“What are we going to watch?  The Walking Dead or the scary show?” – Akemi, last night as we were trying to decide between The Walking Dead and American Horror Story.  Ouch.

First, Washington's Tim Hightower. Now, Lulu.

Well, it looks like Lulu’s football season is over.  We noticed her limping yesterday and brought her in to see the vet.  Following a thorough examination, he diagnosed a slight tear of her ACL.  Guess we’re going to have to bench her and give Bubba the carries moving forward.

Today, we continued our tour of Vancouver’s varied food trucks.  And by “we” I mean Akemi and me – and only because it wasn’t raining otherwise it would have just been me.

First stop: Osa Tako Hero

Cha-daah! Serving battered octopus balls with a choice of toppings ranging from nori (seaweed) to maple syrup.
We went spicy sauce and shaved bonito flakes. Alright, a tad overdone, but I'm reserving full judgment until I sample the curry version.
It's not a real takoyaki experience until you sear the inside of your mouth on the molten hot batter!

Second stop: Bada Bing

Specializing in Philly cheesesteaks and poutine (serving up a version called "the animal" that looks all sorts of coronary inducing). I had the Philly cheesesteak and thought it alright. Didn't like the bread and found the meat a little bland.

Third stop: Off the Wagon

Serving up tasty taco variations. I went with the rotisserie pork and onions with habanero sauce. Our favorite food item of the day!

Fourth stop: Dim Sum Express

Serving up a wide variety of dim sum items including - pictured above - barbecued pork buns! Heavy on the bun and light on the pork which didn't really impress.

Hoping for a better turnout next week.  Who’s in?!!

Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular Penny.

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Lisa R
Lisa R

Joe@ I was sitting next on the field next to our apartment’s office watching my kids play catch when I did a double take. I could have sworn I saw Bubba and Jelly walking towards me. The dogs were being walked by someone in a doctor’s uniform. Have you changed careers?? smile

That taco looked yummy. Find more like that, and yes, I’m in.

Penny@hope you feel better.

Have a great night!

PBMom

Poor Lulu! Hope it gets better very quickly.

Alas, I would make a very poor food buddy (unless you did a “Just Desserts” tour). Our palates when it comes to other food are totally different. You–try everything; me–has to be the name of something I at least recognize. I thought trying calamari this year was adventurous.

Debra

Ouch, yep very much confine her to avoid a complete tear. sad Dang, poor Lulu.

Where are you other eating buddies? WHAT QUITTERS!

@ Penny — feel better soon. sad

gforce
gforce

That taco looks great! The philly sandwich, not so much. If presentation is everything, the philly is.. not much.

@Penny – I hope all goes well!

dasndanger

@ Penny – All the best! {{{hugs}}

@ Sparrowhawk – Yeah, I can’t wait to see Space Samurai in action, as well. With any luck, he’s a brooder, too! grin

As far as Ghosts of War is concerned, why not let me get a little deeper into the book to see how the story goes. I’d hate for you to run out and get it based on my opinion of the first couple chapters. It does look promising, though, with lots of action right from the start, and The Ghost/Gabriel being a bit self-destructive on the heels of his loss from the first book.

Mann is a fan of Sexton Blake, and therefore knows our sweet Zenith, as well. I definitely see some of that same pulp fiction style coming through in this, and this book sees to be flowing better than the first. So far. smile

das

pennlynnenny

Poor Lulu, how does the vet treat the torn ACL?

I’d be up to a food truck tour but I can’t get to Vancouver. If flights were cheaper!

So not surprising I left neurologist with more questions then answers! He said that the tumor present is probably not causing my complaints/symptoms. Turns out the Lipoma is in the middle of my brain between the 2 hemispheres! No mention of removing it and I’m ok if it stays so long as it doesn’t get bigger or cause any more issues. But need a CT scan to validate that the tumor is a Lipoma. I go back in January unless he calls sooner. So I may have mystery neurological illness AND a tumor how lucky am I!!

Thanks for the thoughts, and positive vibes!

Penny

What the heck happened to my name? HaHa just didn’t proof read it!

Gina
Gina

So sorry to hear about Lulu.. I hope she recovers quickly!

How is Jelly’s hip doing? And Maximus? Is he managing okay?

If I EVER get to Vancouver I would absolutely take you up on a food truck tasting tour! Where do you get your recommendations?

-Gina

Sg1efc
Sg1efc

Feel better soon Lulu. smile

Laura
Laura

I know how Lulu feels! I have a strained UCL in my thumb and am stuck in a splint. Been 3 weeks with little change. I hope Lulu feels better soon!

JeffW

@Joe:

That’s a Philly Cheesesteak?!? Looks more like a cheese hoagie because of the peppers… I’m not too sure about what looks to be BBQ sauce on a cheesesteak either, but to each their own wink

Hope Lulu feels better!

@Penny:

Sorry to hear that the next diagnostic test isn’t until January…hopefully the Doctors can provide some initial diagnosis and treatment prior to then. Hope you feel better soon.

Ponytail
Ponytail

“battered octopus balls” – yikkes!!

Poor baby Lulu. Dogs have little tiny ACL’s? I recommend holding her all the time. And kissing her little knee every day.

Gilder
Gilder

@ Penny: A tumor and a lipoma in your brain? That beats the injuries, lipomas, and resulting scars at my left knee.

Joe, I ate many cheesesteaks during my college years in SE Pennsylvania. The one in your photo even LOOKS bland.

dasndanger

@ Sparrowhawk – Well, I’m 6 chapters (of 22) in, and so far, so good! Even a scene about SCARS! Woo! grin

That said, I’m getting an almost Pendergastian vibe from this one as far as the overall story goes. It’s far more sci fi thrillerish. It’s like Pendergast meets steampunk, where mbwun has metal teeth, a geared brass jaw, and robotic legs. Also lots about spies and war, with more flashbacks. This takes place only months after the first book, so there are references to the first story without rehashing the first story. So far it’s not as obvious as the first book – I really can’t guess what’s going on yet. I wish I could keep reading, but I fear it’ll keep me up tonight…I peeked into chapter 7 and thought…”oooo…this is getting creepy!’ So I put it down before it was too late. I am such a weenie sometimes. razz

das

dasndanger

Oh, my – THIS is amazing!

I saw something similar once (about this time of the year – we do have a lot of starlings here), but not to this degree. This just took my breath away! So awesome!

das

Zed of Earth
Zed of Earth

@Penny
Hope all goes well with your tests, and that it can be sorted out before January. Wishing you all the best. smile

Nola Shingledecker
Nola Shingledecker

Not a real fan of the food truck tour this week. My two favorites, Philly cheesesteak and dim sum, looked forgettable. And last week when you mentioned them on the menu I held out such hope! So sad that your other food truck tour buddies didn’t make it this time.

Hope that Lulu gets better quickly!

@Penny – oh my! Sending good vibes your way.

Gforce
Gforce

@das – that IS amazing. So beautiful.

I meant to add that I’d love to do a food tour, if I didn’t live on the other side of the country! I may be out that way next Spring though so if you’re still up for it I’ll start starving myself now. smile

noellam

Penny, sending you peaceful thoughts.

Airelle
Airelle

~best wishes Penny.
~nice video @das.
~Quick recovery Lulu.
~~yes I vote for a dessert food truck run, and see how many volunteers for that one also.
Enjoy your weekend!

glowyzoey

By octopus balls you mean rolled up octopus meat…right?

Please give Lulu some scritches from me. My cat recently had a cerebral edema due to bonking her little head when she fell off something. She’s fine now but her mama has a few grey hairs!

SteveG1
SteveG1

@dasndanger — That is amazing!

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

we ought to set a day and time for folks to do a truck tour. Now that I’ve joined the 21st century with an iPhone, I can even download the app to figure where I would need to be. The octupus ball thing just sounds…wrong. Nothing wrong with octupus for a treat, but the imagery is just horrible.
I know you have a win at all costs desire for your Snow Monkies, but pushing Lulu until she’s injured? I hope for the best for the critter. Meantime, off to the real world.

sparced
sparced

Homeland is another good show. plus it has morena in it.

Carl Binder
Carl Binder

@ das – Thanks for that video! Amazing indeed!