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The Ladies Who Lunch (Part 1)


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#31 Darienne

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 02:42 PM

I am a slightly different species of the Ladies Who Lunch. I am a Lady who Lunches". Sometimes I lunch with my friends and colleagues but not everyday. Everyday I lunch in a restaurant on my own.

Wonderful story. Perhaps you should write a lunching blog.
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Posted 11 March 2010 - 04:18 PM


I am a slightly different species of the Ladies Who Lunch. I am a Lady who Lunches". Sometimes I lunch with my friends and colleagues but not everyday. Everyday I lunch in a restaurant on my own.

Wonderful story. Perhaps you should write a lunching blog.



Yeah, excellent read! Sometimes, lunching by yourself is just the perfect island of peace in the middle of the day.

#33 Anna N

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 05:13 PM

I enjoy eating alone as much as I enjoy eating with friends.


It's been many years since I could afford to eat out alone but it was also a secret pleasure of mine. Even more pleasurable was to breakfast alone in a hotel restaurant. Nothing is more soothing to my ears than the gentle clink of china and the tinkle of cutlery in a high-class hotel restaurant at breakfast time. There is almost a holy hush over the place and I could linger for hours with the newspaper and endless cups of coffee. I miss those days!
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 11:34 PM

I left my camera at home today so no photos – sorry!
Kerry and I had lunch at another Thai restaurant today (link). It was a case of the closest port in a storm as we don’t usually do the same ethnic food two weeks in a row. However it was a satisfactory lunch.
We ordered the Assorted Appetizer Plate (spring rolls, golden squid, chicken satay, wrapped shrimp and Toon Tong (golden bags filled with a blend of chicken, shrimp, water chestnuts and green onions served with a sweet and sour sauce)) and the Grilled Beef (tender slices of beef barbequed to perfection served with a sweet chilli sauce).The golden squid was tasty but paled in comparison to the squid we had last week and the “golden bags” had such a miniscule amount of filling that it was rather like eating crispy wontons. The grilled beef, however, was tender and very tasty and went down well with the accompanying sauce. We stuck with ice water as drinks. Service was unremarkable meaning that it was perfectly adequate. The only jarring note was that a business man came in when we were almost finished lunch and opened up his lap top computer while simultaneously talking on his cell phone. Sheesh. Made me wonder if we were in a restaurant or an office.

While Kerry and I wolfed down Thai food, Kira , Kerry’s daughter, munched on a peanut butter and jam sandwich from home supplemented with bits of crispy wonton skins from the appetizer platter.

Before lunch we popped into the Habitat for Humanity Re-Use Centre where Kerry snagged a couple of corner dish racks and draining trays for her new chocolate room. After lunch we dropped into X S Cargo, a discount store, where I found a commuter mug that I had been searching for. Then we hit the other re-use centre in Burlington but came up empty-handed this time although I am still sort of regretting the small gratin dish ($1.00) I left behind.

Assuming that our schedules allow for it, next Wednesday we will have to find something other than Thai.
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Posted 18 March 2010 - 06:18 AM

I had an unexpected Ladies lunch on Tuesday with my mother. After a few hours perusing a large antique shop to get price ideas on grandma's stuff we headed right across the street to visit one of my former employers.
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After poor Kevin told us how dismal business was in Feb. and about the power being out and ruining his Saturday night he insisted on comping us a lunch.
My mother always being up for some coffee said that was all we should have...I told her to hush and we split a Turkey, Bacon, and Smoked Cheddar sandwich while we drooled over the 20something year old waiters. After that we found a supermarket that had neither been flooded or had no power for 2 days.


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#36 Kerry Beal

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 04:56 PM

Well - yesterday was Wednesday - and Anna I were at it again!

Anna had identified a greek restaurant in Toronto - just off the Danforth - that was fairly new and getting good reviews. So first thing in the morning off we went - identified the location of the restaurant and set out to see what we could find around it to amuse ourselves until we were hungry.

It was a great location to park ourselves and look around - there was a Danish bakery - with lots of interesting items that Anna snatched for her upcoming Danish lunch, there was a philippine grocery that had some interesting snack foods (I'll let Anna report on the Teriyaki Squid Crispies), a thrift store (with an amazing lack of interesting kitchen stuff), a West Indian grocery - that had a few items on the shelves that looked like they had been there since the 60's and a couple of nice produce places - all within a 2 block stretch.

The restaurant - Folia Grill - had quite a modern look. It smelled wonderful as we came through the door. Once we managed to get the volume turned down on the TV it became quite tolerable. And the entertainment was free! There was a plainclothes detective who showed up right at noon (to the annoyance of the owners) to get a download from their security camera which had captured the image of someone stealing a car, that was subsequently involved in a high speed chase, from out back the night before.

They were also in the middle of a crisis of refrigeration - apparently the Garland grill with fridge under had turned into a freezer overnight. We amused ourselves listening in on the call to the company they'd bought the unit from - the instructions were to unplug it, wait 5 minutes, then plug it in again. I'm thinking that really just bought time for the folks who were going to have to repair it tomorrow!

The food was excellent - we chose a couple of sticks of pork souvlaki - it was a perfect combination of fat and lean to crisp up beautifully on the grill. The chicken gyro plate was tender and spiced just right. Nice thick tzatziki accompanied it. The bifteki - though a tad dry (thank you detective!) - was seasoned perfectly. We enjoyed zucchini fries with our shared plates (going low carb don't cha know!) and they were perfect with the Folia sauce - a nice orangey red cream sauce that we couldn't identify.

We watched the production of a greek salad - tomatoes were quartered fresh, cucumbers sliced, red onions, a large slab of feta was placed at a jaunty angle,a few plump olives, a couple of lemon wedges and good sprinkling of oregano (actually a really good sprinkling as the lid fell off the container - part of the entertainment!). A really nice looking olive oil was served with the salad.

Fully stuffed - we headed off along the Danforth in search of the Big Carrot Natural Food store. I hadn't been there in years - the place has certainly poshed up from it's hippie days. A little wander though the cookbooks at the bookstore, and a quick trip into the cheese monger to grab a few new cheeses. I took the really smelly goat cheese with me to work last night.
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 07:20 PM

Mmmmmmmm! I think I cam smell that lunch through the computer! I really miss the Greek food of the Danforth...Thank you for sharing that delicious looking lunch for us all to drool over.

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 04:46 PM

The Ladies Who Lunch Have a Bad Hair Day:

That’s a teaser and I will get to it later.

When Kerry told me that she had an errand out in Markham today I heard “Pacific Mall”! For those of you not in the GTA Pacific Mall is a huge Asian shopping centre north of Toronto and it is surrounded by Asian grocery stores. Many years ago it was in one of these grocery stores where I found those elusive Asian ingredients that were impossible to find in the Oakville area. I remember spending a small fortune stocking up on soya sauces, vinegars, noodles, etc., so I looked forward to a return visit. But first I did a little research on where we might eat lunch. Markham, it seems, is pretty much a desert for foodies unless one wants Dim Sum. So lunch would be dependent on what appealed to us when we reached Markham.

The Mall was still not open when we first arrived just before 11 am. But the stores soon starting opening and, of course, we sought out the cookware stores. Kerry was after a Chinese pork docker, an instrument that resembles something from a Medieval torture chamber but is designed to put lots and lots of holes into pork skin to help turn it into crackling. We had seen this implement when we had a very short visit to the Mall a year or so ago but the store was closed and we did not have time to wait then. We quickly found that same store and Kerry grabbed the said instrument and a couple of interesting molds of small fish. Not sure what exactly they are meant for but Kerry will turn out chocolate fish I am sure. I drooled over some interesting knives but resisted temptation.

Two other cookware stores engaged us until lunch time when we headed up to the second floor of the Mall and the food courts. Didn’t take us long to find a vendor selling roast pork cut from what was left of a hanging side of pig. Kerry fancied the whole pig face but I chickened out and so we had pork cut from the side and an order of red-cooked pork. That was the perfect answer for two low-carbers and I managed to out-eat Kerry this time. We left only a few crumbs.

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Now for the bad hair. Sitting in a food court one has the pleasure of people-watching and Kerry and I are both confirmed enthusiasts of this pastime. So while we ate our piggy lunch we watched the people and were struck by the number and variety of ultra-modern (weird) hair-dos. From a security guard whose hair was so spiky it should have been registered as a weapon, to a young man whose hair resembled neatly trimmed cat grass (though thank heaven he had not dyed it green). The hair-dos were all sported by the male of the species

Another nice thing about eating in a food court is that one can’t complain about the service since there is none. No one hovers over the table. No insincere, “How is everything?” to finesse. And all the time in the world to enjoy the meal.

After lunch we found another store in the Mall selling Japanese tableware and were struck by this rice bowl sporting a “dead cat”? Perhaps Hello Kitty has used up 9 lives.

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 05:22 PM

We also hit the Asian grocery store in the Pacific Mall - spent about an hour wandering around deciding what we needed. I ran out of fish sauce the other day - so grabbed a bottle of 3 crabs and a couple of the little cans of coconut milk, handy to have a few of those little suckers in the pantry.

Anna found some Japanese chili blends and some fetal bok choy.

On the way home we hit a couple of chocolate suppliers and by the time I hit home I had 70 kg of chocolate in the trunk, along with a bunch of Boiron frozen fruit purees.

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 05:49 AM

Ya gotta love the 'dead cat' dish.

Thanks so much for the information about the Pacific Mall. :smile: Barbara (confectionery partner) and I have been planning that outing for ages and we would have turned up long before anything was open.
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Posted 01 April 2010 - 09:03 AM

Hi Anna
Can you explain what a Chinese pork docker is like and post a photo of it please - I am very interested. Does anyone know where you can get one in the UK. I have looked on Google but can't find one.
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Posted 01 April 2010 - 09:53 AM

Hi Anna
Can you explain what a Chinese pork docker is like and post a photo of it please - I am very interested. Does anyone know where you can get one in the UK. I have looked on Google but can't find one.

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Here you go - nothing fancy. Waiting for hubby to bring up a nice piece of foam from his workshop to put this in so I don't stab myself when I put it in the drawer. The pointy ends are really sharp!

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 12:24 PM

Kerry, it looks like you could use to to cube steak with also. Just watched a Good Eats episode about that.

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 01:27 PM

Kerry, it looks like you could use to to cube steak with also. Just watched a Good Eats episode about that.

Actually I have a delicator (an electric tool for making cube steaks) in the garage - when my dear old friend Huey died (a butcher in his late 80's) I inherited a big scimtar knife, his 800 lb meat slicer and the delicator.

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 12:42 PM

Anna and I were at it again today - so soon too!

I have to work for the next 7 days straight, so today - even though it's Good Friday - was a good chance for Anna and I (along with the rug rat) to head out and do a little chocolate delivery to one of my students. Of course that gave us the chance to see what we could find for lunch on the way home.

We went to one of our favorite pho joints (a 'chain' no less) Pho dau Bo in Mississauga. Their pho is some of the best around.

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Anna went for the pho with rare beef, I went for chicken and rare beef. Of course spring rolls of some sort are required with pho - we shared some fried and some fresh. The rug rat had some bits of the fried spring roll as well as the lunch we'd brought along for her.

It was slim pickin's for shopping on the way home - the Philippine grocery was closed - but we did find a Portuguese grocery and bakery open - biggest collection of salt cod I've ever seen. They had two band saws dedicated to it. There was also an interesting looking sausage behind the meat counter - wrinkly in a way I haven't seen before - not sure what that might have been.

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 01:14 PM

Kerry, it looks like you could use to to cube steak with also. Just watched a Good Eats episode about that.

(Snark, snort) I remember as a kid of about 15, being invided to a friend of my Mom's for dinner. He had bought a pice of round (read rubber)steak, and planned to cook it on the grill :shock: My Mom and I traded "the look" (like oh dear, how are we gonna fix THIS?)both knowing that if he did it on the gril it would take us all night to chew thru two bites of it. He didn't have a meat mallet, and i didn't know the wine bottle trick yet, but he had a claw hammer! Worked a treat; the 'rubber' steak was actually quite tasty and chewable in the end! :cool:
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#47 Anna N

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 11:30 AM

So this Wednesday was a true foodie day for Kerry and me. We managed to squeeze some non-food related errands in between the main purpose of the day. Our first foodie stop was at Picard's Peanuts where Kerry stocked up on peanuts and I bought some blazing hot habanero peanuts for my chile-head son-in-law. Then we headed off for Dundas, a small village, with lots of boutique stores including a branch of Cumbrae’s meats. We did drop in there but spent nothing more than a lot of drool! The dry-aged ribeye steaks, cut 1 ½-2 inches thick, would have used up most of my food budget for the month.
But on May 1 my husband and I are hosting our annual Danish lunch and I have been putting away the pennies for this so I had asked Kerry if we could perhaps visit Mickey McGuire’s Cheese Shop click. This store is a cheese-lover’s paradise. Not only do they offer a huge selection of cheeses from around the world but the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about their products. They are more than happy to let you taste any cheese in the store. These are the cheeses I went home with yesterday:

Nuit D’Or (France)
Abbot’s Gold (England)
St. Agur (France)
Premier Cru Gruyere (Switzerland)
Esrom (Denmark)
Appenzellar (Switzerland)

The Nuit D’Or is currently aromatizing my refrigerator and if I don’t re-wrap it to contain the odour we will be tasting it in everything we eat. The Gruyere had just arrived in the store and the staff had to open the monstrous package and cut up the virgin wheel. It was a sight to behold as they manoeuvred it on to a slicer and cut it into two halves and then into large wedges for storage.
The last cheese we tasted and one which Kerry bought was Alpindon link(scroll down). This is an amazing cheese from British Columbia that is still haunting me. I will be buying it next time we visit. I had a shopping list in my head when we arrived that included bleu de Termignon as discussed by David Lebovitz here and a Taleggio but both somehow disappeared from my memory until I got home! But five cheeses are more than enough for Danish lunch so these will have to wait for another time. (For purists – please don’t confuse Danish lunch with a cheese tray – they just are not the same!)

After the cheese shop we headed back into Burlington in search of lunch at Hillbilly Heaven link. I had found talk of this on another food board and we wanted to check it out. BBQ to most Canadians really means grilling outside and has little to do with the American concept of BBQ as it relates to long, slow cooking with lots of smoke. Consequently true BBQ is hard to find. This tiny establishment has only four tables but as soon as we opened the door we knew we had found the real thing. The smell of the smoke was unmistakable.

It is run by a pleasant husband and wife team who bought it in February of this year. The husband was happy to chat with Kerry about the food and the business but I simply focussed on eating:
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This is the Smoker Plate . There is brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken and a rack of ribs. We foolishly bragged that finishing this plate would hardly be a challenge for the two of us but, though we made headway, I ended up with enough to take home to cover dinner last night and lunch today.

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This was my first taste of cornbread and I didn’t like it at all. It was a sweet corn bread and simply seemed out of place to me as a BBQ newbie. But Kerry found it to be very satisfactory though even she had only a taste to avoid the carbs. Our meal came with one side and I (foolishly now I think) chose the rubbed potato chips which were very fresh potato chips dusted with a BBQ rub – pleasant but not amazing. I should have chosen the smoky baked potato as it sounds very, very interesting – oh well – next time!

The meat was very tender and smoky and the three table sauces suited my taste. Kerry wussed out and didn’t try the blazing hot sauce but was happy with the other two and I found that combining the blazing hot with the honey sauce was lovely if unconventional. All in all a most satisfactory day. Now to tackle that stinky cheese before it contaminates my whole fridge.

Edited to add link to Alpindon Cheese.

Edited by heidih, 15 April 2010 - 03:07 PM.
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Posted 15 April 2010 - 09:46 PM

And what a stinky cheese it was! I bought the other half of the small cheese - got it home and realized that I couldn't leave it in the fridge while I headed to Maryland for the chocolate conference. Hubby would have gone nuts trying to figure out where the smell was coming from. So I took it to work - I had to put it under a bowl - and every time someone lifted the bowl people started sniffing and checking out the patients to see who needed attention. Anna suggested by e-mail that I spread a little around the waiting room to keep the ER quiet for the evening.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 05:53 PM

Well, here we are Wednesday again. Anna and I got a rather late start today as the rug rat has started doing physio on Wednesday mornings.

We needed to get a few things done - I wanted to hit a thrift store or two to find a couple of those little warmers for cocoa butter - and I desperately needed some groceries - so we decided to combine some grocery shopping with our lunch and hit the local Denninger's. It's a european grocery store, that also has an eating area where they serve a variety of nice deli foods. Their soups and stews are particularly good.

In the interest of low carb - Anna and I both had the sausage plates.

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After lunch we hit Value Village - no cocoa butter warmers - but I did score a coconut reamer and a copy of The Cuisinart Cookbook by Bonnie Stern. At Bibles for Missions, Anna scored the cutest little stainless ricer - about half the size of a regular ricer. I also picked up an empty basket for putting together a chocolate basket for fund raising for a friend.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 04:30 PM

So Kerry and I did a repeat this week returning to Paramount Foods. See previous topic here.

This time the place was packed to the gunwhales and we were afraid we wouldn’t even be able to find a table but Kerry succeeded in snagging one near a window. People-watching was at its best today as a virtual United Nations of nationalities were in attendance. Many were in traditional garb. Here you place your order, give your table number and when your meal is ready it is quickly delivered to your table. Service is really not an issue since there is limited interaction between staff and diners. Given the crush of diners the wait time was quite reasonable and we occupied ourselves watching plates of wonderfully appetizing food pass us by.
We ordered the mixed grill and the beef and chicken schwarma platter (hold the carbs!).

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I have rarely enjoyed a plate of protein as much as I enjoyed this!!!! The chicken and beef skewers were tender and tasty. I don’t eat chicken breast often as I find it dry and bland but this was moist and flavourful beyond credibility. The schwarma platter was equally moist and tender. Neither of us liked the pickles! The pinkish one I think was a pickled turnip and the green a pickled cucumber but neither were to our taste. The sauces were good – a tahini, a garlic sauce and the third was like a rather mild, mousse–like mayonnaise.

About half way through our meal the server returned with two enormous pita breads that remained puffy throughout the meal. Damn it was hard to resist those. I was fascinated that they never deflated.

On the table, along with the usual salt and pepper shakers was another shaker with a reddish “pepper”. I do not believe it was cayenne but if anyone can guess what it might have been I would love to know as I quite enjoyed it sprinkled on the mayonnaise.

On the way home we stopped in at a HomeSense store where Kerry snagged a few items she wanted to experiment with for chocolate bowls and for splattering and I snagged this little pot.

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It is only 1.7 quarts and I bought it to replace a similar pot that I had found last summer at a garage sale. The handles on the garage sale pot are cracked and becoming dangerous. I paid $1 for the garage sale pot and $17 + tax for the replacement! Somebody will surely see the humour in that!
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 10:17 AM

If I may be indulged enough to post a 'Husband and Wife Who Lunch'?

Yesterday we did a sort of Grand GTA tour while getting our male pup's brace repaired in TO.

First to Sweets Galore in Pickering for some cocoa butter bars to try tempering chocolate using Chef Eddy's method. Then over to Kitchen Stuff Plus for an oil mister, two very thin silicone spatulas...one for me and one for my friend...perfect for tall jars... and a couple of party tubs. The huge plastic tubs were only $6 and perfect for dog toys and for feeding our annual Dog Weekend gang. On to Lee Valley for one of their darling little mortar and pestles combos. The pestle completely fills the mortar opening. Meanwhile DH went to CTC for a heat lamp lightbulb for me to experiment with keeping sugar solutions in a liquid state longer. The brace was repaired and refurbished.

Lunch was Chinese pastries from the Pacific Mall. One of the outside strips, Brothers Bakery. Oh so good. We did pig out on custard buns, sweet red bean buns and walnut cookies. Often Chinese pastries promise more than they deliver. These were delicious. I found the mall(s) too big to even contemplate, let alone explore, for a short visit.

Then, finally, finally, my first visit to Longo's...one of the Markham ones. If only we had such a store near Peterpatch, I would be in 7th heaven. The produce was incredible. We'll go back on a day when we are not trying to do 3 dozen things. Bought 2 huge day old eggplants for only $1.49 for this weekend's Moussaka.

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#52 Kerry Beal

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 05:45 PM

You haven't lived until you've been invited to Anna's Danish lunch. Today was the day and I was one of the lucky invitees. Anna has been preparing for a couple of weeks - between cleaning and cooking.

When I arrived about 11 am the house smelled wonderful - Anna was putting the finishing touches on the pork and apple - one of my favourite of the lunch dishes.

Multiple small plates are placed on the table, along with lots of fresh slices of substantial bread. Everyone assembles their own open faced sandwiches from the abundance of wonderful food.

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My place at the table - a beer glass, a glass for aquavit, a listing of what's on the table. Can't see the nice container of goose fat cooked with onions that makes the perfect bread spread instead of butter.


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A variety of herring in various sauces, mussels in a tomato salsa, cured salmon and perfectly cooked shrimp. Missing from this years Danish lunch - due to the time of the year - was the smoked eel served with scrambled egg.

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Thinly sliced cucumber slices in a sweet vinegar sauce, red cabbage and crispy onions. Top left - Anna's wonderful pickled beets. On the left peeking out from behind a water glass you can see the goose fat.

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The meats - chicken, goose (I missed the picture of the duck breast) and my personal favourites - pork and apples with sauteed onions and frikadeller - moist danish meatballs cut into slices.

Somehow managed to neglect a picture of the baskets of bread and a few of the other items on the table - hopefully Anna will be able to post a couple in the next few days.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 02:07 AM

Back in the late 1980s when my husband and I both pulled in decent salaries we made a few visits to Mye Japanese Restaurant in Oakville. Today, while driving through downtown Oakville looking for an interesting place to lunch we passed Mye and I mentioned to Kerry how much I had loved this place. She suggested we go there but I was sure they did not open for lunch. Kerry insisted we walk up to the place and check the opening hours. Thank goodness she did!

The service was still prompt and pleasant and after we placed our order we were offered warm towels for our hands, a lovely tradition.

We studied the menu and in contrast to our usual custom of ordering different dishes so we could sample more of the menu, we both opted for the Makunouchi bento. We were offered a choice of soup or salad to start and I chose the soup while Kerry went for the salad. When the salad was brought out I was bit disappointed as I recalled a salad so amazingly fresh and so perfectly dressed that it has stayed in my mind for all those years. Kerry’s salad, however, looked rather plain and the dressing was simply dumped on top. Even the bentos, though served in beautiful laquered boxes, lacked the carved vegetable garnishes of yesteryear. Perhaps it is different at dinner than at lunch but the presentation definitely fell below my expectations.

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However, the miso soup was excellent and we both enjoyed the bentos. The tempura shrimp and lotus root were superb and the beef was tasty and incredibly tender. We had both passed on the offer of white or brown rice and the kitchen had given us extra vegetables in lieu of the rice.

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Apart from a table of business men and one with a family, the other diners were just like ourselves – ladies who lunch. Kerry noticed that the diners arrived later here than at most restaurants and guessed that the price point appealed much more to the social crowd and the upper echelon of the employed.

The décor is sparse as one expects in a Japanese restaurant but the wall of sake cups was really eye-catching. Each cup was labelled as to its owner and when we asked about a couple of empty spaces the server said that the owners had moved so I guess their sake cups went with them.

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#54 maggiethecat

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 06:56 PM

You Canadian ladies sure know how to lunch! I'll make an effort to gather my Chicago cohort together and add to this terrific topic.

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#55 Anna N

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 07:46 AM

Yesterday Kerry and I dined at this bistro. I think Kerry had not quite got Montreal out of her system. She knows this place well but it was my first visit and I hope it won’t be my last!

My water arrived rather attractively garnished with lemon and a cranberry:


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Kerry had coffee.


We shared the Pot of Moules with white wine, tomato and fennel broth with a side of frites (low carb went out the window this time.) The mussels came with a baguette slice to soak up the sauce and Kerry asked for mayo to accompany the fries.


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We also each ordered the Frisee aux Lardons. This was my first experience with this quintessentially French salad and I enjoyed it.

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What I enjoyed most though was the ambience in this small restaurant. We sat in a booth with very high banquettes and the impression was of being alone. The noise level was such that we could converse with no strain whatsoever which was good since we had lots to catch up on after Kerry’s visit to Montreal.

Edited to add:

The service was attentive without ever being obstrusive. Our fellow diners were mostly other "ladies who lunch" and all seemed happy to linger so that there was very little coming and going which only added to the feeling of intimacy. I would rate this as one of my favourite lunch spots so far.

Edited by Anna N, 13 May 2010 - 07:51 AM.

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#56 Kerry Beal

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 07:33 AM

Finished my job at the Men's Mission a little early yesterday - so had the opportunity to meet up with my friend Rob for lunch at Montfort, a local Mediterranean chain. Stretching it a bit to call him one of the Ladies who lunch - but he is one of my favorite girls!

We enjoyed Mazza for two - choosing Hummous, calamari, falafel and bathenjane (one of my personal favorites - eggplant salad).

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#57 Anna N

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 01:27 PM

So this was confused-fusion day for me and Kerry. We chose a place to eat rather randomly but as we approached the door of Royal Jasmine Kerry asked, “Didn’t we have Mexican here before?” Me, always taking my cues from words not objects, vehemently swore that we had never eaten here. Wrong. As soon as we entered there was a familiarity about the place and sure enough the walls were in the earth colours one expects in a Mexican restaurant and as we glanced about us we concluded that the only changes that had been made were in the art work on the walls which now reflected something more Asian than Mexican.

Let’s start in the restroom:

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This fabulous photo taken by Kerry epitomizes the confusion. Reflected in the obviously Mexican mirror is an equally obvious Asian leaf against the backdrop of “adobe” coloured walls.

We were the only “ladies who lunch” in this restaurant. One table was occupied by a group of men who were about to be members of a wedding party, another table was occupied by four business men one of whom seemed much more interested in his I-phone than in his meal or his companions and there was no evidence of other females except for the servers who were all female.

The menu as you can see from the website is confused-fusion. From General Tsao’s Chicken to Korean Bulgogi to Indian Paneer. We played along and ordered three dishes to share: a Thai chicken dish with pineapple, basil and lemon grass; an Indian butter chicken dish; and the Korean bulgogi. We asked them to hold the rice – ha – not a chance – we had enough rice to feed hordes.

The dishes came with Tom Yam Soup with pieces of paneer in it. But there’s more: All of the dishes arrived in Japanese lacquered bento boxes! Each of the three bento boxes contained the main dish along with a salad, two harumaki (sort of spring rolls) a huge mound of rice and a segment of orange whose purpose we were not quite sure of but did nicely to dress the salad.

The bulgogi was quite tasty and tender but without the notation on the menu I doubt I would have recognized it as such; even more so the butter chicken although again it was certainly palatable. The stir fry of chicken and pineapple was quite tasty but not particularly remarkable.

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The harumaki were by far my favourite and I brought 4 of them home with me to enjoy as my “dessert”. If you are low-carbing it’s amazing what constitutes dessert.

The service ranged from a bit intrusive to down right slow when you really needed it as for instance when waiting for the damn bill!

On a scale of fine dining experiences this one would not rate highly but because we approach our lunch dates with a sense of adventure rather than as a search for haute cuisine I would say this place met our expectations. I know I enjoyed every minute of the experience.
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#58 kisnow

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 11:53 AM

In my quest for the best fish taco in Portland, ME, I have settled on El Rayo Taqueria-- went there for lunch with the hubby today and had one fish taco and one carne asada. The fish was definitely better than the carne-- though the latter wasn't bad, just not as good. The fish had a nice spice on it and the sauce was excellent. Definitely going there again!

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 04:25 AM

Thanks all for sharing and "taking" me out to lunch with you!
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#60 Kerry Beal

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 05:30 PM

Today the ladies were involved in delivering a new Sumeet grinder to my students from Mississauga who are starting up a new chocolate business. It's the Asia grinder - the big one - 750 Watts - to be used to make hazelnut paste from organic hazelnuts.

I had a long chat with one of the girls about just how much research has to be done when starting up a business - they discovered that simply coming up with a recipe is not enough!

Anna and I discovered a little cluster of thrift stores that we hadn't been to before - so that kept us occupied for quite some time. Anna found several cookbooks and an Anthony Bourdain novel if I'm not mistaken. She also found a next to new Braun coffee grinder that will come in handy up north this summer. I picked up yet another barely used foodsaver. Now - who was it I was looking for one for?

We stopped in at a grocery store that was having some excellent sales on fresh fruit - picked up nice looking pineapples for $1.77 and strawberries and raspberries for 99 cents. At least that's what we thought - Anna perusing her bill discovered the raspberries were organic and they had charged us $4.99. Well - she came back out of the store with the money in her hot little hand - and an extra box of berries the manager had thrown in to appease her!

So it was getting rather late by then - and we were getting peckish - so we stopped at our favorite pho joint (if I'm not mistaken it's the one we started this thread with).

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On the table we noticed a little dish containing two of the tiniest bird peppers we'd ever seen.

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We were half way through the rolls when I realized I hadn't taken out the camera - did I mention we were peckish?

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Of course you need the greenery with your soup.

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Anna had the beef brisket version and I had the chicken pho.

We dropped in to the Philippine grocery which is now right next door to our favorite pho joint and picked up some chicceron - the perfect food for the low carb we are following at home (not so well when we go out to eat!).