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9 SECRET RESTAURANTS YOU NEED TO FIND – by Thrillist


Happy Friday good foodie friends.
Take a look at this list from Thrillist – written by Kristin Hunt, thank you Tnrillist.

9 SECRET RESTAURANTS YOU NEED TO FIND
PUBLISHED ON 5/22/2014
BY KRISTIN HUNT

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People love chasing restaurants with impossible reservation lists, but for some diners, a tricky table isn’t enough. No, they want to eat at a restaurant so exclusive, its very location is a secret. And it’s not just trendy speakeasies — dinner spots across the nation are hiding themselves in temples, gas stations, or even other restaurants to provide patrons with a grown-up version of hide-and-seek. Lucky for you, we hunted down a few key picks to save you the trouble, so it’ll be more like hide-and-seek where the other person is wearing a tracking device.

Ready or not, here are nine restaurants with better covers than James Bond:

Saam (Los Angeles, CA)
Nestled in the back of Spanish master chef José Andrés’s The Bazaar, Saam smells of rich mahogany and features many leatherbound books — no, seriously, the place is styled a bit like Donald Trump’s study. The prix-fixe menu is always rotating and offers plenty of dishes you can’t get at The Bazaar, making this library exponentially cooler than P.S. 115’s.

Bogie’s Place (Boston, MA)
This Beantown pick is buried inside the beloved gastropub JM Curley, and advertises itself as an “adults only” destination. But that doesn’t mean a 7pm burlesque show; rather, it refers to the grown-up 1920s steakhouse vibes that would make a guy like Bogart feel at home, if he weren’t extremely dead.

Ganesh Temple Canteen (Queens, NY)
Though this spot’s relative secrecy isn’t as calculated as its peers’, the Canteen exists quietly within Flushing’s historic Ganesh Temple. Its eats have gained serious cred among New Yorkers in the know, and their prices don’t hurt, either — every order there runs under $10, making for some divine dosas.

El Carajo International Tapas & Wines (Miami, FL)
Normally pulling up to a gas station with your date would earn you a swift rejection, but rolling up to the BP station off Miami’s 17th Avenue is actually a good call, as it boasts a secret wine and tapas joint. At El Carajo, you’ve got a staggering 2,000 vinos to choose from, and everything from calamari to paella to pair them with. Trust us, it’s all way better than a BP hot dog and a handful of pills.

Killer Poboys (New Orleans, LA)
It may be hard to keep po’boys a secret in their native land, but this place did a pretty good job by setting up shop inside the established watering hole Erin Rose Bar. Run by the unstoppable duo of Cam Boudreaux and April Bellow, the shop slings modern spins on the classic sandwich, and even manages to sneak in such non-canon picks as a Jameson grilled cheese.

é by Jose Andrés (Las Vegas, NV)
Because Andrés loves a secret restaurant almost as much as patatas bravas, the man has another bonus eatery hidden inside one of his more-established outposts, this time the Jaleo at Vegas’s Cosmopolitan. The single bar seats just eight, but that’s unsurprising given the serious $195-per-person, 15-course tasting menu. Included in that menu are these caviar and meat-wrapped “tacos”, as well as a gelled, slurpable sangria with watermelon and mint.

The Vintage Cave (Honolulu, HI)
Don’t let its entrance in the parking lot of a shopping center fool you — this “cave” is far fancier than your ritziest above-ground restaurants. Yes, even White Castle. Ladies and gents are expected to wear evening and semi-formal wear, respectively, to this swanky, subterranean spot, where the chef is CIA-trained and the art collection costs more than your life. Oh, and the wines in the “Sommelier’s Court” aren’t half-bad, either.

Ampersand (Chicago, IL)
Serving as both a pop-up space and test kitchen, all within the walls of seafood-slinging Kinmont, Ampersand plays host to supper clubs, classes, and preview events from some of the city’s brightest culinary minds. It’s already booked through July, so if you wanna get in on a cookie tutorial or a ramen birthday bash, snag your tix now.

Safe House (Milwaukee, WI)
The grandaddy of hidden restaurants, Safe House has been running since 1966, and takes its name quite literally with spy-themed decor all over the space. Everyone knows the unmarked address by now, so that cover is long blown, but you do need a password to get in. If you don’t know it, the doorman will have you complete a ridiculous task to gain entry. Anything worth acquiring requires a little work, anyways.

Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist, and sometimes likes to whisper passwords at the maitre d’ just to see what happens. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.

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ARC Launch Party – Fairmont Waterfront #ARCdining


Good read on the Fairmont waterfronts new dining experience! Thank you Alice!

Vancouver Bits and Bites

Tonight the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel hosted a launch party for their latest restaurant, ARC Restaurant & Lounge. With Executive Chefs Dana Hauser and Chef Alessandro Vianello taking reigns over this new fresh restaurant concept, we were greeted with delicious appetizer stations and wine, craft beers, and even tequila shots on the Fairmont Gold Lounge, with views of Coal Harbour in the horizons.

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ARC Launch - Brisket Sliders

ARC Launch Tomato Salad

With the hustle and bustle of the launch, ARC Restaurant showcased its locally sourced suppliers such as Golden Ears Cheese and Village Farms tomatoes and showcasing the unique spacious open bar and modern decor.

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ARC - Bar

ARC Launch - lighting

No launch is complete without West Coast favorites: fresh oysters and spotted prawns – the highlight on most restaurant menus during the month of May.

ARC Launch - Fresh Oysters

ARC Launch - Spotted Prawns

The ARC is a great addition to the landscape of restaurants, hotel lounges, and bars at Canada Place and Coal Harbour. Props to Fairmont Waterfront for the facelift and…

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Gluten-free crepes


For our gluten free friends! Thanks to Bella ibo72 for posting

Bella Cibo Kitchen

Crepes are one the my family favorite especially my husband.

This time I wanted to try a gluten free version and it was a success,my hubby did not notice the difference.

This crepes recipe is very versatile, it can be used for lasagna,cannelloni  or like I did today just for breakfast with some Nutella and jam.

 

Ingredients:

. 300 ml milk

. 2 eggs

. a pinch of salt

. 100 grams corn starch 

. a sprinkle of love

 

Method:

To make good crepes you will need the right tools.If you don’t have the crepes pan its ok,you just need a small fry pan not bigger then 8 inch other wise it will be difficult to flip them.Make sure that your pan is nonstick and while you are making the crepes it need to be greased.Also make sure to have a soup spoon and always put the same amount of batter in…

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Celebrated Chef Cycles Across Canada in Support of Sustainable Seafood


A great read by a very seasoned blogger friend and great photographer!
Worth the read.
Enjoy.

Yes, Organic Can Cost More. Here Are 10 Reasons Why It’s Worth It


Is buying organic worth the money?
Thank you Huff post for sharing this with us!
What if you knew the government and certain businesses were messing with your brain? Well, they are. As Ellen Ruppel Shell writes in her book Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture, governments and some big businesses know that most people get the same buzz from a good discount as they get from gambling. But as with gambling, the “house” always wins.

For every big-win story, there are thousands more who’ve lost. This discount technique comes into play in our food as well, as no government subsidies or handouts are given to organic farmers, putting the cost of paying for pricey certifications, inspections and high insurance plans solely on them. This is why the things you buy the most — such as milk and eggs — are dirt-cheap compared to their organic counterparts. Zap! That good deal just gave you a buzz that encourages you to resist organic.

So, allow me to attempt to rewire your brain a bit — or perhaps free it — with 10 reasons that organic is worth it!

1. Organic farmers get no government subsidies or handouts. Whether you are liberal or conservative, that’s a good thing. Although, it does mean that your tax dollars are paying for all that cheap food.
2. You will automatically become an environmentalist without having to make a donation or show up for a protest. Here’s a short list of things organic farmers help keep totally out of our soil, water, air and bodies: toxic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, sewage sludge, antibiotics and growth hormones. All of these are known to cause grave physical damage in people as well as bees, bats, frogs, and fish.
3. You will be healthier. You can pay more now or pay later (in health care costs). Agricultural chemicals are known to cause diabetes, obesity, cancer, allergies, asthma, infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, ADHD and perhaps even autism. And we’ve only scratched the surface in understanding what damage these toxins are doing to our health.
4. You can feel good about your contribution to a better world. It’s kind of like making a charitable donation, but instead of it filtering through a middleman, your money directly helps an entire chain of good people, families, and the environment they affect. Your health, too.
5. You are supporting families and businesses that are making the world better. I have seen this with my own eyes over and over again. Farm families that thought they would lose their farms because of the fluctuations of commodity milk prices switch to organic and not only save their farms, but also find that they are all healthier and happier as a result. And the companies that help them transition, like Organic Valley, are truly wonderful companies that do great things for their farmers, their customers, their employees, and the whole community.
6. You will be helping to prevent climate change. Seriously! Organic soil holds much more carbon, uses much less fossil fuel resources — which aren’t just used in tractors but are in the toxic chemicals that are made from fossil fuels used in nonorganic farming practices — and sustains habitats for all the creatures that help keep our planet healthy.
7. You will be helping to prevent droughts and floods. Research at the Rodale Institute and many other institutions have shown that organic soil is much more absorbent than chemically farmed soil. That means it holds more water during droughts and floods. Plants grown organically also have a much bigger and more resilient root system, so they can last longer in extreme weather.
8. You will be doing your part to leave the world a better place than you found it. Really, what is the price of that? And all you have to do is go food shopping and eat yummy stuff and perhaps buy organic cotton clothing for your body and home (cotton is one of the most toxic crops on the planet).
9. Karma Points: When you pay more for good things, other people can afford to pay you more. This is where the true economic brain rewiring happens. It might not seem like a direct link from one thing to another, but as Ellen Ruppell Shell shows in her book, everything is connected economically. Our obsession with cheap stuff actually shrinks all of our economies and pocketbooks and makes it much harder for employers to increase wages and spending. Try it. 10. You’ll see it works. And at the very least, you will eat better in the process.
And lastly, it just tastes better. You are getting better-quality food that nine times out of 10 does taste better. Just ask my kids. Here’s what my seven-year-old said when she was eating a salad out at a restaurant in Manhattan: “This doesn’t taste good — it doesn’t taste organic; organic is better!”

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