Informed Dining: The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

After the championships, we had a big dinner celebration for about sixty or so people at The Keg at St. Catharine’s in Ontario. One of the good things about this establishment is its spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas, where they could easily accommodate big parties such as ours. Their private function rooms on the second level are quite large as well. Perhaps an early reservation must be placed though, as they seem to be almost always fully booked on weekends.

Before the actual dinner had started, and while we were having interesting chats about food, sports, travel, and maybe some segments on the future of Earth and its life force (Were there actual science brainiacs in our table or we were just hammered?); we had cocktails and the Strawberry Daiquiri (not on their menu) at 7.5CAD, was refreshingly delicious. We would have moved on to try their Cranberry Mojito and Pomegranate Royale, both their featured cocktails, but it was already dinner time.

As dinner started, we each had a glass of red or white. At that time, for us having reds, they were serving something local called, Inniskillin, a Cabernet & Merlot from the Niagara Peninsula, Ontario. It costs 7CAD by the glass. The appetising Escargot came next. It was served on a porcelain escargot plate with stuffed mushroom caps with lots of garlic and different herbs for 11CAD. Just the way we like it (the taste, we mean).

Strongly recommended by our waiter, under their menu’s Keg Cuts, was the NEW YORK – a tender New York striploin grilled to perfection and some wanted it medium, some medium well and some liked it hot and well done. They have branded this dish as: “The King of steaks.” King indeed at 41CAD.

The service was very satisfactory and we would highly recommend them because of their ‘informed dining’, which is an added service. This service allows the customers to know the nutritional information of the menu and the staff are very knowledgeable of it. As for any food allergies you may have or sensitivity to any ingredients, just let the staff know about it and they will cater to it. And, yes, they do have gluten-free options, too.

Overall, it was an excellent (free) dinner with a bunch of cool, very diverse crowd; and while we all enjoyed the speeches and the brief film clip, and obviously loved the food and ambience; we will definitely treasure each others’ company and the friendships formed for so long as we live.

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada

The Keg Ontario Canada


THE KEG STEAKHOUSE + BAR
Address: 344 Glendale Avenue, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Telephone: +1 (905) 680-4585
Website: www.kegsteakhouse.com

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Savouring Singapore: Aura – National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Burrata Cheese Ravioli with Amatriciana

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Pappardelle with Oxtail and Mushrooms

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Trofie with Truffle Pesto and Prawns

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore

Aura National Gallery Singapore


AURA
1 St. Andrews Road
National Gallery Singapore
Telephone: +65 6866 1977
Email: book@aura.sg
Website: www.aura.sg


This is part of the blog series called: “Savouring Singapore,” which aims to feature and promote restaurants, bars, hawker centres, mamak stalls, kopitiams and cafes of any kind, in and around the Garden City. Featured images are snapshots of food, drinks, desserts or the physical look of the makan place.

Submission Guidelines:
1. Provide complete name of place. Double confirm spelling can?
2. Identify the name of each particular dish/specialty.
3. Creative shots from camera phone or professional food styling photography also can.
4. Where is it lah? Tell us the address, telephone and website if got.
5. You may opt to say a bit about the place or the food, but photos can already.

Everyone is welcome to send their submissions here.

Tapas de La Llaura-Dora

La Llaura-Dora is a casual dining restaurant in Denia, Alicante, Spain. It is situated in one of Denia’s oldest buildings—The Building of the Monks (Edificio de los Monjes). This building is said to be about 450 years old and it used to be an abbey and a learning institution for children.

When one walks through Calle Loreto, you will immediately find La Llaura-Dora as it stands out among the entire stretch of restaurants. Aside from the old-fashioned façade, you’ll notice it right away because it’s VEEERY orange (perhaps it’s just seasonal). A friendly waiter will greet you and bring you to your desired table.

La Llaura-Dora Denia Spain

La Llaura-Dora Denia Spain

They serve traditional Valencian cuisine and you’ll have an option to be seated either inside or outside of the restaurant; so it’s a choice between a quiet, antique-filled interior or the lively atmosphere on the street. There will be occasional jewelry/souvenir vendors who will approach your table. The seating capacity would probably be around 50-60 people on a packed, busy evening.

La Llaura-Dora Denia Spain

La Llaura-Dora Denia Spain

On a fine summer day, just before the sun sets, one would prefer to be seated outside as you will have a nice view of the busy Calle Loreto. And as evening draws near, you would suddenly notice this quaint Spanish town’s architecture, amazingly changes colour, and, thus, a warm air of bliss would be felt to complete your meal.

After a tour of the Castle or after sun tanning at the beach, whether you’re having Sangria or sparkling water, the following dishes are highly recommended:

La Llaura-Dora Denia Spain

Pan de la casa – Tomate en Aciete Y Sal All Y Oli Aceitunas

La Llaura-Dora Denia Spain

Patatas Bravas

La Llaura-Dora Denia Spain

Jamon Iberico Y Queso Manchego

La Llaura-Dora Denia Spain

Chopitos

La Llaura-Dora Denia Spain

Alitas Y Muslitos de Pollo con Salsa Barbacoa Casera

La Llaura-Dora Denia Spain

Croquetas de Jamon Serrano

La Llaura-Dora Denia Spain

Calamares a la Andaluza


La Llaura-Dora
3700 Calle Loreto, 12, 03700 Denia, Spain
+34 966 43 17 64
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Most Flavourful Restaurants of 2014

Le Pailleron Lyon France

Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.

Hippocrates

What’s your favourite restaurant of 2014? Here’s the TOP 10 which really worked the treat for us in 2014. From Michelin-starred to a side-walk stall, we’ve ‘inspected’ the food, ambience and our overall experience with the lovely people we had had the meal with.

1. Supply & Demand – The Esplanade, Singapore

2. Le Pailleron – Lyon, France (tie)

2. Seafood by Emilion – Iloilo City, Philippines (tie)

3. Tim Ho Wan – Westgate Jurong East, Singapore

4. Artistry – Kampong Glam, Singapore (tie)

4. Urban Bites – Telok Ayer, Singapore (tie)

4. Freshly Baked by Le Bijoux – Killiney Road, Singapore (tie)

5. Auntie’s Nasi Padang Stall – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

6. Tantarantana – Barcelona, Spain

7. NamNam Noodle Bar – Raffles City, Singapore

8. Real Coffee & Tea Café – Boracay Island, Philippines

9. Pasta Brava – Craig Road, Singapore (tie)

9. Jones The Grocer – ION Orchard, Singapore (tie)

10. Vanilla Bar & Café – Boon Tat Street, Singapore

Share with us your favourite restaurant and we will be happy to visit, try its specialty, and perhaps do a feature here. Email: eugephemisms @ gmail . com

 

RECIPE: Ilonggo-Style Barbeque Marinade

Many friends have requested that we share our very own special version of the Barbeque Marinade. We are often tasked to prepare this recipe in our barbeque gatherings. Our friends must have really liked it because it’s always a hit and the first dish to run out, too. In a couple of minutes, it’s gone. Nada! We’re just glad they love it and that Mom and Dad must be really proud.

It’s very easy to prepare. Just follow the exact portions of the ingredients which we have listed here. The preparation is a breeze and would usually take less than 15 minutes.

Another tip is to gently massage the mix/marinade into the pork belly and then refrigerate for at least 10 hours or up to overnight. This will enable the ingredients to be absorbed well by the meat.

Ilonggo-Style Barbeque Marinade

While it is called Ilonggo-Style Barbeque Marinade, apparently, none of the ingredients specifically come from Iloilo or Bacolod. You can easily find all these ingredients in the supermarket. In fact, the only Ilonggo element here is us—true-blue Ilonggos. By religiously following the portions indicated, the fusion of ingredients will make it taste like how the Ilonggos would want their BBQs. We certainly hope that you can try to replicate this recipe. Try it in your next BBQ Party; and, if you love it, share this recipe to your friends as well.

Ilonggo-Style Barbeque Marinade

Ingredients

4 large garlic cloves, peeled and coarsely chopped
¼ cup or 4 teaspoons dark brown sugar
¼ cup soy sauce
½ cup cane vinegar
350ml barbeque sauce
5-10 pieces laurel leaves
¼ cup calamansi, freshly squeezed (15-20 pieces)
2-4 tablespoons black pepper, freshly ground
4 kilograms pork belly

Directions

Mix everything in a large tray. Loosely cover with a cling wrap, refrigerate for at least 10 hours or overnight before Barbequing.

Share your recipes to us! Email them to: eugephemisms @ gmail . com

Photo Credit: Faye Dy-Liacco