Monday, September 15, 2014

The Saint Tavern [Gastropub - Brunch]

I think I have been to most of the restaurants on Ossington now with the exception of The Saint Tavern (@thesainttavern), not sure why since I have only heard good things about them. Since we didn't have plan this Sunday morning, we decided to head there for Brunch and it was delicious and can't wait to come back for dinner.











 


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Love the fancy diner décor with the dark brown furniture, the white subway tile, the round ball lights, the long bar and the semi round booths. Love the contrast of the light from the windows by the front and the darker wood interior.



Maple Bourbon Bacon $8
Drench in a thick maple bourbon sauce, who can resist the sweet and savory combination especially for a lazy Sunday brunch. My kind of candy!!!
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Ham Steak $16
~ grits, poached egg, red eye gravy, toast
Loved everything on this plate, my only complain is that one of the egg was way overcooked and didn't have a runny yolk (>_<) The ham was so flavorful, love it with the creamy grits, the runny egg and the pop of tart from the roasted tomato to balance everything out.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Detour Coffee [Dundas]

We recently made a mini day trip to Hamilton and decided to drop by Detour Coffee (@detourcoffee) for a quick coffee but since they were still serving lunch, why not.










The streets was rather empty and this cafe is probably the most people I have seen on that long weekend Sunday early afternoon. Love the small cozy café feel of the space with the blackboards and vintage pastry display etc. They only have drinks menu displayed but they do serve lunch and dinner. It's a pretty small space but they do have a big patio outside.


Needed my daily dose of coffee, this was not only the perfect foam art but also a delicious cappuccino. Since they provide custom espresso roast for Dark Horse Espresso Bar (@darkhorsecafe) in Toronto, I knew I will like their coffee.


Butter Tart
Love how the filling oozes out when you bit into it, so good and isn't the random pastry shell cute, look like a flower.
 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Marben [Mediterranean] / Zomato


Since Chef Rob Bragagnolo (@RobBragagnolo) took over the kitchen of Marben Restaurant (@MarbenResto) a bit more than a year ago, I have only been for brunch (post here) and have been wanting to drop by for dinner since then.  

I was invited to a foodie gathering by the folks of Zomato (@zomato) , a new foodie guide app similar to Yelp and Urbanspoon. You ask what make them different?! They focuses on updating all the restaurant in the city with a very user friendly navigation.  Search can be done by area, recommendation, activity of people you follow, where popular foodies including bloggers, food writer and magazines go to eat. You also get to interact with followers and other foodies plus a wishlist/to-eat list.

Toronto Zomato will be available sometimes in October and I am so glad to be part of the Community. Make sure to follow me!
Will definitely be talking more about it when it launches (^_^)

I got there a bit late, so I didn't get pictures of some of the first dishes but did get to taste a bit of everything.

Artisanal Cheese Board $16
~ walnuts, toast, seasonal chutney

Daily Baked Breads $5
~ rye sourdough, carta de musica, focaccia, smoked butter, beet humus, red wine salt
You know how much I love bread and love everything here from the yummy bread to the smoked butter plus what's not to like about the pretty red beet humus. I really wish I have a picture of the whole thing to show.

Patatas Bravas $7
~ crispy potato, spicy tomato, smoked paprika, aioli
This was so good, the sauce was to die for and I am glad that how it's "over sauced"
Pan Cristal con Tomate $9
~ Spanish crystal bread rubbed with tomato 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Taro's Fish [Japanese]

Taro's Fish use to be in J Town back in the days and is now on Sheppard and Leslie right across Canadian Tire. They use to do mainly take out when they first open but are now doing sit down lunch as well. On top of the take out menu, there's also a bunch of per-packed sushi and sashimi available to choose from.






We have been here many time for take out and never thought of writing a post, what better occasion than when we went this past Saturday for a sit down lunch.

Ebi (Shrimp) $4each
Saw a bucket of these live shrimp by their counter, so we just had to order them. They were selling them by the pound and we got four which end up being $3-4 each. When I bit into it, I was scared for a sec since the shrimp was still moving (can't get fresher than that).


Scallops Sashimi $8
This was a pre-packed one from their fridge and the 5 huge scallops was less than $8. When we bought that to the cashier to pay with the rest of our order, they took it and kindly plate it and scalloped it for us. This is definitely one of the best deal ever, so big and fresh.


Chirashi $13.50
~ Tuna, Salmon, White Fish, Octopus, Shrimp, Egg & Chef's Choice
It's not the best looking Chirashi (sashimi rice bowl) that we've had but it's a really great deal for the freshness and perfectly seasoned rice.

Sushi Deluxe $25
~ 6pcs rolls & 8pcs nigiri


Verdict :
We have been many time and I am sure we'll be back many more.
Although it's on the expensive side for a "non-restaurant" setting, the quality and freshness is all worth it. Definitely get what you pay for.
Taro's Fish on Urbanspoon

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Beer Experience [CONTEST]

 
I'm giving away ONE PAIR of tickets to 
 
After the huge Toronto Beerfest, there's still Toronto Beer Week coming up in September and to start it off we have The Beer Experience!
 
I have never been and am excited to be attending, heard that with the smaller space it's a more intimate and smaller crowd event.

 
About:
If you consider yourself a sophisticated beer lover who appreciates the time and effort that goes into creating the perfect brew, this experience is for you. It’s an experience for the distinguished beer drinker. From craft beers to boutique beers, cooking with beer and beer cocktails this is the Ultimate Beer Experience.
Each brewery has either brewed something totally unique specifically for this event, or they are bringing you a brand new brew that hasn't hit the shelves yet! Beer is our focus at this event, but we'll have a couple of other choices for you. If you like to change things up, plus The Berkeley Church will wow us again with delectable bites from their talented kitchen. Can't forget to mention there will also be live music from some great local talent.
 
Location:
315 Queen St E, Toronto
 
 Date & Time:
Thursday September 11, 2014, 6pm-11pm
 
Ticket Details:  
$25 in advance (Include 5 Sample vouchers) & $35 at the door
Get your tickets here ASAP
 
Good Luck!!!
 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Let's Go to the Ex [OOTD]


Outfit Details:
Tank & Vest - F21; Skirt - AE ; Sneaker - Converse; Sunnies - ASOS;


 
Have you seen my CNE post here and with all the eating involve, definitely needed a loose top.
 

I use a texturizing spray instead of blow drying it straight... What you think?! Good look for me?
 
Have been trying to use smaller bags when I know I'll be on my feet for hours to relieve of my shoulder pain from years of carrying my heavy bags, it's easier when Ben is around to carry the camera for me. 



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CNE 2014

It's the end of summer already and the only consolation is that it mean CNE Canadian National Exhibition (@letsgototheex) time. I was debating if I should go this year but I end up winning a pair of tickets from work, so no-brainer.









Not really a fan of the rides but it's always fun to play a came or two although we never win anything.
Basically we just love walking around taking in the atmosphere, but of course food is the main event for me (^_^)


Coco's Fried Chicken ~ Cocoa Infused Fried Chicken
These far exceed my expectation, cocoa infused fried chicken coated and seasoned with cocoa. It's not the created looking in that dark chocolate color but it was fried fresh batch after batch, super crispy and the chicken was moist and flavorful. Love the slight bitter and hint of sweetness from the cocoa powder. Order it with the Chocolate Ketchup dip and it was so so so good, it look super thick like melted chocolate but it actually have pretty strong sour ketchup flavor.