Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Roselle Desserts [Bakery]

Roselle Desserts (facebook & intagram)was the newest bakery in town and heard people says best eclair in Toronto, so I obviously need to make my way there.
Stephanie Duong & Bruce Lee are the couple behind these calorific creations, both graduated from George Brown and work at Michelin star restaurant both in Paris and Hong Kong. I can't help but have high expectation, we arrive late afternoon on Good Friday a few weeks ago.

The space is rather small, somehow I was expecting something bigger.
Love the limited selection, there was only 7 choices in the display case plus their special Mille Crepe. See how all the goodies are perfectly lined, that shows how much love is put into this place.

And more casual goodeis on the side to choose from, like brownies, marshmallows, meringue...

Banana Cream Pie Eclaire $7
~ Rum'd up banana, vanilla custard and whipped white chocolate
The ├ęclaire shell was perfect and the caramelized bananas was so god, layered with so much flavors.

Monday, April 20, 2015

North America Craft Beer Experience [Contest]

I'm giving away a pair of tickets to 

I haven't been able to make it last year, so I am very excited to be attending this year since you know I'm all about local / craft beer and wine.
So I am excited to have been offered an extra pair of tickets to share with you guys (^_^) #cheers

NAC (North American Craft) is a Beer Agency that supports local, Craft and Out of Province Independent Breweries. Their job is to get great beer into consumers' hands. Join us on Friday May the 8th and experience some of the best craft breweries from across Canada plus a couple from the U.S., all under one roof! 

A portion of all ticket sales from this event goes directly to the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund

315 Queen Street East 

 Date & Time:
Friday May 8th, 2015
Ticket Details:  
$20 per ticket in advance or $30 at the door (subject to availability)
+ Sample Tickets at $1 each
Get your tickets here

Good Luck!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bar Raval [Spanish Tapas]

Bar Raval (@bar_raval) the much anticipated sister restaurant to Bar Isabel finally opens it's door back in February after a year in the making.

Chef de cuisine Crant Van Gameren has inspired and lead culinary trends in Toronto from the housemade charcuterie at The Black Hoof  to the start of the Spanish tapas craze of Bar Isabel, so you can imagine my excitement in trying out Bar Raval.

It's a stand only 40 person pintxo bar with no seating of any sort. There's someone at the door and no one is allow in unless there's space and be prepare to wait since the place packed up pretty quickly but lucky for us, we got the last 2 spots. Our coats were quickly checked in by one of the wait staff as soon as we walk in and we were told to find a table space squeeze in and in table I mean shelf, bar or wooden barrels. One we claim "our spot", people are surprisingly respectful of each other eating space which can get pretty crowded with all the little plates. I would recommend a hand-free bag since there's not much space to put your purse and wear something light since the place can get pretty hot with the crowd. I hope they do open up the patio when it get warmer.

You can't help but love the space with all the woodwork all surround the entire space, it's kinda a hipster-Gaudi space?! Ben said that it reminded him of Bilbo Baggins' (The Hobbit) house and I have to agree. (See more details about the architecture here). Love the kitchen window where the charcuterie hang and the chef peeking through from time to time.

Our spot by the window, love how there's still sunshine outside which make the picture so much better.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Four Barrel Coffee [San Francisco]

 San Francisco being a craft coffee city, we were excited to put quite a few coffee stop in our schedule and let's just say we have been over caffeinated the whole trip drinking 2-3 cup each per day. One of our stop was Four Barrel Coffee (@fourbarrel) at the Valencia location (Mission) after our breakfast here which was only a short walk away.

Wish we have huge coffee places like this, the one in Toronto tends to be so small and crowded. Love even thou they have a large space, they only had tables on the side with plenty of empty space to line up, it just felt so much more open.
Arriving at around 11:00am on a Friday, the place was packed with a constant stream of people and love how dog friendly it was with all the pooches hanging out indoor.

Two station with 2 line which is much more efficient.

And the Vinyl station at the back is just so cool, no iTunes here.

Perfectly pour Cappuccino with the perfect foam art ♥ and love the balanced flavor plus smooth foam.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MIssion Chinese Food [San Francisco]

Being featured on No Reservations a few years ago and recommended by many, we just had to try Mission Chinese Food when we went to San Francisco back in October. Being on several best new restaurant list when it first open in 2012 and helmed by James Beard Award winning Rising Chef Danny Bowien, I had rather high expectations.

Although it started as a pop up, this end up being a rather permanent restaurant. Disguised as the Lung Shan Restaurant signage outside, it's best known for their take on Szechuan cuisine combining traditional Chinese recipes with new added ingredients.

Walking in a place like this, you would expect to be created by a Chinese waiter but instead you get a tattooed hipster waiter creating you at the door.

Tea Smoked Eel Roll $10
~ Fresh rice noodle, Chinese celery, salted plum hoisin, braised pork, cognac soy
This was refreshing but frankly I don't think it's fresh rice noodles since it was starting to get a tiny bit dry. That aside this was the most innovation dish among those 4 dishes we tried since the others were pretty standard Chinese dishes that I really don't see anything "new" to them.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fonda Lola [#MexicanFiesta]

Have been a fan of Andres Marquez (@andres_tequila) and Howard Dubrovsky (previously L.A.B post here), so I have no idea why I haven't been to Fonda Lola (@fondalola) sooner for a real meal that is since I was here for the media launch.

Oh yes maybe because it's so difficult to get a reservation, this time I made plans with friends and made the reservation a month in advance.
The 4 of us decided to go with the Mexican Fiesta which is a taste of the whole menu for $150.
(we got a deal on Travelzoo for $99)
CocoLoco Margarita $14
~ Citrus Margarita base with coconut water & lime kefir
Andre's recommendation for this "kinda healthy" cocktail with the hydrating coconut water and the turmeric added (^_<) It has all the component of a cocktail that I like, perfectly refreshing and tart while I wait for my friends.

Cesar $12
~ V8 juice, aguachile, aged tequila with candied bacon
It was my friend's drink, being a big Cesar fan this was too thick for my taste and I bet it's because of the V8 use instead of the Clamato. But OMG, the salt/chili rim and the bacon was so good.

And the fiesta start with a plate of that perfect Candied Jalapeno Bacon, total my type of candy #obsessed

Smoked Cuba Libre $12
~ Smoked Coke, aged rum and lime
Smoked to order, it came smoking and not only does it look amazing when pour at the table, it was really delicious and you can actually taste the smokey flavor.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

County in the City 2015 [Contest - Closed]

I'm giving away a pair of tickets to 

I was really lucky to have won tickets to County in the City (@drinkincevents) last year and got invited back this year. If you follow my blog or twitter, you know that I am pretty familiar with Niagara-on-the-Lake and 20-Valley wines and wineries but not so for the ones in PEC except for a few wineries. So I am very excited to see what I'll discover this time at the event, last year found some new favorites from wineries that I have never heard of.

So I am excited to have been offered an extra pair of tickets to share with you (^_^) #cheers

That night more than 50 Price Edward County (PEC) wines will be available for tasting under one roof and then you can buy your favorites with free shipping since most of the wines featured are not available in the LCBO.

315 Queen Street East 
Airship 37
37 Parliament St (just north of Lakeshore)

 Date & Time:
Thursday April 16, 2015
Ticket Details:  
$49 per ticket in advance or $60 at the door (subject to availability)
Get your tickets here

Good Luck!!!