It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Unless the Christmas-magic-maker in your house is on a general strike, that is. You know what I mean: every household has that one person who makes sure the tinsel is untangled, the Santa letters are mailed, the RSVPs rsvp’d, the food bank donations sent, the Santa hats supplied, the shopping list checked twice, the Elf shelfed ….
In my house that person is me, and when I was a kid, it was my mom. I remember asking my mom one Christmas Eve if she still got that that vibrating excitement in her stomach in anticipation of Christmas morning. I don’t remember exactly what she said, but the gist of her answer was “nope.”
And that was the moment I decided I never wanted to grow up. To not feel that squiggly-jiggly-can’t-sit-still-can’t-sleep-a-wink eagerness for the clock to strike 8 a.m. on the 25th of December so my brother and I could burst into our parents’ room and rouse them from their slumber with squeals of delight seemed a most terrible consequence of aging.
Now that I am a mother myself, I’ve discovered that the actual consequence is worse than not feeling those Christmas butterflies—the butterflies have been replaced by violent Christmas moths destroying my entrails with questions like “Is the advent calendar filled?” “Am I sending Christmas cards this year?” “Can we afford a gift for every wee one in our extended families?” “Do I have enough reserve presents for the 9 p.m. announcement by my husband that such-and-such a person at the office needs a present tomorrow morning?”
Unless … unless you decide you deserve some magic. And mamas, we deserve some holiday magic too! And at least for me, holiday magic involves a delicious meal that I do not have to shop for, plan, cook, serve, share, clean up after or shove down my gullet in a hurry. And since the time surrounding Christmas itself is a flurry of activity and travel for us, I’m doing what I assume Mrs. Claus herself must do in early December: I’m celebrating early with an evening out with my husband and my bestie blogging colleague and her main squeeze at The Keg. Being self-employed, we bloggers have no staff Christmas party to look forward to (or dread), so we’re making the holiday season merry on our own terms while simultaneously filling up our holiday-magic-making-tanks with good food, drinks and laughs.
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Posted by Maman Loup's Den by Lindsay Gallimore on Thursday, December 7, 2017
There is a certain delight in knowing you can order three courses of food and not have to get up from your seat once (unless you are like me and have to pee constantly). The equivalent of our Christmas Elf was our server Ethan, who thoughtfully went over the menu with us and offered insight into the variety of steak cuts available and the daily specials.
He didn’t have to pull my leg to get me to try the lobster gratin for an appetizer. Seafood and cheese = two of my favourite things.
Another appy served at our table was the bacon-wrapped scallops. The happy recipient observed: “My favourite food wrapped around my second favourite food!” (I was going to attribute this quote to him, but he informed me it was lifted from the TV show Parks & Recreation.)
Although the meal was leisurely in timing, it felt like time flew by as we caught up on uninterrupted adult conversation topics. Silence fell only during chewing: me on my salmon, my tablemates on their various cuts of steak accompanied by lobster tails. (My husband is still annoyed that I stole one of his tails.)
We capped the evening with coffee and dessert. I don’t know the last time I’ve enjoyed a hot coffee and not had to share a dessert! The dessert menu features some “mini” portions for people with self-restraint or two 11 oz. fetuses squishing their usually cavernous stomach. I couldn’t even finish the last tiny bite of my brownie … but man was it good.
It’s not often that we parents get to put ourselves first and be treated like the true kings and queens that we are. At home, no one cares if our steaks are properly cooked, our drinks appropriately served, our crême brulée up to snuff. The Keg staff made sure our evening was magical, and now we’re ready to do the same over the next few weeks of December for our deserving (though at times ungrateful … until they become parents themselves) children.
Head to The Keg for holiday magic just for you!
Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and The Keg and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.
Aeryn Lynne says
What a fantastic idea! One thing I miss about working in an office is the holiday parties, so would be fab to do one with local fellow entrepreneurs in the area, thanks for the inspiration! The Keg would be a great place for that too, as their entrées are delicious and the right price for my budget.
Heather Lynne says
It sounds like a wonderful night! The food looks so good! Makes me want to go out and celebrate something! 😉
Monica Parlee says
We love The Keg! Unfortunately, we don’t have one in our town, but there are a couple within a fairly short drive . We like to go to these cities to do some Christmas shopping followed by dinner at The Keg!
This sounds AMAZING!
Annie M says
What a great night. It feels like a million years since we’ve been out as a couple.
BobbiJo Pentney says
I have so many amazing memories of the Keg. My mom loved the Keg and we always split a Billy Minor Pie
Shannon A says
Yum, yum, yum. Looks like you guys had a great night.
jay nelson says
There is a new Keg close to me which I would love to take my husband too. I have not been to a Keg since we had children. Thank you.
How true about Christmas as you get older! And I like going to The Keg for Steak! ?
Mary Chaisson says
I used to love going to the Keg when I lived in Calgary! Haven’t been in years, because the closest one is in Moncton, but I’m drooling just thinking about it now, and will have to make it a point to eat there the next time we shoot across the bridge.
Sounds like a great time! One of the last date nights we had was at The Keg. That was before our youngest was born … over two years ago!!! lol
Cheryl H says
We love the keg! No one does steak better than them and it’s there I first tried it medium rare and will never get it different
Natalie L says
This sounds so good. It’s making me hungry
The Keg was our go to date night, but 4 kids later, time and money run tight. Can’t wait for our next Keg date night
This sounds like an amazing night !
NJ Nowoselski says
Oh my! I am your mom …and you! This is so well written!! I smiled through the whole post thinking and knowing YOU get me! I know it shouldn’t matter but I miss company Christmas parties, exchanges, secret Santa’s. All those get together’s that I thought just added to my anxiety of the holidays I miss now that the kids are gone & I am semi retired 🙁 Secretly I am jealous of the ones around me who get to go 🙁 Sooo I like your plan. A nice relaxing restaurant like The Keg is just what the BAH Humbugs like me need. I’m so glad I found your blog.
Always have a great time at the Keg, even required a vegan dish, and they came through deliciously!
tanya c says
I love the Keg but haven’t been in ages. Hope to get back there soon.
Laurie Paranica says
The Keg is such a treat for us. Love the atmosphere and the prime rib. It’s my favourite dish. Happy Holidays
Wow i’d love to go there the food looks amazing!
Holly Daniels says
Looks like it was a great night! Love The Keg. There isn’t one in my town, but we go a couple times a year. Food & service is always amazing.
Josee b says
It’s been a while since I’ve been to the Keg, much too long from the sounds of it!, time for a treat!
Donna L. says
We go to The Keg to celebrate all our special occasions. Love the Prime Rib there.
Jennifer W says
This sounds magical. I think my husband and I have been on like 2 dates this year because of children and life. Sigh.
Lindsay T says
The mini portions of dessert sound cool! I love the Keg for a good date night with hubby, always fantastic service & amazing food!
Florence Cochrane says
I love your post. You picked a great place to go. I love the Keg.
This looks so good! Haven’t been in years. Might just hve to go now!
Stefanie / The Monarch Mommy says
OMG the moths! You had me roaring with laughter. Ahem. Anyways! I LOVE The Keg and had a lovely time dining with you and yours. 🙂
Trinity Rosario says
I LOVE The Keg! It’s a special occasion place for us so we only go a few times a year!
Leeanne c says
To be honest I haven’t been to the Keg but would love it to be my first time. I love a good prime rib and baked potato with sour cream. What a fun night. and the food looks devine.
Sounds like a perfect night! I’m so glad you got
to have a magical night fellow magic maker!
tammy ta says
I really can’t answer because I have never been to The Keg Steakhouse & Bar before-I would love to win and try it out for the first time!
We love the keg but with 4 children , two 15 months apart , we never get much time alone anymore . We hope you to get a chance to go soon
nick a. says
The Keg is always perfect for a romantic night out for date night. Terrific menu.
Silvia D says
Looks like a great time! Been a long time I went to the Keg!
Kathy Harrigan says
Those bacon wrapped scallops look amazing!
Tiaja S. says
One of the biggest changes since having our little one is going out for dinner dates way less often, so now I have a deeper appreciation for that time with my Husband! Love going to The Keg but the closest one is a couple hours from us… we traveled to Victoria for our babymoon at 39 weeks and The Keg was one of our dinner dates!
Kris Fowle says
We all need some downtime at this time of year! Dinner atvthe Keg with my husband would be an amazing treat right now ?☺️?
Linda Klages says
We have to drive for a couple of hours to the nearest Keg. Always a treat when we get there.
Rebecca H says
this is an amazing giveaway! We haven’t been to The Keg in a long time, but, it was always amazing when we went! Thanks!
How wonderful to go on a sans-children night out. The last time we went to the Keg was about 2.5 years ago and I loved having salmon then too! My husband went for a big juicy steak! Next time I’m saving room for dessert… they look amazing!!!
Anne Taylor says
We haven’t been to the Keg for so long, but we loved it! Your evening looks amazing!
Aw man. To get out with friends sans kids sounds amazing!
Does anyone remember the Keg salad bar? So unhygenic but so delicious. We never used to think about that stuff back then. ?
Guess I know where I’m going for date night this week! Gotta eat some steak. 🙂
I was glad to see the you and The MM got to go out on a double date. Moms (and dads) need those once in a while. It is a joy to have the opportunity to miss your kids on occasion.
Maliza Yeung says
Steak hands down!!
You have inspired me to have a date night with my husband at The Keg! I’m drooling after that description of the meals!
Job that abounds like heaven! A date night is just what the doctor ordered!
I could practically taste the steak as I was reading this post. Yum!!!
Nathalie Demers says
We, the parents, went on our first date in well over 2.5 years since having our babies. ? Long overdue and it was great. I’d love to go to The Keg for our next date, within the next few months hopefully. I’ve actually never been, but daddy has. ?
Dianne G. says
Looks like a perfect night out. We have always enjoyed the food at The Keg and had great service. They really know what they are doing in preparing and serving fantastic food.
Jennifer P. says
That steak with lobster tails look amazing!! What a fabulous date night!!
Kaitlin Meuse says
My husband LOVES going to the keg whenever we’re in the city (none near us). Can’t go wrong with steak and beer!
Emma Weston says
Oh man, a night out when you’re self employed makes it that much extra special especially when you work from home. Well deserved, sounds amazing
Andrea Amy says
Your evening at the keg looks awesome. We love the keg, always delicious!
Carole Dube says
Sounds like you had a great night. It’s important to have a nice evening out with your spouse. I love the Keg and we go maybe once a year for a nice evening out to treat our self.
Myself and my husband and 2 other couples (one with 2 kids the same age as mine and one expecting their first) are heading to The Keg for New Years Eve and I can’t wait to have some adult time! Looks like you took full advantage of your date night as you so deserve.
Sunshine H says
I’m not sure we ever realize what a luxury it is to eat hot foods hot and cold foods cold, until we have kids! Glad you had such a great night, and one thing I have always found with the Keg – the food and service are great!
Alaina Monster says
We just got a new Keg location in London, On! Hubby and I are headed there next weekend o celebrate a friends 35th birthday. I think I might try that lobster gratin … it looks amazing!
The Keg is my favorite restaurant, I just wish the closest one wasn’t 45 minutes away 🙁
Zoe Gray says
This makes me realize how long overdue a date night is for my husband and I! Sounds like a great night!
Sounds cool, have a happy holiday this winter and thanks for all the contests
I love The Keg!! The food is great and they are family friendly and so accomodating when you have little ones. We love treating ourselves and having family nights out there.
Nikki A says
We haven’t been to The Keg since we’ve had kids (and moved to a city that doesn’t have a Keg). We do have some gift cards somewhere, though, so maybe it’s time!
l p says
Thanks for the great idea – and reminder that we all need a night out now and again.
Ronald Gagnon says
We celebrate every mother’s day (Grandma, mom and daughter) at the Keg every year…We have never been disappointed
Lushka Smith says
Yum, it’s been a long time since I’ve been to the Keg, time to remedy that.
This post has me drooling! And dreaming of a night out with my hubby for a delicious, relaxed meal I don’t have to cook, or clean up after, or try and bribe kids to partake in! *sigh* this exact outting is going on my Christmas list!
Daniela Plume says
My fave is the Filet Mignon
Jennifer Ann Wilson says
Dang, this blog post just made me crave a big Keg steak!! I better win your giveaway or I’m going to have to return a few gifts. lol
Jennifer Chatham says
Groovy ~! ! Thank you for your generosity ~! ! Peaces ~! ! ~ xoxo
Mei LING LIU says
we love Keg , love their steak, ribs, thanks for the chance to win
Robyn Bellefleur says
We love going to The Keg. My husband loves getting the baseball steak when we go. Which is not too often because if we have all the kids (4) it becomes more of a pain getting a table.
This is a great idea. Looks like you had an amazing time ?
Elizabeth Matthiesen says
We used to go fairly regularly to the Keg but I haven’t been in a very long time. I must make a point of going soon. The food was certainly always delicious. It sounds like you guys not only had good food but also got to enjoy a quite, pleasant evening together and you looked fantastic. 🙂
Caroline Lozinski says
Ah what a fantastic night ! My husband and I love the keg! Especially the prime rib ! Goes so good with a keg size Bellini ?
Jenna Singleton says
I’m glad you made it out before your new ones arrive! We haven’t been to the keg in a long time, I think some of our favourite menu items have since been phased out. I remember one time (before kids) how lovely our server was and how well paced the meal was, it was the first time I’d been somewhere kind of “fancy” with my fiancé, and it was so incredibly good!
Jessica Lester says
Ugh… I dread staff Christmas parties. Thankfully we only have my hubby to attend this week thanks to me being self employed as well! Sounds like you had a great (and well deserved) evening out. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Nicole Alexander says
Havent had a date night in ages. Love the keg, what a great way to spend an evening out!
Camille W says
This is such a good idea and you’re absolutely right – it’s ridiculously difficult. I don’t usually do new year’s resolutions but this would definitely make the list.
Tricia Hope says
The Keg is always a fun night out – I mean Keg Size Drinks,come on. I love their Prime Rib Very Rare!
Christy e says
Sound a like fun – and is so yummy! Sometimes you have to make your own magic 🙂
Dan Bovay says
Every special occasion deserves The Keg… would love to treat my wife out to a night out! Cheers… thx for the chance! Well written blog!
Marsalie Black says
We used to love going to the Keg before our 4 kids (including twins!) came along. It would be amazing to have a night out as a couple again.
Natalie Tisin says
Keg is one of my favourite restaurants! Would love to win and take my hubby on a date night. Thanks!
Jenn J says
Yum! Now I’m craving bacon wrapped scallops…..
Shawna swayze says
Looks delicious! I absolutely love the keg!
What a great night to catch up and dine out!
Diana McDonald says
I like how well the food is presented. I would like to make a night out on the town there.
Alicia Boisvert says
We are big keg fans, myself and my husband. We always have excellent service and they go above and beyond. I’ve akways had perfectly cooked foodand love their steak dinners and start Caesar salads. I would love to treat my husband to a dinner at the keg. Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway.
Sandra Frizzle says
The Keg is one of the most consistently good places I’ve eaten. But this post reminds me it’s been ages since I’ve been. My husband and I had a small wedding and had our reception at the Keg, so it’s a magical place for us.
Lisa Neutel says
Hubb and I love the keg it’s our fave date night restaurant ( I save as many points via air miles and petrol to afford to go more often )
Chandra O’Connor says
Their garlic bread is so good.
Cathy Oppedisano says
I’d like to go to the Keg with someone special too. The photos of your choices has given me ideas of things I should try.
Kim Tanti says
I would love to go to the Keg again. The first time I ever went to the Keg was the Downtown Toronto where they changed an old house into a restaurant back in the 70s. I don’t know if it is still there?
kristen visser says
seriously want to eat my computer screen right now and craving the lobster gratin at 6 in the morning lol. The Keg has such delicious food and it has been quite a while since hubby and I have been
Joanne Frank says
amazing such great idea and love the Keg . Merry Christmas !!!
Sandy Turner says
I know exactly how you feel, I’m a mother of three boys and even though they are grown I’m happy to say the return home for the holidays with their spouses/girlfriends. This makes me very happy, but is a lot of work for me, especially as I get older. My husband and I go to The Keg on special occasions, birthdays and anniversary, we will be celebrating our 34th December 17th. We love the quality food and the atmosphere at the Keg, would so love to win this. Thank you and Happy Holidays to all!.
Heather Tobin-Lavigne says
My husband and I usually get one date night a year. On our anniversary and it’s usually The Keg. Your post made me really hungry and wish that our anniversary was coming up soon 🙂
That sounds like a fantastic night out! I’m a SAHM with 4 children, so I also do not have the obligatory staff holiday party to attend. I’ve been telling my husband lately how I would love an excuse to get dressed up and have an adult evening. The Keg is one of my favorite restaurants that I only get to every few years. It is a 2 hour drive away, but completely worth it!
I absolutely love the keg for date night, which as you know doesn’t happen to often haha! I would love to find another couple to go out with but you’re right it’s such a struggle!
MH Huang says
This is our go to place for dinner on rare date nights. When my mother in law visits twice a year, we go here once when she’s here to help babysit. The lobster gratin looks really good!
erin mcsweeney says
I see you had the baked garlic shrimp which is my favourite…wow I need to get into the Keg soon
The Keg is the perfect place for a wonderful meal! You are making me hungry for The Keg! I am thinking I need to set aside some time for some of that holiday magic myself!
Tricia Cooper says
I remember those days — LOL! It’s always good to get some ‘adult’ conversation in. I haven’t been to The Keg in a while, but have always found that their staff is great! Also, The Keg restaurants in my area are not open for lunch, but we have discovered that for special occasions such as Mother’s Day the are and we have made it a family tradition now to take our Mom for a nice lunch!
Deborah P. says
I love my wine with dinner but i am craving a Cesar now to go with a lovely steak and shrimp dish. We haven’t been out in a while I love the Keg. My husband & I used to go to The Boathouse at Square One it was owned by the Keg the Shrimp Tarragon was to die for.
joanne darrell says
Bravo for being able to eat dessert.I am always full from filling up with bread before our main course at The Keg.
Definitely trying that lobster gratin when I go!! Who doesn’t love LOBSTER and CHEESE! We haven’t been to the Keg in years (have kids and rarely go or ourselves now), but I think we are overdue!
kathy downey says
Great post you both look great.. I haven’t been to The Keg in a while but maybe a nice dinner is in order and we are so overdue.Thanks!
Nadia Blasutti says
My husband and I love going to The Kef for Date Night. We’ve also celebrated birthdays, promotions and anniversaries there. Great food,especially for steak lovers.
Lee-Ann J says
The crispy fried cauliflower is awesome! Glad you enjoyed yourself.
Gail Butler says
We just got a new Keg close to me. Would love to give it a try! Thanks for the opportunity!
Kayla Schmitke says
I haven’t been to The Keg in what seems like forever! You’ve definitely made me want to go 🙂
Geordia Baynes says
What a sweet night together! I love the Keg!
The Keg has always been my Hubby and I’s go to for really special occasions or dates. Food, atmosphere and service are awesome. We are never disappointed?
Jana Liu says
date nights are so important, it’s great that the Keg helps create that romantic moment
I totally know the feeling of trying to plan a big persons night out! We don’t get very many of those… So glad yours was successful and the food was delicious!
Alexis Sharp says
Sounds like a amazing night!
Lauren Miller says
I have only ever been to the Keg once, but I would love to go again! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!
Ashley P says
We have always enjoyed our meals at the keg! It would be great to go again
Christine Holliday says
Wow . It looks like the menu has changed since I’ve been there….which is a long time! I would love to go again, it looks like you enjoyed your evening!!!
Terri Baker says
I love the Keg. We go to the Keg mansion in Toronto all the time. Great food and great atmosphere.
Betty S says
The twice baked potatoes are to die for, Keg is always a great place to enjoy a special meal
Enis Poirier says
never had a meal there that was not delicious! Everything tastes great.
Brenda Babcock says
Love the prime rib and the frozen pina colatas
This just reminds me of all that I love about Keg Steakhouse and the holidays.
Angela September Smith says
thanks so much for this post. I really love The Keg and i’ve loved it ever since my kids were little. You’d think it was just great for adults (and it is) but they also treat little ones like they’re special too.
Kym Schmidt says
Food looks scrumptious. Lots of memories there
Ally foster says
I love the keg, I wish hubby & I could get out more to celebrate there. They never disappoint !
Suzanne K says
I love the Keg – you are guaranteed to have a top notch meal everytime at a decent price! YOu cannot go wrong for a date night or group dinner
i love the Keg. We book our company’s Christmas dinner at the Keg every year.
Sounds like an amazing night. We love the Keg, but it’s been a long time since we have been there. Thanks so much for the chance
The food looks amazing, the Keg never disappoints!
everyone needs a date night with out the kids and the Keg delivers!
Janette Claire says
I’m new to your blog and truly enjoyed reading your fun post about your magical experience at The Keg. Thank you!
Ashley Huynh says
Wow, that looks like a delicious night!
Amy Dell says
This looked like a great date night. I would also like to try the bacon scallops and gratin.
Shelley N says
I really like going to The Keg but we do not eat out much due to our budget. When we do go out it is someone’s birthday and there are 4 of us so we go to a less expensive spot. it would be a great treat to visit there again
Heather Sibley says
A Keg just opened in my neighborhood and I can’t wait to take my husband for our next date night.
Eva Mitton-Urban says
Dishes looks scrumptuous, thanks for posting Lindsay. My son turns 14 on Dec 20th – was planning on taking him to the Keg. Originally a Maritimer with a passion for Lobster, my son has acquired the love of seafood. We will have to indulge in the lobster au gratin unless plans change. Intrigued !
The food looks delcious and a great night.
Love The Keg!! I think it must be time for a “Let’s eat out!” family dinner.
Sarah perry says
What rare event to have a couples night out without kids. I cannot even imagine but it is something we should definitely be making more of a priority.
the Keg is awesome I dont get to go much as its so expensive but I do love it on special occasions
Shirley OFlynn says
It sounds like you had a wonderful date night. The food looks delicious!
Elaine Buonsante says
My favourite meal at The Keg is a sirloin steak, a twice baked potato with a side of mushrooms.
Krista M says
My best memory of The Keg was my parents taking us there soon after I announced I was pregnant with my first baby! They gave me baby gifts while we dined on top sirloin steaks with Atlantic lobster tails. It was divine. The perfect place to celebrate special moments!
Date nights are always so amazing! Even better with good food! Glad you had a great time!
Janet Meisner says
I really like your foodie pictures. We have enjoyed The Keg for many years.
Nicole Graham (nicolthepickle) says
What a fun post. The “we extricate our legs and arms and coattails from the loving hands of our progeny” made me laugh. My kids do the same thing.
The Keg is our go-to for family celebrations. We don’t go as often during the holidays unfortunately but we definitely need to change that. It sounds so lovely to have dinner at The Keg around this time of year! The ambience and atmosphere sounds and looks amazing!
Nice post. I love your food pics. The food looks delicious
Ronald Gagnon says
We have been taking mom to the keg for her birthday every year for about twenty years
Ronald Gagnon says
We have been taking mom to the keg for her birthday every year for about twenty years…she always orders the same Prime rib
Ronald Gagnon says
I love, and always have the Prime Rib