Friday, March 23, 2012

{what i wore} conservative lunch

there is something fantastically wonderful about having a day off in the middle of the week. it's like a walk on the wild side. last tuesday, i had a bunch of appointments so i took the day off work. my hubby happened to have been scheduled for an evening shift at his workplace so we had a rare morning and afternoon off together. we decided to finally visit toca by tom brodi for a nice lunch.

before i get into the food, i have to recommend the non-alcoholic cucumber ginseng "temperance cocktail" - containing cucumber, basil, ginseng, and ginger beer! it was so delicious and refreshing that i had to hold back from chugging it. instead i sipped it like a lady. a really really thirsty lady. we also ordered a pink shampagne - sparkling cranberry, apple cider, elderflower - it was just alright.

the food was incredible but the portions were gi-normous. yes, the prices are high but i think i still would have preferred slightly smaller portions. i would have enjoyed my meal more and i wouldn't have felt mentally defeated by not being able to finish my food. it's not often that food beats me.

to start, we shared a huge order of fancy fish and chips - mill street beer battered yarmouth lobster with frites & espelette tartar. the beer batter is so light that it is extra deadly because the fullness doesn't hit you until you are nearly bursting. the lobster nearly melted in your mouth - wow!

the dish is served with kennebec frites sprinkled with a little thunder oak gouda. i didn't know this before but kennebec potatoes are favoured by some restaurants. these might well be some of the best fries i've ever had - the texture and flavour were divine.

my hubby ordered the braised lamb shank - prairie grains, almonds, and drunken raisins. i'm not a huge fan of lamb so i didn't try it but my hubby said it was yummy. plus i was distracted by my meal...

when my main dish came, my eyes widened like saucers. i ordered the pie - nova scotia lobster & turkey - holy crapola, the pot pie was the size of my head! there's a photo embedded in the video below if you wish to see proof. there was so much pastry and i tried to eat it all but it beat me. i also left the mushrooms (dislike) and a few peas (didn't have the energy to pick them out among the mushrooms). all i wanted to do after i finished eating was roll over and go to bed.

the photo of me with my pot pie is in the screen capture below. do you see how i already look beat? it's like i'm scared of the darn thing!

i'm not hugely crazy about how this outfit turned out but here is what i wore:

- black express t-shirt top (ross)
- thrifted black & burgundy check shirt (talize)
- black tights (old)
- black patent leather heels (guess)
- lv bag (old)
- "crystal" stud earrings (h&m)
- necklace with heart charm (gift from hubby)
- starfish bracelet (galapagos)

in the first photo (below), i'm thinking, "is that a chair behind me? i want to go to sleep."

{what's on my face}

- nyx nude on nude palette
- nyc blushable creme stick in big apple blush
- urban decay afterglow glide-on cheek tint in indecent
- annabelle blush in pronto
- revlon lip butter in fig jam
- mark. glossy lip stain in bella


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