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My birthday is in December, and as it was on his day off, he planned making 10-course birthday dinner for me. While I was working, he went shopping for those ingredients.

The course was served as tapas style first and then two mains and two dessert!

1st course: Smoked Ham, Pear, and Goat Brie Crostini

Smoked Ham, Pear, and Goat Brie Crostini

2nd course: Broccoli Soup with Goat Brie

Broccoli Soup with Goat Brie

The last time he made was much better, I mean, this was a bit watery.

3rd course: Swiss Chard Sausage, Yam, Dijon Gravy

Swiss Chard Sausage, Yam, Dijon Gravy

This was interesting dish and delicious! I would order again! 😀

4th course: Bruschetta with Arugula & Tomatoes (for two)

Bruschetta with Arugula & Tomatos (for two)

5th course: Marinated Eggplant & Salmon

Marinated Eggplant & Salmon

This was my least favorite. I loved the marinated eggplant as usual, but salmon was lukewarm, which he said it was intentional but it was weird to me.

6th course: Lamb Chop, pan-seared Root Vegetables, Swiss Chard, Dijon red wine sauce

Lamb Chop, pan-seared Root Vegetables, Swiss Chard, Dijon red wine sauce

The lamb chop was beautifully cooked. We shared it, which is good, because I was getting full at this point.

7th course: Salmon, Crab Mashed Potatoes, and Turnip Hash

Salmon, Crab Mashed Potatoes, and Turnip Hash

The salmon was nicely cooked, too. The crab mash was a bit softer than the one he made before, so that it lost the texture. I really liked the turnip hash.

8th course: Spaghetti Carbonara with Prawns and Scallop

Spaghetti Carbonara with Prawns and Scallop

At this point, I was too full. I wished I can share, but he made this full size for himself as well. The taste was good, though.

9th course: Chocolate Panna Cotta

Chocolate Panna Cotta

I was too full to have two dessert, so he arranged this dessert, using both ingredients. Panna Cotta was a little loose, so it was like mousse.

This would be the last birthday dinner cooked by him, as he said he rather buy gifts next time. 🙂

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When we went to Nook the other day, Collin told me that he could prepare for those antipasto at home, as long as stores sell ingredients. So, once he thought about that, he already went shopping on his next day off. 🙂

He said it was difficult to get Burrata cheese, so instead, he got buffalo mozzarella. Well, it still tasted good! All ingredients here are available at Granville Island.

Meat and Buffalo mozzarella Cheese plate with Crostini

Meat and Buffalo mozzarella Cheese plate with Crostini

2 kinds of Cucumber Salad

2 kinds of Cucumber Salad

Meats (3 kinds of Prosciutto, Organic Salami and Pepperoni)

Meats (3 kinds of Prosciutto, Organic Salami and Pepperoni)

Tomato, Basil, Arugula Salad

Tomato, Basil, Arugula Salad

Cheeses (Buffalo mozzarella, Gruyere, Brie, Artisan Gruyere) and Fig & Pear

Cheeses (Buffalo mozzarella, Gruyere, Brie, Artisan Gruyere) and Fig & Pear

Oh, this much antipasto can make you full as dinner. We enjoyed each different combination of meat and cheese with refreshment of salads.

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After Collin and I went to Vancouver Aquarium, we walked on the trail along Lost Lagoon towards Second Beach near Stanley Park Pool. By the time when we got back to Denman Street, it was dinner time and he wanted to eat out.

We kept walking on Denman Street to find some place, as it was a holiday. We ended up going to Nook where I went with my friend about a week before. Oh, well, it was fine, as this was first time for him to go there.

We ordered from both their regular and special menu.

Bellini and House Water

Bellini and House Water at Nook in Vancouver

Wow, I just realized that water was expensive. :O

Antipasto, Burrata Cheese & Prosciutto with Crostini, from Special menu

Burrata Cheese & Prosciutto with Crostini at Nook in Vancouver

The quantity of prosciutto looked way less than the last time. Well, sorry, Collin.

Prosciutto, Arugula, and Roasted Garlic Pizza

Prosciutto, Arugula, and Roasted Garlic Pizza at Nook in Vancouver

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese at Nook in Vancouver

The restaurant is dark, so all pasta looked same, although what I ordered this time was not same as the last time. I don’t remember this Bolognese taste. I don’t know why. Drunk? 😛

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

Nook

Address: 781 Denman Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Robson and Alberni)
TEL: 604-568-4554
Twitter: @Nookvancouver
Urbanspoon: page
*No reservations

Dinner
17:00 – 23:00 daily

Price Note
– House Water $4.00
– Bellini $9.00
– Antipasto, Burrata Cheese & Prosciutto with Crostini $17.00
– Prosciutto, Arugula, and Roasted Garlic Pizza $20.00
– Spaghetti Bolognese $16.00

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