3.30.2012

Sushi Kai

03.24.12

What? Sushi Kai for dinner
Where? 168 Eglinton ave e (5 min walk from Eglinton station)
Price? $15 for $35 (from deal of the day)
The skinny: Sushi Kai is a small sushi joint in Midtown Toronto. They’ve got the usual rolls and a few “Chef’s Specials.” Often featured on those coupon/deal sites. 



3.26.2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies (David Leibovitz)

03.22.12

Chocolate chip cookies are the epitome of a classic cookie. It’s probably the first cookie that you were introduced to as a child (along with the digestives) and you have fond memories of munching on them with a tall glass of milk, watching Sesame Street. COOKIE MONSTER!!!



3.22.2012

Acadia

03.18.12 

What? Acadia for dinner
Where? 50C Clinton st (506 College streetcar)
Price? $39 (7-course tasting)
The skinny: Acadia is one of THE places to go eat in Toronto right now. Chef Matt Blondin creates dishes that are as they are delicious as they are unique in presentation. Cue the good cocktails/drinks (cocktail master Benjamin Deacon) + great atmosphere = winning meals.


3.20.2012

St. Lawrence Market: Buster's Sea Cove

03.10.12

What? Buster’s Sea Cove
Where? St. Lawrence Market (5 min walk from King station)
Price? $9-$15
The skinny: Buster’s Sea Cove is a St. Lawrence Market landmark. Owner Tom Antomarakis serves up fresh fish fast. Think Atlantic salmon, calamari, swordfish, shrimp and more.



3.19.2012

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

03.02.12

I’ve baked carrot cupcakes several times before (once with maple cream cheese frosting), but this time, I’m testing out a new recipe. There are some differences so I thought it merited a test-drive. 

 

3.15.2012

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

03.11.12

This past weekend I ventured to the St. Lawrence Market for the first time. Yep, I love food and have yet to go to Toronto’s most      popular food market. I thought I’d leave with just duck fat but clearly I was being naïve. Here’s the cake I made using the rhubarb stalks I picked up! (another first). 


3.13.2012

Aravind

02.26.12

What? Aravind for brunch
Where? 596 Danforth ave (1 min walk from Pape station)
Price? $10-$20
The skinny: Aravind is a South Indian restaurant in Greektown. Owner Aravind Kozhikott’s dad, Raj is the chef and presents Indian cuisine with Canadian influences and ingredients. High-quality Indian cuisine isn’t so prevalent yet in Toronto but with Aravind and the Amaya (& spin-offs), change is coming!


3.09.2012

Leslieville Cheese Market

02.22.12 

What? Leslieville Cheese Market for a snack
Where? 541 Queen st w (accessible by 501 / 511 / 510 streetcars)
Price? $7-$12
The skinny: “Leslieville Cheese Market & Fine Foods” has three locations selling great cheeses as well as cured meats and some breads too. They offer Cheese & Wine classes and they cater as well.


3.08.2012

Come And Get It!

02.22.12 



What? Come and get it for late lunch
Where? 170 Spadina Ave (510 Spadina south // 501 Queen east streetcars)
Price? $8-$10
The skinny: The premise is simple—come and get it! (before we’re replaced with condos in “x” number of weeks/months. The menu, also very straightforward with a poutine, salad and sandwich option for different “filling” combinations including chipotle beef short rib and Hawaiian pork belly. There’s a vegetarian option too.







3.05.2012

Table 17 (w/ DiningDateNight)

02.21.11 

What? Table 17 for dinner
Where? 782 Queen st e (504 streetcar from Broadview station)
Price? $35-$65
The skinny: Table 17 is an inviting restaurant in Leslieville. Local ingredients paired with “European preparation techniques,” they earned top spot in for “Diners’ Choice” on OpenTable for 2011. Check out the Sunday table d’hôte menu (3 courses for $32)--also BYOW w/ no corkage fee day!


3.02.2012

The Black Hoof // 1-year anniversary

02.21.12 

The Smoked Sweetbreads
What? The Black Hoof for dinner
Where? 928 Dundas st w (505 Dundas east streetcar)
Price? $30-$60
The skinny: This is probably THE place to go for a stout-to-tail meal in Toronto. Owner Jenn Agg and (ex-owner) Grant van Gameren opened this not-for-the-feint-of-heart restaurant a little over 3 years ago. Highly notable charcuterie and “odd” cuts normally overlooked are staples of this always packed restaurant.