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Entries from May 2010

Ladurée (Champs Élysées), Paris – France

May 19th, 2010 · No Comments

For ages now we’ve been going on about how great the macarons are at Pierre Hermé while we haven’t been giving the other challenger, Ladurée even a chance. This is like seeing Joe Frazier go at a heavy bag and saying that he’s the best boxer in the world. It’s like seeing a Picasso and […]

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Tags: Cafe · Coffee · dessert · France · French · Paris · Western Food

La Gazzetta – Paris, France

May 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Another night in Paris, another prix-fixe dinner. This time, at La Gazzetta, a charming restaurant in the 12th, again with dining pros B and A. We arrive a bit early, are welcomed to our seats and offered cocktails, a nice change compared to the previous dinner at Le Chateaubriand. I start with a Campari and […]

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Tags: France · French · Paris · Prix-fixe · Western Food

Pierre Hermé – Paris, France

May 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Yes, I know that we’ve been here before, and written about it before. But it’s so good, that it needs writing about again. We were on our way to the very beautiful Musée de l’Orangerie this afternoon when we took a detour and took the M12 Metro line all the way to the Pasteur stop […]

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Tags: Baked Goods · Favorites · France · French · Paris

Dark Horse Espresso (Spadina) – Toronto, Ontario

May 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The cleaning up of the old factories on Spadina continues, and with it, has come a new coffee house. D and I were strolling down Spadina during our visit in January, reliving many happy memories shopping in Chinatown and Kensington Market, when we saw Dark Horse Espresso. My need for delicious coffee overtook my already-wired […]

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Buddha's Vegetarian Restaurant – Toronto, Ontario

May 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Yes, we’ve been here before, but this is totally one of our favourite ‘cheap eats’ places in Toronto. It has all the ambiance of an anatomy lab – but who cares – it has some of the best Chinese vegetarian food that I’ve had in Toronto. Their mock duck (big pic, above) – tastes nothing […]

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Tags: Asian · Cheap Eats · Chinese · Kid-friendly · Toronto · Vegetarian

Le Chateaubriand – Paris, France

May 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment

During her extensive research prior to the trip, D found a list of popular prix-fixe restaurants in Paris that had very good food. Le Chateaubriand was our first outing. Inside, Le Chateaubriand looks like it could have come out of 1945. Sparse walls, chalk boards with wine prices, that yellowed paint that looks like it’s […]

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Tags: France · French · Paris · Prix-fixe · Western Food

Smoke's Poutinerie – Toronto, Ontario

May 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

(note: wrote this in January – just getting around to posting it now) Back in Toronto for the weekend – woo-hoo! Look, Canadians – you may or may not like Toronto and/or Torontonians, but damn this city has some great food. And it looks like from reading some of the local magazines and blogs that […]

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Tags: Late Night · Toronto · Western Food

The Senator Diner – Toronto

May 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This funky diner has been around forever in downtown Toronto and deservedly so. It is a funky old diner filled with booths and the requisite counter with stools . The service is good but also laid-back – if the place isn’t busy they are happy to let you sit there – although there is a […]

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Tags: Toronto · Western Food

Cafe Be at Printemps – Paris, France

May 11th, 2010 · 2 Comments

We had to go into FNAC to pick up a Paris Museum Pass and when D realized we were near Printemps – her immediate reaction wasn’t to go shopping – instead it was to go get some lunch at Cafe Be (Be as in Boulangepicier), Alain Ducasse’s small bakery/bistro/sandwich place in the Printemps department store. […]

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La Mascotte – Montmartre, Paris, France

May 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

It has definitely been a while – our apologies. Back in the City of Lights – out with A and B, two residents who love the good life and are dedicated to finding the best food possible. We’re staying in Montmartre, we’ve flown all night and are more than a bit tired – but never […]

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Tags: Bistro · France · French · Paris · Uncategorized