Plans had been made the evening prior to facilitate the acquisition of daily necessities for self-sufficiency. Following a breakfast of iced Starbucks Medium Roast and a thawed Blueberry Muffin from McD's, I was whisked away for groceries and errands.
La Patisserie, which had opened in new plaza called Central at Garden City, emerged as the go-to spot for Chinese-style bakery items, "Honey Cakes", and Swiss rolls. A $7.99 bag of Russian Walnut Cookies, two Honey Cakes (which emerged as nothing more than standard cupcakes brushed with a layer of honey), a Prune Swiss Roll, and Coffee Swiss Roll were procured at this stop.
Despite some initial confusion finding my way out of Steveston Community Park, I eventually landed upon the Railway Greenway, a bi-directional, asphalt pathway traversing parallel to Railway Avenue. Directions were shown on the MUP, along with ample signage along the route. It connected to the scenic River Road trail - one side paved, one side gravel - via Westminster Hwy (non-bike friendly).
I continued eastward past the Olympic Oval. Construction along the paved pathway nearing Gilbert Road induced reduced speeds and careful navigation, for the 90-degree bends had created tremendous blind spots for trail users.
Finding the eatery on foot wasn't exactly easy either. Two rounds about the commercial plaza were made before finally spotting the restaurant name on the second floor. I locked my bike against the railing and trekked up a dilapidated, rusty staircase. Accessible Wasuta Pasta was not.
Lo and behold, the 12-dollar Hamburg Steak had leaked: its sauce strewn about the lined paper container, at the corners of the paper bag, and permeating a hefty section of my backpack's interior lining. Frustrations were exhibited as I hangrily dabbed away at the garlic-scented stains.
In spite of its price, it was quite tasty overall. The sakura shrimp was salty and crunchy, while the noodles were on the noodles on the softer side and tossed with oil for fluidity.
Scrumptious was the Hamburg Steak, especially when topped with Parmesan for a contrasting boost of creaminess.