Before I start talking about my own stuff (nails, beauty and the like), just wanted to post about Mr.S’ birthday. It was the past Thursday. He was supposed to go out with his mom but she was struck by the flu. But for breakfast, I did whip him up a surprise.
Here is a pirate themed breakfast for him <3 The pirate picture was drawn by my cousin. Thank you, Hiro. (That's her internet name, I guess) What started it was that I knew he liked pirates. I mean treasure hunting, Uncharted, that type of stuff... Anyway, I found this neato kid's birthday card with pirates. That was it. Then I went to another store and found all these pirate themed goods. I just went crazy at the store and bought pirate cupcake toppers, pirate plates, and some tissue. I also went and bought him a decoy present which is a Pirates of the Caribbean lego set. A small one. It was on sale for $14.99. Anyway, I felt that the theme was incomplete and bought pirate ship cupcake holders and that was it.
Here’s a close up of the pirate ship. That’s an octopus shaped turkey dog. Yum. (the only one that contained the least amount of sodium)
For dinner, I made crab cakes with quinoa. I have like an obsession with quinoa nowadays.
Anticipating that his mother was going to take him out on the day of his birthday… to a steak house… I decided not to take him to a steakhouse. I made reservations for George Restaurant. It’s just around the corner from where we live and it has no affiliation with George Brown College. We asked. However, the head chef does teach at George Brown and sometimes brings in his students to help prep for dinner service. (Which makes a lot of sense since there’s so many people in their kitchen. You can see them when you pass by the restaurant).
George Brown restaurant is pretty hard to find. I mean, sure you pass by and see a bunch of kids chopping stuff up but you don’t really notice the door to the restaurant. I guess you have to be ‘in the know’.
At first, I was not interested in getting the tasting menu… It’s like omakase but for western food, I guess. But after hemming and hawing, I finally agreed upon the tasting menu. A five course tasting menu is priced at $99 which includes cheese and dessert. (Menu here) So for the tasting menu, the chef pretty much chooses what to serve you. I already looked at the menu and only a few of the things matched up. They are also very good in accommodating your needs. But make sure you list out all the things you do not like/want to eat. I HAVE LEARNED.
Our amuse bouche of fried cheese tortellini with some mushroom puree. Okay, this is going to be quite a bad review in terms of telling you what to eat because the menu changes all the time ALSO our menu is a special menu that the chef chose for us so it’s a surprise! We had to listen intently to what the server was saying to figure out what we’re eating. So please, bare with me.
For seconds, I have a foie gras over tandoori chicken, mushrooms, and a poached quail egg. The foie gras at first tasted like the steak’s marbled fat until it started tasting gamey. Seriously, it tasted like the animal. I HATE THAT TASTE SO MUCH. Needless to say, the foie gras ended up on Omar’s plate. I’ve had it twice before but they were much more pate.
Mr.S had foie gras over pheasant, with vegetables. The pheasant was good – didn’t differ from regular chicken. He enjoyed the foie gras very much. Again, just wanted to remind you, in case you forgot, this was a blind menu. The chef picked out an item for each of us. I told them I didn’t want onions and big chunks of garlic so they did well in keeping with that…. UNTIL…..
The lamb. I can’t eat lamb for 2 reasons. 1, I can’t seem to eat cutesy animals. (oh who am i kidding). 2, I just hate the taste. It tastes like it smells. Take a whiff of the lamb at the petting zoo and there you have it. Mr.S liked lamb but not if it tastes very gamey like this one. The server was about to take it back but he offered to eat it for me. So I had the steak instead….
Dinner also came with a cheese platter. Server tried to give me goat cheese again. I switched Mr.S and got his aged cheddar. Aged 10 years. Paired with the jam and the bread, it tasted just like grilled cheese on milk bread. So good.
I’d upload Mr.S’ cheese platter but I have nothing nice to say about it. LOLOL. He actually really liked it though. One comment: When the lamb was only half eaten, the server was quite worried about it. He told the main server and he asked us why we didn’t like it. He offered to replace it but we were already stuffed!!!
Then the real dessert came. A plate of chocolate desserts. Chocolate creme brulee, chocolate mousse, (I lied this doesn’t have chocolate) some custard thing, and chocolate cake. OMG DELICIOUS. i do not like chocolate but this whole plate was full of yum.
In conclusion: It was definitely a great experience. The bill including taxes was $230 (tip not included). So if you have money to spend, go for it. Otherwise, wait for a special occasion to take someone to a tasting experience. They do have an A la carte menu if you want… The ambiance and atmosphere was great. They had odd music but other than that, it felt really comfy. We had a booth and they had a pillow next to me so I just leaned on it. The food chosen for us was great and the portions were good. If I were ever to go to another blind menu type thing, I would make a more comprehensive list of what I cannot eat.
So that leaves me with the question: What foods can you not stand at all?