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The Ladies Who Lunch (Part 3)


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Since it was possible this week to enjoy lunch on Saturday rather than Sunday @Kerry Bealwas happy to go with my suggestion that we order a selection of appetizers from Sakai

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A most satisfactory lunch. 

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22 minutes ago, Anna N said:

Since it was possible this week to enjoy lunch on Saturday rather than Sunday @Kerry Bealwas happy to go with my suggestion that we order a selection of appetizers from Sakai

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A most satisfactory lunch. 

 

My kind of lunch.  It looks wonderful.

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@Anna N 

 

Im always very pleased 

 

to see what the Lunch Ladies 

 

are up to 

 

WoW 

 

its right there !

 

in this Episode 

 

I can hear the light crunch 

 

of all that you have 

 

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Although @Kerry Bealhad discovered a newly opened Ramen joint Oakville we were still a little burned from our last attempt to try a new restaurant. So we thought we had a clear winner when we ordered from Kenzo. But as we all know you don’t always win. This again was a bit disappointing. 
my photos of lunch did not turn out well at all. But it looked very similar to Kerry‘s. I had the Tonkotsu Ramen. 
 

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Kerry’s KIng Ramen. As you will notice the pork is not what one traditionally expects. It is not even what we always get from this restaurant. It was devoid of any fat hence quite dry and tasteless. Pork tenderloin maybe. Certainly not the advertised roasted pork shoulder. Sigh. 
The side dish is Gyoza and chicken Karaage. 

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13 minutes ago, Anna N said:

Although @Kerry Bealhad discovered a newly opened Ramen joint Oakville we were still a little burned from our last attempt to try a new restaurant. So we thought we had a clear winner when we ordered from Kenzo. But as we all know you don’t always win. This again was a bit disappointing. 
my photos of lunch did not turn out well at all. But it looked very similar to Kerry‘s. I had the Tonkotsu Ramen. 
 

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Kerry’s KIng Ramen. As you will notice the pork is not what one traditionally expects. It is not even what we always get from this restaurant. It was devoid of any fat hence quite dry and tasteless. Pork tenderloin maybe. Certainly not the advertised roasted pork shoulder. Sigh. 
The side dish is Gyoza and chicken Karaage. 

 

Isn't tonkatsu fried?

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16 minutes ago, gfweb said:

 

Isn't tonkatsu fried?

Sorry, I meant Tonkotsu. 

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1 hour ago, Anna N said:

Although @Kerry Bealhad discovered a newly opened Ramen joint Oakville we were still a little burned from our last attempt to try a new restaurant. So we thought we had a clear winner when we ordered from Kenzo. But as we all know you don’t always win. This again was a bit disappointing. 
my photos of lunch did not turn out well at all. But it looked very similar to Kerry‘s. I had the Tonkotsu Ramen. 
 

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Kerry’s KIng Ramen. As you will notice the pork is not what one traditionally expects. It is not even what we always get from this restaurant. It was devoid of any fat hence quite dry and tasteless. Pork tenderloin maybe. Certainly not the advertised roasted pork shoulder. Sigh. 
The side dish is Gyoza and chicken Karaage. 

 

Well, at least the company was good.  That's the really tmportant part.

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9 hours ago, gfweb said:

my bad

 

No problem. It’s all good. 

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When @Kerry Bealasked what I wanted for lunch this weekend I was ready with an answer  with no  hesitation. I wanted lamb chops and a salad. The perfect place to meet my needs was once again Rose in the Kitchen. 
 

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My lamb chops with the same salad, rice, pita, a roasted tomato and perhaps the hottest jalapeño I have had the misfortune to stumble over. 
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It’s hard for me to put into words how good my food was today. And a long visit with Kerry didn’t hurt the situation a bit. 

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For various reasons @Kerry Bealand I could not fit in lunch this past weekend. However, she was kind enough to drive me to an appointment today and stopped to pick up some lunch that we could enjoy after the appointment.  She tried a fairly recently opened Bahn Mi restaurant in Hamilton. 
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I had beef. 
We also enjoyed a couple of fresh salad rolls. 

The bahn mi did not compare very favourably with our usual local Bahn Mi place. Both meats were a little on the tough side. The pickles did not have much oomph.  But we were both hungry and glad to have something waiting for us when we got back. I put part of mine away for later. 

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You would think by now that @Kerry Bealand I would have a Plan B for lunch on a Sunday. We felt confident that we could get lunch from a Caribbean restaurant that opened at 10 AM on Sunday. As Kerry pulled up to the entrance the place looked ominously unoccupied. She bravely pushed onward and found the door open and people inside. But it was a tease. The staff were there to prepare for some sort of special occasion and the restaurant itself was closed. They did apologize but the restaurant was in an area where there were few reasonable alternatives. 
Hoping for the best, Kerry thought she might find something in the Longo’s grocery store nearby. Nothing in the ready to eat section appealed so she put together a charcuterie tray for us. 
 

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The makings. 
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Kerry’s plate. 
 

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My plate. 
 

To me the meats were excellent but the star of my show was the olive bread and the butter. I think I could have made lunch of this and nothing else. 

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17 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

I love that butter.  Too bad it's so hard to find.

I have never seen it before and for the sake of my waistline I hope it doesn’t become readily available!  

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Can’t go wrong with a charcuterie selection!  One of our favourite lunches when in Paris where a number of bars offer a sharing “assiette de charcuterie” at modest charge.  Certainly better value than buying the stuff local to home in North Yorkshire where a couple of slices of decent cheese will cost la peau des fesses. 😁

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So today @Kerry Bealand I had for lunch what we thought we wanted last week.

The Caribbean restaurant was open today and we both got the oxtail with rice. Though I believe while I chose the plain rice, Kerry opted for rice with peas (or whatever those disgusting things are) Could I but see better I might have detected them with my eyes rather than my taste buds. I found this out after warming up leftovers. 
I have to say that last week’s charcuterie plate was so much better!  
I suppose I should have made the effort to do a little more exploring of the nature of Caribbean food.

 

The gazillion pieces of tiny, sharp bone fragments just didn’t do it for me. 

 

I think of oxtail as being a hearty and filling meal and yet we both found ourselves hungry very shortly after lunch.
 

I don’t know —it just wasn’t the lunch we wanted. 


Oh and the warm coleslaw didn’t add anything. 

 

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I could share more photographs of the plated food but you would not learn much more from that. Instead here’s a photograph of just some of the bones. 
 

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The company, as always, was excellent. 

 

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I LOVE oxtail, but as you suggest, while it looks trencherman, it takes a lot of pieces to make a satisfying plate.    I've served it at several dinner parties and for a table of 6 or 8, a small herd of ox need meet their god.

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I rarely eat beef any more, but I do know how expensive oxtail is nowadays. In New Mexico I learned to make a green chile stew with oxtail and potatoes. That was in the early seventies, and oxtail was not so precious. My memory is that one tail would make a great broth and provide enough meat for several large bowls. Delicious, it was.

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We seem to have somehow offended the universe. After some painful searching of restaurants open at lunchtime on Sunday in Oakville @Kerry Beallanded on a restaurant we had been to in person sometime ago. Maros is Middle Eastern. I have enjoyed their Memories of Persia in the past and Kerry has enjoyed their Cauliflower Steak. Although their website said they would not open until noon Kerry hope she could put in an order early. When she called she learned they were closed for summer vacation until I think she said 22 September. Damn. Another restaurant we frequently order from on Sunday, Karioka, is now only for dinner most days. So thank goodness for Rose in the Kitchen.  It is in Burlington but that just makes it quite handy for  Kerry. 
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Kerry had Hunkar Begendi which is lamb kebabs over an eggplant purée. 
 

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we each had one of these little desserts which were filled with apple. Very tasty. 
it turned out to be a lovely lunch and I was totally stuffed when it was done. 
Kerry took home the leftovers with the eggplant puree. Thank heaven I don’t have to come across that in my refrigerator. 😂

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13 minutes ago, Shelby said:

The way my life has been since turning 47 I think I'm in the same boat 🤣

 

Is the apple dessert a croissant type of dough?

More like a light cookie/pastry dough. 

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11 minutes ago, Shelby said:

The way my life has been since turning 47 I think I'm in the same boat 🤣

 

Is the apple dessert a croissant type of dough?

No nothing like croissant. I don’t know if I can truly describe it except to say so many Middle Eastern pastries are similar in texture and taste. Maybe somebody else who is much more familiar with these pastries can help out here. 

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1 hour ago, Shelby said:

The way my life has been since turning 47 I think I'm in the same boat 🤣

 

Is the apple dessert a croissant type of dough?

 

1 hour ago, Kerry Beal said:

More like a light cookie/pastry dough. 

 

Like this, I think? Looks tasty! 

 

https://ohmydish.com/recipe/turkish-apple-cookies-kurabiye-elmali

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