Birthday Break

In amongst all the studying for physiology, working, and playing with my new phone, I’ve managed to fit in a few extra outings here and there. Most notably, I went out Saturday night with the family to celebrate my dad’s 62nd birthday! His dining destination of choice for the evening was Milestones, a contemporary west coast style restaurant that is rather popular here. You get dishes that run the gamut, with something to please pretty much everyone.

I thought I’d share with you my dinner, since it was rather delicious and beautifully plated.

Kobe Style Classic Meatloafpremium kobe style classic beef topped with lightly fried onion strings over garlic mashed potatoes, shiitake mushroom au jus, and seasonal vegetables.

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Note my little bottle of San Pellagrino Aranciata in the background – so cute!

Meatloaf is something I would generally order when out for dinner, as I normally gravitate to something with seafood, but perhaps it was the rainy weather or studying stress, as meatloaf just sounded really, really good. The fact that it came topped with onions and served with shiitake mushrooms and garlic mashed potatoes pretty much sealed the deal.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see my seasonal vegetable was broccolini, as I had never tried it before. I was also pleased to see a significant portion of it on my plate. It was quite enjoyable – I may just have to buy some to cook up at home!

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As for the rest of the dish, I thought the meatloaf was tender and flavourful, but a tad dry around the edges. Nothing the shiitake au jus couldn’t fix though. The sauce was rich, perhaps a bit salty for my tastes, but had an underlying kick that was a great compliment to the dish. And let’s be honest – you can’t really go wrong with deliciously creamy garlic mashed potatoes or fried onions. Mmm, fried onions. Overall, I’d give the dish my seal of approval!

We did peruse the dessert menu, and saw a chocolate, peanut butter, and hazelnut filled deep fried wonton concoction that looked amazing…only to find out they no longer carry it due to allergy cross-contamination issues in their deep fryers. Way to ruin it for the rest of us, people with nut allergies. I kid…mostly. Just means I’ll have to figure out a way to make something that spectacular at home I guess.

All in all, it was a great dinner and nice to get out with my family away from the books for awhile. Speaking of which, I must go to study some more neurophysiology as my exam is Wednesday morning bright and early. Bye for now!

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3 Comments on “Birthday Break”

  1. December 14, 2010 at 5:08 am #

    i’ve never been a huge fan of meatloaf, but last winter we were back in eastern ontario for a funeral and had to stop at some tiny pub somewhere for supper on our way home. it was february and cold and the meatloaf sounded really appealing, for some reason.
    HOLY DELICIOUS. though it was probably not even remotely healthy. i dreamed about that meatloaf for days after. we’ll be back there around christmas time so maybe i should request a repeat visit!

    it is unfortunate, though, that i’ll always associate it with the sad sad event earlier on in the day.
    that dessert sounds phenomenal. i wonder if it’s been nixed at all milestones or just that one.

  2. Weighting For 50
    December 14, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    Happy Birthday to your Dad! And yay for Milestones. Yum!

  3. December 16, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    Our Dad’s are the same age! LOL Milestone’s just opened up in my city and I’m eager to try it out. It looks like a relly neat place from the outside…

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