October 30, 2012

Momofuku Noodle Bar (Toronto)

I loved my Momofuku experience in Sydney and New York City, so I was pretty excited for the opening of Toronto's Momofuku complex at the Shangri La Hotel. Compared to the New York City location, the Toronto location was definitely more spacious
To avoid a wait, my friend Mel and l visited the Noodle Bar on a Saturday afternoon, and as expected, there weren't a lot of people. In general, the financial district is a pretty dead area on the weekend
After we ordered, the food came amazingly fast (maybe a little too fast)! We started with their famous pork buns ($10 for 2) with hoisin, scallion and cucumber. These were as delicious as I remember, though I noted that the cut of pork was not as fatty as the one I had in NYC. Nevertheless, this is a must-order at Momofuku, and for a good reason.

October 28, 2012

ABC Kitchen (NYC)

We wanted one fancy meal in New York City that wasn't going to break our wallets and I suggested ABC Kitchen. Co-owned by acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (most famous for his 3 Michelin star eponymous restaurant Jean George), ABC Kitchen was awarded the Best New Restaurant of 2011 by the James Beard Foundation. Accolades aside, I was very much attracted by the beautiful space and elegant farm-to-table concept.

October 24, 2012

Shake Shack (NYC)

Of course, I couldn't go to NYC without a visit to New York. Since we stayed near Times Square, we visited the theatre district location. We visited on a Sunday, so the line was pretty long out the door. Luckily, we were given a menu while waiting in line.
The line moved pretty quickly in the end, but finding a seat was even more of a challenge!

October 23, 2012

Holy Chuck

I've been meaning to try Holy Chuck for awhile, and finally managed to drag a bunch of friends to accompany me! 
We tried two milkshakes ($5.49 each)- Happy Frappy and Grandma's Apple Pie (my choice). The happy frappy tasted very strongly caramel. Personally, I preferred my Apple Pie milkshake, which tasted remarkably like an apple pie, served with vanilla ice cream. There were actual chunks of apples in the shake and I especially loved the intensity of the cinnamon!
Mitch and Sandy ordered the Greek Bahahastard ($10.99)- two lamb patties, caramelized onions, and topped with a roasted red pepper and garlic feta aioli. I didn't try this burger since I don't eat lamb, but I was told that they undercooked Sandy's burger. Other than that, the burger was quite well-received by my friends. On a side note, the fries were excellent and Sandy's chipotle mayo dip ($0.99) was absolutely addictive!

October 17, 2012

Brunch @ Mildred's Temple Kitchen

Admittedly, I am a little obsessed with brunch, and I really don't think I eat it enough! So after hearing many great things about brunch at Mildred's Temple Kitchen's, I finally tried it for myself!
I've read rave reviews about Mildred's famous scones, so naturally we ordered some for the table to share. For $12, you get to pick between currant scones and buttermilk biscuits (6 in total), so because I've heard so much about the scones, we only had one biscuit for our platter. Unfortunately, I have to say I was quite disappointed with these scones. I wished they had been served warmer, and the accompanying preserve wasn't spectacular either. Maybe I came on an off day? On the contrary, I quite enjoyed the buttermilk biscuits and wished we ordered more of that instead.

October 15, 2012

Sakagura (NYC)

We had the most amazing Japanese food in our first night in NYC at Sakagura, a hidden gem 10 minutes away from our hotel. I mean, literally, it was hidden in the basement of an Midtown East office building, and we had to go down a few flights of sketchy stairs to reach this sake bar. Perhaps it was because we were exhausted (from a day of Woodbury shopping) and famished (it was almost midnight), but we found everything here to be truly exceptional.
Maguro yamakake- fresh tuna sashimi served with grated mountain yam
This was our first taste of how amazingly fresh the sashimi was, and we couldn't get enough of it! The grated mountain yam added a creamy dimension that complemented the tuna well. 
Chikuzen ni- assorted cooked roots vegetables and chicken
After a day of road trip food (i.e. fast food + junk), I really enjoyed the healthiness of the dish. I regretted not ordering a few more healthy options!
Kamo roast- slices of chilled roasted duck wrapped around scallion, accented with basil sauce

October 11, 2012

High Tea @ Soirette (Vancouver)

Vancouver isn't exactly known for high tea, but I was sorely tempted by Soirette's offering. Situated in the beautiful Coal Harbour, this adorable boutique bakeshop offers weekend high tea at $27 per person.
The store is pretty small so reservations are absolutely necessary!
Soirette has more than 30 types of loose leaf tea to choose from. There were many interesting choices, but we ended up choosing Cassis Noir and Organic Raspberry Honeybush. Alexa opted for a London Fog (for an extra $0.50) and that was also quite delicious.

October 8, 2012

Thanksgiving @ Globe Bistro

Happy Thanksgiving! This year, I was of course too lazy to cook up a Thanksgiving feast and instead went to Globe Bistro for their prix fixe menu ($35 per person). I had a wonderful time here two years ago (also for Thanksgiving) and hoped that the food would just as amazing this time around.
We were served some bread to start as we looked over the menu.

October 4, 2012

La Carnita

Having tried La Carnita's tacos at TUM before, I was super excited when they finally opened a restaurant at College and Bathurst.
We started with tortilla chips with guacamole ($6.50. The chips were super crispy and I could probably eat buckets of that guacamole. Delish!
I insisted on trying the avocado mango salad ($8) with cilantro, lime dressing, queso fresco and pepitas. More avocado? Why yes please! The salad was tangy, creamy, and refreshing all at once! I highly recommend it!

October 3, 2012

Cafe Medina (Vancouver)

Cafe Medina is just about the most popular brunch place around town, so naturally I had to pay a visit. After hearing about the notorious long waits, we arrived 15 minutes before the restaurant opened. As expected, there was already a long line forming outside the door.
To start, my mom ordered a vanilla latte and I opted for the more exotic white chocolate pistachio rosewater mocha ($3.60 each). The vanilla latte was delicious, but the mocha was polarizing. I personally did not enjoy the floral and mocha combination at all (it was utterly bizarre!), but my sister really liked it. 
One of the most popular items at Cafe Medina was the fricasse ($16) with 2 fried eggs, braised short ribs, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, watercress and smoked applewood cheddar, served in a skillet with a piece of grilled focaccia. Talk about a hearty brunch dish! I had only one-third of the dish and that was more than enough to satisfy me!

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