Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Bâton Rouge Steakhouse & Bar, Toronto, ON

The Fab Five met for supper tonight at Bâton Rouge in the Eaton Centre.

Here we are ... Susan, me, Julie, Laura and Jen.

We work together until 2007 ... Julie, Jen and Susan are still with the company (Laura left a couple weeks ago).

I ordered Bâton Rouge Chicken Tenders Platter (chicken tenders made fresh to order, battered and deep-fried to golden perfection. Served with their own BBQ and Dijonnaise dipping sauces).

It's a big meal and I couldn't eat it all ... I left some mashed potatoes and batter.

Great to get together and catch up!


beerab said...

*groan* Oh man that looks good! lol. Give us a warning next time!

Fizzgig said...

didnt eat the potatos? blasphemy!

Siobhan said...

Those chicken tenders look delicious. I'm jealous.

Sue St Clair said...

Always fun to catch up with old work mates, and the food looks delicious!

Teresa said...

Here's to good girlfriends. I got this the other day.

A thought to share
... a friend just finished taking an evening class at Stanford. The last lecture was on the mind-body connection--the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.

Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physically this quality "girlfriend time" helps us to create more seratonin--a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being. Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. They rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf? Yes. But their feelings?--rarely. Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our sisters, and evidently that is very good for our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.

There's a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged--not true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking! So every time you hang out to shmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health! We are indeed very very lucky. Sooooo let's toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good for our health.