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Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Best Darn Chili Around

The days and nights are starting to get chilly so automatically I think of Chili!! This is a fantastic recipe that started off from the Best of Bridge and I made a few Changes that suited my taste.
Here it is:

3 to 6 links of Italian Sausage (mild or hot), casings removed
1 large onion, chopped
1 pepper, chopped ( red, green or yellow)
8 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound /500 g of combined ground beef, pork and veal (This makes the differene)
1 tsp/5 ml chili powder ( add up to 2 Tbsp/30 ml if you want it Hot)
2 Tbsp/30 ml brown sugar
1 Tbsp/15 ml ground cumin
3 Tbsp/45 ml tomato paste
1 tsp/5 ml dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
2 bay leaves
1 1/4 cup/300 ml water (or red wine)
2 -28 oz/2- 796 ml cans of diced tomatoes, with the juice
2 -14 oz/2- 398 ml cans of kidney beans, drained and rinse

Brown your sausage and ground meats, add salt and pepper, stir to crumble. Drain (save a small amount of grease) and place the meat in a crock pot.  Add the saved grease back to the frying pan and cook the onions and pepper until starting to get soft, add garlic,salt and pepper and cook an additional 2 minutes. Pour the cooked veggies onto the meat and stir. Add the remaing ingredients to the crock pot and stir once more. Put the crock pot on low and simmer for 4 - 6 hours, on high for 3- 4 hours. The chili can be prepared the night before and placed in the fridge, then set to cook  before you go to work. 8 plus hours on low will be fine since the mixture is cold.  The flavours improve when it is made a day ahead!! Enjoy :)
* Look up my Easy Cheddar Beer Bread to enjoywith the chili*

Friday, 5 September 2014


Sahib on Urbanspoon

A very pleasant Indian Buffet, probably one of the better buffets I have tasted. For $15 you can stuff your self with a nice selection of Indian dishes from Lentil soup to samosa, a few different curries, rice, tandoori bread and yummy desserts like Gulab jamoon.

The service is friendly enough and the food tastes fresh. The place had a lot of customers and I would not hesitate to drop in for a quick already prepared meal.

3 1/2 mmm's out of 5

Restaurant Sahib

Wednesday, 3 September 2014


Ceviches on Urbanspoon

Sitting on the cool boat seats and resting your (non alcoholic) drinks, on a nautical table, in this petite family run restaurant is how your experience will begin.

We sampled a variety of entrees at Ceviches, the Tostones, delicious plantain chips. Taquenos, deep fried fingers of fantastic cheese and Empanadas, hot flaky pockets with seasoned chicken.

We then shared 3 fish tacos, with minced fish and the most amazing seasoning. Unfortunately the taco shell fell apart in your hands making for a messy yet none the less delicious meal. We also shared ceviches, I had a combo of fish, shrimp and octopus. Then I chose mango as my Flavour, there are over 10 to choose from and added it and all the fresh toppings they offered.  Citrus based  fish always makes for a light crave worthy meal! As the waitress recommended we piled the ceviches on top of the plaintain chips. It was fresh, extremely tasty and well worth a visit!

I am planning to try their $7 lunch menu next.

 4 1/2 mmm's out of 5

Monday, 18 August 2014

Villa du Souvlaki

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Best Souvlaki in town? That's what their flyer says and I think it's Right! I had a 2 stick pork souvlaki platter with one of the sticks in a pita. ( $1 extra for the pita)

They start you off with warm garlic bread from a local bakery. Followed by a fantastic platter with a wonderful Greek salad that is perfectly dressed, allowing the fresh vegetables and cheese to speak for themselves. The pita is delicious! The pork is so flavorful, the spices on the juicy meat are fantastic accompanied by a smooth, garlicky tzatziki. The round french fries were yummy dipped in the tzatziki.

The service is Very friendly and attentive, bringing extra napkins - just in case. Start off here and cross the street to Chez Freds and you've got your self a perfect lunch!

4 1/2 mmm's out of 5

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Resto La Bonne Assiette

This is a regular stop for Breakfast when ever we are in Ste-Anne de Madawaska, N.B.

A little off the beaten path but well worth a stop when looking for a place to have a good breakfast. The home made bread - French toast is crave worthy!  Big slices of fresh bread, steaming hot coffee and friendly service is just the right recipe for mornings.

A country restaurant with good, basic home cooking.  3 mmm's out of 5

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Pearl Cafe

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The Pearl Cafe is located in a beautiful home that has an eclectic collection of furnishing. Attention to detail is evident through out, not only in the surroundings but in the menu as well. I love when people are passionate about what they do and the owner is just that. Almost shy when we complemented her but anxious to share the details and proud of what she has produced.

Everything and I kid you not, Everything about my meal was excellent! Beginning with the caramelized butter and soft biscuits, followed by a mouth watering scallop ceviche and finishing with a spectacular meal.

I had the Pan Seared Atlantic Halibut served with  roasted fingerling potatoes, spring veggies and a fabulous bacon and sun dried tomato vinaigrette. There really is nothing as good as fresh fish!  The halibut was tender, flaky and scrumptious, cooked perfectly, cutting easily with your fork. The veggies were colorful and delicious with the vinaigrette. The plate presentation was pleasing to the senses. It smelled wonderful!

I also got to sample the cheese and charcuterie board as well as the Braised beef short ribs. It was one of those meals were everyone is saying  "Mine is so good, you've  got to taste it". The details are what make the difference.
5 mmm's out of 5

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Ye olde orchard Pub and grill

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"This is a proper pub" I was told by my British friend as we enjoyed lunch together. Wooden tables and stone floors as well as a terrace make Ye old orchard pub a comfortable place to hang out.

It has a full menu with fish and chips, bangers and mash and several types of curry and lots of beer to choose from. I shared a chicken curry served with basmati rice and na'an bread, it came with a tossed salad that has a fantastic blue cheese dressing (there were other choices of dressings). The portions are large, the chicken was tasty and there was plenty of rice.

This place is packed during World Cup both inside and out  3 1/2 mmm's out of 5