Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Cocina Lucero

Update: Cocina Lucero has been closed
Combo Platter $10.50
Chicken Enchilada and Beef Burrito topped with sour cream & guacamole. 
Considering the size of the plate, I thought the portion size was rather sad.  It tasted okay, but it definitely wasn't worth the $10.50 for lunch (and Burrito Bandidos is right down the street too!). 

Website: http://cocinalucero.com/

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Pierre Hermé - Hong Kong

May 3, 2015
Beautiful delightful Macarons! They're little morsels of sweet deliciousness.

July 27, 2014
Especially Pierre Hermé macarons:
I loved the box! It's so distinctively Hong Kong with all the landmarks.
Also, the macarons were flown in from Paris! Insane!
The top column: (1) Infiniment Caramel (Salted Caramel), (2) Infinitment Jasmin (Jasmine Flower & Jasmine Tea) , (3) Mosaïc (Pistachio, Ceylon Cinnamon & Morello Cherry), (4) Infiniment Chocolat Porcelana (Pure Origin Venezuela Porcelana Dark Chocolate), (5) Infinitment Citron (Lemon), (6) Infinitment Pistache (Pistachio).
Bottom column: (1) Infinitment Chocolat Paineiras (Pure Origin Bresil Planation Paineiras Dark chocolate), (2) Montebello (Pistachio & Strawberries), (3) Jardin Mystérieux (mystery flavour), (4) Médélice (Lemon & Flaky Hazelnut Praline, (5) Infinitment Café Iapar Rouge Du Brésil (Red Iapar Coffee from Brazil) and (6) White Truffle Hazelnut

Of the assorted box of macarons, I really liked the pistachio (because pistachio macarons are amazing and I love the flavour of pistachios in desserts), white truffle hazelnut (the earthy truffle oil and hazelnut combination was really interesting and it grew on you as you ate it), lemon (citrus flavours are so much better in dessert), and the Jardin Mysterieux (which has licorice and another flavour - possibly strawberry?).
All the macarons were perfectly made and little delightful melt-in-your-mouth morsels, but the thing that makes Pierre Herme so unique is the constantly changing combination of flavours he offers in his desserts. J'ADORE!

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Milestones @ Richmond Hill

We came to Milestones to celebrate my friend's birthday.  
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
It looked pretty with the red chips and the matching red bowl.  The dip was thick and hearty and I liked that they had a salsa and sour cream option on the side, but overall I thought this dip was okay, but I've had better.  

Grilled Chicken Penne Asiago
A rather oily pasta,but if you could forgive the oiliness - then it was pretty flavourful. 

Butternut squash ravioli
A little strange with the tomato sauce and goat cheese dollops; I would have rather had it paired with a cream sauce instead.  I also would have liked a little more sauce because it felt a little dry. 

Molten Lava Cake with a sparkler for the birthday girl! 
Complimentary cake - yay! 

Overall: I feel like I've had better experiences at Milestones in the past - this meal was okay, and the service was fine, but I felt like the Milestones experience wasn't all there with the delicious food and excellent value. 

Friday, 1 May 2015

Xtreme Taste

May 1, 2015
Chicken with hot sauce, tahini, fattoush salad, macaroni salad and chickpea salad $5
Delicious and great value for money as usual! A pretty well balanced meal with the salads and the meat and it's really tasty.

July 9, 2014
I was looking for lunch options near the Yonge and Bloor area, when I found Xtreme Taste on Yelp! 
The reviews all said that the food was super cheap and healthy, so I knew I had to give it a try. 
It's a really small place: pure take-out food and yet so crazy busy! It was only when I got inside that I saw the two ladies working the counter with the food. I would totally wait in line again for the $5 meals!
Chicken with tahini and hot sauce
Chicken with 3 salads: chickpea, macaroni and potato $5
It's not a huge amount of food, but it's a pretty cheap option especially near the Yorkville area!
It's pretty healthy too since you can choose your options. 
I got the chickpea, macaroni and potato salads because everyone else in front of me was getting them. 
I really liked the chickpea and macaroni salad - very tasty, but the potato salad felt a little bland to me (until I ate like 4 huge coriander leaves). 
The chicken was pretty hearty and it was so much better with tahini and hot sauce! It's like the flavours just popped out more. 

Overall: A super cheap and healthy lunch option in Yorkville, no wonder there's always a line up! 

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Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Pilot

April 30, 2015

Arctic char
Arctic Char with salad
The arctic char is a great fish and I don't usually see it on menus, so I was intrigued.  I thought they did a great job with the fish since it is a little more delicate in flavour and texture - they made it nice and flavourful with the sauce.  I liked the salad too with all those vibrant colours and tossed with a light tangy salad dressing.

May 23, 2014
Usually when I think of Yorkville Rooftop patios, Remy's and Hemingway's come to mind immediately. When I started researching for lunch options near the Yonge & Bloor area to meet up with my friend, I found The Pilot and their awesome rooftop patio!

Daily Menu

 Pulled Pork Sandwich topped with coleslaw on a bun 
I don't think I've ever seen coleslaw and pulled pork together on a bun. I usually eat them separately. The fries were a little soggy rather than crispy. 

Wings, Veggies and Fries
I guess the veggies and dip make this a much healthier option than usual? Haha
Tandoori Chicken breast with rice and salad
The chicken was a little dry from the oven, but the flavours were there. I wish there was sauce on the rice, but alas - it was just white rice. The greens were okay - not particularly exciting.

Overall: Nice rooftop patio (i.e. Flight Deck). The service and food were okay - probably a little pricier since it's so close to Yorkville.