Fashionable Lunch with Ma Mère

Yesterday I had a FABULOUS time having lunch with my mother... we dined at the Parkway Grill... one of our favorite places to eat in Pasadena, home of the Rose Parade... look at the GORGEOUS flowers as you
walk up to the entrance... 
inside the ambiance is lovely... 

and the cocktails are shaken just right to start to our dining experience... 
first a starter... special for the day... oysters on the half shell... 
sorry about this next photo... I was sooo excited to nibble my salad... I did not snap this photo until after a few bites... also let me tell you that ma mère and I split everything... so these portions are half of the normal size... this is their bibb lettuce, burrata cheese, sherry-shallot vinaigrette salad...
our main course...Pan-Roasted Salmon French Green Beans, Bacon, Mushroom Ragout, Red Wine Reduction with a lovely glass of Chardonnay... 
between our main course and dessert... I asked our FABULOUS waiter Sam if he would take my camera into the kitchen and snap a photo of food being plated... he said he would take me into the kitchen to snap a photo... sooooo... here is one of their gourmet pizzas being put into the wood-burning oven... looked yummy... 
and the preparation of their heirloom tomato caprese salad, prosciutto with balsamic glaze...
almost too pretty to eat, non? 
Nowwww... back to dessert... Crème Brûlée Napoleon Crisp Phyllo Squares Layered With Vanilla Bean Custard and Caramel Sauce... 
Everything was DIVINE... food, drink and the service was WONDERFUL... I would recommend Parkway Grill to EVERYONE!!!  I have been there on many occasions and it has ALWAYS been PERFECT... I leave completely satisfied with a smile on my face!!!  Thank you to everyone for being so kind and receptive to my photo snapping!
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I hope everyone reading will be sure to stop by and see all the Tablescape Thursday participants via Between Naps on the Porch if you missed them yesterday, the Foodie Friday participants via Designs by Gollum and all the PINK paticipants via Beverly of How Sweet the Sound on Saturday!

Oooooh and be sure to come back and visit me on Monday and I will tell you about the Pasadena Showcase House that I visited before having that FABULOUS lunch... the show ends Sunday, and I don't want to give anything away to those who have not seen it yet.

Bon week-end...


36 comments:

RamblingTart said...

Ohh, what a fantastic time with your Mum, Fifi!! I'm so glad you could feast so bountifully together. :-)

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

It's great to have a get together once in a while with one's mother, Looks like a good time was had by all.

Have a great week-end.

Yvonne.

Jacqueline said...

Oh Fifi,
That looks wonderful and definitely my kind of restaurant. It's just a little too far away for me to get to, unfortunately !!!!
It sounded the perfect day for you and your mum. XXXX

Paris Pastry said...

That sure looks like a fashionable lunch! The Crème Brûlée Napoleon looks amazing! Glad to hear you had a wondercul day.

♥ Daniëlle

Suburban Princess said...

That looks like a wonderful lunch! I am glad you had a great time!

ButterYum said...

Fabulous. And wow, those were the biggest oysters I've ever seen.

:)
ButterYum

Mason Canyon said...

The photos are great and now I'm starved for lunch and I haven't even had breakfast yet. :)

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Yum! It all looks fabulous. Hope you all had a fun time.

Cynthia@ITLLDO said...

Wow!! What a feast for the eye! What a wonderful treat to be able to behind the scenes and snap those prep photos. I would love to go there too!

Valerie said...

I moved from Pasadena to Virginia 22 years ago - how fun to be taken back. We were actually in the Rose Parade Jan 2006 (president's family). I can't wait to see the Showcase House. The house tour in my little VA town isn't quite the same :-)

sealaura said...

Bonjour Fifi,

Even at 6am I wanted to dive in to your post. YUM especially the creme brulee, it is my fave. Will have to check this place out next time I am in Pasadena. Bon weekend cherie!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh my goodness Fifi! such a fabulous place and the food... wow yummy! thanks for sharing! hope you have a lovely weekend! xo

Shanna said...

I love place with that type of atmoshphere. The food looks great to.

Barbara said...

Mmmmmm! I am so impressed that you asked to take a photo of the food being prepared. How wonderful that you had such a wonderful time with your mother.

cindy said...

such a gorgeous and special day with your mom! the flowers are beautiful and the food looks delicious. enjoy your weekend!

Helen said...

It's only 8:40am where I live but already I'm thinking ~~ FOOD! I'm a fan of TV's Brothers & Sisters. Family home is located in Pasadena and I love the lush look we are treated to during the filming ....

Anonymous said...

WOW I sum that up as PERFECTION... Fifi

Glad you had a nice day with your Mum, such a pretty place...is that a Cosmo I spy with my little eye...love those !!!

Kathy's PERFECT Cosmo: Grey Goose Citron with extra cranberry and a lime wedge pls....(Cointreau of course) LOL

Have a great week-end,
Kathy :)

ShirleyC said...

Glad you had a fun time with your mom. I'm sorry, but I think I would have had to started with dessert!

Brisa said...

Amezing colors of the flowers in the first picture! I really loved it!

Madelief said...

Dear Fifi,

What a lovely place to have dinner with your mother. It does not only look pretty on the outside & inside, but your dishes look delicious too!!

Happy weekend!

lieve groet, Madelief

Melanie's Randomness said...

that dessert looks omg so yummy!!! lovely pictures!!

I'm taking one of your buttons too!!

Mimi said...

Those flowers are beautiful...but not so much as that salad, I could live on salads! It is always fun to have lunch with our mother, isn't it? Wish I lived closer to mine.

SPLENDEROSA said...

This place looks wonderful. My ex & his "new" wife of almost 20 years live in Pasadena, I'll send your post to them. The flowers in the restaurant are splendid. For me, the ambiance is so much more important than the food, but you knew that already, didn't you? LOL

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

What a fab place to go with your Mom. I went to one of those Pasadina showcase homes a few years ago. It was so much fun seeing all the work of different designers. I look forward to Monday.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very nice, looks like you had a great time!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Beautiful pictures, Fifi! The food looks delicious, and the flowers are a riot of color. The best part is that you enjoyed this with your mother... that makes it all so memorable. Whether you are painting or snapping photos, your eye always goes to the beautiful.
♥, Susan

Quilt Works said...

great looking food! made me hungry!
Quiltworks

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

That garden of flowers is to die for!!

Debbie

Laura in Paris said...

I am glad you enjoyed so much lunch with your mom!

Ellie said...

Happy you and your Mom, had such a wonderful time! Gorgeous, artistic photos, really great eye candy!
I am sooo jealous~ Sounds like a delight!

vickie said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Looks like a
fabulous time with your Mom at a fabulous restaurant! Have a great
week.
Vickie

La Petite Gallery said...

That is what I call a real
wonderful Day.
yvonne

La Petite Gallery said...

You have a fantastic Day, My Darling FiFi...big hug for your Mum.

Candi said...

Happy Pink Saturday on Sunday:) Looks wonderful! What a special treat you had.

The Antiques Diva™ said...

I'm having oyster envy - I can't remember the last time I had oysters!

CailinMarie said...

lovely! enjoyed this post!
CailinMarie

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