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Saturday, April 21, 2012

what we ate on vacation

we love to find great restaurants on vacation.  we especially like to find ethnic restaurants that we don't have in our area.

our first evening in canada, we ate at savoury and sweet, a cute european restaurant we found south of niagara falls.  hubby found the restaurant via urbanspoon, and it satiated our appetite for german/hungarian food nicely.  for the appetizer hubby ordered a cabbage roll - they were so good he wished he ordered them as the main dish.
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i ordered hungarian goulash soup.  it was really good.
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for our main dish i ordered pork schnitzel with herbed spaetzel and red cabbage.  the schnitzel was outstanding; the spaetzel was the best i ever had.
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hubby got veal schnitzel - he said after eating the cabbage roll, his dish was really filling.
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the restaurant also had crepes and i ordered a rum and chocolate chip crepe to go.  i ate it in the jacuzzi in our room.  it was fabulous!

this is the front of the restaurant...
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...and this is the view across the street.  doesn't that look peaceful?
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savoury and sweet was an excellent alternative to our old favorite german restaurant in niagara falls, the happy wanderer.  that restaurant closed years ago.  we're glad we found a new restaurant to replace it!  if we could, we would have eaten at this restaurant every day - they had so many good sounding dishes it was hard to decide what to order!  i wish we had a restaurant like this at home.


we made a late night harvey's run - we love their burgers and poutine.  
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they make it your way - i love their pickles.
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the next day, after hours of hoofing it around the falls, hubby and i ate lunch at casablanca, a mediterranean restaurant a few blocks from our hotel.  i ordered a beef kabob sandwich with a can of five alive! (i haven't had this drink since i was a kid); hubby had a beef schwarma sandwich, a raspberry malt drink and a fruit drink (both middle eastern).  
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they were filling and we couldn't finish them.
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yes, we smoked a shisha.  it was a blend of herbs, molasses and fruit - NO TOBACCO!  we picked fruit punch which tasted (?!) good.  for the rest of the day i could smell fruit punch - i didn't know if it was on my clothes or in my lungs/sinuses.  i was afraid to smoke - i'd never tried it - but it wasn't hard.  it was like drinking from a straw.  would i try a shisha again?  sure.
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for supper we ate at Koutouki, a greek restaurant.  for appetizers, hubby got tzatziki.  it was tangy - i think i'll try to make it at home when we have extra cucumbers.
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i ordered dolmadakia, or filled grape leaves, a dish i never had before.  loved them!  we also got a delicious greek salad, topped with feta cheese.
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for the main course i got chicken souvlaki.  it was delicious and also filling - i took most of mine home (and ate it in the jacuzzi)
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hubby ordered moussaka, a layered dish of eggplant, potato, zucchini, and ground meat topped with béchamel sauce.  he couldn't finish his either.  our meals had great portions.
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for dessert we split baklava - a sweet way to end our meal.  i wish we had a good greek restaurant around here.
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we had a late lunch on our second day at niagara falls.  we ate at guru, an indian restaurant a few doors down from our hotel.  i ordered vegetable samosas for an appetizer.
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butter chicken was my main dish.  i would have ordered dessert but was stuffed (i took most of my meal home and ate it for lunch the next day).
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hubby ordered this for his appetizer (fritter with a cold sauce of chickpeas and veggies).
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his main dish was jhinga do peyaja (shrimp and vegetables with gravy, the chef's specialty).
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for supper that evening we ate at harvey's again.  this time i got onion rings instead of poutine.  i could eat there every day too.
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the inside of my burger, and those glorious pickle slices (i could eat a pile of them!)
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our hotel offered free breakfast, but after eating dry fake scrambled eggs and lumpy oatmeal for breakfast, we ate at tim horton's the next day (bagel with schmear for me, egg, sausage and cheese sammy for hubby and maple donuts for both) and ihop for our last day.

we must have had a dozen restaurants on our eats list - a sushi and asian buffet, brazilian, korean, vietnamese and thai restaurants.  there were a couple other indian restaurants.  we wanted to eat at kelsey's for nostalgic reasons as it was the first place we ate as a newly marrieds, but we couldn't fit it in (and frankly, it's a glorified appleby's, and we wanted to eat more exotic foods, not to mention upsetting my stupid rebellious digestive system.)

we make sure to budget plenty for eating out on vacation.  we often try to find meals that are local to the area (like harvey's or tim hortons).  we find that eating ethnic is usually inexpensive.  we try to choose mom and pop type of restaurants over chains, and freshly prepared foods over microwaved meals. i find that my digestive system is better when we eat whole foods - after eating at ihop and mcdonalds on our way home, my tummy knew i ate grease and microwaved crap.

some people vacation to relax and sightsee.  we vacation to find good eats!  

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