The Ibis is a nice hotel, housed in a converted post office building. This waffle machine, a marvel of engineering, is the star of its breakfast room. It puts to shame all the puny batter dispensers in American hotels. This unit could be guided over the surface of the waffle iron thanks to zero-force hinges. A few squirts of the moving dispenser gracefully covers the waffle iron. A couple of minutes later, you have a steaming hot waffle. Tasty and fun, too.
Trev, Jan, and Karem took me to a wonderful evening at West End Grill located, appropriately enough, in the West End. The restaurant still has its old tin ceiling festooned with stained glass chandeliers. I was too hungry to take a picture of our appetizers: crab cakes and bleu cheese tarts. The crab cakes had just a bit of heat to them, something you don't always find in a crab cake but which worked very well. The bleu cheese tarts lived up to their intriguing premise, rich and tangy. This is my caprese salad. The mozzarella, tomato, and basil were all outstanding. The balsamic vinegar had been very well aged, giving it a thick consistency. My main course was tuna, perfectly prepared to a medium well. The tuna left just enough room for a chocolate lava cake paired with decaf coffee. The cake was rich and moist. I kept scraping my plate to be sure I retrieved all of the chocolate.