So John had a plan. He wanted to take me to this little restaurant he had seen on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. You can watch part one of the episode here and part two here. Apparently he had been waiting a while to take me there which is so sweet. I love that he thinks up these little plans...it makes me smile. As we drove there he made me watch the episodes. It was too cute. Once we parked and started walking down the street to the restaurant I snapped a picture of this cute fellow. I love that he is tied to a fire hydrant. That is some sort of oxy moron don't you think?? It was a cute neighbourhood.
We were a few minutes early. They have a lunch hour, close and then re-open for dinner. On Sundays they serve a brunch.
It is a no frills kinda of place but no frills in all the right ways.
I always hate my photo taken. The other week I saw a link to this wonderful Dove Real Beauty campaign video posted on Leslie's blog. I have to remember the message it shares loud and clear. It is a powerful one. A love for ourselves because we are beautiful message. A take a photo and don't critique it message. A embrace your beauty and the wonderful photo you have of you and the one you love capturing a moment in time message! So shame on me for thinking all the bad stuff when I look at this photo. Think instead of how relaxed John was.....what a wonderful time we had for those few hours we carved out of a life that is tough some days.
Can we talk about the shabby chic mis-matched dishes. Oh my heavens I love it and the Chinese wall paper!!! When I noticed the mis-matched plates John said, "I knew you'd like it". I love he knows me.
The place is small but in a great way. It maybe seats twenty people and the kitchen is right out in the open where you can see the chef working away.
The food. Oh my. It was so good.
More shabby chic. Dessert menus hand written on The Ace Dessert stationary.
We chose a dessert by way of eeny meeny miney moe. Peanut Butter Ice box Pie.
A few other things I loved about the Ace. These great holders on the wall held tea light candles. So neat.
As well the bathroom....a corner sink. Amazing!
On the way home there was talk of that Peanut Butter Ice Box Pie. I looked up a recipe and made it. However I warn you...it was so much work. My bowl was too small. I had cream cheese over flowing and I was cursing my stupidity in wanting to recreate it. Oh man. John said after I said I am a stupid mom (on Mother's Day as I tried to attempt this) that no in fact I was a great mom cause I was making it.
I guess I am not that stupid. It was very good. I did end up giving some to my neighbour cause I kept eating it. So if you choose to make it, half the recipe! It was too much all at once.