I miss hanging out in the mountains and the ocean. Although I consider myself to be comfortable with domestic activities, I still feel a little stir crazy when I spend too much time indoors.
On Friday, we went out for dinner before Allan’s hockey game on Commercial Drive. The restaurants in this area are so diverse and GOOD. We decided to try out Marcello Pizzeria and Ristorante. We shared the margarita pizza and a tomato cream sauce fettuccine, as well as the focaccia to start. It was super tasty. And, they managed to get our dinner to us in about 10 minutes when we told them we were in a rush, even though they were at capacity. I’d definitely eat there again.
Saturday went by in a blur. We spent a couple hours with Trev and Crista trying to find ice, and then finally found some public skating time at Bill Copeland arena in Burnaby. Then it was a mad dash to Granville Island to pick up the groceries for Amy’s birthday party which was also a dinner party. Spent about 2 and a half hours cutting, flattening, and rolling beef tenderloin for the Japanese themed potluck. I made Japanese Grilled Beef Rolls with Scallion Soy Sauce, stuffed with scallions, peppers and/or asparagus… a variation on this Martha Stewart recipe. I didn’t get any pictures but I’ll see if anyone from the party did. This was a new recipe for me, but it was a lot of fun to experiment.
I had a lot of fun! Everyone made some delicious dishes including teriyaki chicken, tempura, and Matcha cheesecake (YUM!). A lot of board games were played, and I’m pretty sure I saw a lot of Asahi beer disappear along with sake.
Sunday morning we had intended to go to Cypress with the free passes but I couldn’t go because when I woke up I was still seriously stuffed up and wheezing from all the cat and smoke exposure at the party the previous night. I hate allergies!
I’m so disappointed I didn’t get to go snowboarding on the weekend. I’m hoping to get out sometime this coming week. It’s supposed to snow!
We popped over to Granville Island again last night and I picked up some more beef tenderloin since we only had a little tease of it last night. I browned the beef in with pancetta, and then braised the beef in red wine, fresh homemade tomato sauce from scratch, and simmered for a while. I also added some fresh basil, spinach, and thinly spliced portobello mushrooms. You can see it here below served on some pappardelle noodles and topped with shaved Parmesan reggiano, bacon, and toasted pine nuts. It tasted really good but I was a bit disappointed it didn’t look better in the photo here.
Well, I gotta run. I’m just itching to get on the ice and I’ve got skating this morning! Hurray!
What did you guys do for the weekend?