If All Else Fails

17 June 2016 – There Is Always Food & Shopping…


Tue: Orlando, FL – the Magic Kingdom World (home to Linn, May&I from 1987-2000) has really been hit with more than its fair share of tragic news within a week. They certainly need more than magic to console all those who are affected.

Christina Grimmie shooting
Pulse nightclub massacre 
2-year-old boy was snatched by an alligator from a lagoon at a Disney hotel

Why Orlando? City Reeling From 3 Horrific Events in 1 Week


IMG_1904Kids at VBS this whole week. Today we were at Whole Foods Market****where one can buy Norwegian Smoked Salmon and Snøfrisk=SnowFresh (white Norwegian cream cheese). Julie/NC mentioned AKA ‘Whole Paycheck’ store and Larry/TX agreed! Definitely over-priced but that is what happens when you do not buy local, hence with just intentions of just browsing only but found this wine for US$2.99per bottle, not bad! Believe in shopping local, especially at the weekend Farmers’ markets.



The opening of Fusco’s Market****Wonderful to have a deli within 5mins drive! Place was packed in-spite of the rains! Bought their Shepherd Pie and Pecan Brownies – they were delicious and reasonably priced. Their meat section made me want a steak…


Wed: in memory to 2 of my favourite men, my father LAM TinYue(1911-1996) and ex Norwegian father-in-law, John HALD (1923-2008) who shared the same bdates! Supposedly window shopping, but bought some red, white&blue decorations, napkin rings (US$3.99×2), party crackers (US$14.95 Pier1Imports) for any celebrations with those colours. Found this insulated cup (US$4.99 BedBath&Beyond) that looked like a soda-can – neat, as anyone who knows me well also know that I hardy drink soda!


First experience at Zesto, but do not rate fast food-joints. Food was good for the price.


bb05c5d12a591c48edb5ab2d69805c7bHad a small chocolate milkshake and it was yummy. The FaBulous5 did good jobs on their fried chicken-lunches with fries&biscuits before attacking their medium-size ice-cream cones and ate the entire cone, including #5 – no wonder they have sooo much energy!!!

Those cones reminded me of Teddy’s Ice in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland when it was sold from a window on the wall! It must be good as they are still selling it there, but from a shop now – wonder if the window is still there?

Great News!  AT&T Abandons Development Plans in VA



After expressions of strong concern from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), other members of the Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance, the National Park Service and, most importantly, a groundswell of support from the people of Loudoun County, Virginia, AT&T has abandoned its application to develop a two story, 161,000 square foot facility atop Short Hill Mountain.



IMG_1925Thu: what a treat to be able to test out these fast food joints, tkx to the FABulous5 for their VBS. Today was Cook Out across the road from the church. This is a privately owned fast food restaurant chain founded in 1989 Greensboro/NC and at present there are 170locations. The 1/4lb burger was good and moist; yummy Coleslaw and the milk-shake, rich&thick. Had to be eaten with a spoon.

Crowded and had to wait for a table, but the kids enjoyed it.


One more day of fast food and then it will be just Linn&I for lunch next week! Some interesting billboards and signs on the roads, how about naming a gas-station el cheapo!  – pix on the blur side as taken thru’ the car wind-screen!

To eat well, I always disagree with critics who say that all restaurants should be fine dining. You can get a Michelin star if you serve the best hamburger in the world – David Chang

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