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Nova Scotia Trip next week

Highlights of our trip:

Seaside Shanty in Chester where we had a wonderful chowder - best we had all trip. Lots of seafood, a simple broth that didn't smother the taste of the big chinks of lobster, fish, clams etc.

Obladee Wine Bar in Halifax was a great experience. We went there after dinner so didn't eat much (although its all small portions anyway, so I don't think you would go there for dinner). We had a glass of port and a cheese selection. The highlight, though, was the Goat Cheese Chocolate Fudge - delicious!

We had dinner at the Five Fishermen. It was good but not spectacular. For me it was like to the seafood equivalent of The Keg. Their chowder was nowhere near Seaside Shanty. The Blackened Cod was overpowered by the chorizo and spices and it really needed to be more delicate for the fish.

Dinner at Trout Point Lodge was great. I'd recommend that place to anybody, but its not cheap (one night there was equal to about 4 nights of money we spent on other places to stay and eat!). It was a nice treat - the dinner was great and wine list excellent. We didnt' eat breakfast there, but it sounded equally as good as dinner (the essentially cook you almost anything you want, as long as they have the ingredients).

Jun 15, 2015
Tboy in Atlantic Canada
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Nova Scotia Trip next week

Great, thanks for the reply! I'll be sure to check out some of those places.

May 27, 2015
Tboy in Atlantic Canada

Marvel Coffee. Co (Donlands TTC)

Marvel seem to be doing ok, they look like they are opening a second location at Carlaw (around the back of Baskin Robbins), the sign went up a couple of days ago.

Want Amazing Tortillas? Head Over to Maizal Quesadilla Cafe in Liberty

Went to Maizal last night after the TFC game with my wife. I haven't been there for a while so was good to see how things are going there.

Had guacamole and frijoles appetizer which was good and perfect with my Mill St Organic. Then we both had 3 quesadillas each: I had beef tinga (very tasty), fish which had some nice spice and flavour, and then the cactus quesadilla as something a little different, which was tasty but did need one of the spicy sauces that was on the table to add some kick. My wife had the cactus, fish, and the pork, which was equally as tasty.

The tortillas were extremely good, lots of flavour and they are made in house (the grinder is actually sat in the restaurant in the corner).

We just had enough room for dessert so shared the chilli brownie, which had quite a kick to it! The dessert could have done with a side of ice cream, but otherwise it was good.

It was buzzing on a Saturday evening, people sat at all tables and also the bar area. It was unfortunately a little chilly outside otherwise it would have been good to sit outside with the beer and spicy goodness.

I was impressed and we will definitely be going back soon.

May 24, 2015
Tboy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Nova Scotia Trip next week

Hi,

My wife and I are traveling to Charlottetown next week, then driving from there and around Nova Scotia. We haven't had too much time to plan as yet, other than hire a car and book some places to stay.

We are driving from Charlottetown to Wolfville and staying in a B&B. Then driving in one day intervals to Digby, then onto Trout Point Lodge, and then to Halifax, staying 2 nights there.

We essentially travel to eat, and see a few sites in between!We want to eat local (we eat enough Italian, French etc in Toronto). What are your suggestions for lunch enroute and then a place to head for dinner in Wolfville, Digby, and Halifax?

We were thinking lobster lunch at Halls Harbour, scallops in Digby (I know, stereotypical probably, but we really do want to eat local and we love seafood!). Maybe a donair for lunch in Halifax?

Any other suggestions or any specific places while we drive around?

Thanks!

May 22, 2015
Tboy in Atlantic Canada

Where to eat?

If you are on your own, head up to Canoe and sit at the bar or one of the stools overlooking the city. Not as expensive as the main restaurant, and also a bit more relaxed if you are alone. Most "tourists" I tell to go there love it, great view from the windows (you look AT the CN Tower, rather than can't see it if you are inside the tower, which defeats the object a little!). Good cheese selection usually, you don't have to splurge also if you have a couple of beers, one of the bar menu items and some cheese.

Jan 21, 2015
Tboy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

"The Wren" on Danforth -- anyone heard about what it's going to be?

Went to The Wren with my SO last Friday evening. Got there early (just after 5:30pm) and glad we did, it was packed after that. We loved the communal middle tabled. Food was good (lots of fried stuff, but we like that) and the pints were varied in choice. Had an excellent pint of Beau's.

We are new to Danforth area, and this has been the standout find so far.

Jan 19, 2015
Tboy in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Midweek breakfast, Capital Hill area

Thanks for all the great suggestions everyone! That's so many choices to choose from! I will report back on our favourite places after the trip :)

Midweek breakfast, Capital Hill area

Please forgive me, I am Canadian after all! :p

Midweek breakfast, Capital Hill area

Just doing some last minute planning for our trip end of this week.

Any recommendations for breakfast midweek? We are staying at the Rennaisance, and will be heading to the museums etc to do some tourist stuff. Any decent places to get a breakfast enroute to our daytrips? I've found some nice places for the Saturday brunch (might check out Estadio for Saturday brunch, sounds yummy!) but not sure about midweek breakfast. Maybe a good value suggestion (then we can spend more on dinner!).

Thanks!

Decent food, not stiff white table cloths

Proof has an impressive wine list!

I couldn't see on their website, do you know the time of the happy hour?

Decent food, not stiff white table cloths

I've read about Mockingbird Hill actually, so that's one place I'll definitely check out. Thanks for the suggestions :)

Decent food, not stiff white table cloths

Hi,

coming to DC with my girlfriend for a first time visit. Staying at the Renaissance Hotel (9th St NW) for 4 nights.

We love good food, but not really sitting across from each other in a stiff restaurant (we prefer somewhere with some people watching, maybe a communal eating table). As a reference, our favourite restaurants are The Purple Pig in Chicago (communal tables, sharing food portions), eating at the front bar at Gramercy Tavern in NYC, or Jamonera in Philly (tapas food with sherry tasting).

Any recommendations for somewhere casual but also good food - maybe tapas or small portions that we can share? Or somewhere with communal tables that might be fun? Places near the hotel would be good, but I hear the subway in DC is good so we can travel further for somewhere different to eat and have a good evening.

Also, any bar/resto that does sherry/port or good wine tasting samples?

Thanks!

Best bagel near Grand Central

We aren't traveling to NYC until next Wednesday so I hope things are all back to normal by then!

Oct 31, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Best bagel near Grand Central

Excellent, thank you! :)

Oct 31, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Best bagel near Grand Central

Hi,

Staying at the Westin near Grand Central - I have most of my food planned, except finding a good bagel for breakfast on a Saturday morning. Any suggestions? If not bagel, then good place for a fairly cheap breakfast that's fairly "New York"?

Thanks!

Oct 31, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Wine samples or sample set

Thanks again! The sherry is a good choice, usually its hard to find somewhere that does a sherry flight.

Oct 23, 2012
Tboy in Philadelphia

Wine samples or sample set

Fantastic! Looked through the wine selection and its almost perfect - selections of 1.5 ounce! Thanks :)

Oct 23, 2012
Tboy in Philadelphia

Wine samples or sample set

Hi,

I'm coming into Philadelphia for a wine exam mid November. Staying at the Embassy Suites downtown - I was wondering if there are any restaurants that do wine samples, or 1/2/3 ounce wine pours so I can practice with a few different wines before my exam? I have one exam for spirits, and one exam for fortified wine - so any bar/restaurant that has a good selection so I can taste a few?

Thanks!

Oct 23, 2012
Tboy in Philadelphia

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

A little off my own topic, but anybody think the Grand Central Oyster Bar (just for Oysters) would be worth a visit? I've walk ed past a number of times but never gone in. The oyster list looks pretty long.

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

I'm glad you clarified! For a moment I thought there was going to be a dim sum place downtown that I didn't know about! :)

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

I live right downtown Toronto and there are only a couple of Dim Sum places in the downtown area. To get good dim sum you need to go around an hour north of downtown to Markham where there is a big Chinese community. I live downtown and don't have a car, so I'm limited to the 3 or so "ok" dim sum places. Are you talking about the north of the city restaurants when you visit your family?

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

Dim Sum would be interesting. There aren't many decent Dim Sum places in Toronto. RedFarms looks good but the dim sum menu is kinda short. I expect there are some chinatown dimsum places with a more extensive menu?

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

Yes Momofukus opened about 3 weeks ago in Toronto just by my apartment, but I'm yet to go try it.

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

Price range, up to $25 for a main course dish. We are willing to pay more, but it would have to be good food. I love the prices at Gramercy, the bar prices are excellent value for the quality of the main dishes. We do love tapas style though (like the purple pig) where you can have more of a selection of food.

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

We actually leave on a Sunday. Is the Union Sqare Cafe worth visiting on another day, or are you saying specifically just on a Sunday is worth a visit?

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

We are coming from Toronto, which has a good selection of Asian food. So, other than probably getting a cheap lunch in chinatown on day, we probably won't do a Chinese dinner. And we probably wouldn't do Italian as that is our least faroutie (eating out) food.

So American/French/Medi is mostly what we are looking for.

I think I've already read that Bar Baloud has a communal table? And Also Ssam interests as it seems to get a lot of reviews on chowhound (even if it is Asian, we we may not do for dinner!). I haven't hard of the others on your list, so I will look them all up. Thanks!

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Dinner rec's, not stiff white table cloths

I'm visiting New York with my SO in a few weeks. Staying just south of Central Park, but we can dine anywhere in Manhattan.

I've been a couple of times before. My favourite experience has been eating at the bar at the Gramercy Tavern - lots of fun talking to random people, and even sharing the meatball dish with the stranger next to me (he assured me it was the best meatball I would ever eat in my life, haha!). So, I will likely go to the Gramercy Tavern again and try and get a spot at the bar.

I'm looking for some fun and interesting dinner's. We like gourmet food, but not in stiff, white table cloth restaurants (boring!). Any suggestions for fun/different restaurant experiences in NY? Maybe somewhere with communal tables? We aren't interested in dinner theatre, as we want the food to be the main interest.

For reference, we loved the Purple Pig in Chicago (big communal tables, tapas style food), and I do love eating at the bar at the Gramercy Tavern (I've also had the tasting menu at the back of the Tavern, which was great food, but a little 'conserative' compared to the front bar).

Thanks!

Oct 17, 2012
Tboy in Manhattan

Quebec City for the weekend, recs?

I'm bumping my own thread as I'm guessing Quebec City questions don't get many responses?

I've narrowed down a few options:

Le Lapin Saute seem interesting for dinner?
le moine echanson seems reasonably price?
Le Cochon Dingue has some good reviews, but the website makes it looks like a really generic mass produce place.
Le Echaude looks like a good brunch.
Pain Beni, but I'm not usually a fan of a restuarant in a hotel, unless this is really good?
and Le Clocher Penche.

Any comments on any of these? I'm hoping these are pretty good places!

Mar 22, 2012
Tboy in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Quebec City for the weekend, recs?

Hi all!

I'm going to be in Quebec City for Easter weekend with my girfriend. We are both mid 30's. We are looking for some recommendations for a couple of dinner's, and breakfast/brunch also.

We are staying at the Delta. We are coming from Toronto.

Any good dinner recommendations? Quebecois fare would be good? We don't like it TOO rowdy, but a somewhere with a good/unique atmosphere, or just somewhere fairly romantic for dinner and a decent bottle of wine? We will eat anything, so aren't scared of trying anything different or unusual. Entree's around $20 to $30 maybe?

And also any reasonably priced brunch within walking distance from the hotel (15 minutes or so away is ok)? A greasy spoon type place, or just somewhere with a good brunch!

Thanks in advance!

Mar 19, 2012
Tboy in Quebec (inc. Montreal)