Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pizza Libretto - University

Pizza Libretto on University (just south of Adelaide) is another welcome addition to Toronto's growing financial district food scene.  This is the third location of the popular pizza joint and unlike their original outpost on Ossington (which still sees long wait times), University takes reservations (as does their Danforth location).  
Not to be missed is their $15 lunch prix fixe (only offered Monday through Friday) that includes either a caprese or arugula salad, a margherita or marinara pizza, and biscotti or gelato for dessert.
Libretto has an extensive wine list but if you're in the mood to try something different - order a glass of the 2011 Gragnano (a lightly sparkling red served chilled) that the restaurant describes as "the most authentic Neapolitan pizza pairing."  How could you go wrong.         

(Buttermilk calamari) 
(Cauliflower frittella (Italian pancake) with pickled cauliflower & bufala ricotta) 
(Rocco's salad - crispy egg, butternut squash, heirloom beets, pine nuts & proscuitto) 
(Arancini - basil & pine nut pesto, bufala mozzarella) 
(Margherita) 
(Grilled eggplant) 
(House-made sausage with caramelized onion, mozzarella & chili oil)  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Drake Devonshire - Prince Edward County

At the Drake Hotel's new Prince Edward County outpost it's not just the adorable rooms, curated art, vintage furniture and stunning lake Ontario views you'll want to write home about. The menu by head chef Matthew DeMille is worthy of a visit for brunch or dinner even if you aren't staying the night.

(Hagerman's heirloom tomato salad - strawberries, whipped goat cheese, torn basil and Devonshire crunch) 
(Popcorn shrimp - crispy grits, kimchi mayo, compressed watermelon and quick pickled cucumber)
(Prinzen Farms rotisserie chicken - sweet pepper and leek stew and basil pesto) 
(Sweet corn risotto - corn pudding, grilled corn, truffle oil and parmesan) 
(McColl Farms braised lamb shoulder - grainy mustard jus, roasted root vegetables and mushroom ragout) 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery

Just like its sister shop Bakerbots, Bang Bang scoops some of the most interesting homemade ice cream flavours in Toronto, sandwiches them between their irresistible cookies and leaves you carefully contemplating the endless combinations.  What's a little bit different (besides their Ossington location) is they also stuff ice cream between macarons, puffs and waffles.  Taste testing is welcomed just don't go when you're feeling a craving for their burnt toffee or orange cardamom on a Monday, because they are closed.  We learned that the hard way.  

(half hazelnut & half peanut butter n' concord grape jelly ice cream 
on a peanut butter cookie) 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Grand Electric Muskoka

For most people, heading to the cottage during the summer months is a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.  But if you're a foodie it's hard not to be excited about Toronto hotspot Grand Electric opening in Port Carling.  The Mexican restaurant brings its hipster vibes, mouth-watering tacos and boozy cocktails to Muskoka and you can enjoy it all sitting right on their patio overlooking Lake Rosseau.
Open from Thursday to Sunday (hours vary) the expansive deck and cottagey interior complete with retro wooden tables and chairs and a wooden picnic table will hopefully help expedite wait times - which in Toronto can sometimes run up to two hours.  Both locations do not take reservations.  
The menu includes some of Grand Electric's staple tacos like the Baja fish, pork carnitas and crispy cauliflower and a new one for us the spicy shrimp (which wasn't so spicy).  The tuna ceviche tostada with lime marinated tuna, herb salad and avocado mayo is a generous portion and perfect to fill you up after a few tacos.  Dishes are a bit more expensive than its sister restaurant in TO but it doesn't come as much of a surprise because apparently everything is more expensive in Muskoka.  
Drink-wise we recommend the clydesdale which is loaded with bourbon, grapefruit juice, lime and agave.  It's so good you'll want to make a round right when you get back to the cottage.  They also have plenty of red and white wine, beer, cava and other refreshing summer cocktails.  For dessert share the key lime pie in a cup and dig deep with your spoons to get every last crumb.