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Christmas Day in Koln/Cologne

Hi everyone,

I am leaving tomorrow morning for Koln and will be there for Christmas day. I was just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for where to eat in general, but especially places that will be open on Christmas. Any advice would be appreciated!

Thanks!

Dec 21, 2012
Sonja_Blu in Europe

Feasting Room - Four visits in a month

I was there this past Friday and had almost the exact same meal, except we did indeed get a wing instead of tongue and the amuse was a duck foot prepared the exact same way as the neck you got. I have to say that I was really not impressed, and neither were my friends. Every dish seemed to have something 'off' about it or else it simply just did not blow me away. For example the swiss chard in the heart dish completely dominated, likely because they chose to use a large number of stems (which have a very strong earthy flavour). The heart was all but lost in what was basically a dish of mediocre swiss chard. The blue cheese dip that came with the wing was incredibly overpowering, and we are all huge blue cheese fans. The shawarma bite was just ok, however more skin would probably have elevated the dish to 'good.' The duck breast with blueberry blintz was just kind of confusing - the blintz did not really marry well with the other elements, and our breast was unfortunately also quite dry. The foie gras ice cream was by far my favourite (even though I am not a dessert person). It was was really good, but could have done with a larger piece of foie gras and they really could have lost the bananas, which again overpowered the rest of the dish.
The portions were also incredibly small, so much so that we actually went out afterwards to eat! I usually scoff at people who make comments about small portion sizes, but this was honestly ridiculous. I was extremely glad that I had eaten a few hours prior to going because if I was starving I would have been very upset.
All in all I was really excited to give this place a try, but in the end I was disappointed. I would love to give it another chance because the concept really appeals to me, but for the money I just don't think it is worth it.

Jul 10, 2012
Sonja_Blu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Thing You Ever Ate - Toronto

Probably sweetbreads in a maple sauce at the Black Hoof a few years ago... I am still thinking about it!

Oh, I forgot about the venison tartar I had at a Charlie's Burger dinner earlier this year - it was absolutely phenomenal. The gnocci in brown butter at the same dinner was also fantastic, but the other dishes were hit and miss.

Jun 17, 2012
Sonja_Blu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Downtown Toronto Wedding Venue for 100-120 People?

Instead of the Liberty Grand, maybe try the Rosewater? It is a smaller venue and it is two minutes from the King Edward hotel.

Jun 11, 2012
Sonja_Blu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best restaurant in Mississauga

Rogues is delicious, I have never had a bad experience there. Worth checking out.

Jun 06, 2012
Sonja_Blu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Chinese Food Delivery

How is King Lobster? I just checked out their menu and it sounded really good, but I don't know if they deliver to my area. I may have to call and find out though!

Jun 06, 2012
Sonja_Blu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wedding Food Advice

Thank you so much!

Jul 24, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding Food Advice

John: That sounds delicious to me! I would have loved to attend that wedding! We are city folk, however, and so I don't think it would work with our venue.

AnneMarieDear: Thank you so much, I hope it all comes out well!

Jul 23, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding Food Advice

We are having about 150 people, so not too gigantic. I agree, large scale catering does often end up pretty awful. That is another reason why I really like the idea of a terrine, as it will obviously be prepared in advance and served cool, so I don't really have to worry about under/over cooking, food being the wrong temperature, etc.

Jul 22, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding Food Advice

Thank you so much! :)

Jul 21, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding Food Advice

That is what i was thinking... We are having four courses plus hors d'oeuvres, so people shouldn't be hungry. I think we have decided on foie gras, despite the fact that some people may not like it. Like you said, maybe we will expose people to something new and memorable! If not, they can have a steak after.

Jul 21, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding Food Advice

We aren't stressing over any of that stuff... the only thing I cared about was the venue (food is tied into this) and photographer. I'm sorry if I misunderstood you! All of my friends are going crazy over the 'dress,' and they simply don't understand that I do not care! I want FOOD, FUN, and fabulous PHOTOS. That's it! I won't do a courthouse simply because a church is very important to me, but I really don't care who makes it there. The church is for us, like you said the courthouse should be. So my main concern is the food, because the church is 'ours' and that is our semi-private wedding time. I really don't expect our actual union to matter to anyone else. i actually think it would be kind of narcissistic to expect anyone to care about how we feel about each other. they came for the party!

Jul 21, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding Food Advice

The food is the draw for me... I don't think I should be ridiculed for that! That is why I posted on chowhound and not a wedding website! My fiance and I have been together for almost ten years; the reason for the wedding is to have fun and celebrate, and food for us is a HUGE part of that! "the joining of lives" is private, and something that has been done over time. The wedding is for the fun and the FOOD.

Jul 21, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding Food Advice

I think I may be the weird one here... I remember every single thing \i have ever been served at a wedding... I go for the food, not the boring 'marriage' part. I am honestly shocked by the number of people who say that they don't remember the food!

Jul 21, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding Food Advice

YES! That is what I intend to do! I don't understand why it is is so confusing? maybe I should have worded it differently?

Jul 21, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding Food Advice

Oops, I also wanted to add that, as scary as rabbit might sound to some people, it is traditional food in both of our families (he is Egyptian, the people that will be coming from my side are Newfies) so that is really a wonderful suggestion that I hadn't thought of. Thank you so much!

Jul 20, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding Food Advice

I like the idea of the rabbit rillettes! My fiance will love that too, thank you!

Jul 20, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding Food Advice

No, they are definitely the same thing. That is what I meant, that I want to create a menu that reflects our tastes and that I feel like other couples have done the same at every wedding I have been to, although their tastes have generally been more conventional. I am not skipping a first course, we are having passed hors d'oeuvres, a salad, a plated appetizer, a main, and dessert. For late night snacks we are having shawarma. My main issue is with the plated appetizer, as people will not have an option and will simply get what I decide on. The main is going to be one of three options, so I am not too worried about that. I am thinking a foie gras terrine for the app, but am afraid people might not like it. Any suggestions?

Jul 20, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding Food Advice

Cheese platters sound amazing! Thanks so much for the suggestions!

Jul 20, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding Food Advice

Thanks for the reply! We will also be having passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails prior to dinner. Tuna was something that I had been considering, however unfortunately oysters are a little bit out of our budget! Did your son have a plated appetizer as well?

Jul 18, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding Food Advice

I have just booked the venue for my 2012 venue (The Rosewater Room in Toronto, in case anyone is interested) and am now grappling with menu decisions. I know people seem to have mixed opinions about the venue in general, but my fiance and I have decided to create a custom menu and hopefully avoid the boring banquet hall style food trap. I want to create a sophisticated menu that reflects our personal tastes as well as our profound love of food. However, as I am looking through some menu options in an attempt to try and come up with ideas I am starting to get frustrated. My issue is this: most of the things that we LOVE may be too sophisticated for a number of our guests, a lot of whom are extremely irritating 'picky eaters.' I do not really want to compromise as I feel like every single other wedding I have been to has catered to the palates of the bride and groom, regardless of what I or others may have preferred. However, at the same time I do not want to waste food. Such is my dilemma. The main course is not too big of an issue, as we are offering an option of either beef or duck, one of which (the beef) will be prepared more conventionally than the other. My real problem is with the appetizer course. Pretty much everything I can come up with will be a problem for somebody close to us, either his parents or someone in our wedding party. So I guess I was just wondering if anybody had any advice or suggestions for me. How have others with a passion for food dealt with the reality of wedding menu planning?

Jul 18, 2011
Sonja_Blu in General Topics

Wedding at the Rosewater Room

Thank you so much for your reply! I am glad to know that the food quality was there; we will be designing our own menu so creativity is not really too much of an issue as long as the execution is good.

Jul 17, 2011
Sonja_Blu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wedding at the Rosewater Room

I am considering having my wedding at the Rosewater Room in Toronto and I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share their experience with me. I know there have been a few posts about wedding venues in Toronto, and a couple about the Rosewater in particular but I have yet to find one which goes beyond simply "the food was good/bad/etc." I would love to know what exactly the menu consisted of, the quality of the food, etc. Thanks!

Jul 16, 2011
Sonja_Blu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What to do with Bananas?

Thanks so much for all of the great suggestions, they all sound really delicious! :)
And yes, the "bunches" line was intentional ;)

Apr 04, 2010
Sonja_Blu in Home Cooking

foie gras. where?

I have recently seen it for sale at White House Meats in Etobicoke (2972 Bloor st. W)

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White House Meats
2978 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1B9, CA

Apr 04, 2010
Sonja_Blu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What to do with Bananas?

Im not actually a big fan of bananas, however I recently ended up with a bunch of them. I dont want to waste them, so I was wondering if anyone had any interesting suggestions about what to do with them. I dont really like banana bread or muffins, and those seem to be the only recipes that come up when I search for banana recipes. I was also thinking banana chips, but I dont really want to deep fry them.

Any and all suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

Mar 21, 2010
Sonja_Blu in Home Cooking

Help, first time in Boston!

I will be visiting Boston for the first time with my boyfriend at the end of August, and I was just wondering where to get some good, relatively inexpensive food. We are up for pretty much anything, although local specialties are always good. We will be walking the Freedom trail, so any suggestions on or near that route would be especially helpful :) Other than that, we will have a car with us so for the most part location shouldnt really be an issue.

Thanks so much!

Aug 07, 2009
Sonja_Blu in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary dinner in Quebec city

My boyfriend and I will be celebrating our 5th anniversary while in Quebec city and I want to ensure that we have a really memorable meal. I have heard good things about Le Patriarche, but I really dont want to be disappointed so Im just wondering if anyone has any feedback about that particular place or any alternate suggestions. Any and all advice will be appreciated!

Thanks so much!

Jul 01, 2009
Sonja_Blu in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Tequila Taco Montreal

My boyfriend and I ate at Tequila Taco (2 Rue Sherbrooke Est) during a recent trip to Montreal. The restaurant looked new, and after attempting to find posts on it I have brilliantly deduced that this must be the case. It was incredibly busy, however the owner and wait staff did not try to rush us out. There was some trouble with our drink order, which can probably be attributed to the fact that our waitress appeared to be new on the job (not really surprising if the restaurant is new!), as well as my main course (I got chicken instead of beef). She was very nice though, and tried to fix everything up for us. The food was ok, but not great. Again, maybe this is because the restaurant is fairly new and still getting itself sorted out. Instead of the usual tortilla chips and salsa they sent out what appeared to be some sort of rolled up fried tortilla with a feta-like cheese on top (can anyone help me with this? I have no idea what theyre called!). It looked nice, however it was unfortunately pretty tasteless. My boyfriend had the shrimp tacos, a house speciality recommended by the waitress. The shrimp were large and juicy, however the dish itself seemed to be missing something. I had beef fajitas, which were surprisingly small. Im not what you would call a big eater, and I dont expect massive portions of food when I eat out, but this was small enough that I feel that it warrants a comment. I believe I had about four strips of beef and three very small tortillas. Granted, there was a massive plate of rice but I dont really eat rice due to a medical condition, so maybe this is my problem. Anyways, the fajitas tasted ok (although the beef was kind of tough) but again I felt as though they were missing something. The table next to us ordered some nachos and burritos which looked really good, so if I find myself back there again I think Ill give those a try. All in all the experience was ok, however I wouldnt be motivated to go back again anytime soon. Maybe after they have some time to work out the kinks Ill give it another try. The owner/manager and wait staff were all extremely nice and accomodating, and I really hope it works out for them. I just figured I would share my experience and see if anyone else has tried this place yet.
Oh, and Friday nights are two for one margaritas, which is actually a really good deal. Im not a big tequila person, but my boyfriend really enjoyed them!

Jun 27, 2009
Sonja_Blu in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Berlin Restaurant

I visited Berlin restaurant a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. I was really looking forward to going back again on a recent trip to Montreal; however when my boyfriend and I arrived there we found that a new bar/lounge had just opened in its place. We ended up dining at Le Petit Munich, which was pretty good, but not as good as Berlin. I just wanted to let everyone know that Berlin is no longer there so that hopefully they wont show up and be disappointed!

Jun 27, 2009
Sonja_Blu in Quebec (inc. Montreal)