|We get a choice of coffee or Kusmi tea.|
|Here's the food!|
|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!|
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.
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! |
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!
One of my friends raved about brunch at L'ouvrier, so I had to try it out for myself.
The decor was minimalist with predominantly white furniture and white walls.
|French press coffee ($3 per person)|
The coffee was good, and even better when served in a dainty, pretty teacup.
I had a great dinner at Rose & Sons, and wanted to come back to try their brunch. Since the restaurant is quite small, we should have known to come earlier (we arrived around 11:30), and we had to wait for a good half hour before getting seated.
Fried chicken and soft 'n sexy grits with poached egg and green sauce ($17)
Having previously sampled Rose & Sons' fried chicken before, I was pretty confident that this was going to be an awesome dish. I was not disappointed! Is there anything better than perfectly done fried chicken topped with a runny egg? The creamy grits were also excellent (super flavourful!), but extremely filling and the only component that I couldn't finish.
|I dragged my mom to hike 20 minutes uphill to go to Cafe Deadend in Sheung Wan. I follow a couple of Hong Kong foodies on instagram and this place always pops up on my feed.|
|My mom had an iced latte ($45 HKD), while I ordered a hot one ($40 HKD). Both were excellent, and I'd have it again in a heart beat. |
I've featured Auberge du Pommier on my blog a couple of times now, so I'm going to keep the writing minimal and let the pictures speak for themselves. This was another Winterlicious lunch, priced at $25 per person.
|Salt-baked potato soup- bacon lardons, candied onions, XO Gouda|
I'm so backlogged with blogging that I'm only now starting to write about Winterlicious back in early February. When it comes to the 'licious events, I always have my old favourites, but I make sure to try at least one new place each year. This time, I checked out l'Unità with a girl friend, a place that I've been wanting to try for quite some time. Dinner here was priced at $35 per person.
We were pretty hungry by the time any food hit the table so we pretty much inhaled the bread. While the bread was nothing to write home about, the accompanying olive oil was excellent.
|Arancini bolognese- tomato sugo & parmigiano|
The arancini came piping hot and were absolutely delicious- crispy on the outside, and meaty in the centre. I would eat this any day.
|Back in November, I had the pleasure of trying out Bent's $35 BENT-O Part II special with three friends. I am usually not the greatest fan of Asian fusion, but had heard a lot of great things about Bent and their first BENT-O.|
|Our server recommended us to share the BENT-O as an appetizer platter and order a few other things on the side, and that is exactly what we did. In hindsight, I would have been happy just having the BENT-O all for myself as my meal. |
If you're looking for a fancy restaurant uptown to celebrate a special occasion, Terra would be a good choice.
The bread wasn't the best, but held us over while waiting for food.
|Crab cakes ($19.95) - mango papaya salsa and coconut-kaffir froth|
My boyfriend and I shared the crab cakes as an appetizer. I'm happy to report that the crab cake was packed full of real crab meat. I also really enjoyed the tropical accompaniments, which brightened up the flavours. Even the strange looking coconut foam worked!
I stopped by The Chase Fish & Oyster with two girlfriends because the restaurant offered an Instagram promotion offering 3 free oysters to the first 500 followers.
|We shared a bottle of cider ($35) to go with the food.|
|First came the complimentary oysters, which were absolutely delicious! I can't remembered which variety we picked but it was plump and sweet. The accompaniments were also excellent, especially the hot sauce. |