild city whose population has exploded to 7 million. Twenty years ago, Shenzhen was a series of sleepy fishing villages of 20,000 inhabitants. Each vendor in the mall had a small area filled with his specialty merchandise. There were shops with sunglasses, copy watches, cheap electronics, and tailors. We stopped by Doug’s favorite tailor Shanghai Fusheng Tailor Desigh CO. the tailors name was Yifu Sheng Sam. Then up to the top floor which was entirely fabric. How Rhonda found two pieces of wool among the vast selection in a mere 20 minutes was amazing. She is not a fast shopper. The price for the fabric started out at Y250.00 Chinese dollars but quickly went down to Y130.00 about $16.00 US. Everyone seamed happy with the deal in the end. We went back to the tailors to drop off the fabric. The shirts would be ready tomorrow.

We now went out on the streets. Shenzhen is a large city 6 million people. Doug says there are 100 cities in China with more than a million people, and 50 cities with more than 5 million. I guess that this is what impressed me the most One point three billion people are a lot of people.

The streets had a strange odor, a soured smell. Doug says it is the way then cook their food. The place was quite dirty. They throw everything on the ground. The shops seem to have no trash cans. Everything is thrown on the floor then at night it is swept in the streets. The streets are cleaned every night ready to go again in the morning.

For supper we go to a noodle shop where they make hand pulled noodles. It was quite a process here is something I found on the web as to how they make them.
Hand Pulled Noodles
The Chinese were making noodles as early as 300 BC using several techniques. One of them is to dip a chopstick into a batter of flour and water. The batter has to be thick enough to adhere to the chopstick, but light enough to come off when the chopstick is flicked unto a pot of boiling water. The noodles formed by this technique are not uniform in size or shape.

The Chinese also make hand-pulled noodles (la mian) using a flexible dough that can be stretched easily. This is done by increasing the amount of water in the dough (approximately 1 cup of water for every 2 cups of flour). Cover the dough with plastic and allow it to rest at room temperature for at least 60 minutes to relax the gluten. The dough is placed on a countertop covered with plenty of flour and stretched until it looks like a long, thick rope. The rope of dough is folded in half, twisted, and stretched back to its original length approximately ten times. The twisting is done by holding one end of the rope in each hand while the center hangs down under the force of gravity and flinging one side against the other in a circular motion. The rope is twisted first to the right, stretched, floured by rolling on the countertop, and then twisted to the left, stretched, and floured again. This process creates a structure of soft dough fibers surrounded by dry flour that is necessary for being able to pull the noodles. Next, the noodles are made by pulling the dough, resting it briefly on the floured countertop, grabbing the two ends with the left hand, while holding the middle with the right hand. This process is repeated until the noodles are of the appropriate thickness. Each time, the number of noodles doubles.

Twisting the dough rope and pulling the noodles. To cook the noodles, drop them into boiling water and boil for approximately 2 or 3 minutes. Drain the noodles and serve them topped with your favorite spaghetti sauce, beef Stroganoff, or chicken cacciatore. You can also make noodle soup by adding the boiled noodles to a well-seasoned chicken soup.

Doug had brought some Ragu Spaghetti sauce for us to eat on the noodles. It was very good. Doug tells us that after translating their menu in to English for them he decided that there were no vegetarian options except the noodles. As were enjoying our meal it was raining outside.
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We walked around in the rain, found a kitchen store that Doug says has every thing. I bought two sushi boards made out of bamboo. Back on the streets I bought Kelly her Fu Dog for Y50.00 about $6.50.

We past stalls and stalls of dried shark fins. There were small ones and large ones. These might have contributed to the smell of the place. The streets had many smells and sounds, horns blaring from all directions. We saw some police coming down one street and all of the taxi drivers came running to the taxis’ I guess they were illegally parked, but they were interested in the bicycle taxis. They were bicycles with seats on the back that people were using to carry riders. They had a trailer behind their car, which they filled with bicycles. Later I noticed these taxi bicycles everywhere. You would see them pull up to a corner someone would get off and hand the driver some money.

We went back to the hotel around 7PM we had had it, the day was over for us. With the jetlag and the day of shopping and traveling we just went to bed.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

JFK-HKG The Flight to Hong Kong

This departure day, the day we leave for Hong Kong. We catch the 10:30 bus to the airport. Not sure how long the bus will take. I wanted to take the 11:00 bus but there was not one. The next bus was a noon. Our plan was to leave at 3pm or so we thought. It was really scheduled to leave at 3:45.

We arrived at JFK 11:15 the check in didn’t even open till 11:45. The seats in the lobby were not very comfortable. After we checked in and moved to the departure hall I ate at JFK’s Antonios. I had spaghetti and green beans. Rhonda had a tuna sandwich from the 7th ave Deli. Sam had something from target="new" McDonalds.

We boarded our Cathay Pacific flight CX831 at the scheduled 3:45PM. We were in the middle row of 4 seats with the entire row. Thanks to the person at the check in. She said that if she moved one of us to the other isle seat no one would pick the middle seat. It worked.

The flight was a long one 16 hours! I watched the ending of Match Point probably 4 times. Never did see the beginning of the movie. It was Woody Allen’s movie with Scarlett Johansson. We watched a little of Mr. Bean 6 and some of Fun with Dick and Jane. I finished my book Untangling My Chopsticks A culinary Sojourn in Kyoto . I started on a book that I bought in NYC Malaria Dreams . It is the story of two people that drive a Toyota Land Cruiser across a tortuous route from the Central African Republic to Europe via Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Mali and Algeria.

We emerged from the plane at 8PM local time 8am Florida time. After we went through emigration and departed the arrival gate we looked around for Doug. We did not see him for a few minutes, but he appeared in about 5 minutes shorts and all sauntering over toward us. We bought a train ticket to the city for 210 HK for the 3 of us. The train ride on the Airport Express train was a short one. When we exited the station it was raining. Outside the station was one of the tallest buildings in Hong Kong Two International Finance Centre it was quiet a sight disappearing in to the clouds at night. We put our stuff in Doug’s car and went to a shopping mall to a grocery store. It was a City Market. They advertise them selves as “city'super is a 'Mega Lifestyle Specialty Store' that offers true 'one-stop-shopping' to today's busy urban professionals”. It was the fanciest food market I ever seen.

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We made our way to Doug’s apartment on the 10th floor of a 12 story building on the grounds of Hong Kong Adventist Hospital . One of the first thing Doug did when we arrived was pull out the Durian from the freezer, he insisted that we try it. He said that he did not care for it but tat Jeri liked it. It has a horrific smell but I did not think that it tasted all that bad sort of like over ripe mango. Rhonda did not care for it at all; she could not get over the smell. We went to bed that night at 11pm. I slept fairly well till 5:30AM.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Queens-NYC Day 2

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We had breakfast at Pop Diner*. I had pancakes, Rhonda had eggs and a bagel, Sam had thick cut French toast. We left the diner at 11:17 and started our journey to The Cloisters . We got on the R train transferred to the E train at Roosevelt street. We took this to 50th street, where we going to take the A train going north. But the A train did not leave this station going north, so we took the A train going south one stop to 42nd street then crossed the station to catch the north bound A train. We took this train going north to 207th street and started to walk north, it didn’t look quite right to me but was not sure why. We found Columbia University’s Athletic field. Rhonda ask a lady on the street how to get to the Cloisters, she told us we should have gotten off at 191st street. We caught the M7 bus back to 191st street then had to hike up the hill. When we got to some benches overlooking the Hudson River is was 1:15. It had been a 2 hour journey.

The Cloisters were beautiful the grounds had lovely flowers blooming, the trees were green. We stayed several hours. Rhonda examined all of the exhibits I sat in a cloister and enjoyed the cool weather and sunshine.

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We took the subway down to Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. They were having a street market. All kinds of junk for sale. We walked atound for a while until hunger struck up. They Rhonda found us an Indian restaurant the Suryra at 302 Bleeker Street. It was very good. We had a tandoor chicken, a veggie curry, somosa, and nan. We sat at the window in front.

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From there we started walking to the Brooklyn Bridge we left at 6:10 and arrived there at 7:45. Only to discover that there was a subway stop right at the bottom where you start walking across. The sun was just setting as we were walking back across the bridge. It was going down between the buildings and was beautiful. When we got off the bridge we headed for the subway station and back to the hotel. We arrived at 10PM. Sam and I walked over to Wendy’s and had a frosty and fries. Rhonda walked straight back to the hotel. We were worn out.
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Friday, May 19, 2006


We awake in the night to the sounds of wet streets. The bed sleep well even though it makes a funny squeaking sound. Rhonda says “bed feels so good”. Micky wakes us to say that in the news Cathay Pacific has filed for bankruptcy.

We ride the subway into NYC and get off at 14th street and walk to the Chelsea Market. On the way we stop in a kitchen store Chelsea Fine Custom Kitchens.They have some very neat stuff. Green glass counter top the brand is Effeti Cucine Uniche. The owner also told us about European Furniture.

It is pouring when we leave we are soaked to the bone in the block and a half to the market. Rhonda hitches a ride with a willing New Yorker.

When we arrive at Chelsea Market we discover that it is the home of the Food Network. We have breakfast/snack Rhonda and I have soup at Hale and Hearty Sam has Pad Thai at Chelsea Thai Wholesale

I shopped at several of the food markets. I discovered Taccole Pasta mini lasagna pasta shapes at Buon Italia. I think that they could ordered from the web.

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When we left Chelsea Market the sky had turned blue. We walked over to Union Square via some back streets. We stop in at Saint Lukes Chapel the 3rd oldest existing church in Manhattan built in 1821 on the way. It is empty and quiet. Unlike Union Square were I sat and walked the farmers market while Rhonda shopped Filenes Basement. I had a chocolate croissant from one of the bakery vendors.

From here we walked to Greenwich Village. There were lots of restaurants along the way, Chinese, Mexican, and Japanese. Lots of them looked and smelled good.

From here we took the subway to Times Square. When we emerged from the subway it was dark and raining, with thunder cracking all around. It rained for at least an hour. When it slowed we ran over to a Starbucks to get indoor shelter. After we had been standing around inside for a while one of the counter people offered Sam a drink that we miss ordered. A Mocha Frappuccino it was surprisingly delicious ice cold coffee drink. I could get to like those very much. The web site says it 420 calories and 16 grams of fat in the Grande size.

It finally stopped raining and we made our way to the Ed Sullivan Theater to see Rupert Jee at the Hello Deli . He is exactly the same as he is on the David Letterman Show, low key and a bit stand-offish. It was very uncomfortable being in the Deli and not buying something.

We went around the block to see our favorite Italian restaurant on 57th street it had recently closed. Then we walked past our favorite hotel The Helemsy Windsor which is also closed and turning condo. Around the block to the Plaza to discover that it is also turning condo or private residents as it was billed. Across the street we saw an Apple store in front of the toy store, where it use to be a GM something. When we get over ther it turns out that this is the grand opening in an hour at 6pm the line stretches around the block. The store is going to be open 24/365. . We decide that we would never get in so walk over to Crate and Barrel.

For supper we walk up Columbus Ave. to find something. I wanted to eat at somewhere we would not normally eat. We ended up at the City Grill . Sam had a Quesadilla, Rhonda had Penne Pasta, and I had Mushroom Ravioli. All of the dishes were very good, except that mine arrived late. They brought me a lasagna dish out firs, it looked good but was not what I had ordered. Form here we went to Café Ronda for desert. Rhonda had spotted it on our way up the street and thought that we should have a desert named after her, well almost. We had the Ronda Sundae for $7.00. Valrhona chocolate, Tahitian vanilla, dulce de leche ice cream, hot fudge, nuts and whipped cream. It was delicious!

From here it was time to go to the hotel. We traveled form 8:35 to 9:10. Then it was laying on the bed time. We had been on the streets for 11 and a half hours.

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Thursday May 18

Our departure from Orlando was on Jetblue. We started our culinary journey at Orlando International Airport, at Sabaro’s pizza and spaghetti. We have an hour till he plane leaves. Rhonda is doing a crossword puzzle for the Orlando Sentinel.

We arrive at JFK on time even though we left 20 minutes late. There are no gates for our plane to dock, so we sit on the tarmac for 20 minutes its 11:35 before the bus picks us up for the trip to the hotel. Then we go to LaGuardia to pick up 2 groups before departing for the hotel. The van driver is very jolly and talkative.

The room we arrive to has a king size bed only. Rhonda goes back to the desk to get us a different room. They complain about people that book on even thought our reservation says 2 double beds.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

MWC Mens Ministry Mothers Day Breakfast

-Pancakes with frozen fruit cooked Syrup with Nuts and bananas
-Breakfast Potato Casserole
-Omelets plain, cheese, tomatoes, onions, and black olives
-Biscuits with sausage gravy / prosage
-Cold Cereal
-Canned fruit
-Fresh strawberries and Blue berries form Chuck's farm

We served about 375 people.

Breakfast Potato Casserole

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (16 ounce) package sour cream
1 (2 pound) package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
1 cup cubed chik
1 cup cubed wham
1 onion, chopped
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup crushed potato chips
1/4 cup butter, melted

1 Combine undiluted soup, sour cream, hash browns, cubed chik and wham, onions, and cheese. Pour into a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch pan.

2 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Top with crumbs, and drizzle with melted butter or margarine. Bake for another 15 minutes.

Makes 15 servings