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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.

The Locale: Marché 27

The last couple days have been busy; I’m still on the mend and I’m still working on adjusting my diet to accommodate my lack of chewing capabilities.  With this in mind and my sudden craving of tartare, our next destination was Marché 27. If you’ve read my food truck summary you’ve seen that Route 27 was a favourite from the summer and it happens to be that this restaurant is the mecca of it all.   (Here’s the link for those interested click here) On a quiet enclave of Prince Arthur just west of St-Laurent, a little cluster of restaurants were quietly starting to entice hungry lunch-goers.  Without hesitation however we had our sights set on this raw menu gem. When walking in, the minimal décor and chalkboards give the allure of a simple but stylish locale; banquettes run along the length of the room covered in windows letting in the natural light, flanked by grey, black, and white pillows opposite glossy chic, occasional chairs.  The chalkboards facing the section of tables covered every vertical section …

Rack of Lamb, Cauliflower, and Green Bean Salad

I might not be able to eat solid foods for the next few days (thank you dental surgery), but that won’t stop be from writing about it.  Last night was my last big meal for the next few days so we were going to make something good. My choice was a rack of lamb; my dad took charge of the meat while I called the sides.  It was a very simple rack of lamb recipe; just rosemary, thyme, and garlic to flavour the rack. My creative side had a chance to take charge here.  First of all, I cut up three quarters of a cauliflower into small bits that I then mixed with a splash of olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper.  Placed evenly at the bottom of a baking dish, it went in the oven next to the lamb for about 20-25 minutes at around 400°.  The rest was for a purée which I will explain shortly. Next was to make a green bean salad.  The green beans were cooked in boiling water for …

Vancouver: Part I

My hiatus is now over.  A little weekend getaway for cross country nationals in Vancouver and a quick trip to Whistler was exactly what I needed after my short but hectic school week.  I have lots to write and so much to say about this exciting trip, but for now I’ll just focus on the portion in Vancouver. The flight felt a little long, but it was all worth it was we flew over the city and across the UBC campus on the peninsula.  The sunset was timed perfectly as we started our descent and saw an array of beautiful reds, oranges, and purples along the horizon. I arrived in Vancouver Thursday evening and without further ado dinner was in order!  Because we were on the coast, the restaurant Coast seemed appropriate with its huge and somewhat daunting menu filled with local seafood. After making our orders, we were presented with what they called prawn beignets. It took a little while to fully understand the pronunciation; to be honest I didn’t even recognize it as …

The Locale: Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

If you’re not a fan of brunch yet (god forbid), you definitely will be after visiting Mildred’s Temple Kitchen.  I needed to check out what all the hype was about but with so many places to see and so little time…kidding; luckily it was time and well worth the wait! I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m a huge brunch fan; it’s probably the thing I go out for most in this bustling city.  At first glance, I was torn.  Mildred’s Temple Kitchen’s menu houses some drool worthy dishes but with the help of our waitress, who was so kind to let us know that we could split a single blueberry buttermilk pancake as a side as well as other helpful hints; soon we had an exquisite brunch coming our way. First of all, freshly squeezed juice? Yes, please. While waiting, I had some time to admire the décor that filled the lofty and slightly industrial space.  (I’m a sucker for high ceilings and lofty spaces) Although there was lots of room and plenty …

Apples on Apples on Apples…

Fall is in the air!  And with fall come all the seasonal fruits and veggies that come in with the harvest including squash, pumpkin, and my personal favourite apples!  With bags of Macintosh apples going for pennies, I’ve been keeping my fridge stocked!  I’m sure I’ll be sharing more of my favourite fall foods but apples are the first thing I dive for in the fall. Probably the simplest of all but a personal favourite is homemade applesauce.  Although it can get tedious at times with peeling and cutting, it’s sooo worth it.  My mum would always make this for us after a big apple picking trip and I’d have it with everything.  My perfect version of applesauce has nothing but apples and water with soft chunks for an added element of texture.  Simply slice up and peel apples to fill a pot and place on the stovetop with a very thin layer of water on the bottom.  Put on full heat until the water boils and then bring down to a simmer.  Stir the …

The Locale: Rasa

In the ever changing Harbord Village area, the new place I had my sights on is Rasa; a tapas style restaurant with a changing menu and a wide range of influences by none other than Toronto’s Food Dudes.  The best part about tapas is the chance to try multiple things from the menu all while enjoying each other’s company, making you feel even more at-home.  With my date in tow, we ventured through the menu with exciting ideas and fusions of flavours. The location itself underwent some serious renovations to get it to the rustic, eclectic vibe it now features with exposed brick and weathered wood along the walls that I instantly fell in love with.  The quaint and cozy space paired with the below street level venue uses the industrial-like windows and décor to ooze the hip and underground nature of the spot.  The eclectic menu and tapas style serving add to the chic make-shift essence of the rustic ambiance that I just can’t resist! To start it all off came a couple of …