I have been in the office the last few days. Now working on some development projects concerned with Single Signon. Very odd not being out on customer sites, and alas not chargeable, so no bonus from this work. Hopefully will get up to speed on the project, and then will work from home to complete the work.
Went to the local pub last night to have one of their cheap meals. First had a drink with George and Annie who were surpised to see us on a week day. Afterwards Rosemary and I dined in the resturant.
I am pleased to say that the meal was actually very good, and not outrageously expensive. We went for the mid week value meal, and had three courses. The amount of food was just right, and each dish was well presented. The French waiter, Cyril, was very helpful with the wine selection and offered excellent alternatives to our original selections.
For starters Rosemary selected Ceasar Salad, while I had Salmon Terrine. The Terrine was lovely, and was served with a sauce and topped with a salady/pickle made of strips of cucumber.
Both of us ate the Sea Bream on couscous. We both were very happy with this.
For the finals, chocolate for me and creme brule for Rosemary. My chocolate pudding was delish. A dark chocolate on a white chocolate moose.
Well I finished the week in Chicago, and arrived back on Saturday. Looks like I won’t be back for the conversion weekend. That day was delayed and now coincides with my holiday.
Had a week in the office doing some support for the Polish, since then £ signs always seem to display as some other odd character on my PC. Must look at my keyboard mappings. After a nice week going home every day I felt rather spoilt.
Weekend at home, meal with John, Carol, Anne and Chris (& their two dogs). All stayed over night.
Monday back up to Edinburgh for a final bit of development. The Mai Thai restaurant was closed, the chef was taking a four week break back to Thailand. So I went elsewhere to eat, the Siam Thani on Broughton Street. I am afraid it was no cheaper, and the food was not nearly as nice as Mai Thai.
Ate one meal at the Petit Paris. Have not eaten in the Grass Market one for a long time. The waiter commented on not seeing me for such along time. Had a nice meal of duck and lentil casserole.
Met Ed and Jo for a curry at Zest.
The past week the weather has been pretty good. Sunny, but was quite cold in the evening.
This week I am in Chicago, working on an United Airlines project. I was definitely looking forward to coming out here. A nice city, good food, and blues bands.
Of course I seem to have ended up in the suburbs, miles from anywhere with no transport, and not particularly good restaurants. The hotel is in Itasca, and the office in Wood Vale
Met up with Fred Giacoma. He works not so far away from here, so he took me to a mall, where there were some reasonable restaurants. The place was Italian, all the items on the menu had half portions. We even had a half portion starter shared between the two of us, and that was ample. I ate a clam linguine, half portion of course, and still left some.