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.

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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 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.

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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), 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. 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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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Chef in a Box

181 Brant Road
Saint George, ON 


In her opinion:
We recently drove by Chef in a Box on our way home from Brantford and I noticed a lot of people standing around what use to be an old gas station. This made me think that something was up...but I just filed the information away. Then friends of ours asked us if we had tried Chef in a Box. Of course the gas station turned "food truck" of sorts. So this last Friday we took the 12 minute drive to Chef in a Box and let me is awesome.

We opted for a few things to try...we ordered the "lobster mac and cheese", "pork belly double cheese burger" and the "baked meatball sandwich". We also added a "maple creme brulee" to our order.

Let me start with the lobster mac and a word...awesome. Big chunks of lobster in a three-cheese alfredo sauce with a panko crust. It as creamy, delicious and well seasoned. Most importantly this was a bargin at $10.

The pork belly double cheese burger was juicy and delectable. This was a really good burger. I really enjoyed it.

The baked meatball sandwich was also quite good. This was my least favourite of the three things I tried but when you are comparing it to the deliciousness of lobster mac and cheese and the scrumptiousness of the burger it is easy to see why. Having said was still a really good meatball sandwich.

I am really glad that Edgar talked me into the maple creme brulee.  This was dessert heaven. Incredible smooth and tasty. An excellent creme brulee.

I had an opportunity to speak to the owner/chef, Jason Gibson about his culinary experience and how Chef in a Box is his "retirement plan". What a nice guy. I would say that Chef in a Box is a gourmet food truck with really amazing food. Go give it a try...believe me, you'll thank us for this tip.

In his opinion:
One look at the online menu for Chef In a Box is enough to get anyone that genuinely loves food pretty excited. Then you find out that it's a food truck of sorts, sits on an abandoned gas station and a local chef is the brains behind it and not only the curiosity peaks but your mouth will also water.

Arriving at Chef in a Box you get the idea that this isn't your average food truck and definitely not your average setting for a food truck or establishment. Taking advantage of the old gas stations location is a genius move and maybe one of the reasons why there is always a line up when I drive by it.

The menu boasts some pretty impressive food choices that range from "Lobster Mac and Cheese" for $10, 4 choices of Poutine, Pork Belly and Tur-Duck-Hen burgers and Maple Creme Brulee for dessert. Lots of options that would easily make a "foodies" top choice dishes list.

On a breezy Friday evening, just before their closing time, we decided to get a few dishes to share and a dessert to top things off. Packed in to-go containers, the food was as appealing as if it was served on fine china. The location does have a few picnic tables for those wanting to eat "on the premises".

Starting with the Lobster Mac and Cheese I would say that it was top notch. Generous pieces of poached Lobster laid among the macaroni noodles and the three cheese alfredo sauce. The dish feels light but filling at the same time and it is plenty for a one person serving. The texture that comes from the panko bread crumbs on top put this dish to another level. I would probably find it hard to locate another lobster dish that rivals this one, coming from a food truck.

The next dish was the Pork Belly Double Cheese Burger and overall it is a filling, tasty and well thought off burger. The pork belly comes in the form of a topping to the two flame broiled burger patties. Served on a kaiser bun and topped with onions, pickles and tomatoes, this burger is a joy to eat.

Lastly we had the Baked Meatball Sandwich. This sandwich was my least favourite of the day but was still good. The marinara sauce was actually very good and not overpowering as I usually find. The meatballs made of beef, veal and pork are baked and served on an Italian roll with melted Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses on top. Tasty but missing something to elevate it to the quality of the other 2 dishes.

For dessert we had the Maple Creme Brulee. I really should just leave it at that as the name itself says it all...heaven...but I will point out that it was even better than I expected.

The Good: Great food selection from the most unlikely sources, friendly staff and a great location with amazing visibility.
The Bad: That great location happens to be a drawback as well as many people don't venture towards those parts unless they need to. They need to now...
The Verdict: Truly a "foodies" dream for a quick bite or take-out. A gourmet version of a food truck without the Bistro location that you would expect this food to come from. A must try in my opinion and only less than 10 min south of Cambridge.

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

Chef in a Box on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Mother's Pizza

4391 King Street East
Kitchener, ON


In her opinion:
We finally tried the new Mother's Pizza! I think that for most of us having dinner,  it was an attempt to return to our youth. You see Mother's Pizza once existed in Cambridge before it closed in 1989 and went away for good leaving a lot of people with only memories. 

We were some of those people...when I had heard that Mother's Pizza was reopening and that they had picked the old Kelsey's location as one of their new restaurants, I was thrilled. 

This new restaurant opened in April, 2014 to huge line ups going out the door. That was the same situation six months later. We arrived with some friends for an early dinner and were lucky enough to get a table.

Our server took our drink orders right away...I was glad that they had Coke products, so I ordered my usual Diet Coke. After studying the menu, I decided to order from the Mother's Classics Menu. This meant that along with my entree, I could also have a choice of soup or salad (house, Caesar, or Greek), fresh baked garlic bread and a scoop of spumoni ice cream.

I decided on the Lasagna (described on the menu as onions, mixed peppers, mushrooms, meat sauce, fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese) with a Caesar salad.

The Caesar salad came in a small side salad bowl. The salad was actually quite good. The croutons were huge and it was covered in bacon.

The lasagna was nothing like it was described on the menu...I didn't see a single mushroom or pepper or piece of meat for that matter. It was okay...not great...just okay. My homemade lasagna is so much better to be honest. In fact, the frozen lasagna I buy for a quick dinner is even better. Okay, I think you get it...not great lasagna...disappointing is actually what I should describe it as. I just expected better. The piece of fresh garlic bread that came with the lasagna was tasteless...worse garlic bread ever.

The spumoni ice cream was actually quite good. I don't think you can go wrong with spumoni ice cream.

I don't get it. As I was leaving, I looked around. The place was packed. There was a crowd of people waiting to get in. WHY? Was it nostalgia that was bringing these folks in? I can honestly's not the food and I will definitely not be back.

In his opinion:
I will start off by saying that the nostalgia piece was practically nonexistent with me, as I grew up in Europe and only know Mother's Pizza from trying it once in one of the 5 times I visited Canada as a tourist. I recall liking it but then again I practically loved everything about this country growing up, so not a very good gauge.

The structural place is still the old Kelsey's for all intents and purposes, just revamped and with a more inviting feel to it. Lineups and waiting times are still predominant in this establishment as the public seems to still be flocking to it 6 months after it opened.

I was very glad they had Mill St. products and started off with my more than usual Organic pint. As I browsed the Menu I hesitated between choosing between items from the classic menu or just having Mothers traditional pizza. In the end I decided to stick to the classics and ordered the Veal Parmigiana. 

With the classics you get a choice of soup or house salad, Greek salad, or Caesar salad, fresh baked garlic bread and a scoop of spumoni ice cream.
My Caesar salad was very tasty, fresh and topped with big tasty croutons and lots of bacon bits so a great start to the meal.

As my entree arrived, a different waitress yells out Chicken Parmigiana to which no one responded as there was no such order. I proceeded to tell her that a Veal Parmigiana was ordered and she tell me, yes that's what I have in hand. I didn't actually really need to cut into the meat to know that it wasn't veal but I did anyway just to ensure it. They promptly took my plate back and by the time I got my food back from the managers hand, most people at the table were practically done and it's never a good thing to eat your meal alone in a full table.

The Veal Parmigiana was hand breaded fresh veal, fried golden brown, served with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, fresh tomato and fettuccine noodles. I found the veal a bit dry and the cheese melted over it was what was giving it most of its taste. The noodles were well cooked but the marinara sauce was very bland. The garlic bread was not any better, lacking flavour and probably why they push for you to upgrade melted cheese garlic bread.

The spumoni ice cream ended up being the highlight of the meal and was received by everyone in the table with glowing remarks. It was light, fresh, layered properly and very tasty.

Overall the restaurant itself looks nice and given that this was a lot of people's favourite restaurant in the 80's, it will continue to bring massive amounts of patrons, looking to relive those moments of their childhood.

The Good: Our waitress was very attentive and pleasant, the restaurant boasts an inviting and warm atmosphere and the menu is extensive. 
The Bad: Food was not great by any means, mistakes happen in orders but own up to the mistakes instead of trying to make customer eat the wrong food. Every one in our table of 7 was disappointed with the food.
The Verdict: I sat there baffled at why this restaurant was so full and that is all the time. Are we hurting that much for restaurant choices that this is the only thing that comes to mind? Is it still the novelty after only 6 months? Is it the nostalgia of what it represented to people in the 80's? I still would like to try the pizza as it may give me a different outlook on the food served but on this day I didn't so I can only blog about my experience and not what could have been. As I write this blog post the approval rating of this restaurant is down to 26% on Urbanspoon, so I feel like I'm not alone in the disappointment that came from this experience. Maybe what was good in the 80's was just good for the 80's or maybe we just remember things from our childhood differently now that we are "grown ups".

I give it 2 out of 5 Olives as rating

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