Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The Sparrow (Le Moineau)

5322 Boulevard St-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec


In her opinion:
On our last day in Montreal, we had room for only one meal and that was brunch. Montreal has a real brunch culture...something I truly love. After checking out different possibilities we settled on Sparrow or Le Moineau. We arrived around 10:30 am, so we were lucky to get a table for three without a reservation (the restaurant does take reservation which is a huge plus in Montreal...since a lot of places don't and simply make you line up to wait). The restaurant itself is decorated with church pews, old photographs from the early 1900s, exposed brick and our meals were served on vintage china. I would call it retro chic!

After studying the Summer Brunch menu, I settled on a cup of coffee. The coffee was fabulous. For my main I picked the "Blackstone Benedict" which consisted of two poached eggs, wilted greens, bacon and tomato on root vegetable latkes, herb Hollandaise and tater tots. 

This was very outside the norm for me as far as brunch is concerned. There was no bread or bread-like ingredients! The latkes served as the "English muffins" in this benedict. Latkes are potato pancakes...these were made up of root veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, etc. They had a sweet characteristic to them. The latkes were topped with wilted greens and bacon. This was topped with two Japanese-style poached eggs (onsen tamago) and everything was topped off with a herb Hollandaise sauce which was light and creamy. There was half a lovely roasted tomato on the plate. The tater tots were house-made and perfectly spiced. The dish also came with a small salad which was lightly dressed. This was not my typical eggs benedict...it was refined and delicious.

Overall, an excellent last meal in Montreal. The Sparrow is a great place for brunch in Montreal. So if you are in Montreal or just visiting check it out.

In his opinion:

This is what Edgar ate.

Chicken and waffles - with a fried egg, white gravy and coleslaw.

Edgar gives it 3.5 olives out of 5 rating.

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Monday, 5 October 2015

Reginé Café

1840 Rue Beaubien Est
Montreal, Quebec


In her opinion:
Montreal is a fabulous food city just like any other big city in Canada...Toronto, Vancouver or Calgary. But, what I have noted is that Montreal stands out due to its wonderful large and thriving brunch culture.

My fabulous friend Christian and his foodie friend Julie recommended Reginé Café  This is a fairly new cafe that opened up in the Etienne-Desmarteau area of Montreal. Let me tell you, this place is super chic. I was truly impressed with their web-site and even more thrilled when I walked in on a Saturday afternoon.

I decided that I wanted a mimosa to drink. After all, being in Montreal is a celebration! This one was fruity and sparkly just like I like.

After perusing the menu, I decided on the Mish Mash or omelette of the day - this one consisted of caramelized onions, Quebec cheese curds, bacon and zucchini. It was served with a couple pieces of toasted baguette and fresh fruit.

This was so delicious. I was really pleased with this omelette. It was very substantial and hearty. The bacon, cheese and caramelized onions were a great combo and the zucchini along with the parsley added a lovely freshness to the overall dish. 

I really enjoyed this brunch at Reginé Café. It is a hip happening spot with wonderful food. If you are Montreal...go try out this gem. Thanks Christian and Julie for the suggestion.

In his opinion:

This is what Edgar ate.

Daily special - "Caesar steak and eggs". With a chimichurri sauce and potato. Steak is a beef short rib.

Edgar gives it 3.5 Olives out of 5 rating.

Régine Café on Urbanspoon

Sunday, 4 October 2015


407 Rue McGill
Montreal, Quebec


In her opinion:
Our last dinner in Montreal was suppose to be at the illustrious Joe Beef but the parent card always trumps the foodie card. A reservation for 9 pm is just a little too late for a seven year old. After a mad struggle to figure out where to have a good and memorable dinner in Montreal...Urbanspoon came to the rescue again with their list of most popular restaurants. We picked Holder. This was based on the fact that it was a French bistro and had 86% approval rating.

Holder is in Old Montreal and designed by the late Luc Laporte to look and feel like it's always been around. It's a beautiful airy room! As you walk in you feel like you have been transported to Paris to a busy brasserie.

To start, I order a glass of the 2011 Bourgogne Aligote. This was a great glass of wine...fruity and dry. 

After checking the menu, I decided that I wanted to have the "Salmon Tartare with yogurt and Mujjol caviar" as an appetizer. I had read that the salmon tartare here was one of the best in the city and therefore, I wanted to try it.

It was a very good salmon tartare. Not as good as the one I had had at Garde Manage but still it was very good. I thought it needed a little acidity but other then that it was delectable. I truly enjoyed this appetizer.

For my main, I picked the "Braised Beef Cheeks a la Bourguignonne".

This was absolutely delicious. Meaty, hearty and full of flavour. The meat was melt in your mouth moist and delectable. The mashed potatoes were lovely. The green beans perfectly cooked. The sauce was full of flavour from the bourgogne and the lardons of bacon. 

Overall, this was a wonderful dinner. I truly enjoyed our dinner at Holder. I won't describe it as a good runner up to Joe Beef but an excellent choice all on its own.

In his opinion:

Seared foie gras, gingerbread, red wine reduction and dried fruit.

Lobster ravioli, truffle oil beurre blanc.

Edgar gives it a 4 olives out of 5 rating.

Holder on Urbanspoon

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Schwartz's Montreal Hebrew Deli

3895 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec


In her opinion:
On our way back from Quebec City we decided that we needed a simple meal...nothing too fancy...so on a drizzly night in Montreal we opted for Schwartz's smoke meat sandwiches. Schwartz's is an institution in Montreal and no culinary trip to the city would be complete without at least one visit to this famous deli.

After finding parking on one of the busiest streets in Montreal we stood in line with other foodies and restaurants patrons waiting our turn to sit at communal tables and partake of this legendary smoked meat. After about 20 minutes were were shown in to our table and our orders were taken in a brisk yet friendly manner. This is not a restaurant were you sit and linger enjoying your friends or family. This is a busy place where the idea is to order, eat, pay and get out as quickly as possible so that the people standing in line can get in to do the same.

I ordered a diet coke to drink. I opted out of the famous cherry coke...I'm very particular about my soft drinks! We split an order of fries as a side and I ordered a smoke meat sandwich (you can pick lean, medium or fatty - we picked medium).

The fries were very good. I would say I ate a huge amount of fries in Montreal...I don't usually like to get french fries but these like most of the fries in Montreal did not disappoint. They were crisp, salty and always fresh.

The smoke meat sandwich itself was excellent. You get a huge amount of meat for the size of bread that comes in the sandwich. 
The bread was rye and super fresh slathered with yellow mustard. The smoked meat was delicious. The medium was fatty enough and added extra flavour. It was perfectly seasoned.  I was so full after one of these sandwiches. 

Overall, I enjoyed my Schwartz's smoke meat sandwich. I'm glad we decided to stop here for dinner. It's a great spot and a visit to Montreal is not complete without having a meal here!


In his opinion:

Edgar gives it 3 1/2 Olives out of 5 rating.

Schwartz's Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen on Urbanspoon

We're now a "A He Said - She Said - SOMETIMES" Blog!

Hello followers, friends and foodies:

It has definitely been a while since we posted. I know that you don't want to hear excuses but 2015 has been a crazy year for these bloggers. Edgar (the he said part of this blog) has started his Master's Degree and is in the middle of graduate study hell. I've decided that this blog needs to continue (people keep asking us when we are going to blog again)...so, from now on it will be "A He Said -She Said Blog - SOMETIMES!" That means that I will be posting on my own most of the times and sometimes when Edgar has a minute he will provide his opinion as well. I will continue to post pictures of what he ate and give you an overall opinion of what he thought about the meal with his "Olive Rating"!

In the meantime, I will post quite a few post that were waiting for his review. Thank you for your continued support.


Monday, 19 January 2015

Holiday Tea at Langdon Hall

1 Langdon Drive
Cambridge, ON
519 740-2100

In her opinion:
Any opportunity that we have to enjoy Langdon Hall is a great opportunity! Last year we were unable to experience Holiday Tea because it was sold out before we were able to book but I was on the ball this year and managed to snare a reservation! So on Boxing day...Edgar and I took the 5 minute drive to Langdon Hall!

Tea was served in the Orchard Room in a building across the courtyard from the main house. The smell of burning wood filled the air as we were shown to this adjacent building by one of the friendly Langdon Hall staff. The room was open and bright and the staff were very attentive. Tea was the only thing being served in this room.

After having our water glasses filled, we picked our tea choices. I decided on the Imperial Earl Grey(a blend of Ceylon, India and China tea with Bergamot). 

The Afternoon Tea itself consisted of two types of scones - Sugarplum and Buttermilk Scones served with honey butter, house made preserves and Devon cream. The savouries consisted of "Potato and Herb Shallot on Puff Pastry", "Ham and Gruyere Croissant", Egg Salad on Herb Country Loaf" and "Turkey and Cranberry on Rosemary Milk Bun". The Sweet aspect included "Hazelnut, Spiced Orange Macaroon", "Dark Chocolate and Rose Opera Cake", "Lemon Curd Cake" and "Sable Breton".

Everything was absolutely delicious. The scones were buttery and delicious. The accompanying spreads were excellent. The savouries were delightful. I specifically enjoyed the "Potato and Herb Shallot on Puff Pastry" the most...delectable. As far as sweets, the "Dark Chocolate and Rose Opera Cake" was so incredibly good and my favourite sweet morsel.

Overall, the tea was excellent. I enjoyed the lovely atmosphere, delicious food and good company of Langdon Hall's Holiday Tea. I would recommend this is anyone who enjoys a lovely refined experience. 

In his opinion:

There is really no special reason needed to visit Langdon Hall at any time but Afternoon Tea is always a treat especially since it has been a couple of years since the last time we enjoyed it.

Tea was served in one of the adjacent buildings, in the Orchard Room. It requires a less formal walk and entrance than having it in the Conservatory but with equally sweeping views of this beautiful property. The room is large, covered with windows in two of its sides but lacks a bit of the "ambiance" and feel in comparison to the main building. This room does allow for more capacity and there were a quite a few empty tables throughout the meal. In comparison we couldn't get a reservation last year.

We were greeted by a very attentive server that took our order and was equally efficient in bringing us our tea to get us started. I ordered Harmony Tea. This is a blend of teas consisting of peppermint, chamomile, orange blossoms and allspice. This was the closest to my usual favourite Egyptian chamomile tea and an interesting and pleasant blend.

The Afternoon Tea was served with an assortment of delicacies as described above. I will however point out my ultimate picks of the day but believe me when I say it wasn't an easy task picking favourites out of so many meticulously crafted sandwiches, scones and sweets.

At the top of the list were the delectable "Ham and Gruyere Croissant", the "Hazelnut Spiced Orange Macaroon" and the "Sugarplum Scone", especially when topped with the Devon cream and house made preserves. Special mention also to the "Turkey and Cranberry on Rosemary Milk Bun".

The servers were very attentive ensuring our pots were refilled often and checking in to see if we needed anything else.

The Good: The tea was superb, service was great and the confections delicious.
The Bad: The Orchard Room feels a bit less cozy then other rooms.
The Verdict: Always a special treat and great service at Langdon Hall. Despite it being just around the corner from our residence, it still gives us the feeling of being away somewhere special with every visit. Our main server Ana was exceptional and extremely attentive.

I give it 4 out of 5 Olives as rating

Langdon Hall on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Memphis Fire Barbeque Company

1091 King's Highway #8
Winona, ON


In her opinion:
This last Sunday we drove into Hamilton not quite sure of where to grab a meal. After checking out the Urbanspoon App. we decided that we would give Memphis Fire Barbeque Company a try since it was so highly rated. However, what we didn't expect was that it was in the middle of nowhere...literally. 

After a scenic drive. we came upon this barbeque joint which had been showcased on Food Network Canada's "You Gotta Eat Here" with John Catucci. It reminded me a bit of Flesherton's "The Flying Spatula" to be honest.

We walked in and where seated at a communal long table in the middle of the small room. After reviewing the menu...I opted for a Diet Coke and set about studying the menu.

We decided to share the "Slider Combo" to start. This consisted of one "Nirvana Moo", one "Pulled Pork Sandwich with Smokehouse sauce" and one "Beef Brisket Sandwich".

I have to say that I enjoyed this very much. The brisket sandwich was really good. I also liked the pulled pork sandwich quite a bit But my hands down favourite was the Nirvana Moo burger. This was super tasty and delicious. I also discovered that it is not available to purchase separately from the slider combo.

For my main, I ordered a "Whistle Dog" with a side of "Lori's Mac and Cheese". The whistle dog consisted of an all beef hot dog covered with diced bacon and shredded Cheddar cheese. I opted to get it with mustard and ketchup.

All around a really good hot dog. I found that the amount of bacon and cheese was a little overwhelming but that was just me. The mac and cheese is decadent and absolutely delectable.

Overall, I thought this was a really great place. I would actually like to return Monday to Wednesday to try their fried chicken. If you are out Stoney Creek way...give this place a try.

In his opinion:
Memphis Fire Barbeque Company..the adventure of trying to find this place was half the battle. Why this BBQ place is put under Hamilton eateries on Urbanspoon when it's located in Winona, 30 KM from Hamilton's downtown is beyond me. Well...at least the drive helped increase the appetite that I had been carrying for a couple of hours.

Typically unattractive from the outside, this eatery could very well be a miss by many people. It is; however, popular and judging by the number of cars in the parking lot might be a good start. The interior has no affiliation to the exterior of the building. It is well appointed, spacious and bright with hints of a classy 50's diner but much more updated and fun.

As you walk in there is a souvenir stand that doubles as a host stand and someone behind it can show you to your seat. The seating is predominantly rows of tables which lacks privacy but gives the establishment a familial, comfy feel. I started by ordering a Rickard's White but clearly the beer of choice here is Steamwhistle given all the advertising on the walls and outside.

I was a bit underwhelmed by the menu and even though there were a fair number of selections, nothing was really making me jump out of my seat. We then decided to share some food as that made sense to be able to try more dishes. The Slider Combo was a pulled pork sandwich with smokehouse sauce that was very flavourful and messy (as most tasty things should be). The sauce was good and not overwhelming as some smokehouse sauces can be. The beef brisket sandwich was also good but the brisket felt dry and not as flavourful as I usually like it. Lastly, the "Nirvana Moo Burger" was the surprise I didn't expect. Juicy, packed with flavour and melts in your mouth. A must try but unfortunately not available outside the slider combo. 

For my main I took the waitress advice and ordered the Big Chef Burger. Great recommendation as it is indeed a great burger. Big juicy patties topped with ranch dressing, onions tomatoes, sweet pickles, aged cheddar and diced bacon. I can add that the diced bacon is the cherry on the top on this burger, a must try in this establishment.

The Good: Great BBQ spot, friendly staff and a family approach to BBQ joint.
The Bad: Awkward seating and remote location.
The Verdict: Worth the drive for sure but depending on how far you would have to travel. The food is plentiful in portions and the traditional BBQ feel is present in all the dishes we tried. Great place to stop in on the way to or back from Niagara.

I give it 3 1/2 out of 5 Olives as rating

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