October Weekend in Toronto, Canada 2006

Three generations of Britain’s “Royals” have stayed in the Royal Suite at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.  I thought it was interesting to note that in 1929 a room there cost $2.00 a person and guests could enjoy a grilled Lake Ontario trout for $ .85 or a filet mignon for $1.75 in the dining room.

Part of the York’s hospitality to us included a gift package of fruit, cheese, bread and crackers plus a bottle of wine.  We were also guests for a sumptuous 4 course dinner at their 5 star Epic Restaurant.  The “Amuse” was dried beef with a kumquat compote followed by sliced tomatoes with a Saint Maure goat cheese tower and balsamic vinegar; I chose the pistachio-crusted Rack of Lamb with an eggplant puree and tomato chutney chutney for my entree.

Since I believe that “Life is short, eat dessert first:, I was delighted to savor a Hot Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake with spiced Tulle on top and presented with almond pralines and Caramel Anglaise.  Since our visit coincided with the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, a traditional turkey dinner was also available with pumpkin pie.

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