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Kid-friendly restaurant in downtown Chicago

See, told you I was a newbie :) Looks like I have some reading to do. Thanks!

Nov 15, 2013
CulinaryRD in Chicago Area

Kid-friendly restaurant in downtown Chicago

Hello,

We are spending 2 days in Chicago for my sister-in-law's 35th birthday next weekend. She has never been to Chicago before, and we are newbies as well (only been there once before). I am trying to find a restaurant within walking distance of Hotel Monaco (225 N Wabash) that fits some specific criteria. 1. Kid-friendly (we are bringing our 18 month old daughter). 2. Takes reservations (my daughter has not yet learned that patience is a virtue). Obviously we are looking for good food, and prefer something that is not a nation-wide chain. Thanks in advance!

Nov 15, 2013
CulinaryRD in Chicago Area

Pearl (liege) sugar in Edmonton?

I just found some at K&K Food Liner on Whyte ave and 99th st. At least I think it's the same. It had no English on the package, just on the nutrition label which said "Pearl Sugar". It was a product from Finland though, so not sure if it's exactly the same.

Mar 26, 2012
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

Where can I find a 6.5" round ginger grater in Edmonton?

You could try grating the ginger frozen. That way you don't really need to worry about collecting the juice. Keeping it and grating it (I use a microplane) seems to work really well for me, plus it doesn't get mouldy!

Mar 19, 2012
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

Heavy cream in YEG (Edmonton) - where to buy??

What is labelled as "whipping cream" here in Alberta is just cream that is 33-35%MF, no added sugar (sugar is only added when it is already whipped, like in those nasty aerosol cans). 18% cream is typically labelled as "coffee cream" here, and you should be able to buy it at pretty much any grocery store.

As far as I know, when recipes refer to "heavy cream" they typically mean cream with as much fat as possible, and "whipping cream" would be the highest fat I know of available here, unless anyone else is aware of anything else. I don't think there is anything actually labelled "heavy cream" here - probably a difference in terminology in US vs. Canada.

Feb 22, 2012
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

YEG Urban China

I like Jumbo on the West end.

Feb 21, 2012
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

Wedding Caterer - Edmonton

I would say A Capella is quite good, and they are currently reworking their menu to include more local and healthy items.

Also, although I haven't actually had their catering, I was quite impressed with the food at Absolutely Edibles restaurant. Their restaurant menu had an extensive list of hors d'oeuvres and appetizers, but again, not sure what their catering menus offer.

Jan 18, 2012
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

Montreal C'hounder spending a week in Canmore wants rec's

I really like La Belle Patate, but not sure how it would be recieved by a Montreal native. I had a pretty good Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich, and excellent poutine when I was there, but I'm not sure how it compares to what you get in Montreal...

Dec 13, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

Best restaurant meal in Plantation/Fort Lauderdale

Hello fellow foodies. I will be in the Fort Lauderdale area for 2 days (1 each before and after a cruise) and will need 2 lunches and 2 dinners in the area. I will be staying at the Hampton Ft. Lauderdale/Plantation ( 7802 SW 6th St, Plantation FL) and doing some shopping at Sawgrass Mills. I am looking for the best food in the area, with little to no cab ride necessary. I would prefer individual restaurants not chains. Also, I have never had Cuban food (unfortunately not highly available up North), so that would be a bonus. Thanks for your help!

Dec 05, 2011
CulinaryRD in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best food downtown for a single traveler

Wow, thanks so much for all the great recommendations! Now - to change things up a bit, turns out my work changed the hotel. I will now be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn (92 Peter Street). I still don't think it's a great area though, but not really sure. Seems pretty close to the previous hotel, but does this change any of the advice?

Oct 27, 2011
CulinaryRD in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best food downtown for a single traveler

Hello, I will be traveling to Toronto for the first time in a couple of weeks, staying for 5 nights. I will be staying downtown (at the Grand Hotel and Suites on Jarvis and Dundas) and am looking for some GREAT restaurant recommendations in the area. I will not have access to a car, so walking distance is preferable. I'd prefer more casual options, as I would feel strange fine-dining alone. Thanks for your recommendations!

Oct 26, 2011
CulinaryRD in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Birthday dinner in Edmonton

Thanks, I did try calling Famoso, but they wouldn't book such a large group on a weekend.

I ended up going with a very casual option that everyone seemed to enjoy - Bul Go Gi House in Bonnie Doon. It worked out great!

Oct 25, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

Inexpensive venue for a Christmas party

My office is doing Schanks in Edmonton (I would expect Calgary would do the same if thats where you're from). The food is about $23 per person (buffet dinner of turkey with the fixings), then afterwards they offer a mini-olympics thing where you play a little minigolf, pool, virtual golf, and virtual race car driving (I think around $9 per person). This is our first year doing this, so I'm not sure what it'll be like, but it sounds fun.

Oct 19, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

YEG - Simple Syrup / Cordials

I don't know for sure about the downtown location, but they do at South for sure.

Oct 18, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

YEG - Simple Syrup / Cordials

The Italian Centre has a large variety of Monin syrups. I know they do make a Lavender flavour, but I don't recall if I've seen it at the Italian Centre or not.

Oct 18, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

Birthday dinner in Edmonton

I'm hoping someone can help me find a place to go for a birthday dinner in Edmonton next weekend. I'm looking for somewhere that can easily accomodate a large group (15-18) but that is also affordable (under $20 per person, not including drinks). Recommendations? I would also appreciate it if the restaurant is fairly centrally located, or in Sherwood Park.

Oct 12, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

75 Tastes of Calgary: List

What about Jimmy's? I would definitely add Chicken Shawarma from Jimmy's to the list. Capped off with a piece of baklava...perfection.

Now anyone want to make a list for Edmonton??

Sep 28, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

Recs near Union Bank Inn (Edmonton)

Culina Highlands is no longer...they are now Highlands Kitchen. Same chef but new menu and no longer part of the Culina family.

Sep 08, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

Edmonton Assistance

I would say Pagolac or Golden Bird in Chinatown for the best Vietnamese food. Just remember, you are going for the food, not the atmosphere. Pagolac has the best rice vermicelli and Golden Bird is just good all around (the only thing I don't like there is the ginger beef).
If you will be here over the weekend at all, check on the downtown farmer's market on Saturday. You'll find some great baking and a few lunch ideas as well.

I haven't seen anyone mention sushi yet, and I'm afraid I don't know of any good sushi close to where you'll be.

Sep 06, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

NY foodies need help in Banff/Jasper

Glad to hear you enjoyed the trip. We actually had our wedding reception at Tekarra and loved every minute of it, and had our wedding cake made at Bear's Paw. Jasper is definitely a special place.

Aug 25, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

NY foodies need help in Banff/Jasper

ellen23, I'm curious about where the rest of the trip took you. Did you try any great places in Jasper?

Aug 24, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

Handmade noodles in Edmonton

I'm wondering if there places in Edmonton that make handmade noodles. After trying some great places in Vancouver (Sha-Lin Noodle House, Peaceful Restaurant) that do hand-pulled and hand-cut noodles, I can't stop thinking about them. However, I cannot afford weekly plane fare. Does anyone know of a place closer to get my fix?

Aug 24, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

new to very west edmonton/anthony henday

Really? I think Jumbo is great for Dim Sum. Any particular reason why you recommend staying away?

Aug 23, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

where to find fresh oysters in edmonton?

Be careful at Superstore. I've bought seafood from there that was completely rotten (couldn't tell until I got home because it was mussels packaged in a mesh bag). Oysters should be better because you can pick ones that look good. Also, the seafood department often smells really bad, which I take as a bad sign.

Aug 18, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

Ethiopian Food in Edmonton

Now that Langano Skies on Whyte Ave is closed (big fire a few months ago), my only other suggestion is Habesha on 118 Ave. I have eaten here a few times (twice in a large group, two or three times for the Wednesday vegetarian buffet). The food is always excellent. The place isn't very big, but they do take reservations. I remember them having a pretty good deal, something like 5 different dishes for $40 but it has been awhile since I've been there, so I'm not sure if they still do it. Works well for a large group though.

Aug 03, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces

NY foodies need help in Banff/Jasper

If you are going to Jasper, definitely try to make it to Tekarra. I have dined there 3 times now. We even chose to have our wedding reception there because the food is so great! Unfortunately I have not been able to make it there this season yet, but have checked out their menu online (they change it each season) and it looks great!

Aug 02, 2011
CulinaryRD in Prairie Provinces