Superfluous Matter

This weekend was my mom's birthday and so Anthony and I took her out to dinner and a movie in London. For dinner we went to Auberge du Petit Prince which is a really nice French restaurant downtown. My mom and I both got the Chef's Four Course Tasting Menu with wine pairings. The chef just cooks surprises for you and they are paired with appropriate wines. It was exciting and delicious. My meal started out with escargot, then came a course of salmon with leeks, tiger shrimp and vegetables. The main course was beef tenderloin, that was cooked so perfectly it just melted in your mouth. This was paired with potato puree. For dessert I had a chocolate mousse thingy that was also super delicious. My mom's meal was tomato tart tartin, Chilean sea bass with Israeli couscous, duck confit, and creme brulee. My brother got the special of the day which was a roast chicken with stir fry noodles and shitake mushrooms. He also got a tasty beer from a microbrewery in St. Thomas, the Railway City Brewing Company. We all shared our meals so between us we managed to try so many different foods. It was really great. The service in the restaurant was excellent too.

After dinner we went to see Star Trek at the new Cineplex Odeon at Westmount mall in London. This was special because it has these special VIP theatres in addition to the normal theatres. Only people aged 19 or older are allowed because they serve alcohol, and they serve it right to your seat. They have really nice food, like restaurant style appetizers and sandwiches and things. Plus the seats are leather and big and comfy. There are also little tables between every second seat to hold your food or drink. It was quite the experience. Of course all this comes at a price -- an extra five dollars on top of the regular cost of a ticket. It was a fun experience, but I certainly wouldn't do it regularly.

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