A very different Christmas for us this year . . .. due to a lot of different circumstances, it was only the three of us and work schedules dictated that we could not plan our usual sojourn to B.C. to be with our daughter and her family. Soo it was just we three . . . quiet, good food, movie watching and naps. Quite a change of pace from the usual hustle and bustle.
Breakfast was the traditional fare . . . Wifesaver, hash browns, fruit salad drizzled with Grand Marnier, Mimosas and Lynn’s speciality lattes. There are just some traditions that can’t be done without!
We spent a leisurely afternoon watching movies and napping and then got ready for an ever so elegant dinner at the Hotel Macdonald. It was everything I expected and more. What a wonderful experience it was to have Christmas Dinner at one of the grand dames of history and for just an evening be transported back in time to olde worlde elegance. The hotel was decorated to the nines and the service upon entering the door was personal and friendly. You couldn’t ask for more. The food was just very tasty and so artfully presented and I have to admit to having tried some things that I had never eaten before. New for me were the quail eggs and the caviar.
The splendid decorating of the foyer included a gingerbread house which was a replica of the hotel and so very well created. That must have taken quite a few hours and a whole lot of materials.
Our experience at the Harvest Room Hotel Macdonald was magical. There is nothing quite like celebrating a wonderful occasion in a dining room of grandeur. We have celebrated several very special family occasions here, but have never dined out for Christmas Day.
The ever so elegant entrance to the Harvest Room.
Christmas Dinner 2013
“Partridge in a Pear Tree”
Scotched Quail Egg, Pheasant Farce, Pear and Cinnamon Bark Chutney, Arugula
“Better Not Cry”
Smoked Walla Walla Onion Cream, Foie Gras and Chanterelle Crostini
Fine Herb and Goat Cheese Donut, Roasted Lime Gravlax
Salmon Roe Sprinkles, Cayenne Lemon Yogurt
Frosty The Snowman’s Icewine Citrus Explosion
“Little Drummer Boy”
Turkey Roulade, Bacon and Apricot Brioche Stuffing, Red Skin Mash
Crispy Drummie, Cranberry Gel, Roasted Carrots and Brussels
Baked Alaska, Spiced Rum Sauce
Just had to capture some of the seasonal details and decor.
Love the open kitchen concept . . here is where the magic happens.
And throughout the evening we were serenaded with music . ..