Ah trust me, I know I haven’t updated my blog in what feels like forever but I just haven’t had any time! I got back from Canada two days ago and I’m leaving in 3 days again for San Diego; it’s madness! But hey, it definitely beats sitting home all summer :).
So since I haven’t actually made anything since I got back, I thought I would just rant about the trip and how amazing the food was the entire time. I don’t think there was a single night we spent less than $60 on dinner but it was definitely worth the cost! Our favorite place to eat was officially the Rainbow Room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara. I just can’t even begin to describe how phenomenal everything tasted. We were a little skeptical at first because the hotel gave us a very reasonable coupon for the restaurant but that did not affect the taste in any way! Kamil ordered the chicken cordon bleu which was a “lightly breaded chicken breast stuffed with emmenthal cheese, black forest ham, garlic mash, buttered vegetables and a dijon cream sauce.” Even the presentation was impressive!
Unfortunately our dinner menu at the restaurant must have been more updated than the website’s but if I remember everything correctly, I ordered the grilled salmon with petit greens. It was originally supposed to come with some kind of potato-y side but I decided to substitute some vegetables for whatever the other side was.
Whatever that orange sauce was on the side of the plate was literally the best thing I’ve ever tasted; it made the entire dish. It was spicy (which I like) but not too overpowering and it paired perfectly with the salmon which by the way was cooked to perfection. Oh my gosh, if I could eat this every day of my life I would. And the weirdest part is before this trip, I didn’t even like salmon that much. There was a time where I tried some of Kamil’s (we couldn’t remember the restaurant) and it tasted way too fishy to me. But in Niagara and Toronto, I began to acquire a taste for it and ended up eating grilled salmon almost every night for dinner. It was Heaven!!!!
For dessert, Kamil ordered creme brulee which is one of his favorite things to get when we go out. He had ordered it at the Skylon Tower for dessert the first night we were there (which for the price he paid for dinner, was not that impressive) and he wasn’t a big fan. He said the caramel layer on top was too thick but he didn’t seem to complain about the Rainbow Room’s brulee. It was also a vanilla custard which he liked better.
…vs. Rainbow Room’s brulee- much better. I got to eat his strawberry :D.
On the last night of the trip we somehow managed to pull off a room at Turning Stone Casino and Resort in upstate New York after a lot of hassle. I wasn’t impressed at all by the dinner because I didn’t like the taste of my salmon (we were back in the states after all) but Kamil ordered filet mignon which he said was good. But what was truly impressive about this place was all the desserts they had at Opals Confectionery! Cakes, pies, cheesecakes, pastries, fudge- you name it!
I was so inspired and I had gone so long without baking that I just wanted to whip out my stand mixer and go at it. Kamil settled on a fruit tart (that his mom ended up eating) and a chocolate croissant for himself and he also got his mom some cannolis. Everything looked so delectable!
Oh and of course, how could I forget? We made a stop at the Hershey Factory before leaving Niagara. The variety wasn’t quite as large as Opal’s obviously but I had to take a picture of the GIANT peanut butter cups they had!
Anyways, I hope to be able to update this blog with an actual recipe soon!