Sunday, April 30, 2006
This was the most expensive lunch i ever had, and most prob will ever have in the next couple of years. We trooped down to Morimoto, yes....THAT Morimoto of Iron Chef fame, to blow our one-week food allowance on some pretty fancy uncooked fish. The place was very chic and swanky. Very Sex and the City but without the sex, just alot of expensive fish that i have never heard of. Chie, Noriko and Yukino said it was as authentic as Japanese food gets. But until now i had no idea what i ate. It was seriously "oshi" though. Some sashimi pate, and then some sashimi, and then sushi, braised chilean seabass and finally a really rich chocolate mousse cake. All I know is that I was hungry again after two hours, and ended up at Beijing eating $8 beef noodles and Ben and Jerry's ice cream. Well, there will be some pretty expensive shit going down the toilet bowl tonight. Haha...bet you can't look at sashimi in the same way anymore yeh.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
At the Centre Canadien d'Architecture. They had a very interesting exhibition on experiencing the city with 5 senses. Instead of just taking the sight of the city for granted, we got to smell the scent of rubbish and rain in the city, listen to sounds of cities around the world and touch the asphalt that make up the city. It was such a revealing exhibition. I lived in a city all my life but i never thought of it as a multi-sensory experience.
Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montreal. This was one of the highlights of my trip. This basilica was designed by O'Donnell, a protestant architect who was so pleased with his handiwork that he became catholic. The neo-Romaneseque interior is complete with a blue vaulted ceiling studded with thousands of 24-karat gold stars. I walked in to the stirrings of a high school choir rehearsal, and just sat there for almost 90 minutes just listening to them and soaking in the place.
Beaver's tail. i forgot what it was called in french, but it was the best dessert i had there. you can't beat fried bread, chocolate and bananas. It was perfect day-in-the-park food until we overheard an old lady questioning the safety of a young guy's "family jewels" when his bike ran into the curb.
The food was excellent. Served in traditional sugar shack style, this restaurant emulates how an old quebec tarven in the 1800s is like. Lots of beer thumping, wooden tables, people in funny costumes trying to talk to us, and a buffet of food made from maple syrup. Pie with syrup. Omelettes with syrup. Sausage links with syrup. Beans with syrup.