Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Restaurant Meme

When Curiosity Killer tagged me with this meme, I simply couldn't resist because it was a good one! Here's the deal...

The rules:

1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you. Include the state and country you’re in.
Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
Velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, USA)
J (California, USA)
Curiosity Killer (Hong Kong, SAR)
Chrissy (Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada)

2. List out your top 5 favorite places to eat at your location.

#1 The Garden's Gate Restaurant on beautiful Manitoulin Island.
What a treat for all the senses. Definitely my favourite place to dine on the island. Nestled amongst the most beautiful gardens ever, you'll find this hidden gem of a place. This farmhouse turned restaurant serves up healthy, natural, unique dishes and the most amazing desserts!!! Everything is from scratch and they feature some great micro-brews and Ontario wine! We love supporting locally! Chrissy's recommendation: Strawberry Chicken with homeade rolls, choice of soup or salad, choice of potato dish and fresh vegetables - all prepared when your order arrives in our kitchen...and make sure you have room for dessert! The keylime pie or the mad about chocolate cheesecake are just heavenly.

Royal Michael's Bay is a great place for special events, with its enchanting view of the water. What a relaxing place to dine. Just soak up the scenery and enjoy a nicely prepared meal. My choice: Pasta Napolitana (tomato sauce and fresh basil).

#3 Cafe Santropol- located in Montreal, Quebec. Since I'm a Montrealer by heart (okay, so I wasn't born there, but I spent most of my life there!!), I recommend one of my absolute favourite places to dine.

This place is cool, trendy, artsy...and a vegetarian's paradise. There are a few items on the menu that aren't vegetarian, but for the most part, you'll find heaps of selections for the vegetarian or vegan in your life ;) My pick: Midnight Spread (cream cheese, peanut butter, honey, nuts and raisins on traditional Santropol bread, served with fresh fruits and vegetables). To drink? How about a nice Chai latte?

#4 Juice For Life in Toronto, Ontario.
"Fresh By Juice For Life is nestled in the heart of Toronto, a cosmopolitan food lover's city." This is yet another vegetarian paradise! There are so many dishes to choose from--You'll be agonizing for ages on what to order!! Healthy, fresh, refreshing food...and all good for the body and soul! My pick: I think it's a dish called the Buddha Rice Bowl (tempeh and tofu with veggies on top of rice) and to drink, one of the Energy Elixirs, Fruit Smoothies or Lassis! Oh, YUM!

#5 Tiger Lily's Noodle House in Toronto's Entertainment District. Located on Queen St. West, you'll find this quaint little place that caters to the city's celebs. Everything is very affordable and this is a perfect place for even the most frugal foodies! Pan-Asian dishes and the most delicious eggrolls are the way to go. Finish your meal with a nice bubble tea!

**Note: All photos were taken from the restaurants' websites**

3. Tag 5 other people (preferably from other countries/states) and let them know they’ve been tagged.
I'm tagging:
-Canine Cologne- because she always has the most amazing restaurant reviews. Seriously, I get hungry just reading her blog! Plus, she seems to know a lot of amazing restaurants in California!
-Girlie Monkey- I've discovered Lambert's, so now I wanna know more good places to eat in Missouri!
-Doggy Mama- Are there any good eateries where you're located? Please share some of your fave places to dine!
-Kimmie-Gimme some good places for foodies in Manila! I've been to a few nice places there, so I'm curious to hear your recommendations!
-Merinz-I know things are hectic now with the twins' arrival! When you get some free time, I'd love to hear of some good eateries in NZ! I've always wanted to go to New Zealand. I have a soft spot for kiwis! lol!


Nicole Tan said...

Wow thanks for doing the meme...the places look so nice!! especially the garden gate restaurant!!! so cute!!!!!

velverse said...

Woooo... thanks for doing the meme.

I love the Garden Gate Restaurant.
It felt so homely and cottage feel.

I always dream of dining at places like this. Too bad it's really hard to find over at my place.

Curiosity.Killer said...

Ok, you're taking me to the Garden restaurant, right?


Anonymous said...

Great idea Chrissy, so interesting to read.
I will participate but give me a day or two.

I have just returned from the Waikato - our twin grandchildren have arrived. Two beautiful healthy little boys, both around 7pounds (one was 3060 grams, the other 2960 gms)in weight so their Mum did well. They are only three weeks early. Dad (our son)is very proud.
Their names are Jonathan Arthur and Michael Ian. And they are identical - we are too scared to take off the hospital identity tags in case they get mixed up. Their Dad says it is easy to tell them apart - one has a blue hat, the other a yellow one. Their big sister, 20 months old Sarah, is delighted and tells everyone that her Mama has TWO babies!

Chrissy121875 said...

Thanks! Yes, the Garden's Gate is my favourite place on the island! Thanks for popping by! I'm going to go check out your blog ;)

Thank you for dropping by too! Where did this meme originate? It's a really good one! What a neat concept! Now, when I travel, I'll know where to dine! I'm going to check out your blog too :)

For sure, baby! ;) We'll go to the GG when you visit!

Thanks for popping by even when things are so busy where you are! Congrats on the grandbabies! How exciting! You'll be posting pics of the cuties on your blog, I hope? How wonderful to have twins!! I can't believe they were BOTH around 7 lbs! Wow! What big boys (especially for twins!)! They must be absolutely gorgeous! Chat soon! xoxo

Dan said...

Goodness. These all sound great.

You think they'd deliver to New Jersey USA?

doggy mama said...

Love this meme! I'm going to do it later today, and I'll do the other one you tagged me for soon!!

OK, here are your questions (sorry it's taken me so long - crazy busy)!

1) How did you meet your hubby and how long did it take for you to realize that he is "The One?"

2) What was the hardest part about leaving your "city life" for the island? What was the easiest part about it?

3) If you could travel to one place that you've never been, where would it be? What one place that you've already visited would you want to go back to?

4) How did you begin hosting/tutoring students in your home and what do you most enjoy about it?

5) What would your pefect day be like?

Chasing Daylight* said...

Oh I am SO with you on the Gardens Gate -- what I love about it is that it is so hidden. A true island gem...

japanmanpete said...

Too many fantastic restaurants and places to eat here in Tokyo. Can't name enough!

caninecologne said...

hi there!
i'll do my post soon. altough they're not fancy places, i like the food at these spots...the hardest will be picking just 5.

Doggy Mama said...

I just did this meme - fun!!

Chrissy121875 said...

Chasing Daylight:
I know!! The Garden's Gate is wonderful! It's my #1 pick on the island! We are also fortunate enough to live verrrrrrrry close to it.

Oh boy! I miss going out to eat in Japan! There are sooooooooo many wonderful restaurants and little ramen and okonomiyaki shops! Totemo samishii!

Ohhh!! I can't wait to read your 5 picks!! I'm sure they will be fab!

Doggy Mama:
Excellent!! I'm going over to check yours out now! :)

velverse said...

Haha... Nicole (my cuz) came out with the meme. Yeah... I think it is pretty cool. Now we would know where to get good food when we travel :)

Chrissy121875 said...

Thanks for the info, Velverse! Nicole has definitely come up with a wonderful meme! Fantastic idea! Now I'll know where all the good places to eat are when I travel! ;)

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