Thursday, February 4, 2010

Food Experimentation Group

Our waiter panders as we ponder 'which fork'.

Scallop with sweet potato wrapped in bacon. They often leave the "caviar" on scallops here and many claim that is the best part. The "caviar" is a chunk of highly disgusting pink guts that I'm glad were left off in this dish. Tom is allergic to scallops so I only have them when we go out.

Twice-cooked pork belly. Lots o belly, not too much pork.

Leek soup and crispy soldiers, toastini and fried fish. This could have been a whole meal on its own.

One of the best things we've done in terms of immigrating (our supposed theme for this blog!) is to join a heap of groups. We're in book clubs, hiking, a women's group (Tom is kind of an honorary member of that one) and an American Expat meetup, to name a few. We've met a lot of people this way and it has really helped us acclimate.

We recently joined the "Foodie Experimentation" group, which is held at a French restaurant close to our flat. The owner of Chez Olivier, Olivier, is quite a good marketeer, and host (and photographer, thanks for the photos). I heard another meetup is held there each week, where people gather to eat, drink wine and practice their conversational French.

On Monday night, for only $33, we enjoyed an eight course dinner...four solid hours of rich, delicious foods. We made new friends with people at our table and filled out questionnaires on each dish, which will help their chefs with planning their menu and specials in the future.

We woke up the next day with butter-hangovers, if there is such a thing. That was some rich, tasty food and a lot of it. Of course we immediately signed up for next month's tasty soiree'.

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