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Entries from November 2009

Murray's Bagels – New York

November 25th, 2009 · No Comments

While walking around Chelsea, we decided to drop by this institution and it was busy. We wanted to see what the fuss was all about given that the chef of Per Se had recommended this place in an article pasted in the window. Be prepared to wait in line and possibly not find a seat. […]

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Daniel's Bagels – New York

November 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

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Dynasty Seafood Restaurant – Vancouver, BC

November 22nd, 2009 · 4 Comments

So – the old Rich Ocean Seafood Restaurant has re-opened. Apparently, the story was that Rich Ocean used to be Cantonese food (I had eaten here before), and then changed to be Pekingese/Northern Chinese food (my apologies if I have categorized this wrong, but it was a person from China who told me this, and […]

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Tags: Asian · Chinese · Kid-friendly · Vancouver

Dai Tung Chinese Restaurant – Vancouver, BC

November 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Dinner on a Friday night to celebrate a special birthday – we went out to Dai Tung. Perhaps the subtleties of Chinese restaurants are somewhat lost on me, but they have a tendency to have similar food, a similar look inside, and similar service. I’m not saying by any stretch that they’re all the same […]

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Tags: Asian · Chinese · Kid-friendly · Vancouver

ParmaGolosa Food Tour – In and Around Parma, Italy

November 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments

This is a tour worth taking if you are at all interested in food, how it is made and why it is so expensive. When you see the amount of work that goes into these products you marvel at how anyone can make any money making food products. We met our wonderful guide Laura at […]

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Tags: Favorites · Food Tour · Italian

Thomas Haas (Kitsilano) – Vancouver, BC

November 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Amazing. Not only does he produce the best pastries that I have had in North America – and better than many I have had in France, but he has replicated his business in North Vancouver and opened a Kitsilano branch. He will be busy. Saturday morning – about 11:30 (late start) – we pick up […]

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Tags: Baked Goods · Brunch · Cafe · Coffee · dessert · Favorites · Vancouver

Vij's – Vancouver, BC

November 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments

This completes the Vancouver Superfecta (of eponymous restaurants, famous for years, and open to anyone with a suitably-sized pocketbook). We’ve been to Cioppino’s. We’ve been to Toshi’s. And Bishop’s. And now, it was time to try the other famous Vancouver restaurant, known across Canada (and more widely) for its amazing Indian cuisine – Vij’s. And […]

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Tags: Asian · Indian · Vancouver

Per Se – New York

November 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Save this place for a special occasion since at $275 per person for the tasting menu (vegetarian option available) or $175 for a five-course prix fixe, this is not a cheap experience. But I have to say that it is worth it. Come hungry because this is a 4 hour epic meal enjoyed at a […]

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Tags: Favorites · New York · Special Occasion

Atelier de cuisine "Lalla Nezha" – Moroccan cooking class – Marrakech

November 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments

If you are looking for a real local experience, this is a great local experience at the home of a local native approximately a 10 minute ride from town. Don’t worry Lalla Nezha comes to pick you up in town and escorts you back to her lovely home. Lalla Nezha’s grandmother was the royal cook […]

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7 Portes – Barcelona, Spain

November 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Open since 1836, this is still a highly regarded restaurant in Barcelona. On perusing the menu, the house specialty is paella parellada and certain seafood dishes. Of course, we had to try the paella parellada, which came highly recommended by a local person. Paella is so often a tourist trap that it takes a little […]

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Tags: barcelona · Spain · Special Occasion