When I'm feeling celebratory, my mind immediately go to oysters. Oysters and beer, oysters and wine, oysters and cocktails. There was much to celebrate this weekend so we had oysters not once, but twice!
Our anniversary was officially on Friday, but on the same day, our friend Maggie was named The Globe and Mail's new Style Editor! It is a well-deserved promotion for someone I've known for a long time—ever since she bravely walked into UWO's student newspaper office and asked to write about music. Mags, H and I started the weekend at Carbon Bar for a celebratory cocktail, a bottle of Prosecco and a whole wack of food. H and I shared the seafood platter which came with both East and West Coast oysters and (among other things,) a hamachi-pineapple ceviche I must replicate at home.
After dinner, we literally ran (it was so cold and windy) over to Massey Hall for the Shad show. As this is not a music blog but one focused on food, I will not say too much about the concert except that it was Shad's best performance that I've witnessed. My oh my, that man should be a superstar by now.
Saturday afternoon, we met up with some friends to participate in our first "Escape" game. Our friends Pete and Alanna (newly engaged, yay!) organized a rag-tag bunch and guess what? We escaped the zombies! At Handlebar, we celebrated with pints of Beau's Lugtread and dark and stormys (stormies?). Then H and I headed north while the light was still out. Of all the things we ate this weekend, it's our first course at The Harbord Room (pictured) that will stand out most in my mind. Before ordering the Copps Island oysters, we were assured that they were "briny as fuck" and they lived up to that promise. The salad had everything I want from a dish: sweet (oranges), salty (rich Romanesco sauce, olives), crunchy (fried chickpeas), fresh (watercress), plus the pretty sliced cross-section of an octopus terrine. The meal was lovely, even with the entitled/entertaining neighbouring table, but I'll save that story for another time.
It's Monday morning now and it's back to my weekdays of eating responsibly. At least it's a short work week. Have a good one, everyone!