Archive for the ‘French’ Category

Cru Tasting, Short Rib, Whipped Ricotta, and Beignets. Will skip the whipped ricotta next time. It was too heavy and I kept expecting a meatball in this sweet course…

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Overall CID rating 5 out of 5

Thumbs Up: Salt and Pepper Calamari

Thumbs Down: pricey, dress code


“CID Highlight” – Salt and Pepper Calamari: CID Rating 5 out of 5


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Overall CID rating 3.75 out of 5

Thumbs Up: value for the dollar, service

Thumbs Down: the trout

Recommendations: Try the $39.95 Five Course Prix-Fixe Menu for the best value. The menu does change often so check out the website for the latest L’Ecole has to offer.

“CID Highlight” – Passion Fruit Baked Alaska: CID Rating 4.5 out of 5

Omelette Norvegienne aux fruit de la passion

I have had baked alaska on several occassions but this by far is the tastiest interpretation I’ve had. The torched cream, frozen passion fruit filling and crust was perfectly layered for every satisfying bite.

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Overall CID rating 3 out of 5

Thumbs Up: cheese selection

Thumbs Down: extremely crowded and loud as the night progresses, value for the dollar

Recommendations: Go early or prepare to wait!

“CID Highlight” – The Fromagerie: CID rating 5 out of 5


I’m no expert when it comes to cheese and would love to take a class one day to teach me how to enjoy an ingredient that seems to plague (with its scent) and impress a mark (with the texture and flavors) deep in the hearts of many fellow cids. Even with my lack of knowledge, I know any shop that supplies such an array and variety of international cheeses must deserve a 5 out of 5 rating.

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Overall CID rating 4 out of 5

Thumbs Up: the cool truck, chocolate bread pudding, da bomb

Thumbs Down: value for the dollar

Recommendations: Great for a quick sweet treat before or after the movies at Stadium 14!

“CID Highlight” – Da Bomb (Bomboloni): CID rating 4 out of 5

Da Bomb

Homemade deepā€fried brioche, dusted with cinnamon and sugar, and filled with vanilla cream. Da Bomb is a latest addition to my list of things to indulge in twice a year. It would take a six month craving for me to pay $5 for just three of these soft, moist pockets of cream.

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I’ve been patiently waiting for the right time to try Eleven Madison. When better than during Restaurant Week? We went for lunch enduring the harsh winds of another cold winter’s day. Maybe it was the day, the hour, my mood but something didn’t feel right. I’ve been known to be a little picky when it comes to where I dine especially nowadays when I’m completely in debt and cannot afford to pay top dollar for low grade, impersonating food.


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