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Entries from November 2007

Pizzeria Uno

November 30th, 2007 · No Comments

T: Finally, this was the deep-dish experience that I was looking for. Another friend now living in Chicago agreed to hit this place up for lunch and we made it there today. They were busy, so we pre-ordered a small “Numero Uno” deep-dish (sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers, mushrooms and our unique chunky tomato sauce; topped […]

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Tags: Chicago · pizza

Alinea

November 30th, 2007 · No Comments

T: Continuing ‘eat week’ in Chicago, this was a very fine dinner. D had somehow tracked this place down as being one of the best restaurants in Chicago (if not in the US) and so as much as we’ve already had some great food this week, we decided to check it out. Apparently the chef […]

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Tags: Chicago · Favorites · Michelin starred · Special Occasion

Chipotle

November 29th, 2007 · No Comments

So this place is probably my favorite fast food restaurant of all time. Yes, it’s a chain; yes, it’s at least partly owned by McDonald’s; but yes, it’s delicious. I’ve just simply never had bad food here. You pick what you want: a burrito, fajita, burrito bol, taco, or salad, then you choose the meat […]

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Tags: Cheap Eats · Chicago · Fast Food · Kid-friendly

Moto Restaurant

November 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Moto is a minimalist yet somehow comfortable and cosy restaurant in an unlikely location nestled among industrial buildings. From the moment you step in the door, the service is excellent. As we sat down, the maitre d’ of the night informed us that our menus were just finishing off in the oven. In a few […]

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Tags: Chicago

Gino’s East Pizza

November 27th, 2007 · No Comments

D: A venerable Chicago institution which had to move into a larger space due to its popularity although they moved many of the old graffiti-covered walls and booths to add to the atmosphere. Prepare to wait for the food since it takes approximately 45 minutes to cook the classic deep dish pizza once you order […]

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Tags: Chicago · pizza

Playfoam

November 16th, 2007 · No Comments

This is my new present and D’s favorite new thing(tm). I’m not sure that it’s actually non-toxic – but I think that someone at the factory was picking up styrofoam pellets with 3M post-it notes and was like “hey – these two should go together!” The next thing you know, I’m the recipient of a […]

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Tojo’s Vancouver, BC

November 15th, 2007 · No Comments

So we finally visited Tojo’s after hearing so much about it. Perhaps we were expecting too much – particularly after hearing that some call it the best japanese restaurant in Canada. In terms of surroundings, the new restaurant is a high-ceilinged room with a beautiful large bar surrounding the sushi preparation area. Tables and more […]

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Budapest Restaurants

November 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Marquis de Salade Great setting in a “cave-like” atmosphere in the basement of the restaurant (don’t be fooled as the upstairs restaurant looks empty) with the walls decorated in carpets. Extensive menu with Hungarian, Azerbijiani, and Russian specialties. We ordered the piquant chicken with paprika, soya sauce and sesame; lamb kebab and goulash. Also tried […]

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Sha Lin Noodle House

November 13th, 2007 · No Comments

Looks like your typical small chineses restaurant – basic decor (i.e. large menus on the wall although there are pictures of the dishes which can be helpful). I had the seafood soup with the cut noodles – tasty broth and reasonable amount of seafood. I think I was just not in a soup mood. Next […]

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Phnom Penh Restaurant – Visit 2 Vancouver, BC

November 13th, 2007 · No Comments

Had the famous chicken wings – super crispy and hot with a crispy light batter that had a tinge of sweetness that contasted well with the lemon pepper dipping sauce. Interesting taste – not the best bits of actual chicken wings I have ever had – lots of wing tips. The marinated butter beef was […]

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