Archive for May, 2012

Lunch at M Café (by Wallace)

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Fresh orange juice, salad, Grilled Mahi Mahi with french rice……  simple and nice!  M Café is Few blocks from my business meeting location.

M Café
1458 rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 1Z5
Tel: +1-514-842-8825

Hot Pot in Montreal – Fondue Chinoise À Volonté (by Wallace)

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Went to a Hot Pot place for lunch (I skipped breakfast and felt hungry at lunch time). This Fondue restaurant at the corner of St. Mathieu and Maisonneuve is one block from my business meeting place.

The beef was not top-graded but it is very fine for the price of Canadian$16 including taxes. The meat was thinly sliced and it melted in your mouth after cooking in the broth for few seconds. You have the choices of regular or spicy broth. All you can eat meat balls, liver, vegetable, noodle… And complementary Sour Plum Drink and icecream. Feel interesting to dine Chinese hot pot in a French style decorated venue.

Fondue Chinoise À Volonté
1448 Rue Saint Mathieu, Montréal, QC H3H, Canada

French Bistro in Montreal – Au Bistro Gourmet (by Wallace)

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

I am having a week long meeting in Montreal, Canada.  Tonight I tried a French restaurant which is one block from my hotel.

After an evening business meeting, it’s already 8:30pm.  The hotel staff recommended Au Bistro Gourmet and it turned out to be a great choice.  This is a small restaurant that you can choose to sit indoor or outdoor.  I picked an outdoor table, ordered the set dinner and selected the soup and lamb.

The Cream of Vegetable Soup was smoothy and the lamb was presented in a very colorful way with flowers all over the plate & delicious!!!  This restaurant does not serve wine (the owner wants to skip and save the wine license fee) but you can bring your own wine (I will do it next time).  The dessert was crepe of the house and a cup of latte.  Simple dinner, gourmet taste, relaxed outdoor seat; everything balanced so well.  Overall it costed less than Canadian $40.  For French dinner, that was not expensive at all!  Since I have one more week in Montreal; may have a return trip to Au Bistro Gourmet later to try other dishes.

Au Bistro Gourmet
2100 St-Mathieu, Montreal, Quebec H3H 2J4, Canada
Tel: +1-514-846-1553

三蚊八個撻 – Pâtisserie Callia 嘉莉西餅 (by Wallace)

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

This is my second time to Montreal and I remembered there are some very nice HK style bakery shops in Chinatowm.  I bought a day pass for unlimited train trips in 24 hours (Canadian $8) and took Metro train from where I stayed to Chinatown.  Found the “Pâtisserie Callia” for their famous egg tart.  High quality tarts are sold Canadian $1 for two.  The Chinatown is pretty much staying the same as years ago.  More HK style bakery stores are opened.

Pâtisserie Callia Restaurant
78, Rue La Gauchetière Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Z 1C1, Canada
Tel: +1-514-868-9168

Get off at either Metro station “Place-Des-Arts” or “Saint-Laurent” and the Chinatown is within couple blocks walking distance.  You may find newer bakery stores at the corner of De La Gauchetiere and Saint-Urban Street.

Pebble Beach, Here We Come Again! – Gallery Cafe

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

This time the FoodLover and friends really had a chance to tee off at the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Before the round, the group stopped by Gallery Cafe at The Lodge to have a bite. While none of them could strike a golf ball like Arnold Palmer, they all had Arnie’s favorite drink named after this legendary golfer which was half lemon juice and half iced tea.

Special of the day was Barbecue Pork Rib; unfortunately only one order was left at the time. So they ordered a couple other sandwiches to share. They were all very good.

Through the glass doors, they could see the first tee box and all those golfers taking pictures before playing the round.

Gallery Cafe
The Lodge at Pebble Beach
Tel: +1-831-625-8577

Someday Kinney and Arthur will have their own lockers in this room. Now on those locker doors are names such as Jack, Arnold, Tom and Tiger.

Before teeing off.

It was 7:15pm when the FoodLover faced the setting sun at this famous 18th hole that had been seen on TV so many times. This hole looked pretty harmless until you tried to reach the par-5 green in two by cutting the corner. Of course the FoodLover wasn't trying to cut the corner but his tee shot hooked to the left anyway and missed the fairway by a yard. As he had his head down and was ready to walk up to take the penalty, he heard roar of his playing partners and the caddies - the ball had hit the rock at the perfect angle and bounced back to land on the fringe of the fairway. To make a long story short, he ended up reaching in three and making par. What a great way to end the first visit to this legendary golf course!