Saturday, August 21, 2010

Buca in Toronto

For a fantastic rustic Italian meal for a splurge, go to Buca on King Street West.
Holy moly, was that ever good. From the knots of dough covered in melted butter, to the meat and cheese platter we had, the pizza with the super thin crust, the pasta, etc. - it was all totally top notch and I am salivating just revisiting this meal in my memory from May 21, 2010.

Cafe Pasquales

One place you will never see me go to ever again is Cafe Pasquales.

I understand a touristy popular place will have a wait to get in for a table, but not a 1.5 hour wait for a table!!! Even for a party of 5 + toddler, that was insane and already for me, a bad omen.

Food is mediocre at best. However, the price for the food is outrageous. Outrageously HIGH!
They nickel and dime you for everything there, including sharing a plate costing an extra $2.00, or try getting a half order of one of their $15 breakfast items, and it'll cost you half the price PLUS an additional $2.00. Or how about this - an 18% gratuity is automatically added to your bill for parties of 6 or more - did I forget to mention we went with a 2.5 year old toddler, who ate what I put in her lunch sack? It's just ludicrous. Service there is so-so and very, very slow. If you're hungry, this place ain't for you - portions are small and it'll take a long time for you to get your food.

I will never NEVER ever go there again and can not, in a clear conscience, recommend this place to anyone.

Santa Fe Baking Company (Take 3)

So, a couple of years ago, I decided I couldn't go back to Santa Fe Baking Company for their breakfast burrito.

Well, something this year, made me change my mind and I am SOOOO glad that I did!

The breakfast burrito was all that I wished for and then some.
Green chile, scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, cheese were cooked inside the tortilla to perfection.
But the icing on the cake was that they grilled the entire burrito, thus getting a bit of a crispy crustier tortilla on the outside and it was just DELICIOSO!!!

Thank you, SFBC, for making the changes necessary for me to come back again and again this summer of 2010!!!

Restaurant Martin

It has been too long since I've had such an amazing meal - since May 21st, to be exact, but more on that meal later. :)

Restaurant Martin, here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is my absolute new favorite place to go here in town. Often, I do not know where to go for not only good food, but good service to boot, and R.M. covers both to perfection. Owned by Senor Martin Rios and his lovely wife, Jennifer, this is a show stopping, mouth watering place for a little piece of heaven.

I've gone now, 3 times - twice for dinner and once for lunch - from your chilled avocado/cucumber soup with lobster, risotto with bay scallops/bacon/mushroom/peas, Alaskan halibut tacos, chicken sandwiches, succulent pork loin, juicy beef tenderloin, Colorado rack of lamb, and divine desserts - creme brulee with major specks of vanilla bean, lemon mousse or opera cake, you can't go wrong with anything you order. My big test is the quality of the drip coffee - it is dark roasted but not burnt tasting like a Starbucks cuppa joe. The price - just right - not too expensive and quite frankly, is priced perfectly for what you are getting.

GO GO GO - RUN RUN RUN to Restaurant Martin, you will be in for a treat!