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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kenzo Ramen :: Japanese Noodles

Sometimes all I want is a good, steaming bowl of noodles. I will admit that many a night I've snatched a pack of Nong Shim instant noodles from the top of my fridge (where I hide a lot of my really "bad" food - I figure that if it requires a stool to grab, I'll only go for it when I really want it). So bad but so good. Crack an egg in there, add some greens (bok choy!), whatever leftovers you have in the fridge, and mm mm good. You can also stir fry the noodles after cooking!

But enough about instant noodles.

If it's not a midnight craving, I'll head to Kenzo for a quick bowl of salty yet satisfying ramen. On more than one occasion, I've slipped in past 10pm to just make the last call.

Kenzo Ramen
Verdict:  Quick, tasty bowl of noodles
Meal: Lunch/Dinner
$10 + tax & tip
Location: 138 Dundas St W

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sage Cafe :: Baldwin

Sage Café has been one of my long-time favourites of Baldwin Village. On more than one occasion, I've stopped friends from heading to the nearby Subway and geared them towards this little shop for their great soups, wraps, pastas, and pizza. I was in the area and I needed something tasty right away so I grabbed my friend and headed to Sage.

Sage Café
Verdict: Go! Fresh wraps, pasta, and pizza
Meal: Lunch 
Price: $6.50 + tax & tip
Location: 166 McCaul St., Toronto

Monday, September 27, 2010

Honey-Soy Chicken & Pear :: Dinner Plate

Wanda's Pie in the Sky :: Dessert

Pies, Pies, PIES! Sour Cherry is my favourite!

Who doesn't love Pecan Pie?

Today, I have a strong craving for pie. It is probably the delicious croissant that I had yesterday from Beast (pictures to come!) but man. I've been thinking of pie ever since.

Wanda's Pie in the Sky
Verdict: Sour Cherry Pie Win! A little pricey...
Meal: Dessert

Price: ~$6 / slice
Location: 287 Augusta Ave, Toronto

Sunday, September 26, 2010

St. Lawrence Market

Just another Sunday at the market.

Jumbo Empanadas & more, More, MORE! :: Expedition Empanada

Empanadas are only a recent discovery of mine. Once described as a "crappier samosa", I never thought to seek one out...there were plenty of other things to try in Toronto. I was missing out!

El Gordo
Verdict: Best pastry
Meal: Empanada Break
Price: $3.99
Location: 214 Augusta Ave Toronto, ON

Jumbo Empanada
Verdict: Beef: Good, Classic, & Filling
Meal: Empanada Break
Price: $3.99

Location: 245 Augusta Ave Toronto
Verdict: Great hot sauce & chimmichurri
Meal: Empanada Break
Price: $3.99

Location: 218 Augusta Avenue Toronto, ON

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Le Petit Dejeuner :: Brunch & Waffles!

After reading about  Wanda's terrible waffle and knowing my favourite meal is brunch, a friend suggested Le Petit Dejeuner. I lo-o-o-ve brunch! What a perfect excuse to not only grab a waffle but show a friend visiting from New York a tasty Saturday morning in Toronto.

Le Petit Dejeuner
Verdict:  Go! Yummy waffles, awesome Hollandaise, delicious French Toast.
Meal: Brunch
Price: $15-20
Location: 191 King St E Toronto

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pancho's Bakery

Pastries & Churros!

My Compañero de Galletas decided that we ought to share something other than cookies. We headed to Pancho's Bakery, for something that he promised was kind of like a cookie and deserved a spot in my Chocolate Cookie Crusade.

Pancho's Bakery
Verdict: Fresh Mexican pastries, yummy churros
Location: 214 Augusta Ave,Toronto

The Crispy Hedgehog :: Midnight Snacks

The Crispy Hedgehog
Ontario baby cucumbers
Ontario Tomatoes
Freshly ground peanut butter
Multigrain Toast

...this was actually really tasty. I think that I'll be spreading peanut butter on tomatoes more often!

Hot late night date with thesis and half a vitamin

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Banjara Indian Cuisine

To satisfy my friend's craving, we headed to Banjara Indian Cuisine on Bloor St. Sitting at the edge of Koreatown, the smell of Indian food wafts through Christie Park and has always made my mouth water as I walked past it.

Banjara Indian Cuisine
Verdict: Skip. There are better options, but there's delivery if you need a convenient fix.
Meal: Dinner
Location: 796 Bloor St W Toronto

Smile for SickKids :: Chocolate Cookie Crusade #4

Charity. Knowing my love for cookies and my current training for this Sunday's Run to End Poverty (supporting Engineers Without Borders), a friend tipped me off about Tim Horton's $1 Smile Cookies. Thank you for giving me this wonderful idea and yet another excuse to enjoy a cookie!
 M, this post is for you =)
Someone should caption this!
This week, all proceeds from these cookies will be donated to the SickKids Foundation Charity. So in addition to visiting their fantastic Farmer's Market (I was incredibly pleased to hear that someone read my post and went yesterday!!) for wonderful produce, you can get a tasty cookie to show your support! What a delicious way to give back! How rare is it for an organization to give 100% of their proceeds? Good job Tim Hortons. I was not planning on including you in my Chocolate Cookie Crusade (despite the fact that you fulfil all criteria). But I'm glad I did.

Tim Hortons Smile Cookies
Verdict: Soft, chocolate-y, & warm fuzzy feelings for supporting SickKids
Meal: Cookie Run (Chocolate Cookie Crusade Series)
Price: $1
Location: Is this really necessary? Everywhere

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dinner Plate Sammy :: Midnight Snacks

Dinner Plate Sammy
Leftover Balsamic-Poppyseed Chicken
Pasta sauce (a mix I made in the slow cooker that includes zucchini, carrots, onions, ground turkey, kidney beans and garlic)
2 slices of toast (finally got some)

Sage Cafe :: Chocolate Cookie Crusade #3

Went to Sage Café for one of their housemade cookies - definitely does not rival Wanda's Pie in the Sky's Fully Loaded cookie. I appreciated the big chunks of chocolate though! It is smaller in diameter than the others, but thicker. Crunchy (so drier) and chocolate-y, it was a good cookie, and I definitely preferred it over Orange Alert's Phipps' cookie but it didn't have the soft decadence of Wanda's Fully Loaded cookie. I am looking for a soft cookie! The hunt continues.

Sage Café
Verdict: Decent, sweet, but not a winner
Meal: Cookie Run (Chocolate Cookie Crusade Series)
Price: ~$2.25 + tax (I can't remember exactly)
Location: 166 McCaul St., Toronto