Sunday, August 26, 2012

Woodlot

A year and a bit since our last visit and Woodlot is still just as amazing.  It also scores the honour of serving us the best dish we've tried so far this year - a sweet corn and mascarpone agnolotti with shrimp, corn emulsion and dill.  There really aren't many words that can describe how incredible it tasted.  Also pictured below and presented beautifully - charred haloumi crostini with a spiced chickpea puree and rhubarb compote, spruce cured sockeye salmon with maple, yuzu, radish and foraged greens, melt in your mouth russet potato gnocchi, roasted lingcod, and fingerling potato salad with hazelnuts and fresh herbs.    

This summer the restaurant has set up a sweet little patio facing out onto Palmerston, so go while the weather still allows it.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Grand Electric

The Mexican hipster haven on Queen Street West was even better than we remember.  
Line up before it opens to try and get into the first seating.  If not, bring a snack and wait, because it's worth it.  Order everything. 
And if it rains, they take care of you. Umbrellas for everyone!  

Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Day in Stratford, Ontario

With only a few weekends left in summer, one perfect way of spending a Sunday is by taking a road trip to Stratford, Ontario. Located approximately 2 hours from Toronto, the sleepy town is home to the world famous Stratford Shakespeare Festival and of course also home to the world famous Justin Bieber.  Here is how you should spend your day.   

11:30am - Brunch at Foster's Inn.  Head to this colourful restaurant for a cheap and cheerful meal.  The caramelized apples and cheddar french toast is not to be missed.  Also pictured - the crab benedict and one of their daily specials.  And if you're looking for a place to stay overnight check out Foster's rooms above the restaurant.         


1:00pm - Take a walk around Market Square.  Located just down the street from the Foster's Inn, on Sunday's in the summer Stratford's slow food market sets up shop.  Peruse the flowers, breads, pastries, and fresh fruit and veggies.        



2:00pm - See a Stratford show at the Shakespeare Festival.  Lots of productions to choose from this season including 42 Street and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.  Oh, and if you're looking for some Shakespeare there's that too.  Be sure to spend some time exploring the grounds - by the river and the flower garden near the theatre. 


6:00pm - Dinner at Mercer Hall.  This new restaurant is a great place to unwind after a show and enjoy a big comfort food filled dinner. The warm pretzel bread will work wonders on your grumbling stomach.  There are also rooms above the restaurant.     


8:00pm - Skip dessert at dinner and head to Dairy Queen before the drive home. 


P.S. the Savour Stratford Culinary Festival is taking place from Sept 21 - 23. You can find out much more about the event by clicking here