Little Vid also made it up the mountain and into Rwanda without a visa:
More Little Vid here.
Little Vid enjoyed our 10-day beach holiday almost as much as Kenny and I did, especially because we got to celebrate her namesake’s birthday in Kenya.
Enjoying a glass of the house red for Vidya’s birthday
Somewhere over the rainbow is Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar
Checking out the strange environs at Matemwe Beach, Zanzibar
As always, you can follow Little Vid’s adventures here.
To celebrate Vid’s birthday last night, we had dinner at the fanciest restaurant in town – The Cave. The restaurant is set inside two chambers of a natural coral cave that is open to the sky. While mildly gimmicky, the setting is really interesting, and the tasteful lighting added to the romantic atmosphere.
We started off with some of the house red, which was a surprisingly good cabernet-shiraz. We tried to order a few things that we thought Vid would order if she were with us in person rather than just in spirit. For appetizers we had the soup of the day (cucumber-mint), and a goat cheese tart. The soup turned out to be hot, which was unexpected, but it was enjoyable with primary flavors of chicken broth and cucumber (I couldn’t detect the mint). The goat cheese tart tasted like a frozen quiche from Trader Joe’s. I like TJ’s, but at Seattle-level prices I was expecting (at least a smidge) better.
On to the main course, with higher prices and greater disappointments. Little Vid’s mushroom crepes tasted much better than their caterpillar-like presentation. They were very cheesy, with lots of mushrooms inside. While it reminded me of upscale diner food, it was still satisfying. Our “pan-seared catch of the day drizzled with homemade pesto” was a breaded and fried tasteless brick that was doused in green lines of goo. We couldn’t bring ourselves to finish it. Given the mediocre results for dinner, we passed on dessert, but fortunately we had already satisfied our sweet tooth with a pre-dinner scoop of mango-coconut ice cream at Kenyaways (as Vid would have done).
Overall, The Cave has nice atmosphere, and the bar area would be a lovely place to have a glass of wine. However you should plan on going elsewhere for dinner, as the food is forgettable and very expensive.
Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant (a.k.a. The Cave)
More Little Vid, this time in the UK. As always, you can follow her adventures here.
Ironically enough, we failed to snap any photos of our favorite rubber ducky in Bath. I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but I suppose we were still pretty jet-lagged at that point.
Little Vid and an elephant of the Motherland
Little Vid was taking some much needed R & R this week, but happily Real Vid met up with us in Boston for some of her own adventures.
Kicking off the weekend with ice cream at Toscanini’s
Excitement at Tu y Yo
Real Vid loves having Seema explain things to her
Here’s Lauren about to board our flight to SFO, with Little Vid and a mango we picked up in Chiang Mai this morning. We’ll see the real Vid in about 12 hours!
Due to the magic of time zones, our flight out of Taipei leaves at 11PM tonight, and our connection in SFO also leaves for JFK at 11PM tonight. It’s going to be a long day…night…whatever it is.
Here are a few shots from Little Vid’s adventures in Cambodia. The full Little Vid archive is here.
As always, the full set of Little Vid photos can be found here. Some of her recent adventures in Vietnam:
Regular Vid was here back in 2004. Her avatar got to follow in her footsteps over 5 years later.
Little Vid keeping the Buddhas company at Wat Si Saket in Vientiane
Joining some mosaic friends on a walk through the mosaic forest at Wat Xiengthong in Luang Prabang