Each year, David takes me out for a Christmas lunch date at the gracious Fairmont Palliser hotel in Calgary.
I have blogged about this before but thought I'd share a few quick photos of our much-anticipated holiday lunch!
This is my favorite event of the season, by far, as I get to spend it with David and it is such a charming atmosphere. It is our gift to ourselves.
Here is the hotel, from a distance, next to the (once grand) Calgary Tower:
There is snow here already, but not much downtown
The hotel is always prettily decorated for Christmas:
The dining room is lovely (and awaits a company Christmas party to arrive):
The buffet is to die for. This is just the salad bar:
Excuse the wobbly and hurried iphone photos
Our table had pretty (if slightly crumpled) flowers:
For our first course. At this lunch, I always start with the wonderful Caesar salad and I always have bread (a rare occasion when dining out, but there is nothing nicer than a good bun with butter):
For our main course. I avoid the prime rib, fish, pork, and myriad vegetable dishes and stick with the classic Christmas fare. I eat so many vegetables that I was happy to avoid them today:
With my apologies to vegans and chronic dieters. I ate about half of this (and one of the Brussels sprouts), if you are concerned...
And for dessert, we had this dilemma to contend with:
I chose something chocolate (naturally) and the Stollen (one of my favorite Christmas things!) and a cup of decaf (caffeine is very bad for my headaches):
We had such a nice lunch and I was still completely stuffed, even though I didn't finish my plate on any course.
After lunch, David and I went for a walk (much needed) and did some Christmas shopping downtown!
Do you do anything special with your loved one at Christmas?