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So last night was Shobhit's and my sort of pre-celebration of our anniversary this year, although it was indeed on our actual anniversary -- I just say that because this weekend is our "anniversary trip" to Vancouver, B.C. We shifted it to the weekend because that was easier than going on our actual anniversary, which landed on a Wednesday this year. But, we still went out to dinner last night.

And, not to just any restaurant. We went to Saffron Grill, the place that catered our wedding. We've tended to go at least once a year since the wedding in 2013, but until recently we've gone with several friends: with Karen, Dave, Anita and Sachin in January 2014; with Karen, Dave, Anita, and Danielle in December 2014; with Uncle David and Mary Ann, Gabriel and Kornelija, and Danielle in September 2015; and with Abhishek and Vinaya and their kids in January 2016. Oh, wait! Shit -- I said in my post yesterday that it was the first time we'd been back on our actual anniversary, and I was totally wrong! I see on Flickr now that we went on our anniversary in 2015. I just had to reply to my own Facebook and Twitter posts from yesterday about this to clarify.

Anyway! I guess it's been about a year and a half since we last went. Also I can't believe we're coming close to two years since Uncle David and Mary Ann were here. I've regularly talked since about how we need to take a trip to Australia. I really want that to happen sooner than later -- I don't want life to pass us by, until they've passed on and the opportunity to see them there no longer exists. Granted, we still need to get things settled with Shobhit's professional life before we can seriously discuss that, probably.

Mohammad, the guy who owns Saffron Grill, was there last night, and delighted to see us as always. (There's some irony in how much Shobhit loves this guy, who is actually a Muslim -- but, as Shobhit likes to point out, "moderate Muslims" in the U.S. are seen by most Muslims around the rest of the world as "radical left" Muslims, and he's actually probably right about that. Then again, I would posit that the average Muslim living their day to day lives in most Muslim countries aren't as radical-right as Shobhit tends to assume either. Then again, even Malaysia is currently tipping toward Sharia law with lots of public support, so we could go back and forth all day on this -- and it's a conversation for another time. Suffice it to say that the "irony" of Shobhit having genuine affection for any members of the one world religion he maligns by far the most -- my own wish is to malign all religions equally -- is mitigated by the mere fact that said people live their lives in the United States.) Anyway, Shobhit noted last night that Mohammad was "moving slower." I noted that the guy was never exactly young, since we've known him.

Shobhit told me he first ate at Cedar's, when Mohammed owned that place in the U District (which still operates but under different ownership), probably in 2002 or 2003. He always thought Cedar's was the best Indian restaurant in Seattle, then it changed to Saffron Grill when ownership transferred there. I'd have to agree that, currently, Saffron Grill is the best. There are several other good ones. But this one is the best.

We easily spent the least amount and ate the least amount we ever had there. For once, we only split a single plate -- the portion was huge. It was a rice dish with paneer in it; we chose to skip the naan this time, since we had that on Lower Queen Anne at Chutney's last Sunday. And we also each had chai. They also have the best chai. I was really afraid it would keep me up all night, as it did the last time I ate there, but I still managed to sleep like the dead last night. I was even groggy getting up this morning, and that's very rare.

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We also went out for dessert. Shobhit wanted to. He didn't want to get dessert at Saffron Grill. I suggested Hot Cakes on Capitol Hill, which he had yet to go to. He was all about that, so we drove there.

We split a molten cake with a scoop of ice cream that had nuts and caramel with it. I wish I could find the words to describe how incredibly delicious this dessert was. I figured I would like it okay, but this dessert massively exceeded my expectation. If ever there were a dessert worth its nuclear blast of calories, it's this one.

Also: I checked the Chinook Book app at Shobhit's suggestion, and Hot Cakes was in it -- 25% off any dessert dish. Nice!

Even after all that, Shobhit actually managed to have his weight come down this morning, because he was effectively strategic yesterday, eating very little all day before dinner. I pretty much did the opposite while I was at work, so I was all the way up past 147 lbs as of this morning. Yikes! So, I'm doing better today. I didn't even put syrup or cream in my tea this morning. I did have a couple bites of chocolate, though.

Anyway, after dessert we came home and did the crossword, which was largely frustrating but we managed to finish it, and we only looked up maybe 10% of the answers. Okay, maybe 15%. Whatever! Then I watched an episode of The Golden Girls before I went to bed.

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