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A word about bad reviews

October 1st, 2012 · No Comments

Some friends have criticized me for rarely (or never, basically) saying anything bad about restaurants. Here’s mainly why: I don’t write about the bad ones. Here’s the other reason why: I usually don’t eat at the bad ones. There are so many restaurant reviews out there now, including aggregation sites where reviews get pooled and […]

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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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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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For Vancouver Visitors – Best Places to Eat

February 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Food is an integral and important part of my travels. In fact, if a place does not have good food, I strongly think about whether I want to go there and if there are other redeeming factors to the city/country in question. Thankfully, if you do look hard enough, usually you can find some decent […]

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Bing Sheng – Vancouver

August 9th, 2009 · No Comments

I’d head here any time for high-quality Dim Sum. Let me back up. Sunday am – time for Dim Sum. A friend of a friend recommended a place at 1st and Renfrew – we googled for it and found Bing Sheng. It turns out that it wasn’t the place he was talking about, but that’s […]

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Richtree Market, Toronto

May 16th, 2009 · No Comments

(Sorry – this post is more about traveling to Toronto – but yes, the Market is in here too, near the bottom) Welcome Back…. Arriving at 6:03am on the red-eye from Vancouver, sore back, sore butt, but happy to be home. Waiting for the Rocket to get downtown, another bus driver stops to wait for […]

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Arroy-D-Thai Restaurant

March 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Arroy-D Thai Restaurant www.arroydthai.com 3106 Cambie Street Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W2 (604) 879-9999‎ (604) 879-9944‎ Cost: reasonable, most dinner entrees $9-12 Would we go back : Yes, good local Thai place but wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to go there Good place to go for Thai food in the Main street area. The […]

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Bistrot Bistro

February 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Bistrot Bistro 1961 West 4th Avenue Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7 (604) 732-0004 Reservations: yes A Kitsalano favourite – this a casual but comfortable bistro serving simple french food at a reasonable price. Great for a weekday dinner or casual dinner. Things to try – frites, escargots, and beef bourguignon. View Larger Map

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Speaking of MSG

September 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Japanese food made us think of kewpie mayonnaise and I was surprised to hear (well maybe not really) – that it contained MSG and that MSG may be a key player in “umami” – the fifth taste…. Interesting New York Times article on MSG.

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