Jan ’13: 涼拌海蜇、韭菜餃子、炒麪、肉炒芽菜、碎牛肉炒紫椰菜、腐乳豬腳、花生豬腳湯

  • 涼拌海蜇
  • 韭菜餃子
  • 炒麪
  • 肉炒芽菜
  • 碎牛肉炒紫椰菜
  • 腐乳豬腳
  • 花生豬腳湯

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Kingston Eats: Pasta Genova

✣ Top pick ✣

I have passed by Pasta Genova so many times and finally got the chance to go in.  This is a lovely little Italian deli.  The owner is very friendly and nice.  The lady at the counter is also very helpful and sweet.  You can buy all sorts of fresh housemade items including deli meat, sausages, sauces, seasonal vegetables, pasta, pizza dough etc.  The store also carries packaged Italian goods.  Their pasta, bread dough, and sandwiches are superb!  Prices are very reasonable for the quality of food you get.  Also kudos for using biodegradable plastic bags 😉

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

0611 Fresh linguine and green garlic pesto (Pasta Genova)Fresh linguine and green garlic pesto
Perfect housemade pasta 🙂

0611 Vegetable focaccia sandwich (Pasta Genova)Vegetable focaccia sandwich
Contains eggplant, tomato, artichoke, olive, red pepper etc.  It’s very well made.  It’s not overly salty.  It has a nice balance of all kinds of vegetables in it without having either one ingredient overpowering the flavour.  The herbed focaccia bread is amazing.

0711 Cannoli (Pasta Genova)Cannoli
Shell is crispy (but strong enough to hold the filling).  The filling is rich, creamy and slightly tangy.  I think they fill the cannoli fresh once you order it.

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Pasta Genova
234 Wellington Street
Kingston, ON K7K 2Y8
(613) 542-6414

Kingston Eats: Golden Rooster Delicatessen

This was the very first restaurant we stepped into when we first pull in Kingston.  It was near closing time so we never got a chance to try it.  Three and a half years later, I finally remembered about this deli and had the chance to eat in this classic staple deli in Kingston.  The owner is of German background.  Line is always long here but service is very quick and efficient.  Get a ticket number and wait in line until you are called.  The eat-in part is self-served.  Golden Rooster Deli serves very solid eastern-European food.  They also have their own tiny bakery section, and during seasonal times you can get a chance to buy specialty products (eg stollen, hot cross buns etc).  The shop also sells many eastern-European packaged food and confectioneries.  You can also buy good quality deli meat, sausages, and bread (with many varieties) here.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

0411 Reuben (Golden Rooster Deli)Rooster’s own Reuben
with fries and coleslaw and Dijon mustard
They really pile up the meat.

0212 Oktoberfest Sausage on a Panini Roll (Golden Rooster)Oktoberfest Sausage on a Panini Roll
with Sauerkraut, Fried Onions, and German Mustard
The sausage was very juicy.

0212 Smoked salmon croissant sandwich (Golden Rooster)Smoked salmon croissant sandwich

0411 Carrot Cake (Golden Rooster Deli)Carrot cake

0311 Homemade Marzipan-Rum Stollen 1 (Golden Rooster) 0311 Homemade Marzipan-Rum Stollen 2 (Golden Rooster)Homemade Marzipan-Rum Stollen
This is a Christmas time specialty.  I finally opened it in March, and it was still incredibly moist.  It also tastes very good, just like how a good loaf of fruitcake should taste like 🙂

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Golden Rooster Delicatessen

111 Princess Street
Kingston, ON
(613) 549-6540

Kingston Eats: The Ruffled Feather Fine Food Café & Deli

I can’t believe we passed by this nice little place and headed for the terrible West 76 Grill the other day.  The ruffled feather is a lovely little deli near the waterfront.  It is open from breakfast until dinner.  Menu is updated daily.  Place is very clean with lots of seating.  Food is decent.  A good selection of cheese and cold cuts are available here.  Many ingredients are taken from local farm or farms in Ontario & Québec.  There are also frozen take-home meals available.  A small but very well-done dessert section is available as well.  It was interesting when I read from the newspaper and found out the owner is the daughter-in-law of the much beloved Golden Rooster Deli.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

0511 Monte Cristo with honey mustard (Ruffled Feather)Monte cristo with honey mustard
A very forgettable sandwich.  Couldn’t taste much of the mustard.  It was also quite dry.  The bread was fluffy and soft.  I think it was being pan fried.  I was actually expecting French Toast for a Monte Cristo 😕

0511 Mango Chantilly Cake (Ruffled Feather)Mango Chantilly Cake
The crumb was very fine and the cake was moist.  The frosting was very well done.

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The Ruffled Feather Fine Food Café & Deli

135 Ontario Street
Kingston, ON
(613) 544-8037

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruffled-Feather-CafeFine-Foods-Deli/116898645038800

NYC Eats: Vive la crêpe!

I visited the Bleecker St location.  The place is beautiful with a chic décor.   Price is on the higher end, but the crêpes are very tasty and filling (with just the perfect amount).  They are light, airy, evenly browned that are just a little crisp around the edges.  This is how good crêpes should be like.  The whole making process is in display in front of you.  Service was quite fast.  The crêpes can be taken as dessert of a complete meal.  Interestingly we met the owners and they were three Mexican brothers who fell in love with the crêpes they had in Paris.  They felt it was so delicious and loved the atmosphere and romance of Paris, that they wanted to bring it back with them so they have a crêperie in their hometown and in NYC as well!

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

1210 Dark Chocolate & Pear Crêpe, Prosciutto Raclette Cheese & Sliced Potatoes Crêpe (Vive la crêpe!)Top: Dark Chocolate & Pear Crêpe
Bottom: Prosciutto Raclette Cheese & Sliced Potatoes Crêpe

1210 Vive la crêpe! 1 1210 Vive la crêpe! 2 1210 Vive la crêpe! 3

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Vive la crêpe!

  • 51 Spring Street, New York, NY, 1012
    (646) 484-6897
  • 114 University Place, New York, NY, 1003
    (212) 242-8483
  • 300 Bleecker Street, New York, NY, 10014
    (646) 449-8830

http://www.vivelacrepe.fr/

Kingston Eats: Geneva Crepe Café

Very well made crepes.  The fillings are well prepared and the crepes are very filling on its own.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

0212 Beef Bourguignon (Geneva Crepe)Beef Bourguignon
A traditional French Classic, slow cooked beef in red wine, fresh herbs & vegetables in a rich sauce wrapped in a crepe and served with whipped potato and carrot puree.
A well-made deeply flavoured beef stew with a rich sauce.

0212 Seafood Lovers (Geneva Crepe)Seafood Lovers
Crepe filled with Shrimps, Lobster and Crab sautéed in white wine, red onions & red peppers in a rich cream sauce over bed of fresh mix green
Have lumps of lobster meat in it.

0212 Paris a la mode (Geneva Crepe)“Paris” a la mode
Poached pears in red wine, Brie cheese wrapped in a dessert crepe with homemade crème Anglaise, dark chocolate Ganache, lemon ice cream, almonds, cinnamon sprinkle & a dollop of fresh whipped cream
This was an interesting combination of sweet ingredients with savoury brie cheese.  It turned out to be very good.

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Geneva Crepe Cafe

297 Princess Street, Kingston, ON K7L1B4, Canada
+1 613-507-0297 ‎
http://www.genevacrepecafe.com/

Kingston Eats: Wooden Heads Gourmet Pizza

✣ Top pick ✣

This is good quality pizza 😀 The pizza is very good and fresh.  There are nearly 3 dozen custom-made toppings to choose from (beware: not all are hits), and the other half of the menu has a wide selection of tapas, salad, panini, and Italian dishes to choose from.  If you get a chance give the non-pizza items a go, they are equally terrific.

Woodenheads has a lovely brick fire oven 😛  They produce a distinctive, very thin and crusty savoury crust (Woodenhead’s crust is chewier than Atomica’s crust.  Atomica has a thin crispy crust).  One of the hallmarks of great pizza is a crust so compelling you could eat it by itself.   The crust is nearly perfect and is definitely a good bread 😀 While Atomica converted me to like (good quality) pizza, I think Woodenheads has the better crust.  If you like Pizza, and I mean quality pizza, not the junk that comes to your door, then you will enjoy this restaurant.   Dessert is made in house and fresh to order.  Definitely don’t miss this part out when you get a chance to sit-in.

P.S. While Woodenheads seems slightly cheaper than Atomica, their pizza is around 10” in diameter, whereas Atomica’s pizza is 12” in diameter.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$$

0311 WoodenheadsFire Brick Oven

0311 Lumpia Diavolo (Woodenheads)Lumpia Diavolo
Spring rolls stuffed with blackened chicken, feta cheese and red cabbage, served with cambazola cream sauce and papaya habenero salsa

0411 Insalata Estate (Woodenheads)Insalata Estate
Roasted red potato, artichoke and mustard greens in lemon chili roast garlic vinaigrette, topped with blackened chicken breast and mustard seed sauce – ‘favoloso!’

0411 Pesce da Nizza 1 (Woodenheads) 0411 Pesce da Nizza 2 (Woodenheads)Pesce da Nizza
Halibut filet on tomato, potato, artichoke and asparagus salad with vinegrette de nizza.
Special of the day.  The halibut was nicely cooked.  It was buttery and flaky without being too dry.

0311 Margherita (Woodenheads)Margherita
Tomato sauce, tomatoes, bocconcini and basil
With added roasted garlic, but it didn’t really stand out 😦

0311 Cacciatore (Wooden Heads)Cacciatore
Pomodoro sauce, mushrooms, mozzarella, pancetta, lemon chicken
Personal favourite out of the pizzas I have tried at Woodenheads.  Don’t miss out the pancetta, it’s very good!

0311 Quattro Stagione (woodenheads)Quattro Stagione
Tomato sauce, salami sporessada, scallops, artichoke, mushrooms, mozzarella

0411 Dynamo (Wooden Heads)Dynamo
Pesto, roasted roma tomatoes, feta, smoked chicken, honey drizzle
This is another good one.  Feta wasn’t too salty and the tomatoes were plump and fresh.

0511 Porcini veloute, portabello slices, grape tomatoes, asparagus spears, prosciutto & romano shavings (Woodenheads)(Special)
Porcini veloute, portabello slices, grape tomatoes, asparagus spears, prosciutto & romano shavings
Not too impressed with the prosciutto, I’ve had better elsewhere.

0412 Nonna Mela (Woodenheads)

Nonna Mela
Apple butter, roast garlic, cheddar, sweet onions, blackened chicken

0412 Arrogosta (Woodenheads)Arrogosta
Curried lobster veloute, smoked cheese, blackened chicken, banana chili and black olives

0311 Strawberry Phyllo Lasagna with Chocolate Mousse (Woodenheads)Strawberry Phyllo Lasagna with Chocolate Mousse

0311 Dark and white chocolate pear calzone 1 (Woodenheads) 0311 Dark and white chocolate pear calzone 2 (Woodenheads)
Dark and White Chocolate Pear Calzone
It is a hot-warm dessert.  Very nice bread dough with lots of pear and white chocolate fillings inside.  It is not oversweet.  It is very big and filling so leave room for the pear calzone.  I actually had dreams about it weeks after I ordered it 😆

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Wooden Heads Gourmet Pizza

192 Ontario Street
Kingston, ON K7L 2Y8
(613) 549-1812

www.woodenheads.ca/

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