Tuesday, June 26, 2012

La Carnita

The roving Toronto taco pop up has finally settled down on College Street, just West of Spadina.  It's actually in the same space that housed former restaurants Cinq 01 and Briscola, both of which we blogged about on Food & Co.  And from the scene on a Sunday night, almost 2 weeks after officially opening, it's safe to say La Carnita is going to lock down this lease for a while.
The graffitied walls, picnic tables and colourful bar stools and chairs is everything we could have asked for and more. Same goes for the food.  Order the gauc to start and then figure out your taco plan.  Each one is $5 a piece.  Our favourite was the cod, but we also tried the chicken (note: it's fried) and the chorizo.  There's a vegetarian option (crispy avocado and beans) and also a steak one too.  Surprisingly no carnita taco, but there was a pulled pork and cheese gordita special, that needs to be added to the permanent menu right away.  Get your fix Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm to 11pm. No reservations.  You know what that means...go early!              

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sliced Gourmet

This summer you can get a slice of London, right here in Toronto.
If you're familiar with the British takeaway sandwich chain Pret A Manger, then you'll understand what Sliced is all about.  Recently opening at Bay and Elm, the shop puts out 'just made' (like it states on the box) sandwiches - ranging from shrimp and avocado, Bricklane chicken, salmon gravlax, fig and prosciutto, to even peanut butter and jam, nutella with crushed hazelnuts, and a vegan eggless salad.  Sandwiches are priced from $4.50 (half a sammy) up to $13.75 (the lobster BLT).
Sliced also offers a diverse selection of salads, soups, pastries, fresh juices, yogurt parfaits and oatmeal.
And besides their use of fresh and local ingredients, the other thing that definitely shouldn't go unnoticed is that at the end of each day, the leftover food is donated to Second Harvest.                
The photos below are from their opening party last month.



Sunday, June 10, 2012

F'Amelia

Tucked away on Amelia street in Toronto's Cabbagetown neighbourhood is F'Amelia. On a warm late May Saturday night, the restaurant's recently opened patio is packed and a line has formed with people waiting for tables.  Not a surprise, F'Amelia received huge praise from both Toronto Life and The Globe and Mail last year, hailing it one of the best places to eat in the city.  Executive chef Maurizio Verga delivers a Northern Italian menu that stays true to his roots.  
Here's what came to our table: calamari with arugula, cherry tomatoes, green olives, cappers and chili oil; asparagus salad with fava beans and bufala cheese; Ontario ricotta and fresh mint ravioli with peas, white pearl onions and Parma ham; fresh apple and celery risotto with seared scallops; and the parmigiana pizza with grilled eggplant and bufala and basil.  For dessert - the stunning brulee lemon tart with rhubarb compote and Ontario strawberry budino.   
So believe the hype. It really is that good.  And enjoy your escape to Cabbagetown. Walk around the hood and feel like you've been transported to another city, in a whole other time.