54 MacKenzie Ave N.
Williams Lake, BC V2G 1N5
November 4, 2010
Today I have a lunch date with Miss M, who had just returned from a 5 week sojourn in Thailand. I figured that last thing she wanted to eat was something heavy so I suggested the Gecko Tree as our meeting point.
I arrived first and sat myself at a small table close to the window and admired the textile brocades that were hanging up on the walls. There always seemed to be a rotating collection of local art up on display on their walls which lends it a very eclectic and homey environment. And if anything ever happens to catch your eye, you’ll be happy to know that it’s all for sale!
It wasn’t too long until Miss M walks through the door, and after a quick hug and brief catch up, our waitress came by to take our orders. A chalk board hanging on a beam post tells us today’s specials, which happened to be a pizza loaded with all sorts of veggies, a roasted garlic tomato soup, and cherry chocolate cake.
This place had formerly catered to vegetarians in the past, but a few years ago they started adding meat items to their menu. They use organic beef and chicken that are all locally grown and supplied from the local butcher, and everything else is made fresh on site. The menu is pretty extensive and includes a full page dedicated to all-day breakfast foods, salads, wraps, and other deliciously healthy items.
Miss M opted to go with the soup special, and I decided on the Thai Salad. Just as we had our orders taken, Miss B walks in through the door… what a delightful surprise! She had already eaten so she had just ordered a vanilla latte and a Yum Bar. Coffee here is locally roasted from Uncle Paul’s, and their decaf stash is supplied by Kicking Horse. Her coffee came quickly and I eyed her Yum bar enviously as I was quite hungry. It was a thing of chocolate wonder holding together all sorts of wonderful seeds, oats and grains. Luck was with me though… for one, my mom made sure I knew my manners, so I was able to refrain from grabbing it from her plate, and two… my food arrived!
My salad was much bigger than I had anticipated… and man was it ever a salad! It had cold noodles, green and red bell peppers, zucchini, red onions, tomatoes, sprouts, red cabbage, and marinated tofu. All of this sat on top of a bed of green romaine that had never seen the likes of a triple-washed and bagged environment, and was prepped on-site. A homemade peanut sauce dressed the contents and the salad was almost too big for the plate as I tried to amalgamate all the ingredients together. The bites were big too when I tried to incorporate a little bit of everything onto one forkful, so things got a big messy, but it was well worth the constant napkin action because this salad was good. Not “good” like the five cent version, but…
I was so hungry and it was so yummy… what a perfect combination we made! But somehow I was only able to finish half of it. I was defeated by a salad?? That was fine, because I was able to bring the rest of it home with me for dinner.
Miss M’s soup looked amazing as well. It came piping hot, and had a very creamy texture. It smelled incredible. When Miss M insisted that everyone have a taste, I jumped at the opportunity and found that the mild flavour of garlic went really well with the earthy tomatoes. I’ve never been much of a tomato soup fan, but this had me rethinking my views now.
Of course, lunch just isn’t complete without a little dessert! Miss M also ordered a Yum Bar. I debated about trying out their cake special, but I knew my heart was in it for one of their homemade brownies, so that was what ended arriving in front of me. Yes, this place is great for eating healthy food that gives you a good feeling inside. However, this brownie was not one of them. Insider sources have told me that this rich and decadent treat contains a startling amount of real butter. Butter! But this was Julia Child’s favourite ingredient after all, so this indulgence makes it okay in my books.
I finished the whole thing… all by myself! And I felt so sinful! But I figured everyone’s allowed indulge once in awhile… right?