Bouchon Bistro ~ located in Venetian Hotel ~ Las Vegas, Nevada

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Fabulous classic French food! Excellent service and beautiful French bistro space! We ate breakfast there twice and it is divine. On the weekend we had the ‘American’ – which only an American could eat! Started with an almond croissant with chocolate inside, then eggs with sausage AND bacon, toast, freshly squeezed orange juice and good coffee. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! The attention to detail was superb, the food was delicious, and we will make it here for breakfast on our next and every trip to Vegas. Must try it for dinner next time!
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Cafe Ce Soir ~ for dinner

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Took my buddy from Toronto for a nice dinner. We loved the space, and Chef Cam sent over an amuse bouche while we were waiting. We started with French Onion Soup. It was delicious without being too salty, topped with crouton and melted cheese. Then we had scallops aka Coquille Saint Jacques, served on a generous bed of mushrooms. Alas the mushrooms were cold and the scallops lukewarm, but our waitress whisked them away to re-heat, Cam came over to apologize and offer us a glass of wine. No biggie~ the scallops were worth the wait! For dessert I had a cherry chocolate concoction. One complaint – the coffee was weak and tasteless – 2nd time this has happened. what’s up with that….put more coffee in the drip please! Overall we were very pleased and my friend said this was exactly the kind of place she liked to visit! Chef Cam is an original who experiments with taste and takes risks. I love to support local businesses, especially when someone is so obviously putting his heart into his work. Heartily recommended!

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Segovia Restaurant – Winnipeg

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Wanted to take my buddy from Toronto to a Winnipeg restaurant that would impress. Thought of Segovia. We walked there early as they don’t take reservations. Got there about 5 30 and seated immediately. Had a delicious glass of Cava (sparkling white) while my buddy chose red wine. So far so great!! We started with the chorizo/apples and the batatas. Dee-lish! Friend ordered the duck empanada. We decided to share the ‘bbq chicken’ as it was labelled in the menu, with labneh, olives and lentils. Well, we got a small bowl filled with lentils, a few olives, a dab of labneh, and I had to dig for tiny pieces of sliced chicken. bbq? Who could tell? The pieces were tooo small. Delicious? Absolutely. Deceiving? Absolutely. If I invited my family over for bbq chicken, and tried to get away with a bowl of lentils with a chicken thigh sliced up in it, there would be hell to pay! I think the dish was $14 – so I did expect some meat. Silly me. Once again, it was delicious, but could certainly not be labelled ‘bbq chicken’ by any stretch of anyone’s imagination. Also I thought it would have been nice served on a bed of rice to soak up the delicious sauce. The dish should have been called, ‘lentils with olives, labneh, and a few slices of chicken.’ Dessert was necessary as we were still hungry: cardamom cake – just ok. and the fried thing-y’s that you dip into hot chocolate sauce. Pretty good. Too much dessert in the end. I was grateful my friend expensed the dinner as I thought it was over-priced for the amount of food we ate. The rain let up and we walked out just about an hour after we arrived. And yes, we felt a little rushed…just don’t go there hungry for bbq chicken! http://www.urbanspoon.com/b/posts_map/332/9128/Winnipeg-restaurants

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~~ Pho No. 1! ~

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We go to Pho No. 1 fairly often as it is close to work but only on the days when we have an extended lunch hour.  We always try to get there before noon to beat the rush, get a table, and get the order in quickly. Sometimes that doesn’t even matter…we have easily waited 40 minutes for our 5 soups. (Once I called ahead to order soup at lunch for take-out, but they didn’t even start making it until I showed up. The guy on the phone told me that there were ‘lots of people waiting ahead of me’ but no one picked up food while I was there.) Anyway…I think it’s 147A I’m crazy about – a vegetarian curry soup with a hint of anise… tofu, noodles, cauliflower,veggies and loads of YUM! The restaurant seems to be understaffed and not trained in health considerations. One time the waitress brought our 2 soups with her thumbs firmly in each soup…yech…I would have sent it back but 1. we were hungry  2. we had to rush to get back to work 3. we were trusting the heat of the soup would kill any germs. but seriously….YUK. I only eat the soup or the vermicelli with spring rolls, cause anytime I ordered shrimp or anything else on the menu I developed a “sensitive condition” in the afternoon, nearly needing to go home!! Know what I’m sayin’? So I stick to the soup, thumb and all. It’s very busy in there at lunchtime, only go if you have lots of time because the service is slow and erratic. The price is right, however, and the soup is absolutely deeee-lish!

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Ce Soir ~ ca marche!

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Love this place!! Cozy, warm, clean atmosphere, located on Portage Ave. Cam, the chef and baker, trained in France and it shows! We had dessert. The gateau Rachelle was absolutely delishshshshs! It’s a coconut cake with pineapple cream, and while worth the price, I think a little more generosity on Cam’s part is called for. In other words, it was kind of a small piece of cake. It was topped with something kind of marshmallowy-creamy! The cheesecake looked good but a little low so we also ate a pear poached in red wine topped with home-made blue cheese ice cream!! Adventurous or what? We enjoyed the marriage of the flavors, but it was a one-off for us. I don’t know why they didn’t have coffee, just hazelnut coffee, which we don’t like. So we each had a latte, which was very good and very big. I applaud Cam’s cosmopolitan effort and hope this place is very successful! He was very friendly and enjoyed explaining the lovely treats in the cooler. We will go back soon for some French onion soup, and a sandwich for lunch. Try it, I recommend it as something very different and very high quality.

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Fortune Cooking YUM YUM!!!!

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LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! The food is delish and you can never eat here without taking 2 boxes of food home because the portions are HUGE!!! Our faves: peking shrimp ~ huge shrimp (no batter) with onions and peppers stirfired, almond shrimp, ginger beef, wonton soup, singapore noodles (add some hot sauce!!)…the only thing that has changed lately is the lemon chicken, which has quite frankly started tasting like cardboard…don’t know what happened, it used to be sooo good!! Reasonable prices, fast food service…Love that Mr. Sing is often sleeping in a chair @ a table. Very nice people, Amy will help you with anything! Go early in the evening so you are not disappointed and do not have to wait in line.

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Dessert Sinsations~Good cheesecake ~ Gross cake read on for details friends

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We had good coffee, but had to ask for cream twice. No biggie. Raspberry swirl cheesecake – YUMYUMYUM!!! Wow! deeeeee-lishshsss….Price a bit steep but on par with other cake joints in town. Tre Leche Cake ~ never thought I’d ever have anything bad to say about cake. It was bland, too much cream, and the strawberry had seen better days, all dried up…just saying, Dessert Sinsations, for $9.25 for a piece of cake, I deserve A FRESH PIECE NOT A DRIED FRUIT-ISH PIECE!!! Everyone deserves the best you can make! Smarten up! Now for the worst part, there was a bitter aftertaste that we couldn’t put our finger on. It was like we couldn’t wait to go home to pop a mint or brush the tooth. Not exactly a compliment. YUK YUK YUK  Waitress explained that sour milk was poured onto the Tre Leche cake to soak in. I’ve baked with sour milk before, but never expected anyone to eat it poured onto a cake. Bad sign – the “Baker Wanted” sign in the window. I think I ate the fired baker’s last revenge. Otherwise I can’t explain why someone, anyone would want to eat that yucky cake, never mind paying $9.25 for it!

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Michele’s ~ @ McPhilips St. Station Casino ~ Buffet

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I can only speak about the buffet on Saturday night which features prime rib.  YUM YUM YUM!! Being a lover of rare roast beef, I am happy to announce that there has been a big improvement in the availability of rare beef. AND IT IS DEL-ISHSHS!!!  The mashed potatoes are also dee-lish, more so than the scalloped potatoes (surprise!) and the sides are standard – brocolli with cheese, and veggie mix. There is other meat available, such as fried chicken, or pork, or turkey, as well as pasta, but who cares? WE’RE HERE FOR THE BEEF!!! The desserts have gone markedly downhill lately…many of the nice cakes are no longer available. There is a chocolate fountain with fruit, ladyfingers, and marshmallows, but we like the lemon pie. The service is attentive and polite for drinks/coffee. The value is unbelievable…-roughly $20/person for roast beast, including coffee/soda, dessert, salad, sides, etc and is all you can eat!!! A great deal and YUM YUM!!!!!
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Boston Pizza ~ 1160 Taylor Ave. ~ Winnipeg

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I’ve been to Boston Pizza on Taylor twice in the last week to catch a Bomber game in the lounge. I enjoyed the second visit very much more, due to the pizza being that much better. Why?? The first time we ordered pepperoni and mushroom. The mushrooms were chopped so fine we could barely see them, never mind taste them. So, it was kind of mediocre.

The second time we ordered the pepperoni (very adventurous, lol) and it was excellent! There was lots of crispy pepperoni, lots of cheese, and a thin delicious crust. My friend had a Greek salad that I didn’t have high hopes for, but I was wrong. The salad had lettuce, red onions, peppers, a generous heap of feta, and at least six kalamata olives. It looked delicious!  It was a very generous size considering it was the small size. The service was attentive and polite, and we enjoyed the cameraderie of cheering for our team with the rest of the crowd. Overall an enjoyable social evening with good food and drink. We’ll be back!     Mark – B+

 

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