Saturday, November 26, 2011

Libretto goes East

The popular pizzeria opens a second larger location on the Danforth, and the best part, unlike their Ossington restaurant, takes reservations.  Dropping in midway through their first week, not surprisingly the place is jammed.  There's also a basement bar with additional seating.  The Gragnano wine pictured below is a chilled sparkling red, a perfect choice to go with your meal.  The pizzas we ordered and shared were the house-made sausage with caramelized onion, mozzarella and chili oil, the duck confit with mozzarella and pear, and the four cheese with a special addition of freshly shaved prosciutto.  Libretto Danforth is open for lunch and dinner.          

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Aroma Espresso Bar & Restaurant

Israel's healthy food culture has found roots in Toronto via Aroma Espresso Bar.  The coffee chain, born in Jerusalem, now has 5 locations in and around our city, including locations at Yonge and Eglinton and the Annex - where the photos posted below were taken.  For breakfast and lunch in Israel, it's all about eggs, salad and cheese, and that's exactly what you'll find on the menu at Aroma.  The power breakfast comes with 2 eggs, mixed greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, feta, cream cheese, and bread and butter.  Some of their salads include - sweet potato lentil, warm chickpea, quinoa, mozzarella, and of course the chopped, with cucumbers and tomatoes - the famous salad you will see everywhere in Israel. 
Not to be missed is their alfajores, two shortbread cookies sandwiched between a rich caramel spread.  It's one of the best things you'll ever eat.  Get a few.        

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Meatballs for dinner? Yes please!

On a very rainy and cold November night, there's nothing more perfect then enjoying the ultimate comfort food.  Who doesn't love a good meatball, right!? And at Hey Meatball, on College Street just East of Ossington, you guessed it, it's all about the balls.
Step up to the counter and deiced between the 4 mains written on the chalkboard.  Each one is priced at $11 and the sides are $5.  Put in your order, grab a seat and wait for your number to be called.  Simple as that.  
Below are the pork/beef balls in tomato sauce with rigatoni, side of roasted beets, 'the rodfather' - pork/beef balls with tomato sauce on ciabatta and the mushroom eggplant vegan balls with a parmesan sauce on polenta.  A few things to note - the tomato sauce is sweet but good sweet, the rodfather sandwich is deliciously sloppy and soggy, and even though the vegan balls looked burnt to a crisp, they were perfect.   

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Combine Eatery

The search for Toronto's best tacos continue in the Danforth at new restaurant Combine Eatery.  Sadly they were sold out of the venison tacos, which are said to be one of their best, so we settled on the fish and beef.  The vegetarians at the table got the veggie fritter tacos.  After the meal everyone was satisfied, although the very juicy beef taco was so stuffed full of meat we couldn't finish it.  The mac and cheese is a great dish for the table to share as an app.    

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Desmond & Beatrice

Newish cupcake and bakeshop on Queen Street just East of Broadview.  If you're walking by and feel like something sweet, it's definitely worth a pop in. And unlike a lot of other cupcake places in Toronto, Desmond & Beatrice actually has seating.  

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Brunch at George Street Diner

Don't miss this cool spot for breakfast or lunch on Richmond Street, just East of Jarvis (129 George Street).  The photos below are of the omelet of the day (which had bacon cooked into it) and the fruity stuffed french toast.  Also keep in mind this is a good place to come if the wait at Le Petite Dejeuner is too long, although GSD may also have a line too. Ah, the joys of brunching in Toronto.