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quetzal, toronto

19 July 2019 - 06:20 PM

here is my account of my meal at this downtown toronto hip mexican spot. i was joined by two friends/colleagues. sneak will want to look away but we shared everything we got. the food was good though only some things rose very far past that level. the desserts were a particular highlight. the room is very attractive but also very loud--or it may have been louder for us on account of the four-top seated next to us who all leaned back in their seats and then screamed across the table.


if i lived in toronto i'd probably go once a year.



agrikol (montreal)

05 July 2019 - 02:38 PM

this is the restaurant owned by regine chassagne and win butler of the arcade fire. it serves haitian food in a hip setting. there's an indoor dining room and a large patio. though the kitchen is the same there are completely different menus served inside and out. more traditional, hearty haitian dishes inside and smaller plates of mostly grilled/smoked meat and fish outside. two separate bars and bar menus. this was my group's farewell dinner in montreal. i was meeting friends later at damas so i used it as a light appetizer stop. nothing amazing but if i lived in montreal i'd probably come every once in a while.


full write-up on the blog.



nyc meal planning, second half of august

25 June 2019 - 07:11 PM

we'll be in nyc from aug 16-26. kids will be in tow. not sure what our meal plans will be but sitter availability permitting we're hoping to get away from the kids for a dinner or two. what would be your nominations for places where we could get out at $100-125/head all-in?


suggestions for kid-friendly lunch spots near the museums also welcome. i assume foxface will have developed a chicken tender sandwich by then.

canis, toronto

25 June 2019 - 01:25 PM

dinner at canis tonight was spectacular. the meal of the trip and the best "fine dining" restaurant meal i've had in a while. adrian, i'd highly recommend trying their current menu. i'll have a detailed review in the next couple of weeks.


by "the next couple of weeks" i obviously meant "the next couple of days". here is my review of dinner at canis last friday. a truly excellent meal: inventive, delicious and coherent. my only quibble would be with the placement of one early course.



recent meals in lowertown, saint paul

12 June 2019 - 11:13 PM

first, saint dinette. the conceit is north american food following waterways from canada to the gulf of mexico. not sure any of it hangs together but pretty sure that the meal was both unobjectionable and uninteresting and cost too much for what it was. report here.


then, handsome hog. a southern restaurant opened by top chef and local restaurant alumnus, justin sutherland. some things were pretty good (brisket, mussels, pecan pie, a smoked pork chop, ribs), others were okay (fried chicken, salmon, pork belly). cocktails were inconsistent. and it was way too expensive for what it was. report here.


bonus info: there are some very angry people in the lowertown, saint paul facebook group.