"We pulled off one of the best (and I will go out on a limb here), possibly the best impromptu Friday night gathering the GTA Audiophile Club has ever witnessed. It was a perfect evening. We are blessed with perfect weather for an outdoor BBQ. I saw the Green Nuclear Reactor in action for the first time and it reached temperatures of 750 °F which can only be surpassed by John's brick pizza oven. My humble gas BBQ can never generate the searing power and flavour of a real charcoal BBQ. The evening's menu:
Sliced tomatoes with onions and basil
Fried salmon cake with lime sauce
Marinated Octopus Salad with Diana's moked steelhead
Thick sliced smoked bacon appetizer
Bistecca alla Fiorentina - 3 x 2" thick porterhouse steaks (28~44 days aged, US and Canadian beef from Jacob's and Pusateris)
Water, juice, ginger ale, sparkling water,
Cake from Amadeus Fine Cakes - Duet (Flourless) soft coconut meringue with coconut mousse, diced pineapple and praline cream.
Berries and ontario peaches with lemon and optional whipped cream
Espresso and/or drip coffee and/or tea
2003 Bannockburn Geelong Pinot Noir
25yr old Bowmore Single Malt Scotch
The star of the evening was the Bistecca served medium rare. It was definitely one of the best, melt in the mouth and most flavourful steaks I have ever had. The dessert cake was to die for.
Then we went on to an evening of great music. The debut of the Kondo M7 Phono stage and the KSL-SFz step up transformer, together with the Kondo IO-M cartridge. Compared to the EMT, Klyne, and Jean Nantais' Lenco, which is a great sounding combo in its own right, the Kondo / Reed on the JC Verdier La Platine Vintage turntable is just that much more engaging. The music takes on more warmth, body and resolution. The Kondo chain is a winner. Len's music library is the envy of any vinyl collectors.
Len, thank you for a fine evening, your hospitality is unmatched. I had an amazing time. Thanks to all you fine gentlemen, we are truly so much more than just an Audio club. It is a fine display of friendship, & fine hospitality with good people"