I'm in Saskatoon right now, staying at the Travelodge. I'm here to deliver a workshop.
Ever since I learned about which foods I was reacting to, I have been very careful to avoid them. Restaurants have been a no-go. Most of my travels have been planned using accommodations with kitchenettes where I can prepare my own meals. For the most part, it has worked out well. Grocery shopping is a great way to get to know a little bit more about a place (if they even have a grocery store). Sometimes, though, having to work around my food needs has been a royal pain in the butt.
On this trip, my client made my arrangements. Concerned, I did some research but couldn't find any kitchenettes available in the vicinity of the workshop. Grocery stores were noticeably absent from the area as well. I was worried. Really worried. The idea of starving for four days was not appealing.
Fortunately, the Saskatoon Travelodge website has a page about their Executive Chef, Vincent LaPointe. I've really been reluctant to burden anybody else with my food issues but, looking at the page, I could tell that Vincent is a chef that loves what he does and - more importantly - is someone who might enjoy a challenge.
I called him and knew right away that I was right.
E-mailing off a list of "can" and "cannots", he sent me a response with the first proposed meal.
It was delicious.
Here are some pictures:
For breakfast, I had an amazing sticky rice "pancake" with a gooseberry-coconut milk topping and top of assorted exotic fruits. Lunch was another fantastic salad followed by local pickerel in a cornmeal batter, amazinghand-made french fries, and asparagus followed by banana and strawberries with a freshly-made caramel sauce and creamy (non-dairy) topping for dessert.
The chef and his crew here are fantastic. I didn't take any pictures of breakfast or lunch, but will endeavor to do better tonight and tomorrow. For a brief spell, Michael's Meanderings is about to become a food blog (a.k.a. a "flog").
I'm really looking forward to dinner tonight.
That's fantastic. It's encouraging to know that there are people truly devoted to their craft and willing to experiment merely for the sake of pleasing another with their skills.
But Travelodge? Who'd a thunk it?
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