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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chili Chocolate Torte

Chili Chocolate Continues!

I have fallen in love with chili chocolate. It started with Ed's Real Scoop's Red Hot Chili Ice Cream, I've been obsessively craving the combination since. I love dark chocolate and heat so it only makes sense that my head would explode when I tried this combination. After trying some chili-chocolate concoctions I've learned that this delicious combination can be great or go oh-so-wrong. The key is to just have just enough spice so that you finish with the bite. You want to start with chocolate decadence and end with a sharp touch on your tongue. That's what makes these desserts special.

A follower sent me a message saying they loved the step-by-step plays so I repeated it for this and another recent baking adventure, but I'm still on the fence about it...I don't want to kill your bandwidths!

Anyways, a local fundraiser for prostate cancer was the perfect opportunity to try out a cake recipe.

Pulling out all the ingredients, I realized that I was missing something: espresso! My lovely friend gifted me a Starbucks card and this was the perfect opportunity to put it to good use. So I bundled up against the chilly & windy night and headed to the local Starbucks. 

"1 cup of espresso please" - Me
"1 shot?" - Barista
"No, 1 in 250 mL." - Me
"..." - Barista
Awkward silence.
"5 shots of espresso, please" - Me

"Stories are gifts" :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sydney :: Erciyes, Turkish Pide, okay!

I can't believe it! Oh Cookies & Tomatoes, so neglected. Life has been incredibly busy and I've been lacking the patience to deal with my cranky laptop [which is making an inexplicably loud whirring noise as I write]. Fortunately, I was able to extract the photos off the old dinosaur so we can get rolling again...I could have updated with a Toronto post, but I was so adamant about getting an Ozzie one that I kept waiting for this chance!

Now this was an interesting find for several reasons. Firstly, let's not forget my pizza fetish. But, more importantly,  I received a lovely message from an Aussie awhile back: "Thank you for your map. I was freaking out about not being able to find any good food while in TO on biz. I'm a google map-fanboy and finding your foodie map has made my day."

I can't tell you how much this made me smile. This was exactly why I started this blog - to share food! Yay!

Erciyes Turkish Restaurant
Verdict: Pizza Pide! 
Meal: Lunch 
Price: $12 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Asia Pizza & Bolani :: Afghan Flatbread Meh

This was a really random nosh. Despite the fact that it's right across from a Korean dumpling house I've frequented in Mississauga, I never noticed it until that night. The name of the place itself is a little odd, and I had never even heard of a Bolani...but I am always on the lookout for something new.

Asia Pizza And Bolani
Verdict: Eh. I'd say skip.
Meal: Pre-dinner snack
Price: 3.99