brunch at the king eddy

as much as i would like to tell you that our family brunch yesterday at the king edward hotel was a new experience, i cannot.

the posh entrance

we celebrated dad’s 65th birthday there, too – five years ago!

then:

november, 2006 - that baby is little e!

and now!

guess what?! we were seated at the EXACT SAME table as five years ago! coincidence? i think not!

i’m so glad dad’s birthday is in the festive season. look at the wondrous sight that welcomes you when you enter the hotel:

i was really looking forward to seeing "the big tree!"

filling in time while dad parked the car...

we started off with some family photos to capture our celebration day on film for digital filing:

70 year old dad (haha!) + mom!

the little family!

aunti + the girls!

then we made our way into the main room. i propose to you that the king eddy brunch is the most amazing buffet in the universe. you may beg to differ, but all i know is it is the best i have ever experienced. here is a sampling of the array of choices that greet you:

cheeses, spreads + breads...

seafood + fish...

fresh fruit...

a hot buffet line...

desserts...

...and more desserts!

all under the watchful eyes of various mr nutcrackers:

beautiful holiday decor, all around the room

ah, we enjoyed such a relaxed time! the conversation flowed, and we took turns going back up for whatever our hearts desired. what i enjoyed the most: beef wellington [i am 99% sure this was a new experience for me to try this meat dish, but i'm not going to count it towards my list as it's rather trivial!]; french toast; chocolate mousse cake; the fresh fruit. the only disappointment: for five years i have drooled every time i remembered the bread pudding at the king eddy. well…there was no bread pudding this year!

the little ones were so well behaved! a perfect stranger even commented!

and just because i am a proud aunti (as if you didn’t know):

isn't little e's flower the best?!

cutie c could not get enough...blue cheese!

it was a completely enjoyable and happy celebration for dad’s birthday weekend. we are all in agreement that “brunch at the king eddy” should indeed become an annual tradition.

happy birthday weekend, g'pa!

does your family have a special celebration spot (or did you, growing up?) the charcoal steak house was our favourite restaurant for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc. for many, many years!

~*~*~*~*~

november thankfulness:

(for sunday november 27): yesterday i was thankful for the fact that even though dismal rain fell alllll day in waterloo yesterday, it was not snow! had it snowed, there was no way we could have driven to toronto. and in toronto, it was overcast but not raining, and very very mild!

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  • Zo  On November 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    We have spots we like to go to, but not one central celebration place! I do have a particular love for any place known for its desserts. I’m sad on your behalf about the bread pudding!

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      variety is good, too! oh, zo – you would have been in love with this dessert buffet…my photos do not even capture all the selections! if they had one dessert, they had fifteen. good thing we are a family with hearty sweet tooths! (teeth?)! :)

  • Lisa  On November 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I’m SO glad you had such a great time with your family! What a wonderful memory to have…and at the same table? That’s definitely a sign of synchronicity–all is right in the world :)

    The little ones are adorable—and it’s so easy to tell that they love their auntie!

    We’re having rain and ick here…but no snow. It’s chilly out, but still unseasonably warm so I’m trying not to complain…too much :)

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      yes – let’s be thankful for NO SNOW as long as we can get away with it! we all just started laughing when we saw the table we were being led to…and it was a good table – close to all the buffet lines! :)

  • Johanna B  On November 28, 2011 at 10:54 am

    My mother was enamored by the downtown Morrison’s cafeteria and we ate there every chance we got. As cafeterias go it was pretty unique. The ceiling was VERY high and covered with stars and the walls were brick with little balconies sticking out in several places. Like sitting in a square somewhere in Italy. I remember meals there with great fondness especially their garlic bread. Yum. If you are into bread pudding and every get to New Orleans you must try the bread pudding souffle at Commander’s Palace – a memorable experience for sure.

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 28, 2011 at 11:25 am

      oh, that sounds like a wonderful setting, johanna!! that is fun that you remember the cafeteria decor so clearly. and thanks for the bread pudding recommendation. could be worth the trip to new orleans, alone!!

  • Juanita  On November 28, 2011 at 8:25 am

    What a wonderful celebration. Your brother’s family is beautiful. I don’t know if I would have recognized Chris. Certainly has changed from the days he played with my “little” brother. :-)

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 28, 2011 at 8:45 am

      yes! our brothers were quite the team! i know jamie has two children…but i am not sure, too, if i would recognize him anymore. i just remember back to the first day the brothers met and became fast friends, thanks to their matching star wars shoes!

  • Stephanie  On November 28, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Looks like the perfect way to celebrate Dad! Unrelated, but: your nieces are so beautiful. They make me miss mine, who are 8 and 2.

    • 1970kikiproject  On November 28, 2011 at 8:43 am

      thanks, stephanie! i hope you get to see your nieces in january?? i do appreciate that i am able to see e and c so often.

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