The Helm | Dining in Greenwood Lake, New York

Talk about a hidden gem in upstate New York. The Helm is a fun place for all to enjoy good food, beer and cocktails. There's even a bar for those who want to watch their desired team whilst enjoying a local craft beer. Nothing to write home about on decor but it's a quaint dining room with great lighting and partial view of Greenwood Lake. Specials are always written up during the week and their brunch is definitely one of a kind. The portions are definitely hefty but can be enjoyed by all - it's more fun to go with more than just two people so you can try all their foods. Enjoy their poutine with truffle or Cajun poutine, and their smoked wings which you can get with any of four flavours and they offer They smoke their own meat - in the parking lot! The cocktails are handcrafted and their selection of local beers are many to choose from.  Go for the obnoxious Chicken and Waffles - deep fried chicken, on top of a chorizo patty, which is all on top of a waffle - and to top that off, a fried egg! Insane? We should hope so! It's a fantastic spot to dine, so be sure to spend some time at The Helm!

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Food: Cajun Poutine, Truffle Poutine, Smoked Chicken Wings, Champagne Margarita Cocktail, Corn Biscuits with Chorizo Patties, Chicken and Waffles - Deep fried chicken on a crispy waffle, bacon, chorizo patty, and a fried egg with maple syrup and hot sauce to top it off!
Made by: The Helm
Location: 649 Jersey Ave., Greenwood Lake, New York

The Sardine Can | Vancouver Restaurants

Happy New Year!

What a great start in the restaurant world - I finally got to try The Sardine Can in Gastown here in Vancouver.

Known for their spanish tapas, I was very impressed by the level of cuisine that was presented. It really brought me back memories of when I have been in Barcelona. The Gambas was to die for - the sauce was a revelation!! Could not stop dipping my patatas in the sauce... The baked burrata special was so creamy and soft. Wrapped in a ham, it was fantastic to spread on a piece of toast with a prune compote to go with it. Another special served were their veal cheek and potatoes stuffed empanadas - talk about holy yum! Vancouverites: you seriously need to get yourselves to The Sardine Can.

The restaurant is also owned by renown chef in Vancouver, Chef Andrey Durbach and business partner Chris Stewart (La Buca, Pied à Terre, and The Abbey.) I can finally check off all four from my list!

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 Feature: The Sardine Can

Burdock & Co. | Vancouver Dining

Chef Andrea, who used to work at Bishop's (another one of my favourites), offers refined dishes at Burdock & Co.  The restaurant uses organic produce and fresh resources from all over Vancouver. I've been twice already: one for an event with That's Life Gourmet and the second time with friends (which is the feature of this post). The menu is always changing, but every customer of Burdock & Co. are impressed by the creativity of the dishes and how delicious they are. I had a fantastic experience from beginning to end with the company of good friends.  I highly recommend that you visit Burdock & Co. as you will enjoy the cozy atmosphere, attentive wait staff and mouth-watering dishes.

From Aug 6

from top to bottom:

cheese and crostini (no longer on menu) the infamous burdock and co. grits ribs (literally falling off the bone deliciousness) burdock's version of ramen (very good surprisingly, egg is key) and for dessert, milk and cookies (cookies that were HOT and milk was smoky!)

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Restaurant Burdock & Co.

 

Buvette | NYC

Who would have thought to stop into a cafe, on a summer's day in NYC... just about everyone. Checking out new places to eat and drink or boutiques is one of my favourite things to do while I'm in the big apple. Buvette is a little cafe on Waverly Place, that serves fantastic french cuisine. Their cocktails were what actually caught my eye on their website, as they offered classics, moderns, and completely new ones I had never heard of. My boyfriend had a refreshing cocktail made with lemons (can't entirely remember what it was but it was quite delicious). I felt like quenching my thirst after having been cooped up in the apartment and coming out into the hot and muggy city: a Pimm's Cup. It did the trick.

No reservations, but they serve all day: snacks and entrees for everyone. Feeling a little peckish, I decided to order their steak tartare. Very good! Slightly spiced and very tasty.

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner - take your pick! At around 4pm there aren't many people, but enough who are enjoying cocktails and or a light snack before dinner. You might even be able to do some celebrity spotting if you keep your eyes open!

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L'abattoir

Also known as a slaughter house, this chic and funky restaurant in Gas town, Vancouver is a hot spot. Cocktails are super unique and fun to drink as their bar tenders are very friendly – if you’re not sure what to do drink, they’ll for sure help you out. Food is superb and very well presented. Service is great and you will be wowed the second you walk through the doors of L’abattoir with its original structure – a bar downstairs and the restaurant up top, as well as in a deceiving back room behind the bar with large windows. It’s almost like a house that you walk into. Enjoy the photos! Cocktails, Bread basket, Sturgeon carpaccio, Pork shoulder, Watermelon infused with tequila cocktail, Coffee and custard, and Caramelized pain perdu with lemon parfait.

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