Hi everyone! Thanks for all the feedback on my last post about graduation and finding my passion – it was great to hear all about your experiences too. One thing I didn’t mention in the post though was the amazing dinner we had after Sunday’s ceremony. We went to Auberge du Petit Prince to celebrate not only my graduation, but also Father’s day for my grandpa and dad, and my dad’s birthday. Clearly we had a lot to celebrate!
I ate at Auberge for lunch a few years ago, but that was before I started blogging so I don’t really recall my meal. I remember enjoying both the food and the atmosphere though, so I was excited to go back.
The restaurant is divided up into different rooms, and we were actually lucky enough to have a whole room to ourselves for our table of six (me, my parents, my sister, and my grandparents).
Before our meal our we were brought out some bread and house marinated olives. I pretty much demolished those olives – sorry family!
My meal choices were pretty predictable for me. I had the beet and goat cheese salad to start – I seriously love that flavour combination and I almost always order it if it’s on a menu. I liked that they used some different varieties of beets in this salad to make it more unique. There was even a pickled beet on top, which was an interesting contrast. I think it could have used a bit more dressing, but otherwise, it was great.
I had the salmon for my entree, which came with a delicious pesto butter that melted over the hot fish shortly after it was served to me. Yum! I also really liked the herbed quinoa with cranberries that it was served over. The salmon was supposed to come crusted in pistachios, but obviously I had to ask to have that left off. I don’t think the flavours suffered too much without it though.
For dessert I wanted to order either the chocolate orange cheesecake or the tarte tatin, but our server informed me that neither were safe for my nut allergies. In fact the only safe dessert was their crème brûlée, which I wasn’t in the mood for. I was pretty disappointed.
So I made plans to meet a friend for fro yo later, but that didn’t happen either because we got hit with a bad storm with heavy rain, hail, and a tornado warning. Yikes! Apparently the universe didn’t want me to have dessert that night. Even without the dessert, it was still a great meal though!
However, the highlight of the night wasn’t actually the food, it was the graduation gift my grandparents gave me.
When I was a toddler at the park with my grandma, I found a rock and gave it to her. I told her it was a magical rock and that she had to keep it forever and ever. So she did, and she had it made into a necklace for me for graduation. I was so surprised and touched! It’s a great reminder of all the support my grandparents have given me, academically and otherwise. And of course my parents and sister have been equally wonderful sources of support over the years. I was so happy to be surrounded by all five of them at my graduation!
What dish do you almost always order if it is on a restaurant menu?
What is the most meaningful gift you’ve ever received?