Day 314: Cobb Salad and Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pud

There are no three sweeter words in the english language than the following: In. Room. Dining. Together of course; on their own they don’t carry quite the same impact.

We’re in Jasper, unpacked at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. I fully expect to lose readers this week as you tire of hearing me eat my way through the next 7 days. I’m here for the final two packages of Christmas in November – an event I strongly recommend, and not only because I’m part of it. Basically it’s a food and wine (and martini) fest – non stop eat and drink and nowhere to go home to but your lakeside cabin (shuttled in a golf cart if you’re so inclined) and in between, sessions with chefs (Michael Smith, Anna Olsen, Elizabeth Baird and Emily Richards, Me) and designers like Karl Lohnes and Chris Standring. Everything is decorated like something straight out of a Canadian Tire Christmas ad, which are starting to run regularly now, in case you haven’t noticed. (If you live in Florida, you won’t have.)

The first batch of guests arrive tomorrow, before Buffetpalooza (Three rooms. For real.). Tonight we ordered in – Mike had roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and veg :

and I had an enormous Cobb salad :
lit in the dark by the bedside lamp. Late in the afternoon we pulled over beside a glacier and ate the oniony meatloaf sandwiches my Mom so nicely packed for us, and a bag of strawberries. I like those photos better.


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11 comments on “Day 314: Cobb Salad and Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pud

  1. Jen C
    November 10, 2008 at 5:51 am

    ooohhh wow, that event does sound amazing! And I do have severe-chef-envy.


  2. Pauline
    November 10, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Hi Julie, Christmas in November this year was amazing. Being that it was there 20th anniversary we felt that they really did make it extra special.It was just a wow from the moment we arrived. The best thing of all we WON or should I say my husband won the grand prize a trip to return next year. I was smiling all the way back to Edmonton. Have fun Julie and family.

  3. Barb
    November 10, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Great shots of your little sweetheart.

  4. Lisa
    November 10, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Willem is so big!! What a cutie.

    Can I tell you how much I love Michael Smith? It sounds like a fantastic event! I think I’ll have to save up to attend one year.

    I hope you, M & W have a fabulous week!

  5. mmac
    November 10, 2008 at 11:43 am

    I attended Christmas in November way back in 1993 or 1994 and it was magical then. I’m sure it’s even more so now. Enjoy your time! You deserve all the pseudo-downtime you can get.

  6. Sherry
    November 10, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Oh, these next 7 days will be lots of fun!! Please share lots and lots of details and pictures (if you have time). I want to live this next week vicariously though you. Way more exciting than what I have awaiting me. Enjoy!

  7. uncle doug
    November 10, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Hi Guys from the West Coast. I thought yesterday that maybe we should just hop on a train and head out for the festivities which I presumed would be late in the month or early Dec. Oh gosh, just saved a thousand bucks, I’m sure. Any time you need a sous chef, potlicker or go-boy, just let me know. There is enough on Mike’s platter for the two of us so we can do this real cheap.
    Let us know when you find an event where they pay us to come.

  8. Dana mccauley
    November 10, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Cute pictures!

  9. Sue
    November 10, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    (It took me a minute to figure out that the first picture was not of the roast beef and yorkshire pudding, but the meatloaf sandwiches beside the glacier. Duh!) Your son is very photogenic! Would love to see a photo of you enjoying Christmas in November….

  10. Cheryl
    November 10, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Cobb Salad… Best salad ever.
    I met Micheal Smith once, at Maple in Halifax. He signed my cookbook. It was a fantastic meal.
    Enjoy Jasper. Oh, if you feel like leaving the lodge, try Evil Dave’s.

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