December 16, 2016 – Hookslide concert

This evening John and I go to hear Hookslide at the Backyard Coffee Co. in Redwood City.    The guys do a great job and sing two long sets.  The venue, however, is pretty grotty and I am hoping that this will be the only time they sing here.

Hookslide with Bud on lead

Hookslide with Bud on lead and Jon in center back

Mayan on lead and Jon in the back (as usual)

Mayan on lead and Jon in the back (as usual)

 

December 11, 2016 – Birthday celebration with Nathan, Sam, and Jonathan

On the Sunday after my birthday Jonathan, Nathan, and Sam come over for a little celebration.  In addition to having another coffee cake that Sarah has made, we play some fake tennis, and Sam marvels that I still have the pumpkin that he gave me for Halloween.

Sam and his "I love you" pumpkin

Sam and his “I love you” pumpkin

Nathan and Jon are ready for some fake tennis against John.  They win!

Nathan and Jon are ready for some fake tennis against John. They win!

Sam is the ball boy

Sam is the ball boy

Celebration!!!

Celebration!!!

December 8, 2016 – The Birthdays!

This year we have a smaller celebration than usual because George has torn his Achilles’ tendon and is still not terribly mobile even though he had the tear in August.

Happy Birthday, Mary and George!

Happy Birthday, Mary and George!

We meet for drinks at Karen and George’s house and have dinner at Piatti’s, a local favorite. Piatti’s has this olive oil, crushed pepper, and garlic dipping sauce that is so good.   Of course, after eating hours d’ouevres at their house and dipping quite a bit of bread, I am barely hungry for dinner. So I take at least half home.

Dinner at Piatti's

Dinner at Piatti’s

December 8, 2017 – Birthday morning

Today is my birthday and I start off the day with flowers, cards, and a fabulous present from John, an Apple iPad Pro with a keyboard! No more schlepping around my heavy computer when we travel! The screen is large and all my pictures look great on it.  In addition Sarah makes me a wonderful coffee cake which is just like the one we used to get from the Dugan man when I was a kid growing up. The Dugan man came to the door with his expandable case full of bakery goodies a couple of times a week.  I always loved it when we would get the coffee cake with nuts and almond paste.

Thank you so much, John and Sarah!

Coffee cake

Coffee cake

November 30, 2016 – Thanksgiving weekend

John, Sarah, and I also went out to dinner with Phyllis & Gary plus Becca and our nephew, Mike, while we up in the Tampa area. Phyllis suggested a German place, Taste of Berlin, and it was great. Becca and Mike are fun to be with and we all enjoyed schnitzels and beer!

Becca and Mike (who looks just like my father!) at Taste of Berlin in Brandon, FL

Becca and Mike (who looks just like my father!) at Taste of Berlin in Brandon, FL

November 24, 2016 – Thanksgiving

Yum, Thanksgiving! With all of us making a contribution, we are having a lavish feast! In addition to our dishes, creamed onions and Indian pudding, I have made myself and my sisters Thanksgiving aprons.  Peg and Phyllis seem happy with them. Dinner is definitely a case of too many cooks not spoiling the broth (dinner.) Our dinner consists of turkey, sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, creamed onions, green bean casserole, parsnips and carrots, rolls, and cranberry sauce. For dessert there is apple-cranberry pie and Indian pudding with ice cream. In addition Andy and Brittany have smoked a brisket.  No one is going hungry today.

I am sad, though, that this is the first Thanksgiving that I have not been with Jonathan since 1977, the year he was born. I know he will do a great job cooking dinner but I miss him as well as Ryan, Nathan, and Sam. But, yay!, this is the first time I have had Thanksgiving dinner with my sisters in a long, long time.

Peggy in her turkey apron holding a pre-dinner "turkey" snack

Peggy in her turkey apron holding a pre-dinner “turkey” snack

Phyllis wearing her apron hard at work

Phyllis wearing her apron hard at work

Gary carving the turkey

Gary carving the turkey

The kitchen is abuzz with activity

The kitchen is abuzz with activity

John hasn been banished from the kitchen but hovers around the edges

John hasn been banished from the kitchen but hovers around the edges

Phyllis and Gary's round high-top table has plenty of seating for everyone

Phyllis and Gary’s round high-top table has plenty of seating for everyone

Wow, what a feast!

Wow, what a feast!

Time to dig in!

Time to dig in! (l. To r.  John, Sarah, Brittany, Phyllis, and Andy)

At the table

At the table (Brittany, John, Ted)

At the table

At the table (John, Ted, Sarah)

November 23, 2016 – Victorian Tea

As long as we are already on the East Coast, we decide to make a trip down to Florida for Thanksgving at Phyllis and Gary’s near Tampa.  First order of business, though, is a little girl-time at a Victorian Tea Room. Peggy, Phyllis, Sarah, Brittany (nephew Andy’s wife), and I tuck into a spot of tea with some delicious sandwiches, soup, scones, and dessert.

Sarah and Brittany

Sarah and Brittany

Phyllis, Mary, and Peggy

Phyllis, Mary, and Peggy

 

November 19, 2016 – Melissa and Rob’s Wedding, Murrells Inlet, SC

Sarah, John and I travel to South Carolina to attend the wedding of Melissa Hansen Keefe to Rob Murren.  How can I miss this? It is a great chance to spend a little time with my dear friend Sophie.

The wedding and reception are full of happiness. Melissa has been through very hard times losing her first husband, Nick, at such a young age. We are thrilled that she has found this new love and that Tyler will have a new dad. The ceremony is very touching with Rob making vows also to Tyler promising to be a good dad to him.

Melissa and Rob at the altar

Melissa and Rob at the altar

Mr. and Mrs. Rob Murren

Mr. and Mrs. Rob Murren

With Sophie at the reception

With Sophie at the reception

John and Sarah at reception

John and Sarah at reception

Pilats!

Pilats!

Pixie Sarah

Pixie Sarah

Melissa and Rob first dance

Melissa and Rob first dance

Melissa and Al dance

Melissa and Al dance

Sarah and Melissa, first best friends

Sarah and Melissa, first best friends

October 27, 2016 – Fall Family Fest

Today we had the gang over and we went to the Pumpkin Patch at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Afterwards we had dinner featuring Zayde burgers, brussels sprout slaw, and potato salad. For dessert we had what Sarah called brain cake but was actually an upside down cranberry cake.

Sam on the slide

Sam on the slide

Coming down frontwards this time

Coming down frontwards this time

Nathan in the floating bubble

Nathan in the floating bubble

Nathan doing a good job balancing

Nathan doing a good job balancing

Sam in the bubble

Sam in the bubble

Sam relaxing in the bubble

Sam relaxing in the bubble

Ryan, Nathan, Jon, Sam, Mary, and John at the Pumpkin Patch

Ryan, Nathan, Jon, Sam, Mary, and John at the Pumpkin Patch

This time with Sarah included and Ryan taking the picture

This time with Sarah included and Ryan taking the picture

Table set for Fall Family Fest!

Table set for Fall Family Fest!

October 8-17, 2016 – Jonathan visits St. George

On Saturday, October 8, 2016 John, Jon, and I hit the road for St. George at 5:45AM! Jonathan likes to take the route through Yosemite NP and as it takes a little longer, it is imperative that we leave a little early so we can finish in daylight. So armed with bagels and coffee for an in-car breakfast, we are off. Traffic is a little heavier than usual due to it being Columbus Day weekend but we make good time and by lunchtime we have reached Tonopah, NV.

We arrive in St. George around 7PM MDT, check to see that everything is in working order (both Direct TV and the internet are on the fritz) and then head over to the Club for some so-so dinner.

As we will do five times during Jon’s stay, we play tennis the next morning. Poor Jon has tennis elbow but plays valiantly through the pain. I am playing horribly through all of our sessions and only start to improve at the very end of our stay.

Jon ready for his forehand

Jon ready for his forehand

John hitting his forehand

John hitting his forehand

Jonathan and I have such fun grocery shopping and cooking. We get the ingredients for his favorite “mom” meal, meatballs and gravy over noodles with green beans.

Jon's favorite, meatballs and gravy over noodles with green beans

Jon’s favorite, meatballs and gravy over noodles with green beans

The days fly by and Jon plays golf on his non-tennis days and arranges music, takes naps, and continues to shop and cook with us. We bring some better wines along to share. One of our older Zinfandels gets a big thumbs up from all of us.

Jon cooking vegetables for fajitas

Jon cooking vegetables for fajitas

Jon and John in the kitchen

Jon and John in the kitchen

This 2004 Imagery Zinfandel is the bomb!

This 2004 Imagery Zinfandel is the bomb!

Another yummy dinner, chicken fajitas

Another yummy dinner, chicken fajitas

We are also trying to find new places to eat. The dining scene in St. George is pretty grim but there must be restaurants other than Mongolian BBQ and Mad Pita to eat! We try Jalapeño’s, Dickey’s BBQ, and strike gold at Irmita’s. There are daily specials and the Tuesday mulitas are delicious and economical.

Irmita's Tuesday special, Mulita

Irmita’s Tuesday special, Mulita

One day we decide to take a hike in Zion NP. Since October is a pretty popular time, we search out less well-known spots to hike. Our choice is off the Hop Kiln Trail along the Kolob Terrace Rd. We decide to go off-trail to find what another hiker has named Hoodoo City. We have great fun exploring and are careful to leave a cairn so we won’t get lost coming back. Plus there are no other adventurers on our hike.

Jon near "Hoodoo City"

Jon near “Hoodoo City”

Mary and John silly selfie in the slickrock

Mary and John silly selfie in the slickrock

Tiny Jon in the wilderness

Tiny Jon in the wilderness

Our next stop is at the Lava Point Overlook. The view of Wildcat Canyon and The main Zion Canyon peaks are phenomenal.

The view from Lava Point towards Zion Canyon

The view from Lava Point towards Zion Canyon

Mary and John at the overlook

Mary and John at the overlook

Jon at Lava Point

Jon at Lava Point

The colorful aspens along Kolob Terrace Rd.

The colorful aspens along Kolob Terrace Rd.

Our culinary point of view this week is international. In addition to the Mexican chicken fajitas above, we also make –


We all have a great time and are so happy that Jonathan loves this place as much as we do. It is nice to think that there might be generations of Pilats enjoying St. George and the wonderful nearby parks in the future.
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September 30, 2016 – Meals for September

Here’s what we made during September, 2016. Obviously we had more meals than this but some pictures I forgot to take, some dinners we ate out, sometimes we had takeout, and some evenings we were invited to other peoples’ homes.

September 20, 2016 – Visiting with the Kendalls

Our good friends Eileen and Jim Kendall are up in the Bay Area visiting their daughter, Ali, and her family. We drive over to Corte Madera to see them and have some lunch. Ali and Van’s daughter, Vea, models her Halloween finery for us.  We all dine al fresco next to the Bay in the beautiful weather.  Sadly we did not get to see Eli as he was at preschool and Van, of course, who was off working. We have been slowly transferring our Bruder trucks to the Swearingen small fry.  I am so glad they are getting a new home.

Many thanks to Eileen and Jim for having us over for lunch and sharing their family with us.

Eileen helps Vea into her Halloween skirt an hat

Eileen helps Vea into her Halloween skirt an hat

Vea checks out Eli's fright wig

Vea checks out Eli’s fright wig

Ali and Vea share some lunch by San Francisco Bay

Ali and Vea share some lunch by San Francisco Bay

 

September 16, 2016 – John’s birthday celebration coincides with Hookslide performance

For John’s birthday we decide to postpone the celebration for two days and head over to the peninsula for dinner, a Hookslide concert at Domenico’s Winery, and an overnight.  Food and accommodations were good and Hookslide was great.  Plus there was a bonus of getting to see Nathan and Sam!

Dinner at Mistrals in Redwood Shores included shrimp risotto and...

Dinner at Mistrals in Redwood Shores included shrimp risotto and…

blackened sea bass.

blackened sea bass.

Hookslide at Domenico's Winery

Hookslide at Domenico’s Winery

Sam and Ryan listening

Sam and Ryan listening

Hookslide singing loudly

Hookslide singing loudly

Nathan is engrossed in a chess game with some ear protection!

Nathan is engrossed in a chess game with some ear protection!

 

September 8, 2016 – Quick trip to St. George

Did we really drive all the way to St. George for just 5 days?! Yes, we did.The house was in good shape and ready for our trip with Jonathan in October when we will stay for more than 5 days!  We enjoyed the evenings looking at the pond, John grilling dinner, and the temperatures coming down.

Dusk on the pond behind the house in St. George

Dusk on the pond behind the house in St. George

He's a grillman!

He’s a grillman!

September 3, 2016 – Family day

We have just gotten back from our trip or so it seems and now Nathan and Sam will be heading back to school. Time for one last summer get-together. We have Zayde burgers, play fake tennis, and the kids enjoy games with Mom.

Nathan and Sam with Ryan

Nathan and Sam with Ryan

The tennis players pose after an exhausting game of fake tennis

The tennis players pose after an exhausting game of fake tennis

August 9, 2016 – The return home

Originally our plan is to take a few days driving and get to St. George, UT to check things out at the house and then return home.  However, temperatures in St. George are hovering around 105F for a high and 80F for a low and it just seems too daunting. So instead we will spend a night in Portland as originally planned and then head home with an overnight in Redding, CA. One of our goals on this trip is to escape the heat and if we end up where it is much hotter than home that seems counter-productive.

We start out earlish because we have to cross the border back into the U.S.  Having had a lengthy delay getting into Canada we can only imagine how difficult the trip back in will be. Amazingly it takes about 5 minutes. Huh.

We want to stop in Portland because several years ago we were in Portland for Davis Cup and we ate at Jake’s where we had razor clams. They were fabulous! So after checking into our very nice hotel, the Sentinel, we make a reservation and walk the few blocks to the restaurant. (Thanks, internet, for the pictures below)

There is a saying about not being able to go home again. My experience is that it is very difficult to go back to a restaurant that you loved and have it be as good as you remember. This is true of our experience at Jake’s. We start out with a calmari appetizer which is fine but the razor clam entree is heavily breaded and the flavor is just not the same. I remember them have this maple syrupy element to them in their sweetness. This dinner was an over breaded piece of seafood with a lump of mashed potatoes and green beans. Sigh.

Fried calamari

Fried calamari

Sad razor clams with blob of potatoes and green beans

Sad razor clams with blob of potatoes and green beans

Oh well. The next day we hightail it to Redding, CA. We do get to see the magnificent Mount Shasta along the way.  It is the volcano that is the farthest south in the Cascade Range.  It is surprisingly enormous when it comes into view, kind of like seeing Mt. Rainier in Seattle.

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta

Finally, we end our culinary journey at Olive Garden which normally we wouldn’t go to but, hey, it’s Redding and probably not a place to get adventurous.  Our eggplant parmesan was actually quite good.

Eggplant parmesan from Olive Garden

Eggplant parmesan from Olive Garden

So that’s it, our whole trip. We drove about 2400 miles, had beautifully cool weather, enjoyed ocean breezes, saw amazing vistas and fabulou flora, ate our own home-cooking and had some amazing restaurant meals, and loved being in each other’s company. Pretty wonderful, I’d say.

 

August 8, 2016 – Vancouver, B.C.

Today is our last day in Vancouver and we have a full day planned.  Also we are going back to Maenam’s for dinner. Yay!

Our first and longest stop is at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology.  The mission of the museum is to present world arts and cultures with a special emphasis on the First Nations peoples of the British Columbia area. As you enter the building there is an enormous room full of totems and other artifacts.

Board with otter - Coastal Salish people c.1890

Board with otter – Coastal Salish people c.1890

One thing I did not realize is that the totem poles were used as structural elements inside their houses. The different carved elements brought different spirits into the house.

Haida totem pole

Haida totem pole

There is also a display of large ceremonial bowls that look like small boats used for tribal gatherings. There is a giant spoon to use in the left hand bowl.

Ceremonial bowls

Ceremonial bowls

Ceremonial masks

Ceremonial masks

The great vaulted exhibition room holds many fabulous totem poles.

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Exiting the space devoted to the First Peoples of British Columbia, there is a large space devoted to the First Peoples of the Pacific Islands, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Many of the statues are representations of myths that seem to include the capture and rape of women.

This has to do with a man hiding and watching as beautiful young women came to a bathing place in bird disguise. He watched as they stepped out of their costumes and came back the next day and stole one of the costumes. He promised to help the woman get back her costume but captured her instead to be his wife.

This has to do with a man hiding and watching as beautiful young women came to a bathing place in bird disguise. He watched as they stepped out of their costumes and came back the next day and stole one of the costumes. He promised to help the woman get back her costume but captured her instead to be his wife.

This has to do with the rape of the moon woman.

Rape of the moon woman by the crocodile man of Papua New Guinea.

There is also a contemporary exhibit going on called Unceded Territories. The art deals with colonialist suppression of First Nations peoples and the ongoing struggle for Indigenous rights to lands, resources, and sovereignty.

One of the paintings in the exhibition by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

One of the paintings in the exhibition by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

There are rooms and rooms full of everything the museum has collected. It is a little daunting. In back of the museum is a large outdoor installation.

Outdoor exhibit

Outdoor exhibit

After doing a pretty thorough job investigating the Museum of Anthropology we return to our hotel for a little lunch and feet up time.

This afternoon we head out to the Nitobe Memorial Garden, also at the University of British Columbia. According to their website –

“Dr. Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933) was an agriculturalist, scholar, Quaker, philosopher, statesman and educator. Dr. Nitobe was educated at Sapporo Agricultural College, University of Tokyo, Johns Hopkins and University of Halle (Germany). Early in his life he expressed the desire to be a “bridge over the Pacific” and he devoted much of his life to promoting trust and understanding between the United States and Japan.”

It is quite a serene place with a tea house and a walk that takes one from birth to death through decorative lamps and rocks. (Unfortunately my phone starts ringing as we are amidst the solitude.)

Nitobe Memorial Garden

Nitobe Memorial Garden

Next we visit some park land along the English Bay so I can take a panoramic picture of Vancouver.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

Tonight is our final dinner in Vancouver so we decide to go back to Maenam knowing that the experience there will most likely be better than anywhere else. The waitstaff recognizes us and greets us warmly.  The menu for the chef’s dinner has changed since we were here on Saturday so we have several new dishes. Once again it is so good. If I lived here I would come to Maenam’s at least once a week.

(I have only included pictures of the items we did not have last time. We had the fabulous clams and the duck salad again.)

This time our amuse bouche includes shrimp toast with salmon tartar and prawn as well as the yummy meatball

This time our amuse bouche includes shrimp toast with salmon tartar and prawn as well as the yummy meatball

Hot and sour chicken soup with oyster mushrooms

Hot and sour chicken soup with oyster mushrooms

Hanger steak with red curry, egg, beans, cilantro and ginger

Hanger steak with red curry, egg, beans, cilantro and ginger

Ling cod tempura with basil, shallot, chili, and fried green peppercorns

Ling cod tempura with basil, shallot, chili, and fried green peppercorns

Black sesame panna cotta with raspberry and sesame brittle and fresh coconut sorbet

Black sesame panna cotta with raspberry and sesame brittle and fresh coconut sorbet

We have had a great time in Vancouver.  There were many interesting things to see, the city is clean and safe, the people are warm and friendly, and the food is OUTSTANDING!

 

 

August 7, 2016 – Vancouver, B.C.

Our plan today is to go to the Queen Elizabeth Park to see the gardens and to see the Bloedel Conservatory. The park is at the highest point in Vancouver and there are panoramic views.

View of downtown Vancouver from Queen Elizabeth Park

View of downtown Vancouver from Queen Elizabeth Park

The first place we visit is the Bloedel Conservatory. It is full of tropical plants and birds.  There is a helpful brochure that refers to numbered sites in the conservatory.

John in front of Bloedel Conservatory

John in front of Bloedel Conservatory

Tropical plants

Tropical plants

Koi

Koi

Tropical birds

Tropical birds

Weird tree

Weird tree

Bird eating seeds

Bird eating seeds

Colorful birds

Colorful birds

After spending a good deal of time in the Conservatory we decide to get lunch at the restaurant at the park, Seasons in the Park. It is a lovely restaurant with beautiful views of the park out the windows. The restaurant hosted a meeting between President Clinton and President Yeltsin in 1993. And the food is good too!

Delicious salmon and salad at Seasons in the Park

Delicious salmon and salad at Seasons in the Park

Plaque commemorating the meeting between Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin

Plaque commemorating the meeting between Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin

After our late lunch we walk around the garden some more. Part of the garden is in quarries that are no longer in use.  It is a dramatic setting where you can look at the overall garden from above and then walk among the plantings.

Looking down into the Little Quarry Garden

Looking down into the Little Quarry Garden

Another view

Another view

Plantings

Plantings

Mary hiding behind a giant leaf

Mary hiding behind a giant leaf

In the early evening we head over to Granville Island which is the happening place in Vancouver. There are music venues, shops, and restaurants. We decide to dine at Edible Canada, a restaurant that showcases Canadian products. Our dinner starts out well but goes down hill at the entree course.  John didn’t like his and didn’t eat some of it.  John usually likes everything!

YUKON ARCTIC CHAR GRAVLAX gin cured char, Vancouver Island sea salt, lemon crema, fresh dill, crusty bread, pickled onion YUM!

YUKON ARCTIC CHAR GRAVLAX
gin cured char, Vancouver Island sea salt, lemon crema, fresh dill, crusty bread, pickled onion YUM!

These are french fries that are cooked in duck fat. They are soggy and not great. BOO!

These are french fries that are cooked in duck fat. They are soggy and not great. BOO!

Three kinds of salt - the bacon salt is especially delicious

Three kinds of salt – the bacon salt is especially delicious

FARMERS HARVEST daily selection of organic farm fresh vegetables, Canadian grain hummus, pickled vegetables - This was not so good. John had his with smoked sturgeon which he wouldn't even eat it was so rubbery and off-putting plus the grain hummus was just regular chickpea hummus

FARMERS HARVEST
daily selection of organic farm fresh vegetables, Canadian grain hummus, pickled vegetables – This was not so good. John had his with smoked sturgeon which he wouldn’t even eat it was so rubbery and off-putting plus the grain hummus was just regular chickpea hummus

Lastly we take a walk around Granville Island and look at the shops.  The view of downtown Vancouver is pretty spectacular.

Downtown Vancouver from Granville Island

Downtown Vancouver from Granville Island

 

August 6, 2016 – To Vancouver, B.C.

After breakfast we get our bags packed up and head out to find our way up to Canada.  We are hoping that the border crossing will not be too lengthy.  The times we have crossed into Canada, it has been quite expeditious. It is usually getting back into the U.S. that is time-consuming.

But not today. Times for getting into Canada are posted some miles before the crossing. If we continue on I-5 the wait is half an hour, if we use an alternate, it is 10 minutes. Wisely, or so we think, we choose the shorter wait time. It takes more than an hour and we are questioned and a dog comes around to sniff our car. The only drugs we are likely to have with us might be to ease our creaky joints from sitting in the car for an extra hour!

Waiting at the Canadian border, eh?

Waiting at the Canadian border, eh?

After finding our way to Vancouver and negotiating the myriad roads closed for repaving or repair, we get to our digs for tonight and the next two nights, the West Coast Suites at University of British Columbia.  We have opted for another apartment type set up and the University is a great setting. It is situated on a peninsula southwest of downtown and there is easy access to lots of great neighborhoods and parks.

Typical suite at West Coast Suites at UBC

Typical suite at West Coast Suites at UBC

Only downside is that there is no air conditioning! What, were they not expecting Americans to visit? And there are no screens. Amazingly the only problem we run into during our three night stay is the noise of wild animals attacking prey. It is lovely and cool and nary a bug flies into our room.

We decide to take some time to get ourselves sorted out and do some wash. We also want to investigate someplace to eat. While I am looking around the internet I find a restaurant that has won Vancouver Magazine’s 2016 restaurant of the year as well as many other accolades, Maenum, serving Thai cuisine. I love Thai cuisine! Since we have skipped lunch we make a reservation on the earlyish side .

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amazing food night after night; transforming Vancouver’s dining scene

– Vancouver Magazine, Restaurant of the Year

Parking is an adventure. It is a combination of internet and phone. We call the number on the meter and we go through an extensive menu of punching in our license plate number and credit card so we can park.  Then we walk the couple of blocks to Maenum and are only 10 minutes late. (I hate to be late.) But all is well and we are set for a culinary adventure.

We select the chef’s menu which consists of at least 6 small plates. It is only $45 Canadian and the wine pairing is $30 C. Wow, what a deal! And it is spectacular. Here is what we dine on –

Kingfish and prawn on a betel leaf plus pork and chicken meatmall with chile and pineapple

Kingfish and prawn on a betel leaf plus pork and chicken meatball with chile and pineapple

Sablefish with oyster mushrooms in a lemongrass broth with dill, kaffir lime and fresh tumeric

Sablefish with oyster mushrooms in a lemongrass broth with dill, kaffir lime and fresh tumeric

Cllams in a spicy broth and lemongrass and chiles served with fabulous nahm jim sauce

Clams in a spicy broth and lemongrass and chiles served with fabulous nahm jim sauce

Duck salad with mint, fried shallot, and lychee

Duck salad with mint, fried shallot, and lychee

Surgeon with green curry sauce steamed in a banana leaf and served with a cilantro and mint salad

Surgeon with green curry sauce steamed in a banana leaf and served with a cilantro and mint salad

Breaded and fried chicken with basil, cashews, guajillo chiles and fresh baby corn

Breaded and fried chicken with basil, cashews, guajillo chiles and fresh baby corn

There was also a coconut panna cotta which was also delicious but in my hurry to eat it I forget to take a picture.  This was really a five star dinner. I am afraid that wherever we eat next will not be able to even come close.