Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hello Seattle! - Tulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge

So this is one of my not-so-secret spots to go to for some late night happy hour.  I've been here with my cousin "S" 3 times, and on all those 3 occasions I've had a fantastic time and a fantastic meal.  I found out about Toulouse Petit because the place was featured on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" - one of my favorite TV shows :). However they featured their breakfast (Bang for the Buck), which I've yet to try... Nevertheless, this is one of my favorite happy hour spots in North America!

One of the dishes we always seem to order is the manila clams, because "S" is just loves manila clams.  I prefer mussels, and pretty much everything else on the menu.  To be honest I tend to go a little overboard with the ordering, but that's just because we don't get that kind of deal here in Vancouver...

So here is what we shared!


Foie Gras with Pineapple - Vanilla Bean Conserva over Savory Pain Perdu

Helix Snails Garlic and Fresh Herbs 

Manila Clams with Spanish Chorizo - "S" Favorite!

Mussels with Saffron and Mustard, Pomme Frites with Aioli - My favorites!

Other things I've tried 
-  Tombo Tuna Tartare with a Horseradish - Truffle Vinaigrette. 
-  Manila Clams Springtime with Fresh Herbs.  

What I'd like to try
-  Fried Spring Okra
-  Classic Mussels a la Mariniere
-  Rustic Duck and Pistachio Terrine (Charcuterie)
-  Pomme Frites with Veal Pan Sauce (not sure what to expect)  

Overall I highly recommend Toulouse Petit for happy hour.  Everything I've tried has been delicious and relatively affordable.  According to their menu, there's Seventy Happy Hour food preparation, and 50 of the items are less than $5.  :) Deal!

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe

Macaroons!!

I had the Hazelnut, Caramel and Pistachio Macaroons

Overall Thierry is a great place for having tea and desserts.  They close around 11pm, so it's a great place to go to for dessert after dinner.  The only problem is that this place is usually packed with people, and they usually sell out of all the good macaroon flavors.  

The Macaroons were pretty good.  The texture of the macaroons were chewy.. in comparison to the macaroons at Thomas Haas, which is softer and more delicate.  Between Thomas Haas and Thierry, I personally prefer the macaroons at Thomas Haas. 

Now its time to go to Paris for some real macaroons!

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Greek Taverna

My Greek, is probably one of my favorite Greek restaurants in town.  The food portions are quite heavy, and I usually end up sharing my meal, with anyone that wants to share...

Heres what I had for dinner...

Starter: Homous and Pita

Kalamari

8 oz New York Steak - Charboiled to perfection, medium rare. 

Overall this is a great place to have a delicious, reasonably priced meal.  The best thing about this place is that it can hold large groups of people, like my family! (we're usually a group of 8-10 people).  My cousin (lets call her "S") loves the potatoes, that is what she comes here for.   "S" always eats the rack of lamb, and she cleans up her side of potatoes.  

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