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Old 07-29-2012, 06:47 PM   #16
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Those cupcakes look wonderful!! Love anything with BACON!
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:37 PM   #17
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Salut! Those cupcakes look amazing! I'm in! I can't wait for your reviews.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:57 AM   #18
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So two of my friends and I had a week-end shopping/eating get-away. We booked two nights at a Sheraton in Montreal and shopped until we dropped. We *might* have to eat peanut butter for a couple of weeks, until our bank account gets back on track lol! I found plenty of cute clothes for our trip and for work and some brand new Oakley sunglasses.

Friday night, we went to a sushi place: Maïko. We had a 9:30 reservation and were seated right away at a nice window table. The place was pretty packed.

We started with cocktails. I had a Geisha: cherry brandy, curaçao and pineapple juice. This was delightful. My two friends got a frozen pineapple-based cocktail that was really good too but a little sweet. We also got some hot green tea and water.


We perused the extensive menu: chef's specials, sushi per roll, soups, appetizers, à la carte section... and I spotted oysters. My two friends never had oysters and I convinced them to try it.

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Fresh oysters with yuzu sauce, tobiko, shallots, sesame seeds, lemon zest and ginger.

Wow, these were really good. Not as meaty as I like, but kinda smallish. The garnishes really went well with the natural saltiness of the oyster and added some nice texture, especially the caviar that pops in the mouth. I was kind of scared that the ginger would overpower the dish, but it was subtle and lovely. A great start.

We then chose another chef's special: the Volcano.

Four fried sweet potato chips topped with crab meat, goberge, spicy mayonnaise, cilantro, green onions, sesame seeds and tobiko

Again another hit! The chips were crispy on the outside, warm and not greasy at all. Inside, there still was some nice moisture and a great sweet potato taste. The toppings looked like a slaw and I was a little afraid about the goberge (white fish used in imitation crab) as I do not love it, but there was not too much of it, so it was very palatable. Luckily there was much more real crab meat. The cilantro added freshness and the mayo gave just a hint of spicy kick. The chips were also sprinkled with some small purple edible flowers. Beautiful presentation.

We then selected three rolls that are not on the online menu. There was a more "tame" roll made of smoked salmon, cream cheese and avocado selected by my less adventurous friend, a classic tempura shrimp roll and a fabulous scallop and tempura roll.

Rolls (on the left: tempura shrimp and smoked salmon; on the right: scallops)

Starting with the smoked salmon roll: I was a little disappointed of this choice since I find it kind of boring and ordinary. However, the ingredients were really fresh and the avocado shined: it was perfectly ripe, creamy and buttery, just delicious. I wouldn't get this again as there are much more interesting choices on the menu. And I can say the same thing about the tempura shrimp. It was fresh, the shrimp still a little warm, not greasy at all, but overall a bit boring when you consider the other possibilities on the menu. My two friends however, a little less adventurous than me, loved both selections.

Now the third roll was another story. It was delectable. The scallops were small and buttery, perfectly delicate and tasty. The tempura did not overpower them, but added another texture that this roll needed. I would get this again in a flash. It was wonderful.

We did not use any soy sauce with the sushi as we feel it takes away from the taste too much. I did however dab a little wasabi on the smoked salmon and the shrimp tempura roll.

We had also some desserts. We chose the sorbet trio.

And the traditional Banane flambée

The sorbet scoops were evidently pre-formed and placed in the freezer, and you can see the ice formed at the surface. It was so hard that we had to wait several minutes to taste only to discover that the texture was gritty and just off. The server noticed this and removed the plate and comped it.

The Banane flambée I did not taste since I was too full, but my friends agreed it was really good. Not exceptional, but good.

We loved our slow-paced meal here and I can't wait to bring DH to this restaurant. The menu is so extensive and I really want to sample more: there was even a foie gras sushi! Also on the must-try list: soft-shell crab, beef sashimi and urchin.

This also puts Kimono's on the top of my list for our October trip to get a nice sushi fix.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:08 PM   #19
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That sounds like a great sushi place! The scallop sushi looks yummy!
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:16 PM   #20
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Mmmm, I love sushi - and I can't wait to see a Kimonos review, since it's rarely mentioned around here!
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:52 PM   #21
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So today was grocery and meal planning day and I wanted to practice our food pics. We have a great DSLR camera, a macro lens and all but we never practice and tend to take pictures on the fly. I really want to get some practice in before we leave. Now I bumped up the levels on these, but I'm thinking that they might be a little over-saturated when saved for web.

Fist off, a little dish I put together because we had some leftover goat cheese. Now this is just your usual unripened goat cheese sold in a log, that I usually use to cook so I really wanted to bump up the flavor with garnishes. I started by making a orange juice and dried cranberry compote, that can be enjoyed on toast in the morning. I would have added some orange peel, but didn't have some. There is also some roasted chopped salted pistachios drizzled with honey. I served this with some young spinach and sprinkled it with coarse salt. I prefer arugula because it's more delicate, but spinach is DH's absolute favorite and it's so nutritious. This was so good.

Then, I also made some steak tartare with fresh beef filet.This is one of our favorite dishes: english sauce, Dijon, capers, egg yolk, raz-el-hanout (a moroccan spice blend) and sriracha sauce for a little kick. Served again on some spinach drizzled with olive oil and balsamic. This time, I also sprinkled some onion crunch to add some texture and some coarse salt on top. We eat this with some thin toasted and buttered ciabatta bread.

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Old 08-25-2012, 08:19 PM   #22
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Both dishes look really good! I like the idea of adding sriracha sauce to the tartare.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:37 AM   #23
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Joining in! Your list of ADRs looks great, can't wait to read about them after your trip.
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:19 PM   #24
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Okay so while looking over my ADRs, I decided that some needed to be changed to better suit my dietary needs.

October 17th - changed Sci-Fi for Mama Melrose. The Sci-Fi app menu just doesn't appeal to me and has no great protein choice. Plus, they have a dessert made with Nutella at MM, which is like DH's favourite food group, lol!

October 19th - added a late breakfast at Kona. The pulled pork benedict eggs are really intriguing. DH will get Tonga Toast and I'll get the pressed pot of coffee.

October 22th - Changed LTT for The Wave. The lunch buffet seems to be on track only when there is a convention, but the limited à la carte menu still would have some appealing items for me. Plus, we were not feeling the turkey or braised meats at LTT.

October 26th - Added Sanaa lunch and cancelled Paradiso diner. I really want to explore AK and try this place.

Pretty excited about all these changes!

Other places we'll be hitting: Boardwalk Bakery and Sunshine Seasons for breakfast, Starring Rolls for a snack, Kimono's, Aloha Isle, Sleepy Hollow and F&W booths.
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Nice changes! Mama Melrose has been getting good reviews recently, Kona is a breakfast favorite on the boards, The Wave offers some interesting choices (even though the atmosphere isn't exciting), and Sanaa also gets great reviews. I'm excited to hear about Kimonos and F&W, as well.

And I hope you like Aloha Isle! I love the pineapple-vanilla swirl.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:52 AM   #26
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I'm joining in too! I've tried the Samoan at Kona and it is fabulous! Your plans look wonderful and I can't wait to read about them.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:15 PM   #28
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Changes... again...

Thank you for the lovely comments!

So I have some news about our trip.

When I booked it, I didn't check the calendar and planned a Tuesday departure just after what I thought was Thanksgiving in Canada (October 13-16). We traditionally go to the cottage to get some pics of the leaves with the kids during this long week-end. So this week, I finally discovered that Thanksgiving was earlier this year, on October 6-8. I know, I'm just goofy like that sometimes.

Anyway, I started thinking that since it was not Thanksgiving week-end, why not leave on Sunday instead of Tuesday? Except that the rate at the Dophin was 300 $ /night for those dates and even though I really like the Dolphin, I'm not paying that kind of money to stay there. So I jumped on Disney's website and booked a Little Mermaid room for 2 nights.

I also changed our plane tix and we are all set to leave on Sunday, October 14th, @ 7:00 arriving in Orlando around 1:00. That means two complete weeks in WDW!

So I had to make some new plans and ADRS. Here are the changes:

October 14th - QS @ AOA resort, ADR @ Raglan Road for a late dinner

October 15th - Morning at Animal Kingdom, QS lunch at the park, probably Flame Tree, then a late ADR @ Jiko

October 16th - AOA breakfast, Epcot F&W, late ADR @ California Grill

And that's it. Hope I'm finished with the ADR changes, now I'm going to need to think about my packing list...
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:28 PM   #29
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Wo-Hoo for more time at WDW!! And your new ADR's sound good!!
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Yay!!! Two whole weeks at WDW...sounds heavenly to me!

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