September 11, 2014

Afternoon Tea @ Ruelo

I bought a groupon for afternoon tea for two at Ruelo Patisserie. I intended to go to the Richmond Hill location but it was fully booked for a couple of weeks. They suggested that I visit the Scarborough location instead, which I did. Unfortunately, the Scarborough store is situated in the middle of an industrial lot, and felt very cold and bare. It lacks the intimate vibe that I would want in an afternoon tea setting. 
We get a choice of coffee or Kusmi tea. 
Here's the food!

August 15, 2014

Gusto 101

I've been to Gusto 101 several times and absolutely love it! They have a gorgeous patio which is heated in the winter. I only wish the restaurant was slightly less popular so that it wouldn't be so hard to get a seat! 
House wine (red or white) is just $1 per ounce, and you can order at any increments. The alcoholic demon inside of me is leaping in excitement!
Polipo ($14.50) - Grilled octopus, chimichurri, olive tapenade, piquillo puree, arugula and fried capers
I'm not always a fan of grilled octopus, but this one was done well. The exterior was marvelously charred in the most delicious way, and the octopus itself was quite tender. 

August 11, 2014

Good Bites Cafe (Bay Area)

I love finding hidden gems in my travels, and Good Bites Cafe came highly recommended by one of my sister's coworker. The tiny restaurant houses around 5 or 6 small tables so we had to wait quite a while for a seat. 
Complimentary pita and hummus arrived at our table. The hummus was, hands down, the best I've ever had, and I could have easily filled up very satisfyingly just from this. I am still dreaming about it! 

July 26, 2014

NoPa Kitchen + Bar (San Francisco)

San Francisco is a wonderful food city. I don't think I'll ever get tired of it, no matter how many times I visit. NOPA has been on my radar for awhile, and from what I gather from trusty Yelp, it is one of the most popular brunch places in town. So obviously I had to drag my family there to try it out for myself. 
Custard French Toast - blueberries and lemon butter ($7 for half portion, $14 for full portion)
Desserts first! Our server wisely advised us to go with the half portion (we later saw the full portion from other tables and it was alarmingly big!) As far as French toasts go, this one was spot on. The outside- perfectly crisp, accompanied by the most divine lemon butter. The blueberries had just enough sweetness that we hardly needed the side of syrup at all. Delish!

July 23, 2014

(Mostly) Wordless Wednesdays: Inagiku

One of the best meals I had when I visited Macau last December was at Inagiku, situated in Starworld Hotel. Almost everything was superb! I will let the pictures speak for themselves. 


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