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Bermuda Redux (Long Post)

I did see Tribe Road Kitchen, (as well as its review here) but our timing was never right to stop for a meal in Hamilton. Next time we plan to stay closer to the city so we can indulge a bit more. I'm not a big breakfast eater though or a fan of bacon in pastry. Having lost 65 pounds while still be addicted to good chow I've had to make some concessions. Being able to buy fruit and low fat yogurt as well as a pound of Starbucks coffee from the local grocery stores meant that I could enjoy a light healthy breakfast on the patio of our apartment rental with its view of Scaur Sound. It was lovely.

Oct 18, 2011
Higgette in Latin America & Caribbean

Bermuda Redux (Long Post)

Hi everyone, back home now and had a splendid time enjoying once again the charming hospitality of the Bermudian people. We really liked staying in a private home (the guest suite) as opposed to a hotel and had some interesting culinary adventures.

I wish we had gone to Hamilton for dinner on our wedding anniversary instead of 64 Degrees but my husband really wanted to see Port Royal. His steak was frozen and I found it dry. The stuffing in my lobster tasted mouldy, but the tuna ceviche appetizer we shared was divine. My cheesecake dessert was leaden but my husband loved his molten chocolate cake.

I encounted the mould problem as well at Country Squire (I know, I was warned) on the breading of my fish sandwich and on my husband's fish and chips. I know humidity is a problem there but it should not be allowed to affect food. Hard to avoid, I suppose. Our waiter at 64 was charming and funny and went out of his way to make our meal enjoyable. He also warned us about Country Squire, but it was too late by then. He said "They have toothless people working up in there!"

We also ate at both Swizzles and enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at the bar in the south shore one, though we drank way too much Rum Swizzle. 'Swagger out' should be 'Stagger out'.

As for the Salt Rock Grill, it became our home away from home. I had some pretty good sushi two nights there andseared tuna on a bed of spinach salad another time. I've had better elsewhere but the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed and it was only a 20 minute walk or $10. cab fare from our accomodation. The owner was very accomodating and it's always nice to meet the local people.

The one place I did get to try in Hamilton and most heartily recommend is the sandwich shop, City Cafe, across from the bus terminal. We picked up sandwiches there several times on our way to the beach and they were fresh and ample every time. In fact, the first time we stopped there was upon arrival and I had one of the best Reuben sandwiches this side of Montreal. Of course, one doesn't go to Bermuda just to eat what we can get at home but how favourably it compared to the real thing impressed me mightily.

Oh, and yes, I did get to eat a really authentic and superbly delicious fish sandwich from Misty's Takeout in Somerset. You always know a place is good if the locals eat there.

It was a wonderful trip and we will be back.

Oct 14, 2011
Higgette in Latin America & Caribbean

Back to Bermuda

Yes, we definitely plan a few picnics and will make breakfasts and lunches for ourselves. Thanks for the reccomendaiton for Bolero.

We are Canadian and have spent most of our lives at the mercy of whatever the American dollar is at when it comes to travel and the value we get for Canadian currency. We are thrilled that these days ours equals theirs - and Bermuda's!

Sep 27, 2011
Higgette in Latin America & Caribbean

Back to Bermuda

Great, thanks. That's actually less expensive than some of the better places here. The American dollar is also at par with ours at the moment so I've obviously picked a great time to travel. See you soon!

Sep 04, 2011
Higgette in Latin America & Caribbean

Back to Bermuda

I tried to find menus on line for both 64 Degrees and Breezes at Cambridge Beaches but neither of the two resorts publish a menu; rather, there is just a vague description of what's on offer. Can anyone give me an idea of the cost of an entree at either place? Thanks.

Sep 03, 2011
Higgette in Latin America & Caribbean

Back to Bermuda

I've heard good things about The Cambridge Beaches. Maybe we can stretch to one special meal. This is really a shoestring vacation but I still need to treat myself. Re: Country Squire; maybe I'm thinking of a different place or it's changed its name since we were last there. No matter. I'll let you all know how it went when I get back. Meanwhile, if you have any other suggestions keep 'em coming. We've talked about getting the ferry to Hamilton one evening. If we dine early I think it's possibly to catch one coming back as well. Saving on cab fare is of paramount importance.

You're creeping me out to think thatthose critters are alive. I thought they were long-dead. I even touched one! Ewwww....

Aug 30, 2011
Higgette in Latin America & Caribbean

Back to Bermuda

Bloody hell! Tio Pepe's is still in business??!!?? Someone should burn that place to the ground. Shall I do the honours? I could be safely back in Canada before they figure out whodunnit and no one will be the wiser - unless, of course, they look here.

Seriously, I did have the sushi at Salt Rock last time we were there and actually liked it but since then I have become a much more discerning sushi fan so thanks for the warning.

Buses don't bother me and the ones in Bermuda are wonderful so thanks for the Port Royal suggestion. My husband is a happy man with a steak in front of him and I'm partial to a good rib eye myself.

Went to the F&O last time and it was only okay in my opinion but I do know the Dockyards has more on offer than that and we have already planned to check them out.

I seem to recall another restaurant across from Salt Rock. It wasn't open for lunch when we were last there. It was very British and pirate-themed. A fish and chips place if I'm not mistaken. Do you know the one I mean? What's the word on that? A bit kitschy I thought but if the food's okay I don't mind and you can't beat a good scoff of fish and chips.

Thanks for the welcome back. I can't wait to get there.

Lastly, those 'suck rock' thingies: you mean they're alive? We thought they were ancient fossils. Gues it proves people really will eat anything when pushed.

Aug 29, 2011
Higgette in Latin America & Caribbean

Back to Bermuda

My husband and I are making a return visit to Bermuda in October. We were there three years ago and had the regrettable experience of eating in Bermuda's worst restaurants, or so I was told here on this board when I later posted a review. I wouldn't say they were all bad but some were pretty terrible. I have followed the discussions here prettly closely since then and have come to understand a lot more about the food in Bermuda. I wanted to avoid the bad food and outrageous prices of hotel restaurants and get a more local feel this time so we have rented an apartment in Sandys and will most likely do much of our dining in the vicintity of Somerset. We won't be renting scooters - those things scare the crap out of me, and will have to limit our taxi usage. Any suggestions for this area? We had lunch at the Salt Rock Grill last time and thought it was okay.

Aug 29, 2011
Higgette in Latin America & Caribbean

Where can I get a Waffle Maker in Toronto/GTA?

I'm not a huge fan of PC electronic products. I bought a coffee grinder I had to return three times for a replacement because it kept breaking. When the fourth one broke I gave up and bought a Black and Decker. Who, incidentally, make a pretty good waffle iron too. Try Canadian Tire for a complete line of their products.

Feb 02, 2010
Higgette in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I get a Waffle Maker in Toronto/GTA?

Again, these are readuily available. Try the Bay.

Feb 02, 2010
Higgette in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I get a Waffle Maker in Toronto/GTA?

The Bay, Sears, Zellers. In fact, any department store has them. Is there a specific kind you're looking for? Like a Belgian waffle maker or one that converts to a pnini grill? You'll find those kinds pretty widely available too.

Jan 25, 2010
Higgette in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ottawa Chow-ers, Please Help

I think this is the place my nephew worked in while attending U of O. I will definitely check it out.

Jan 23, 2010
Higgette in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ottawa Chow-ers, Please Help

Thanks! We are staying at the Hotel Indigo. How close is that? Without me actually having to look on a map! Teehee!

Jan 23, 2010
Higgette in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ottawa Chow-ers, Please Help

My husband and I will be in Ottawa in May for the Ottawa Race Weekend. We are staying downtown close to Parliament Hill. We would like some suggestions for a good place to carb up on the Friday night before our Saturday race and also a decent pub for relaxing in after the race Saturday evening. Sunday we had hoped to take in something akin to casual fine dining, whatever that means to you. My friend who lives there recommended Atelier but I dislike molecular gastronomy on principle and don't care for one-bite-wonder meals so I don't think that's what we're looking for. We would preder a place that serves local fare in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere with a minimum of pretension and no mains above $30. What do you recommend?

Jan 22, 2010
Higgette in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bibiche Bistro - Horrible!

The cigarette smoke was very weird, but my friend noticed it too. Since it dispersed before our food came it didn't interfere with how I interpreted the food. I still maintain the whole dish was a mess. It was swimming in the heavy sticky sauce, which I perceived to be a port wine reduction with some added demi-glace. It clashed horribly with the mustard sauce that was on the veggies. If you can mash cauliflower with your fork it is indeed overcooked. There can be no disputing that.

I think, on the whole, I prefer a lighter approach to cooking. There were a few too many nut-encrusted dishes and sauce-covered items on the menu to ever tempt me back. I'm glad you enjoyed the food but it is not to my taste and much as I would like to say I would be willing to give it another try, I can't see that happening.

Dec 19, 2009
Higgette in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bibiche Bistro - Horrible!

My mistake. Thanks for the clarification. My friend was very surprised to see the cream and so was I. Now we know better

Dec 19, 2009
Higgette in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bibiche Bistro - Horrible!

I'd been meaning to try this restaurant ever since it re-located to the Beach and never did make it up to Gerrard when it was at it's original location, so it was with some excitement that I went there last night in search of what I hoped would be a bright new star on the boring Queen Street strip.

The first thing both my friend and I noticed when we walked in was that the place reeked of fresh cigarette smoke. I have asthma and I am allergic to cigarette smoke. After we had been there about ten minutes my chest began to tighten and I began to cough. I asked the owner about it and he assured me no one there smoked. I had wondered, since we were seated near the kitchen, if the kitchen staff was sneaking out the back door for a quick one but he said that wasn't so. Soon afterward, however, the smoke smell disappeared, my symptoms vanished and we decided to order. Big mistake!

Although the salads were very good - I had the avocado and hearts of palm and my friend had the pear and walnut - with great tasting vinaigrette and wonderful fresh arugula, the mains did not live up to the great expectations the salads had given us hope of.

Everything on the menu, with the exception of the steak had a very fussed-about-with sound to it - far too much encrusting in nuts for my liking, but we thought we had found some more simple fare with what we ordered. My friend ordered mussels marinaire, which, in my experience usually mean a tomato sauce, but they came swimming in cream. She fished through about 2 dozen shells and found about six mussels. The white cream sauce was too opaque to see where the rest were hiding.

I chose the Partridge in a pear sauce, which turned out to be some sort of heavy, sticky brown-coloured wine reduction with a few soggy pear slices. The partridge had clearly been frozen and was rubbery beyond belief. The bed of lentils it was on was more like a mattress. There were far more than the average person could eat - at least two cups' worth and they were far too al dente. The vegetables were soggy and they, along with the potatoes were napped in some fkind of vile-tasting mustard cream sauce. Such a clash of flavours and inappropriate textures was, to me, clearly the work of someone who never went to culinary school. We told the waiter that we had eaten so little because we are both employed by a leading weight loss company, which is true, but not the reason for the mainly full plates we left behind. When we want to blow calories we know how to do it right.

I don't mind that the place is unpretentious and the prices are reasonable, but dear Lord, couldn't they serve something edible? I tried hard to see what the other diners in the mostly full restaurant were having that would justify the amount of business they had. I saw a few huge steaks that looked cooked to greyness. I could only conclude that most people don't know what good food is. We could have gone to Vi Vetha and had much better value and edible food. Never again.

Incidentally, the smoke smell? It returned while we waited (far too long) for our cheque. I'm still inhaling steroids this morning as I write this.

Dec 19, 2009
Higgette in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone try David Duncan House?

Horrible! I get dragged there by my in-laws who have no idea what good food is. My MIL loves the decor. I keep reminding her you can't eat that. There is nothing edible on the menu and everything is frozen. The salad is served on hot plates. The prices are ridiculous. I have no idea how it remains open.

Dec 19, 2009
Higgette in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hello Chicago Hounds!

Thanks, those look good. I will research them a bit further.

Sep 02, 2009
Higgette in Chicago Area

Hello Chicago Hounds!

Yipes! You're right. My bad. Like I said, only been there once but lived in L.A. for five years so that could be where the mistake arose. Anyway, got any suggestions?

Aug 31, 2009
Higgette in Chicago Area

Hello Chicago Hounds!

My husband and I will be making our second visit to your wonderful city in early October to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Chicago is truly one of our favourite cities, chow-wise and otherwise. Last time we were there we loved Blackbird and would like to find another restaurant with a similar casual approach to fine dining. We are staying at the Hotel Indigo in the Gold Coast. I'm told it's a great neioghbourhood for restaurnats. Anything we can walk to or take a short cab ride to would be wonderful. We'd also appreciate a rec for good deep dish pizza as it is an unheard of commodity here in Toronto where we live. Last time we ate at a pizza joint on the Miracle Mile but I'm told the Gold Coast neighbourhood has everything. We'd also like to know if there is any good barbecue to be had in the vicinity. And lastly, which bars would you recommend in the area? I'm dying for a Goose Island IPA. I think it's one of the best beers I've ever had. Cant' wait!!! Thanks, folks. Love your city!

Aug 31, 2009
Higgette in Chicago Area

Turkey Pepperoni

Loblaws at Eastern and Leslie

Jan 16, 2009
Higgette in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A Good Burger

I absolutely LOVE the burger at the Green Dragon pub in the upper beaches at Kingston Road and Victoria Park. I'm not much of a burger eater but it's the best thing on the menu IMO as well as being just a really, really good burger. I had it twice over the past Christmas break. It has a wonderful smokey flavour which might be barbecue sauce but I wonder if maybe liquid smoke is added to the mix? It's about 8 ounces in weight and I can never finish it. Ask tfor the Kozlic's mustard to put on it too instead of the yellow ball park stuff. They have great sweet potato fries too.

Jan 09, 2009
Higgette in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dinner near Roy Thomson Hall

There used to be an Indian restaurnat called 'Kama' right across the street. Ordering the buffet is a great way to save time. The erotic statueues that line the walls a bit of a hoot too.

Nov 25, 2008
Higgette in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Back From Boston (lengthy)

What we did was order two pizzas from their combination menu. Somehow I thought we would be safe following their suggested toppings. I definitely agree with you on the 'less is more' concept but I was willing to let the house guide me on that one.

Nov 13, 2008
Higgette in Greater Boston Area

Back From Boston (lengthy)

Definittely not. My husband works for Brewer;s Retail, the only outlet for beed in Ontario and he would know. However, we have Mill Street tankhouse ale on tap in some bars and it com es close. Had some last night.

Nov 13, 2008
Higgette in Greater Boston Area

Back From Boston (lengthy)

Not in Canada

Nov 13, 2008
Higgette in Greater Boston Area

ISO Fancy, small Jam/Mason Jars in Toronto

Go to the Bernardin website. They have many different shapes of jars with plenty of decorative lids. You can order on line and they deliver it within a few days.

A fellow canner.

Nov 13, 2008
Higgette in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Back From Boston (lengthy)

Okay, thanks. I wondered about that. This one was a tad stale. But as I almost never eat all the roll or bread from any sandwich, it was okay that I left most of it on the plate.

Nov 04, 2008
Higgette in Greater Boston Area

Back From Boston (lengthy)

I didn't consider Mare terribly expensive but I might have been comparing it to Toronto prices, since we had only just arrived. It was our only dining experience that approximated fine dining so I wasn't overly concerned about the price. I loved the atmoshpere, if not the food at UOH and BC so it was really okay. I have a picture of me smashing the lobster with a rock that has my friends here in stitches. It was well worth going there just for that. As for my husband, he is not a serious chow-er like me - that is, he will eat anything and not complain and we really did have fun. We will definitely be back to Boston one day.

Nov 03, 2008
Higgette in Greater Boston Area