July 31, 2013

Fishman Lobster Clubhouse Restaurant

 Wow, is that restaurant name a mouthful or what?
Never mind that, check out that ginormous Alaskan king crab and how it's just casually being placed in the middle of our dining table! The waitress brought out the live seafood in a container for us to peek at and I guess she noticed the not to subtle Canon in my hand. Moments later she told everyone to take their seats and with her bare hands, she placed a very much still live and dripping wet monster of a crab on the over sized glass lazy Susan.

Awesome!

 But that wasn't it. The crab had a friend and it was a jumbo lobster. LOOK AT IT'S CLAWS! Now there's a pretty good way to loose a finger or two, or possibly an entire limb. :)


 Our lobster friend had some cool looking barnacles.

 While the display was fun and entertaining, we were hungry. So off they went to take their hot bathes in various broths and steamers and hot oils and sauces and aromatic spices and herbs.

 First we dined on a whole fish. I'm not sure what kind of fish it was, only that it was fresh, cooked to perfection and delicious. It was actually steeped in a rich broth, which you'll see a photo of two down. We ate it served with a little bit of soy sauce and green onions.

 Here's the fish soup. It wasn't "fishy" at all, but rather rich in flavour and umami!

 Fish soup with oyster mushrooms and greens.

Next was a steamed chicken, served warm and with a green onion and ginger oil. Simple, tasty and not at all dry!

 Then came the lobster. It was divided, seasoned and deep fried into golden yumminess. The presentation is kind of really awesome.

 It was topped with fried garlic and little crispy fish.

 One of the best dishes of the night and a total head turner!

 We also ordered sweet and sour pork. The photo is of just the pork, which was battered and fried. The sauce was served separately to ensure that it remained crispy- perfect! This was some of the best sweet and sour pork we've had, and we've had our fair share.

 Served with authentic sweet and sour sauce. So good!


Below is just a part of the king crab, the claws to be exact. It was lightly battered and fried and then tossed in a sweet, salty and garlic-y sauce then garnished with scallions.



Up next, were the giant crab legs! This dish was steamed with ginger and garlic as well as salted duck egg yolk, which gave it a salty richness that really complimented the fresh and sweet meat of the king crab. 


Of course among all the seafood dishes, there had to be greens to balance out the meal as well as...


...a delicious serving of carbs! Tucked under the outer shell of the Alaskan king crab was a generous serving of crab fried rice. All the fatty innards of the crab was mixed in, so basically this was some of the best rice ever!


To finish our meal off,  we enjoyed a serving of mixed fruit cake which had layers of fruit and whipped creamed sandwiched between light and fluffy vanilla sponge. The perfect ending to a seafood filled dinner! Happy Birthday Aunt K!


Fishman Lobster Clubhouse Restaurant
4911 Steeles Avenue East
Toronto, ON M1V4J2
(416) 321-0250

P.S. Make a reservation if you plan on dining here. If you don't chances of getting a table are slim to none!

July 26, 2013

Natural Balance Perfect Bites


Little miss is obsessed with these things.


Look at her being all affectionate and territorial about it!


They're really strong smelling, which is probably why she can't get enough.


Kind of like what a super red and flavor packed ketchup chip is to me. :P


Tank got into the bag before I even gave 'em to her. See?  No wonder she was so quite.


She pigged out without me knowing and wanted to continue pigging out. Feisty!


MORE, MORE, MORE!!!!!


Sniffing for crumbs, the poor thing. So desperate.


Haha, what a monster. Crumbs on her face and everything.




Um, that's my thumb.



This is how Tank get's the...essence.


Such a cutie! 
Good thing these only contain a single calorie per treat. Don't worry guys,  I made her work all those extra treats off by playing a game of foil ball. An all time favourite in this household! Thanks to Natural Balance for providing us with coupons for free cat treats!

P.S. After eating like, half a bag Tank wouldn't stop following me around the house and would howl like a dog if I left to go outside. ADDICTED.

July 24, 2013

Here and There


Vegan kale pesto (above) - I love this stuff as a dip or a sauce or right outta the jar! I made it using kale from the garden, which is producing like crazy and will hopefully continue producing until first frost. I added toasted almonds, a little fresh basil, garlic cloves, nutritional yeast, a squeeze of lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper and just enough water to blend. It's fresh, nutty, earthy and pretty darn good for you! 





The rain/storms that we've beening getting has it's pros and cons in terms of my garden. The pretty purple and yellow orchids have since faded and disappeared, leaving only it's greenery behind. The garden bed, however is as happy as can be! My tomato plants are setting fruit, the kale is producing large leaves quickly and my zucchinis...who knows what's happening there. All the blooms are males! Everything else- my peppers, ground cherries, basil, strawberries and orange/yellow cherry tomatoes are all in pots. They need regular watering and get really sad when I leave over the weekend and can't be there to quench their thirst. Hopefully I'll get to taking some photos for you to see what everything looks like! 


I leave you with a shot of Tank chewing her toe nails. Delicious!

July 23, 2013

Duet

Music by Philip Glass.
I could listen to this forever!

P.S. Mia (India) is perfection and Matthew (Uncle Charlie) is a babe.

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