Saturday, March 07, 2009
There is a gastronomic heaven
Despite the new PHRMA rules, it appears not all free drug-rep sponsored dinners are verboten. And in this economy, if you have a gourmet appetite but a McD's sort of budget, this is a good thing.
I've gone to very few, select pharmaceutical dinners that most applied to my practice and were geared towards patient education and symptom management of gastrointestinal cancers. I think I've attended about 4 in totality in the 6 years I've been a nurse. But when the opportunity came along to go to the infamous Canlis (which I have never been) even though the topic--febrile neutropenia and growth factor use--is a bit less relevant to my patient population, I couldn't resist. I simply had just heard far too many amazing things and I had to confirm the truth of such food porn.
From the first step inside to the last bite of dessert Canlis did not disappoint. The food served had perfect texture, temperature, taste, presentation....(I just ate a large breakfast but am now salivating just thinking of it!) From the delicate little prawn saute in a spoon appetizers, to the grilled mahi-mahi with mango coulis, to the molten chocolate dessert, it was fabulous. The service is superb as well. Servers appear out of nowhere--kind of like a covert attack--except...they deliver much-anticipated food to all your dinner-mates simultaneously instead of raining down deadly blows.
What I truly can't stop thinking about is that molten chocolate dessert ::drool:: The idea of serving a molten chocolate cake with burnt cream and then juxtaposed with a dollop of chocolate ice cream dipped in 3 layers of chocolate is pure genius. And the result is heavenly. Unfortunately I cannot find a suitable photo for you (dear readers who are by now quite hungry) of this amazing concoction.
Guess that means I'll have to go back soon!