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La Croissanterie – French Fast Food

I literally roamed around for 6 hours waiting for my hotel… there’s only so much walking you can do in Dublin before you run out of things to do. But if you roam around enough, you get hungry. There’s a big indoor shopping area at the beginning of Grafton Street. There isn’t too much to eat here and it’s pretty touristy, but I was tired and just decided to eat at La Croissanterie. Turns out to be a french chain. They sell sandwiches (baguette types, paninis, etc) and some sweets. I got a special which comes with a sandwich, dessert, and drink. I forget what this sandwich was called, but it had country turkey (don’t know what makes it country, except it has an orange-ish ring around the edges) and cole slaw. The sandwich wasn’t terrible, but it was freezing cold (everything is kept in refrigerated display cases). If they had maybe heated it up or put it in a press or something, it would have been a thousand times better. The pastry was an apple puff and it was stupendous. So I’d have to say oui to the pastry and peut-etre to the sandwich.

Nice Cheap Buy

Sometimes when I’m at the store, I buy something I don’t want or need, just because it happens to be on sale. Such as this random soup I picked up at target because it was half price. I’m very into soup, so I thought why not. And man! Did I pick a winner! This soup was so surprisingly good. Now I will have to stalk the clearance aisle ends at target to stock up!

Lunching in Mississauga

My customer was in Mississauga, and the location was literally across the street from Square One Shopping Centre, one of the largest malls in the entire country of Canada. It was overwhelming, even for someone like myself who grew up with King of Prussia. In any case, I got to dine at the food court there. P recommended Cafe Madina, which was lebanese food. I got a chicken shawarma, which was filled with lettuce, cabbage, chicken, garlic and hot sauce, and these crazy pink pickled turnips. It was all rolled up and grilled/pressed. It was so damn good! I could eat these all the time. The chicken was well cooked and all the fixins and flavors worked well together. And because it was rolled up, it was actually easy to eat. I also got a side of half potatoes and half salad. The salad I got had apple, mango, carrot, and cucumber, along with a bunch of herbs. Loved it. And the potatoes too. Really, this was an excellent meal, especially for a mall food court meal! But really, it would have been good anywhere.

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