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    OK, then. Amacord in Yaletown is very nice, very authentic with good food. It's a small place, so you'll need a reservation. It's one of my faves, but I haven't been in a couple of years. Friends went recently and said it was good. 1168 Hamilton St.

    There's also some good ones on Commercial Drive. Federicos Supper Club (I think they even have dancing on the weekends, or they used to), Marcellos -- food's good but the service is terrible and slow -- in fact, just about any Italian place on the Drive is gonna be OK or they wouldn't stay in business. Allegro Cafe at 888 Nelson is supposed to be good, Don Franseco on Burrard St. There's that place on Davie -- Luxies? -- that is very popular, too.

    I'd pick Amacord tho, it has a nice intimate atmosphere and Old World service. There are some higher-end ones like La Terrazza, Cioppino's and Il Giardino, but you're looking at some serious coin.

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    Thanks PB. Amacord sounds good. Kind of a bother to have to make a reservation though but I wanted some place nice to have a dinner with hubby. Maybe I'll get to dress and pretty up myself a little

    Can't really afford higher-end places yet, maybe when I start working and make my own dough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moomies View Post
    Thanks PB. Amacord sounds good. Kind of a bother to have to make a reservation though but I wanted some place nice to have a dinner with hubby. Maybe I'll get to dress and pretty up myself a little

    Can't really afford higher-end places yet, maybe when I start working and make my own dough.
    There's also Adesso Bistro, which I've heard is good, but I haven't eaten there. Amacord isn't cheap, but it's within the range you quoted. Go and have a bit of a romantic evening there. It's a very European-style place.

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    I agree with PB - I went to Amarcord and the service was the best I ever had. Parking could be an issue with the RAV line these days.

    I've always had the worst service at Marcello's, but their gnocchi is so good, I put up with it.

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    I know, I LOVE their gnocchi, but I have to work out like mad before and after! I haven't had it in a couple of years, so I guess that means it's time to get some soon.

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    We tried to go to Amarcord last Saturday but yes parking was the issue! We ended up going to White Spot, and hubby had tried to get me to go to SammyJPeppers 2ice that same day.

    Yaletown is having some kinda food festival thing going on for Oct-Nov, too, no luck finding parking at dinner time.
    We are gonna try on a week day when it's less busy. It looked like a cozy little place.

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    Sounds generic but 2 places I have never had before and now I love since coming to MD are:

    Noodles and CO.

    Panera Bread

    So good!

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    We had a weekend in Ludlow recently, which has a lot of good restaurants including several with Michelin stars. We did some internet research before we went and for the Saturday night picked a small Japanese restaurant called Koo, and it was just brilliant. It's very small and has a very small menu, but it was some of the best food I've ever eaten.

    If we'd tried it earlier in our stay in Ludlow we'd have gone again.

    http://www.koo-ook.co.uk/
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    The British list;
    Fast one:
    -London(all Michellin stars):
    Gordon Ramsay's Royal Hospital Road or the Claridges one (celeb haunts)(my fav HELL KITCHEN):

    http://www.gordonramsay.com/royalhospitalroad/

    and Petrus(latest celeb hole)

    http://www.gordonramsay.com/petrus/

    From venison and lamb to duck, fish and cakes.Expect to pay 200-300 pounds for a set course for two.Booking could be 6 weeksor more!


    Maggiore's , for a romantic dinner and a much cheaper Continental experience.Again, I love the food (pidgeon) and it costs about 100 pounds for 2 course meal.
    http://www.maggiores.uk.com/food_dinner.htm
    The Ivy London-everyone heard of the famous celeb hole...not so expensive as GR but hard to book dining seats(6 weeks or more) if you aren't friends with someone.Try the Devon Sole ,at 20-odd pounds per portion-I take that when I'm around.
    Expect to meet Celebs day or night.
    http://www.the-ivy.co.uk/index.asp?area=49&id=57

    (gave you a link to Ivy recipes)


    In the overall UK:
    -My mother- in- law loves most:
    Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons(the 4 Seasons ' Manor),Oxford , ran by celeb chef Raymond Blanc .Michellin stars.
    http://www.manoir.com/web/olem/olem_a2a_home.jsp
    Good duck,beef and all the french desserts,expensive but worthy,the Cornish lamb is a must, set course I think is around 200 for two.Wedding venue
    -My hubby loves:
    The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire. 3rd Michellin in 2004..
    Ran by Heston Blumenthal -great researcher in food, he got some science award for this.Hubby digs the duck and fish , Turbot is veeeryy good, but they rushed us a bit last time, wasn't so happy.
    Heston in from West End, cheerful and just 37-he's sweet.
    **********Voted Best Restaurand In The World for 2005************
    Loved the snail porridge and sardine ice-cream!and the lychee&mango puree.
    http://www.fatduck.co.uk/
    and Waterside Inn ,Bray,Berks (owned by famous chef Michel Roux)
    -all family loves:
    The Punchbowl, Cumbria( up North)-Michellin star
    http://www.the-punchbowl.co.uk/restaurant.htm#
    great place, has an Inn so you can stay overnight,very good and not pricey food.
    From monkfish, to salt marsh lamb and toad in the hole to Sticcky Toffee Pudding WITH ICE-CREAM..a lot of British speciality to enjoy.
    http://www.the-punchbowl.co.uk/restaurant.htm#

    NB:Owner of Le Maison.. is old family friend and owner of Punchbowl is our kid's godfather..so maybe I was a bit influenced.

    NNB:Sorry I didn't mention a restaurant from Wales or Scotland, but I'll have to remember the names...they have very good ones too!!!
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    Smart ass that I am, I'll recommend a restaurant.

    Le Louis XV in Monaco. I went there when the franc was 10 francs on the dollar. The meal was about $125 dollars. Today I'd bet it would be $500.

    They changed all the dinnerware after each course. With the main course they served on Cobalt blue porcelain china.

    NOW WHO'S TAKING ME AGAIN???


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    I just ate at the best sushi restaurant in NYC...Sushi of Gari. There are three locations, but the one I visited is on 46th and 8th. If you do get a chance to go, ask for the tasting menu. It's not your standard sushi fare, although that is quite exceptional as well. The tasting menu, comprised of nigiri sushi, is more avant garde. A few pieces I remember are salmon with miso sauce and tomato, foie gras with sliver of daikon radish and balsamic vinegar reduction, fatty tuna with tofu sauce, red snapper (charred) with fried lotus and some sauce that I can't remember. All the ingredients complement each piece so well.

    Enough rambling...I'm getting hungry!! I can't stop gushing about it to everyone, so I thought I'd share. I visit NYC about twice a year and this restaurant has been added to my must-visit list.
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    I'm back in Houston for the holidays so I have all of my restaurants and I'm loving it!!!


    We go to a little Mexican restaurant called Sylvia's a lot. My mom LOVES it. They have great margaritas and enchiladas. For dessert, there is flan, tres leches, and chocolate tres leches. It's located in a strip center on Westheimer, near the Westheimer/Dairy Ashford intersection, between Dairy Ashford and Eldridge.

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    Default For all you New Yorkers out there...awesome sushi restaurant

    During my most recent trip to NY, I had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant called Sushi of Gari. It is some of the best friggin' sushi I've ever had in my life. Their standard sushi fare is pretty exceptional, but you must must must try their tasting menu.

    Here's a snippet from Travel & Leisure magazine. I've tried all the pieces they mention and they were absolutely fantastic. The pieces are exquisite and are works of art.

    An Avant-garde Master
    At Sushi of Gari and its new offshoot, Gari, in Manhattan, chef Masatoshi "Gari" Sugio, opposite, specializes in innovative flavorings that never overshadow the taste of the fish. Among his 130 radical inventions: tai salad (Japanese red snapper with microgreens, pine nuts and a lotus-root chip); sautéed foie gras with balsamic mousse; bluefin toro with ponzu mousse; marinated tuna with pine nuts on fried nori; marinated tuna with tofu sauce; squid with shiso flowers.
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    In Houston I discovered a new fast food restaurant that I liked. It is called Cane's and they specialize in chicken fingers. The one I visited was located on at Westheimer and Shadowbriar.

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    Okay so my recommends are:

    In Ottawa:

    Best desserts: Oh So Good on Murray St. They have really great cake.

    Pub food: Heart and Crown on Clarence, my favorite there was the fish and chips. Yummy.

    Tex-Mex: Lone Star. I think there is one on Baseline and one on Carling. There fajitas made with homemade tortillas are to die for.

    Steak House: The Keg

    For breakfast one of my favorites was The Lieutenant's Pump on Elgin, they have the best breakfast sausage which I normally don't like but theirs is homemade.

    Fairouz on Somerset for middle east cuisine is very good.

    In Montreal:

    In Montréal there's this nice little fondue restaurant called Alpenhaus it's located on St-Marc's at the corner of Ste-Catherines. I love the place, when I go to Montreal I try to go there.

    http://www.restaurantalpenhaus.com/?lang=EN

    In Quebec City:

    Cochon Dingue, there are 3 in the city. It's bistro type fare, steak-fries, mussels, sandwiches. I love it. And it's not expensive.
    http://www.cochondingue.com/english/html/acc.html

    The Cosmos which is located on Grande-Allée serves great burgers, pizza, pasta and much more.
    http://www.lecosmos.com/#

    Le Casse Crêpe Breton has the best crêpes, it's a very small restaurant and sometimes you have to wait but it's really worth it.
    http://www.fodors.com/miniguides/mgresults.cfm?destination=quebec_city@127&cur_sect ion=din&property_id=99719

    Le Charbon for great steak
    http://www.charbonsteakhouse.com/#

    Caramba for mexican food
    Caramba 1155, de la Chevrotière Quebec City

    Chez Victor is a fancy burger restaurant you'll find practically any kind of burger there.
    http://www.fodors.com/miniguides/mgresults.cfm?destination=quebec_city@127&cur_sect ion=din&property_id=182103

    La Grolla for fondue and raclette
    http://www.quebecweb.com/lagrolla/

    La Piazzetta for thin crust pizzas
    http://www.lapiazzetta.ca/site.htm
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