NYC Eats: Le Pain Quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien is a Belgian chain with locations all over NYC, other locations in the US and as well as around the world. While chains can be a hit-or-miss, I’ve been pleasantly happy with Le Pain Quotidien.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

1210 Whole Wheat Pecan Tart (Le Pain Quotidien)Whole Wheat Pecan Tart
It was surprisingly good. It wasn’t cloyingly oversweet like other pecan tart.

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Le Pain Quotidien
Various locations throughout Manhattan
lepainquotidien.us

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Montréal Eats: Frite Alors!

This is a popular poutine chain in Montréal.  The small size is big enough for two people to share already.  The curds were fresh and not overly salty and the fries were perfectly done and crispy.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

Poutine de Porc Éffiloché

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Frite Alors!
Various locations.
www.fritealors.com/

Chain Eats: Café Dépôt

A Québec coffee franchise with most locations in Montréal.  Didn’t like their beverage that much.  I found them to be very weak and oversweet.

My ratings:
Price range: $

Rooibos aux framboises thés & Framboises et lime

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Café Dépôt
Various locations.
http://cafedepot.com/

Chain Eats: Peet’s Coffee & Tea

They have a large retail section for coffee beans and tea leaves.  Coffee is good, and the store feels welcoming.  Staffs are friendly and helpful with coffee selections.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Hibiscus Breeze Tea Cooler
A bit too sweet.
Coffee

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Various locations.
www.peets.com/

Chain Eats: Mister Softee

Still the creamy soft served ice cream like the ones I had back at home.  Too bad the American Mister Softee doesn’t have music in the ice-cream truck.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Soda float
Didn’t really float.  I heard you need to use diet coke to make the ice cream float.

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Mister Softee
Various locations.
www.mistersoftee.com/

Chain Eats: Emack & Bolio’s

It’s an ice-cream specialty store that originated from Boston.  Their stores are marked with very hippie and colourful artsy decorations.  Price is steep but quality is good here.  Besides ice cream, they also sell ice-cream cakes, chocolate, a variety of decorated waffle cones, smoothies and more.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Mascot

Citrus cooler
Orange juice, lemon sorbet, raspberries, sparkling water
Made with real fruits, and it was very smooth and thick. I’m also glad it’s not oversweet.

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Emack & Bolio’s
Various locations.
www.emackandbolios.com/

Chain Eats: Au Bon Pain

Wasn’t wowed by their pastries, and their store-made drinks were either oversteeped (the iced tea) or it was overly sweet (iced peach tea).  Really not very impressed with the food here but it often appears to be a welcoming choice when you just need a quick bite to go.

My ratings: ❤❤
Price range: $

Strawberry and cheese croissant
The croissant was hard, wasn’t too flaky.  The cheese was watery and flavourless.  I don’t know what kind of cheese it is, it just made me feel like biting into uncooked soggy dough.  At least the strawberry tasted fresh.

Lobster Salad Sandwich
Over 1/4 pound of lobster and mayo in our new buttery croissant
Au Bon Pain originated from Boston so this lobster salad sandwich fit its origin (well it is also available in all stores that’s outside of Boston).  The roll was pretty full of the finely shredded/small chunks of lobster.  There’s a bit too much mayonnaise.  The filling wasn’t too bad in taste but the pastry was disappointing again — cold, somewhat soggy, and just wasn’t flaky.  If the pastry was in better quality this sandwich would taste a lot better.

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Au Bon Pain
Various locations.
www.aubonpain.com/

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