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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Charlie's Seafood, Lynn

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I love Charlie's clam chowder, in fact, it was one of the things I craved when I was pregnant. Making 3 trips a day to get my fix.

I enjoyed a large chowder just recently (after 20 plus years) and to their credit it was just as good as I remembered! I use to lived in Lynn and while visiting recently, I had the urge for clam chowder. Charlie's came to mind and it did not disappoint me. The chowder is very creamy, there are not a ton of potatoes or clams but the base is so Flavourful, it is pure comfort food!!

The clams are from Ipswich, as the delivery truck outside boasted and the staff is just as nice as I remembered.  4 mmm's out of 5

Monday, 17 November 2014

The Blue Ox, Lynn - Revisit post

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This is still one of my favourite restaurants to go to while visiting the Boston area. Always fresh, well seasoned ingredients that are thoughtfully combined to create an unforgettable meal.  The Blue ox is the perfect place for a group of friends to share wine and have a Fantastic meal!

 We shared a few appetizers, the spicy tuna tartare with cucumber, cilantro and home made potato chips was one that stands out. It was gobbled up before I could have seconds, order a couple of these!

 I then ordered swordfish with asparagus potatoes and my husband ordered pan roasted cod with pumpkin risotto. I took a bite of mine and a bite of his and immediately switched plates. Although the swordfish was good, the cod was outstanding! Lightly battered and perfectly seasoned with a divine pumpkin risotto.Yum! The fish at the Blue Ox is second to none and the over all dining experience is a solid 5 mmm's out of 5.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Mathilde Fays Chocolaterie

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This is such a Cute little place with tasty treats ranging from chocolate to Patisseries. Born in France, Mathilde knowledge of chocolate came from her father and now she honors him as she creates them in her own shop.

There are a few tables as well as an out door terrace and the decor is charming. Enjoying a cafe and patisserie, I watched as the door opened to several regular customers. This spot is a Gem!

4 mmm's out of 5

Friday, 19 September 2014

Restaurant Finocchio

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After a day of apple picking in Oka, we continued on to Ste-Marthe-sur-le-lac and had supper at Restaurant Finocchio. Besides being a bring your own wine restaurant, which is great, they also offer half orders, which is convenient since the portions are huge.

The chef takes pride in what he creates and you can taste it in his food. I had a fantastic Carbonara with Linguini and I can honestly say it was one of the best I have ever tasted! A bit of a surprise considering where this restaurant is located... not in Little Italy. A delicious parmesan cream sauce with pieces of  pancette, onions and egg. Mmm, Linguini Carbonara is one of my favourite types of pasta and I was not disappointed. If you are close by, be sure to check this place out!

4 1/2 mmm's out of 5

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


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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