Cooking is not my thing at the moment. Not that I don't enjoy doing it but because I would prefer to do other things rather than cook. Plus with my recent diet, I don't feel obliged to cook because 2 out of 3 meals are done via my NutriBullet. How convenient, ey?
So when Joseph said that his roommate, Mithing, is cooking "escabeche" for supper. I immediately jumped out of the couch and got ready. I was so in for something beyond my scrambled eggs. Hahahahaha!
For a little bit of suspense, Joseph and I went to Cornwall Centre to buy some stuff for his Eurotrip this September. You can see that he likes preparing things ahead of time and he seems to get things in order. His living space translates to how he is. On the other hand, I did not find anything special that I wanted to buy at the mall. I thought I'd just get something in Vancouver when I go there the first week of August. But I still tried my luck on shopping that day and went to The Bay and then Marshalls but there was really nothing that I really really liked. So I kissed shopping goodbye that day.
Because Mithing requested for some bell peppers to add to her escabeche, Joe and I went to Save On Foods to get the much needed ingredient. I also took the time to get some pineapples and buy some chicken wings and a dessert for all of us.
When we got to Joe and Mithing's condo, I was famished. The smell of the escabeche was to-die-for. It brings back good memories because it reminded me of My Papa who cooks the best escabeche in the world. I was so surprised that Mithing also cooked some sautéed squash with small slices of pork. Which happened to be another of my favorites! Can I ever get any luckier to have friends who cook?
As soon as everything was set. We just dig in. But first - WEFIES! For some of you who do not know what wefies are. Urban Dictionary defines it as a selfie but with 2 or more people. Brilliant!
Eating time was the best part! My tummy was the happiest.
And the star from last night's supper was this Tuxedo Truffle Mousse cake from Save On Foods! It was so good I had to ditch my diet and just tell myself to "YOLO!"
What's your favourite cake? Have you tried the Tuxedo Truffle Mousse cake? What food brings you so much good memories? Let's have a chat and tell about it on the comments section below.
To be honest, when I check out a restaurant, the first thing I look for is if it is Instagram-worthy! (OMG! I'm so shallow! Sorry!) So for me, it is always a bonus when the ambiance is beautiful and the food tastes good. Trust me, they don't always go together!
I've been wanting to try The Willow on Wascana because I've heard people say they have good food. And from the outside, the place looks like a beautiful setting for some wining and dinning!
Tita's of Regina Supper Club ( Ate Eds, Rose, Kristine, VitoriVita)
#oota (Outfit of the Afternoon)
bag: Balenciaga | sunglasses & wrist-watch: ALDO | floral shirt and shoes: Urban Planet |
bracelet & belt: RW&Co. | white summer shorts: George by Walmart
It was pretty easy to get a reservation. Probably because it was a Monday. Beautiful and sunny weekends might tell a different story though.
When we got to the restaurant, we were greeted with beautiful smiles. I already felt at home! The beautiful ladies at the reception desk looked like my sisters from another mother. And because Mr. Sun was showing-off his guns, I suggested that we eat at the balcony. Thankfully, it was seconded by Kristine! The waiting staff was actually worried that it might be a little too windy outside but I did not care because it was very picturesque. A view of the glistening lake and the newly unveiled dome of the Legislative Building was an awesome sight!
View of Wascana Lake and the Legislative Building from The Willow On Wascana balcony
Among my friends, I think I had the most predictable order - BBQ Pork and iced tea! I was not in a mood for some experimentation as my brain was on "vacay" mode! I did not even recognize that I finished eating Mel's appetizer and thought that it was my main dish. (Shame on me! LOL!)
My main course - BBQ Pork and Iced Tea
Pork Belly Salad - Mel's starter that I claimed as mine and finished the whole plate without apologies!
It probably took the chef some time to cook all our orders. Rose, who happened to be a little hungrier than everyone else was starting to get a little impatient. We totally understand that gourmet meals are not cooked fast but sometimes when a person is hungry the rational mind just evaporates. (Poof!) Rose was actually very nice and was still smiling albeit hungry. She still looked beautiful in her RW&Co. top.
For starters, Rose ordered a deadly dish of bone marrows!
For her main course, Rose ordered a West African spiced chicken. Of course I had to taste it and it was SOOOO GOOOOD!
Kristine got the Chef's Special - a bison! Which I did try and it just tasted like beef but a lot coarser and a little sweeter.
And because French rosé's are not the easiest to pronounce, I had to practice this before ordering so I'd sound like an authentic sommelier, "Château Mas Neuf Costières-de-Nîmes Paradox Rosé (2015)!"
While we were catching up on some important and not-so-important updates on our personal lives, we indulged on a rosé - my "go to" drink! I can't have too much alcohol because of my gout! In fact, I am not supposed to consume alcohol at all! I know I'm too young to have one but life happens.
We were just happy that Mel is back from the Philippines. He had such an amazing vacation judging at his photos on Facebook. I was very excited to see what he brought for me and what he'll cook for all of us. (His cooking is impeccable by the way!)
For Ate Eds' starters, she got a Trout Poke (pronounced PO-KAYE) which is basically made out of sweet soy marinated trout served with fried rice crackers. It tasted like a saltier version of ceviche but I was more enamoured by the fried rice crackers!
Mel and Ate Eds ordered the same dish for their main course - Miso Bison Tenderloin.
To wrap the night in sweetness, I ordered Coffee Panna Cotta which thankfully is gluten-free and without nuts! (I've had enough of my almond-diet!)
The Lumbersexual, Mel, meets the Titas of Regina!
The get-together supper was also to extend our "bon voyages" to Ate Eds who is going back to the Philippines for a 7-week vacation. (I'm so jealous!) We can't wait to hear about her adventures from back home.
My verdict? The Willow On Wascana is indeed a beautiful place to have a fancy dinner with loved ones. I would love to bring my date at this lovely place. It sure won't disappoint! I felt lucky too that the waitress assigned to us was very attentive to the things we wanted. She also knew what to recommend on the menu. (Too bad I did not get her name. She did not want me to Snapchat her!)
For a full-course meal - starters, dessert, main course, and beverage - you can budget at least $70 CAD, taxes and 10% tip included. (Yes, I rarely give 15% tip! 10% should be fine.)
Have you tried The Willow On Wascana? How was your experience? Was it as good as mine? Or even better? Let me know on the comments below!
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