Posts tagged smoked salmon
Posts tagged smoked salmon
Lunch at the Flying Banzini (round 2)
I was excited to return for a second lunch at the Flying Banzini recently; my first experience was fantastic (see here) and I couldn’t wait to try another of their delicious sandwich creations.
After being warmly greeted by the owner, Dave Scharf (he is so incredibly friendly and helpful!) I placed my order. This time, I opted for the Swing Swing Swing panini, which contains smoked salmon, spinach, red onions, capers and dill cream cheese all on a rosemary focaccia bun. I have an obsession with smoked salmon, so my hopes were high for this panini. It delivered! The classic pairing of smoked salmon, red onion, cream cheese and capers is artfully and skilfully brought together in this panini; there was the perfect amount of each ingredient on this sandwich.
Of course you don’t leave the Flying Banzini without also having one of their delightful mini cheesecakes! This time, I had the pumpkin cheesecake, which came topped with marshmallows - wow! The texture of this cream cheese was incredible: soft, silky and smooth. I managed to scarf it down before I had the chance to take a photo so you’ll just have to use your imagination about what this little gem looked like!
Once again, I’ll be back to the Flying Banzini, hopefully sooner rather than later this time! My next quest is to try one of their soft roll sandwiches…my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
To celebrate Thanksgiving this year, the husband and I went to one of our favourite places, Perspectives restaurant at the Brookstreet Hotel. We know and love their Sunday brunch buffet, and the menu for their special Thanksgiving brunch was just too tempting to resist. Above are a few of our favourite morsels from the brunch, including their incredible roast turkey, buttermilk whipped Yukon gold mashed potatoes, sage and apple stuffing, and turkey and giblet gravy and cranberry sauce. Such a great meal!
Dinner at The 3 Brewers (Les 3 Brasseurs)
While hosting some friends one weekend this past summer, the husband and I thought it would be a good opportunity to try the brand new 3 Brewers location in Kanata. We had been watching it over the past six months or so as it had slowly and carefully been built and had decided to try it once it had opened.
This was the first time for all of us at a 3 Brewers restaurant, which is well-known across Quebec and has had a location in the downtown core of Ottawa for a while now. The restaurant itself is gorgeous: the inside is a big open space with two levels and a giant bar at the far end. Since the concept of this restaurant is a microbrewery, you can see the brewing equipment/apparatus through the glass enclosure in which it is encased.
We chose a table on the main floor of the restaurant, and were promptly greeted by our server. Since this is supposedly the place you go to have a beer, I tried one of their summer beer flavours, the blueberry chocolate beer. Our friend had the sampler, which allows you to taste their five main beers: a white, a blond, an IPA, an amber and a brown. Right away I will admit that I actually don’t really like beer at all, but I was having one of those “when in Rome” moments so I went ahead with it. I guess my expectations were too high (and my palette too immature) but my ‘blueberry chocolate’ beer tasted just like…beer. Oh well. Our friend liked the sampler a lot!
For my dinner, I opted for their seafood open-faced sandwich, which was smoked salmon, shrimp, onions, capers and their homemade spread (avocado, cream cheese, olive oil and lemon) all served on top of a piece of country bread and a garden salad for my side. This meal was…interesting. All of the toppings were fresh and the salad was good, but the whole thing overall was just pretty average. The bread was seemingly just a basic piece of brown sandwich bread and it all seemed just kind of thrown together. So maybe my fault for choosing a weird menu item but I left feeling a bit let down.
The husband on the other hand ordered the roast beef sandwich, and he thought it was delicious! So, to each his own.
I’m not sure I’d return any time soon to The 3 Brewers for a meal, but I may in the future.
Lunch at the Wakefield Mill Inn and Spa
My brother-in-law flew into Ottawa to attend a wedding one recent weekend, and in order to squeeze in a visit, the husband and I offered to pick him up at the airport and drive him to his destination: the Wakefield Mill Inn and Spa. He invited us to stay for lunch to visit and catch up before he had to join the wedding festivities.
Neither of us have ever been to the Wakefield Mill, but I knew that the food was upscale and I was excited to see what the menu had to offer (and, of course, to hang out with my brother-in-law!) We lunched on the patio of the Heron Room Restaurant, which overlooks the MacLaren Falls.
The Heron Room had an extensive wine list, but I was craving a mojito, which came made with fresh mint from the Mill’s garden. It was perfectly sweet and minty! For my lunch, I was tempted by some of the Heron’s Room’s quirky tapas-style dishes, but in the end I ordered the tartare, which was raw and smoked salmon tartare with raspberry mustard, arugula salad and homemade beet and taro root chips. I loved every bite! The salmon was incredibly fresh and plentiful and it paired very well with the arugula and the raspberry mustard.
The three of us enjoyed a lengthy, relaxing lunch on the patio, taking in the gorgeous scenery and peacefulness that the Mill has to offer. The husband and I agreed that we would return on our own to explore everything about the Mill!
Breakfast at the Savoy Brasserie
I love breakfast. It is truly my favourite meal of the day. It is also one of the meals that I most like to eat when dining out!
When I found out that the Savoy Brasserie, which opened this past April, was serving breakfast, I was excited to see what their take on the so-called most important meal of the day was going to be.
There is a breakfast and a brunch/lunch menu at the Savoy; the breakfast menu starts at 9 a.m. on the weekends, and the brunch/lunch menu begins at 11 a.m. The brunch menu goes beyond eggs and bacon, pancakes etc. into the area of soups and sandwiches and other delicious goodies. Since we were there quite early, we were only able to order from the breakfast menu.
My choice was easy: I went for the eggs Norwegian, which was smoked salmon eggs benedict served on a savoury biscuit. I was fairly satisfied with my choice, but I do have a couple complaints: everything on my plate was fairly cool in temperature for my liking. I also would have liked a side - maybe a few homefries - something more than just three little sad pieces of fruit. Alas, despite these little complaints, the biscuits were tasty, the eggs were cooked perfectly and the Hollandaise was delicious.
The husband ordered the “S” breakfast, which is your basic two egg breakfast with your choice of bacon, ham or sausage served with homefries and toast. He found the breakfast to be very average and found that many of his homefries were undercooked (from their appearance they seemed to be cooked on a flat top as opposed to being deep fried).
I’d like to go back to try dinner at the Savoy as perhaps breakfast isn’t their sweet spot. If I did go back for breakfast, I’d likely go back after 11 a.m. so that I could try their brunch items like the croque monsieur or the seafood ceviche. One thing that I absolutely loved about the Savoy was the ambiance and the gorgeous windows lining the restaurant looking out over Richmond Road. They did a great job designing the layout and choosing all of the little design details that make this feel like a real French brasserie! (Well, as real as it can get in Ottawa! haha)
Honeymoon breakfasts continued….
By now, you must think that all we did on our honeymoon was eat! Well, you are partially correct, but not completely! haha
We went back to Il Cielo, one of Sandals Emerald Bay’s a la carte restaurants, for breakfast a few times. On this particular morning, the husband tried the coconut apple pancakes and I had the smoked salmon eggs benedict. The coconut apple pancakes were stuffed with fresh apples and cinnamon, and topped with toasted coconut and a golden raisin syrup. They were heavenly. My benedict was also excellent: the yolk was perfectly gooey and the Hollandaise sauce was delicious. We also enjoyed a few accompaniments from the breakfast bar: some fruit, cottage cheese and fresh pastries.
Also, in the photo of the pancakes, you can see a tall silver looking pitcher sitting on the table in the background: one of the great things about breakfast at any restaurant at Sandals Emerald Bay was the endless coffee! They would bring me a piping hot pitcher of coffee and I was as happy as can be! The husband also enjoyed lots of English breakfast tea.
The husband and I had the pleasure of hanging out with our friends and their adorable kids this past Sunday for brunch. As usual, the food was amazing - when the six of us get together, we always pull together the most delicious eats! Among the spread was smoked salmon, smoked duck breast from Bearbrook Farm, bbq’d bacon, fresh fruit, grilled asparagus, egg cups and so much more. We were all stuffed! Thank you to the wonderful hosts for a delightful afternoon! xo
Snack time at Must Wine Bar
We had the pleasure of stopping in for a snack at one of our favourite Byward Market spots this past weekend. We came to love Must Wine Bar after dining there last summer before attending Aziz Ansari’s show at the National Arts Centre.
This time around, we ordered the smoked salmon plate with rye toast, lemon dill ricotta, and pickled Bermuda onions; the daily special, which was a slider with fries; and lastly, the in-house rib eye ground meatballs stuffed with smoked mozzarella and served in tomato Parmesan sauce. Everything was delicious! I especially loved my smoked salmon plate; the salmon was served rolled up in a beautiful rosette.
We will be back at Must again soon - it is a must do while walking around the Market! haha
Dinner at Rare
Some friends of ours met the fiancé and I at Rare one recent Saturday night for an evening out. The four of us had been trying to go to Rare for quite some time; they have been either fully booked or closed on all of our attempts. We finally got a reservation and were very excited to eat!
My first priority was trying one of Rare’s mojitos; I’d been craving a mojito forever (due to the fact that I probably have about one per year). I went with the berry mojito, which was Smirnoff raspberry vodka, muddled mint, lime, soda and cane sugar syrup, topped off with a few fresh raspberries. It was extremely fresh and satisfying (and has covered my craving for a mojito until next year haha).
Described as a steakhouse and bar, Rare’s menu is quite large, with many options from which to choose. They also have quite a generous appetizer menu. I will usually opt for some sort of seafood so I finally decided on the sea scallops. As you can see, it was quite the plate! Five large grilled sea scallops came covered in a layer of rich smoked salmon, topped with a creamy tarragon-infused sauce. All of this was accompanied by fresh grilled vegetables (abundant and delicious) and a little pilaf of sweet pickled cabbage. I was delighted, and everything was delicious!
The fiancé and one of our friends ordered steaks; one with a caesar salad and the other with lattice fries. Both thoroughly enjoyed their meals, and the fiancé added the caesar to his top 5 list.
Our other friend ordered the braised beef ravioli, which was served in a lightly spicy tomato sauce with julienne veggies, and a few slices of garlic toast. She thought it was fantastic! She gave the fiancé and I one of her raviolis to split, and the beef was melt in your mouth tender and delicious.
We all saved some room for dessert, so the fiancé and I shared the berry-stuffed crepe, and our friends had the cookie flavoured cheesecake. Our dessert was just ok for me; nothing too special, but our friends really liked theirs.
Overall our experience at Rare was fantastic - the service was spot on, the ambiance was chill but nice, and the food was plentiful and delicious. We will definitely return!
Breakfast at Eggstyle
The boyfriend and I used to be avid brunch-eating folk. When we lived downtown, we’d go out for breakfast or brunch almost every weekend! All that changed after I perfected my breakfast sandwich recipe and started making weekend brunch for us in the comfort of our own home a while back, so it’s not often that we will eat out for a morning meal. However, when Eggstyle-a new restaurant serving only breakfast items along the lines of Cora’s and Eggspectations-opened up a while back, we thought we’d give it a try.
Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by its very bright yellow and orange interior and decorations and were seated immediately by a friendly hostess. I had no trouble deciding on my order: the smoked salmon eggs benedict, which is served with sliced red onion, cream cheese, and, of course, hollandaise sauce, and comes with homefries, fresh fruit and and warm cinnamon apples. The boyfriend chose the two egg breakfast (scrambled), which is served with bacon, homefries and warm cinnamon apples. Both were fantastic, and absolutely HUGE in portion size - neither of us could finish our meals - and reasonably priced! Everything was cooked perfectly; the boyfriend even said it was the best breakfast he’d had in Ottawa!
Because it was our first time, we decided to go all out and share a one of their waffles to go with our breakfast: we chose the banana chocolate waffle. All I can say is WOW! Two of my favourite things in life are bananas and chocolate mixed together, and I enjoyed this waffle very, very much, as did the boyfriend. The menu goes far beyond what the boyfriend and I ordered: smoothies, freshly squeezed juices, crepes, blintzes, pancakes, omelettes, french toast, breakfast sandwiches and more!
All in all, the service, the food and the atmosphere were all fantastic, and we can’t wait to go back again!
My perfect lunch
I put together this little spread as a special treat to myself one day recently. I was craving a smoked salmon eggs benedict so this combination of ingredients really hit the spot (I can live without the hollandaise - I know, crazy right?) I’ve finally figured out how to poach eggs effectively, so I’m proud of myself for that! I topped a toasted english muffin with slices of smoked salmon, fresh baby spinach, chopped green onion, a poached egg and a sprinkle of smoked paprika. Yum! So satisfying. Served with a bowl of fresh chopped fruit and a big mug of coffee and I couldn’t be happier.
A weekend in Montreal
Please pardon my lack of posts as of late; work has been consuming a lot of my time and energy. But I finally forced myself to take a break to share with you some of my recent adventures!
The boyfriend and I spent the previous weekend in Montreal visiting with my sister (who was attending a conference) and taking in our favourite sights, sounds and treats that the city has to offer. More to come on our amazing dinner at Le Bremner in an upcoming post.
This fabulous spread was a breakfast we enjoyed on one of our relaxing mornings lazing around the hotel. We opted for the amped up continental breakfast, which included glorious items such as smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, mini rolled crepes, freshly cut fruit and endless buttery croissants! Coupled with the amazing view from our table looking out from the 19th floor over the city (sorry, I was too busy stuffing my face to photograph said gorgeous view), it is a breakfast that I will be dreaming about each morning as I stare into my computer screen at work! haha
Brunch at….Gabriel’s Pizza
Yes, I said brunch….at a pizza parlour! An Ottawa institution that is famous for its thick, cheesy pizza also has a number of sit-in locations serving a full range of meals, including breakfast!
There are so many options to choose from on the breakfast menu, but I am partial to my smoked salmon eggs benedict! Usually served with a side of homefries, I opted for a side of fresh fruit instead (and ate some of the boyfriend’s homefries off of his plate - he didn’t need all of them! haha). The boyfriend had the Big Breakfast, which comes with two eggs, homefries, toast, your choice of bacon, ham or sausage (the boyfriend always chooses bacon) and your choice of either two pancakes or two slices french toast, all for $9.95! The best part? All breakfasts include endless coffee or tea. What could be better?
Smoked salmon pizza
During my sister’s recent visit, she had the fantastic idea to make this pizza! She had enjoyed something similar this past summer at Mercatto and thought it would be fun (and delicious) to recreate it. We found the recipe on allrecipes.com here, and the only change that we made was that we used a four cheese blend of fontina, mozzarella, provolone and parmesan (instead of just mozzarella).
I have to say, this was so, so simple and totally yummy. We even decided that it would make a great app cut into easy to hold strips.
My lunch today: open faced smoked salmon sandwich. This is my own little recipe, but I was inspired by one of my famous appetizers, which is smoked salmon and cream cheese on crostini.
I adapted the appetizer to a sandwich size portions and have made this many times for family and friends for both brunch and lunch.
The sandwich consists of smoked salmon (I used President’s Choice) on top of a split multigrain ciabatta bun with a cream cheese mixture (chopped chives, lime juice, cream cheese and greek yogurt) and a dollop of greek yogurt and chives for garnish.