Babysitting for Ruby Watchco

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!

i enjoyed a very tall decaf americano! (note the wooden table - one for my home, please and thank you)

The Brother kindly prepped dinner…

the top chef at work...

…while shenanigans ensued in the living room (shh!)

grammy and grampy are such good sports!

clear the decks!

A group photo pre-departure:

enjoy your evening!

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!

wednesday eve's four-course menu (ruby watchco features one set menu per evening; dishes are served family style to your table)

it's an open kitchen design...

love that brickwork; a ruby watchco co-owner is designer cherie stinson, who has appeared on hgtv's "restaurant makeover"

"an unforgettable evening," declared the beautiful birthday maman

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

aunti was soooo excited with her library find - a NEW WIGGLES CD!!! hot off the press, 2011!

It was a hit!


and dancin'...

and bouncin'...


and stylin’…

and jazzin...

We four had a blast.

As did they four:

that sign inspired the naming of the restaurant

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!

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  • Nicole  On May 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    They were good sports for taking photos at the restaurant!! I never usually rely on media reviews/critics when choosing a restaurant- I go by personal opinions as well. We usually like to hit up a fave spot for birthdays or other celebrations. Creatures of habit, I guess. But, I do love experimenting with new places too.

  • thehealthyapron  On May 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I almost never stick with reviews. I feel like critics are TOO critical and most reviewers only review bc they had something to gripe about. I just love finding NEW places to try though!

    Looks like babysitting was a blast!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Most reviewers DO seem to feel they must find something to gripe about…plus food is like movies: everyone has their preferences – can’t please everyone!
      That’s fun that you like to try new places!

  • Johanna B  On May 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I’ll have to add the Wiggles to my “get for the grandbaby” list. Looks like fun.He’ll enjoy it someday cuz he’s a little wiggler for sure. After 5PM I’ll be absent from the blogworld til Tuesday due to the holiday down here. See ya then!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      yes! Invest in the wiggles! I actually like some of the other cd’s more than this latest but maybe I need to hear it some more! Have a great weekend!

  • Gina Unger  On May 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I’m of the same mind frame… dine where others have highly recommended. 🙂
    Sounds like it was a delightful evening for all! Happy Birthday, Marnie!

  • Zo  On May 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

    We tend to stick to tried and true/local. There are some higher profile restaurants in my neck of the woods, but they are expensive, so I don’t often go there. But if I go into NYC, I’ll look up restaurants to see what’s good!

  • Holly  On May 27, 2011 at 9:15 am

    We usually eat at the same places, but we do try out places that other family members/friends have tried out. So we do listen to reviews but only if it is from people we know. They can give us the real scoop 🙂

    Good job to your dad for taking pictures!

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