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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cho Sun Ok :: Cold Noodles Win

How do you stay cool in the summer? It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of ice cream & gelato on hot summer nights, but equally satisfying is a good bowl of Naeng Myeon - cold Korean-style arrowroot noodles. Out of all the Naeng Myeon that I've tried in Toronto, Cho Sun Ok's is my favourite and I'll happily eat it at anytime of the year - regardless of the weather.

Cho Sun Ok
Verdict: Go! Finally a great bowl of cold noodles in Toronto. Poor service, but great noodles made up for that. Avoid their kalbi & tang soo yuk.
Meal: Dinner
Price: ~$15 + tax & tip
Location: 7353 Yonge St, Markham



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Etsu Japanese Restaurant :: Baldwin



Always on the hunt for new lunch spots, Baldwin has become the convenient go-to place for quick group outings. Italian, French, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Mexican, vegetarian and Indian food riddle the street so you will inevitably find something that you'll like.

Etsu Japanese Restaurant
Verdict: Go! Fresh sushi, great service, good & quick lunch spot for both casual and serious diners. Love their rolls & presentation.
Meal: Lunch
Price: $15 + tax & tip
Location: 45 Baldwin St




Sunday, August 22, 2010

Black Hoof :: Charcuterie Dinner Love, Round 1 of 2

Carnivore heaven, the Black Hoof has been one of the most tasty and interesting dinners that I've had in Toronto. Just west of Trinity Bellwoods and south of Little Italy, Black Hoof and Hoof Cafe sit in a quiet pocket of downtown yet consistently attracts droves of diners, snout first & pigtails wagging in excitement. One of the best experiences that Toronto currently has to offer, I so pleased and satisfied that I recently returned for yet another dinner! This is Round 1, click here for Round 2! OINK!


Black Hoof, Round 1 of 2
Verdict: Go! Outstanding quality, service,& food.
Meal: Dinner
Price: $40-$50 + tax & tip
Location: 928 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Website: http://charcuteriesundays.blogspot.com/



 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pi-Tom's Thai Cuisine & Wanda's Belgian Waffles :: Dessert

After a long day of work, I wanted something sweet but filling. Realizing that I had ice cream no less than six times last week I decided to change it up, much to Mr. Sweet Tooth's dismay. After a very satisfying dinner at Pi-Toms, I thought I'd give their Mango Sticky Rice a try. Wanting something sweet, fruity, but more filling than ice cream, I thought that this would be the perfect way to satisfy Khun Sweet Tooth.(...yes, I am a dork)

Pi-Tom's Thai Cuisine 
Verdict:  Skip dessert, stick with pad thai
Meal: Dessert
(Mango Sticky Rice)
Price: $6
Location: 6 Alexander Street, Toronto





Wanda's Belgian Waffles 
Verdict:  Skip. Too soft, blah batter.
Meal: Dessert
(Original waffle with ice cream)
Price: $5
Location: 361 Yonge St, Toronto




Monday, August 16, 2010

The Bellevue & Squirrel Sandwiches :: Kensington



Outside, bar/cash, main dining area

One of the newest members of Kensington, The Bellevue's menu ranges from a simple fried fillet of Rainbow Trout with salad to The Squirrel - a sandwich of sardines, chili, peanut butter, sprouts, and cucumber on rye. Random artwork, an outdoor piano, and a little patio give it fun vibe. Its a nice place to hang out if you have time for a long lunch. Simple, tasty, and homey food with friendly service from both owners, this cafe is a great fit for the neighbourhood.

The Bellevue
Verdict:  Decent lunch, very friendly although slow service, fun but tiny patio. Walk on over for a sammy
Meal: Lunch
Price: $10-14 + tax & tip
Location: 61A Bellevue Ave, Toronto

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fresh, Colourful, & Local @ Kensington :: Basket Case

I love the summer for so many reasons. It's the perfect excuse to eat ice cream 2-3 times a week without feeling guilty (you don't want heat stroke), take a long lunch on a patio (vitamin D deficiency is a problem in Canada), and take the weekend off to go portaging (you need to appreciate Canada's wilderness). One of my favourite parts of the summer is the fresh Ontario produce. I love fruit. Known to polish off an entire basket of 16 peaches in 4 days, I'm quite confident that I'll never have to worry about any sort of anti-oxidant deficiency.


The nectarines and peaches this year are amazing!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hoof Cafe :: Charcuterie Brunch Love































Outside, seating area, bar


What better way to start the week than Sunday Brunch with a friend? After a fantastic
dinner at Black Hoof, I had to try Hoof Cafe. Open for brunch as well as late night cocktails with bar snacks, Hoof Cafe sits just across the street from the Black Hoof.

Hoof Cafe
Verdict:  Go! Run there! NOW! Best meal yet...
Meal: Brunch
Price: $20-$30 + tax & tip
Location: 923 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Cookies & Tomatoes hits a milestone!

This morning, I checked Google Analytics only to find that since I started this blog, I've had over 1000 unique visitors! I am truly amazed - I never thought that it would take off this quickly and I am delighted to have shared with so many people. I've decided to celebrate with a review of the best meal that I've had in Toronto, which shall be posted shortly. Thank you to all of my friends who have been very encouraging, everyone who has been involved in my food adventures, and visitors who have stumbled across this blog from various sources. You're awesome. I hope that you have been enjoying my posts and having some of your own epicurean adventures! =)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Taste of the Danforth & Greektown :: Food Festivals & TO Neighbourhoods


Pilaro's Taste of Danforth is one of the most well-known festivals that Toronto has to offer. Gyros, quail, souvlaki, baklava...the festival does a great job in showcasing what the Danforth has to offer. If you're willing to combat the lines, anyways.

As Taste of Danforth has come and gone for another year, I thought that I'd include other non-festival eats that you will find in Greektown.

Taste of the Danforth
Verdict: Busy crowds, but a fun day if you want to sample several restaurants on the Danforth!
Meal: Lunch/Dinner

Price: Varies - $2-$5 per item
Location: Greektown on The Danforth

Greektown Reviews
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Astoria
Avli
Caffe Demetre
*Greek Community of Toronto (only at Taste of Danforth)
Louis Meat Market
Messini
Mezes
Ocean's Treasures Fish Market
7 Numbers
*Zorba's Shishkebob House

*Cookie&Tomato Favourites

Sunday, August 8, 2010

T&T Waterfront Night Market :: Food Festivals




Toronto is no stranger to night markets - Metro Square's Night It Up! is immensely popular and packed every year. The intense crowds, wafting smell of stinky tofu, and energetic vibe always remind me of the bustling streets of Mong Kok in Hong Kong. I can't wait until I go to Taiwan to experience their famous night markets.

When I caught wind that T&T was hosting their own night market and they had free shuttle buses from the downtown core, I quickly gathered a group of hungry friends for some good eats!


T&T Waterfront Night Market
Verdict: Go with fun friends for a great time! Be prepared to spend a few hours in line, but that's why you go in a group ;)
Meal: Dinner
Price: Varies - $2-$5 per item
Location: T&T Supermarket, 222 Cherry Street

Friday, August 6, 2010

Chodang Soon Tofu :: My Favourite SoonDubu Dolsut Bap


I've enjoyed SoonTofu Soup at Wonjo, Kachi and the ever-popular Buk Chang Dong, but none rival the fresh, flavourful, homey soup from Chodang SoonTofu. I hit this joint on such a regular basis that the owner cheerfully recognizes me and immediately gives me an extra bowl of soybean sprouts because she knows that I devour it pretty darn quickly. I always order at least two soups: one to gobble up on the spot, and another to take home and reheat the next day. Similar to pork bone soup, the flavourful broth seems to improve with time and reheats wonderfully. Needless to say, I am an addicted, repeat customer.


Chodang SoonTofu
Verdict: Go! Fresh tofu, cheerful service, take-out reheats wonderfully, great value
Meal: Lunch
& Dinner
Price: $
7 + tax & tip (great deal!)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wish Restaurant


It's ba-ack! Several years ago, on a rare visit to Toronto I had fantastic eggs Charlotte and French toast at Wish. The memory stuck with me for years and when I moved downtown, I was sorely disappointed to learn that it was closed so the owners could try their hand at Italian fare. Renamed "Black Skirt", the brightly and homey interior was transformed into a dark, sleek environment and I was never attracted to try their dinner. However, the Black Skirt experiment is over and Wish is back!    
 
Wish Restaurant
Verdict: Cheerful patio, okay service...wish I had brunch instead. Underwhelming lunch. 
Meal: Lunch   
Price: $20 + tax & tip
Location: 3 Charles St E, Toronto
   

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sweet Smoke BBQ & Grill :: Hunting for the Best Pulled Pork

Outside, Tortilla soup artwork, main dining area

I occasionally go through phases where I search for the best something-something. I've hunted for the best burrito (toss between Big Fat Burrito's pulled pork in Kensington Market and Burrito Boyz' Hablibut), best pie (Wanda's Ontario Sour Cherry Pie), and best chocolate chip cookie (Le Gourmand). After trying Reggie's, Lou Dawg's, and countless Ribfest vendors' pulled pork sammies, the next on my list was Sweet Smoke BBQ & Grill in Oakville. A perfect end to a crazy day of kayaking in Grand River!


Sweet Smoke Barbecue and Grill
Verdict: Go! Best pulled pork that I've tried...so far
Meal: Dinner

Price: $
20
Location: 3420 Rebecca St, Oakville