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Entries from October 2009

Vancouver Vietnamese Restaurant – Vancouver

October 28th, 2009 · No Comments

In desperate need for new, savoury, good asian food we found this place online and decided to hit it up on (yet) another rainy vancouver night. Oddly enough, I have no idea what this place is called. On the door and on the menu, it says “Vancouver Vietnamese Restaurant”; online every place calls it the […]

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Tags: Asian · Vancouver · Vietnamese

Casa Lalla Restaurant/Riad – Marrakech, Morocco

October 26th, 2009 · No Comments

The restaurant is set in the beautiful central courtyard of the high-end Casa Lalla Riad. Apparently, this place was set up by a Michelin-starred chef who was tired of the grind. The setting and service is excellent. The food was above average but nothing special and disappointing for my expectations of a Michelin-starred chef. In […]

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Tags: French · Marrakech · Special Occasion · wine

Earl's Yaletown – Vancouver, BC

October 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Two words: beautiful mediocrity. I think that pretty much sums up Earl’s in Yaletown, and perhaps most of the Earl’s restaurants these days. Wednesday night, M is in town – up for drinks? Sure, why not. We meet in the middle at Earl’s in Yaletown – easy to get to, the place is huge, lots […]

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Tags: Vancouver · Western Food

Tea and Dessert Stall – La Place – Marrakech

October 20th, 2009 · No Comments

At one end of the market, there are several tea/dessert stalls with men in white jackets serving fragrant spice tea from a copper urn. For a few more DH you can also get some dessert – it all seems to be the same type of ?date-based dessert but in different forms – balls, cakes, wedges. […]

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Tags: Cheap Eats · Marrakech

Chez Chegrouni – Marrakech

October 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

If you are lookig for a break in the Medina, perhaps after doing some haggling in the souz, head to Chez Chegrouni and grab a window terrace seat (both on the ground floor and above) to take a break from the action and enjoy the spectacle of the market in front of you. The service […]

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Tags: Inexpensive · Marrakech

Xurreria – Barrio Gotic, Banys Nous – Barcelona

October 20th, 2009 · No Comments

So – after reading a blog about churros – we hunted down the Xurreria (the Catalan spelling of churreria) on Banys Nous in the Bario Gotic (I don’t know the exact address but it is a few doors down from a milk bar called La Granja (c/ Banys Nous 4, Gotico)). Twice we went by […]

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Tags: Baked Goods · barcelona · Cheap Eats

Bubo – Barcelona

October 20th, 2009 · No Comments

This is one of the best patisseries in Spain and can hold its own around the world. In fact, it is famous for the world’s best chocolate cake, an award that pastry chef Carles Mampel won a few years ago. Try the chocolate cake or for that matter any of the other beautifully presented desserts […]

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Tags: Baked Goods · barcelona · dessert · Favorites

Wagamama – Back Bay – Boston, MA

October 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Do you ever get cravings for Asian food? Especially after eating too much western food? It was about 2:09pm in Boston, when after a weekend of western food, I just had to have some asian food. Being on Boylston street at the time, my options were fairly limited (you’ll know what I mean if you’ve […]

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Tags: Asian · Boston · Fast Food · Japanese · Kid-friendly

Flour Bakery – Farnsworth Street – Boston, MA

October 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Bakeries occupy this special place in my heart – the good ones are run by people who love food, who put that love into what they do, and produce an exceptional product that just makes you happy. Flour is this kind of a place. Sunday morning – pouring rain and blowing wind, I was going […]

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Tags: Baked Goods · Boston · Brunch · Cafe · Favorites

L'Espalier – Boston, MA

October 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Groucho Marx once said something like, “I wouldn’t care to belong to any club that would have me as a member”. So when it’s Thursday, and you find one of the best restaurants in boston has both 9pm and 9:30pm reservations for 5 available for the next evening, you have to ask yourself, “Why?”. My […]

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Tags: French · Special Occasion