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Renovation diet: the journey continues

Wed Nov 23, 2005 Miss Vicky 

Well.... we have drywall!

And a permit. And we passed the building and electrical inspections. So we're making progress on the new kitchen, as well as our tour of local cuisine.

On Friday we decided to go for a nice meal - imperative after Miss Vicky's week struggling with a bad cold. So we checked out allium (on Holland just North of Wellington). We had been meaning to visit this place for a while, and the promised risotto with grilled shrimp, spinach and goat cheese was just the kind of comfort food Miss Vicky needed. Nothing like cheesy rice and spinach...mmmm! For an appetizer we shared a tasty Bruschetta with chevre, beets (mmmm.... beets!), smoked chilli, roasted garlic, Basil, and toasted almonds. It was creamy, beety and delicious. The risotto was the perfect consistency, with plenty of veggies and succulent shrimp. The Webgeek went for the grain-fed chicken breast with blue cheese stuffing. Once we figured out there was actually blue cheese in it (it was hard to tell, visually), he quite enjoyed it.

They have a nice wine list, yummy-looking desserts, interesting specials (we didn't try the Ostrich Satay, but it sure sounded cool!), a classy, casual atmosphere and friendly staff. We'll definitely go again.

This week I also tried a wrap from Wellington Sandwiches - I was home at lunch to meet the building inspector, so actually caught them open, for once. I had the White Angus wrap - roast beef, cream cheese and veggies. It was very tasty and very fresh. And a nice change from Subway, which we have defaulted to a couple of times lately.

Last night we went to Dar Tajine, the Moroccan place by the GCTC, and tried their pre-theatre buffet. I think I'll have to go back and order off the menu - while the buffet fare was tasty (especially with the addition of harissa!), I was really missing the full range of flavours you get with moroccan cuisine. Especially the fruit and nuts. The atmosphere is not as opulent as the Kasbah Village on Laurier, but it was pleasant and the service was attentive and friendly. Our follow-up mint tea was excellent. And we didn't eat so much that we wanted to fall asleep in the middle of the play!

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amckay Nov 23, 2005 04:33 PM said:

We've been to Dar Tajine several times and really like it. Only ever had the lunch buffet though, which is quite generous. And do not have anything to compare it to in terms of other moroccan food.

BTW, in the future if you need electrical done, you're allowed to DIY in Ontario. I'd be happy to help you learn how. It's surprisingly easy ...

liss76 Nov 24, 2005 04:30 PM said:

I've had a few amazing tajines there--not to be missed. :o)

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