|The front entrance of Celestino's as seen from our banquet room|
|Albert, Stephen, Charlie and Eugene decide on their meals|
We were seated in a private room, around a large table.
|Barbara, Frank B., Carmen, the lady from the OC office, and Edward|
I ordered the seafood salad. It was huge! It could have been a main course. It was full of mussels, clams, shrimp, squid, octopus and scallops. It was subtly dressed with an oil and vinegar dressing and had some nice little cornichon pickles to brighten it up.
I really enjoyed this dish, but it was too much for me.
|Chilled seafood salad|
|Tomato basil soup|
It turned out that she'd gotten someone else's lunch by mistake. The error was quickly rectified. When she got her actual order, she said it was quite tasty
|Ravioli with tomato sauce|
|Raviolis with squid ink and seafood|
|Eric, Kenneth, Ana and Albert|
Hilary is married to an Irishman. She and her hubby were headed off to Ireland for Christmas in a few days, and she was looking forward to the trip. (I would be, too!) She was seated next to me, so, sadly, I didn't get a good photo of her. She's a beautiful young woman.
|Charlie, Eugene, Doug and Hilary|
We had a good time, even if engineers are not striking conversationalists! But this is a great bunch of people. I enjoy working with them every day.
|Edward, his brother Walter, Giuseppe and Frank G|
|Panna Cotta with fresh strawberries|
Instead I opted for the cannoli. When I lived in Arizona, we used to drive from Phoenix to Tucson, to a delightful Italian restaurant named Mama Louisa's, just for a cannolo. They were wonderful - light and crispy and filled with a sweet creamy ricotta filling.
The cannoli I got at Celestino's were not good. They were thick and hard. I almost broke my teeth on them!
What's worse, when the waiter asked me what I wanted for dessert, instead of saying cannoli, I blurted out "cannelloni!"
|My rock hard Cannoli|
I was mortified. It had just been a slip of the tongue, after all.
To be served rock hard cannoli after that was just adding insult to injury.
Another dessert option was a flourless chocolate cake. That looked pretty yummy.
|Flourless chocolate torte|
The service was great at Celestino's, and, for the most part, the food was excellent. It was fun seeing all the various choices people make for lunch. I think if I ever go back, I'll have a better idea of what to order. (No Cannolis!)
I am lucky to have a great boss and nice co-workers. It's always fun to go out as a group to enjoy a meal, regardless of the cuisine. I can't believe I've already celebrated five Christmases with this bunch! What a great blessing in my life!