Restaurant Reviews

    Alden & Harlow: First Impressions

    Although Alden & Harlow opened in January 2014, I felt bad that I hadn't dined there until very recently. And now that I've dined there, I feel like I've cheated myself out of some excellent meals, and I promise myself to frequent this restaurant more often. As I mentioned yesterday, I recently dined there with a Chilean winemaker and I also attended another wine tasting ...

    4 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

    Bufala: Local Boy Brings it Home

    Wicked Margherita with herbed and spicy oils to match Bufala has landed on the West Side with a bang! A few years back, when I referred to Kerrisdale as a ‘culinary backwater’ the comment was removed by a sensitive editor. But the fact is that, for many years, the explosion of culinary culture that’s engulfed the rest of Vancouver and environs has all but by-passed this tr ...

    4 readers - By Tim Pawsey/ hiredBelly.com

      HAVEN Riverfront Restaurant & Bar Seafood Risotto

      Food & Wine Chickie Insider - - 3 readers - A couple weeks ago, I visited HAVEN Riverfront Restaurant & Bar with some colleagues and once again, against my normal rule of not ordering the same dish at the same place multiples times, I ordered the Seafood Risotto, again. This one one of my favorite dishes of 2013 and after enjoying it again on my last visit, it ...

      Patisserie Kouign Amann – a Montreal Gem

      Food & Wine Chickie Insider - - 3 readers - While I was in Montreal last week, our waiter at Joe Beef urged us to visit Patisserie Kouign Amann in the Plateau neighborhood for its signature pastry, the aptly-named Kouign Amann (Breton for “butter cake”). Apparently, this pastry is available Saturday mornings at various pastry shops in Montreal, but our waiter assured us the one at Patisserie Kouign Amann was THE one to try.

      Rant: Sex, Drugs & Restaurant Reviews

      The Passionate Foodie - - 2 readers - When you describe a restaurant experience to someone, do you use the language of drug use or sex? That choice speaks volumes about the type of food you ate, as well as the the size of your check. I've been immersed in a fascinating new book, The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu by Dan Jurafsky.

      Chef Tim Fischer Finds a New Home at Cosmos

      Food & Wine Chickie Insider - - 2 readers - Me and Tim Fischer It’s always unfortunate when New Jersey loses talented chefs to other states. I was sad to see Chef Tim Fischer leave the Garden State but when I found out it was to relocate back home to Minnesota I was relived as I knew I’d get to sample his delicious food yet again. My company’s headquarters are in Minneapolis and on a recent team meeting up, I message ...

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      Alden & Harlow: First Impressions

      … and sometimes on the menu as well. This is a far larger restaurant than a I expected, with a lengthy bar to your left as you enter the restaurant. It has a homey, casual vibe, and was relatively packed on the Thursday evening that I dined there. I like that they have an open kitchen, which to me is a sign of the confidence of the chef and his team…

      4 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      HAVEN Riverfront Restaurant & Bar Seafood Risotto

      …. The Seafood Risotto is made with Riso Venere, Lobster, Sea Scallops, Shrimps, Sea Beans, Sweet Corn and Mascarpone. The black rice contrasts gorgeously with the rich orange broth and perfectly-cooked seafood. Beautiful dish by Chef Peter Larsen. Double yum – a must have at this Hudson Riverfront elegant establishment. Cheers, Veronqiue…

      3 readers - By Veronique Deblois/ Food & Wine Chickie Insider

      Bufala: Local Boy Brings it Home

      …, scallion and parsley Even though a few confidants suggested it might not fly, Iranzad figured it was worth the risk. “We asked ourselves, ‘What does the neighbourhood need?’ And the answer was clear: some sort of casual dining,” he says. “We also asked ourselves, ‘What kind of food do we love,’ so that it would be genuine on our part, delicious…

      4 readers - By Tim Pawsey/ hiredBelly.com

      Patisserie Kouign Amann – a Montreal Gem

      …While I was in Montreal last week, our waiter at Joe Beef urged us to visit Patisserie Kouign Amann in the Plateau neighborhood for its signature pastry, the aptly-named Kouign Amann (Breton for “butter cake”). Apparently, this pastry is available Saturday mornings at various pastry shops in Montreal, but our waiter assured us the one…

      3 readers - By Veronique Deblois/ Food & Wine Chickie Insider

      Chef Tim Fischer Finds a New Home at Cosmos

      … Me and Tim Fischer It’s always unfortunate when New Jersey loses talented chefs to other states. I was sad to see Chef Tim Fischer leave the Garden State but when I found out it was to relocate back home to Minnesota I was relived as I knew I’d get to sample his delicious food yet again. My company’s headquarters are in Minneapolis…

      2 readers - By Veronique Deblois/ Food & Wine Chickie Insider

      Rant: Sex, Drugs & Restaurant Reviews

      … various food-related words, as well as examining the role of words in everything from menus to restaurant reviews. It is part history and science, psychology and etymology. If you love food, it is an excellent read, one which will intrigue and interest you, as well as make you think of food in different ways. I highly recommend this book and I'll…

      2 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Rant: Dirty Restaurant? No Worries If It's Authentic

      … Evaluations of Restaurants was published in Management Science. The study was conducted by Glenn Carroll of Stanford Graduate School of Business, David W. Lehman of the University of Virginia and Balázs Kovács of the University of Lugano, Switzerland. Their study included statistical analysis of over 724,000 consumer reviews from Yelp (of over 9700…

      By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Rant: Yelp & Extortion

      … is a crowd-sourced business review site, where consumers rate everything from restaurants to nail salons. It has been the center of controversy for years, for a variety of reasons. In the case at hand, several businesses filed a class-action lawsuit against Yelp for civil extortion, as well as violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL…

      4 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Sfixio – Italian Fare at Its Los Angeles Best

      …While on a business trip to Los Angeles a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of dining at Sfixio, an incredible restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills. I found this little gem with a non-descript façade from some fellow food writers who’d discovered it and claimed it’s the best Italian food they’ve outside of Italy. I arrived early…

      AKA Bistro & Restaurant Week

      …The second week of Dine Out Boston has started, and it seems that less restaurants are participating this year. BostInno recently noted that about 172 restaurants are participating, down from 194 last year. During this time, some of the restaurants which are not participating are running their own dining specials, such as AKA Bistro in Lincoln…

      3 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Blue Ox in Lynn: Excellent Neighborhood Spot

      … others to do the same. What did I finally do? I dined at The Blue Ox in Lynn, which describes itself as "an upscale casual neighborhood restaurant" that "offers an approachable American menu." The Blue Ox, which opened in 2009, is owned by Chef Matt O'Neil, a Swampscott native, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York…

      By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Tasting Table at Terre à Terre

      … and Merkato and also at some of the top restaurants in New Jersey. Tuna and Beet Amuse The décor of the 45-seat Terre à Terre leans to French country with light fixtures made from Mason jars, wall artwork featuring local farming and tables dressed in burlap and butcher paper. Over 75% of the food served at Terre à Terre is sourced within a 300…

      Puritan & Co.: Alsatian Wine Advice

      …. They are enjoyable while young but can also age well. They can provide a sense of history, as well as showcase state of the art wine making. At their most basic though, they are delicious. You can read some background info on Alsatian wines here, and also check out my prior Alsatian wine reviews. From those articles, you will quickly see that I am a fan…

      7 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie