Sunday, June 26, 2011

Summer School at The Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel continues their coolness domination with their latest pop up venture.  This time it's in the dining room, which was converted into 'the summer school dining hall' in just 2 days.  They serve spiked juice boxes (stronger than you think), the menus are in dou-tangs, the delicious and creamy alphabet tomato soup is poured from thermos' and the kitsch list continues.  Chef Anthony Rose once again delivers, and serves up awesome dishes.  Love the cheesy garlic bread, the lobster roll, the tomato soup, the meaty crab cakes, and the mac and cheese (their classic but still so good).  And then there's the massive two pound Cumbrae rib steak.  The photo speaks for itself.   
At the launch event, we got to try almost every single thing on the menu.  Never seen anything like it. 
Thanks to The Drake and the gals at Rock It for the fun and delicious night. 

The summer school pop up runs until early September.  After that it's Chinatown.
And on a sad note, The Drake BBQ, the pop up two doors down from the hotel, is closing on July 2nd to focus energies on Summer School.  If you haven't been, go this week!        


ON THE LIST: La Societe Bistro

After a friend texted me this photo of his lobster benny from brunch at Bloor Street's newest hot spot La Societe, it immediately shot up to the top of my must try list.  Lobster + eggs benny = heaven.  

P.S. I stopped by the opening party a couple weeks back and the restaurant's interior is stunning.  

P.P.S. Send me your best food photos from restaurants and I'll post them!

Photo courtesy - John Hurley 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Grilled cheese with tomato jam, onion marmalade, Irish soda bread.  Lunch at Fabarnak.  Go earlier than 1pm to try the daily square peg lunch special.  Today's was a sell out!

416 Snack Bar

Adorable almost bite sized gourmet snacks, what's not to love, especially when they taste great too.  416 Snack Bar found on Bathurst, just North of Queen, is great for well ya, snacks, and you get to use your fingers.  Stop in for a fix before the bar, after the bar, or as someone put it, just to get drunk.  With prices ranging from 3-7 dollars per snack, you'll want to order at least 3 things.  Seen below: the burrata crostini with roasted garlic, an oven roasted grape tomato, olive oil and sprinkled with salt; the mini mac (inspired by a Mcdonalds big mac including the toppings); and the pork bun.  The smore dessert sounded good.  Next time.  Oh and the plates are the cutest.   

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Toronto Taste 2011

So many delicious snaps from tonight's Toronto Taste event.  Some favourites included Woodlot's asparagus salad, Ici Bistro's onion tart, L'unita's cannoli, Auberge Du Pommier's soft shell taco, Pangaea's fritters and Scarpetta's braised short rib.  All the proceeds go to Second Harvest.