All posts tagged: Toronto Food

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.

Bar Buca

Finally back at it with some of my foodie adventures!  With Winterlicious back in full swing, I couldn’t be more excited to visit some of the restaurants on my list.  Bar Buca was the first to try this year that hosts a menu in an Italian tapas style; whatever is ready first they brought out.  For this reason, we made sure to have a few different selections to share so we could both eat from what was brought out.  Winterlicious in itself is meant as a way to try out new things and new restaurants but never have I had such a great selection!  From the rapini, testa, and citrus salads, the lunch was starting off on an excellent foot.  To my surprise, I loved the sweet and spicy vinaigrette combined with the citrus elements and the olives.  Followed by the Mortadella sandwich and the roasted cauliflower in spicy tomato sauce, we seriously could not believe how tasty everything was!  I’d have to say that the cauliflower is what I loved most and is something …

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 …

Maman

This post took far more effort to write than anyone could believe.  Having nothing to do with what I wanted to write about, my phone had been lost before I had the chance to upload the photos for the post.  After a few hours of panicking and finally coming up with a plan to retrieve/replace it, I finally got a call on a friend’s phone from the person who had found mine (YIPEEE!).  Without sparing too many details, it was a hectic night to say the least but in the end all the craziness was worth getting my beloved iphone back. Now to the good stuff, the quaint and beyond adorable Maman restaurant in the financial district.  With French chefs to boast, their selection of adorable Parisian café-inspired selection of quiches, salads, and baked goods are spot on with those found across the Atlantic.  I had the salmon quiche and sprouts salad which was nothing if not true to the Parisian equivalents.  The real show-stopper however was their pistachio loaf.  I’ve heard of many different …

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 …

Summerlicious at SpeakEasy21

Although my visit in Toronto was short and sweet, timing could not have been more perfect to try out one of the city’s Summerlicious menus.  I had heard of SpeakEasy21’s great terrace so to check it out, a lunch date on a hot, sunny, summer day was in order.  Even though it seems to be in the middle of things, the few steps above street level and the half wall slash banquet that separates you from the sidewalk traffic, really creates its own little world while still feeling like you’re a part of the city’s landscape. The menu itself was very summer appropriate, where we started it off with their kale and arugula salad but not without a little bit of their sangria! (Which I’m actually dying to recreate myself; potential blog post? I’d say so!) The bitter salad was exactly what I was looking for with radishes to add to that effect and just a hint of sweetness coming from the pears and dressing that was in no shortage.  Next, I went with the …

The Croissant Test

Inspired by a macaron test I saw years ago, I have decided to test out three croissants from different bakeries along King West to direct any other avid croissant eaters in the right direction.  I have to say that if I could have a Parisian breakfast every morning, life might as well be complete…but in the meantime I’ll just have to enjoy them from my favourite little spots on King West; I guess I can’t complain about that either. It was a stunning Sunday morning as I walked along King West after a grueling spinning class that I realized this “croissant test” could very well be a successful post.  So right then and there, I went with it.  I first stopped by Her Majesty’s Pleasure which now houses Collette Grand Café, including their delicious treats and croissants.  Next, to Portland Variety and lastly I hit up Delysées whose array of sweets was to die for, but I was on a missions here. When eating a croissant, there are a few key criteria that I first …