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50th Birthday Dinner

Sunday, June 02, 2013

My sister, Fiona is visiting from Montreal and last night we (3 of 4 of her sisters) took her out to dinner to The Cookhouse in Rockton, Ontario to celebrate her upcoming 50th birthday in July.

We had a good time at dinner last night with a couple of surprises. When we walked in the door of the restaurant, I saw a woman wearing red at a table alone. I turned to my sister and said, "that woman looks a lot like Monika" (the sister who wasn't going to be at the dinner) and lo and behold it was Monika so that was a nice surprise.

The Cookhouse is famous for making "home-cooked meals". However, that also means that there weren't a lot of vegetarian options (Monika is a vegetarian) and there weren't a lot of healthy options. Their "lighter fare" menu included fish (battered of course) and chips, steak sandwich with fries, a hamburger with fries and something else like that. I wasn't terribly hungry and I knew I wanted a slice of their pie for dessert because it's really good so I asked if I could have the steak sandwich with no bun and with vegetables instead of the fries and that was what I had for my main course.

At dessert, they listed all the pies but none of them were my favourites (blueberry or apple) but they did have a strawberry/rhubarb crumble with vanilla ice cream so that's what I ordered. But, I gotta say, I didn't love it. It was really sweet. Oh well, live and learn.

Anyhow at dessert time, 3 of my sisters (including Fiona) decided to share a slice of peach pie and asked for it with a candle so that we could sing Happy Birthday to her. The pie was brought with the candle and everyone in the restaurant sang Happy Birthday to Fiona. After the candle was blown out, the second surprise came when an older man (70 maybe) from a table on the other side of the room came over and asked in a Scottish accent what Fiona's name was and how old was she turning and then he insisted that she come back to his table with him (she was reluctant to go because she didn't know why he wanted her to come over there but she went).

When they got there, he introduced her to everyone at the table and it turned out that everyone at the table was celebrating a birthday that year with an age that ends in zero. There were two 50 year olds, one 60 year old, one 70 year old and one 90 year old so that was pretty cool!

After that Alison and Margaret gave Fiona a necklace and a couple of books that they thought might interest her.

And, then, after dinner, we went for a short walk before Monika and us parted ways with her driving back towards London and us heading back to Flamborough.

All in all, the evening was a success.
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    Oh, what a lovely, happy time for you all! And what a nice surprise that your sister, Monika, was there to welcome you! Some restaurants are just so hard to eat healthy at. A big lettuce salad with some grilled chicken and other healthy goodies is always something I can work with. It seems too, more restaurants turning towards more healthy items on the menu, which is a wonderful welcome!
    1753 days ago
    I'm so glad your other sister, Monika could make it. That must have made it really special for Fiona. So are you in England now?? How did that escape me?
    Enjoy your trip!

    1755 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Sounds like an awesome dinner. Sorry to hear the menu what's that great but way to go on making the best of it and happy early birthday to your sister.
    1755 days ago
  • DR1939
    What a fun way to celebrate your sister's birthday. Happy Birthday to her.
    1755 days ago
    Sounds like a wonderful night. And I love the Scottish man butting in! People from other countries are so funny and just down right interesting! We met a bunch of guys from Edinburgh when we went to the Keys. They were there to see "SKIN", they said. And believe me, there was plenty of it at that resort! HEHE.

    And I love rhubarb, but not with strawberry. I have a hard time getting rhubarb down here that is acceptable. So I make my aunt send it from our old family farm where it grows wild EVERYWHERE. I do think I need rhubarb now. Thanks for reminding me of it!

    1756 days ago
    Unusual and Fun! Nice time was had by all.
    1756 days ago
    What a nice evening - I'm sure Fiona appreciated the effort you all made.
    1756 days ago
    So nice to share with family! Hugs, Laurel emoticon
    1756 days ago
    Sounds lovely--and Happy Birthday to your sister! :)
    1756 days ago
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