this. You're traveling in cities like Montreal, Beijing, Chicago,
Orlando or Sydney. It's time to eat. Out come the guidebooks
and local tourist magazines. You make your choice and more often
than not you find yourself seated beside other travellers. Wouldn't
you rather be eating with the locals? Here are some of the latest
neighbourhood food finds submitted by our Journeywoman readers
Lotus in Kaua'i, Hawaii...
is a fabulous Vegan
Restaurant in Kapa'a, on the Hawaiian Island of Kaua'i.
Don't let the 'vegan thing' fool you. The food is fantastic.
Selections include an enchilada casserole to die for,
german chocolate cake that is out of this world, soups,
salads, paté with flax seed crackers (much better
than it sounds) all in generous portions and beautifully
presented. Many raw food and 'live food' (nothing heated
above 116 degrees farenheit) options to tantalize the
health minded diner. The consciousness that goes into
the selection of ingredients and preparation of dishes
greatly enhances this eatery's offerings. Organically
grown and with absolutely no animal products, the food
is surprisingly rich and satisfying. Good for you and
good for the planet. Check out their cookbook online.
Tel: 1-888-44-LOTUS Website: http://www.veganfusion.com
in Vancouver, Canada...
live in Vancouver B.C. and when I am in the mood for
a delicious, comforting meal in a cozy atmosphere, I
head down to
on West 10th. West 10th is a great little neighbourhood
with some funky shops and is close to the University
of British Colombia, the beaches, and Pacific Spirit
Park (which has great trails to explore).
(meaning a thick spicy stew) has a very "local" feel
to it: something I always like to experience when I
travel abroad. It is also well-priced and the meal portions
are very generous, to say the least. The decor is casual
with wooden tables and chairs, tiled
floor, a fireplace and vintage posters of faraway places
on the walls. Outside there is a small patio for summer
has both a Summer and Winter menu offering imaginative
and fusion inpired soups, salads and delicious stews.
Meals are served in huge bowls, on wooden platters and
include Ecco el Pane bread (a Vancouver bakery favourite).
I'm a hearty eater and I find the small size portion
is plenty. The beef bourguignon is divine, especially
with a glass of wine. Desserts are good too, but I rarely
have room for one. Travellers will appreciate this local
haunt for families, yuppies and students alike, especially
with an appetite after a day exploring the wonderful
neighbourhoods in the area. It's friendly, reasonably
priced, and lively. I may just go there tonight after
writing this recommendation! Hours: 11am - 10pm. Address:
4434 West Tenth Avenue Tel: 604.221.7839 Website: http://www.burgoo.ca
in Alexandria, Virginia, USA...
live in the Del Ray section of Alexandria,
Virginia just outside of Washington DC and recommend
Monroe's American Trattoria to all women travelers.
The restaurant and decor is warm, friendly, and comfortable.
The staff is outgoing and knowledgeable. The food (Italian-American)
is always excellent. The house wine is delicious (and
inexpensive). Everyone makes you feel at home in this
restaurant, whether it's your first or fortieth time
there. It's located at 1603 Commonwealth Avenue. Tel:
Restaurant in Temagami, Ontario...
Temagami, Ontario, we boast one of the finest restaurants
in Ontario, if not Canada. The ,
run by a Scandinavian couple (in their seventies!) is
fine dining at its best. Vagn, the proprietor will greet
you with a hand shake, hang your coat and deliver you
to your table. He continues to serve you from filling
your glass with water, to presenting the wine for tasting,
to delivering your piping hot dinner to the table. There
is no wait staff other than Vagn. His
delightful, petite wife , EIse, works very hard in the
kitchen, by herself, preparing fresh hot rolls which
melt in your mouth, to serving up scrumptious appetizers,
with a taste of sorbet to cleanse your palette before
serving a piping hot dinner. This couple works six days
a week serving lunches of homemade soups and other mouthwatering
treats, and serving fine dining in the evening. Oh,
did I forget the mouthwatering dessert menu? The dinner
menu is always the same but never fails to delight the
diner. This is a rare restaurant experience in our small
vacation town well worth a visit. Their ad reads "For
out of town call collect". Imagine in this day and age!
Address: Highway 11, Temagami, Ontario. Tel: 705-569-2912