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Staycation with Abby, Part 3

Abby and I went for a lovely lunch at the Le Cordon Bleu Signature Bistro.  I can’t believe I’ve never gone before!  The lunch is a great deal.  It’s a prixe fix menu, and you choose an appetizer (from a choice of 2 dishes) and an entrée (from a choice of 2 dishes).  The dessert is set.  The menu changes weekly, so it’s a great way to try different dishes that the Bistro has to offer.  Because I went with Abby, we got to try everything on the menu.  Quite honestly, I don’t remember what we ate, except the dessert.  It was a baked apple with green apple sorbet and my favourite course (hence the feature of this post.)  Yummy!

  

  

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Staycation with Abby, Part 2

I took Abby to a couple of my favourite places when she came to visit.  We went to Ahora’s, a lovely little Mexican restaurant in the market.  It’s where I usually go for dinner when I don’t want to cook.  The food is great quality, portions are filling, and it’s pretty quick service.  Plus, they have this fun salsa bar where you can try a bunch of different salsas.

We also went to Benny’s Bistro for lunch one day.  It’s located in the back of The French Baker in the market.  While I’ve never actually bought anything from the bakery (just haven’t done it yet, but everything looks really good), I’ve eaten at the Bistro many times.  My mentor introduced me to the restaurant, and it’s where we usually go for lunch.  I love it because the menu changes every so often, and there’s always a special.  They get quite busy sometimes, so reservations are a good idea.   I ended up getting tuna, and Abby got some potato thing.  Both dishes were so delicious!

  

(All photos courtesy of Abby)

EM

Staycation with Abby, Part 1

I can’t believe we are already into fall.  Thankfully, we still have some nice weather.  A couple of weeks ago, my friend Abby came to visit me and we had a great few days enjoying museums, shopping, and some great eating (both at restaurants and cooking at home).  We had a fun time at Sunday Brunch at The National Arts Center, at Le Cafe.  I have to say, I’ve been to a bunch of different fancy brunch places, and Le Cafe is definitely one of the best places I’ve been to.  The selection is not as extensive as some other restaurants, but everything they make is done very well.  There wasn’t a mediocre dish.  I was most impressed with the desserts.  I find that a lot of the time that a wide variety of pretty desserts means that taste is sacrificed.   However, at Le Cafe, the desserts were AMAZING!  The mango pudding was Abby’s favourite, but I loved the chocolate mousse-it wasn’t too sweet and had a very light consistency (I ate three of them!)  It was a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.

  

 

 

(Le Cafe photo courtesy of Abby)

EM