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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Dalvay by the Sea - High Tea

Dalvay by the Sea is an elegant Victorian style resort with beautiful grounds and a wonderful restaurant. Staying at the resort allows you free entry into the national park but if you are just going for lunch or high tea you can expect to pay park entrance. A day at the beach after High Tea might be in order to help ease the sting.

Reserve your table and request one by the window so you can fully enjoy the view of the lake. It is a fancy affair so dress up, a group of girls went and we opted for sun dresses.

They begin by giving you a selection of teas to choose from, each has a description and are refilled when requested or if your server is very attentive. Beautiful tea cups and saucers are at each setting and  two people are given a three tier serving platter to share. A description of quiches and desserts are explained with the extremely delicious Sticky date pudding topping the tier. It has been a star of Dalvay's menu for generations,  ask for more rum sauce since they served it a little more dry than usual.

Everything is tasty with some things better than others but it is really the over all experience that you are paying for.  If you are hungry choosing from the lunch menu would make much more sense.

This is a fun, girly, wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

4 mmm's out of 5

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Saint Sushi

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Come early or make reservations because this place will always be packed, it's that good!
A Petite restaurant with groovy music and welcoming staff, Saint Sushi feels like going to a cool friends house that can really cook!

We arrived early, 5 pm not starving but open to recommendations and the waiter was happy to oblige. Suggesting rolls like: Bob Marley Maki, Michael Jackson Maki, The Beatles Maki and as they were delivered, comically described them. 'The MJ roll is white on the outside but black on the inside'. After your first bite you will realize that besides having a sense of humor the chef is very talented and the combo of flavours are nothing less than amazing.

Make sure to try the Christmas tree rolls and the sashimi with apple, both just that little bit different that makes things special! Well worth a visit.

4 1/2 mmm's out of 5

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Malpeque Oyster barn

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Malpeque oysters are world renowned, having them in a Beachy little restaurant on the wharf in Malpeque is heavenly!

Part of the charm of PEI are the back roads, the natural beauty is amazing, rolling hill with red soil and the rich blue sea as a back drop. Enjoy a drive to Malpeque Oyster Barn and feast on their spectacular, edgy home cooking of the bounty from the sea.

I shared a 1/2 dozen small oysters, they can be ordered in large sizes but when eating them raw, I go for small - served with  horseradish.They offer a variety of original  PEI sauces, I have tried them with lemon or cocktail sauce but I don't think they get any better than with fresh grated horseradish. YUM!

I also sampled fish cakes with home made chow, a creamy clam chowder and steaming muscles. All were delish!  A little fish market, on the main floor, sells Fresh from the sea catches. Try a jar of Bar clams, a special treat to shell fish lovers.
The restaurant is small, maybe 10 tables so plan accordingly since this spot should not be missed!

4 mmm's out of 5

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The willow Place Inn

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A corner stone of this quaint town and a popular place to visit. The Willow Place Inn is where you can sit by the water front and admire the view.

 It is almost without exception that I order a salad when I visit the Willow, either the Oka Salad, a friendly nod to Hudson's across-the-lake neighbour with the addition of its fantastic cheese, or the Seafood Caesar. This time I opted for the Seafood Caesar salad, a nice mound of crisp lettuce with fresh scallops, shrimp and crab dressed with a tangy Caesar and a wedge of lemon. It is a perfect summer time lunch, filling but never heavy.

You can choose to sit outside, lounging by the waters edge with a cold beverage or dine in the pub or the dining room. The Willow is an Inn and there are rooms available as well as entertaining ghost stories about the previous inn.

Take a drive to the country and enjoy The Willow for yourself!

3 1/2 mmm's out of 5

Friday, 26 June 2015

Point G

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An egg white turned into a soft, sweet, delectable macaroon - Heaven!  Flavours are varied from lemon to dark chocolate and choosing can be tricky because they all are delish! A good macaroon is not always easy to find, they can be grainy, not the case when you have one from Point G, it is pure bliss.

I also purchased some of their unusual wasabi & ginger vinegar pearls. It was fantastic with scallops! They had a lot of flavors to choose from.

4 1/2 mmm's out of 5

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

La Distillerie

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The use of mason jars for glasses is a signature for La Distillerie,unusual drinks in those jars are a trademark. The menu has a picture of the bartenders who are making your beverages but you need only to look around to choose your drink.

The have a fan base and regulars are sipping their favourite cocktails. Wednesday night was hopping as I am sure any night would be. At first glance I thought 'These are Girlie drinks'  but with a choice of  2 or 4 ounces these drinks are anything but soft! A few non alcoholic drinks are thrown in for good measure.

Sit back and enjoy...Cheers! 4 mmm's out of 5


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Monday, 15 June 2015

Arepera

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This was one of the first restaurants in Montreal that made me feel at home and I am not Venezuelan.
Passionate about their food, genuinely friendly and accommodating makes eating at Arepera an over all pleasant experience!

We had what I would imagine to be a traditional meal explained to us by a Venezuelan and listened to Spanish spoken among the staff, I felt like I was a guest in a different country. A cozy restaurant with open windows, piles of avocados waiting to be made into yummy guacamole and seating that can be made to accommodate any number of people, Arepera is a worth while visit!

 It is 100% gluten free and that in it's self is note worthy. The variety of  sandwiches are served in an Arepa - a gluten free corn bread and the taste is Delish!! The plates vary from meat to vegetarian and each consist of a selection of rice, black beans, feta cheese and plantains plus scrumptious arepa bread. No alcohol at this restaurant but a variety of exotic fruit juices are offered.

A warm hand shake from the owner as we finished our meal, made me feel that I had just been visiting a friend.

A solid 4 1/2 mmm's out of 5


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