Gateway to India (Tacoma/Gig Harbor, WA)

The family (The Fam) and I ordered Shabji Pakodas, Samosas, garlic naan, Daal Maharani, Murgh Makhani.

I don’t know if it was because I was hungry (we were eating lunch at 3pm, only my second meal of the day, and I prefer the Hobbit style of eating) or what but the lentil soup they brought out before the meal was the most delicious thing I’ve tasted in a long time. It was actually the highlight of the meal. Creamy and spicy and so good I think I drooled a couple of times and almost wished I still smoked. Just give me a trough of that lentil soup and I’m good.

I love lentils and had ordered Daal Maharani (lentils) as my main meal not realizing every entrée came with the delicious lentil soup. Now I know, though. I will try a chicken dish next time and lick the bowl of every last drop of the delicious soup. I will stop talking about the soup because I don’t want to raise the bar up to unreachable levels. You must like lentils, for instance.

The garlic naan was fluffy and delicious. I’ve had crispy cracker-like naan at other Indian restaurants but I enjoy it when it’s more bread like. I am a devout carbivore, just so you know. The rice was tasty and every dish we ordered was cooked just right with creamy, lovely sauces. The dish I ordered, the Daal Maharani, was good and made a terrific leftover meal (along with the rice) but it really paled in comparison to that stuff I won’t mention again. I really want to, though!

I plan on eating with The Fam here every time I’m in the neighborhood. There are two locations: one in Tacoma (2603 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406) and one in Gig Harbor (6565 Kimball Drive, Gig harbor, WA 98335). I’ve only been to the Tacoma location.

Take care,



Playback Sports (Tacoma/Puyallup, WA)

There’s nothing better than finding good deals on things I need. It’s even better when I want to try out a sport but not sure how I’ll like it. I really dislike when I spend a ton of money on something I end up never doing again. Been there, done that bicycling! Not that I’m bitter or anything.

I have a teenage daughter, Jesse, who can be daunting financially. I don’t know how multi kid families do it! I’ve bought Jesse shoes, nice shoes, she wasn’t able to wear, ever, because she was growing so fast her feet wouldn’t slow down. It’s a good thing I really like Jesse. With PS, I can buy her skis, boots and jackets for a great price and I don’t have to worry too much about her growing out of/destroying her gear. There are way too many things I have to worry about in relation to Jesse!

The Puyallup store has a great layout and is kept tidy and clean. There’s a lot of choices and it seems like they only run out of things when there’s a rush for something (like skis). There’s even a little area with a couch and a TV for kids who have to be entertained constantly. Hey! I can’t be expected to pay attention all the time!

You can also purchase your Department of Fish and Wildlife hunting and fishing licenses and your Washington State Park’s Discovery Pass at PS now. How thoughtful, I’m terrible at multi-tasking and love it when people do it for me.

There are two PS locations, one in Tacoma (2621 N. Proctor St. Tacoma, WA 98407) and the other in Puyallup (105 E. Stewart Ave. Puyallup, WA 98372). I’ve only been to the Puyallup location.

The Tacoma location is open every day of the week, and the Puyallup store is open Wed – Sun. Check out their website for exact times. If, like me, you like to do your shopping late at night in your jammies, PS has an online market:

I highly recommend shopping at Playback Sports for all your sporty needs. Not only is the store warm and inviting, they repurpose unwanted items. That’s a wonderful thing in this throw away culture.

Take care,


I Heart Small Businesses

For a long time, I’ve wanted to write a travel blog. I absolutely love to travel and explore new places. A few years ago, I moved back to the Seattle area and I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the beautiful surroundings of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. I am so happy to be back home.

I have always tried to spend my money at the mom and pop shops wherever I happened to be living but it wasn’t until I opened up my small custom t-shirt business, Creativ-T, in April 2016 that I realized just how important my dollars meant to small businesses. Yes, I can buy cheaper things at other places but do I really want and need to?

I’ve decided to combine my two passions, travel and small businesses, and write about the places I encounter when I’m traveling. I can’t think of a better hobby than small business travel writing!

Instead of bashing the big box stores, I want to celebrate the small, family-run, community centered businesses. I want to travel the world and talk to small business owners and their employees. And then I want to write about them. I would love it if everyone (who can) thought long and hard about where they decide to spend their money.

Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog.

See you on the road,