Monthly Archives: March 2017

Bayona, New Orleans.

March 2017. This highly-rated restaurant served reasonably good food but it came in such a coarse package, figuratively speaking, that we left scratching our heads and smiling ruefully. We entered off the French Quarter street down a pretty flagstone walk … Continue reading

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August, New Orleans.

March 2017. We are pretty sure this restaurant is the haute cuisine pinnacle in this strangely low-class touristic town with its emphasis on Bourbon Street bars frequented by construction workers in below-the-knee cargo pants and wife-beaters. It’s located in the … Continue reading

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Gautreau’s, New Orleans.

March 2017. Top-rated by Zagat, this traditional exclusive little place is located way west of the downtown and even further from the French Quarter, tucked away in the middle of a high class residential neighbourhood. The building is obviously a … Continue reading

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Brennan’s, New Orleans.

March 2017. We had brunch on a warm sunny day at this moderately high-end classy place. The restaurant is indoor/outdoor, located in a renovated 19th century mansion on upscale Royal Street, the main floor a complex U-shaped space surrounding the … Continue reading

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Mr B’s. New Orleans.

March 2017. We identified this as one of the Zagat high spots in town for food and so made what turned out to be an unnecessary reservation for lunch. The three people standing behind the podium at entry looked unhappy … Continue reading

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Arnaud’s Remoulade, New Orleans.

March 2017 Quite an incongruous bizarre introduction to this unique town. We got to our hotel around 5 PM and then wandered awhile, identifying this place in the middle of the garish Bourbon Street strip in the French Quarter as a … Continue reading

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Café Nervosa, Toronto.

March 2017. The Nervous Café. Not by its name a place you would choose to have lunch. Like what if it’s been misdiagnosed and is really bipolar, or psychotic, or depressive… ? Fear not. This place is unaffected true Italian … Continue reading

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Ruby Watchco, Toronto.

March 2017. This little Queen Street bistro looked interesting and is located near our daughter’s place at The Beaches. Somehow perusing the website we didn’t notice the peculiar menu setup: only one fixed meal is available each night. If you … Continue reading

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Shirley Jackson. The Lottery and Other Stories.

Jackson, Shirley. The Lottery and Other Stories. Farrar, Straus and Co., New York. 1949. F;3/17. Shirley Jackson reportedly lived a fraught and difficult life. Stuck in a loveless marriage to an openly philandering husband who maintained autocratic control of the … Continue reading

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Blue Water Café. Vancouver.

March 2017 We’ve been to this trendy place maybe three times over the 15 years or so its been in Yaletown. We were there this time with friends who are enthusiastic about food and drink, and we expected a pretty … Continue reading

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