All posts tagged: Winterlicious

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 …

MTK for Winterlicious

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen continues to be one of my favourite places to eat!  Their brunch is probably one of the most known in the city but their enthusiasm about Winterlicious might even out-do it! During the two weeks of the event, they only offer their Winterlicious menu which they have clearly poured their heart and souls into.  This was one of my most anticipated restaurants during Winterlicious and even with my high expectations; they blew me and all my anticipations away! Greeting us with warm roasted garlic, cheddar, and thyme biscuits to start it all off, you can tell right away that you’re at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen because that kind of attention to detail and freshly made goodness is unlike anywhere else. I was torn but eventually settled on the tea cured trout appetizer while also sharing tastes for the pork rillettes.  The trout itself was very good but the accoutrements were the essential part to completing the dish.  So many different textures made the mouth dance with every bite; onions and apple slices for …

The Blake House

Even though the groundhog was scared back into his hole today, it doesn’t mean Torontonians have to be; Winterlicious has only just started! The Blake House on Saturday night was our first pick for this year’s Winterlicious.  One of the things that interested me most about this place was the fact that it was in a heritage building; the old brick, layout, and windows all resonated the essence of old Victorian architecture. Although the restaurant itself was a little more pub-like than I have anticipated, this didn’t scare us away.  To start it all off, their beef samosas and beet and feta salad were our choices for appetizers.  The warm beef samosas were nice and crispy on the outside and super flavourful on the inside which could be dunked in their chive dip to balance it all off.  Although they were a lot less spicy than any samosa I had ever had, I would consider this a good thing.  The salad was also a great choice as it had no shortage of cheese and just …

Winterlicious Lowdown

I only got hooked on this phenomenon a year ago, but ever since then I have been waiting with much anticipation for this beloved Toronto event.  Generally known for the prix fixe menus across town, the Winterlicious event, for me, has been the best opportunity to try a bunch of restaurants I might not have otherwise.  This year I already have quite a few plans for these two weeks (January 30th-February 12th) which I will definitely be posting about as they come.  For now, I know I’ve had a fair number of people ask me about my suggestions for the event so here they are! I won’t be visiting all these suggestions of course, but these menus are the ones that captured my attention and I’m hoping yours will be as well. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen – I’ve visited this place for brunch and it blew me away, (see review here) but I have yet to experience their other menu selection.  The friendly staff and gorgeous décor make me want to go back on a weekly …