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Friday, February 25, 2011

Kensington Natural Bakery :: Chocolate Cookie Crusade #8

4 cookies, 3 chocolate chips, 2 disappointments, 1 perpetually hungry girl, 0 CompaƱero

I enjoyed their baked treats (pie and applie danish) and a wide variety of friendly takeout, so one of their cookies seemed worthy of the Chocolate Cookie Crusade. At $1 each, I greedily picked up four cookies...without my CompaƱero de Galletas (aka the voice of reason), I really have no sense of self least they were vegan?

Kensington Natural Bakery

Verdict: Rice spelt cookie win - but it took 4 cookies to get there! 
Meal: Cookie Run (Chocolate Cookie Crusade Series) 
Price: $1 each 
Location: 460 Bloor St W Toronto, ON

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Banh Cuon Thanh Truc :: Vietnamese Brunch...part deux!

Bahn Cuon Thanh Tri #2

After the trip to Phoga Banh Cuon  I found myself at Banh Cuon Thanh Truc to compare the Banh Uot Cha Lua Banh Con (I had to stare at that for a moment - seriously, there is no way I can recite that from memory). They're quite close to each other, and I was looking forward to my second Bahn Cuon Thanh Tri (!! Vietnamese is hard) experience.
Banh Cuon Thanh Truc
Verdict: Skip - stick to Phoga Banh Cuon for Vietnamese brunch
Meal: Brunch

Price: ~$6

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bye bye Tongue Sammies and Bone Marrow Donuts...

While this is "old news" for many Torontonians, here is a PSA about one of my favourite restaurants, Hoof Cafe. Sad to hear that I won't have a chance to enjoy what I considered to be the best French toast in the city (hands down - with or without the foie gras) but really looking forward to see what BHCO (Black Hoof and Company) will have to offer in April.


Read their blog post here

You have until February 28th to get your pig tail grits!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sydney :: Bourke Street Bakery

Sunset above the clouds 35,000 feet above sea level, crossing the Pacific, hello Australia!
I love the window seat :-). 

My last day in Canada was incredibly hectic. I met my final deadline within a few hours of departure. Those few hours were spent having one last bowl of bibimbap and cramming everything I'd need into my backpack. How I managed to pack and jump in my friend's car in 40 minutes is still beyond me - or perhaps it was for the best? It left little time to debate over silly things like what clothes I'd need or go online to check things like the weather. I just shoved a few things into a backpack, haphazardly booked a hostel, and left. "I'll figure it out there" I thought as I literally ran out of the door and hopped into the car.

While neglecting Cookies & Tomatoes, I certainly enjoyed an epic Oceania trip!
I am just about to...
leave Sydney,
fly out of Melbourne,
travel south from Hervey Bay,
I am bleary eyed, ready for bed, and unsure of my next steps. Instead of doing a bit of research to figure out where I'll be 2 days from now (somewhere along the East Coast) I decided to give a quick update. I don't have time to upload and post pictures of my eats on a daily basis, so I expect these Oz posts to continue long after I return from Canada. In fact, tonight I'm just going to post my first Aussie eat then head straight to bed! I love this website, but I think it's okay to leave it on the wayside while travelling :)
depart to New Zealand
(This is where I gave up and decided to stop trying to update this website)

As I mentioned, this blog will become a mixture of Toronto and Oceania food over the next few months. My initial drafts had clumped cities together with travel photos, but the posts became monstrously big. To save bandwidth and keep posts a reasonable lengths, I'm adapting them to match the rest of this site - 1 chow/post :-).
I was beyond excited when we approached Australia and saw the beautiful ocean with the bright colours...I couldn't wait to explore what was underneath. The colours from the reefs were fantastic and tempting!

Bourke Street Bakery
Verdict: Yummy fennel seed sausage roll :D
Meal: Breakfast/Lunch

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Over the next while, expect a mixture of Toronto and Oceania posts. I've been quite the delinquent - I've had Toronto posts ready to go for a long time but travelling has just been so ridiculously fun and wonderfully time consuming that I felt like every moment it takes to click "Publish" could be spent swimming in the ocean, finding wild koala bears, prying abalone off coastal rocks (yumm!!), or skydiving. Needless to say, my time away from Canada has been nothing short of amazing. However, I will start updating properly - starting with a Pizzeria Libretto lunch that I enjoyed before leaving! Stay tuned for something Ozzie-related. No worries, mate!

Pizzeria Libretto :: 850F of YUM

"So now that Pizza-Palooza week is over, are you done with Toronto pizza posts?" - S
Its no secret that I love pizza. While saving up for both Pizzeria Libretto and Queen Margherita , I was really lucky to find a day that I was able to take a long lunch with friends! So we TTC'ed, drove, and skipped over to Libretto (can you guess who was skipping all 3 km to Pizzeria?). When you're on a budget but hungry to explore, long lunches are awesome.
Pizzeria Libretto
Verdict: Go!! Neapolitan Pizza, yum! Meal: Lunch Price: $15 Fix Prixe Lunch