Egg Slut | Dining in Las Vegas

Talk about tasty eats and very satisfying... if you're ever find yourself in the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas (or just make a trip just because...) EGG SLUT IS A MUST!! Whether you need breakfast, lunch, a cure for a hangover, Egg Slut is your best friend for life. The eggs are light, airy, fluffy and super delicious. They have many sandwiches, but hands down you have to try the Fairfax - cage-free soft scrambled eggs and chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and sriracha mayo in a warm brioche bun. If you want to try something different and definitely want to be filled up, be sure to try the Slut - cage-free coddled egg on top of a smooth potato purée, poached in a glass jar, topped with gray salt and chives, served with slices of baguette. All to die for. 

Food: Fairfax - cage-free soft scrambled eggs and chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and sriracha mayo in a warm brioche bun | Slut - cage-free coddled egg on top of a smooth potato purée, poached in a glass jar, topped with gray salt and chives, served with slices of baguette.
Made by: Egg Slut
Location: 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89109 - inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel

The Pig & The Lady | Dining in Honolulu

A new hotspot in downtown Waikiki, Honolulu. The Pig & The Lady serve up vietnamese fare and it's hot and delicious! Their pho was tasty, their chicken fat rice was super hot, and their appetizers were all delicious. A line up outside the door means this place knows what they're doing. You can definitely make reservations, so don't think you have to wait an hour for a table. The cocktails were inventive, the staff were lovely, and the restaurant itself was bumping. It's a little on the louder side, but you'll be busy eating and stuffing yourselves. 

At their chinatown location, located in Downtown Honolulu, the food was superb tasting, and the ambiance was lively. The cocktail featured in our first image below was a rum, coconut, chili pepper and lime cocktail, topped with a basil leaf. It was definitely a unique drink, be sure to ask for a straw... it's a little difficult to manoeuvre with the excess amount of delicious coconut foam. The caviar on ramen eggs were to die for. They were our absolute favourite of the evening. A soft, marinated boiled egg with fried chicken skins and pickled shallots and topped off with caviar - the perfect combination! Find out all the foods photographed at the bottom of this post.

Food & Beverage: All In The Reflexes Cocktail - kohana rum agricole, coconut, lime, chili pepper, basil. Shakshuka - a middle eastern spiced tomato and pepper sauce, soft egg, smokey eggplant, goat gouda cheese, zataar spiced baguette. Crispy Soft Shell Crab 0 inspired from the famous fish dish from Hanoi, marinated in turmeric-galangal, aromatic herbs of dill, shiso, rau ram and mint, house pickles, roasted peanuts, rice vermicielli, mam tom bac sauce. Special: Uni pasta - absolutely to amazing. Sides: Chicken Fat Rice and Chicken Fat Bread - WARNING IT IS EXTRA HOT as it is both made with hot chili oil. P&L Pho - 12 hour roasted brisket, rare beef, stewed bone marrow, fresh ginger, calamansi, scallions, sawtooth herb, chili pepper water, fresh rice noodle. Vietnamese Ice Coffee. Yuzu Semifreddo - cocoa coffee crumble, fresh strawberries, charred pavlova, sugar cured yolk, strawberry yuzu sauce.
Made by: The Pig & The Lady
Location: 83 N. King St / 808.585.8255

WestJet Magazine Feature - Thank You! |

We wanted to write a personal Thank You to the team at WestJet Magazine for featuring us in their September 2016 issue!! It is an honour to be a part of your publication. As well, it is our first published image in print! Thank you again and here it is.

If you missed our blog feature on Etto, click here.

Loam | Dining in Galway, Ireland

Loam was truly a unique dining experience. I traveled to Ireland just over a year ago and had made Galway a stop during the week I was in the country. A small town with great food and people, Galway should be on your places to go to. 

Loam was on the list of things to do. The food sounded amazingly different and all the chefs have managed to create a seasonal, fresh produce, simple but creative menu. There is also a wine bar inside the restaurant, and it's located just off the Eyre Square in the city. 

We had many amuse bouches (that which I cannot recall) however they were all very good. 

The courses we ordered were from the à la carte side, as there were four of us willing to order each item on the menu and rotate (this way you get to try EVERYTHING as oppose to everyone having the same thing on the set menu which the entire table has to participate.)

Service was friendly and wonderful. If we had questions, the staff were very willing to help. Overall we had a great time and enjoyed all the food. If you get the chance to be in Galway, please go and experience Loam. 

Duck hearts, nettle & little gem

Duck hearts, nettle & little gem

Crab, cabbage, yogurt, dill

Crab, cabbage, yogurt, dill

Beef tartare, egg, salted gooseberry

Beef tartare, egg, salted gooseberry

Monkfish, cuttlefish, squid and kale

Monkfish, cuttlefish, squid and kale

Pork belly, malt, turnip and radish

Pork belly, malt, turnip and radish

Cod, hazelnut, broccoli and dillisk

Cod, hazelnut, broccoli and dillisk

Lamb, spring cabbage and saltwort

Lamb, spring cabbage and saltwort

Baby potatoes

Baby potatoes

Brûlée egg yolk, goat's milk, burnt butter and hay.

Brûlée egg yolk, goat's milk, burnt butter and hay.

Rhubarb, buttermilk, milk crumb and sorrel

Rhubarb, buttermilk, milk crumb and sorrel

Made by: Loam
Location: Geata na Cathrach, Fairgreen, Galway

Royal Dinette | Dining in Vancouver

It's hard to believe Royal Dinette has yet to be published on The Gourmoo. Well here we go! 

We cannot count how many times we've visited this Downtown restaurant in Vancouver. Owned by Farmer's Apprentice, its sister restaurant is just as amazing. The Royal Dinette features local ingredients, creating a fresh, farm to table experience. The restaurant is spacious accompanied with a comfortable and chic ambience. It's a fun place to try new dishes that are created almost every day (as the menu changes quite often).

The cocktails (happy hour is a must) are classic and inventively delicious. If you're looking for a unique dining experience and unique menu, Royal Dinette is your place to go.

Below there's a look as to what you might find at this establishment. All the photos are from many visits put together. All their pastas are made in house - they even make their own gluten free pasta which is actually quite fantastic! Their salads are very fresh, sometimes you can find cheese or fish in them - very delectable.

Food: all food varied (take a guess or just go and see for yourself!) 
Made by: Royal Dinette
Location: 905 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver BC.

Founding Farmers | Dining in Washington, D.C.

This place is just buzzing with energy, good food and drinks and fun! If you're looking for a tasty spot for lunch, people watching and great service, Founding Farmers is the perfect place to be.

The enormous lunch menu is filled with starters, entrées and specials (don't forget about the sides!) Of course southern cuisine is a must whenever the menu offers it and the list just goes on and on from deviled eggs to sandwiches to pot roast to pastas (and so on so forth). The question is, how does one choose what to eat?! Well don't hit up this place solo. You need at least two people in order to be able to try everything. They offer chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, skillet corn bread and our favourite that day, a starter of blue cheese bacon dates (which you'll see some of these items listed below). Out of the appetizers we had (the dates, ,deviled eggs, and green fried tomatoes), the bacon wrapped dates were the best and the Chili for an entrée was great. The shrimp and grits didn't have enough grits (sadly) and there was a lot of sauce instead. The cornbread was interesting, we were just missing that typical texture of a cornbread that one would expect... it was more like a cake... (maybe you'll like that sort of thing?) 

They have a section on their menu called "Farmacy" (non alcoholic drinks) and there is a range of milkshakes to mocktails as well as their "Phosphate" which is basically soda water with a tincture of a flavour for that day. They also offer grapefruit soda - perfect for a spring/summer day! 

Overall, Founding Farmers is a great place to gather with friends or for a fun date.

Eat your heart out!  

Food: Green Fried Tomatoes, Blue Cheese Bacon Dates, Skillet Cornbread, Deviled Eggs Classic, Shrimp & Grits
Made by: Founding Farmers
Location:  1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20006

Market Table | Dining in NYC

New Yorkers! If you’re looking for a fun, fresh and tasty place for lunch, Market Table is a great spot to hit up in the West Village.  Last October, I visited my family in New York City, and we had a fantastic lunch here. All the ingredients were in season and delicious. It was very much comfort food but with a twist of sophistication. We started with the quinoa hushpuppies, which were very hot to the touch but extremely unique and paired well with a spicy aioli. We all ordered our own dishes. I had the seasonal butternut squash risotto side dish that was being served at the time. As a side dish, it was a great portion and not over cooked, and the flavours were all there. That butternut squash really shined throughout the dish. Others had the cheeseburger, the grilled flatbread with truffle mushrooms and caramelized onions, and lastly the beef carpaccio with alfalfa sprouts and croutons. All very delectable! 

Overall, the restaurant was very accommodating and helpful with making wine and food choices. We enjoyed the large windows that surrounded the room; it was such a delightful experience.
I would definitely go back any day for a superb lunch. I would also love to try their dinner menu!

PS: Their cocktails are very good and at the time they had a special cocktail of the day! Be sure to make reservations as they do get booked up very quickly. Bon Appetit! 

Food: Quinoa Hushpuppies, Cheese Burger, Truffled Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions Flatbread, Butternut Squash Risotto, and the Beef Carpaccio. 
Made by: Market Table
Location: 54 Carmine Street, New York, NY

Chambar | Dining in Vancouver

If you're looking for a great place for brunch, lunch and dinner, well Chambar is one of the many options in Vancouver. It's great for those who are about to see a show at Rogers Arena, as it's just minutes away from the restaurant. Perfect for cocktails and a great meal.

The menu isn't always changing but it's definitely always consistent with their flavours and service.

The restaurant had a huge makeover - and I mean enormous, as it's now got a huge patio and two floors to the public.

The old fashion is always a great drink at Chambar, as well as their seasonal cocktails that they offer. The frites are real yummy with the aioli that it comes with. With a French influence throughout the cuisine, mussels are always a staple at this restaurant. There seems to always be a duck dish whenever I go, and that's exactly what I get. This one particular time, they served the best cherry clafoutis I've had... it was to die for.

There are plenty of small plates for sharing as well, like the shrimp you see below in a delicate sauce. Overall, the menu is filled with choices for everyone and their tastebuds.

Homemade Pizza | Recipe Of The Day

You wouldn't believe it but it is SO easy to make pizza for yourself or for your friends in a quick and easy manner. 

Thanks to Jamie Oliver, he has a quick recipe on how to make your own pizza dough (or you can go buy premade dough in your local grocery store in the frozen section or dairy section). It's really not that tricky, check it out here.  The recipe also tells you how to quickly grill your own pizza. 

The most successful pizza would consist of fresh ingredients - using fresh mozerella or burrata are great cheese to have melt on your pizza. Peppers and caramelized onions are great for extra flavour. Use freshly picked basil or arugula to make your thin crust pizza pop with colour and with a tasty tomato base, your pizza will be perfect.

Try it! 

Please note recipe provided is different than those pizzas made in the photographs.

Food: Homemade Pizza
Recipe: Jamie Oliver's Quick Grilled Pizza

Banoffee Pie | Recipe of the Day

Here’s one of the most yummy and best whip-cream-filled treats: the Banoffee pie, a traditional English dessert. You cannot go wrong with bananas, dulce de leche, and of course cream! And you can probably guess where this pie got its name from (banana + toffee = banoffee). 

The pastry is made up of butter and biscuits that are crumbled. 

Here is a traditional recipe of the Banoffee Pie from Nestle’s Carnation (condensed milk) website. Enjoy!

Ingredients
For the base:

·       100g butter, melted

·       250g digestive biscuits, crushed

For the caramel:

·       100g butter

·       100g dark brown soft sugar

·       397g can Carnation Condensed Milk

For the top:

·       4 small bananas

·       300ml carton whipping cream, lightly whipped

·       grated chocolate

Level of recipe: Easy | Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 10 mins

For your base: Fill a bowl with the biscuit crumbles. Add the butter and mix together. Using a spoon, place the crumbled biscuit mixture into the base of your tin you’re using to bake the pie. Make sure the sides are covered half way up. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to chill.

For your dulce de leche: Melt all the butter and sugar into a saucepan over a low heat; stir constantly until all sugar has dissolved. Now add the condensed milk and bring to a quick boil for a minute. Again constantly stir until the mixture has thickened and has turned into a golden dulce de leche mixture. Spread over the base and allow to cool for an hour, or until firm and it is ready to serve.

The top: Gently lift your pie from it’s tin and place on a serving platter. Take your banana and slice it in decent slices. Fold half of the banana slices into the whipped cream and spoon over the base. Feel free to decorate your pie however you choose! Grated chocolate is great, some mint leafs too and extra slices of banana to top it off will complete that traditional Banoffee Pie look. 

Food: Banoffee Pie
Made by: homemade by my mum
Recipe from: Carnation, UK