Sunday, March 19, 2006

Happy Day

The weather today was flawless for a demo ride on a TCR Composite road bike compliments of BSP and Giant Bicycles. If you have the need for speed, this baby will not disappoint. I was grinning from ear to ear as I flew down Mt. Seymour Road while catching mosquitoes in my teeth!

A tube is not a tube...when it's a box of coffee.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Adeus Sra. Maria

Today we bid a sad farewell to Sra. Maria who passed away suddenly earlier this week. As we grieved amongst a church full of mourners and the chanteuse sweetly sang Ave Maria, I was vividly replaying the last time we spoke. Her infectious smile is forever ingrained within me and I sob no more.

After the service we headed for Stella's on the Drive (previously known as Santos Tapas - another much mourned Portuguese icon) with some friends, where we enjoyed a very tasty chorizo dog served with caramelized onions, lightly drizzled with mustard and mayo along with a side of frites and citrus aioli.

So here's the would never find a chorizo in Spain served with mustard and mayo or call a citrus infused mayonnaise an aioli if it didn't have garlic as a main ingredient. Having said this, the eats were dee-lish and the service primo, so Stell-aaahhh, you're forgiven for your clever twists on Spanish classics.

Always impressive is the 10-Step Belgian beer serving ritual of Stella Artois, the restaurant's namesake. A seat at the bar is highly recommended if you haven't had the honour of this lip-smacking beer served "just so" - in a Stella Artois Chalice Glass with a three centimeter head and at three degrees Celsius. Even in the dead of winter, this Belgian star warms the heart.

Speaking of Belgians...I must relay one of Jesee's childhood stories about a Belgian family who vacationed regularly in Mallorca. His father, Francisco was famous throughout the town of Soller for his caracoles, and invited his newfound friends home for a tasty delicacy of snails. Madame was so zealous for this dish that she insisted on the recipe, which the late Francisco happily obliged.

Upon seeing them again a short time later, Francisco inquired of the success of her caracoles. Madame replied, "I followed your recipe as you instructed, but it did not taste the same, as the snails that I used did not have houses."

Can we say eewww?!!

Monday, March 06, 2006

"Ricky, I think I ate too much!"

Gambas al Ajillo served with fresh Portuguese buns to sop up every last drop...

accompanied by bottles of vino, good friends, la música and lots of laughter!

Current Dinner Music: Fiona Apple

Current Thought: Lucy's missing Fred and Ethel

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Ladies Who Lunch

Lunches with the ladies are always eventful and today was no exception. Holly and I hadn't seen each other since we were on Bowen for the Christmas show last December, but it felt as if it was only yesterday.

She announced that the GILT Studio Gallery would be moving to a larger, more suitable space with a view of the cove in Artisan Square sometime this summer. With the media attention that David Graff is drawing, they'll need the additional elbow room to house their dazzling work. Check out the blurb featuring David Graff in the current issue of Georgia Straight Living.

As we chatted about family, friends and noteworthy doings, the conversation became more salacious. I'm sure neighbouring diners weren't expecting their Japanese fare with spice. Good golly, Miss Holly...I never would have guessed. Check please!

Current Book: Don't Try This At Home - Culinary Catastrophes from the World's Greatest Chefs edited by Kimberly Witherspoon and Andrew Friedman