Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Over Sauced and Under Seasoned at Chapter One

Sweet corn, smoked potato and buttermilk soup
When looking for places to eat in Dublin, Chapter One was a name that kept popping up, probably because of its Michelin Star status. When I checked out the website, I could see that they had a chef’s table and a tasting menu which looked interesting, so I asked the Visa Concierge to try to book it for Moo. Unfortunately, the chef’s table located in the kitchen is only available to groups of 6 people or more. So instead we opted for a table in the dining room, as our Visa Concierge had been assured that the tasting menu would be available to order regardless.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Going Full English

Traditional English Breakfast
Our goal on this visit to London was to eat a Full English Breakfast. Although we weren’t sure what it consisted of, we luckily enough had friends who lived in London and could take us somewhere that would serve one.

Located not too far from Victoria Station was Kazan Kitchen, although not primarily focused on English fare, they offered a traditional full English breakfast, which as we found out, consists of eggs, bacon, mushrooms, toast, beans, tomato and a Cumberland….  Yup, a Cumberland  which if you don’t know what it is, is basically a large sausage.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Enticing El Rancho Spanish Restaurant

Over the summer, steadfast dining companion, @thepolishviking and I had devised a list of places that we had to try in Edmonton. On the top of the list was El Rancho, which we had previously tried to visit but was closed on Mondays. So off we went one evening with @andrealauder to start on our very long list of places to visit.

Our server for the evening was Dora, who was half owner and half of the kitchen team at El Rancho, along with her mother. She was very knowledgeable, friendly, enthusiastic, and quickly took a liking to the Moo. We opted to take her suggestions and ordered a few appetizer platters so that we could sample a variety of items. She also took the liberty of altering the platters to ensure there was enough for one item per diner.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Peace at Last at Hotel Le Germain

Prox Card Holder to Initiate Lights
After two sleepless nights at Hotel Arts, we opted to move to another hotel to try to salvage our last night in Calgary. On the advice of @Mindfulstream and @lilideluxe whom we had met the day prior, we chose Hotel Le Germain. Being centrally located it was the ideal hotel not only because it was close to the Red Arrow, which we would be taking home the next day, but it would make it stupidly easy to waddle back to our room that evening after what we knew from a previous experience would be a delicious but insanely filling meal at Charcut, the restaurant of Hotel Le Germain.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Wishing for More at the Artisan Resto Cafe

Much needed Mimosa
Located on Whyte Ave, the Artisan Resto Café offers breakfast almost all day, which is exactly what we were looking for that particularly day we were there. They have a large patio, with ample outdoor seating, as well as a large indoor space consisting of a mix of banquettes, tables with chairs, and bar height seating. In one area of their dining room, they have a charming Wishing Tree, complete with fake birds perched within it, a wishing well, and a bird bath diners can throw their coins into in order to make a wish on the tree.

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