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In Florence, Italy, Tosca Restaurant’s grilled ocotopus. Outstanding!

In Florence, Italy, Tosca Restaurant’s grilled ocotopus.  Outstanding!

Most North Americans reel in horror when one mentions eating octopus. What a bunch of wimps! With a Chinese background, we grew up eating all sorts of ‘non-mainstream’ seafood, such as squid and octopus. But the Italians, or more specifically, the Florentines, really know how to cook up a delicious […]

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‘Tripe Florentine’ at Ristorante Tito, Florence, Italy

‘Tripe Florentine’ at Ristorante Tito, Florence, Italy

I pride myself in being an adventurous eater. With a Chinese background, you know I’ve grown up with a weird and wonderful assortment of foods that many Westerners wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole.   In Florence, Italy, we stayed at the San Gallo Palace Hotel, a charming (albeit pricey) […]

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Biftek Florentine – Italy’s culinary gift to meat lovers of the world

Biftek Florentine – Italy’s culinary gift to meat lovers of the world

‘Biftek Florentine’ is a regional specialty dish famous in Florence, Italy. It’s a meat-lover’s dream – 1.2 kg of deliciously grilled T-bone steak. That’s a lot of meat!  Our Biftek Florentine was originally priced at 55 Euros at Il Ristorante Tosca on the second floor of Mercato Centrale, Florence’s market.  The price […]

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Rock Creek Tap and Grill, Lloydminster, AB

Rock Creek Tap and Grill, Lloydminster, AB

I accompanied my friend Rick on day trip to Lloydminster, the small city that straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. We needed a place to grab an early lunch, and a local recommended Rock Creek Tap and Grill. Rock Creek is a small, chain restaurant with 8 locations, 7 of which are […]

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Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus bbq restaurant, Edmonton, AB

Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus bbq restaurant, Edmonton, AB

I love BBQ, and on my travels, it’s one of the first types of restaurant I look for. Right here in Edmonton, there’s a fine BBQ eatery, Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus.  (That’s no typo.  I’m no fan of intentionally misspelled words for the sake of being ‘cute’.  But we’re here […]

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The Fine Diner, Calgary, AB

The Fine Diner, Calgary, AB

We tried The Fine Diner a while ago.  It’s an upscale ‘diner’ whose ‘angle’ is comfort food, elevated to a fine dining level. The Fine Diner is located along 9th Avenue S.E., in the increasingly upscale Inglewood commercial strip. Inside this eatery, the decor is relaxed and comfortable.  A large, […]

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Black Diamond Hotel Restaurant, Black Diamond, AB

Black Diamond Hotel Restaurant, Black Diamond, AB

My life long friend, Calgary resident and motorcyclist, has long recommended I visit the Black Diamond Hotel restaurant. Black Diamond is a small town in southern Alberta.  The hotel is located at the intersection of the famously scenic Highway 22 (The Cowboy Trail) and Highway 7. The combined restaurant/pub is […]

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Bob’s Burger & Brew, Burlington, WA

Bob’s Burger & Brew, Burlington, WA

I’m a food snob, so when it comes to the so-called ‘chain’ restaurants, I avoid them like the plague. But there are exceptions to this rule.  Regular visitors know I love the Jaker’s Bar & Grill, an upscale steakhouse with locations across Montana and Idaho. We’ve found yet another ‘chain’ eatery […]

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Glacier’s Edge Cafe, Babb, MT

Glacier’s Edge Cafe, Babb, MT

At first glance, motorcycle touring is a pretty simple activity.  You choose a destination, load up your bike, and go. Underneath that simplicity are layers of complexity, especially if you’re touring with other riders.  The people you’re traveling with have their own personalities, and like all of us, idiosyncrasies, some […]

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SFC Seoul Fried Chicken, Edmonton, AB – take-out food at its finest

SFC Seoul Fried Chicken, Edmonton, AB – take-out food at its finest

Friends Richard and Maggie called last night and invited us for an impromptu, spur-of-the-moment dinner out at a new take-out joint they had just discovered. “It’s unlike ANY fried chicken you’ve ever had!”, exalted Richard.  “We’ve been eating here three times a week since we found it!”, he confessed. Seoul […]

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