Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend – mine was filled with lots of sunshine, sleep, and smiles. The best kind of weekend! Especially since it involved lots of oatmeal and pancakes. I can’t wait to share this post with you guys today…
On Wednesday, my mom and I attended the Coquitlam Foundation Awards Banquet. Located in the Evergreen Cultural Centre and hosted by prominent members of the Coquitlam Foundation, this banquet was very informative and rewarding. There were some snacks provided by Thrifty Foods, but I already had dinner and was wearing my retainer. Too bad!
The day after that, Thursday, my friends from the Eagle Ridge Hospital joined me on the patio of Cactus Club for a lovely year-end dinner. Lesson learned today – if you think 12 people are going to show up, but you aren’t sure, book a reservation for 14! We had to move tables around and squish together to make it work out, but luckily it did 🙂
My sister, Seline, came as well. She enjoyed three mini bacon cheeseburgers and claimed they were “pretty good and very filling”. I ordered the Raincoast Greens salad after a long internal debate – I also wanted the pesto chicken quesadillas (which, by the way, my good friend Denna enjoyed).
I’m so glad I ordered this salad! I swapped the chicken breast for a piece of grilled salmon. This salad was a true meal, topped with a beautifully-sliced avocado, hard-boiled egg, spicy pecans, chopped tomatoes and peppers, and big chunks of feta cheese. The lemon-thyme dressing was delicious, too.
My salad was almost too yummy for words! The salmon was perfectly-cooked, as usual. I found the pecans a little too spicy for my palate, but they contrasted well with the rich and salty feta.
I wish I could grill salmon like this at home! I finished all the goodie goodie toppings and left just a couple leaves on my plate. This was such a filling salad!
Okay, okay, I had to have dessert. The curse of a sweet tooth! Seline and I decided to order a molten chocolate lava cake with raspberry coulis and Tahitian vanilla ice cream. I wish we had a bit more ice cream, because the warm and chocolatey cake was extremely rich and required some more cool creaminess.
Initially, I was debating between the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake and this one, but we’re so glad we ordered it – even though the cheesecake was created by Mr. Rob Feenie and looked scrumptious. But how can I say something bad about chocolate? 🙂
If you want to see some more photos of my beloved friends at the Eagle Ridge Hospital, please click this link here to see photos of our banquet. 🙂 You can also see the two other times I’ve been to Cactus Club HERE and HERE.
Thanks for reading this post today – I’ve got a little bit of research to do and some SUPER EXCITING NEWS that I’ll be sharing in my next post (hint: it’s about summer plans!). Will update you all soon! Have a lovely week. 🙂