Tag Archive: Casual


Caravan Restaurant and Bar, The Granary, London

Posted on April 5th, 2013

Central Saint Martin’s College, London, has a fantastic reputation to churning out bright young art stars and fashion designers including the likes of Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. I recently met an artist friend there for lunch at their newly built Granary Square building in King’s Cross. The impressive new campus was designed by Architects … (More →)


Chez Aline, Paris

Posted on April 1st, 2013

I haven’t been to Paris in ages, but one of the things I remember most fondly about it is that invariably in any old random spot, I would stumble across an incredible tarte tatin or the best jambon fromage sandwich I could remember having. Next time I am in the City of Lights and want … (More →)


La Place, Amsterdam

Posted on March 25th, 2013

I was just in Amsterdam briefly and stayed at a hotel very near the Central Station – a convenient location since the tram system works well and all trams loop back to this spot. Having done very little research I wasn’t sure where to get a casual bite to eat and was kindly directed by … (More →)


Bar Cotto, Seattle

Posted on March 6th, 2013

Last time I was in Seattle I had a fabulous meal at Ethan Stowell’s How to Cook a Wolf so was delighted
hear he’s added yet another venture to his growing group of eateries called Bar Cotto which describes itself as “a smallish Parma-style salumeria and cocktail bar with pizza, Italian vegetables, bruschetta anda daily … (More →)


von Trapp’s in Seattle

Posted on February 15th, 2013

A little while ago I wrote about Wurstküche, a sausage joint/beer hall in Los Angeles and I was happy to hear a similar venture has just opened in Seattle which is much closer to home. With a tag-line that reads “Bocce-Bier-Brats” von Trapps describes itself as a “Bavarian inspired bier hall with house-made sausages … (More →)


Moderne Burger, Vancouver

Posted on December 12th, 2012

Every time I drive by Moderne Burger in Kitsilano, I mean to stop in but I’m often too late – it closes at 7.45 pm. I finally made it there during opening hours and I’m glad I did. Their menu is simple and consists of burgers (steak, turkey, veggie or wild salmon filet), BLTs, grilled … (More →)


Wurstküche Sausage Grill, Los Angeles

Posted on December 3rd, 2012

I was just back down in LA and wanted a casual bite for dinner so we hit Wurstküche which is self-described as “an exotic sausage grill in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District”. I don’t know LA that well, but it did seem like an industrial, hipster area and when we arrived the tiny storefront … (More →)


Nook Restaurant, Vancouver

Posted on July 25th, 2012

I live in the West End so am blessed with a myriad of delicious, inexpensive Asian restaurants at my doorstep and that’s where I turn most nights when I’m in search of a casual bite to eat. But sometimes when I’ve had my fill of ramen and sushi and I still want to eat out … (More →)

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