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A light fixture gets in the way of El Quinto Pino's new menu
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A suite under the sea.
Six years ago, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort could lay claim to the hottest table in the Maldives when it opened Ithaa, a restaurant 16 feet below sea level. If dining inside what is virtually an aquarium isn’t cool enough, the resort is now giving guests the option to sleep with the fishes in its new Ithaa Underwater Suite. The all-glass suite can only be booked for one night at a time, and guests can get everything from room service to a massage upon request.
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Cattle Café: Dishes at this Hong Kong–style café range from the tame (noodle soups with king mushrooms and sliced brisket) to the adventurous (BBQ-eel sandwiches and spicy pig ears). 1020-8580 Alexandra Rd.; 604-276-2800 or cattlecafe.ca.
Well Tea: This Taiwanese bistro offers lots of fun things to eat, like deftly fried, delicately seasoned chicken nuggets. The fresh-taro-root bubble tea is creamy and tasty. Unit 170-4811, Hazelbridge Way; 604-278-7268 or welltea.ca.
Gyo-O: The specialty here is fresh fish on warm seasoned rice (the tuna with negi sauce is particularly great). For dessert, the house-made macaroons are presented as the Olympic rings in blueberry, chocolate, green tea, maple and strawberry flavors. 2137-3779 Sexsmith Rd.; 604-295-4072 or gyo-o.com.
Fisherman’s Terrace Restaurant: The focus here is big-ticket seafood, like local geoduck prepared two ways: sashimi-style, and lightly battered and stir-fried with loads of garlic, jalapeños and green onion. 3580-4151 Hazelbridge Way, 604-303-9739.
Bartender extraordinaire, friend to F&W, and general all-around good fellow Jim Meehan of NYC's PDT came up with this cocktail a few months back for a wine-vs-cocktails smackdown held at NYC's Nios Restaurant. I attended the event, drank the drink, and at the time thought to myself, well, that's about the best Valentine's Day cocktail I've ever run into. It's gorgeous to look at, tastes terrific, and also packs a reasonable punch. (Note: It might not be the thing to stir up for a crowd of longshoremen; it's a very pretty drink.)
recipe courtesy of Jim Meehan
1.5 ounces Clear Creek Framboise (or other Framboise—the eau de vie, not the Belgian beer)
1 ounce Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos Red Label (or other 5 Puttonyos Tokaji)
1/2 ounce Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
3 drops Rose Flower Water
Stir ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a rose petal, particularly a peach-colored one if you can find it...