Passover ’13: Hamantashen Pastries

Hamantashen Pastries (Raspberry & Apricot) (✦✦✦✧✧)
by Rokeach

I was pleasantly surprised to find this close to passover in Costco.

0313 Hamantashen Pastries

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Kingston Eats: Aroma Restro Wine Bar

The server was very good and gave lots of helpful and insightful suggestions.  Food was very good and the price is reasonable.  The restaurant is big with lots of seating and has a very nice atmosphere.  The desserts are a must try – one of the top desserts served in restaurants here.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$

0412 Goat cheese stuffed piquillo peppers (Aroma)Goat cheese stuffed piquillo peppers

0412 BBQ quail, cous cous salad, pomegranaate, herb & radish (Aroma)BBQ quail, cous cous salad, pomegranate, herb & radish
The quail was still very moist.

0411 Gnocchi Confit chicken(Aroma)

Gnocchi
Confit chicken, pancetta, mushroom, spinach, romano

0412 Linguine (Aroma)

Linguine
Roasted pepper, olive, sundried tomato, artichoke, feta, basil, EVOO, balsamic reduction

0412 Tagliatelle (Aroma)Tagliatelle
Peas, basil, asparagus, gorgonzola cream, romano

0411 Paella Valencia (Aroma)Paella Valencia
Seafood, chicken, chorizo, peas, saffron arborio rice

0412 Pan roasted duck breast (Aroma)Pan roasted duck breast
Asparagus, carrots, beets, brussel sprouts, chestnuts, orange caramel sauce

0412 Pan roasted red snapper, cous-cous, asparagus, shrimp livornaise sauce, fennel arugula salad (Aroma)

Pan roasted red snapper, cous-cous, asparagus, shrimp livornaise sauce, fennel arugula salad

0411 Citrus crème brûlée 1 (Aroma) 0411 Citrus crème brûlée 2 (Aroma)

Citrus crème brûlée
This is a very well made crème brûlée.  The sugar layer was thin and cracked nicely.  The inside was very creamy pudding-like.  It also didn’t taste like eggy custards.

0411 Turkish Baklava with Vanilla Gelato (Aroma)Turkish Baklava with Vanilla Gelato
The baklava was not as sweet and buttery rich as the usual baklava we have.  However it seemed to be a nice healthier version (with the dates and nuts).  The gelato stole the whole dessert.  It had such a strong burst of vanilla flavour.  Their gelato is one of the best I’ve ever had.

0412 Gelato (Aroma)Gelato
Raspberry, vanilla and chocolate

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Aroma Restro Wine Bar
248 Ontario Street Kingston, ON
(613) 541-0330

www.aromawinebar.com/

Kingston Eats: Aquaterra Restaubistro

Arguably one of the finest restaurants in Kingston.  This restaurant has won many awards.  Located inside the Radisson hotel, it was hard to find at first.  Luckily we eventually found the entrance to Aquaterra.  Try to pick a nice day to be there, the restaurant faces Lake Ontario and has a very great view.  Aquaterra has very nice designs and the food is superb.  You can get a very good deal with the prix fixe menu available I think.  There is also complimentary parking.

℘ Aquaterra is a member of “Local Food Local Chef”, a Kingston initiative to promote the area as a destination of culinary tourism.

℘ Recommended in Where to Eat in Canada and a recipient of the VQA Award of Excellence.

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

1110 Roasted red bell pepper soup (AquaTerra)Roasted red bell pepper soup

0611 Duck confit (Aqua Terra)

Duck Confit Pizza
Caramelized onion, crème fraiche, duck confit, tomato concassé, asparagus, parrano cheese

1110 Portobello Sandwich (AqauTerra)

Portobello Sandwich
Portobello, chèvre, truffle aioli, baby arugula, whole wheat kaiser, frites
I love mushrooms.

1110 Crème brûlée (AquaTerra)Crème brûlée
Vanilla bean, chocolate almond biscotti
Really amazing crème brûlée. I don’t usually like egg-based dessert (custard, flan etc).  I would happily get another crème brûlée from Aquaterra if I get a chance.

1110 Red & White Wine Poached Pears (AquaTerra)Red & White Wine Poached Pears
Cranberry sorbet, sunflower seed tuile

0611 Chef complimentary  (Aqua Terra)Chef complimentary
Sirloin bruschetta topped with white truffle aioli

0611 Curried roasted red pepper soup, Scallops, Shrimp & endive salad (AquaTerra)

Curried roasted red pepper soup
Scallops

Pan-seared scallops, local sunchocke, parsnip & beet purée
Shrimp & Endive Salad
Atlantic shrimp, sweet potato, endive, asparagus tips, roasted garlic dressing, scallions
Ingredients were very fresh and wasn’t overly salted.  It was a nice balance of flavour.

0611 Duck confit (Aqua Terra)Duck confit
White bean & bacon purée, french beans, madeira demi-glace

0611 Rainbow Trout (Aqua Terra)Rainbow Trout
Pan-seared local rainbow trout, grilled corn, double smoked bacon, israeli couscous risotto, tomato relish

0611 Steak Frites (Aqua Terra)Steak Frites
Grilled flat iron steak, crispy potato confit, french beans, peppercorn demi-glace

0611 Pot de Crème (Aqua Terra)

Pot de Crème
Maple & dried blueberry custard, walnut cookie
Very decadent and very well made (well it’s technically an un-brûléed crème).

0312 Pancetta Arugula Greens (Aqua Terra)

Pancetta Arugula Greens
Pancetta, arugula, cinnamon pecan, apple

0312 New York Steak (Aqua Terra) 0312 New York Steak 2 (Aqua Terra)New York Steak
Grilled 10oz New York Striploin, King Oyster Mushrooms, Caramalized Cipollini Onions, Green Peppercorn Sauce

0312 Cheesecake, Butter Tart, Carrot Cake (Aqua Terra)Cheesecake, Butter Tart, Carrot Cake

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Aquaterra Restaubistro

1 Johnson Street
Kingston, ON K7L 5H7
(613) 549-6243

www.aquaterrabyclark.com/

Kingston Eats: The Raging Bull Chophouse

The Raging Bull is one of the waterfront restaurants that have been in Kingston for over 30 years.  It’s a steakhouse and serves a range of Mediterranean affairs.  Overall food was quite good and the meat cuts were of very good quality (and they cook it very well).

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$

0711 Heaven on a Bun, served with fresh cut fries 1 (The Raging Bull) 0711 Heaven on a Bun, served with fresh cut fries 2 (The Raging Bull)

Heaven on a Bun, served with fresh cut fries

  • our sandwiches are made with artisan breads, which are sprinkled with sea salt, fresh ground pepper & love
  • certified angus rib eye, served on ciabatta
  • the finest sandwich this side of St. Peter’s gate

The steak was cooked to order 🙂 Meat was tender and juicy.  Wish there were more vegetables though.

0711 Pork Calvados (The Raging Bull)Pork Calvados

  • Thick juicy pork chop served on a bed of apples with a calvados apple brandy sauce; mmm pork
  • served with vegetables & baked potato

It’s a really thick cut but was well cooked.  Comment on this dish: this steakhouse really knows how to cook their meat.

0711 Chocolate mousse cake (The Raging Bull)Chocolate mousse cake

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The Raging Bull Chophouse

189 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON
K7L 2Y7, Canada
613-545-9424

theragingbull.ca

Kingston Eats: River Mill Restaurant

This located in a 125-year old mill and sitting next to the waterfront.  I picked this restaurant for a very special occasion.  They’re supposed to be a pianist on Saturday night but the pianist never showed up 😐  The restaurant tries to incorporate as much local products as possible.  The food was pretty good and fresh.  It’s not a bad place for a special dinner, but I also want to point out that there are other excellent fine dining options in the downtown area.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$$

0711 Roasted Red Pepper Soup (River Mill)Roasted Red Pepper Soup
It’s a very thick soup

0711 Feta and watermelon salad (River mill)Feta and watermelon salad
It was a very refreshing salad.  The feta wasn’t too salty and didn’t overpower the salad.  The watermelon was fresh and crisp.

0711 Salmon Blini (River Mill)Salmon Blini
In house smoked salmon gravlax, potato blini and sour cream coulis, garnished with fried shallots
Very rich but fresh.

0711 Duck Salad (River Mill)Duck Salad
Crispy skin duck leg, arugula salad, cranberries, spiced pecans and raspberry vinaigrette
Neither of us expected a whole duck leg to be served 😆 (we thought they night skimp on the ingredients and just shred some duck meat in the salad). It was good

0711 Veal chops (River Mill)Veal chops
Pan-seared veal chops, whiskey reduction, house mash and seasonal vegetables
It was very moist and tender, also very flavourful.

0711 Lemon Sabayon (River Mill)Lemon Sabayon
A sweet, tart custard garnished with seasonal fruit

0711 Crème brûlée (River Mill)

Crème brûlée
Traditional vanilla custard with a torched sugar crackle

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River Mill Restaurant

2 Cataraqui Street, Kingston, ON, Canada
613-549-5759 ‎

http://www.rivermill.ca/

Kingston Eats: Windmills Café

Windmills is one of the classic and classier restaurants in Kingston.  The environment is nice.  Good food and the menu is very creative and versatile, you can expect to see a wide range of cuisines on the menu and the daily specials.  Make sure you have room for dessert.  Brunch is quite well known in Kingston apparently.  However atmosphere isn’t too nice.  Service isn’t too good either (one time they just ignored us).

℘ Windmills is a member of “Local Food Local Chef”, a Kingston initiative to promote the area as a destination of culinary tourism.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$

1210 Portobello and Truffle Pizza (windmills)Portobello and Truffle Pizza
Roasted portobello mushrooms, roasted red pepper, leeks, house pickled red onion, fontina cheese, roasted garlic bianca sauce & truffle oil
I love mushrooms.  It is not comparable to the funghi pizza from Atomica.  Not a big fan of pickled red onion, it didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the ingredients.  Nothing too remarkable about it.

0211 Eggs Southwestern 1 (windmills) 0211 Eggs Southwestern 2 (windmills)Eggs Southwestern
Poached eggs & smoked salmon on a toasted english muffin with authentic hollandaise sauce & jalapenos
Cousin of Eggs Benedict.  Look at the beautiful soft poached egg

0211 Western Omelette in a Wrap (windmills)Western Omelette in a Wrap
An omelette with Monterey Jack cheese, roasted red peppers & ham in a whole wheat wrap

1210 Pecan Carrot Cake 1 (Windmills) 1210 Pecan Carrot Cake 2 (Windmills)

Pecan Carrot Cake
with cream cheese icing

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Windmills Café

184 Princess Street
Kingston, ON
(613) 544-3948

www.windmills-cafe.com/

Kingston Eats: The Grizzly Grill

Grizzly Grill is a mix of a grill and pub restaurant.  It’s very big so it can accommodate many large companies.  The first time we came here there were over 40 of us (floor event with all the exchange students in my third year).  I ordered a smoked salmon appetizer and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity for the amount I paid for.  On the other hand, X hated Grizzly Grill, and I also heard many negative comments from other floormates.  Came back another time with Faye and we both had a very good meal.  I do think Grizzly Grill is on the expensive side and a bit overpriced.  They do serve “exotic” (in context of North American shores anyway) entries including alligator, swordfish, ostrich etc.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$

0411 Blackened Swordfish 1 (Grizzly Grill) 0411 Blackened Swordfish 2 (Grizzly Grill)Dinner special
Blackened swordfish with herb-roasted tomatoes au-gratin and wild rice, topped with cucumber slaw
The swordfish was very flavourful and smelled very nice even from far away.  It has a very firm texture but it was very tender and juicy.

0411 Steak Sandwich (Grizzly Grill)Steak sandwich
Served open faced with horseradish mayonnaise
Steak was also very tender and juicy.

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The Grizzly Grill
395 Princess Street
Kingston, ON K7L 1B9
(613) 544-7566
http://thegrizzlygrill.ca/

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