Wednesday night saw the culmination of all my May Outing of the Month coupon redemptions. What a fantastic month it’s been!
Mom’s birthday is this Sunday. As a special treat, The Brother and SIL Ana arranged to take Mom and Dad to Ruby Watchco for dinner on Wednesday eve. Ever since celebrity chef, Lynn Crawford, opened her Leslieville restaurant, Mom has been eager to dine there. What better occasion to visit than for a birthday celebration?
Weeks ago, we had pre-determined that Wednesday eve would be a Babysitting, Part II for Outing of the Month, so everything worked out perfectly for B and me to provide babysitting for the evening.
Mom, Dad, B and I drove to Toronto mid-aft (when traffic is best). We arrived early enough to meet The Brother for a coffee!
The Brother kindly prepped dinner…
…while shenanigans ensued in the living room (shh!)
A group photo pre-departure:
Dad received strict instructions to take photos at the restaurant. For the blog. Yea, yea, capture the moments for the family archives, but I want to show the dining experience on the blog!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch…
It was a hit!
We four had a blast.
As did they four:
To be honest, Ruby Watchco has received mixed reviews in the media (Joanne Kates’ review in the Globe, TO Life magazine review, for example – BUT, note that these reviews are from 2010); my family was very very pleased with their experience.
What a wonderful evening, all around, for all parties! Ruby Watchco, you’re a hit in this family’s books!
Are you influenced, at all, by media reviews of dining hot spots? How do you choose a location for special celebrations? I pay more mind to personal opinions expressed by people I know rather than rely on media reviews. You never know if there’s a hidden agenda when a professional reviewer is involved!