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Have been in Surrey, B.C. for 97 minutes. Still have not tasted poutine. Am too self-conscious to ask the front desk staff about it. Drove to mall where Pokemon tournament will take place tomorrow to make sure we could find it. Discovered they have enough seating for a Neil Gaiman reading, which should be more than enough. Have already scouted outlets for tomorrow’s long event.

Realized I packed my laptop but not my powercord, leaving me with nothing but the charge on a four and a half year old laptop battery. Bought replacement powercord at Mall. Wept tears of blood over price tag. Consoled myself that I completely funded an injured child’s MRI, probably.

Ate at food court at insistence of boy. Not only was food terrible, there wasn’t enough of it. Returned to hotel room to discover this is the only Best Western on the continent to not have a list of local pizza places that deliver in the room.

Boy has declared Surrey much more “futuristic” than Seattle based on an elevated train and hi-rise apartment buildings. How did a kid born in 2001 come to embrace the futurism of the 1930′s? Have tried to convince him that a “mooney” is a coin worth a million dollars, but he is not convinced.

Now he wants to see the hotel pool. May be getting wet soon, but in metric units of water.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here or there.



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Apr. 14th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
Still have not tasted poutine

onion gravy, best with french fries...
Apr. 15th, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
And cheese!
Apr. 14th, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
You're at the wrong end of the country for poutine, it's a lot more common the closer you are to Quebec. On the west coast you're more likely to run into the version offered by nations chains, which are on par with the quality of most national chain products.
Apr. 15th, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
So you're saying the mall food court poutine I ate from KFC wasn't the good stuff? Hmm.
Apr. 15th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
The words "poutine" and "good stuff" do not belong in the same sentence.
Apr. 15th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
I'm generally in favor of onion brown sauce, though.
Apr. 15th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Outside of Quebec, your best bet is probably a Smoke's Poutinerie.
Apr. 15th, 2012 05:59 am (UTC)
"mooney"? loonies and twonies yes, mooneys not so much :)

I didn't realize KFC was doing poutine...that's just random.

If you are stuck for food court poutine, aim for the New York Fries franchise (which I have only ever seen in Canada) - weirdly enough, they have poutine (and good fries too). There's one in Guildford Mall in Surrey.

Skytrain was very exciting back in 1986 when they installed the first section in time for the world fair Expo 86 :) But it is still pretty cool.

If you're looking for pizza, try Panagopoulos - good pizza, local chain - they might be under "panago" now - I think they shortened the name a few years ago. I went to school with Dmitry Panagopoulos in high school - his mom was a romance novel writer (he never would tell me the pseudonym she used), and his uncles owned the pizza place.

Apr. 15th, 2012 07:38 am (UTC)
Too late! We've already pizza'd from the place by the hotel and we aren't visiting a mall again for months, if I can help it. Next time, maybe.
Apr. 15th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
If you're referring to this Panago, then I second the recommendation. Not so much a local chain anymore though, as my recommendation is based on their locations near me way over in Toronto.
Apr. 15th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
yep - same panago!

I looked it up on wikipedia - the company was started in 1986 in my home town of Abbotsford, BC - so long ago!
Apr. 15th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
The front desk person suggested Panagos... in the same breath as Dominos. They were "the big chains." We went for a little place called "King Hut Pizza" which apparently all hotel housekeeping staff like. Feh.

I now have a negative opinion on Canadian pizza.
Apr. 15th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
"Canadian pizza"'s no different from "American pizza" (away from the localized specialties like Chicago or New York). Even within the chains, it really comes down to the individual pizzeria. E.g. Pizza Pizza (the dominant chain in these parts) has some surprisingly good locations hidden amongst the many middling ones.
Apr. 15th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
Don't try your logic on me.
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