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The Ladies Who Lunch (Part 1)


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#541 Dejah

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 07:43 AM

 

Must make a longer trip to GTA - maybe this summer. I have yet to find calamari as you two enjoy, and now...this exquisite squid! I hope it was as good as the picture looked.

It was excellent!  Let us know when you are coming - we'll do lunch!

 

That would be wonderful! Will definitely keep lunch with you ladies in my plans!


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#542 Anna N

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:07 AM

Tuesday saw Kerry and I heading off for a haircut and yet another excuse for lunch. Somewhere a bit different this time though we have been before. The Little Lebanon restaurant on Plains Road in Burlington, Ontario.


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Kibbeh for Kerry. I have never acquired a taste.

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Chicken Shawarma


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Lamb Shawarma.

With the help of my concealed knife we each had half a wrap!
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#543 Anna N

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 05:50 PM

So today Kerry and I had an errand out in Woodbridge (just north of Toronto). On our way there Kerry spotted Baton Rouge, a chain restaurant noted for ribs. But the menu offered a shared sea food platter that included fried and grilled calamari, shrimp and scallops. We might well have starved in a state of indecision. Ribs/seaffod platter?????????? But with the help of a good-natured and flirtatious server we put together the following:

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Fried calamari

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Grilled calamari


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Ribs with two sides--fries and apple.

We shared everything.

Crisis averted.
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Posted 16 January 2014 - 09:02 PM

...and which was the winner?  (aside from the flirtatious server  :wink: )


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#545 Kerry Beal

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 03:57 PM

I very much liked the grilled - they had olives, capers and anchovies as I recall.  Squeeze of lemon finished them perfectly.



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Posted 17 January 2014 - 08:59 PM

Love the look of the grilled; lemon is gorgeous!
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#547 Anna N

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 05:06 PM

Today Kerry and I made a return visit to Sakai, the Japanese and Korean restaurant on Fairview in Burlington. So many choices! Kerry had tea and I had a cold Kirin (not the smartest choice when the thermometer drops below zero for days on end.


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Then we put together a slection of appetizers. We each chose two and then shared them all.
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Enoki Yaki. Enoki mushrooms served on a hot platter with teriyaki sauce. An interesting dish which was as much about texture as about taste.

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Shrimp and vegetable tempura. Both Kerry and I carry concealed weapons so we can properly share things not really meant to be shared. This time Kerry's trusty pocket knife did the deed.

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Beef Sashimi. Thin slices of seared beef served with ponzu sauce and wasabi.

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Finally Mandu Yaki. Homemade Sakai dumplings filled with beef, pork, and a variety of vegetables and deep fried.
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#548 rotuts

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 01:13 AM

"" Enoki mushrooms ...  An interesting dish which was as much about texture as about taste.  ""

 

I found your comments interesting.   Ive never had a enoki that had much, if any, taste at all.  a bit of crunch.  that's it.

 

shame the restaurant seemed to be out of calamari.  bet its pretty interesting there.


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#549 Anna N

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 03:15 AM

"" Enoki mushrooms ...  An interesting dish which was as much about texture as about taste.  ""
 
I found your comments interesting.   Ive never had a enoki that had much, if any, taste at all.  a bit of crunch.  that's it.
 
shame the restaurant seemed to be out of calamari.  bet its pretty interesting there.


Perhaps next time we will try Spicy Squid Bokum--morsels of squid and assorted vegetables stir-fried together in a sweet and spicy sauce.
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#550 Anna N

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 04:46 AM

Due to an incoming winter storm, Kerry and I moved our day out from Wednesday to yesterday. We decided out of the blue that a run to an Asian store was long overdue. There are a number of Asian restaurants in the same plaza as the grocery store but our favourite was closed. We settled for Owl of Minerva again despite a previous disappointing meal there when it first opened.

First the ban chan:

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Then the beef-filled, deep-fried mandu

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The cook-it-yourself combination of beef, squid and vegetables:

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Proof of the existence of (inedibly tough) squid:

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#551 Anna N

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 01:23 PM

On Tuesday Kerry and I headed off to the big city to take care of an errand related to the upcoming Chocolate and Confectionery Workshop.

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On our way back from Toronto we dropped in to see member Alleguede at his place of business, Ma Maison, http://www.ur2busy2cook.com/store.php

Sensible people would have stopped for lunch there and been guaranteed something delicious but instead we found The Dundas Street Grille. I will say no more.

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First clue that you are in a diner is always the coffee cups.

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Second clue--any sauce will arrive in a plastic package (the things with the blue labels were seafood sauce).

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Kerry's classic club

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My far-from classic hot chicken.
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#552 Anna N

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 04:08 AM

Yesterday Kerry and I met up with a friend from Kerry's school days to do some serious thrift-store shopping and enjoy lunch together. Currently the restaurant promotion Taste of Burlington is in full swing so we decided to check out one of the participating restaurants. (Participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus to showcase their offerings and draw in customers.)

We chose Paradiso (http://burlington.pa...04/Default.aspx)

Focaccia and olive oil made an early appearance


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Our guest really wanted to try the prix fixe menu and ordered the Caesar salad

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The trout and shrimp on a pea risotto (and dessert but more of that later)


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Kerry and I ordered 3 appetizers to share.

Sesame cornmeal crusted calamari with cocktail sauce, garlic aioli and grilled lemon

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Antipasto board with a selection of meats from Pingue Prosciutto of Niagara Falls. Capicolla, sopresatta, cacciatore, and Paradiso chorizo with house blended mustard, house made pickles and marinated olives

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House pate. Andouille sausage and chicken liver pate with mushroom ketchup and truffle onion jam
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At the end of a long and leisurely meal our server brought us each a slim slice of the dessert that was part of our guest's prix fixe meal -- a lovely touch. It was a rich flourless chocolate concoction.

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#553 Darienne

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 07:05 AM

Thank you Anna, (and Kerry) for our weekly fix.  What would the rest of us, living in the restaurant boonies, do without something to dream about?  That chocolate dessert looks delicious. 

 

We had guests for lunch yesterday and I did serve Dark Chocolate Ice Cream for dessert .  Our male guest had never had homemade ice cream before and chocolate is his favorite flavor and he was most appreciative. 


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#554 rotuts

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 07:26 AM

thank you for the web ref of the restaurant

 

it looked fabulous.



#555 Anna N

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 06:58 AM

With the weather still tanking around -20 with the windchill, the only thing that appealed yesterday was pho.

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The required garnish plate.

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My usual rare and well-done beef.

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A change from our usual appetizers. A papaya salad


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And Kerry's brave venture into the world of tripe and tendon especially for rotuts! (Judging by her reaction such an adventure is likely a one time thing!)
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#556 rotuts

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 07:29 AM

Yuk !  but like the plates !



#557 Darienne

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 08:05 AM

Gosh, just have to share that I am having 1 1/2 plain baked potatoes for lunch today at Wendy's.  Living the good life...

 

Correction:  we actually had fish and chips at a local Captain George.  It doesn't compare with the exotic nature of Anna and Kerry's luncheon, but I certainly enjoyed it.


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#558 Anna N

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 03:06 PM

On Wednesday Kerry and I chose our lunch venue from the Taste of Burlington once again.


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Bread (olive oil and balsamic vinegar were on the table).


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Calamari

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And the worst "Gourmet" pizza that either of us has ever had foisted upon us. Think Dr. Oetker but worse. Hence no restaraunt name since we don't claim to be reviewers.
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#559 Anna N

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 03:14 PM

Today eG member chefmd joined Kerry and me at my house for a lunch of charcuterie and cheeses. Sorry there are no photos of the whole spread but you can see the lovely semolina bread that Kerry baked, the assorted olives and red pepper jelly, some of the cured meats and an amazing selection of cheeses only a few of which we sampled. The Five Brothers and the Chateau de Bourgone were superb.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 05:00 PM

Thank you, ladies who lunch.  The spread was unbelievable.  It was quite a disappointment to come home to leaking fridge (guess who did not close the door completely).  It took a wonderful cocktail with Kerry's bitters to calm me down



#561 Max101

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 04:06 PM

Today I met up with a former coworker at a local pizza joint.  This pizza here is to die for.  They  had a buffet so needless to say I stuffed myself with BLT pizza, taco pizza, and of course some great salads.



#562 Kerry Beal

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 07:22 PM

Thank you, ladies who lunch.  The spread was unbelievable.  It was quite a disappointment to come home to leaking fridge (guess who did not close the door completely).  It took a wonderful cocktail with Kerry's bitters to calm me down

It was delightful to see you again - and sharing a meal makes it so much more fun!



#563 Anna N

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 04:58 AM

After being grounded by a winter storm on Wednesday and Thursday Kerry and I finally managed to get together yesterday. Restaurants that open for lunch on Saturday can sometimes be hard to find. We were in Hamilton on a mission and found our way to Ushao for a second time. As before we opted for the Korean BBQ.

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Our cooking surface pre-heating.

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Selection of banchan.

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Dipping sauce.

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Rice.

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Miso soup.

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Our BBQ ingredients.

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The cooking begins.

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Squid takoyaki (for you, rotuts).

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Osmanthus jelly.
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#564 rotuts

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 05:47 AM

thanks !

 

had to google it,

 

looks tasty



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Posted 20 March 2014 - 08:20 AM

Yesterday Kerry and I were lured out to Guelph, Ontario on a mission and thought it would be great to link up with Matt Kayahara and Matt Hayday for lunch. Unfortunately they were out of town and not available. Undaunted we decided to return to a place they had introduced us to when we were able to link up:

http://bakerstreetstation.ca

It was a wise decision.
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For me lamb stew en croute with some dressed greens.



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For Kerry the lobster and braised beef rib tacos with a side of loaded fries.

In truth we shared both dishes. Kerry had a coffee and I enjoyed a 1/2 pint of a micro brew.

 

 

 

[Moderator note: This topic continues here, The Ladies Who Lunch (Part 2)]


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