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Kerry Beal

The Ladies Who Lunch (Part 1)

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For the past few years Anna N and I have met once a week - usually on a Wednesday - for a few hours away from home duties. We might check out a restaurant supply store, a few charity stores, a new supermarket or a fine foods store. Almost always we aim for food/cooking related activities. But the highlight of this outing is LUNCH! We have had some fantastic lunches and some appalling ones but no matter, we always come away feeling that we had a great time.

We thought it would be fun to start a thread for THE ONES WHO LUNCH. This is not a place to do formal reviews of eating places but just to share the experience.

Our choices are most often ethnic - last week we found an interesting south Indian place. We get lost fairly often in our travels (at which point Anna teases me mercilessly) - but that is often where we find the most interesting places.

Today we decided to check out a place that we had driven by last week. Anna noticed the restaurant and said it was one that a Korean acquaintance had recommended so today we dropped in for lunch.

Miga – Korean and Japanese BBQ is located on Dundas Street in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

According to a review from The Toronto Star in 2007, Miga means “tasty house”. The tables are all set up with butane-powered BBQs with individual exhaust hoods and fire suppression and so we felt the need to have the “BBQ for 2” option. A server brought a beautiful selection of pickles, bowls of rice, a salad, some interesting vegetables and two bowls of miso soup. She then lit the BBQ and left a couple of pieces of beef fat to lubricate it before returning with the meats. These were generous servings of 2 spicy marinated meats (chicken and beef) and two plain meats (thinly sliced beef and beef short ribs). The server put the first plain meat on the BBQ and left us to determine when it was ready. We wanted to do our own thing but at the point where the BBQ got hot enough to grill rather than steam the meat the server seemed a bit agitated. As soon as we took our meat from the grill she whipped the grilling plate out and replaced it with a clean one! I must admit that it looked like the plate might never come clean again! We were the only ones having the BBQ so I guess that it is not normally ordered at lunch time. After we convinced her that we would be capable of grilling the rest of the meat ourselves - we were able to put on just a few pieces and get a little char on it - much better than the first steamed bits.

Of course half the fun in a new restaurant is checking out what other folks are ordering. We've uncovered a lot of interesting dishes to try when we revisit a place by simply asking the people at the other tables what it is they are eating. We've noticed that most people are quite willing to wax poetic about their favourite dish at their local restaurant. If we've managed to snatch a takeout menu - we'll mark the dishes for future trial. At Miga there were some very interesting 'stone bowl' creations which I am sure we will sample some time in the future.

After lunch we roamed through Starsky’s, a fairly new supermarket specializing in European foods. Anna bought some Hungarian paprika and some Esrom cheese and I found a bag of European milk powder. The variety of cured meats was phenomenal - there were women walking around with plates of samples to try - unfortunately we were still full up from lunch. Next stop was a charity store but we came up empty handed as far as cooking utensils or cookbooks were concerned.

So who else lunches? Share your adventures.

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What a swell topic, Kerry! Oh, how I wish I could hang over lunch with you and Anna. Just once.

One of my favorite places to lunch with my bff Kat is the Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus. You get the free demitasse of chicken broth with a side of popovers--beats beer nuts. I usually, though not always, choose the chicken salad sandwich with bacon. The offal-loving fam members swear by the sherried chicken livers.

Next week I'm going to the local Two Brothers Brewery with two neighbor girlfriends. The fish and chips is the best I've eaten on this side of the Atlantic, the beef for the burgers is organic, and they serve up a mean mac and cheese. Then there's the beer...

Does it count if you're lunching with a gent? I'm meeting eG member Alex for lunch tomorrow at Fabulous Noodles.


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Does it count if you're lunching with a gent? I'm meeting eG member Alex for lunch tomorrow at Fabulous Noodles.

Just needed a catchy title - lunch with ladies, gents or anything in the middle is fair game!

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I guess you could sort of call me a luncher. Except that we usually clear out by lunchtime.

There's a group of us, 6 when everyone's in town and available. One of us is currently a professor. Two of us have taught in the past. One is currently a student. Four of us have husbands who are professors. One of us has a husband who is not a professor. Four of us have dogs. Three of us have cats. One of us has a hamster. One of us is allergic to furry pets. Three of us have kids, and one of us has grandkids. Three of us work as sports officials. Two of us are currently in physical therapy. Two of us have been to the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, making the other four jealous. Three of us knit, and we're holding out for the other three to bring some kind of needlecraft at some point. We come from all over, big cities and small towns, east and west and Europe. No topic is off-limits. We, too, get together on Wednesdays for a couple of hours, usually mid-morning till about lunchtime.

Our favorite meeting place is a coffeehouse downtown, one known for their pastries, sandwiches, soups, and salads. They're in the midst of an expansion into the building next door, where they plan to install a pizza oven and stretch their repertoire. And unfortunately, at the moment the construction noise makes discussion a little difficult...not to mention the thought of sawdust near the kitchen!

This is a small town, with limited options, but we're ready to explore them for the immediate future. We're also discussing an opportunity to expand our horizons by staging a group party-dinner at one of the Korean restaurants in the city, accompanied by another friend/professor and his family---who are Korean. (Spring Break is coming up!)

I wish we were closer to you and Anna, Kerry. Any chance you two might feel like a road trip sometime after the snow's done for a while?

MelissaH


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I wish we were closer to you and Anna, Kerry. Any chance you two might feel like a road trip sometime after the snow's done for a while?

MelissaH

I'm a little more peripatetic than Anna at this point - but anytime you are visiting Ikea you are welcome to join us on our lunch jaunts.

One of our favourites, close to Ikea, is 'Pane Fresco' - a wonderful bakery that does breads and pastries, as well as pizzas and soups etc for lunch. Their pizza fungi is amazing.

Here is a link to their site.

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Melissa! I liked reading your post! I also thought now to add this to mine (I am in edit mode now) Chocolate sister is from where I am from, lives now where I live, was a teacher, and then got into chocolate therefore she is a "sister"! The second luncher is a glass artist. The third is also a teacher...

I have some lady friends that I lunch with. None of them know each other and so it is me with one of them. Cannot do that once a week so it turns out that every once in a bit I do it! A favorite is my chocolate (!) sister as we call each other. We meet somewhere, also to look at different shops or neat places and then lunch. We never stop chatting for a second while together! We look for odd stores to visit. Research places And then meet at some MIDPOINT. Then with her GPS get wherever we need to. Another friend of mine meets for brunch and we recipe swop and chat about the last recipe.

She gave me the hamentuschen one I demo-ed on pastry on confections. The third lady is a high school teacher like me and we love to complain together... :hmmm:

great topic, Kerry!


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ohhh.... my favorite topic. i try to go out to local places for lunch once a week. last week on wednesday i called up my neighbor, Carol, and invited her to go with me for some last minute errands before we got clobbered with snow. i threw lunch into the deal and off we went to Lafayette Village for cheese and lunch. i had teh fun of introducing her to Maria and Everything Homemade. we both had the same thing: chicken pot pie with a crust that was incredibly flaky. menu here: http://www.everythinghomemade.com/lunch_menu.html.

then off to the cheese store where i picked up some roquefort, cheddar with carmelized onion and some lambchopper cypress as well as a bottle of Westfall Nebbiolo wine.


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ohhh.... my favorite topic. i try to go out to local places for lunch once a week. last week on wednesday i called up my neighbor, Carol, and invited her to go with me for some last minute errands before we got clobbered with snow. i threw lunch into the deal and off we went to Lafayette Village for cheese and lunch. i had teh fun of introducing her to Maria and Everything Homemade. we both had the same thing: chicken pot pie with a crust that was incredibly flaky. menu here: http://www.everythinghomemade.com/lunch_menu.html.

then off to the cheese store where i picked up some roquefort, cheddar with carmelized onion and some lambchopper cypress as well as a bottle of Westfall Nebbiolo wine.

Right on! That's the spirit. Lunch & food/wine shopping. Kerry has intoduced me to so many different foods and so many fine food stores on our weekly outings. They keep me sane in an insane world. :smile:


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If you need a title for the lunching group...I used to belong to the "Laughing Ladies who Love to Lunch"/ aka "LaLaLoLu". And my late Mother, when she lived in San Diego, belonged to the "Ranch Branch Lunch Bunch" which I thought was fine.

What I really like are arranged / unarranged Pot Lucks.

DH and I were doing a presentation a couple of years ago at a horticultural society in a small town north of Peterborough and most of the attendees (about 100) there were even older than we are. A Pot Luck preceded our event. I felt as if I had stepped back into a previous existence...the food was incredible and not current to say the least. Pineapple upside down cake, brownies, meatballs a la 60s, chicken pot pie. But what made me laugh the most is that there were only two salads and they both had tiny marshmallows in them. :raz:


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Oh, it sounds so wonderful. I need girlfriends! Before eG's Meredith married eG's zeemanb and moved away, she and I met for lunch a couple of times and had a blast. I'd give anything to have someone to lunch and shop and cook with! You are lucky folks to have eG folks close to you! I hope to hear lots about your gatherings on this thread.

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This was a ladies lunch week.

Yesterday was just lunch with an elderly neighbor at a local Mexican restaurant. I tried one of their shrimp specials and it was classically wonderful. The main component of this one was lots of ice tea and talk along with well done food.

Today was a gathering of several ladies from high school (we are in our 50's). We tried a new local place (found out later the chef/owner was under suspicion for the disappearance of his wife a few months ago) :unsure: We each ordered what looked good to us, and with the ease of old friends picked food off each other's plates. We progressed to a local but renowned Japanese French bakery and shared a Kir Royale layered mousse-like item and an eggy fresh cream puff filled with whipped cream flavored with black sesame paste and according to a Jonathan Gold review, drizzled with mesquite honey and sweet carmelized soy powder. The coffee was excellent and "for the ladies" they provided linen lined baskets to hold our purses as opposed to plopping them on the bare ground. The place is not "fancy" inside, but the little touches were much appreciated by the girls.

My monthly girl outing involves the collectible swap meet and lunch at a classic diner. In between the set monthly date, the outings may be to thrift shops and off beat garden centers which yield many great kitchen finds; always punctuated by lunch at a non-chain mom and pop establishment. We keep our eyes and ears open for ones we have not tried.

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Hey Kim! Maybe all of us lunch ladies (Darienne think of a good name for the egullet lunchers)can do an online lunch with you! It may end up being a midnight snack for me! We have no super amazing stores, or at least very few so perhaps you can bring a store to me! :laugh:

Boy, it must be nice to have high school friends live around you-wow. Little touches are from the heart-good intentions like that mean a lot!


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I like this thread. I too meet with ladies each week although it's more

for dinner than lunch. But two are retired, one is employed and I'm the

one looking for work. We do manage to go to different places to eat.

Around Christmas we meet for lunch in a little antique town called Niles

in CA. The place was called 'A Tyme for Tea' and it's a fabulous place

to have wonderful teas with little tea sandwichs. They start you off

with your tea then a tasty scone with honey butter and then the tea

sandwiches. It's nestled in a store that sells antiques and other things.

Quite a nice little place. They even have hats there if you want to wera

them while you are sipping your tea.....

Rena

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If you need a title for the lunching group...I used to belong to the "Laughing Ladies who Love to Lunch"/ aka "LaLaLoLu". And my late Mother, when she lived in San Diego, belonged to the "Ranch Branch Lunch Bunch" which I thought was fine.

OK Darienne - I am definitely stealing that title - my friends will love LALALOLU!. We always joke that we are the YAYA sisterhood but I think that lalalolu's is even better.

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OK Darienne - I am definitely stealing that title - my friends will love LALALOLU!. We always joke that we are the YAYA sisterhood but I think that lalalolu's is even better.

Steal away. I'll tell the Laughing Ladies. :smile:


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. . . .

They even have hats there if you want to wera

them while you are sipping your tea.....

Rena

Now that would be fabulous! I'm of an age when I remember that ladies who lunched wore hats! My husband's uncle who was well into his dotage would look quizzically at me and ask gently, "But my dear, where's your hat?" as though dealing with someone who really, really needed etiquette lessons. Food shopping, lunch and hats - how perfect! Thanks for sharing.

Edited to fix spelling.


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Anna Nielsen aka "Anna N"

...I just let people know about something I made for supper that they might enjoy, too. That's all it is. (Nigel Slater)

"Never call a stomach a tummy without good reason.” William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style

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My Mom and I used to go to a nice restaurant for wonderful monte cristos and pineapple guava white tea for lunch pretty regularly. That restaurant closed and we really miss it. I wish I had girlfriends that were into food like me and all of you- love the lunch. Its usually such a relaxing time.


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I'm about to head out for a ladies (snort) lunching type of day, only I've taken to calling them "Michele Mondays".

My bestest girly Michele, is off on Mondays, and I get off early, so we go on an adventure, always interesting, mostly food-centric. Or, at least if it isn't, we make sure we plan for a good lunch somewhere. Some of our more memorable "lunches" involved driving to the next state over to buy new leather jackets, and specifically to get beer battered onion rings at a bar in the same town, or getting piercings and (astonishing) Vietnamese food in the same little divey strip mall. Sometimes we just get in the car and drive, talking, catching up, and realize we've been riding around for an hour, only to start looking around that neighborhood for food. This has resulted in some excellent (and dreadful) meals. We've been doing this since high school, for awhile it was "Michele Fridays" and for a brief but strange time it was "Michele Wednesdays". Never chain places, that's our main rule (ok, except for the occasional Chipotle, but that's the exception that proves the rule.)Sometimes we just go to our favorite luncheonette and sit there for 3 hours reading tarot cards, and drinking all the coffee in the place.

I've never considered us Ladies, but, I wonder, do we count?


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I need girlfriends!

That's one of the reasons I treasure my meet-ups so much, and work hard to make an opening in my schedule each week. We moved here about 6.5 years ago, and like many other small college towns, this isn't the easiest place to make friends outside the university community. Add to that the fact that I work in a largely male field, and for whatever reason many of my hobbies seem to be favored more by men than by women, and I was having a hard time finding girlfriends. I love the diversity which I lack in other parts of my life.) I just wish we had more options for places to go, although we always seem to spend a lot of time comparing restaurants we've visited!

I've never considered us Ladies, but, I wonder, do we count?

Of course you count, as long as you aren't wiping your nose on your sleeve. :blink: That would truly be unladylike. (Of course, I say this only because we spend a lot of our time talking about decidedly unladylike subjects, such as cute (human, not pork) butts, and whether we care more about butts, legs, or something else!)

MelissaH


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Beth Wilson - another eG'er is down from up north - and today Beth, her sister and I went out to pick up some chocolate, visit the McCall's Baker's Warehouse (place to get certain chocolate making supplies and equipment) - and of course 'to do lunch'.

Anna and I had discovered a place called the Paramount several weeks back on the recommendation of one of the women who works at the Baker's Warehouse. It was previously a coffee and nut roasting company and supplier of spices that seems to have morphed into a restaurant and bakery for middle eastern products. Click here for website.

The first time Anna and I went - we ordered the manakeesh - essentially a middle eastern pizza - with a couple of different toppings that we enjoyed very much. We hadn't even noticed all the grilled meats over on the other side of the restaurant.

Today - I enjoyed the falafel plate - the perfect combination of crunch and center - Beth the falafel in a pita, and her sister the chicken shawarma. We also enjoyed a nice minty tabouleh and a wonderfully smooth hummus.

This place has a huge variety of baklava and other desserts and we left with a couple of boxes to enjoy with our tea when we arrived home.

On the way home we stopped at a little clearance center that is just down from the Baker's warehouse - chock a block full of things like cream siphons, electrical kitchen appliances, big screen TV's and other reconditioned items.

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. . . .

The first time Anna and I went - we ordered the manakeesh - essentially a middle eastern pizza - with a couple of different toppings that we enjoyed very much. We hadn't even noticed all the grilled meats over on the other side of the restaurant.

. . . .

I have to relate a funny story about the time Kerry and I went. I asked what kind of cheese was on the manakeesh and the server said, "Cowy". I asked him to repeat and again he said, "Cowy". So I did a quick mental assessment and decided we had a small language issue going on here and concluded that "cowy" meant not "sheepy" or "goaty". A little later Kerry and I visited a Middle Eastern grocery store and as I checked out the cheeses I realized my mistake! He was saying very clearly "Akawi"! Blush blush blush.


Anna Nielsen aka "Anna N"

...I just let people know about something I made for supper that they might enjoy, too. That's all it is. (Nigel Slater)

"Never call a stomach a tummy without good reason.” William Strunk Jr., The Elements of Style

Our 2012 (Kerry Beal and me) Blog

My 2004 eG Blog

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. . . .

The first time Anna and I went - we ordered the manakeesh - essentially a middle eastern pizza - with a couple of different toppings that we enjoyed very much. We hadn't even noticed all the grilled meats over on the other side of the restaurant.

. . . .

I have to relate a funny story about the time Kerry and I went. I asked what kind of cheese was on the manakeesh and the server said, "Cowy". I asked him to repeat and again he said, "Cowy". So I did a quick mental assessment and decided we had a small language issue going on here and concluded that "cowy" meant not "sheepy" or "goaty". A little later Kerry and I visited a Middle Eastern grocery store and as I checked out the cheeses I realized my mistake! He was saying very clearly "Akawi"! Blush blush blush.

Lunching with Anna provides hours of entertainment and laughter!!!

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Once a month, my 80 year old mother lunches with her lady friends at a local restaurant chain called "Jimmy's" that serves a mean broasted chicken. My mom has dreams about that chicken. :laugh: After they lunch they move to the back room and play Skip Bo. Though not quite the adventures everyone else in this discussion seem to be having, their group is growing as there seem to be a lot of Skip Bo fans out there. Go figure.


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