June 29, 2010
The Parkallen restaurant has been around for years and years. I had never eaten there until Don and I started dating. It's a regular spot for their family. They used to order pizza every Friday night.
Evidently it has undergone various facelifts and changes over the years, but very recently it had a complete overhaul. I was expecting a little sprucing up, but was completely shocked at the transformation!
We rode. Parkallen is super close to our place.
I wore an old mauve skirt. It's old, but it's still good.
My creamy fender.
Don did the towing.
The baby was almost asleep so I locked up and went in first while Don took a few extra laps to make sure Dexter was knocked out completely.
The place looks so much cleaner on the outside than it used to.
The patio is all shiny and new.
By far the most jaw-dropping thing is the wine "cellar" you get to see when you walk in the front door.
All the wine bottles look amazing.
It was just like being in a boutique hotel.
Really warm and contemporary. The tables are bamboo!
The menu. All your favourites are still there, and the prices haven't changed.
I love how they kept and highlighted the fir beams.
Anything you want? They have.
I had the viognier.
Iveson senior. Yes, he has a most prolific beard.
There was a fresh tomato and bacon pizza.
I had the chicken shish taouk platter. The garlic paste that comes with this stuff is yum yummy.
Don took this picture of me while I was trying to get my pedals in place. Awkward posture.
I'm so happy to see local restaurants thriving and changing to attract new clientele. I know Don's family has been going there forever, but now I'll have to start making this one of my regular places too. The current chef and owner, Joe, used to work there for his dad as a pizza delivery boy. I'm so proud that he decided to keep the family business and brought it into the 21st century for new families like mine. Owning a business is hard work. That's why its important to eat local when you can. Keep those dollars in your community!