Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Meatloaf disaster

I made a meatloaf for dinner last night. The last time I made one it was sublime in flavour and texture, but last night is was a horror. Not tough and dry, but fatty and loose.

I believe that my mistake is that I did not use regular ground beef, but lean ground beef. I also did not have the egg as a binder.

It is amazing how much of a difference this made.

The kids ate it, but the leftovers went to the dog.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Milestone's in Victoria

Yes they are a chain, but it is the last place I ate. The Milestone's in Victoria seems be successful, so their marketing manager Chris Coleman told me, and seeing the crowds it is clear that they are.

We had lunch on their new patio on top. The food was good for an outside casual burger joint. Though it was chips and not fries as they have no deep fryer up there, not that I minded as I prefer chips to fries in any case.

The setting seems to be created as a quasi outside bar to enjoy over looking the inner habour. The setting in the right place, but the set up is not correct to accomplish this - the layout means there are a few good tables and the rest just do not have the view.

The location also opens rather late, I was expecting it to be open earlier than noon - say 11:30 or 11:00, but it was not.

Milestone's may be a chain, but their Victoria location continues to impress me with the above average food quality and service.

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Why this blog?

I was watching Iron Chef America last night and it was the Bacon Battle - Flay v Lee. I realised that I have a rather a big interest in good cooking and devote a lot of time and effort to it. So I thought I would start to put my thoughts down about food.

I live in Victoria and the city is blessed with a nice set of mid range restaurants, but nothing upscale. We have no star chefs in this town making food one would envy anywhere on earth - this is a problem.