Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sud Forno

If you pop into Terroni's gorgeous new bakery (located a few doors East of their Queen West restaurant) it will be very hard to leave without trying at least one thing.  You'll understand once you see what's behind the counter.  From Italian cookies, cakes, pastries and pies, to nutella brioche (yes, we said that) and loaded sandwiches - the mouthwatering options seem endless.  Pizzas are baked in the back and then sliced into big squares.  One of the young pizza makers recommends the red onion and pancetta telling us it's one of the more popular slices.  At the front Sud serves their homemade gelato.  Flavours include fig and ricotta, praline, and hazelnut.  They have a massive wall of bread to choose from and another wall where you can browse bottles of olive oil, canned tomatoes and peppers, coffee, and chocolate.    

When you're ready to eat grab a stool by the window, a seat outside on the bench, or walk over to Trinity Bellwoods for a picnic in the park.      

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Summerlicious @ Cafe Boulud

If you haven't taken advantage of Toronto's Summerlicious yet, you've got until July 21 to make a reservation. Below are some snaps from our dinner at Cafe Boulud at the Four Seasons Hotel.  At $45 a person, it's a great opportunity to indulge in a three course meal at Daniel Boulud's Toronto outpost for a very reasonable price.  And lunch is even more reasonable at $25.
Oh and if you can find room for another dessert - get the Grapefruit Givre.  It's a dessert everyone should try at least once... or twice.  

(Heirloom tomato salad - tomato consomme, pecorino, basil and black olive) 
(Seared digby scallop - sweet corn succotash, avocado mousse and shrimp cracker)
(Roasted cumbrae beef - tuscan potatoes, salsa verde, broccoli rabe and calabrian chili) 
(Swiss chard agnolotti - monforte ricotta, tomato compote, toasted pine nuts and parmesan) 
(Mediterranean sea bass - bouillabaise sauce and rouille crouton)  
(Passion fruit and banana sundae - mango, vanilla crumble and meringue)
(Tonka bean sundae - chocolate genoise, candied pecans, maple caramel ice cream, tonka bean chantilly) 

And a few extra dishes we tried - 

(Crispy duck egg - jambon de Paris, asparagus and mustard dressing) 
(Roasted beet salad - burrata, toasted pine nuts, black olive, wild arugula and red wine vinaigrette) 
(Grapefruit givre - sesame halva, rose loukoum and grapefruit sorbet) 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Belly Buster Submarines

Satisfying hungry bellies since 1974, the North Toronto sub shop is now open for business downtown on King Street West (just East of Spadina).
There's nothing fancy or gourmet about the subs - they just taste really good.  And if you're a bacon fan (who isn't?) be sure to try their extra crispy strips.

Belly Buster fits into the nightclub neighbourhood nicely staying open until 3am from Thursday to Saturday and until 12am from Sunday to Wednesday.

You can check out their full menu by clicking here.