Sunday, July 31, 2011

Prairie Girl Bakery

If you're in the downtown Toronto core, find this little hidden cupcake bakery for a sweet treat.  They aren't as good as Sweet Bliss (the cupcake snobery comes out) but they'll do the trick when in need.  The address is 18 King Street East, which is a bit confusing because it's just north of King on Victoria.   

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ottolenghi - London

With four locations in London, Ottolenghi offers fresh and beautiful ready made food and pastries.  Just walk in and you'll be blown away by the overflowing salads and ridiculous sweet looking treats.  The staff loads up a box for you, after which is weighed.  Be sure to keep an eye on how much you are actually getting, it can add up quickly.  I may have dropped a good 20 pounds on lunch.  
And as good as the salads are, the desserts are better.  The lemon blueberry cupcake was one of the best I've had.  Same goes for the chocolate chip cookie.  The brownie, so gooey with big hazelnuts baked inside. Not all the locations have seating, so find a park nearby.

They've also opened a restaurant called Nopi which is said to be great.  Let me know if you go.        

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Doughnut Plant - NYC

This must visit New York City doughnut shoppe has every flavour you could think of, even creme brulee.  Click here to check out some of the others.  And as far as doughnuts go, on a quality scale, these must rate pretty high - 'no trans fats, no preservatives, no artificial flavouring and no eggs.' 
This ain't no Tim Horton's. 

 

Enoteca Sociale

Carb overload at Enoteca Sociale. But worth it of course. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Campagnolo

Campagnolo's big windows overlooking Dundas Street West and Euclid Avenue let in so much light, every photo came out stunning.  More spacious than imagined, getting a table on a Sunday night was surprisingly easy, especially since hearing the night before, actress Jessica Biel was turned away because there was no room.  Other well known faces were already there including members of Metric, Arcade Fire and K-OS.  Back to Sunday, it was also early, so that helped too.          
The resto's motto posted on their website - 'good honest home cooked food,' certainly rang true. Here is the rundown; house made baguette and gougeres; summer squash arancini with taleggio cheese; local burrata with roasted grapes and toasted bread; treviso and escarole salad with grilled nectarines and candied walnuts; chickpea and proscuitto agnolotii with cauliflower and fava beans; and organic steak with wild mushrooms, truffled matchsticks and smoked gorgonzola butter.  The roasted grapes on the burrata and toast worked well. Drinks were also great.  Try the dark and stormy.  Dessert may have been the best concoction though - a butterscotch pudding with caramel and chucks of chocolate meringue.