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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Kristapsons :: Smoked Salmon

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Discovered a good smoked salmon source downtown. I’ve been noshing on sesame seed bagels, chive cream cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, and a generous serving of smoked salmon. If I have a ripe avocado ready to go, then it goes from really darn good to a-mazing!

Mmm. I’ve been told repeatedly that Wholefoods has a great source as well, but the friendly service at Kristapsons and consistent quality hasn’t compelled me to venture up to Yorkville. I’ve even brought it on a plane to Chicago to share with some foodie friends along with some Maple Syrup…

Oooh….I know what I should look for for my next Canadian foodie gift: candied smoke salmon! I’d love to hunt some of that down…

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Daintree Rainforest

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From Cairns, I took the trip up north to the Daintree Rainforest. I was glad to escape the city – while I enjoyed the company of A and J, I was itching to explore something a bit more wild…and not the wild-backpackers-drinking-til-they-dropped wild!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Buster Rhino's is Coming DT!

Buster Rhino's fans rejoice - your beloved pulled pork sammy is coming to Toronto! Tipped off by postcity, it looks like Lou Dawgs, Reggies, and Phil's will be facing some competition.

Read about my last visit to this Whitby joint here

I went to my first baby-birthday-party today. I'd say that I'm growing up, but my friends laughed at me when I was asked to hold the baby. It was so foreign, and the my friend promptly took the kid away when she saw me holding him, puzzled and awkward. That being said, I definitely won the cool-present award. When it comes to baby boys, the noisier the better. Parents, feel free to send your groans my way as loud, obnoxious toys disrupt your Sunday mornings!

Happy Birthday Logan!
On another note - I am writing this at 1AM in the morning after tearing apart my entire apartment and scattering open all the contents of my suitcase in search of my passport.

I was so close to tossing everything over the balcony (okay - a little dramatic but I was really frustrated!!). Instead, I resorted to stress eating while doing it (damn you extra-creamy Kraft Peanut Butter. I've recently discovered Tapioca-Rice Bread, found frozen in the supermarket - it's sweet and fluffy).

I found it. In my wallet.

I "smartly" tucked it away in my extra wallet so I wouldn't lose it during my longer-than-usual (a.k.a. 10 day) return to YYZ.

It's nice that I recognize that I'm a scatterbrain, but I'm so used to being all over the place that it really disrupts my "routine" when I develop contingency plans...

HAPPY MONDAY! I'm off to the airport in just a few hours :-)

With all this travelling...is it worth it for me to keep my down town apartment? I wish I could just pay for the days that I'm here. I'm thinking of moving somewhere cheaper or finding a flatmate who would love to give me a good deal since I'm hardly home...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hullo North Queensland

I was really curious about Queensland - I knew that I was flying towards the infamous Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest, but I really had no idea what they would be like! I hugged the beautiful D after our last chowdown before leaving Melbourne behind...as the plane descended, I was surprised to see the landscape, as it didn't say rainforest or Great Barrier Reef due to the overcast skies and plots of farming land.
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I loved cooking with A, such a sweet and kind soul, and she had an interesting recipe to try…
After soaking almonds and sesame overnight, it was blended and strained. This made both a paste to make tahini-almond cakes and milk! The toasty cakes were interesting. I think I want to try this concept again with a bit of honey and make it a bit thinner…then toast them in the oven. Or puff them up and make tahini-almond muffins!

She also introduced me to Vegemite, lightly spread on a warm rice cake, it’s not as bad as everyone told me it would be…I think the key is make sure that the spread is thin. It's a salty spread, and I could easily see how it'd be revolting in large quantities :P

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I also met the lovely J who took it upon herself to show some true Australian sport: Cane Toad Racing! We drew lines on the pavement and caught the frog (see below - he does not look amused). She encouraged me to pet them, which I did not knowing that they’re apparently poisonous. We also ate a hilarious dinner of sausages, grated carrot, and beets on top of a toasted tortilla…oh J. haha.

Annnd…we ate a mysterious red fruit that was growing from her tree. I remember the conversation well.
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“Are you sure that this edible?”
“Yep! It’s fruit!”
“What is it?”
“Ginger seed?”
“Okay.
The next day, the side of my face blew up and J went to the ER. Nice.

From there, I made my way up north to Port Douglas...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

e11even :: Carrot Cake and Stingray in Toronto!

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Cut through the PATH to e11even for lunch - and I didn't get lost! Finally!! Ok - my friend guided me. It didn't seem like the right time to be sharing food (business lunch!)...so we all ordered what we wanted: stingray. Once the serious-part of lunch was over, all hesitations were thrown aside and we ordered the dessert menu…not from but the.


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Verdict: Safe choice for a last minute professional lunch
Meal: Lunch
Price: 30pp + tt
Address15 York St, Toronto

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

BBQ :: Happy Father’s Day!

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It’s been a long time since I’ve had a nice, home cooked meal with the family. Stopped by YYZ just in time for Father’s Day. Holding true to our tradition, my dad fired up the grill for some tasty tasty eats!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Banff :: Mountains & Cozy Hot Chocolate

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Talk about belated-blogging! This road trip, while short, is definitely worth a note. The last time I set foot in Banff, I was 4 feet tall and travelling the continent with my family in a crank-top trailer. How my parents put up with 2 rambunctious kids while on the road for 6 weeks is still beyond me – but I’m so thankful that they put the travel bug in me early on!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Whitby :: Buster Rhino's Southern BBQ

If you're ever in Whitby (which, okay, isn't all that often for this downtown girl), Buster Rhino's gets a lot of love from the local community. Known mostly for his pulled pork sammies, there's brisket, ribs, corned beef, and other Southern fare.


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Verdict: Decent pulled pork sammy
Meal: pre-Harry Potter nom nom


What did I think? It was aight - I personally like Oakville's Sweet Smoke BBQ & Grill better. However, I will say that Buster Rhino wins in the sauce category! Short and sweet commentary.
This was a pre-movie marathon nosh. Who travels to Whitby just to catch a movie? Apparently I do!
 Buster Rhino's Southern BBQ on Urbanspoon

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Calgary :: Fat Fat Fat Burger

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I had my face pressed against the airline window when reaching the West coast. The view of the mountains over Vancouver Island were amazing. I am usually very lucky about getting the window seat – and this came with commentary from the gentleman next to me.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Melbourne :: Hellenic Republic

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After a tasty pre-dinner dinner, I hopped on a bus with my wonderful hosts to Hellenic Republic. Not only did I get to fulfill my quirky love for trying foreign public transit, but I had a chance to enjoy dinner with a couple who were quite possibly the most interesting and free-spirited people that I met in Australia.

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Verdict: Well executed, tasty, but not ahh-mazing
Meal: Dinner
Price: $58pp
Location: 434 Lygon St Brunswick East VIC 3057, Australia