Saturday, February 02, 2008

Ah, the French

Friday was a great food day. I had a (much belated) farewell lunch with a friend and former co-worker (my fault, I kept putting it off with new jobs). He took me to Provence Mediterannean Grill, a french restaurant.

I find french cuisine amazing because it's very simple for the most part, but oh so good. We started the lunch with antipasti. I should've looked at the menu beforehand because just going up to peer through the glass counter doesn't provide enough information. So, I ended up ordering the bocconcini and tomato salad, grilled artichokes and roasted veggies. If I had to do it again, I'd go with the grilled lamb or merguez, eggplant lasagne and grilled squid. Course, that would be a meal in itself, and I could've saved my friend some money that way. LOL.

He had the Queen charlotte wild salmon, and I had the special of the day, arctic char wtih a artichoke tapenade over grilled zucchini and asparagus with roasted potatoes. It was delicious, and the company was a blast.

For dinner, we went to The William Tell with friends. We got there early, so we ordered drinks from their extensive cocktail menu. Hubby asked me to order him a drink, so I ordered him a Razztini, which was raspberry liquer, raspberry Stoli and cranberry juice. For myself, I order a Dragon Queen; Hypnotiq, peach schnapps, and some other stuff. Man was it good, although the server did rib me about being a Dragon Queen. You are what you drink. I had heard that the servers there can be quite obsequious and/or grumpy, but I found it to be nothing like that. Darryl, our server was funny, polite but still professional. It turned out he knew our friend C. She had housemates once upon a time who worked at Lumiere and Darryl, being also in the restaurant business, had been to a party with C once before.

We did the Taste of Vancouver menu, and 3 of us had the vol au vent for an entree, while hubby was written down for the lamb shank. It was, delicious, or at least we thought so. C didn't care for the sauce, I'm not sure why. We also ordered a bottle of Gewurztraminer, which was wow. Who knew that BCers actually knew how to make wine? ;)

5 comments:

ShadesOfGrey said...

You're just trying to make me envious and longing to move back to Van, aren't you? ;) Well, if it weren't for the fact that we can't afford a house in Van, let alone acreage, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

Now, I have to go inhale some pork fuzz because of you....

Epicure68 said...

You know me so well, that's all I'm trying to do. You could afford a home here if you got hubby to change professions and become an "agriculturalist" in BC's fastest growing industry. ;)

ShadesOfGrey said...

Or better yet, let us get a huge honking chunk o' inheritance since getting him to change professions would be about as easy as getting D&N to divorce or getting N to lift a pinky to do any work. :P

Bonnie said...

Hey there - so not sure if this is the place to tell you but I AM moving back to Van!! Timeline is open as I'm job-seeking but I'm hoping it'll happen within the next few months - within this calendar year with any luck. So, what are the job prospects at UBC these days?? ;-)

ShadesOfGrey said...

Sorry to butt in on your conversation, but, Bonnie, my sis will be SO thrilled to hear that! You've been such a good, long-time friend. :) Best of luck in the job hunt and hope you'll find a terrific job!