Monday, January 11, 2016

Sprout

(647) 340-9093
Hours: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. daily

Funky spicy noodles.
This wasn't as "alarmingly yellow" as I expected. More of a brown colour, I'd say. Taste-wise, I thought it was good. Very saucy, and enough to cover the rice noodles. There was a decent amount of seafood. Wasn't as spicy as I was hoping for, but spicy for me is when my nose runs and my face goes red. Funny how spicy symptoms can mimic extreme cold weather alerts.

Renée's order of Classic noodles.
I think it resembles a variation of jajangmyun (ja jeung mein). Again, very saucy. 

The joint is a small space, and I'd say it's more of a take-out place. We were greeted in a very pleasant manner. Menu is simple, and consists of four main noodle options. The noodles are constant, but it sells on the sauces. We both ordered the large bowl (just under or about $10 each), and it was enough for me. I'd be interested in trying the garlic explosion noodles next time.

Between Sprout, Artisan Noodle, Ajisen, Sho Ryu Ken, Kinton, and even jajangmyun at Song Cook, there is no shortage of Asian noodle options in Willowdale. From Xi'an, to Hainan, to ramen, and beyond, you can taste the Asian colours of the wind. Yum!

Alberta Premium Dark Horse


The colour is absolutely lovely, first off. Dark, liquid gold, I say.
It's sweet, and has a bit of a burnt wood taste to me. Initially purchased for its colour and 45% alcohol content (versus the usual 40% - hey, I'm all about value), I've been consistently turning to this for my whisky needs. Well, this and Wiser's hopped whisky, which I still believe is magic. Sometimes, I drink it on the rocks, sometimes I drink it neat; mostly, I drink it with sweetened green tea.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Han Ba Tang


Han Ba Tang (4862 Yonge Street, Willowdale)
Phone number(416) 546-8218
The inside signs are much clearer than the outside ones.



Drink list! Includes a variety of infused soju cocktails. I enjoy their beer selection, too, which included Innis & Gunn and Samuel Adams. On tap, there was also Rickard's Red. A few of my favs.

 Two clean cuts. Not both for me.
It's a bit sweeter than I expected it to be, but still pretty tasty.

Kalbi tacos
Not bad. We liked that there was 'stuff' in the taco shells.

 Creamy rice cakes. 
Tasted like alfredo sauce on rice cakes. Sounds like something I'd concoct if I were out of pasta. Julie mentioned this being a different taste for her, thus making it her favourite dish of the night. 

Lobster tacos.
I like lobster! 

Pork belly and tofu.
Phoebe said it tasted really Asian. It was okay, but since I split one, I didn't get the tomato to see if that would've tasted weird.

 Scoop pizza.
Jenny said all she tasted was cheese. I actually didn't get that much cheese, so much as potato. It's a sweet potato base, but subtly sweet. I think this might've been my least favourite dish.


Spicy seafood soup.
It didn't taste like the usual Korean soup flavours that I was introduced to in Korea. It wasn't bad, just a lot more black pepper, and a lot less Korean red sauce taste.  

Crispy king prawns.
This was my favourite dish of the night. Shrimp was tasty, crispy sticks of sweet potato was awesomely salty. 

Would I return? I might. Now that I know which food items I prefer, I wouldn't mind trying their other stuff, and that drinks menu looked pretty interesting. Cocktails are $7 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Total damage: Approximately $15.50 per person (6 people), minus drinks, and minus the prawns which were on a different bill. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Whisky Beer

Okay. Innis and Gunn original and J. P. Wiser's hopped whisky are both awesome products on their own, but combined... well, shit. It's magic. Innis & Gunn has this strong vanilla flavour and Wiser's hopped whisky has this chocolate taste that intensifies when mixed with other things. So magic is the product. That's the math I'm going for. And when I love two things separately, and they come together, the result is simply DAMN AWESOME! 

I heart whisky. I heart beer. I super heart whisky beer! 

This is dangerously delicious. Like, get me drunk every day dangerously delicious. I might just be tipsy right now.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Wine

I don't always drink wine, but when I do, it's picked out by my friends and delicious.


This Italian brand moscato tastes like sweet juice, in the best kind of way. 

This pinot gris is imported all the way from Sonoma. It's quite nice. Is not too dry for me, and tastes light. I'm not even at level novice for wine, so all that I can say is that I'd drink it again.

Cheers to Steph for introducing the moscato and to Casey for the Sonoma import! And cheers to classing up family time with wine!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Innis & Gunn White Oak Wheat Beer


Because I am brand loyal, I had to try this.
It's a bit sweet, kind of nutty (like cashews?),  a sort of orange peel taste, not very hoppy, and I think it's pretty delicious. I like it better than the toasted oak. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA

I got this because I am brand loyal. And it was on sale. Anyway, hoppy/bitter, but not disgustingly so. Toasted? Can't really taste it. Faint citrus taste. 

Would I get this again? Probably not. It was just to try. I'm trying my fourth bottle now. There's nothing amazing about this. Innis & Gunn Original is still my favourite. 


Chachago


Have fun trying to Google this place... It all leads to stuff in Chicago. Even though, this is another Taiwan import to Toronto.

Taro milk tea.
Chunks! You can see the taro at the bottom of the cup. I was jealous because I didn't drink this.

Instead, I got the regular milk tea with bubbles.
It was okay. But I'm so used to roasted milk tea from Chatime that I missed the roasted flavour. That might've been why I thought there was too much milk. Can't really complain as it's the free one in 'buy one get one free'. 

Would I return? Maybe to try the taro drink. But to be honest, it's quite a bit more expensive than the other bubble tea places downtown. I think the prices were about $6-8. I could get downtown alcohol for those prices.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Kaiju

647-748-6338
Hours: 
Mon - Fri: 11 AM - 8 PM
Sat: 12 PM - 7 PM (only day they sell tofu cheesecake by the slice)
Sun: closed

Trouble finding this place? It's in this maze of a basement under Aura, part of what looks like a semi-abandoned food court. 

Kaiju poutine $6
Curry and grated cheese on seasoned, thick cut fries. Good-sized fries. Could do with some double frying for extra crispiness. Salty enough for me, and the sweetness of the curry adds some contrasting flavour. Overall, not bad since the curry has gravy-like consistency. I wonder what it'd be like with cheese curds.

After being offered a sample of their Japanese curry, it's pretty evident that it tastes different from other curries (at least the ones that I've had). It's sweeter, and it kind of has a slight fruity taste. 

They heartily advertise their curry, which includes various spices, fruits (makes sense to my tastebuds), and vegetables; however, I think the most unique thing about my experience there is that they came out of the stall to bring our food to us in the food court. They also came by as we were eating, and checked with us how the food was. Food court service. Cool.

Would I return? Yes. I think I'll definitely have to try the katsu next. And I really want to try their tofu cheesecake, but it's only sold on Saturdays. Prices are not so cheap, but it's downtown, and what I tasted was pretty good. Plus, I totally got served in my seat in a food court. Who does that? Kaiju.




Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Fry

The Fry (6012 Yonge Street, Toronto)
(416) 546-0483

Spicy rice cake with seafood
It couldn't have been that spicy because Renée could eat it. I'd say it's more like mild. There was shrimp, there was mussel, there was cheese. I enjoyed it. We also got the small fried chicken, which was basically half a chicken, cut up, battered, and deep-fried. It came out with two small sauce cups: one with salt, black pepper, and sesame seeds, and another with a sweet, spicy, red sauce. The chicken seemed like it had just come out of the fryer as it burned my mouth when I shoved the first piece in. Texture-wise, the crispiness was perfect. I would've liked some seasoning in the batter, but the salt accompaniment was good enough for me. Renée and I both agreed that the little salt dish was necessary and helped complete the taste. 

Something to note: we asked the difference between their crispy chicken and fried chicken. Apparently, fried chicken has thicker batter. *shrug* Also, they only had Sapporo on tap.

Would I return? Yes. Their beer/soju and chicken combos are not listed on the website. And I wouldn't mind trying their other flavours of fried chicken. With ample beer. Banchan includes pickled radishes (YUM!), salad, corn, and coleslaw. I quite enjoy the Korean chicken and beer thing. It's a thing! Prices are... on the website.