Sunday, October 08, 2006

Charged with possession of food porn

Guilty as charged.
We've been doing nothing but eat, or plan to eat, or prepare to eat all weekend. And for that I am pretty thankful.
Jas came over tonight to help us tackle our Thanksgiving meal over-indulgence. It was great to share a meal with her again, as we haven't had the chance for a long time.
the menu:
- nibbles - olives, mixed nuts
- green salad with grapefruit, avocado and pomegranate
- a 7 kg roast turkey (plenty big enough for 4 people and a cat)
- my world-famous bread, mushroom, celery and onion stuffing
- gravy
- rice (no mashed potatoes for this kid - that's sacrilege!)
- brussel sprouts (some of you are going ewww, but I love the little buggers)
- peas
- rhubarb pie (made from our homegrown rhubarb) with vanilla ice cream
And the best part is yet to come - LEFTOVERS! I can hardly wait for tomorrow.

Fortunately we had plenty of practice stretching our gut capacities yesterday, when Jer and I went to our local fancy-schmancy restaurant, a tradition we've been following on our anniversary for a few years now.
About three years ago, the staid old Inn on Lake Bonavista underwent substantial renovations and emerged as the chic and luxurious Newport Grill.
The neighbourhood of Lake Bonavista was first developed in 1968, as Calgary's first (and still finest) lake community. When we relocated here from London, Ontario, which is known as the Forest City and is surrounded by the Great Lakes, we were stunned by the dryness of this high plains desert and by the lack of trees. Then we discovered Lake Bonavista and it felt like coming home.
The lake itself is 50 acres with a spectacular waterfall that serves to keep the lake aerated and makes a kick-ass toboggan slide come winter.
The Newport Grill is built right on the water and all the tables have a splendid view of the lake. The sun was just setting over the lake as we were seated and we spent the evening watching a couple of fishers fly-fishing in pontoon boats.
Our meals were superb. We split an order of mussels with pumpkin-seed pesto, and Jer had hearts of romaine salad - so scrumptious and garlicy, while I had the velvety-smooth pumpkin soup. Jer's miso-braised short ribs and tenderloin were so succulent and my osso buco quite literally melted in my mouth.
The service is always so gracious and professional, while still being friendly.
But the best part, and my favourite part of all my visits to the Newport Grill continues to be the bathroom. It is tres chic and sports a rather masculine design, which I find highly appealing, and it not only has automatic no-touch water, soap, and towel dispenser, but when you turn to walk toward the door to leave, you walk toward a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall skinny mirror.
In fact I may need to make a visit there tomorrow.

16 comments:

mellowlee said...

OMG I'm drooling! Yumm!
I love the picture of the restaurant. I can just imagine sitting there looking out the window. :) Skinny mirrors rock...there shouldn't be any other kind!!!

Ben Heller said...

That view from the Restaurant looks beautiful. Seems like you've had the most glorious food enriched weekend. I bet you'll all be taking it easy on the food excess this week. What was your pie like ?

Jas Bhambra said...

Oh Barb, that was a delicious meal. I fell asleep as soon as I got back home; and now after 5 hours of sleep, I am up again. Can't sleep any more.

If I can answer the question for you, Ben, the pie was DELICIOUS, as was the rest of the food.

I have a giant slice sitting in the fridge that I am going to devour whenever I can eat again (I am so full still).

Thanks for having me,Barb, it always feels good to be with you, Eva and Jerry...like I always say...feels like home. :)

We'll need "Skinny Mirrors" after all that indulgence! :)

John Mutford said...

I can't believe that with all the grub I wolfed down yesterday, you've already made me hungry again- mussels with pumpkin seed pesto, YUM!

Karen said...

Sounds delicious! We also had our Turkey Day feast yesterday (Sunday) and it included brussels sprouts as well. Breakfast today consisted of leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and pumpkin pie with whip cream. God how I love fall/winter. Mmmm mmmm good.

Allison said...

Sounds like an awesome weekend. I'm still full from my dinner eating, but I'm also excited for leftovers :)

Rhubarb pie and pumpkin and my favourite, so good. I've never had pumpkin soup before, but the way you described it sounds lovely.

The one thing I'd miss about leaving Ontario is the Great Lakes, but from that picture I'd say you have an excellent view too!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The world needs more skinny mirrors, Mel, that's for sure (or at least I do). In the evening, it's really quite lovely sitting in front of those huge windows, watching the ducks.

Ben, my problem is that once I start eating massively, I want to continue, so the hardest part will be getting out of the mindspace and being reasonable again. Oh the pain!
The pie was pretty yummy (thanks Jas), but it could have used a touch less tapiaco as a thickener, I thought. I've never tried pie with custard though, Ben, I'll have to give that a whirl.

I'm so glad you were able to join us, Jas. It was so much fun to break bread with you again. I may have to make a stop at Newport Grill, just to use their mirror this morning, although I should probably spend that time on the bike instead.

I can't believe how delicious those mussels were, John - we scraped every last morsel off of the plate. Big meal for you as well then? I like having the Thanksgiving meal on Sunday as well, and having a day to digest.

I haven't had breakfast yet Karen, but mine is going to be quite similar to yours. I'll trade you a piece of rhubarb pie for some pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Droool!

Did all your goodies turn out delicious, Allison? I was thinking of you on Saturday as I was baking, because I knew you were baking as well - ahhh the power of the internetz.
Lake Bonavista is certainly no Great Lake, but it does feed my soul and it's only a 15 minute walk from my house.

Will said...

This is getting hard ... every blog I turn to, there are pictures of delicious food. I am very hungry now.

kees said...

Brussel sprouts = yum. Mussels with pumpkin seed pesto? Oh my. I wants some. Sounds like you had a fantasic weekend. Well done you.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm so sorry, Will. See that's the thing about us Canadians - everybody thinks we're all nice and shit, but really we're sneaky and subvert you with our Thanksgiving photos.

Yay another brussel sprouts lover, Kees! It reminds me of the old joke - the English have only 3 vegetables and 2 of them are cabbage.
It was a massive eating orgy.

WolfHeart RavenHorse said...

Happy Thanksgiving! You are showing way more restraint then I! I am making mashed potatoes! But...that's not the issue, it's the stuffing that kills me! lol Forget the turkey, just bring on the stuffing and gravey! hehe

The Inn At Lake Bonavista sure has changed! I have not been there in forever! Will have to soon!

Turkey, stuffing and potatoes are almost ready to go at our house! Yum! :)

WolfHeart

Barbara Bruederlin said...

mmmmmm, enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, Bev. I showed no restraint whatsoever, I make rice instead of mashed potatoes because I prefer rice.
The Inn is really really nice now; you guys should go!

Alana said...

Mmmmmmmmmm...that sounds SO much better than the Thanksgiving dinner I had to eat. Ew, Southern. I didn't even get to have stuffing. Is that blasphemy or what?? That's so cool that you had Jas over too, that must have been really nice. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

No stuffing?! You need a real meal, Alana. My heart is currently breaking for you.

She's Crafty said...

Speaking of Food Porn, Channel 4 (Shaw) in BC had a fire log and a turkey on screen all day. For the very first time. It was pretty freakin' hilarious, unless of course you're a vegetarian...then it might be more like a horror film/nightmare.

I got to eat my mum's cooking for three days in a row. Sweet huh!
I had to paint the house to earn my thanksgiving dinner! My mom asked, she was worried that my stepdad was going to fuck it up. How could I say no.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I heard about that turkey and fire channel, Serah, that sounds pretty lame to me!
But lucky you, three days of mom's cooking! Yum!