Saturday evening I went to Blacktree with my parents and JZ to celebrate my mom’s birthday.
Blacktree is the perfect setting for enjoying food with others. It’s upscale, but not pretentious and its atmosphere is moody, but fun. Maybe it’s the food, maybe it’s the wine, maybe it’s the ambiance – or maybe it’s all three – but an evening at Blacktree is always an intimate experience.
We started off the evening with Blacktree’s amazing bread and au jus butter, with some light conversation about JZ’s work.
Then our appetizers came out. I had the goat cheese panna cotta with pear, pink peppercorn, and some crispy kale. It was a nice creative twist on the classic goat cheese and pear pairing. We chatted about my mom’s pumpkin pie and JZ’s favourite dessert of cheesecake while enjoying this course. I don’t know why, but somehow my family always ends up talking about food while we’re eating food. We’re pretty strange that way.
By the time our entrees came out, my parents were telling JZ all about my childhood and the time my dad accidentally swung a saw into my nose (true story!). My dish was the game special for the night: red deer with a parsnip spring roll. Matteo’s red meat dishes never disappoint – it was cooked to perfection!
For dessert JZ and I split the soft chocolate cake with white yam ice cream while we laughed over stories my parents were telling us about their pasts. I won’t share their stories on here, but I’ll say they involved taking B52 shots, and I’ll leave it at that.
We left the restaurant that night feeling stuffed with food and with contentment (and possibly with a little too much wine!).
When is the last time you shared a good meal with others?