Toulouse Petit – Ranked Favourite Restaurant in Seattle

Grabbed an early lunch at one of my now favourite joints in Seattle,Toulouse Petit. It was chosen as the 5th favourite restaurants in the U.S. on Trip Advisor in 2012. It’s ridiculous how this restaurant could maintain it’s quality yet get so wildly popular, I mean 2400+ reviews on urbanspoon is insane.

We opted for the daytime pre-fixe, 2 courses for $17. It is an absolutely steal.

Coffee
Coffee

First Course

Yellow Beets, Haricots Verts, Toasted Walnuts, Olives and Stilton Bleu Cheese. It had a balanced amount of tang and saltiness. Overall, a refreshingly light salad.

Yellow Beets
Yellow Beets

Crispy Fried Pork Cheeks Confit. The meat was extra lean and yet still very tender. The batter was not thick but, it was harder than I would have liked.

Crispy Fried Pork Cheeks Confit
Crispy Fried Pork Cheeks Confit

Second Course

Crispy Fried Chicken Gumbo, they are famous for the crispy chicken. They must have so much spice in their batter, the chicken skin was out of this world. The gumbo had quite a kick, so half way through this dish my mouth started to burn. I’m not a spice wuss either, I can take spice but, this is a different kind of heat, the kind that heats your entire body up.

Crispy Fried Chicken Gumbo

Housemade Ricotta Gnocchi with braised pork shoulder. Ooo lordy, melt you’re your mouth gnocchi, it was uber soft yet it still had a bit of resilience. Pork had so much flavor and was so tender that no utensils were needed. Both mains were slightly seasoned more than I would have liked. It got too salty near the end of our meal.

Housemade Ricotta Gnocchi with braised pork shoulder
House made Ricotta Gnocchi with braised pork shoulder

They also have one of the best happy hours, dishes range from $4-8. Between 4-6PM and late night 10 – 1AM, daily.
Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge on Urbanspoon

Rock Bottom Brewery – Portland Oregon

After a freakin 6 hour drive I received a city wide text alert warning people to stay indoors due to poor icy road conditions. The whole city was shut down. I was so excited, Portland, Oregon is the mecca for Craft Breweries over 53. We did end up going to a few in the following few days. You can check the full list of Portland Craft Breweries here.

Portland City Wide Alert Text

The only pub that was open was Rock Bottom Brewery. I mean it was a perfectly acceptable place but, I was too pissed to enjoy it. So my apologizes to my server if I seemed a little cranky and thank you for trudging through the 5 inches of snow to come to work. Without you I wouldn’t have any craft brews on my first day in Portland.

Rock Bottom BreweryI was not in the mood to take any pictures of their food. It wasn’t anything really special. Typical burgers and seafood chowder, I have to say though it is better than average compared to typical bar food.In that I mean it wasn’t dripping in grease and batter.

Rock Bottom Brewery on Urbanspoon

Tasty N Alder – Brunch Review

Tasty n Alder is a local favorite, with a focus on local ingredients. Expect line-ups, we went there for brunch the day after the city was shut-down by a snow storm so the menu was limited due to the lack of delivery.

Sicilian Hash​​ with braised pancetta, arrabiata & over easy egg . Overall this was a decent dish, the hash and vegetables were still crispy. After a while this dish became way too salty.

hash- tasty n adler
hash- tasty n adler

Poached apple, bacon and cheese, salty, tangy, smoky and sweet, it was decent but, I would not order this again, it was too run of the mill and expensive for half an apple at $6.

apple cheese bacon - tasty n alderadler
apple cheese bacon – tasty n adler

Tasty n Alder on Urbanspoon

Jean Philippe Patisserie – Chocolate Porn At It’s Best

Vegas to me, is about partying, sleepless nights and food, great food.

Jean Philippe Patisserie located inside Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, is all about bright colors. It’s food porn at it’s best. We began salivating just looking at the desserts. Everything was visually stunning.

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The chocolate dragon and cherry blossoms display is a masterpiece.  I wanted to go inside the display and frolic.

dragon chocolate sculpture

You ready for some food porn?

I’ll start with the savory, the sandwiches although I did not get to try it, was very popular amongst the tourists.

sandwiches

Ok, that’s enough savory….

Ice cream galore and baked goods…

icecream

Colorful Rice Krispies Balls…it’s Christmas all over again.

colorful rice krispies balls

Now here’s the star…..

Chocolates, Chocolates and MORE CHOCOLATES

I’d say it beats Thomas Haas chocolates and you can forget about Thierry. One bite, and I was giddy from a choco-gasim. I had about 5, I was sooo happy.  The flavor was intense. I don’t remember which ones I ate but, I clearly remember how I felt. It might have been because I was semi-awake and running on adrenaline, or because I was so dehydrated but, these were the best chocolates I’ve ever had. My euphoria lasted for about an hour.

fruit chocolates

chocolates

Chocolate shoe sculpture .. you get me, you really get me!

chocolate shoe sculpture

Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie (Bellagio) on Urbanspoon

Cafe Habana – East Village Spanish Joint

During my trip to New York we hit up a few, ok I lied, MANY restaurants. We chose Café Habana a small yet popular Cuban / Spanish joint in East Village. Café Habana is known for their corn and Cuban sandwiches.

Cafe Habana - East Village Spanish Tapas

During lunch time it was packed and we were seated in a cramped corner. Once I tasted their Cuban sandwich they could have sat me on a bus stop for all I cared. It was that good!

Cafe Habana cuban sandwich

The Quesadilla de Pollo was typical and the intensity of the flavours was dull.

Chicken Quesadilla

Next trip back I will be trying the corn.

Café Habana on Urbanspoon

Del Posto – Michelin Star Restaurant Lunch Deal

Michelin star restaurant, Del Posto Lunch Promotion. New York, USA

I asked for restaurant suggestions in New York, almost everyone recommended Del Posto for lunch. I can see why, it was delicious. Del Posto décor was stunning. A two level restaurant that reminded me of opulent Victorian homes with the gleaming cherry oak. They had a personal stool to rest your designer bag. I thought it was a foot stool, that’s how cultured I am.

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The service was impeccable, the FOOD was amazing.

Sorry guys it’s been a while since my trip. I can’t believe I forgot to blog about it. I still do have some pics though.

Tomato Consume, prosciutto wrap appie and I forgot what type of tea sandwich it was.

Amuse Buche

Veal and Tuna
Veal and Tuna
warm cortechino
warm cortechino

This was the best Orecchiette dish I’ve ever had. It was so creamy it just melted in my mouth. It was one of my favourite dishes of the meal. Not part of the set lunch menu.

orecchiette
orecchiette
duck
Duck
Lamb
Lamb

I was obsessed with skate for a while. This was phenomenally cooked.

Skate
Skate

Damn! Chocolate pistachio was sooo good. I am just salivating thinking about it.

chocolate pistachio
chocolate pistachio

Sour Cherry Ice cream was surprisingly refreshing.

Sour Cherry Icecream
Sour Cherry Icecream

Amazing Chocolate Platter, the chocolate covered grapefruit peel was so intense and my friend’s favourite

Amazing Chocolate Platter
Amazing Chocolate Platter

Tip: If you show them 4square you receive a complimentary flute of Champaign.

Del Posto on Urbanspoon

Burger Joint at the Parker Meridian Hotel

Parker Meridian Hotel Lobby Midtown, east, New York, USA. Popular burger joint. Part of Food Persuasion taking on NYC.
burger joint

You need a freaking map to find this burger joint but it’s worth it.

Burger Joint is situated behind curtains in the corner of the Parker Meridian lobby, right beside the concierge desk. There is large sign and you have to walk through a dark makeshift path.

Inside the decor reminds me of a midtown local dive bar, although I doubt anyone here was a local. Most look like tourists. Furnished with wooden bar benches and booths and, celebrity photos and autographs and strewn throughout the walls.
packed house

It was packed, so we decided to take it up to our rooms. (Special thanks to Eman for hooking us with a gorgeous 1 bedroom suite on the sub-penthouse floor at the Parker Meridian)

The burger was juicy, so much more than I expected that the juice squirted all over the front of my shirt. The fries are norm, not anything special the patty itself is a must try.
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fries

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