Started board games off with the dice version of Pandemic. The gameplay themes hold true, although the mechanics are, by necessity, rather different. Pretty decent, possibly even good if you really like dice games? Will have to play again for a more thorough evaluation.
Then it was time for Wingspan, one of the recent award winners. It's every bit as pretty as promised, and it's surprisingly easy to learn. Balancing birds, food, and eggs; more avian-inspired mechanics consider things like nest types and predator birds... quite a bit of fun for a medium-complexity game. And unlike Terraforming Mars, the complexity has limits on its scale. Initial impressions are that it's very good.
Dinner at Ayara Thai was an unexpected miss. They've been tasty in the past, but today was ordinary at best. Deep fried fish wasn't bad, crab fried rice was decidedly average, and parts of the seafood soup (especially the ginger) were still raw.