Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yakitori Kintori [Japanese]

Yakitori Kintori (@yakitorikintori) is a compact space above the recently opened 2nd location of Kinton Ramen on Bloor. This newest edition of the Guu, Kinton & Jabistro family of restaurant is devoted to Japanese Charcoal Grilled Yakitori / Skewers.

The space barely has 40 seats, so I highly recommend making a reservation since I saw quite a lot of people being turn away that day. You got to choose between regular tables and bar seats where you get a front row seats to the kitchen where all the skewers are being made.

Just as their logo is a Chicken, the menu consist of mainly chicken skewers and is illustrated on the menu with over a dozen parts. The day we went, they didn't have any of the special parts like neck, chicken oyster or cartilage (very very disappointing) and not even the Pork Intestine (Buta Horumon)

And of course, we choose to sit by the bar / kitchen.

"Binchotan" which is a traditional charcoal of Japan which burns at a lower temperature for a longer period than ordinary charcoal. And as you can see, it does not release smoke which is perfect to use indoor at restaurants.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Jacket & Booties [OOTD]

Outfit Details:
Jacket - H&M; Dress - no brand; Boots - Libby Edelma (old); Bag - Rebecca Minkoff
Love the style and color of the dress, just not the material since it wrinkle so easily, I swear I steam it perfectly before heading out and this was only after a car ride.
And yes, it is one of my fave time of the year since I got to wear my motor leather / faux-leather jackets. Hope it will be an amazing summer, i am in desperate need of a tan.

Totto Ramen [Japanese ~ NYC]

Instead of going back to Ippudo, we decided to try another ramen shop during our April's NYC trip. A friend highly recommended Totto Ramen (@TottoRamen52), so we decided to give it a try.

We actually had a reservation for someplace else that day but we shop way too long at the Outlet and couldn't make it back in time, so we had to cancel. After some traffic getting back to the city, we decided for some ramen on this windy day. We arrived with a line up and end up waiting for an hour. Note there's no one to take down your name, you have to sign up on the board by the door. The 4 of us ended up sitting separately since the place is so small with barely 2-3 tables at the back with the rest being bar seats.

See how narrow it is...

Love being able to see all the action here...
I usually prefer pork broth (tonkotsu) instead of chicken broth since I usually find it too thick and oily in comparison but Totto Ramen had me convinced that it can be great when done right.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Beerfest ~ Spring Session 2014 [EVENT]

The Toronto Festival of Beer's (@TOBeerFestival) Spring Session kicks off at Evergreen Brick Works; it's a smaller spring version of the yearly summer version at the Exhibition Place  (see my previous post here and here). With the Saturday event selling out, the organizers quickly decided to add a Friday evening schedule.

Being one of my favorite event space, love how they undersold capacity with plenty of space to move around but not too empty that you felt you were the only one there. It's mostly local craft beer with only one or two International booths. I have been amazed year after year by our local craft beer and this time wasn't any exception, I found myself some new favorite.

First of all, don't you think that tap is super cute given that I don't think it does anything other than making it look like some crazy science experiment. 

~ After looking on their website, Creemore Springs introduce Mad & Noisy as their Craft Beer Exploration Series and this was their first release. It's a combination of a lager and an ale which has a bitter, malty sweet flavor with a hint of nuts.

I just love their moto "Normal is Weird", we end up trying 3 of their beer that we haven't try before. I am always impress at how many new brew they can come up with each year. That day alone, there was more than 10 types to choose from with some rotating flavors.

Shoulders of Giants (Imperial IPA 10%)
~ this is a limited edition beer and it has a very strong hop flavor, roughly filtered with some caramel sweetness to it and strong at 10%
The Italian Job (Pale Ale 5%)
~ found it clean tasting but no prominent flavor
Crazy Berry (Lager 4%)
~ a sweet berry syrup beer with a touch of tartness with higher carbonation, could think of so many girlfriends that would love this

Fall Off the Shoulder [OOTD]

Outfit Details:
Top, Skirt & Boots - H&M;Bag - Kate Spade;

Please don't call the fashion police but I did happen to wear the same brand from head to toe which is a big no no for many fashionista out there.
Love that the fall off the solders top is back, still remember I had them back when I was in high-school and that's pretty long ago. Love this loose version but really how do people keep the elastic top of rising... maybe not move your arms at all?!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rose City Kitchen [Mediterranean]

Rose City Kitchen (@RoseCityKitchen) is the newly opened Middle Eastern snack bar on Queen West with the menu design by Shontelle Pinch from Gourmet Bitches. 

It's a cute 15 seats intimate snack bar style space, perfect location and space to drop by for lunch, a snack or even a light dinner. Love the eye catching red tile wood oven where pita are baked fresh.

Ordering was easy, picked a region then the protein and love how they even suggest how many you should order : 1 for a snack, 2 for a meal and 3 if you're starving.

Humus $2.00 + Pita $1.00
The pita was just so moist and pillowy soft, love love love it. The humus was just I like it with the perfect balance of lemon, sesame and garlic.

RCK Hot Sauce
Made with real roses, it was not very spicy but on the sweet side and slightly acidic with a delicate floral notes.

 RCK Original w/Falafel $3.50
~ humus, tabouleh, home, fries, carrots, lettuce, garlic oil, cherry harissa dressing
One of the best falafel I have ever had, full of aromatic herbs and with crunchy outside and a moist meaty feel to the inside. No wonder they put their name on this one, perfect balance of flavors and texture. I Always choose falafel over the other meat and I love this one.

Moroccan w/ Chicken $4.00
~ harissa dressing, couscous, lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, almonds, apricots, parsley, chickpeas
 This was my favorite, this one had a slight kick to it which is balance with the sweet apricot. With the chickpeas in this one, I think it'll be better with meat than the falafel.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Southern Feast - The County General x The Tempered Chef Collab [Event]

Another amazing collaboration from Bertrand Alépée aka The Tempered Chef (@TheTemperedChef) and it's with The County General (@CountyGeneral) this time. Still remember his last collab here?!

The Southern Feast was served family style and they didn't skim on the size at all for only $40pp. 
You can see my previous post of The County General here.

The Luberjack Sour $12
~ Wild Turkey Bourbon, Fresh Lemon Juice, Egg Whites, Bacon infused Maple Syrup
Seeing the word bacon, we all wanted to try and 3 of us ordered it out of a table of 5. As always, the cocktail at The County General never disappoint and it's even better when topped with a super yummy candied bacon.

Blackened Chicken Livers
~ Jalapeno & Cheddar Cornbread, Lime Crema
The 5 of us somehow got 4 pieces so it was somehow difficult to split it evenly but the portions were big enough to share between us. The liver was perfectly cooked and so flavorful plus the cornbread was so good.The "blackened" layered were amazing which prevent the liver to get mushy while giving it a slightly crisp layer.