Exploring the world one bite at a time

Month: August 2015 (Page 1 of 3)

‘t Swarte Schaep: “Great mussels!”

We came here specifically because we wanted to eat mussels and we were not disappointed. The mussels were very good. We really liked the fact that we got our portion for three persons served in a big bucket. We had to fish the mussels out of the bucket with a big spoon onto our plates. When we asked for a second serving of fries the waiter gladly brought them.

The location of this restaurant is very charming, on the picturesque harbour of Brouwershaven. We enjoyed eating on the terrace with the glass panels to shield us from the cold wind.

The fourth person in our company ordered the fresh salmon, which was also excellent and came with a nice big salad and extra fries.

In total we paid 100 euro for four persons. A very good price for the quality of the food.

We would definitely come back here for the mussels or to try something else on the menu.

‘t Swarte Schaep, Haven Zuidzijde 16, 4318 AJ Brouwershaven, The Netherlands
+31 111 691 903

Visited August 2015. You can find my review about ‘t Swarte Schaep also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, service 5/5, food 5/5.

Kimchi House: “Lovely Korean food”

I was surprised to find a Korean place in Jasper, but boy, what a pleasant surprise it was. This is a really excellent restaurant with lovely authentic Korean food.

We arrived quite late (at about 21.30u), but that wasn’t a problem. We ordered the dinner for two persons consisting of Kun Man Doo (fried dumplings), Woo dong (wonton soup), Bulgogi (beef) and spicy dak bulgogi (chicken) with rice. We didn’t have to wait longer than ten minutes before the food arrived at our table.

The portions were huge and the food was exquisite. Very, very tasty. We were very hungry but had a hard time finishing all the gorgeous food.

Highly recommend this place.

Kimchi House, 407 Patricia Street, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada
+1 780-852-5022

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Kimchi House also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, service 3/5, food 5/5.

The Strawberry Moose Snackery: “Lovely place to have a snack or a quick lunch”

This snackery is right across from the information centre for Wells Gray Provincial Park. I can really recommend this place. Honest, freshly baked goodies. I ordered a wrap which was absolutely delicious! The tuna salad was fresh and I loved the fact that the wrap itself was strawberry couloured. With my wrap I drank a lovely strawberry smoothie. My food was totally in sink with the name of the eatery.

I was great eating outside on the lovely terrace and enjoying the sun.

O yeah, and the free wifi worked very good! Which is rather exceptional in Canada’s national parks.

The Strawberry Moose Snackery, 425 Eden Rd P.O Box 5, Clearwater, British Columbia V0E 1N0, Canada
+1 250-674-2123

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about The Strawberry Moose Snackery also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, service 3/5, food 4/5.

Lac le Jeune Resort: “Great hotel at the lakeshore”

If you like nature, this is the place for you. Location is key and Lac Le Jeune is situated right at the lakeshore of the gorgeous Lac Le Jeune. Lots of birds, squirrels and chipmunks to enjoy. The owners of the hotel have put bird feeders everywhere, so you can enjoy those lovely creatures from upclose.

The rooms are spacious and a bit old fashioned. Beds were good and the bathroom was clean. The rooms don’t have airconditioning, only a ceiling fan. It wasn’t very warm during our stay, so we didn’t mind. It is a pity though that there is no refrigerator in the room. The hotel is far away from everything, would be nice to have a place to keep your drinks cool. There is no elevator, so you’ll have to carry your luggage up on the stairs.

We stayed in the hotel for three nights and on arrival promptly got offered an upgrade for our second and third night. We got changed to a room with a better view for the same price. Very thoughtful!

Staff is super friendly and will give you lots of tips where you can find wild life. We really loved our little canoo trip on the lake. I was very happy to be able to capture the beautiful loon on camera.

Breakfast and dinner are both outstanding. Very, very good. Options for dinner are limited, but very tasty. The breakfast buffet was lovely, with lots of different options to choose from. Really enjoyed all the fresh fruit. Tip: do try their blueberry pie. This was honestly the best I’ve had in my whole life.

Lac le Jeune Resort, Lac le Jeune Rd. off Coquihalla Hwy., 29 km southwest of Kamloops, Kamloops, British Columbia V2C 6B8, Canada

Stayed July 2015. You can find my review about Lac le Jeune Resort also on TripAdvisor. My scores: rooms 4/5, cleanliness 3/5, service 5/5.

Hell’s Gate Airtram: “A force of nature”

An amazing trip over this gorgeous canyon. It is a pity that the ride in the cable car only lasts a few minutes.The suspension bridge gives you quite a view on the powerful currents of the Fraser river. The café was a disappointment though: mediocre food at best. My salmon chowder had way too much pepper in it and the fries were swimming in salt. There is also a huge touristic shop which we just skipped. We loved the exhibition about the fishing ways: really interesting, although it felt rather dated and could use a make-over.

I do have to say I found the airtram too expensive compared to the attractions on the other side of the canyon. The icecream was very nice, though.

Hell’s Gate Airtram, 43111 Trans Canada Hwy Boston Bar, Hope, British Columbia V0K 1C0, Canada
+1 604-867-9277

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Hell’s Gate Airtram also on TripAdvisor.

Umamido: “Great ramen!”

A new ramen restaurant, quite close to my work place. I really love me some ramen, so I decided to try out Umamido on a hot summer day. I got there early so I could secure a place on the small, yet cosy terrace.

Of course I ordered the weekday lunch menu special: 3 gyozas and a ramen of choice for 14 euros. It is possible to add extra toppings, but I decided to go with the standard option: vegetables, slices of slow cooked pork neck and a half soft boiled egg.

The menu mentions the broth is made from pork meat from the village of Malmedy in the Belgian Ardennes. Sounded nice, I wondered if the taste would be good also.

Turned out I wasn’t diappointed. The ramen was perfect. The broth was very tasty and in my case also a little spicy (I went for the kara miso ramen). The egg was perfectly boiled.The gyoza was also excellent.

Definitely will go back there and perhaps next time I’ll try the kimchi appetizer!

Umamido is a chain with restaurants in four locations in Belgium. I’ve never visited the other locations, but if the ramen is of the samen quality, you can’t go wrong there.

Umamido, Place Sainte-Catherine 1, Brussels 1000, Belgium
0032 29116221

Visited August 2015. You can find my review about Umamido also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, service 3/5, food 4/5.

The Hungry Chef Pizzas & Craft Beer: “Great place to have lunch”

Reallly loved this place. We had lunch here on a very rainy day, so unfortunately we had to sit inside. The terrace looked lovely though. The restaurant has the feel of a wooden mountain cabin.

I had the falafel wrap and my boyfriend went for the spicy chicken fettuccini. Both dishes were great. Really loved my wrap which came with a small salad. Everything was really fresh. Portions were more than big enough. We paid 50 Canadian dollar for our meal (tips not included).

The Hungry Chef Pizzas & Craft Beer, 140 Lillooet Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia V0M 1K0, Canada
+1 604-796-2483

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about The Hungry Chef Pizzas & Craft Beer also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, service 4/5, food 5/5.

The Copper Room: “Expectations not met”

I had heard so many great things about this restaurant, that my expectations were probably too high. Granted the food is ok, but really not exceptional. The dishes are very classic and presented without much imagination. Service is decent, but some small details are overlooked (for example, the cutlery wasn’t taken away after the first course).

I was a bit disappointed that they added a sugar cube to my champagne cocktail with brandy, but I guess that’s their interpretation of the recipe. The rusty nail my boyfriend ordered was really nice though. The wine was also nice.

During dinner a live band played some classics and some couples danced on the dance floor. All the tables are arranged around the dance floor. The music was a little bit ‘golden oldies’ for me and sometimes just a touch too loud. The atmosphere as a whole felt dated to me.

All in all we had a nice evening, although we felt the price was too high for the food served.

The Copper Room, 100 Esplanade, Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia V0M 1K0, Canada
+1 604-796-2244

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about The Copper Room also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 3/5, service 4/5, food 3/5.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa: “Mixed feelings”

To be honest, we left Harrison Hot Springs Resort with mixed feelings. Loved the hot pools, but the hotel itself feels dated and could use a make-over.

The foyer of the hotel is really bombastic and dark, not really my thing. Our room turned out to be a disappointment. The bathroom looked old and worn out and just wasn’t very clean (I found dark hairs on the floor everywhere). The wallpaper was old and dirty, the curtains felt like from another century and the bed was very small. All the furniture in the room had marks from heavy use and were clearly past their prime. The whole room could use a make-over.

The room did not have airconditioning, but the ceiling fan was enough to keep us cool (it wasn’t very warm when we stayed here). The room we stayed in was very noisy. You could hear every noise in the hallway and also the noises in the nearby rooms. The hotel has a strict policy that you should be quiet after 23u, which is totally understandable when your rooms are clearly not noise proof.

The breakfast was nice though, with lots of hot and cold options to choose from. Although I found a hair in the dried fruit the first day. Seems like unwanted hair is a bit of a problem in this hotel. I have to say I really loved the made to order omelet. The old man who made my omelet made me laugh by repeating the same joke over and over again to every customer that asked for an omelet. Love when somebody poors his heart and soul in his job.

I really loved the pools though. It was lovely relaxing in the hot pools during our stay. There were lots of people in the pools, but it never felt too crowded. The outside pools were beautiful. We enjoyed the view on the surrounding mountains. The hot pools were the mean reason why we stayed in Harrison Hot Springs Resort, so I’m glad they didn’t disappoint. I also got a pedicure in the Spa. The girl who took care of my feet was absolutely lovely and I was very happy with the result.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, 100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia V0M 1K0, Canada

Stayed July 2015. You can find my review about Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa also on TripAdvisor. My scores: location 5/5, rooms 2/5, service 5/5.

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