November 05, 2012

Naomi's 7th Birthday

Rounding out the fall birthday parties was Naomi, who turned seven. Her grandfather made the cake that she's noshing on. There was also a pinata (much like Bree's party) but we did it indoors because it was cold out (good thing Jen has a super big entrance hall now!).

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November 07, 2012

Poker Snacks

These snacks for poker night were a bit sweet (the pecan bars - a lot sweet) for the guys' liking. Ah well - I cleaned up at poker, probably coming in second overall. What I really wanna win is the lottery!

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November 09, 2012

French Toast

This looks yummier than it actually was - but it was still pretty good. I didn't soak the bread for quite long enough and the bread wasn't completely soaked through with custard. Not very healthy, but I had eggs and the bread at costco was fresh so I had bought 2 baguettes.

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November 13, 2012

Restaurant: Lai Wah Heen

Dave accompanied me to this acclaimed Chinese restaurant. Overall, I was slightly disappointed with their tasting menu, but there were some high points. The first course, the suckling pig 'pinwheels' were truly a fine specimen. I'd go back for a larger portion of this.

The cassava soup (not pictured) that followed was uninspiring, though there were some good chunks of crab in there and the ordinarily fibrous cassava was impressively pureed smooth. These scallop mousse pretty, but similarly unimpressive - they were too heavily oyster sauced and somewhat spongy. I would've preferred plain old seared scallops.

This lobster dish was not very Chinese - the heavy cheese sauce overwhelmed the lobster somewhat. Chicken served with mushrooms was a tasty morsel and was accompanied by heavy but yummy fried rice that supposedly had duckling and fois gras (not pictured). Dessert isn't really a Chinese specialty and some ice cream, cake and fruit didn't contradict that.

Service was pleasantly attentive and unintrusive and the surroundings were pleasant, but wine was only available by the bottle (Dave would've liked a copy. An interesting invalid with a buxom 'companion' provided some human interest. Another family got a really great looking peking duck that might be worth returning to try.

But overall, It wasn't quite worth the expense - which is a bit wierd, because given the first class ingredients (suckling pig, crab, lobster, duckling, fois gras), it should have been quite worth the moderately high price. But with the exception of the pork, those ingredients weren't displayed to best effect.

Still, I wouldn't mind trying some of the other things on the menu - like the aforementioned peking duck. Sadly, they don't seem to have the suckling pork on the menu.

Lai Wah Heen at the Metropolitan Hotel
108 Chestnut Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5G1R3

$120/person, incl tax and tip.

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November 14, 2012

Squash Soup

For some reason, I only like to eat soup at home - not usually in restaurants. This is a great soup that doesn't take long to make - peeled squash (7 cups) is microwaved covered till tender and then 'roasted' in the pan with leeks, veggie/chicken stock, water and some seasoning with a pinch of cayenne. So you don't have to roast a lot of squash, which isn't easy for me without a working oven.

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