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Jing Hua: Dim Sum heaven

On a beautiful and sunny Wednesday morning, my Father called me and asked I would like to join him and his good friend for Dim Sum.  My response - Ummm hell yeah, did you really have to ask?  Seriously though, who wouldn't want to be taken for Dim Sum mid week?  I would never say no!  My Dad and his buddy are lovers of Asian cuisine, as am I, and his friend knows all the best spots, so knowing that Jing Hua was one of his go-to Dim Sum joints I knew I was in for a great meal.  

I met my Dad at 12:15 pm and we set off to the south shore to meet our dining partner.  We arrived at our location, a small hidden away Chinese restaurant at the back corner of a shopping center on Taschereau Blvd.  First thought I had was it must be good as the large parking lot was completely full - we managed to find one of the last spots.   Walking into the small restaurant filled with many tables, I immediately noticed that we were the only Caucasians there - second sign that this was going to be an exc…

Bevo Bar and Pizzeria: A blogaversary to remember

About a month back I realized that my first "blogaversary" was coming up.  I couldn't believe that I had been blogging for a whole year already and decided that a celebration was in order.  First thought that came to my mind was I have to do dinner at Bevo Bar and Pizzeria.  I had been dying to try Bevo for months and decided that it would be the perfect place for my special occasion.  Quickly I made a reservation on OpenTable, created a Facebook event and invited everyone and anyone who wanted to celebrate.  All that was left to do was wait.






Two weeks later, the day had finally arrived and I couldn't wait for dinner time.  A couple of people had to cancel last minute, so instead of leaving the restaurant hanging, I called ahead and informed them that we would be two people short.  It's only the proper thing to do!  The hostess thanked me repeatedly for calling to inform them, the night was off to a great start.  We arrived promptly at 7:30 pm and were seated imme…

The Keg:

Steakhouses are one of my favourite restaurants to visit.  I love meat of all kinds, I consider myself to be a meat-a-tarian, and steak is my number one love.  Rib steak to be exact, but I do enjoy a good sirloin or filet once in a while.  On a cold and wet April evening after getting my hair done by the fabulous Sarah at Au Premier on Monkland, ok she's my best friend and needed a model that evening, we couldn't decide what to feed our starving stomachs.  With my hair all done up we decided we couldn't waste the evening and had to go out somewhere, but deciding where was a bit difficult.  My darling friend is not a fan of trying anything new, unless it's a steakhouse, so when she kept saying no to all my suggestions, I had no choice but to suggest The Keg.  She had never been and always told me how badly she wanted to try it.  I myself am not the biggest Keg fan or any chain restaurants for that matter, however I have spent many fun drunken and food filled nights out …

Japon Sushi Bar:

Since it's opening years, Japon Sushi Bar has been on my radar and has been one of my go to sushi spots.  One lazy Sunday night as I was deciding what to have for dinner, it dawned on me that I hadn't paid Japon Sushi Bar a visit in a very long time.  To be honest I couldn't remember the last time I had been there so I quickly called in a take-out order headed over to pick it up.

Japon's atmosphere is calm and relaxing, a real zen-like feel.  Their servers are all very polite and well versed in the menu.  They know what to suggest, even for the pickiest of palates, and always make sure that you are satisfied with their suggestions.  This Sunday I decided against any of their tempting Chef's specials and stuck with a few favourites; tuna Kamikaze, spicy tuna, California and the spider roll.  




As I devoured my sushi I kept thinking to myself that even though the sushi was good, it used to be so much better.  The spicy sauce on the spicy tuna used to have more flavour a…

Rustique Pies: Delicious, but where's the filling?

During the warm summer months up north near my country house, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries grow wild and free in many wooded areas.  The blueberries are the most bountiful and picking them is back breaking but oh so worth it.  I really enjoy blueberry pies and muffins, so when I heard of this new Rustique Pie Kitchen that opened in St. Henri, I knew I had to pay them a visit.

After a delicious lunch across the street at Campanelli's, I headed over to Rustique Pies for a little dessert.  Upon entering the quaint little shop, I was greeted with the most delicious smell of fresh baked pies and other sweet treats.  A really delicious smell that immediately caused me to drool.  I quickly decided that the best way to try a little bit of everything was to get a little bit of everything - duh!  I chose the six pie box and selected an array of little pies.  

The lemon meringue was absolutely delicious.  The crust was amazing, perfect - extraordinary!  The filling was just delici…