All posts tagged: Foodme

Marben

My foodie adventures for 2016 continues with an unreal Winterlicious lunch at Marben.  With old friends to catch up with and delicious food coming our way, we couldn’t be more excited!  Their wide selection made choices so difficult because everything sounded so darn good!  We both started things off with the winter greens salad (the toasted hazelnuts were so key!).  I then flowed right into another cozy meal of braised short rib which fell apart with total ease; I’m such a sucker for winter meals and this was on point.  Lucky me, I also got a little taste of the Albacore tuna.  Followed by the hazelnut cheesecake, we couldn’t put our forks down as it was beyond delicious.   The creamy cheese filling was just so rich and fluffy!  With full bellies, we could not have been happier with our selection and will definitely be paying Marben another visit in the future.

Be Calm

Although the new year has started on a bit of a low health-wise, getting tons of rest has definitely helped but being on the couch almost all day has made my little outings that much more important.  Regardless of your busy week or your energy levels, an hour with some fresh air and a change of scenery can make a world of difference.  As I headed south as I left home, I realized the little shop, Village Juicery, wasn’t a far walk and was calling my name.  As soon as a I stepped in and took a look at the selection of juices for the day, Be Calm was the one that jumped out at me.  After a quick little sample, I knew this was exactly what I needed to boost my mood and lift my spirits.  The mix of celery, pineapple, fennel, cucumber, and mint isn’t something I would have put together myself but it made for a perfectly sweet and calming combination. Even if grabbing a juice isn’t your thing, I know there are …

On a Sunday

Oh my goodness.  The last week has been non-stop for me and it has continued right through the weekend.  It’s getting into crunch time for a few of my classes as final assignments start to pile up.  Even with the hectic schedule I’ve been working with, I needed to get some fresh air this afternoon so I headed down to Bunner’s in Kensington Market for a quick lunch before I get back to the books.  This place is one of my favourites for something quick and simple.  Their pockets are easy to eat with one hand so you can free up the other for a coffee.  Talk about perfect! I also picked up a few of their adorable baby cinnamon buns!  They’re a little denser than your typical roll, but they’re delicious in their own way.  Whenever I’m down there I love picking up a little something to share later with friends or family.

Stuffed Chicken

These past few weeks have been tough and busy as I finally get back into a rhythm, catching up on readings and doing countless other things around here; I needed to find a bit of time to make myself a delicious dinner this week. While it might look complicated, I assure you that making stuffed chicken breasts isn’t anywhere near as difficult as it may look; it was a quick little brainstorm of stuff I could find in my fridge without having to get anything new from the grocery store.  On top of it all, baking something like this makes it feel even more like fall. You can essentially use anything you’d like for something like this, but my favourites are goat cheese, spinach, craisins, and walnuts; I just eyed the necessary quantity and went for it.  Just make sure to close the chicken up with a bit of string and wrap it up in tinfoil to put in the oven.  This way it keeps super juicy and requires less cleanup (for when you’re feeling …

“You make more friends with candy”

Candy, candy, and more candy!  It’s basically like a real live version of the board game; walls stacked full of boxes and bags of everybody’s favourites and in no shortage whatsoever.  To those candy lovers out there (I know there have to be many!) this place is a must!  With already 4 stores open both in Montreal and Toronto, there’s no excuse to not give this one a try. As the friendly staff greeted upon arrival, we were offered a sample of their gummy of the day.  With a rotation of different flavours, it’s great that you get to try them out before making a purchase.  Especially since it’s priced higher than your average (even though the quality more than makes up for it), it’s nice to know that they are making sure you enjoy your purchase and experience as much as possible.  And that includes everyone, from gluten free and vegan candies as well as GMO-free, they’ve got a candy for virtually any dietary constraint.  Each candy has been designed specifically for that flavour; …

Bean and Baker Malt Shop

Blistering summer days in Toronto can really add up.  Insert here the new Bean and Baker Malt Shop that not only cools you down on the hottest of days but can easily put a smile on your face with a throwback to the classic malt shops of our grandparents’ generation.  Located slightly off the beaten track of the popular Harbord strip, the adorable shop sits on the corner of Grace Street with no shortage of curb appeal; their retro inspired décor and flashy window logo will steal the attention of anyone walking by.  Once inside, the retro feel also doesn’t disappoint; coffered ceilings, red bar stools, and crazy patterns bring the space to life.  Run by a husband and wife duo (Bren and Liezel), the shop really has the whole vibe going on! It’s hard to believe but their treats to an even better job of representing the glory days of the malt shops.  With a sizeable array of ice cream flavours (Ontario’s own Kawartha) and soda’s to be made into floats, there is something …

Mandy’s

Not that it’s a secret but I eat A LOT; salads often won’t cut it but Mandy’s has got the whole formula right, even for me.  The once hidden away Montreal gem is now bigger than ever!  With their new location on Crescent, not only is the location infinitely bigger which now has more room to house a greater selection of drinks and snacks while keeping a quaint atmosphere to enjoy a healthy lunch.  If you haven’t given this a try, it is a must.  I went with one of my favourites this time, the October salad, which now comes in a gorgeous eclectic bowl that echoes the mix-match style of décor in the shop.  I’m still gushing over how much I loved the décor; the velvet banquet, the different styled chairs, stools, and tables, as well as the different wall papers are all combinations that I love.  So not only does this adorable shop continue to sell their renowned salads (and don’t forget the cookies!) but they have finally acquired a location to match! …