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Easter Weekend Boston Trip Report-Thursday afternoon-Monday morning part 1

No you didn't say the food was good. I clicked on your name and got your writings from The Phoenix. I was looking for music.

Apr 02, 2013
pioneer in Greater Boston Area

Easter Weekend Boston Trip Report-Thursday afternoon-Monday morning part 1

We stayed at The Liberty Hotel.
We are not big fans of restaurant weeks and usually will not go out that week unless we are visiting one of our regular places and rarely eat off the restaurant week menu. After looking through some threads here are some of the places we ate over the last few days

Scampo
Green Dragon
Aquitaine
The Beehive
Clink x 2
The Paramount
Beacon Hill Bistro
Cat Walk-at Liberty Hotel-for guests only

Let me get the easy ones out of the way. The Green Dragon was strictly for historical purposed and there was low food expectation. I had onion soup and a cider and my DH had Irish Stew and a Blacksmith.

Cat Walk, nice cocktails, decent wine selection and we had the American charcuterie, less noisy than being downstairs in the main area but not really quiet. Thursday night was also a fashion show which was interesting. We went here twice but both times after dinner for night caps/light snacks.

Clink-lunch on Thursday afternoon (1:30), we did not eat from the RW menu. Nice cocktails, DH had the sunchoke soup and the winter omelet, I had the the Cuban pork sandwich. Soup was good and the omelet was perfect. My sandwich was fine. The couple next to us got their food from RW menu and the gentleman and woman both complained about their main courses. He had the smoked brisket sandwich. I don't know what she had. I heard the waiter say that the one full meal (all courses) was being comp'd.
Service was satisfactory

Clink- late dinner on Friday night after Celtics, DH and I split a bottle of wine and the special for the night was a 14oz steak with onion jam, potatoes and veggie (kale?). There was only one left but I felt it was too big for one person and both my DH and I were interested. The waiter suggested they could easily split for us. It was yummy and hit the spot.
I had an after dinner drink in lieu of dessert.
Service was more attentive this time.

The Paramount for brunch on Saturday after some sightseeing. Crazy, chaos, line-ups etc. Worth it. The food was good, loved the people watching and the vibe. If I lived here is this would be a regular stop.

Beacon Hill Bistro for Easter brunch. Limited menu which I knew going in and was fine with. My DH had the Roasted Asparagus Salad with Farm Egg, Spring Dug Parsnip Purée, Onion Confit and Bacon, Faroe Island Salmon with New Potato, Leek, Bacon Hash and Vidalia Onion Soubise and strawberry mint napoleon for dessert. I had Arugula Salad with Shaved Fennel, Ricotta Salata, Candied Hazelnuts and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette, Vermont Lamb Shoulder with Spring Dug Parsnip Purée, Roasted Asparagus and Mint Pesto and tiramisu. I was disappointed with the food presentation and quality. I thought perhaps if it wasn`t a holiday this might be a place to revisit for dinner. But what was really nasty was that only the paper tops of the tables were switched out when there were obvious stains from split coffee/tea on the tablecloths from previous diners.

Sunday dinner was The Beehive. I found this through clicking MC Slim JB. (The Phoenix) I didn`t expect dinner to be fab but was going for the jazz. I was a little disappointed not to be seated downstairs closer to stage. Although we were put right up in a deuce looking down. We had drinks at the bar, the seafood platter, striped bass for DH and spiral ham for me with a bottle of The Prisoner. Food was good, music was good, service was good. I like quirky vibe and decor. We had a good time.

I will post part 2 tomorrow because I am running out of time tonight and have plenty to say about SCAMPO and Aquitaine.

Pioneer

Apr 01, 2013
pioneer in Greater Boston Area

recs for Breakfast and lunch near Marriott-Bay St

Thanks J, especially the tip about the reservations since I'm sure it will be even busier then normal due to TIFF.

P

recs for Breakfast and lunch near Marriott-Bay St

Thanks O, I will look into the links you posted.

P

recs for Breakfast and lunch near Marriott-Bay St

Sorry I meant they are staying at the Marriott/Bay street. I need recs for them. We are staying at The Drake and are all set.

Sorry about the confusion, rushed the post before I went out tonight.

Pioneer

recs for Breakfast and lunch near Marriott-Bay St

Hi Gang,

I have family coming in for TIFF next week Fri-Mon. Any recs for the first two meals of the day near by?

We are staying at the Drake. We are all set for dinners. They will eat anything including ethnic except for sushi.

Thanks,
Pioneer

A theater weekend-looking for some help

Thanks Roz

Jan 17, 2012
pioneer in Manhattan

A theater weekend-looking for some help

Roz,

This is what I have set up:

Friday-db Moderne
Sat-La Silhoutte, Junk Sik
Sun-Trattoria Trecolori, dinner at MIL

Today I found out we will be coming in a day early(Thursday).
Any ideas for a casual tapas/cocktail place?

Thanks for all your help.

Jan 17, 2012
pioneer in Manhattan

A theater weekend-looking for some help

I agree with your statement on La Promenade so I booked La Silhouette for Saturday brunch. There appears to be several items that aren't "too brunchy".

Now I am trying get get an Italian lunch in for Sunday, called Trattori Trecolori several times but no one answers.

Jan 01, 2012
pioneer in Manhattan

A theater weekend-looking for some help

Booked Jung Sik for Saturday evening. I will look over the new recs. We have been to the Bar at the Modern and it was lovely.

Jan 01, 2012
pioneer in Manhattan

A theater weekend-looking for some help

Thanks for the quick response. I have taken a peek at your blog as well. I will be bookmarking it!

I am going to look over the restaurant websites and see if one of those will fit the bill.

Jan 01, 2012
pioneer in Manhattan

A theater weekend-looking for some help

Hi,

We are coming in for a theater weekend on the 27th of Jan. We are going to db Moderne for Friday evening (we are staying in same building) before our 8pm show.

I need a breakfast/brunch or lunch options for Saturday before our 2pm show at Stephen Sondheim Theater. (124 W 43rd)

For dinner on Saturday I tried EMP, Per Se, Babbo for dinner all booked. Any ideas? We ate at Picholine a few weeks back.

Sunday same as above, breakfast/brunch/lunch before 2pm show at Steinberg Center (111 W 46th)

Thanks,
Pioneer

edited to add-we are open to all food types/high dining/local/casual etc

Jan 01, 2012
pioneer in Manhattan

Recap from our Vancouver/Victoria Trip

My husband had oysters, they were okay except one was bad.

Jul 24, 2011
pioneer in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Recap from our Vancouver/Victoria Trip

Here are some of the places we ate:

Coast-great service, pacing of course was just right, food excellent. We sat upstairs at a table that overlooked the first level. Noise level may be a little loud for some but we weren't bothered by it. Nice vibe. We would return

Cioppino's-We went on a Friday evening for a 8pm dinner and there were open tables so why did our meal end by 9:15? We had a nice bottle of wine and the food was good. I don't think it was worth the money. The atmosphere didn't seem very welcoming. Would not return

The noodle box for lunch-simple, casual, and tasty.

Sooke Harbour House-What can I say, beautiful location, great table, service and food impeccable. Ironically bill was less than Cioppino's. Definitely would return.

Red Fish Blue Fish-delicious fish and chips. Would return.

The Stick. Coffee House (Sooke)-good coffee and lunch items. Funky atmosphere and people. Would return.

Brasserie L'ecole-went on Saturday night, just walked in, didn't have to wait. Good food, service and atmosphere. Would return, in fact considered going a second night but instead.......

based on reviews from Trip Adviser my DH wanted to try Pescatores. It was horrible; dirty bathrooms and menus. Food terrible, service very inconsistent and it wasn't cheap. I implore you to go to Mc Donald's for a fish filet sandwich before I would say to venture to this place.

I told my DH that I prefer to only rely on chowhound recs in the future.

Pioneer

Jul 23, 2011
pioneer in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Upcoming trip Vancouver/Victoria, looking for some suggestions to fill gaps.

Thanks Cassie

Jul 10, 2011
pioneer in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Upcoming trip Vancouver/Victoria, looking for some suggestions to fill gaps.

Really? We don't have that here in Ontario.

Jul 08, 2011
pioneer in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Upcoming trip Vancouver/Victoria, looking for some suggestions to fill gaps.

We eat all types of cuisine.

We will be hitting Sooke on Sunday so we need something for lunch (1-2:30) between the whale watching and zip line tours. We have dinner already set for Sooke Harbour House.

Thanks for the tips. I appreciate it.

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Harbour House Restaurant
607 Oswego St, Victoria, BC V8V4W9, CA

Jul 08, 2011
pioneer in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Upcoming trip Vancouver/Victoria, looking for some suggestions to fill gaps.

Hi Gang,

Coming in next Thursday to Vancouver staying at the Opus Thur/Fri. Sat transferring to the Hotel Rialto on Victoria. This is what I have so far:

Thursday- dinner at Coast, looking for a lunch suggestion-open to all cuisines
Friday-Going to Granville for kayak tour, need lunch suggestion, dinner at Cioppino's

Saturday-need lunch ideas, will be going to B. Gardens in afternoon and having picnic on lawn/fireworks
Sunday-Lunch ideas, going into Sooke for whale watching, zip line, dinner at Sooke Harbour House

Monday/Tuesday no dinners set up yet. Any nice BYOB? My husband is already in Vancouver and will be hitting wine country this weekend. Maybe get to White Heather for afternoon tea on Tuesday?

Thanks,

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Hotel Rialto
1450 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W2G1, CA

Harbour House Restaurant
607 Oswego St, Victoria, BC V8V4W9, CA

Jul 08, 2011
pioneer in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Birthday lunch for Mom near Broadway

We are taking Mom to see Arcadia on Sat. Would like some suggestions for nice places in/around the Broadway/Barrymore theater area. Price point mid to high end.

Thanks,
Pioneer

Apr 07, 2011
pioneer in Manhattan

Quebec City - Fall visit

Here's the follow-up to our trip.

Tuesday
Le Cochon Dingue-yummy and low key, had breakfast there twice at two different locations.
Cafe Clocher Penche-got there too late for lunch it closed, stopped at St. Patrick's Pub-wretched place, even by pub/bar food standards, service below par as well.
Le Pain Beni-delicious food, nice service, nice decor, seated in back room next to mural. I started with asparagas crab sweet curry verrine, foie gras for DH, my entree was grilled shrimp in 'ras-el-hanout', sweetbreads and veal cheecks for DH. I would come again.

Wednesday
Le Billig-didn't get there went to Casse-Crepe Breton, not impressed with either food or service
Cafe at Parliament Building-didn't get there, sat in the patio of 1640, we only got beers and the cheese/smoked meats platters. The atmosphere was lovely, sun was shining and a gentlemen playing the harp. Warning: I looked at the food people were getting, standard fare, nothing impressive.
La Patriache: I can't say enough about this place, the service, the food and the atmosphere was sublime-exactly what we were looking for. Any trip to QC without a dinner here would be remiss! We had the table d^hote. I had the pheasant for my starter, DH had foie gras, entree piglet for me, wild game for him. Trying to debate between two wine selections and the knowledge of the staff showed through when she stated the one selection was "too young" for what we were going to have.

Thursday
Le Cochon Dingue-yummy and low key-don't miss Grandma's pot of hot chocolate
Cafet de La Terasse: My DH had the buffet, I order a la carte. I had the onion soup and then the crab/cheese bites (eating light). Beautiful place, attentive staff. Construction is on-going so the view wasn't as beautiful as I hoped, but this is temporary.
La Saint Amour: another place not to miss! Service, food, atmosphere, we had the Discovery Menu, which does vary some day to day, I was really stuffing myself; if its too much for you the Inspiration Menu has less courses but not less quality. Resto has an unbelievable wine list as well. We had some cocktails to start and the bartender came over to get our feedback as he creates them himself.

Will visit again....
Pioneer

Quebec City - Fall visit

Phyero-thanks, I will look at these and then decide.

A visit to the farmers' market was on our list.

I will follow-up upon my return.

Quebec City - Fall visit

We will be completing the Ghost Tour (98 Rue du Petit-Champlain) at 10pm. We are staying at the Hilton, so anything between or around there would be great.

Quebec City - Fall visit

Hi Everyone,

We'll be visiting next week and after reviewing the boards have planned for the following:

Tuesday
Le Cochon Dingue
Cafe Clocher Penche
Le Pain Beni (res made)

Wednesday
Le Billig
Cafe at Parliament Building
La Patriache (early dinner 5:30-res made)

Thursday
Buffet de l Antiguaire
Cafe de La Terasse (res made)
La Saint Amour (res made)

My questions are there any suggestions for a late bite/drink on Wednesday evening around 10pm? I didn't make reservations for my other two lunches, do you think it is necessary?

Thanks

Quebec City next week!

We are arriving in Quebec City Oct 12 in the morning and leaving Oct 15. We are staying at the Hilton with/out an auto.

We are definitely going to Le Pain Beni for one of our dinners (veal checks for DH). We have two more dinners to plan. I am thinking of another high end (Laurie Raphael or Toast?) and a bistro, suggestions?

Some great breakfast and lunch options maybe a nice wine bar as as well. This is our first trip but we will be back again. Read your profile and I think we share the same approach to food.....Thanks