Sunday, April 24, 2011

Brickworks Breakfast

The full outdoor Brickworks market isn't up and running just yet, but if you do go before, these are a few of the booths you gotta check out.  

Cookstown Greens has the most delicious and fresh veggies you'll ever taste.  Don't even get me started on the carrots - you'll be thinking about those for days.  They also have handy kits with the basics you'll need to make a killer soup, like potato leek.  

Jamie Kennedy's son (along with his hipster friends) is still serving up some of the best french fries you'll ever taste.  Grab a cone for 4 bucks and you're good to go.  

Chez Vous continues to dominate the food booths.  The menu always creates instant mouth watering.  The scrambled egg sandwich with double smoked bacon and cheese is your best bet.  The bread is perfectly crispy and the inside perfectly soft and fluffy.  Meanwhile something new - the poached eggs & cassoulet with duck confit, sausage, tomato confit, marinated salad and baguette, was so filling but so delicious, you can't stop eating until you're done.   

Finally, The Canadian Pie Company has a stand.  Food & CO was one of the first to blog about their store on Queen Street East, and their table at Brickworks is just as appealing.  Eat one there or take a few home for later, or do both! 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sugar Shack at The Drake

Until the end of April (sadly that's only about a week) the Sugar Shack is serving up sweet goodness at Toronto's Drake Hotel.  The menu consists of 4 items with maple as the common thread.  There's the fire cracker maple shrimp, the baked mac n' cheese with chili and maple syrup pulled pork, short rib and maple bacon sandwich with coleslaw, and caramel popcorn with maple sugar and peanuts.  After reading the options and drooling, all of it had to be tasted.  The shrimp is the perfect combination of sweet and just a tad spicy, perfect.  The mac n cheese is The Drake's regular decadent noodles drenched in creamy deliciousness, but taken to a whole other level with a hunk of pulled pork on top.  The sandwich is sloppy and messy but that's the fun of it.  Buy the popcorn to have at home for another day when entertaining, or snack on it right after dinner, if you didn't over indulge like I did.  For drinks, drink the maple jack sour.  It always gets the job done and tastes so damn good.  

Friday, April 22, 2011


Some Passover photos from earlier this week.  They were all taken on an Iphone and affected using Camera + app.
Happy Passover & Easter.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lunch at Canteen

Today's pasta special at Canteen - spinach, goat cheese and roasted cherry tomatoes.  Simple and delicious.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


For a while people had said the brunch at Brassii (at King Street West and Spadina) was worth checking out, but it wasn't until Rob (one of my usual dining companions), blackberry messaged me about the resto-bar's homemade donuts, that made me rush over the next day.  So here they are, looking pretty fine.  They tasted delicious too, especially after dipping them in the chocolate and caramel sauce that comes on the plate.     

Inside a great space of mixed brick and wood, with big bright windows, the rest of the food we ordered was hit and miss.  The mini chocolate chip muffins seemed like a good idea at first, but then an overwhelming basket of too many came to the table, and they didn't taste especially great.  The omelette didn't impress us either, especially the lack of guacamole.  The small fruit bowl however was a nice touch.  The eggs benedict was nice and predictable (not a bad thing).  The main draw at Brassaii is definitely those donuts, and a relaxed atmosphere to spend a few hours in on the weekend.           

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


On the second floor of Toronto's brand spankin' new Ritz Carlton hotel is TOCA by Tom Brodi.  For a new restaurant the food was pretty much spot on.  The black cod was done perfectly and the 'fancy fish and chips' which was mill street beer battered LOBSTER (!!!) was obviously very heavy but amazing.  How can you say no to that.  The small serving ($20) will feed a table of 4.  The B.C. spot prawns were nice but the salad was drenched in the horseradish dressing.  Also check out the bar menu for some extra sharing plates.  We weren't quite sure what the pulled pork tortitas were, but they weren't anything special.  The meat itself was juicy and flavourful but the buns were too heavy, especially after pigging out on the deep fried lobster.  

If you're a cheese fan, remember to take a peak inside the cheese cave! Exciting, right?  

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Broiler House Brunch Buffet

If you're looking for a good brunch buffet, you'll find it at Boiler House in the distillery.  Lots to choose from, live jazz, good friends, what more can you ask for on a Sunday.  Happy birthday Daniel.