Day 10: Tacos and Tequila

Today was only a short drive so we decided to have a later breakfast than usual and spend the rest of the morning in Santa Fe. We walked around the plaza and had a Fajita from a street food vendor. Santa Fe is beautiful and there are native Indians selling their handmade jewellery from the street.
After walking round for an hour or so we decided to head on to Albuquerque which was only about an hours drive away. We firstly stopped off at Bernallilo for a drive through the main streets, stopping at Walgreens to buy each other an Easter egg.
Next stop was at the Sandia Peak Tramway, which is in fact a cable car that takes you up to the top of the Sandia Peak. After the 15 minute journey up there to just over 10 thousand feet we took photos and saw the vast view of New Mexico before heading back down.
We then headed to our hotel to check in and drop off our cases. After an hour or so rest we headed to old town Albuquerque, being Easter Sunday and after 5pm most of the places were shut except a huge souvenir shop and a restaurant or two. The main plaza is beautiful Spanish style buildings and a small green area in the centre. With everything being shut we went to the “original hacienda restaurant” where the Tacos were disappointing but I had a huge glass of margarita which seemed to get me tipsy fairly quickly. On the way back to the hotel we stopped at the 7eleven and got a $3 bottle of sangria and headed back to eat our Cadbury Mini eggs and have a little drink.
Longer drive tomorrow so a quick shower and an early night!
Night all xx

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Sushi Brunch at Tsukiji Fish Market

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I decided that in midst of touring Tsukiji fish market, a brunch was in order and what better choice than going for a sushi brunch. I had initially wanted to visit the famous Sushi Dai where they are known to have some of the best sushi in town but the line up was pure madness. How would you define madness? It was an estimated 3 hour wait!!! Instead of wasting precious time in the city, I decided to go to Yamazaki Sushi instead and I was definitely not disappointed. There was a bit of a wait but to me it was worth it because it was the first time I had sushi served on a leaf. The meal was delicious and super fresh because the sushi would be made as I was eating. Every time I finished a piece, the sushi chef would have a new piece made for me and it was a new experience for me.

Onto the touring of the fish market and if you love seafood, this is the place to go!

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I wasn’t able to get up early enough for the famous tuna auction but I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything. Tsukiji fish market is one of the largest wholesale markets in the world and the biggest in terms of fish and seafood. When touring the market, it is extremely important to be careful of the surroundings because this is a place of business so there are trucks/forklifts going at all times.

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I had always thought that St. Lawrence Market back in Toronto can be a bit intense but it definitely has nothing on this market. The selection is massive and aside from seafood items, the market also sells knives, tea, as well as other merchandise.

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Spring Break 2014

Spring break 2014.  An abridged version of the usual spring break due to too many snow days this year.  It lasted all of four days with a school day inconveniently thrown in the middle of the week.  Last year, for spring break, we went to France (to celebrate our 15th anniversary, and our four decades on Mother Earth).  Tough to beat that, you say?  Well.  We tried.

Things that we did this year:

  • Had playdates for the kids with friends (this worked out better for little A than little N, since most of little N’s close friends were out on mini-breaks)
  • Played Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride late into the night (well, till 10 pm) with no thought of bed time and school nights
  • Played several rounds of carrom board with the kids (brought back memories of me and V playing for hours every day during our summer holidays)
  • Got the girls to practice some piano and violin (a major feat, since both seemed to be of the impression that nothing productive must be done over spring break)
  • Lounged around at the Labyrinth bookstore in Princeton, and got through a delightful book filled with photographs of New York from cover to cover (“Humans of New York” by Brandon Stanton)
  • Worked from home for a couple of days (a fun thing in of itself, no?)
  • Sat around on the sunny family room couch working and sipping masala chai, while the girls bounced off their extra energy on the backyard trampoline
  • Took little N with me to work for a couple of hours (and was soooo proud to watch her talk politely and confidently with my colleagues that stopped by to check her out)
  • Went on a mini-trip to Chesapeake Bay thursday through sunday since we anticipated (correctly) that sitting around home the whole week would be good for no one (but the Chesapeake adventures are a separate post)

So.  Tomorrow, back to school and work.  God’s in his heaven, and all is well with the world. :)

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