Oh my word.
Some of you have noticed that list I'm keeping on the side of places we've eaten. I need to add a few, and I don't have time this morning, but oh my friends....
Run. Don't walk. RUN, I tell you to Daou Restaurant. We had our staff/board Christmas party there last night.
I cannot express to you the explosions of flavour, the variety of dishes, the melt-in-your-mouth quality of everything from appetizers to dessert. Perhaps Celine Dion can - apparently she recognizes outstanding Lebanese food when she sees it too, and loves this place. The owner certainly can - she sat with us last night and described the various foods we were eating - she is part of our church, by the way. Her father started the restaurant as a new immigrant, so that his 4 daughters wouldn't have to work for anyone else when they grew up; they would work for themselves in this family business. "We will open a restaurant and serve what we eat at home," he said. "If people like it - great. If not, well at least we tried."
People liked it.
Next week, Daou will have been in business 40 years. Every employee is a family member or close friend; all have been there at least 15 years.
Go there, I implore you.