May 17, 2010
I had one of the best meals of my life Saturday. But I'm not going to tell you about it.
At least, not yet. Between joejob drain, chasing stress(/inspiration), planning, and mad, passionate New York organizing (yes, I'm moving there), not to mention cold feet and a coughing dog (true), the timing just seems wrong to ruminate on the subtle, if no less voluptuous joys of a meal well-digested and thoroughly enjoyed.
I will tell you this: if you're in Toronto, get your good, hungry self on over to the other side of the Don Valley Parkway (ie The Great Divide), to The Local Company (511 Danforth Avenue). Stay tuned to this space for details on the tasty morsels, delectable nibbles, and gorgeous big bites of what has to be one of the most delicious meals I've ever enjoyed. For now, a little lick.
Alongside gorgeous design, The Local Company has a wonderful ambiance that's partly attributable to the classy surroundings, though kudos must go to the fabulous Suzana Da Camara and her talented musicians; their cover of Sade's "No Ordinary Love" was every bit as sensuous as my creme brulee, and her superior French-language tunes were completely and utterly... lovely. The servers were equally attentive, knowledgeable, efficient, friendly, and very, very witty, exploding any degree of stuffiness that might've been created from such a gorgeous, modern space.
And give me a moment (however brief -for now) to swoon over the chef! I've always thought chefs were rock stars, and that's made clear here. Sault St. Marie native Trevor Middleton is truly dedicated to his craft, approaching it just as much an artist as he does a crusader, teacher, and (true) geographer; affable, honest, and deeply committed to promoting local, sustainable food, lovingly cooked, he told me he wants people coming to The Local Company to get a taste of "Grandma's" kitchen. Oh yum. What a deliciously posh, passionate, creative Grandma Mr. Middleton is. In true granny fashion, I left happily overstuffed.
Chef is also incredibly kind to guests at The Local Company. Amazing fact: it's very reasonable. Really. That's what you get for not being in the trendy part of town. But then, who would want to be? It's worth the drive, for so many reasons.
In short, I had an orgasm on a plate. But I'm not going to tell you about it -yet. After all, there's value in food foreplay... right? You'll have to wait for the gooey details.
Sex on a plate, here we go again.