Overall - 8.5/10
Food - 9/10
Service - 9/10
Ambiance - 7/10
Lucky Place Restaurant on Urbanspoon
Overall - 7.5/10
Food - 7.5/10
Service - 7/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Vendome Cafe on Urbanspoon

I'll admit that every so often I really crave 'Chinese' take out food, and by that I mean those Western classics like lemon chicken, beef and broccoli stir fry, or my all time favourite ginger beef. What might surprise you though is that Chinese people really like their take out meals too, the only difference being that when we decide to go that route we head straight for the Chinese BBQ meat store. 

Our favourite place is Sun's BBQ Restaurant. It's a good idea to arrive early in the day/afternoon otherwise all the delicious BBQ pork, duck and Char Sui (sweet roasted pork) will be all gone. Just head up to the counter and order your desired meat by the pound. The secret is to get the meat unsliced so you can heat it up in your home oven and carve it yourself to get the perfect combination of crispy skin and juicy meat.  If you are a meat lover and never had Chinese BBQ you are definitely missing out!

Overall - 9/10
Food - 8.5/10
Service - 9.5/10
Ambiance - 9/10
Briggs Kitchen and Bar on Urbanspoon
This is a quintessential autumn recipe that takes advantage of the butternut squash that are in season.  Add some simple ingredients like cheddar cheese, aromatic sage and you have a delicious "pizza" that can be made in under an hour.  The flavours are rich, nutty and earthy- perfect for a chilly fall evening.
Overall - 9/10
Food - 9/10
Service - 9.5/10
Ambiance 8/10
Niko's Bistro on Urbanspoon
Since returning from France, one of the places that I find myself thinking about the most is Nice. Right on the Mediterranean coast the sun, sea and amazing food and produce are enough make me consider moving there permanently. During the week of our visit we rented an apartment steps away from the famous produce market of the old town. Here is a recipe for Niçoise salad that was made with all the best ingredients that market had to offer, including fresh lettuce, briny olives, green beans and a dressing made with the local olive oil and a black truffle Dijon mustard.