Marcello Pizzeria e Ristorante

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This restaurant is on the corner of Commercial Drive and Kitchener. It’s got character with iron bar gates on the front door facing Commercial (which isn’t used as a door) and high ceiling with chandeliers made from wine bottles. It gives it a bit of hipster-ish feel, but without the run-down feel. It was cozy and had a really nice atmosphere.

We were there for lunch, and I had the Chef Tagliatelle with sauteed mushrooms, black olives and capers in a creamy tomato sauce $14.95. I knew that their signature dishes were the pizza, but I just love pasta that I couldn’t resist. I also had a slice of the Prosciutto pizza with tomato sauce, mozarella and ham $13.95 (for medium) The medium was quite a large portion, and very good price. It had a thin crust that was baked just right. I was pretty impressed and knew I had to bring Sheepie who has become picky with pizza after traveling to Italy this fall. Their pizza is baked in their wood fire pizza oven – and it’s not just an ordinary oven. It’s shaped in a face of a human, where the oven is the opening of the mouth of the person. Very unique! Again, adds character to this restaurant.

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My pasta was very good as well, though it was slightly dry so that all the noodles stuck together. Good portions, and I couldn’t finish it all, so I had the left overs packed up. Service was satisfactory. The music was a bit loud, making it sometimes hard to hear each other clearly, but then again, I complain about this with many places…lol.

idearabbit-marcello2Chef Tagliatelle with sauteed mushrooms, black olives and capers in a creamy tomato sauce $14.95 idearabbit-marcello4 idearabbit-marcello3Prosciutto pizza with tomato sauce, mozarella and ham $13.95

We all had coffee at the end, one cappucino, espresso and a latte for myself. I had been disappointed to return from Europe with all the great lattes over there only to return to Vancouver with very expensive but not good coffee drinks. But this latte was pretty good.

idearabbit-marcello5I would definitely return again.

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McDonald’s at Brentwood Mall

McDonald's on UrbanspoonYes, I avoided going to any fast food restaurants for several years, but Sheepie likes going there, so now I have the bug – only a little tiny one though. I only resort when I’m very low on fuel and don’t want to spend that much. I’m severely underweight, so a lot of calories is good news to me – but maybe not the cholesterol and all that – but, I rarely go. Again – it’s for my last resort.
And how can you go wrong with a burger for $1.39 (+taxes). Although comparing to Burger King’s Junior Chicken which is also the same price, I prefer BK. The BK chicken is juicier and thicker. The lettuce seems to be fresh and overall the burger tastes better.

idearabbit-mcdonald_brentwoodJunior Chicken Burger $1.39

The location at Brentwood is right by one of the entrances. The service is quick, and the interior is ok. However, due to the developments of the condos at the mall, this McDonald’s has closed down this year. However, you can always order the Junior Chicken at another location.

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La Petite Cuillere

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My friend loves tea and is also a fan of British culture, especially their Victorian decor and tea-drinking. She had gone to several Afternoon Tea places and had mentioned about La Petite Cuillere. I decided to take her there one weekend afternoon (please make reservation when going for Afternoon Tea)

As soon as I walked in, I was taken in by the interior decor and atmosphere. I have been to Secret Garden, but this place took you to another world. My friend told me that it was a family run business, and the owner loved tea sets and plants. So throughout the cafe, you could see many many different cups, some filled with soil and plants. Very cute.

idearabbit-lapetitecuillere1 idearabbit-lapetitecuillere2 idearabbit-lapetitecuillere3 idearabbit-lapetitecuillere4 idearabbit-lapetitecuillere5It’s always very nice when places offer different range of prices. There are 3 options at La Petite Cuillere

a petite cuillère Tea
$12.75 per person + $1.25 for a selection from La petite cuillère’s Finest La petite cuillère Tea
Two miniature sweets and one of our signature cupcakes. Served with your choice of tea fr om our premium loose leaf tea selection

The “Afternoon Tea”
$24.50 per person + $1.25 for a selection from La petite cuillère’s Finest The “Afternoon Tea”
Enjoy a full service of three miniature sweets, three finger sandwiches, two miniature scones, mini loaf, tea biscuit, fruit preserves, and Devonshire cream. Served on a traditional three tier stand with your choice of tea from our premium loose leaf tea selection.

The “High Tea”
$13.75 per person + $1.25 for a selection fr om La petite cuillère’s Finest The “High Tea”
A selection of two miniature sweets, two finger sandwiches, one miniature scone, fruit preserves, and Devonshire cream. Served on authentic English bone china with your choice of tea fr om our premium loose leaf tea selection.

We decided to do the High Tea.

The staff were amazingly friendly and helpful. It was my first time at La Petite Cuillere, and the young girl helped me decide on which tea to get, especially because there was a large selection of teas to choose from. I decided on a black tea; Darling Darjeeling which blended Ceylon with a hint of cherry and strawberry blossom. While my friend who was an expert on teas knew in getting the Dragonwell which has slightly toasted flavour from being fired by hand in woks.

idearabbit-lapetitecuillere6 idearabbit-lapetitecuillere7The delicate foods seem to change from time to time. When it was brought, the young man explained what each one was. Apricot scones just baked that day! The croissant with basil, spies and what we thought was cream cheese was very interesting mixture and contrast. Overall, the food was good. Perhaps not as good as others, but still very affordable and enjoyable. A great way to catch up with your gal friends!

The staff kept refilling our pots with hot water, so we never ever ran out of tea LOL. When I sipped some of my friend’s Dragonwell, it was quite bitter since the tea leaves were still sitting in the water. When the staff came by to refill our pots again, I asked if it was ok for green tea to be sitting in the water. He said it was ok since it was loose leaf. After he left, my friend told me that that is not the case. Black tea like mine wouldn’t become too bitter, but green tea did. Tea should be steeped at the right temperature and for only a specified time. Even Sheepie who comes from Germany knows this.
We took our time savouring each piece and enjoyed drinking out of nice tea cups for a change. A new gem found! :D

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