Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Sushi Box

My old office used to order Sushi Box in for lunch every so often. 
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Chicken Teriyaki bento box
A rather simple meal, but quite filling considering the portion size above. The shop is owned by a very nice Korean family that also give out miso soup with every meal. (I liked the chap chae noodles the best out of my lunch box). 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Casa Manila

After Sorento's, I was still craving dessert and I've really wanted to try the Halo Halo at Casa Manila for about 2 weeks (ever since another friend mentioned Filipino food). So here we are!
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Chicken Sisig fries
I saw this on "You Gotta Eat Here" and in the spirit of eating everything I've always wanted, my friend and I decided to split this and the halo halo and another dessert (we were being super overambitious for two Asian girls - but in our defense, we did eat EVERYTHING). 
The fries were really good! It was like Filipino Canadian poutine. I loved that they were on the hot plate, because it kept our fries warm when we got distracted by dessert. The flavours and textures of the Chicken sisig fries were great! You got savoury, tangy, sweet (from the onions) and crispy from the chicken and fries. Yum!

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Halo Halo and Leche Flan
OMG the Halo Halo was everything I dreamed...but it was a lot bigger than I expected. 
The ube ice cream was amazing...the jelly stuff was "interesting" and it was all so sweet and yummy together that I just kept eating. 
The flan was really good too, but I think we should've just kept it at the Halo Halo for dessert (we were like comatose after our meal - considering we also had pasta dinner at Sorento's). 

Sorento Restaurant

I had a craving for Italian and originally I was planning on going to Frankie Tomatto's for AYCE Italian. However, by the time my friend got off work, I wasn't that hungry, so we went to Sorento near Don Mills and Eglinton instead. 
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Gnocchi Russa with rose sauce, mushrooms, spinach and sun dried tomatoes
Yum! Gnocchi - the pasta was a nice al dente, but we weren't huge fans of the sauce. 

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Spaghetti Sorento's Way with chicken breast, onion, bacon and spinach in a pesto white wine cream sauce
A decent portion size and pretty tasty. 

Overall: Service was great and the food was pretty reasonably priced and tasty. It's not the best Italian, but it'll definitely do when I have an Italian craving. 

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Darband Restaurant

I didn't even realize that there was a 24/7 Persian restaurant open in the plaza by Don Mills and York Mills until I searched nearby Persian restaurants (because I was craving koobideh and usually I go to North Express at Yonge and Steeles). 

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Koobideh Take-out
Koobideh was really flavourful and tender. The juices from the meat soaked into the basmati rice and made it so good! I'd definitely come back for the Koobideh (but I love the sandwiches at North Express more). 

Friday, 28 October 2016

CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice

I've been intrigued by Coco's Sago Taro Milk Tea for a while, but I just haven't had the chance to try it until now. I imagined it would be like the Taro Sago Chinese dessert, but a cold drinkable version. 
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Unfortunately, I don't know if I killed it with less ice and 30% sugar (or maybe they put more ice and no sugar), but it was a little bland and not that tasty. I loved the sago, but it wasn't enough to save the drink. I also don't know if I'd pay for this again. 

Manpuku Modern Japanese Eatery

Manpuku Modern Japanese Eatery is a restaurant nestled in the back corner of the Village by the Grange food court. 
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Niku Udon and Shigure Don
Both were pretty good and very reasonably priced (especially compared to all the ramen places in Toronto now). 

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Takoyaki
Octopus balls - these were okay, but not as good as the ones I've had in Japan

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Cheesecake
I don't really know why I keep ordering Japanese cheesecake when I don't really like it. I think I keep hoping to find a version I like. In this case, it was at least better than Uncle Tetsu's because I liked that it was more cake-like. 

Overall: Cheap, tasty and quick service Japanese food summarizes my experience. Win!


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Nadège

October 23, 2016
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Nadege opened a store at Yorkville recently and all their products looked amazing! I couldn't resist picking up some treats to try at home. 
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Pistachio chocolate, pistachio strawberry and lemon lime macaron
So yummy!
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Mushroom and cheese bun
I couldn't help being thrown back to those cheap Chinese bun shops that sell something similar to this (but for a fraction of the cost). Definitely got a little ripped off with this. 

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Raspberry and pistachio pastry
It's pistachio and raspberry - my two favourite combinations! However, it wasn't whole pastry wasn't that great. The individual elements were nice - but it just didn't work together. 
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Clockwise on Top Plate: Cherry Chocolate, Cassis, Blackberry Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Pistachio
Clockwise on bottom plate: Candy cane, pistachio, green tea, champagne and chocolate

I was intrigued by the variety of macarons and they all tasted exactly like what they were supposed to be.
The candy cane and champagne flavours were nice and festive.
However, I was really disappointed with the execution of the macarons: 
As you can see from the cassis (blackcurrant), the macaron feet were so hard that they crumbled when you pushed your finger on the top.
The only moist and decent ones we had were the blackberry chocolate, cherry chocolate and champagne.
The most disappointing macaron was the pistachio - it's such a classic flavour and so traditional and when we bit into it we both knew that we overspent our money (and that we probably wouldn't be back here for macarons again).
Overall: Nadege has a nice variety of macarons, but in terms of execution - they were nowhere near Parisian Macarons, or even some of the other macaron places I tried in Toronto such as Patachou or Butter Avenue.

March 15, 2012
Ever since Nadège opened in 2009, I have heard stories about their macarons and french pastries. Some people even ventured to say that they had some of the best macarons here outside of Paris (pretty high praise), so I decided to stop by and see if it was true:
 

Macarons are on the far left, cakes in the middle and pastries are on the right

Pain de chocolate amande and pain au chocolat (on top of a turnover)
The pastries were flaky and buttery (and a little pricey) 

Website: http://www.nadege-patisserie.com/

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

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

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Day 8 of Iceland Road Trip - Reykjavik, Iceland

A nice start to the day at Guesthouse Aurora again:
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Sun Voyager

On the recommendation of the Cafe Loki staff (since we LOVED their rye bread ice cream), we went to try more Icelandic ice cream at Valdis, but I got distracted by a bakery on my way from the car to the ice cream shop. 
17 Sortir had a fantastic display and I saw this little morsel that I had to try: 
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So I packed up this hazelnut crunch cupcake and took it to go.
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So good! It was crunchy on the bottom, hazelnut flavour was infused everywhere and crispy with the meringue on top. 

Then I went to Valdis:
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Licorice is really big here, but I didn't like either of the licorice ice creams, so I got pistachio and almond. 
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Yum! But I think I like the gelato version more. 

Then we were at the airport, where I picked up a sandwich before my 5 hour flight home:
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The I, Caesar was demolished in seconds before boarding my flight. :)

Friday, 21 October 2016

Day 7 of Iceland Road Trip - Reykjavik, Iceland

Another early morning start on the road with the breakfast of Champions in Iceland: Gas Station hot dogs!
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Every travel book or website tells you to visit the cafe near Gullfoss for the lamb soup and trust me - the unlimited soup is well worth the trip!
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It's hearty and full of meaty lamb and so tasty! 

When we got back to Reykjavik, we went for pizza near our guesthouse. 
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Pizza came with cheesy bread. We thought cheesy bread was like cheese sticks, but when we opened the second pizza box:
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This was cheesy bread...so many carbs!