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2019/06/20 75th Anniversary Dinner with my Dad at Hélène Darroze in Paris
π 2019-06-20 01:01 in Dining
This was our 4th time there. The first time was best as she was not too well known yet. That was mid 2000's. By the 2nd time, the prices had more or less doubled and by the 3rth time in 2014, her prices had stayed quite high, but the service had gone way down, to embarassing levels.

Thankfully for this 4th time, the service was back to where it should have been. The base menu price stayed in the expensive range, they finally stopped forcing you to buy pointless bottled water for prices higher than good wines by offering filtered water if you asked enough, but they sure upsold you a lot on drinks with no price at all. They didn't even publish the price of the wine pairing...

The nice surprise is that we got the chef's table by the kitchen and were greeted by Hélène who was working there that day, and took a few pictures with us).
The meal itself was great and my dad was very happy to get pictures with Hélène, so that worked out great as a 75th BD dinner:






















they didn't have 1944, for my dad's birth year, but they had 1941
they didn't have 1944, for my dad's birth year, but they had 1941




2019/02/06 Dinner at Jerome Ferrer's Europea in Montreal
π 2019-02-06 01:01 in Dining
I arrived in Montréal with not a lot of research for food and when I looked for a nearby restaurant that offered seared foie gras, I randomly ended up at Europea which had a 10+ course tasting menu and was the top restaurant in town. Somehow I was late enough on the right day of the week to get a last minute table. Lucky me :)



this soup was made by heating up the liquid and making it climb into its mushrooms
this soup was made by heating up the liquid and making it climb into its mushrooms




they gave us VR goggles to watch where the oysters came from
they gave us VR goggles to watch where the oysters came from




then came time for cheese which they made for us from milk
then came time for cheese which they made for us from milk


it didn't have much taste though, salt, oil and vinegar helped
it didn't have much taste though, salt, oil and vinegar helped

I had to paint the next menu for the content to appear
I had to paint the next menu for the content to appear





2016/12/25 Xmas with my Mom
π 2016-12-25 01:01 in Dining, Family
Another year, another Xmas lunch with my Mom, brother and family. Nice day as always:








2016/12/21 Multiple Dinners around Xmas with my Dad, Francs, and Hodges
π 2016-12-21 01:01 in Dining, Family
Multiple dinners over multiple days with different family and friends. Lots of food, and good times:




















And we also got invited by my brother for yet another dinner :)




2016/09/09 Dinner at Madrona Manor in Healdsburg
π 2016-09-09 01:01 in Dining, Family
My dad and Patricia were visiting and since we went in the Healdsburg area for wine tasting, Jennifer got the good idea to have us all eat a Madrona Manor, there. It would typically be way out of the way for us, but since we were already there, it was a very good excuse to go try it out, and their excellent michelin rated tasting menu.

Their gardens and decors were very nice too:


















2015/12/23 Another Xmas with My Dad
π 2015-12-23 01:01 in Dining, Family
This year, I arrived on Dec 23rd, without Jennifer who was resting at home after her ankle surgery (better recovery if she's not battling sleep deprivation due hard to beat jet lag, which would often give her a cold, and then even bacterial infection, making the trip not that fun and bad for surgery recovery). Thanks for a good enough night in the business united seat (a bit tight, but lay flat), I was not in too bad a shape when I arrived.
We went to have some couscous when I arrived:


Soon thereafter was Xmas Eve, and my brother and his family were invited, which gave my dad a chance to do a round of cooking for us:







On the 29th, we went out in Paris and had a good dinner at La Fermette Marboeuf and its very nice decors:








Soon later, for New Year's Eve, James and Lilian joined us, as well as Tata. Tata did her famous sweetbread

admiring wall art most of which were drawn by James
admiring wall art most of which were drawn by James



one of the many entrées
one of the many entrées




one of my dad's many nice plates :)
one of my dad's many nice plates :)


We had a british Xmas pudding in James' honor
We had a british Xmas pudding in James' honor


On Jan 2nd, we went to see a musical "Irma La Douce", which was quite well acted with a few hints of today's changes into a story that's more than 50 years old:





On the way out, we had a nice dinner close to the theatre:


And just because we were a bit hungry still, on Jan 3rd, we went to Les Bouquinistes, they had a good tasting menu that was quite reasonably priced:






And after a day at Google on Jan 4th, which I also used to walk around Paris a bit while weather was good, it wsa time to go home and pack for reasonably early flight on the 5th. Great to see everyone again.

2014/12/27 Another Dinner with my Dad at Hélène Darroze in Paris
π 2014-12-27 01:01 in Dining
This was the 3rd time I took my dad there, although it was in over 10 years, so we hadn't been there in quite a while. The dishes were quite pretty and yummy, prices were less unreasonable than last time, although a bit more than a similarly very fancy restaurant in San Francisco.

The only big minus was how we ended up waiting 1h at the end for our last dish, dessert. No idea what happened, but service or kitchen capacity was a problem.



my dad was happy with the forkspoon :)
my dad was happy with the forkspoon :)





All that said, we still had a great dinner. Glad to have gone back.

2014/12/24 Another Xmas with My Dad
π 2014-12-24 01:01 in Dining, Family
For Xmas eve, my brother and I had Xmas eve dinner with my dad who cooked for us, thanks:







For New Year's Eve, Tata did her famous sweetbread and my dad's usual friends came over for dinner. Unfortunately my dad had to duck out early to get a shot for swelling up that happened at the wrong time, but we still had a great evening, even if he was missing for the end of it:


this is how Tata makes sweetbread :)
this is how Tata makes sweetbread :)









Yum!
Yum!



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