What a surprise! We didn’t know what to expect when visiting Ottawa for dining. I am so happy we found this spot, the food was AMAZING. We made reservations not knowing their was a courtyard in the back, when we arrived we were given the choice and happy took the outdoor seating. The weather in Ottawa in August is phenomenal, we could have sat their all night without issue! Our meal started with a bottle of Hinterland Borealis Sparkling Rose. GORGEOUS! You could taste what seemed like a malbec in the fusia colored wine. We started with a Scallop dish and some steak tartar. Both were fantastic, the scallop was surrounded by a green coconut curry and poached lobster which completed the flavor perfectly. The tartar had some carmalized beef powder (freeze dried animal fat) that needless to say was avoided….. For the main dishes we had the trout and steak frites, exceptional dishes!
Bakery and wine shop all in one! We found this spot after shopping at a custom menswear shop on Gorriti. The owner was a fantastic help in selecting some sparkling wines to taste and take home! We also indulged in a tasty latte and multi-grain sourdough which we brought home but didn’t last 24 hours it was so good. We will certainly be back when in Buenos Aires again!
We found ourselves in the recently developed area of Buenos Aires; Puerto Madero at one of the restaurants in the Faena Hotel (designed by Phillipe Stark)
The night started as many have this trip with an Irish coffee.
And this Irish coffee did not disappoint! The service was exceptionally attentive (for BA) and the kitchen was happy to accommodate specific request to avoid onions and garlic.
The Four Seasons Buenos Aires have just completed two years of construction that accomplished the creation of a few deluxe new restaurants for the city. ELENA we were told is listed in the top 50 restaurants in South America currently (12/26/13), so we decided to stop in for a taste!
An Irish Coffee was in order for the occasion and they did not disappoint!
Stopped in to What A Bagel! for a quick lunch. It’s a popular spot for folks working in the Toronto fashion district as it’s top quality food and fast service.
They have an extensive list of sandwich (on a bagel) and salad (with a bagel) options! I went with the arugula salad topped with chicken (sans bagel) and my friend tried the burger with sweet potato fries.
It’s a casual spot but worth a stop if you’re in the need of a quick bite to eat! Also if you’re from the states you’ll be able to take advantage of their wifi to stay connected with e-mail and online travel plans.
Table side discussions also revealed if you visit on your birthday with proof of ID you’ll walk out with a dozen bagels of your choice!
They offer a tasting menu and al la carte, as well, if you are headed to the theater they have an option that will give you the full experience with a faster turn around.
We ended up ordering a few options across the menu so we could have a variety of tastes throughout the evening.
‘Little Portugal’ Lobster and Chicken Cataplana, chorizo, rice and saffron
‘Les Miserables’ Duck Breas ‘Al’Orange’ Pomme fondant and carrots.
Sushi Pizza 2013! Sashimi, lobster salad, roe, avocado, crisp rice and wasabi-miso dressing.
Seasonal Vegetable Casserole
The night finished with a tasty takeaway left by our waiter of caramel covered popcorn squares.
The space is small and gets really busy as the night goes on, I highly recommend making a reservation at Victor Restaurant in Toronto’s Hotel Le Germain so you can ensure you’ll be able to get in.
Luma in Toronto is an Oliver and Bonacini restaurant that I stopped into for lunch this past October.
The restaurant is located on the second floor of what looks like a cinema, there is a huge video displayed on an open white wall as you enter the complex. Find the stars on the right of the entrance and walk up, you’ll then find LUMA!
The food and experience at the restaurant were top notch even though we stepped in just before lunch closed for the day.We were welcomed with open arms and a pleasant smile, the fresh prepared organic food that followed was delicious.
Our lunch consisted of the calamari and scallop special:
And the Mushroom flatbread with the soup of the day.
Both hit the spot and I would highly recommend stopping into LUMA for a meal or a drink if you have an hour to fill and an empty stomach!
Since the renovation of the Pump Room Public Chicago, we’ve been a handful of times to experience the new space and taste the work of restauranteur Jean-Georges Vongerichten. This spot is sure to deliver a great scene with delicious food and phenomenal service. The Pump Room in Chicago has an extensive history for celeb spotting.
Be sure to start with a glass of wine or a cocktail, the selection was deluxe.
For appetizers try the Tuna Tartar, Salmon Crispy Sushi Rice with Chipotle Aioli or the Pretzel Dusted Calamari, all were delicious and didn’t last long enough to get a picture of. Every dish we had was fantastic, for an Entree it’s really up to your preference, the menu for the Pump Room has a great selection that won’t leave you disappointed.
They had a limited wine list by glass, but we found something to accommodate the wife.
Vegetable chopped salad and huge baked potato, they were both absolutely wonderful!
Hanger steak was average and a little tough, they didn’t get my request right to not include the butter… Have to say this was not as good as the one at our local the Navy Yard Bistro in Charlestown, MA!
Tried the Old Harbour Pale Ale.
Checkout the menu and make a reservation at BLT Steak San Juan Puerto Rico. It seems the best part of BLT Steak San Juan were the vegetables, who would have guessed!