Upper Unionville Golf Club – 1 Year Anniversary Dinner

Hello lovelies!  It’s been awhile and I apologize for my absence.  It’s been a hectic summer.  Hubby and I just moved and it’s such a process to get everything settled, especially when he’s only here half of the time.  With the new surroundings it was difficult for me to get back into my routine and so I’ve failed to be productive.  I’ve been sitting on my bum all day on the most comfortable couch on earth, watching netflix.  I mean, we paid for it so I should maximize the usage, right?  Well, enough about my lazy hazy days of summer and onto the good stuff.

Last weekend, we finally got to go for our complimentary 1 year anniversary dinner at the golf club where we had our wedding reception a year ago.  I was really excited about this perk at the time of booking the reception venue and so of course I had not forgotten it!  I went to make our reservations with the club right at the one year mark early last month by emailing the same manager that I had spoken with during my wedding.  And then…..the email got bounced back!  I then went on the Mandarin Golf and Country Club website and it doesn’t even exist.  The disappointment I was feeling right at that moment dragged me to my floor.  I was really looking forward to being back on the property and reliving our wedding reception and the non-existent golf club makes that pretty difficult to do!  It took some time and digging and finally realized The Mandarin Golf and Country Club has been sold and now renamed to Upper Unionville Golf Club.  Long story short(er), the Director of Food and Beverage of UUGC honoured our complimentary dinner and my hubby and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  We finally made a reservation for this past Friday night.

Now, onto what really happened that evening.  We arrived 10 mins or so earlier because we had wanted to take a nice walk on a beautiful summer evening on the golf course and take some photos.  We walked by the front door and was greeted by a staff member, asking if we were here for our annivesary dinner.  Immediately I was impressed, thinking the Director of Food and Beverages must have announced our special occasion to everyone at the club!  We then proceeded to go in but the usual dining room was all dark and chairs were up.  “That’s odd”, my hubby said.  Another staff member walked out and directed us to turn right.  We walked up a few steps and saw a cafe/bar area of the club with bright white lights and tablecloth-less tables.  The girl greeted us and asked if we would like to sit indoors or out.  As it was quite windy that evening we chose inside, thinking she will bring us back to the only pretty dining room we’ve been in when it was still The Mandarin Golf and Country Club.  I was thinking to myself, “she can’t possibly seat us in here right???”.  Well, I was wrong because she can, and she did.  My hubby looked at me and I looked back at him, both of us utterly confused.  After the waitress had taken our drinks order, the same staff member who greeted us outside came to greet us.  Turns out he’s the chef!  Haha!  He was very polite and professional, telling us if there’s anything else we wanted to eat that’s not on the menu he would be more than happy to make because, well, the menu is mainly bar food.  :S  Having a burger isn’t exactly my idea of an anniversary dinner.  We ordered caesar salad as an appetizer to share and they did have steak frites on the menu so hubby and I both ordered that since fish is not our kind of thing.  They also served us each a glass of wine.

Overall, their food is not bad!  The truffle fries was delicious and the lettuce in the caesar salad was soooooo fresh!  The steaks were acceptable and after pouring the third glass of red wine we finally got a glass that wasn’t refrigerated and that the glass didn’t smell.  Given what happened they always served us with a smile though!  And we weren’t trying to be snobby but since they asked if the second glass of wine was okay, we had to be honest and say the wine was good but the glass was not.  Thinking back the entire night was kind of funny.  The service was nice and they did everything to make us feel welcomed and happy.  The only thing we were disappointed with was the ambience of the dining area.  I mean, if they knew the dining room wasn’t going to be open on the Friday evening, they could have warned us in advance during the time of booking.  It wasn’t exactly a nice setting for our anniversary dinner but since they honoured our complimentary dinner even though they didn’t have to, we are grateful!

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Taiwanese Desserts – Mabu Station (North York) Part II

At Mabu Station we also ordered a sizzling plate. Having lived in Hong Kong for four years and came back to Toronto without Pepper Lunch, it was an adjustment for sure. When we saw there’s black pepper beef sizzling plate on their menu we just had to order it. The beef was tender and very flavourful. However, I found the dish to have too much black pepper which turned out to be a bit too spicy to my liking. We wanted to order extra cheese on our sizzling plate (the added cheese makes all the difference!) but found out it costs $3 extra, which is a bit expensive so we had to go without.

I would definitely come back for this plate but probably tell them to have a lighter hand on the black pepper.  It is a bit too generous but if you enjoy black pepper then this plate is for you.  Beef is juicy and tastes great!  The garlic sauce on the side is nicely done as well.  If you have had a chance to try this, let me know what your opinion is.  I would love to hear back!

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Taiwanese Desserts – Mabu Station (North York)

Hi guys!  Sorry it’s been a long while but hubby is in town, has been for the past month actually, and there are lots of personal things we needed to get settled.  We received very good news recently!  His PR application has been processed and ALMOST COMPLETE!  WHOOO HOOOOOOO!  I am so so so excited and surprised how efficient the Canadian government has been.  It has only been 5 months since we submitted the application and now we already got notification that the visa is almost ready.  I wasn’t expecting to hear back for another 6 months or so!  Hopefully at this point we won’t have to wait much longer and he can come and stay in Toronto for good.

Now that his visa is almost ready, it is time to plan our living situation.  We are scheduled to move in July (yay!) and have been scouting the nearby areas for good food.  We hit up a few restaurants in North York and wanted to share our experiences.  We were in the area for furniture and came across this Taiwanese restaurant at Yonge and Finch called Mabu Station.  Hubby and I absolutely love the taiwanese desserts with taro balls and this is our must-have whenever we visit Taiwan.  We also had this at Meet Fresh in Australia so we simply cannot ignore when we come across a restaurant with taro balls!  At Yonge and Finch they have two separate shops, which are separated by another shop in between.  When we arrived we were like, which one is it?  Are they the same?  Yes, they are the same.  I believe they had wanted to expand but unable to do so right next to the existing location so now there’s 2 separate restaurants, just an unit down the street.

This is the item I01 – grass jelly with a mixture of taro, sweet potato, and sesame Q balls, and sweet peanuts, red bean paste, taro paste, sweet potato paste, and barley

I got to say the number of taro balls is not enough.  This bowl is  $9.99+tax so I was expecting a bit more Q balls.  (In Taiwan, “Q” stands for “chewy”).  Texture wise, the balls are not chewy enough, and the sesame Q balls were rough and dry inside.  The bowl of grass jelly was huge though and we couldn’t finish it.  Overall the dessert dish is okay.  I wouldn’t say it’s delicious but still pretty decent and I would likely go back for it.

The two drinks we got were pretty standard for a bbt (bubble tea) beverage.  One was a passion fruit green tea and the other was green honeydew milk green tea with passion fruit jelly.  A little tip:  do not mix fruit flavours (e.g. melon milk tea with passion fruit jelly) because it turned out pretty weird, lol.

We also ordered another dish but as this post is getting rather lengthy, I will write a part II on it on another day.  If you guys have tried this restaurant, I would also love to know what you guys think!

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