Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Chatime @ College & Yonge

July 4, 2017
Chatime is running 1L cup promotions for $5 with 3 different flavours in celebration of 5 years. The one I'm most likely to drink is the Roasted Milk Tea with tapioca, grass jelly and pudding.
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Roasted Milk Tea Triple
Don't get this if you don't like Roasted milk tea! It's a bit of an acquired taste if you're expecting regular bubble tea or milk tea. I wasn't a big fan at first and after drink a bit more, it got a bit better. The one thing I really didn't like in this was the pudding (and it was like 3/4 of the cup), so beware! 

June 2, 2017
Chatime released some summer specials including some Instagram worthy drinks like this:
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Starry Lemon
It's really pretty - but it tasted like a slushy lemonade. This was the June Tea of the Month so it was on sale for $3.99, but I wouldn't pay anymore for that. 

Monday, 3 July 2017

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

July 3, 2017 


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Special Skillet with maple glazed pulled pork, beans & potato hash with sunny eggs
The maple syrup flavour stood out and while it was good, it wasn't really exceptional.

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The Manhandler with sliced flat iron steak on toasted garlic sourdough with arugula, two eggs sunny & a side of MP sauce.
We didn't really think this was the best presentation of the dish - we could barely see the steak and arugula because of the eggs (and the eggs were fried in a strange way). The steak was good (but a rather small portion) and the sandwich was nice, but it felt like we were eating mostly potatoes.

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Veda’s Choice with poached eggs on a flakey croissant, smoked salmon, topped with Béarnaise sauce & served with mixed greens
This is always a favourite since it's always done well. The croissant was perfectly flaky and the poached eggs and smoked salmon were delicious.

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Brunch special: maple smoked pork skillet
 Somehow a smaller portion...not really consistent

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Mrs. Biederhof’s Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
Pancakes were stacked mile high again! Super fluffy and yummy with the syrup and blueberry compote. 

October 23, 2016
We had a relative from overseas visiting, so we took her out to brunch at one of the city's best brunch spots. 
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Scones and Tea Biscuits
The scones are so yummy!
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Mrs. Biederhof’s Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes served with a wild blueberry compote, Lanark County maple syrup & whipped cream.
The pancakes were as fluffy as ever with lots of blueberry compote and maple syrup.

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Veda’s Choice Mildred’s classic poached eggs on a flakey croissant with your choice of smoked salmon or bacon, topped with Béarnaise sauce & served with mixed greens
Delicious! Definitely my favourite brunch item of the day.

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Omelette brunch special
The omelette was a little disappointing considering the size and the price. I wouldn't order this again.

April 2, 2016

I've heard great things about Mildred's Temple Kitchen, so we tried to get to Liberty Village early Saturday morning to try out their famous brunch.  There was an hour wait at 10:30am and we ended up waiting an hour and a half before we were actually seated. 
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First things first: endless coffee
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Either we were really exhausted or this was one of the best cups of coffee I've ever had, after the third cup, I think it was definitely one of the smoothest and most flavourful coffees I've ever had - even without all the cream and sugar - it was so delicious!

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Our waiter was informed that we waited a really long time for a table, so they gave us a complementary blueberry scone and a biscuit with clotted cream and chocolate sauce as a starter (which was really nice of them)! Both the scone and biscuit were AMAZING!

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Mrs. Biederhof’s Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
This brunch meal was a massive stack of three pancakes with decadent wild blueberries, whipped cream and real maple syrup was heavenly.  The pancakes were light and fluffy and the blueberry sauce was so tasty and rich in flavour. SO GOOD!

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Huevos Monty: Mildred’s classic black bean refritos & sharp cheddar cheese baked in flour tortillas & topped with eggs sunny, fresh salsa & avocado crème fraîche
I've been thinking about the Huevos Rancheros I had at George Street Diner and so I was kinda excited to get the Huevos Monty.  It was good, but it wasn't really my favourite dish between the three.  Something just seemed like it was missing from this brunch dish to really make it stand out. 

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Big Brunch Skillet with spicy pulled pork, roasted onions, black bean and potato hash with sunny eggs and piri piri salsa 
I love skillets and I liked the slightly spicy kick from the pulled pork. 

Overall: Good brunch at Mildred's Temple Kitchen! I'll be dreaming about that fantastic cup of endless coffee and the deliciously sweet and tasty massive stack of blueberry buttermilk pancakes for quite some time.  The service was actually pretty fast, but the patrons were all there to slowly enjoy their lazy morning brunch. 
Mildred's Temple Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Bent Taco - Collingwood (ON)

We went to Collingwood for a day trip to explore the Scenic Caves.
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Caves and a Suspension Bridge!
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Wasaga Beach

We grabbed tacos before heading back to Toronto.
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The tacos seemed a little pricey for $6.50 each, but we wanted to try a variety.
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Chorizo beet tostada, meat & potatoes and two Baja fish tacos
Everything looked really good - it was really nicely presented.
The chorizo beet tostada was pretty good with the crunchy tostada. The meat & potatoes was really interesting with the beet crema, braised short rib and hickory sticks for crunchy spiced texture. The baja fish was only okay.

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Cauliflower burrito $14
I think we were definitely expecting a lot more from a $14 burrito. It was tasty, but it seemed pretty small when it was presented on the tray.

Overall: It's a really nice restaurant with a great patio for outdoor eating and it's decent Mexican in Collingwood (if a little pricey). The service was really good and the restaurant is really cool inside. 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Harvey's

June 27, 2017
Now that Harvey's isn't doing their Build-A-Bowl promotion, I had to find other Harvey's alternatives. They were offering their Angus Burger combo for $5.99.
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Angus Burger (just the way I like), onion rings and a strawberry milkshake upgrade 
The angus burger was pretty good with all the toppings I love on my burger. The onion rings were just fresh from the fryer and a little oily. My milkshake was really good (super glad I upgraded). 

March 16, 2017

Harvey's introduced their Build-A-Bowl recently and started running 1/2 price promotions. It's a really good deal considering the bowl usually costs around $8 and it's a pretty filling meal by itself with a base of rice, salad or fries and then unlimited Harvey's toppings and either chicken or burger (and you get a choice of crispy, buffalo or grilled chicken or angus, veggie or original burger). 
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Grilled chicken bowl with fries and crispy chicken salad bowl
These bowls were REALLY good for $4. They put all the toppings I wanted including guacamole and those yummy crispy noodles. I didn't really know if I would like the fry bowl, but it turned out really well. The salad bowl was a little strange since you got all the toppings you wanted anyways - so I had lettuce on lettuce. I'd go for the rice bowl and the fry bowl. 

March 18, 2017
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Angus Burger rice bowl
The angus burger was pretty good. I was a little unsure at first, but it was pretty good with the rice bowl and all the toppings. I also discovered Harvey's has tzatziki sauce!

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The tossed rice bowl
They really pack a lot of rice in there and it's so good with the sauce and all the ingredients. Yummy!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Fugo Desserts

Fugo Desserts was doing some kind of promotion today and they were selling $1 scoops of ice cream!
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Cookie Monster ice cream
It's a blue vanilla ice cream with cookie pieces. I tried it at Coachella last year and didn't really see the appeal (other than for Instagram pictures). I didn't really enjoy this version either since I'm not a huge fan of vanilla ice cream. 

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Earl Grey Ice Cream
This ice cream was really good! My friend made a much better choice with her tea flavoured ice cream which was fragrant and smooth in texture. Yummy!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Xtreme Taste

June 23, 2017
After eating at Eat A Pita, I wanted to go back to Xtreme Taste to do a bit of a comparison. So I took my coworker here for the $5 salad box. 
20170623_140232Clearly I'm a creature of habit because without consulting my blog, I got the exact same thing as I got two years ago. Chicken breast with fattoush, potato and macaroni salad. Still as good as it was before - I think they have more flavourful and tasty salads than next door. 

May 1, 2015
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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! 
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The reviews all said that the food was super cheap and healthy, so I knew I had to give it a try. 
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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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