Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lunch with a View but not Today --- Seasons in the Park

Many years ago, a young man came from the USA to work with the Old Scientist as a postdoctoral fellow. He was accompanied by his wife and they stayed for a few years, buying a house in the outer suburbs of Vancouver.

They formed very close friendships with their neighbours in that area and even after they returned to live in the USA, those bonds have remained strong. Every few years they come back to reconnect with their Vancouver friends and they are here at the moment. So we joined them for lunch at Seasons in the Park.

Normally this restaurant affords a wonderful view of the downtown and the North Shore mountains but the day was very rainy as you can see.

But that didn't stop us from enjoying our dining experience and catching up with our good friends. Photos of grandchildren were exchanged, yes they now have a young one too with another on the way. But on to the food.

Halibut cheeks on a bed of ratatouille with sauteed cherry tomato halves was
the choice of several of us and an excellent one it was too.

Another chose leek and potato soup followed by this sparerib dish
which also looked and tasted delicious.

This Lemon Tart was one of the best desserts I have ever tasted. It was superb. The Old Scientist was delighted since it is his very favourite. We once spent a whole month touring in France and he ordered it every every day. Each one was different but he was in heaven.

The other two ordered this chocolate ganache cake but asked for it to be served without whipping cream, which left it a little bare looking to me. But they were very happy with their choice.

They are a very entertaining couple and we so enjoyed the conversation that we were the last to leave and the waiters set the other tables for dinner all around us. No one seemed to care so we kept chatting happily. Finally the valet from the parking lot wanted to take off and brought the keys of our cars to the table which was a bit embarrassing so we finally left.

At the moment they are spending a very interesting year in Washington, DC, as our friend has a Congressional Science Fellowship, the purpose of which is described below.

This program is designed to provide a public service by making available individuals with scientific knowledge and skills to Members of Congress, few of whom have a technical background. In turn, the program enables scientists to broaden their experience through direct involvement with the legislative and political processes. Fellows gain a perspective which, ideally, will enhance not only their own careers but also the physics community's ability to more effectively communicate with its representatives in Congress.

When we are in New York at the end of this month, we hope to drive to Washington to visit them for a few days as we loved the city on our visit there several years ago and would love to return. Think the Smithsonian.

Next lunch in this series is one for the FWC Walking Group at one of the member's home. Two down, two to go.


Lakeland Jo said...

yum- another one for my list when we visit

Eurodog said...

Looks like Cornish weather, jmb.

Carver said...

Even with the rain it's a lovely view to me. The food looks fantastic.

CherryPie said...

Still a beautiful view and the food looks delicious :-) I would have ordered the grenache without the whipping cream too ;-)

mrwriteon said...

I would like some of that lemon tart, please. I must get to the park again. It has been too many years.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Well, I couldn't manage the fish, as you know, but I could sure eat everything else! The spareribs and the lemon tart look particularly delicious.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

PS: I menat to say it's still a beautiful view.

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

Well the view of the food looks good.

Maybe a tiny bit 'arty' for me, I can't help feeling you often get to pay lots extra for that.

Still they do say that much of the tasting is in the seeing.

Phidelm said...

Lovely view and delicious food (I'm a fan of tarte au citron, too!). Just visiting from our mutual friend, Welshcakes's blog - and glad to have found you.