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Entries from May 2009

Altitudes Bistro – North Vancouver, BC

May 31st, 2009 · No Comments

So when you’re at the top of Grouse Mountain, and you’re thirsty, and you want a place to sit down and admire the view, it’s OK to come to Altitudes Bistro. Note that I didn’t say ‘eat’ in that list of things to do here. (drinks that will hit the spot. food that will likely […]

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Tags: Vancouver · Western Food

Ideal Coffee – Toronto, Kensington Market

May 29th, 2009 · No Comments

A popular local Kensington coffee shop just off one of the busy streets. – but it is definitely worth the short stroll. There is no real signage except for the coffee cup with a galaxy-like symbol above the door. [ad] The beans are roasted in house and the baristas rigorously trained before they serve actual […]

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Tags: Coffee · Favorites · Inexpensive · Toronto

The Harbord Room – Toronto

May 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

So we decided to take a leisurely stroll to the restaurant on Harbord –somewhere on Harbord – unfortunately we forgot the address. Luckily, we did know that the walls were supposed to be pepto-bismol pink. After a bit of window-peering we found the place and the wall color was not as shocking as described and […]

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Tags: Toronto

Dufflet Pastries – Toronto

May 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Dufflet Rosenberg – the “Queen of Cakes” is a Toronto institution who first opened her eponymous cafe over 30 years ago when she opened her first store on Queen West. There are now 3 Dufflet cafes scattered around town and we stopped by the location in the Beaches. The Beaches actually has a small serene […]

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Tags: Baked Goods · Toronto

Gandhi's Indian Cuisine – Toronto

May 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

One of my favorite places for indian roti – hands down. Be careful that you don’t just walk by this tiny unassuming shop. The tip off should be the customers inside that something special is there. Order a roti that is made to order right in front of your eyes. This can take a bit […]

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Tags: Cheap Eats · Favorites · Indian · Inexpensive · Toronto

Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant – Seattle

May 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Well – outside of Vietnam – this is one of the best vietnamese restaurants in which I have eaten. It satisfies the trifecta of great eating – the food is fresh, tasty AND cheap. Can you believe it cost just over $50 (including tip) for a meal for 5 people with seafood/meat dishes!!!! I guess […]

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Tags: Asian · Favorites · Kid-friendly · Seattle · Vietnamese

Revel Room – Vancouver

May 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Out for drinks with M – he hasn’t been down to Gastown much, and I was taken to the Revel Room a few months back by a native Vancouverite, and was impressed with their ability to whip up a proper Old Fashioned and by the fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies they were serving to bar patrons […]

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Tags: cocktails · Late Night · Vancouver

Spadina Garden (takeout) – Toronto

May 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Sunday night (long weekend) dinner with M&M at their place in Toronto. I used to work with M in downtown toronto, and a hop, skip and jump away from the office was Spadina Gardens – a Chinese restaurant on Dundas Street West, in one of Toronto’s many old Chinatowns. Friends were coming over, so we […]

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Tags: Asian · Chinese · Inexpensive

Cactus Club Yaletown – Vancouver

May 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Saturday night in Yaletown. Hungry and met up with the brother for a bite. He works in Yaletown, we wanted to go to a place with people in it where we could have some food and see the crowd. He suggested the Cactus Club and off we went. I’ve been to the Cactus Club(s) in […]

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Tags: cocktails · Vancouver · Western Food

Goldstone Noodle Restaurant – Toronto

May 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

So, it’s 3AM and you’re hungry and you’re in downtown Toronto. Your options are basically to get street food (delicious also) or head to Chinatown on Spadina to go to any of the many late-night restaurants there. But, you have to understand: this food falls into the category of “Cheap Chinese”. You can not, and […]

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Tags: Asian · Cheap Eats · Toronto