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Biella

20 Jul

I spent last Saturday roaming from one restaurant to the next (best idea ever).  I had loads of wonderful food and was able to try out three new restaurants.  Having spent the night before trying to capture images of Donnie Walberg, the battery on my camera was flashing a low signal before we’d even had breakfast.  So by dinner time, my camera was completely dead which meant I was unable to capture the beauty of the fine meal we had at Biella’s in Excelsior.  Luckily for you my food recall is as sharp as a tack.  Please enjoy the illustrated version of Biella’s (actual food may vary in appearance).

What to Eat:
We started out with the Artisan Board which featured a variety of meats, cheeses, and antipasti.  There were some wonderful cheeses on this plate; my particular favorite was one that had vibrant green veins of what I think were tasty herbs.  This is unconfirmed, but definitely delicious.

I am pretty sure I have never passed up Caprese on a menu.  I love the flavors and textures of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and balsamic.  In this version, they’ve also added a light lemon flavor which was a great addition to the traditional salad without being distracting.  Which is good, because I don’t like anything to get in-between me and a plate of tomatoes and mozzarella (sort of dangerous).

One of the things I really loved about Biella’s menu is that they have an option for a full or half order for many of their entrees.  I chose a half order of the Lobster Ravioli, which was plenty for a meal.  Filled with a variety of seafood and asparagus, the dish was full of flavor and tasty bits.  There were two good-sized ravioli that were beautifully striped (I’m thinking could be squid ink, but this is also unconfirmed).

All of this was followed by two desserts that we shared.  They disappeared so quickly they hardly register in my mind’s eye.  The dessert menu changes regularly and they feature two different cheesecakes daily.  Be sure to save room for dessert.

Where to Go:
227 Water Street
Excelsior, Minnesota 55331

More Info:
http://www.biella-restaurant.com/index.php
(952) 474-8881

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Le Boui-Boui

29 Jun

Our two main activities in Paris last week were eating and walking.  If it hadn’t been for one, we would never have been able to do the other.  One afternoon, we explored a neighborhood that is straight north of Notre-Dame.  It is pretty far away from any of the regular tourist areas, near the metro stop Etienne Marcel. Armed with the info that the “rue Montorgueil” is a street worth checking out and the names of a few restaurants to consider, we found it on the map and headed in that direction.  Not able to find the restaurants we were searching for, and exhausted after so much walking, we settled on one we found on a side street off of rue Montorgueil.

We lucked out with Le Boui-Boui.  It is a cute restaurant, the menu had plenty of items from which to choose, and the people were very friendly. 

What to Eat:
The menu appears to change regularly, and items are only available until they run out.  We had a variety of items, and loved them all.  I had a chicken salad that I’ll probably be busy trying to recreate for the rest of my life.  Lightly dressed greens with fresh herbs, chicken, roasted potatoes, fresh tomatoes, a tortilla with melted goat cheese, topped with a little balsamic and pesto.  It was hearty but not heavy, full of flavor but not overdone.

And although we were full, we had dessert anyway.  Once we saw the dessert menu, we couldn’t pass up the apple gelato topped with Calvados.  The gelato had a bit of a citrus taste with tiny bits of apple, all made a bit float-like with the addition of Calvados. 

It is worth the effort to find this location – you’ll be glad for the break from tourist areas, and the food was some of the best we had in the city.

Where to Go:
11 Rue Marie Stuart
75002 Paris, France

More Info:
Web: http://www.lebouiboui.fr/
Phone: 01 42 36 40 94