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Just Like Family….Dinner

Hey there!

How are you all today?!

Today’s post is about my “just like family” dinner.

My boyfriend’s cousin, Cheryl, and her husband Terry, are so kind to frequently invite us over for dinner.

I am not blood related to them, but I feel just like a part of the family when I go there! Which I love, because all my relatives are out east (Montreal) or out mid-west (Kansas)… and when we go to Cheryl and Terry’s, it’s just like the family dinners I have at home! Lots of laughs and delicious food!

To start, we had:

A lovely salad with beets, tomatoes, goat cheese, pecans, with a balsamic vinaigrette. Really good! Love beets 🙂

For the main dish:

Grilled salmon topped with a fantastic apple mango pear raisin cranberry port relish, snow pea shoots, and toasted sesame seed adorned sushi rice! Mmmm!

Look at that presentation?!? Strategic placement of the plate too is important! (I learned 😉 )

And for dessert:

Decaf Espresso Mousse. The moussiest, most cloud - like mousse ever! So good:) The flavor brought me right back to my favorite childhood indulgence (Sheridan's Frozen Custard Esspresso Shake)! Love coffee flavored desserts!

I love how Cheryl and Terry work together as a team in the kitchen. They both love to cook which transcends in their food because it always looks and tastes absolutely delicious.

Also at dinner were Cheryl and Terry’s kids, the ever so entertaining Brooklyn (15), Wesley (17), and my boyfriend Dan’s parents, the lovely Frank and Di Anne, (who also frequently have us over for amazing just like family dinners and laughs)…

Oh and I can’t forget about the most adorable sous-chef around…

Hey there Latte!!

Speaking of latte,….

🙂

And speaking of adorable dogs, my friend Jane and my mom her mom Janis, just adopted this beauty from the shelter:

Say hello to Cecilia!!! (Ceci for short) Can’t wait to meet her in person!!

Have a lovely Wednesday!

Ellie

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Wining and Dining!

Hey there!

How was everyone’s weekend? Did you have some good food like I did?!

My Dad was in town from Montreal, so he treated me to a weekend of wonderful meals and wine 🙂

On Friday night, we went to a place called Section 3.

It was pretty loud, since there was a Canucks game going on… But we managed to raise our voices enough octaves to hear each other!

The food was delicious! I had the best yam fries. EVER!

The Ultimate Veggie Burger: Whole Wheat Bun, Alfalfa Sprouts, Cucumber, Avocado, Sauteed Onions and Mushrooms. SO good! But the yam fries were definitely the best part!

I also had a taste of my dad’s starter salad, which I will have to recreate, because the flavor combos were ah-mazing!

Avocado, Mango, Roasted Red Peppers, Orange, and Jicama. I forgot what the dressing was... But it worked!!

Along with a couple of glasses of wine, I was feeling in a celebratory mood, so I got a mojito topped with champagne! MMM! Though, what made this drink great, was the stir stick that came along with it!

Haha how funny is that?!?

Dinner was wonderful, and my Dad and boyfriend got along very well! Winner!

Dan and Dad (Mike)

On Saturday, my dad and I made a little day trip to whistler for lunch. It was a beautiful day!

We had lunch at La Bocca.

I had:

Peppermint Tea

Good Karma Wok- This was good! ALOT of tofu (almost too much!) I couldn't finish all the noodles either, but the Thai coconut curry sauce was wonderful! (not too spicy)

And my dad had:

Sesame Tenderloin Wok

The views on the way back to Vancouver from Whistler were absolutely incredible! The weather was so sunny!

For dinner that night, we went to one of my favorite restaurants… The Sandbar on Granville Island.

This was a night of indulgence!… Which is okay once in a while, ya know?!

To start, we had wine:

Malbec.

What an incredible backdrop… I’m a lucky gal. Vancouver is such a beautiful city!

Then came our appetizer:

The Sand Barge: prawns, oysters, crab

For our main dishes, I had:

Sandbar Big Salad: mixed greens, tomatoes, beets, cucumbers, Kalamata olives,edamame, sherry vinaigrette - topped with grilled salmon.

My dad had:

Arctic Char with fried rice and veggies.

For dessert:

A little dessert wine! - very sweet, but tasty!

Lemon tart - I was so full by this time, I had a small bite to taste, really yummy!

Assorted cheese plate- I rarely eat cheese, but I had a couple bites because my dad insisted that cheese and dessert wine together go in perfect harmony... Ha, yeah, they tasted pretty harmonious!

After a wonderful day of great food, views, and conversation, we called it a night!

Thanks Dad for spoiling me and treating me to wonderful meals!!!

I love going out to eat, but I have to say, I’m excited to get back to the kitchen and start cooking again! (a day and a half without cooking…it’s a stretch I know 😉 !)

Have a superb Sunday afternoon!

Ellie

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A Food Network Experience: Triple D’s Style!

Hey there!

In order to celebrate my roommates birthday yesterday, she suggested we go here:

As soon as I Googled Jethro’s Fine Grub and found out it appeared on Diners Drive Ins and Dives, I was totally in! (to view the you tube clip from Jethro’s on Triple D’s click here)

I am a HUGE Food Network fan, and anything having to do with the food network gets me pumped!

So I was PUMPED to go here!

After about a half of an hour wait outside (the place is absolutely tiny & busy)… and another 30 minute wait for our food..

The BIGGEST MOST HUMUNGOUS PANCAKES I HAVE EVER SEEN arrived at our table.

The birthday girl had to go big or go home, and big she went!

Do you see the size of those things????!!! They took up half of the table!!!

I was definitely neither game nor hungry enough to get their “pancakes”

So I opted for a veg friendly option appropriately named:

Got it without the rice though.

It was delicious!! Loved the green curry sauce and apple fennel slaw!!

I ended up ditching about 3/4 of the tortilla portion because it was just too much tortilla for me! I dumped the rest of the filling on the salad greens and gobbled it up! YUM-Y!

Brenna did pretty well with her pancakes considering the size..

You know that pancake portion size is OUT OF CONTROL when…

  1. Basically everyone whips out their camera phones to take a picture as soon as their pancakes arrive…
  2. They take up most of the table… and
  3. You need… not one, but TWO take home containers for left overs!

This just makes me laugh... I am STILL stunned at the size of those cakes!

All in all, I had a great time and great experience doing my Diners Drive Ins and Dives thang! Happy Birthday to Brenna!! Thanks for taking me here 🙂

Guy ate here..And so did I!!

Woot Woot!

Has anyone else been to a place featured on Triple D’s? If so.. How was it?!?!

Today is going to be another study filled day!! Really looking forward to it!!!

not… 😉

But first, I’m going to take some of this energy out at the gym!

I just fueled up with a nice breakfast:

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie: 1/2 frozen banana, 3/4 scoop chocolate protein powder, a bit of cacao powder, 3/4 cup non dairy milk, 1 tbs hazelnut butter. Along with a triple threat Banana Nut Blueberry Muffin!

I couldn’t wait to take a sip and a bite before the pic was taken – ’twas a hungry morning!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

xoxo Ellie

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