Grocery shopping is a chore. Buying fresh produce in a market can be fun – or shopping for specialty foods in Chinatown – but mostly it's a chore. Of course that being the case, and being the professional procrastintors that we are, when the pantry runs bare we head out for dinner rather than undertake another trip to Loblaws.
Wednesday night we chose to go out to the international pavillion – part of Ottawa's Tulip Festival that is supposed to showcase cuisines from around the world. Unfortunately, they closed early that night and we wound up at a Mongolian hot pot restaurant – which was fabulous. Basically you get a big bowl of boiling, flavoured broth (there's a heating element on the table) and then you grab a bunch of veggies and meat from the nearby smorgasbord and cook yourself some soup. It's kind of like Gourmetten (read the paragraph that starts "Christmas in the Netherlands…") but with soup instead of stir fry.
Thursday we tried going back to the pavillion, but it closed early again (like 5pm early…. what the hell?! Stupid Ottawa.) and we chose to indulge in a little dirty bird.
Friday night we had plans with Mom – a birthday dinner at Stoneface Dolly's, one of my favorite Ottawa restaurants.
And on Saturday, we're out again for Birthday dinner, with friends, to an Iranian restaurant called Saffron. It will be my first time there. I've heard mixed reviews – some glowing, some not so much. I'll let you know how it is.
That's 4 – count 'em – 4 days of avoidance on the grocery front. We rock! Of course, it does mean there's also no food in the house for breakfast. We're currently out of bananas, eggs, and bread. Doesn't leave much for morning meals.
I guess Sunday will be grocery day.