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Showing posts from October, 2012

Black Strap BBQ: A New Found Love

BBQ joints have been around for years and years and have always brought a hearty cult following. Everyone has their own opinions as to what spices to use, sauce on meat or on the side, bark thickness, smokiness etc (...). When this "famished foodie" heard that another new BBQ Joint had opened in our fair city, I knew I had to bring the foodie tales along for the ride.

Upon entering the relaxed pub-like atmosphere of Blackstrap BBQ you are instantly comforted by the most delicious and intoxicating fumes coming from their open style kitchen. Standing at the counter I quickly glanced over the menu and decided on a little of everything. Mac N cheese balls, brisket, burnt end poutine, beans, coleslaw and a half a chicken. I decided to leave the turkey, pork and pork ribs for another visit as I couldn't possibly eat anymore than I had already ordered.

At Blackstrap they serve it up casual style in tray pans fully loaded to the rims. They offer all sorts of combination o…

Beaver Hall

Going through my blog the other day I realized that I had never posted this great entry about my birthday at Beaver Hall. It's a few months, ok five months old but I can still taste that scampi butter served atop my filet. Naturally after seeing this post, I decided it was time for a re-visit so this past Saturday my friend and I headed back to Beaver Hall. Two posts in one! Enjoy!

On Saturday, six of my closest friends and I met up at Beaver Hall for my birthday dinner. One of my friends had previously eaten there for a work affair and ranted and raved on how exquisite her meal was. Naturally I had to discover that for myself. We parked across the street, parking was relatively easy even for downtown, and walked in. We had reservations and were seated immediately.

As we sat down and ordered some drinks, I quickly helped myself to some homemade spicy-pickled cornichons. They were absolutely perfect, crisp, briny and spicy the perfect blend. There were three small mason-j…

Le Fumoir RUBS: a tasty BBQ treat!

On a particularly cold, rainy and chilly Sunday night, a couple of friends and I were in search of some comfort food to warm us up. I suggested BBQ as I kept hearing about the two new places that had recently opened up in town. We decided on Le Fumoir Rubs and called in for a table. We parked a couple of blocks away and quickly walked through the rain. Opening the door to the restaurant we were immediately greeted by a delicious aroma of BBQ; a smokey and sweet smell. I immediately began to drool.
We were seated quite quickly and within seconds our waiter appeared to offer us drinks. I quickly ordered a beer, Moosehead my favorite, and began scanning the menu. We all decided to share the "Bigger than Big: Texan Platter" and then changed our minds as both my friends do not really eat pork.
Two of us ordered brisket, while the other had the beef ribs and a chile for two out of the three of us to share. We all ordered different sides and shared them; mac n cheese, colesl…

Just joined Twitter

Hey followers, if I have any :), just wanted to drop by and let everyone know that I have officially joined Twitter!!! The Foodie Tales will be tweeting daily, hopefully, so follow us @afamishedfoodie !!
We'll try and keep you up to date with all things food; new restos, recipes and hopefully much much more! So join us and tell your friends!

Keep eating and reading!
A Famished Foodie

The food experience: Joe Beef

For the past few months all everyone seems to be talking about is Joe Beef, Joe beef and more Joe Beef. In magazines, food blogs even on television everyone seems to be head over heels in love with Joe Beef. Dare I say it has developed a cult following? The dark yet comforting and relaxed atmosphere and the blackboard menu engulfs you and makes you feel part of Joe Beef. At least that's how I felt.

Before I continue any further, I must say that Joe Beef is not going to be everyones favorite, you need an open mind, an empty stomach and love for adventure. Bringing my best friend, the notorious pickiest eater I know, was a huge mistake, well maybe not. I did get to eat her meal and it was almost better than mine!

Walking into the restaurant for the first time, I was over hyper and excited and couldn't wait to eat. We were shown to our table and encouraged to spend as much time as needed drooling at the enormous chalkboard menu. I should point out that the chalkboard men…