Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lunch at Langdon Hall

And to complete the series of Langdon Hall posts, here are the photos from lunch. Pictured below are the fries, grilled buffalo mozzarella focaccia with sweet pepper salad, charred tomato relish, baby greens, and tuscan blue rosemary pesto, and the hazelnut and chickpea risotto.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Breakfast at Langdon Hall

Langdon's restaurant offers a stunning breakfast. For $26 you get free range of the continental buffet and something off their country breakfast menu. Pictured below - St. Jacob's Ham & Biscuit Benedict and the Organic Hens Egg Frittata.

Friday, August 27, 2010

BBQ at Langdon Hall

Ranked number 77 in the world on S. Pellegrino's best restaurant list (only 1 other restaurant made the cut in Canada - Calgary's Rouge), and awarded five diamonds by CAA/AAA for six consecutive years, Langdon Hall chef Jonathan Gushue brings some serious game.

Located about an hour outside of Toronto near Cambridge, Langdon Hall, described on the website as a country house hotel and spa, is that, but also much more. Immediately upon arriving you feel a sense of calm and relaxation. The pool speaks for itself.

The rooms make you feel like you're at a cottage (with a very comfortable bed), there's a gorgeous garden, tennis courts, and even a croquet field. But it's also that award winning kitchen that keeps people coming back, and even making the trip just for breakfast, lunch or dinner...or maybe all three. This summer Langdon Hall decided to throw a special BBQ series every Friday evening. They invited guest chefs up to cook, charged $55 dollars and created a spectacular menu. This particular Friday included Bonnie Stern and the Drake Hotel's Anthony Rose. Pretty good combo if you ask me :)

Bonnie's Succotash

Anthony's Cornmeal Fried Perch with Onion Buns & Slaw

Anthony's Bacon Wrapped Peaches

Bonnie's Miami Ribs

Bonnie's Beef Tenderloin Satays with Chermoula

Marinated Zucchini, Charred Fennel & Grapefruit

Local Tomatoes with Buffalo Milk Ricotta & Pesto

La Tur Wrapped in Mortadella

Anthony's Blueberry Bar

Bonnie's Cherry Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Caramel Corn Custard with Vanilla Shortbread

Bonnie's Brownies

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Le Petit Castor

Le Petit Castor or LPC as some refer to it, can be found in Toronto's Rosedale area, on Yonge Street, along a strip that only seems to be gaining momentum. There's the gorgeous LCBO, gourmet grocery stores, bakeries, the Drake general store, black camel sandwiches and adorable restaurants, like LPC.

Inside, on an early Saturday evening, the vibe is chill. A little too chill actually, as none of the servers greeted us as we walked in. We were only able to find our table by the sign with Mark written on it. And through out the night we noticed more chill behaviour, like telling us the specials just as we were about to order.

Onto the food. The appetizers were average. A beet salad, homemade sausage, and poutine that was swimming in a massive pool of gravy. The mains were much better. A basic but utterly delicious mac and cheese, fall off the bone baby back ribs with dill coleslaw, corn bread and fries, and mussels in a surprisingly citrusy sauce. The corn bread should have been warm. Finally, there was absolutely no way of saying no to freshly made doughnuts filled with fruit. It's safe to say this doughnut trend is officially here, and obviously I'm all for it!