The Keg

I was 20 when I lost my mother. My son was only three months and my whole world, in that one moment, fell apart and came together all at once. I had lost my mother, and finally become one myself. I felt so lost and so alone at first, this constant darkness always wanting me to wrap myself in it. To sleep and let it consume me, but I had a little one to keep grabbing me by the boob – back into the light. I had my husband who held me close till the darkness would inch away from me. I had my sister who helped me laugh when all I wanted to do was cry. I had my mother in law, who was always there to pick up my little one when I just couldn’t do it anymore that day.

I wasn’t alone, even when I felt like the world was empty.

Then Mother’s Day came and it was my first. It was supposed to be a happy occasion, but it was tainted with my broken heart – I missed my mother. It took more Mother’s Days than I would like to admit for me to start feeling okay with celebrating. It took so many hugs and kisses to make me okay with being completely happy while with my family at brunches and the lot. Once I had managed to get my heart into the day again I decided I needed to start focusing on the other beautiful, strong, courageous mother figures I had in my life.

But there had been so many years of sadness and neglect on my part and this year I knew I needed to make it up to one Mother figure in my life. The one woman who was there when my mom passed, who took me in before my mother was even gone, who helped raised me and who raised my husband to be the wonderful mess that I love today.

My mother in law has waited patiently for me to heal even after her own mothers passing. This year I wanted to ensure I made her feel special to me, because she is an incredible woman, and incredible grandmother and irreplaceable to me. Irreplaceable to our family.

So, for the first time ever, I took my Mother in law to her favorite place to eat: The Keg. I can’t even count the amount of times this has been our families first choice when we gather together in our larger groups for a night out. We have even had a few members work there for many years and know just how seriously they take your enjoyment. From your drink choice to your napkin placement it is all done with the goal of making everyone there over the moon with their night and when we arrived for dinner at the Keg Steakhouse + Bar at Yaletown here in Vancouver we were blown away!

The Keg

Our table was so well put together with a bouquet of flowers for each of us and a beautiful fireplace behind us so we could enjoy the beauty of the rooftop patio without having our jackets on. It was a divine atmosphere for all of us mothers celebrating the moms in our lives. Being with such a lovely and thankful group really made everyone’s night – meeting all the moms both young and old was a brilliant way to show how much we all meant to each other. Sharing our parenting struggles and laughs while we all enjoyed an incredible meal with above and beyond service was exactly what all of us needed to feel special.

It really does help when you know that The Keg Steakhouse + Bar had taken extra special care with our meals as they do with all their patrons. They ensured our drinks were never empty and that our bellies were full to the brim – it couldn’t have been better.

I enjoyed an especially lovely meal sharing some Bacon wrapped scallops with my mother in law, then moving in to devour a mouth watering Prime Rib with whisky peppercorn sauce. It was heaven on earth and everyone was enjoying there meals to the fullest.

The KegThe KegWith our food coma well on its way we were all then faced with their always amazing dessert menu. It was our Mother’s Day night out so you best believe we were going to be ordering something decadent to share and their Billie Miner’s Pie is exactly that. Decadent and orgasmic to say the least.

The Keg If you have never had their Billie Miner Pie you need to leave work, skip making dinner for your family and go eat this immediately. It is a life experience not just a dessert and came so highly recommended by my Mother in Law who is very particular about the desserts she enjoys without caution.

It was a fantastic way for me to finally be able to spend that quality time with my mother in law just the two of us. Her patience while I was in deep mourning for many years has meant the world to me. She has never once tried to force anything between us and I appreciate that more than anything. It is so hard to put aside grief for your own mother on Mother’s Day so you can focus on celebrating the other moms in your life.

The Keg Eschelle Westwood

Show them all that you care this year and treat them to a dinner out at The Keg – they’ll take great care of you and your loved ones.


This post is part of the and The Keg Steakhouse + Bar #TheKeg sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.


  1. Wow. Thanks for sharing your heart. What a special night!!

  2. I can’t imagine how difficult that must have been for you, glad you had the love of your (extended) family to see you through. (But that pie tho!)

  3. I’m sorry to hear that you had lost your mom. She’d be so proud of you! Such a lovely dinner! I’m a sucker for Prime Rib!

  4. Aww this is just beautiful, I am so happy you had such a great night out!

    I love the keg too, they are so happy and eager to please I completely agree. If you don’t like something they don’t mind if you speak up and say so and ask for something else. They really want you to have a good time and a great experience.

  5. We always do brunch at the keg – I haven’t been to this location though I will have to book there and hope for a lovely day so we can enjoy the rooftoop too!

  6. I am so sorry that your grieving period took so long, it can take years and years and even then it doesn’t quite seem like it was enough.

    so happy they treated you to this so you could spend that quality time with your mother in law.

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