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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hola~~! Blogger help, por favor?

Hello!! I am so sorry for neglecting you, cookiesandtomatoes! I think I've lost most of my followers. For the subscribers that are still there - I'm really interested in making blogging-on-the-go a lot easier. I would love to integrate posting and instagramming into this blog! Does anyone know how easy this is...or know of anyone who is savvy enough to help? This blog desperately needs to come back...I've been adventuring in Buenos Aires, Hollywood, Germany, London, and much more - and there are stories and food to share!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Toronto :: Meat Saloons & Slow Cooker Samgyetang

A friend gave me 5 suggestions for dinner – and I didn’t recognize a single one. I'm definitely not the Toronto food guru that I used to be!

Nevertheless, I always love trying new things and it appears that Meat Saloons have taken Toronto by storm.

While on the pricey side, Weslodge offers a fantastic spot for after dinner drinks, dinner, and hangouts. I love love love the interior – beautifully high ceilings, lighting, and mounted game all over the walls. I had the Veal Cheek which was soft and rich while T had the Bison Striploin. Both were wonderfully satisfying and I definitely want to go back to try some more – bourbon Cornish hen and dry aged rib eye anyone? While dinner satisfied my carnivorous appetite, what I really loved were the Brussels sprouts! I kid you not – try them and you won’t regret it.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Rhode Island :: River Oysters

Okay, there’s no such thing as river oysters…but there are $1 oysters at New Rivers American Bistro. It was a rainy night, 9PM, and I hadn’t had dinner yet…I wandered around College Hill and was happy to find a little spot that was still serving something other than pub food. I wish I had more to report about the city, but other than a glimpse of State House (no pictures – fail!) from a quick run around the block, I haven’t had a chance to explore the city yet...hopefully that will change next week!

IMG_20121022_104332I will say, however, that it’s not the quaint little town that I pictured when I was asked to go to Providence. I was envisioning white picket fences, beautiful fall coloured trees lining the streets, a quiet town, and lots of pleasant people – kind of like a North-Eastern Charlotte. Shows how little I know about American culture & geography!

Beech 1900 C-12J is the smallest plane in Canada’s fleet (lucky me) and it swayed at every turn and patchy farms came into view...

The service at New Rivers was excellent, coupled with a young, vibrant vibe. The bartenders were friendly and chatty, perfect for a spot touting local fare. I started with a trio of local Oysters (definitely recommend Walrus oysters – they were fantastic!) and followed with Fluke.

I was a bit disappointed with the fluke – the bed of roasted pumpkin bisque was good in theory but lacked spice, and I don't even remember the artichokes. Mind you, I’m a fan of stronger, spicier flavours so I prefer earthier greens. The fish was pan fried, but excessively so. While not the perfect meal, given the ambiance, bar, and menu I wouldn’t be opposed to giving it a second try. I'll go with my initial instinct of rabbit or cassoulet instead...if I return.

We also hit Temple a couple of times out of convenience – standard restaurant fare, nothing particularly interesting to note except their fun opening to Movember – we all donned finger-moustache tattoos, which was a fun start to the night.

Temple’s not bad – but I won’t be missing it or particularly craving later. The Lobster Ravioli, Temple Mezze Platter, and Mushroom Flatbread are good to share – and the atmosphere at the bar is good for socials

In the meantime, I’m bracing myself for Hurricane Sandy (aka Frankenstorm) that’s supposed to hit hard on next week! Wish me luck!

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! :: Cornish Hens

Another year, another bird! Since I wasn't hitting three turkey dinners or chasing Northern Lights, I enjoyed some much needed time at home, in Toronto :-)

I was in charge of the meat - instead of tackling a turkey, I decided to go big by going small with Cornish hens! Love love love these little guys. They're super easy to cook and fun to serve!

Add a helping of buttery mashed potatoes, sweet pumpkin pie and stuffing and you'll forget all about that turkey. Why battle family members for the best cuts when you can have it all to yourself? ;)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

New Zealand :: Taupo

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Great time in Taupo. Well, any day that I jump 15,000 feet (and live) is a great day. Skydiving is highly addictive! If I had more funds, I would not hesitate to make this a regular past time.

IMG_9831“Are you nervous?” – tandem guy

“Can we do flips in the air?” – me

“She’s not nervous.” – video-guy

Woosh! I thought I’d be nervous at the last second – but I surprised myself. Of course, being tandem was a huge part of that! I eagerly gave him the thumbs up and we rolled out of the plane…the ground rushing towards us was definitely a different view than I get from the plane!
Taupo seemed to be a pretty popular stop for outdoor sport-loving tourists. It was the perfect pit stop on our way to Tongariro National Park for our hike.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Australia :: Magnetic Island

After exploring the Great Barrier Reef and a couple of briefs stops in Port Douglas and Cairns, I contemplated my next step – look for ride down the East coast (no shortage of backpackers in Cairns), flip the thumb (but locals peppered me with stories of disappearing travellers), or hopping on the bus (lack of freedom). I ended up going for the latter – I had no interest in hanging around Cairns and figured I’d meet people along the way!
IMG_8370As expected, the bus was full of excited backpackers. Just like my amused findings in supermarkets, I enjoyed hearing the scattered lingo from the English and Irish travellers.

“Erin, let’s hop off - I could really go for a lolly”. – L

…I thought she meant a lollipop.

This ice cream was more interesting back then (sigh, how belated are these posts!). Magnum ice cream was launched last year in Canada – but it was new to me then! Even more interesting, is that Breyers is called Streets in Australia (and, as I later discovered, Walls in London and Langnese in Germany)

We hopped on and off for awhile, had a couple of pit stops (Although I’m really glad they still labelled them -  Mangoes is definitely up for interpretation).

Townsville was a wonderful change from Cairns. I didn't care for the crazy-backpacker-ridden town, and the locals were tired of travellers. Townsville was friendly, the locals were open, and I was in good company. L & I walked around in the burning heat (searing, really), stopping for dinner at a Thai place on Flinders. I was ecstatic to finally try the Yabby that C & D from Melbourne told me about. Deee-lish! IMG_8385
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