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Sometimes I read Joe Mallozzi's blog and I think, "Eh, why the hell is he always ranting about his food. Dude. It's *food*, get over it."

He's a real foodie, I get it. And I like food, seriously - but I'd only ever been out to a truly fancy, fine dining type restaurant once in my life. It was about, oh, 18 years ago or so, and retro_rider55 took me out to see "Bye Bye Birdie" at the QE Theater. We went for dinner at the Four Seasons before hand, and it knocked my socks off. I was wined and dined in style and luxury, and it made a lasting impression.

So last night I got spoiled again. Interestingly enough, it wasn't even for me - it was for solomons_pond's birthday.

pondside invite me and Jazzy girl to come with them to celebrate. Almost the entire Pondside Clan was there;mystic_winds, pondside and Densie, as well as a very special guest, persis, who flew from Boston just for the weekend.

We went to Restaurant Connor Butler at the foot of the Granville street bridge. We stepped from the icy cold into a warm, inviting room with organza and velvet curtains dressing the entrance and gorgeous ambiance.

Oh, dear God in heaven. It was a hedonistic tribute to decadence.

Versace dinnerware, linen napkins, real silver flatware.
Lobster morsel, compliments of the chef.
Appy tray with prosciutto cups, lox and blackberries.

- Wine - Gewurtztraminer

Salad with lobster, chèvre, citrus segments and white truffle oil.
Dungeness Crab Bisque w/ crab, crème fraîche and caviar.

- Wine - Riesling

Pheasant with fresh noodles, mushrooms parmigiano reggiano.
(alternate of sweatbreads on a bed of onions - I skipped trying that)
Dark chocolate mousse, with biscuits, fudge and Marcona Ice Cream
Dessert tray with french truffles, dates and biscotti

- Coffee, fresh cream

Oh my god. I *grok* it now. I would probably be very willing to do something quite questionable for someone I might not ordinarily be willing to engage in impetuous acts with if they took me out for this kind of dinner.

Obligatory SGA reference: I totally want to see Rodney take John to this restaurant and feed him decadent, rich food, ply him with $100/bottle wine and break down his defense till he is a helpless, caught up in only what he can taste, smell and feel, a veritable kaleidoscope of sensual experience.

ETA: I posted this request as a prompt for the "John/Rodney—It's only just begun..." post-SGA McShep Fest. Of course, if more than one person were to decide that they were interested in writing this idea as a fic, I would never complain...

Driving back was a bit of an adventure. In the sense that drivers in Vancouver generally spaz out at the sight of a snowflake, and a when whole crapload of them descend at once, it becomes somewhat chaotic out there. And boy am I glad that *I* didn't have to drive in that.

Got home eventually - it took solomons_pond about 40 minutes to get back to my place when it had maybe taken us about 10 minutes to drive to the restaurant.

I have to admit, that though it is cold and unwelcome, it is kinda pretty...

Snow looks pretty when it falls - not so much when it sticks to the ground.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 15th, 2008 10:28 am (UTC)
I *HEART* fancy foodstuffs.

Dine Out Vancouver FTW! Fancy foods for CHEAP! =D

Dec. 15th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
The dinner out sounds wonderful, and the restaurant and food must have been truly beautiful.
I have to admit Shad though... I am cravin' me "The Further Adventures of Larry"...
*evil grin*
Dec. 15th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
that food sounds delicious *drools*
Dec. 15th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Sounds nummy. *dark chocolate mousse*...
Dec. 15th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
I've been outdone!! (puts gun barrel in mouth)
Dec. 15th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
- 16 years ago last May...
Feb. 19th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
Dining out at RCB
After reading your comments on Rest.ConnorButler, I am going to make reservations. Sounds like a good place to impress some of my foodie relatives coming from Alberta next month. Thanks for sharing.
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