Back in November I blogged about a new restaurant that opened up here in Ottawa, a couple minute drive from my place in the 'hood of Hintonburg. It's called the Back Lane Café, and last night I finally got a chance to enjoy a meal there, with my husband and parents. It was FANTASTIC, and I think it's my new favourite restaurant in the city.
It's a fairly small restaurant and VERY busy so do make a reservation (which you can only do online which is convenient). Their online system goofed when I made our reservations so we were told we had to sit at the bar. This turned out to be a very much welcomed booboo as we quickly realized the best place to sit is at the bar. We were given the corner seats to facilitate conversation among the 4 of us which was perfect. Once settled we dug in. My mom wanted a diet coke, and to our shock we were told they did not carry pop, but they did have spritzers made from homemade syrups. My mom was in heaven. I had an incredible raspberry cosmo.
I was so hungry and so excited to eat I forgot to take photos of our appetizers, which of course were scrumptious. For the main course I chose a pizza with shrimp, fig and capicola. YUMMY! My husband chose steak (with to-die-for chips and cauliflower sides). My dad also chose a pizza and my mom had halibut. Each of us loved our choices. (We were a couple minutes into the dishes when I realized I need to snap some pics).
I was far too stuffed to select a dessert (which is highly unusual for me) but of course my dad and husband had room, choosing a pumpkin pudding and a chocolate bar. Again, both were heavenly.
This restaurant was awesome. The staff and owner were super friendly, the décor and ambiance is gorgeous and perfect, and the food was phenomenal. I am SO going back soon!
I felt the need to order some books on Amazon the other day. They arrived today. As usual, it included mostly decor books, including (finally!) Grace's book Design*Sponge at Home. And I know you're probably wondering why in the hell I would order Kat Von D's book. I have a mild obsession with tattoos. (I have an idea for my fifth....)
I hope you all had a great Christmas. Mine was alot of fun and it turns out I was spoiled this year. My parents got my lots of great stuff - including a crock pot and an ice cream maker, both of which were on my list. My husband scored some serious brownie points this year with the 2 major items he purchased for me. This first one literally had me tearing up. And if you read this blog enough you'll know why 2 light fixtures would have me all blubbery.
That's right, my husband scoured eBay trying to find me Jieldé light fixtures - my all-time favourites that I have dreamed about for a long time and blogged about here and here. He found 2 vintage wall mount ones from a seller in France who refurbished them. They are gorgeous!! We'll eventually change out the gold switch (??) for a silver one, we have to have it rewired to work here and have a plate made to mount it on the wall. And then we need that new house built so we can somewhere to install them! In the meantime they will unfortunately sit in a box in the basement along with my other gorgeous eBay light fixture Christmas pressie from last year.
Jeff did not stop there. He could have. But he didn't. Because I had been whining and complaining that I had no docking station for my iPhone to listen to tunes in the kitchen while blogging or cooking/cleaning. I had told him how hot Tivoli systems are so he got me one of those too.
Thank GAWD the day after my French test I went out and bought him a remote controlled car (controlled by his iPhone or iPad). Not quite the equivalent of the above but along with all the other stuff I got him I think we done good.