Category Archives: Canada

Langdon Hall, Cambridge ON

The Gist: http://www.langdonhall.ca/viewpage.cfm?PageID=46 The Why: The Number One hotel in Canada according to some sources – Five Diamonds, Relais et Chateau Rated, an off-the-beaten path gem, and an ever changing menu crafted by Chef Jonathan Gushue focused on the best … Continue reading

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Buca, Toronto ON

The Gist: With reviews from chefs, ‘foodies,’ and the media all largely positive despite a website that leaves the menu shrouded in secrecy and a location that is not exactly easy to find Rob Gentile’s Buca Enoteca has quickly ascended … Continue reading

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Pan Chancho, Kingston ON

Wanting to make the most of our time in traveling from Ottawa back to Ohio we made a late night stop in Kingston after the Senators/Bruins game at ScotiaBank Place and waking early to jog the streets, shore, and city … Continue reading

Posted in Breakfast, Canada, Coffee, Croissant, cupcakes, Dessert, Food, French Toast, Kingston, Pan Chancho, Vacation

Restaurant Les Fougeres, Chelsea QC

The Gist: http://www.fougeres.ca/hws/fougeres.php?lang=en&pn=fougeres_welcome The Food: 1 glass of wine, coffee, two appetizers, three mains, three desserts, complimentary bread service. 3oz Neige Premiere 2008 Cidre de Glace: Whole Wheat Fennel and White with Sea Salt House Butter, Olive Oil, Sea Salt … Continue reading

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Au Pied de Cochon, Montreal QC

The Gist: http://www.restaurantaupieddecochon.ca/index_e.html The Why: When I travel I do it primarily for two things – hockey and food – and when visiting the home of the winningest team in NHL history it only made sense to visit the most … Continue reading

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Toque, Montreal QC

The Gist: http://www.restaurant-toque.com/en/ The Why: Considered by some to be the inventor if “new Québec gastronomy” and bestowed with Five Diamonds, Relais et Chateaux recognition, and nearly twenty years at the top of Montreal’s dining scene a meal at Toque … Continue reading

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Joe Beef, Montreal QC

The Gist: http://www.joebeef.ca/ The Why: Along with Au Pied du Cochon, David McMillan and Frédéric Morin’s 75-seat bastion of heavy locally sourced gluttony was at the top of my “to-dine” list when making my first visit to Montreal. Having garnered … Continue reading

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LeMeac, Montreal QC

The Gist: http://restaurantlemeac.com/ The Why: After La Chronique the prior day for some rather formal French fare it seemed only logical to try a more casual Canadian take on the French Bistro for day number two. Having considered L’Express at … Continue reading

Posted in Breakfast, Canada, Coffee, Crab, Dessert, Foie, Food, French Toast, LeMeac, Montreal, Truffle, Vacation

Olive + Gourmando, Beauty’s, L’Avenue, Montreal QC

With so much pastry, fine dining, and Canadian comfort food to be sampled on our brief visit to Montreal ‘breakfasts’ as a proper sit-down entity were still not to be overlooked (much to my family’s dismay and with a schedule … Continue reading

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Europea, Montreal QC

The Gist: http://www.europea.ca/index_en.html The Why: Jerrome Ferrer is kind of a big deal in and around Montreal –Relais & Chateaux, 4-Diamonds, and the praise of many gourmands follow his name and a place in the Chaine des Rotisseurs particularly caught … Continue reading

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La Chronique, Montreal QC

The Gist: http://www.lachronique.qc.ca/ The Why: Recommended by a Montreal contact when I inquired about a classy/classic French restaurant where I could take my mother and aunt without breaking the bank, La Chronique struck me as a great place to start … Continue reading

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Sweets and Ancillary Eats, Montreal QC

  Like many of the cities I visit three meals a day was not going to cut it to truly experiencing the best of Montreal’s culinary offerings – as a matter of fact, considering we were only in town for … Continue reading

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Murray Street Kitchen, Ottawa ON

The Gist: http://murraystreet.ca/ The Why: …the comparisons to APdC, the fact that they are open on Sundays when the rest of Ottawa seems to button up, a strong focus on Canadian comfort foods, and an ethos focusing on local produce, … Continue reading

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Mariposa Farm, Plantagenet ON

The Gist: http://www.mariposa-duck.on.ca/ The Why: Located in Plantagenet, Ontario – a small town approximately an hour east of Ottawa (when accounting for single lane roads – some ‘paved’ with only loose gravel) Mariposa Farm likely doesn’t register a blip on … Continue reading

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Breakfast, Pastry, and Gelato, Ottawa ON

While obviously not the dining destination that is Montreal, two and a half days in Ottawa would find my mother, aunt, and I nicely sated by a pair of the capital’s best restaurants as well as some of the finest … Continue reading

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Atelier, Ottawa ON

The Gist: http://www.atelierrestaurant.ca/ The Why: A trained Sommelier who later transitioned to cooking only to work under the tutelage of Grant Achatz, Marc Lepine’s Atelier was the primary reason for a brief stop in Ottawa en route to Montreal from … Continue reading

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Petit Bill’s Bistro, Ottawa ON

The Gist: http://www.petitbillsbistro.com/ The Why: Knowing that I would be dining at Atelier that evening while my mother and aunt got some needed rest I decided to accompany them for their dinner before mine. Having presented them with a number … Continue reading

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Pizzeria Libretto, Toronto ON

The Gist:  As many have noticed, Neapolitan style pizza is ubiquitous from east to west and north to south in the United States while Canada is no exception, particularly in Toronto, where opinions vary from palate to palate as to … Continue reading

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Yang’s, Richmond Hill ON

The Gist: In a city with one of the most diverse ethnic populations in North American (and therefore the world,) Toronto plays host to more Dim Sum restaurants on single streets than the entirety of Columbus (and maybe all of … Continue reading

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Splendido, Toronto ON

The Gist: Perhaps Toronto’s finest ‘fine dining’ restaurant, Splendido had always fancied itself as a contemporary restaurant strongly focused on locally sourced seasonal produce but with the departure of patriarch David Lee to focus on Nota Bene and subsequent sale … Continue reading

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