Wednesday, April 23, 2014

County Cocktail [American]

After another amazing meal at County General here, it remind me to try their newly opened sister restaurant County Cocktail (@countycocktail). It just happened to be in one of my favorite neighborhood, Leslieville.

I was pleasantly surprise that the place was not packed since their Queen West location is always packed It's a rather small space but love the bright red chair and stool, plus isn't it amazing what wood blocks can do.

 The First Word $13
~ Beefeater London Dry Gin, Strega, St. Germain, Lemon
 Love lemony cocktail and the beefeater flavor was very subtle here which was I fond perfect

Love how they served all local wine with five red and five white by the glass and by bottle to choose from, all at a really reasonable price with the most expensive bottle at $60

Love those little bites, not only are they cute but they were all delicious.
Beef Cheek, Mushroom, Scallion, Ginger, Steamed Bun $4 
Cod Fritter Deviled Egg, Pickled Ginger $5
Cheese Puffs, Momay, Onion Jam $3
Fish N Chip, Anchovy, Chips, Garlic Tar Tar Sauce $4

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Yellow & Pink Bouquet [OOTD]

Outfit Details:
Dress - F21; Jean Jacket - H&M; Bag - Rebecca Minkoff

Aren't everyone tire of the dark cold winter, time to bust out the sunshine and that include your clothes. Bright colorful clothes just make me feel happy and with the amazing sunny weather it's even better. I have a lot of friends who are afraid of patterns, especially flower print but really, really everyone can wear it... just need to know what work best for you, smaller or bigger prints etc. I dare everyone to try on a bright flower pattern, maybe start with a skirt away from the face which will be easier to get use to (^_^)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Destingo [Italian]

 We passed by Destingo (@destingoTO) so many times since it opened but have never been. I was lucky enough to be invite to a dinner and got the choice of à la carte or they'll bring out multiple half dishes for us to try and of course we went with the latter since they know what's best on their menu right.
 This place is definitely underrated serving good casual simple comforting Italian food, nothing fancy

 Love the spaciousness, no chair bumping and the huge open kitchen with amazing smell whiffing through the restaurant.

 Grilled Calamari
~ caramelized onions, Kalamato olives, capers, local grape tomatoes, roasted garlic
 Perfectly cooked calamari with simple delicious ingredients, what else can you ask for?!
Perfectly delicious!!!

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