My parents generation was very lucky. They had Umbertos, Hy's, and The Treehouse. Restaurants of the 1970's were far superior in the level of sophistication than restaurants of today. Even the old White Spot Dining Room on Granville was fantastic. Today I took my cousin Zara to Earls and was fairly disappointed in the quality of food.
This experience got me reminiscing about the good old days and my favourite dinner: Tourenados de Rossini. This is my favourite steak dish; Fillet Mignon, en cru (on garlic bread) with pate foie gras and a redwine/duxelle mushroom reduction. It was very popular in the 1960's and 1970's but due to a lack of sophistication in todays restaurant crowd it is almost impossible to find. Hy's doesn't even serve it anymore. And they also stopped making Beef Wellington! Sadly the younger generation does not even know what these dishes are.
The suburban group (with disposable income) would prefer to go to a chain restaurant like Moxies, Milestones or Earls. As a result Hy's has lowered its sophistication standards to try to compete thus eliminating my favourite dish. Gotham and Mortons are one step up from Hy's but they cater to an unsophisticated crowd that happens to have money. I do not like Mortons. I consider it the McDonalds of Steak. It attracts a crowd I do not wish to associate with. Mortons patrons will happily pay $1000 for a bottle of Cristal Champagne, but they don't have the sophistication to order Tourenados de Rossini.
Sigh. I guess I will have to go to some old time U.S. steak house to get my Tourenados de Rossini.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
The April 7, 2006 McDonalds Hash Brown is still looking rather fresh despite being broken in half during my office move. There is no evidence of anything growing on this "food".
However, there is evidence of something growing on my favourite Protein Whey mixer cup! This is the second cup in a year to suffer from mold and/or bacteria. Must be the Tang that I add.
I ran in the Haney Harrison relay last Saturday along with seven other friends from work. There is a fierce rivalry between us and another Vancouver Engineering firm and sadly they beat us this year. I was the lead runner but couldn't keep up with my rival Dave F. But I actually didn't do too badly and was within a minute of my predicted time. I was about 46 minutes for 10 Km. It started raining heavily after the second leg. My friend Neil had a stellar performance. Pictured left is Neil after finishing leg #5. Note the heavy downpour.
Posted by Brian Lavery at 9:11 PM