Tuesday, 2 October 2012

STRAP ON YOUR BIBS, PEOPLE, WE'RE GOING DINING

AND HERE WE HAVE A PICTURE OF MY HOME
My eunuch manservant has just mowed the lawn and . . . Oh just kidding. 
This is Langdon Hall, the only one of Canada's 50 best restaurants I've eaten at. 
(No, wait, Mandarin. I've eaten there too.)

I think it's important to have a goal in life. And I have just found mine. Well, my goal for this month, anyway. It tends to change fairly regularly. Last month, for example, it was "Try to keep house tidier." That was a boring goal and I am pleased to say that I abandoned it after just four days. Earlier this year, it was: "Read more good books." "Commit to be fit." "Travel somewhere warm and bring home lots of duty-free booze."
Fairly tepid stuff, I must admit.
But as those of you who visit this site with any frequency already know, I do have some jauntier passions. Food, for example. I dabble in cooking and I am practically an Olympic calibre eater. 
When you love food as much as I do, it takes some effort to keep it from getting out of control. Which I am able to do, until mealtime rolls around or until I start feeling peckish. 
Or until I stumble across articles trumpeting, in mouth-watering detail, the best restaurants in Canada. Yes, I am looking at you, Maclean's magazine. 

Maclean's has come out with its list of the 50 best restaurants in Canada. (Note to self: Excellent new goal; become a paid researcher for Maclean's 2013 list!)  Oh, I thought, I wonder if I've eaten at any of them. 
To perhaps nobody's surprise, the answer was no, over and over again. 

I fared a little better with vacay.ca's 50 Best Restaurants list. I'd eaten at one of their picks: gorgeous Langdon Hall in Cambridge. 
However, since I am by nature a "the plate is half empty" kind of girl, I decided that merely having eaten at one of Canada's 50 best restaurants is not enough. Not nearly enough. 
So in the weeks ahead, I am going to second my friends and perhaps even strangers into dining with me at every one of the 10 Toronto establishments that made the Maclean's  and vacay.ca lists, starting with Nota Bene, The Black Hoof and The Stockyards.
I'm pretty stoked about this. I think I may have finally hit on a goal I can attain.

Editor's note: This will fit well with your earlier "goal" of committing to be fit. 
My  note: I am really starting to not like you very much.