It rained yesterday. Our original plan, to walk around Chinatown and watch New Year festivities, washed away with the rain. Instead, we went to have lunch at Ikea.
I've never visited an Ikea before, though I hear about it often. I shared a plate of Swedish
meatballs, which were good, and had a croissant sandwich, which was stale. The restaurant was
having a Lunar New Year special, but neither of us felt like trying it. We sat near the
window and looked out at the rain and at the roof of the building across the street. The roof
curled at the corners, and there were banners hanging from the windows with Chinese characters
written on them.
Fusion, said Winnie. I thought it looked Japanese, and said so;
That's because they copied the style from us. It's like Macs and PCs, she replied.
I finished my coffee, and we explored the store floor. I'm a poor shopper, and was
dazed by the weekend crowds; but soon enough we wandered to the food section, which was
uncrowded and interesting. Signs hanging on the walls described the foods: lingonberries and
elderberries, coffee and crispbreads. Lingonberries are
like delicate cranberries,
according to one sign;
does that mean you have to add lots of sugar before they taste
good? asked Winnie. I wasn't sure. As we left, we bought a carton of a drink made from
elderflowers. It tasted a little like the cold chrysanthemum drink sold at some milk
For dinner, I tossed spinach with garlic, olive oil, salt, and a little vinegar. I thought it was great, but perhaps I should have used less salt. We brewed a pot of masala chai, which we sipped with some cookies. Tea, cookies, and public radio are wonderful accompaniments to a rainy evening, particularly when they're shared.
On the ride home, I read Newton's Cannon (Gregory Keyes). I finished it this morning. I read The Briar King last year or the year before; I wasn't blown away, but I enjoyed it enough to keep an eye out for his other work. Besides, I didn't want a great book to chew on, not right then. I wanted something diverting and easy to read, and I had what I wanted.
This afternoon, I have some quiet time to work, and that's a fine thing, too.
- Currently drinking: Russian caravan blend