restaurants


I spent a nice 22 hours in Boston last month. We went to see Leonard Cohen, and ended up having two beautiful meals.

We ate dinner at erbaluce. Had a glass of Erbaluce which was really quite good. Clean and crisp. Started with the oysters which were just ok. My dining companion is of the philosophy that you don’t mucky-muck oysters with anything except for a squeeze of lemon. They had served the oysters with horseradish on top. I’m not as picky, but I thought they were just ok. I forgot to ask where they were from.

DC had the soft shell crab which was to die for. I had the fish special, which I cannot remember what it was called. The fish was delicious in the moment and quite forgettable I guess.

The best thing though was dessert. We had turkish coffee that was steeped with cardamom. I had the poached pear in saffron sauce and caramel drizzle.

poached pear in saffron sauce

DC had the orange-chocolate tart. The crust was heavenly.

orange-chocolate tart from erbaluce

The service was outstanding at erbaluce, I would definitely go again next time I’m in Boston.

The other meal we had was breakfast at Mike and Patty’s They specialize in sandwiches and breakfast and are located in a tiny corner of a town-house type structure. The place was packed on Sunday morning, and the service was with a smile. DC had the breakfast torta which looked to die for. I had the Banh Mi Hot Dog, one of the specials of the day. It was a bit of a gamble, but it totally paid off. The Banh Mi Hot Dog had homemade liver pate, a hot dog, pickled veg, butter and some hot peppers. It was really good.

We also got a homemade chocolate doughnut that we split on the bus ride home that was beautifully cakey and very well executed. I’m more of a yeast doughnut woman, but this was pretty satisfying.

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Just got back from 5 days in the Fort Myers area… Lovely tan, ate very well, avoided the swineflu.

oysters from Snook Inn

HUGE oysters we ate on our first night there. Not the most flavourful oysters I’ve ever had, but definitely the biggest. If you’re ever in Marco Island, check out the Snook Inn. Delicious grouper sandwich and cold beers.

One of my absolute favourite restaurants that I’ve been to in Toronto so far is Hibiscus. The place is yummy vegetarian. This ain’t no bland vegetarian (I’m looking at you Rice Bar), but simple, reasonably priced, lovely cooking.

I had the buckwheat crepe with cheddar, pesto, spinach, apples, cinnamon and mango chutney.

buckwheat crepe at hibiscus

Added a salad,

side salad at hibiscus

and a cup of coffee. The whole thing set me back about 11 bucks. By the way, the salad was absolute perfection. A little of everything. Quinoa salad stood out particularly with lots of fresh mint. The staff there is super nice, and the place felt really nice and cozy. Can’t wait to get back there.