Thursday, August 14, 2014

Jack Daniel's Lynchburg Lemonade


Love love love the old-timey feel of the bottle. Makes me want to drink it while holding a parasol, sitting in an old school, all-steel car. From the font and the ridges in the glass, it's a fun package that makes me think of summertime in a different era.
It tastes like lemonade. I tasted no alcohol, but the alcohol percentage is pretty standard (5% alc./vol) for this type of drink. Very tasty. 

Would I buy it again? Yes. Good taste, great packaging.



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bannock

Bannock (401 Bay Street, Toronto)
416-861-6996

Bannock: It's sort of fancy, it's part of the Oliver & Bonacini restaurants group, and it's connected to The Bay.

Went here for Summerlicious (and also the roast duck poutine pizza).

From the Summerlicious menu: Smoked salmon and salt-baked beets. Split and sweet pea hummus, grapefruit, grenadine.
Come to think of it, I don't remember grapefruit in there. Otherwise, pretty tasty. 

From the Summerlicious menu: Dredgeman's fish pie. Pacific cod, scallops, shrimp, crème fraîche, tarragon.
This was a bit heavy for my likings. Too much creaminess inside. The salad on the side was more arugula leaves over creamy sauce, both of which I could've done without.

Roast duck poutine pizza
This is the real reason that I wanted to go to Bannock. It sounds so monstrous, and the size is quite monstrous. The crust is super thin and I didn't try to see if it held up under the weight of fries and curds. The duck was a bit on the dry side, but overall, this is my kind of monstrosity. 

From the Summerlicious menu: Cortland apple fritter. Maple and cider dulce de leche
It was a bit dry inside, and was sort of like a fancy, crispier Timbit. What turned me off it was the berry sauce that was not mentioned in the menu.

Overall, I think the most exciting dish for me was the roast duck poutine pizza. The smoked salmon beet salad was okay too, if not a little skimpy on the salmon. Those flavours came together well though. Not sure if the Summerlicious "deal" was worth it, but at $25 for three courses, it wasn't terrible.

Would I return? I might when I have insane starch cravings for poutine pizza. I might give their other menu items a shot too. 

Total damage: ($25 Summerlicious dinner + $16 poutine pizza + tax + tip)/2 + $4 for fresh passion fruit juice.

Cheers to Bianca for all the pics and for joining me on this food adventure!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hollywood Gelato

Hollywood Gelato (1640 Bayview Avenue, Toronto)
416-544-9829

$4 for a small cup (2 flavours).
Pear: the only gelato flavour worth getting in my eyes, so I got a double shot of that. Jo got the Rocky Rocher and pear in a waffle cone. It's gelato, and it's delicious. I could taste bits of pear in mine.  

Friday, May 16, 2014

Salad King

Salad King (340 Yonge Street, Toronto)
416-593-0333
Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Fri: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sat: 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. -9 p.m.

Margarita and Islamic noodles
Apparently, there is a 'secret' item that is not on the menu called islamic noodles. I got that since B mentioned seeing it on review sites. On paper, it sounds like the Siam noodles without the peanut part. It's been described as Pad Thai with creamy coconut sauce, which I think seems pretty accurate. It came out way more sauced up than the Siam noodle (far plate in the picture), and quite delicious. I got mine with chicken, but shrimp (and I think it was beef) was also an option. I'd definitely give it a recommendation. 

As for the margarita, it was very thick. I consumed most of mine with a spoon. I tasted minimal alcohol, and felt as much; however, two of my fellow diners turned red from their drinks, so I guess there was some alcohol in it. It had a nice, thick texture, but it was a bit flavourless (and not enough alcohol) for me. (Like snow?) I would've preferred a stronger citrus base, preferably that of orange liqueur. 

Would I return? Yeah. It's a pretty easy go-to restaurant that almost everyone can enjoy. The location is convenient, the atmosphere is casual enough, and the price is decent. I might just stick to beer as my beverage next time, though.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons breakfast sandwich...

Maybe it was because I was in a foul mood that there is no McDonald's near my work, but this tasted pretty crappy.

Turkey sausage breakfast sandwich on an English muffin

The piece of meat was so thin and sad-looking. And very salty. The cheese was too plastic-tasting... even for me. The egg was fine. The English muffin was dry and might've been better off toasted (more?) with a mound of butter. To add insult to injury, it's priced at $3-something. What is that? Like, the whole price of the #2 sausage egg McMuffin combo at McDonald's? Sadness.



Friday, February 28, 2014

Innis & Gunn Rum Finish



Tried this for the first time. It made the Dos Equis I had afterwards taste like ass. This beer tastes like whiskey in beer format. It is delicious! I would definitely drink it again.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout


Malty of malt!
So much malt flavour.

Super dark in colour, and easy to drink, I would go for this again. 

6.9% ABV. Cheers to Casey for bringing this across the border!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Alvar

Alvar Chardonnay Gewurztraminer 2011


Tastes fresh, and very simple. It's not very sweet and not very dry either. Very drinkable as an accompaniment to a meal (currently consuming it with pasta), but nothing to rave about in my humble opinion. Chardonnay (and its weirdo mixes) are not my favourite anyway. 

Would I drink it again? Maybe... I didn't buy this bottle, so I don't know how much it costs... but maybe if it was cheap enough. This was a donation from my brother, so cheers to him! 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Eat Fresh Be Healthy

Eat Fresh Be Healthy (185 Dundas Street West, Toronto)
647-258-8808

Bianca found this place online, and it seemed to have good Yelp reviews. Based on the name of the restaurant, I thought it would be some sort of lettuce wrap place. Boy, was I wrong.

First off, the only option is prix fixe. You can't get individual items. Given that you get a three-course dinner for $25, I thought it was pretty reasonable in terms of pricing.

Silky shrimp bisque
I was pleasantly surprised that it came with a hunk of crab, too. The bisque itself was very flavourful and quite delicious. It was great because I was hankering for some seafood after visiting the new aquarium.

Bianca had the pan-seared quail appetizer. 
I tried a bit. It was pretty awesome. It was decorated with pomegranate, grapes, and starfruit. I think there was arugula or some sort of leafy vegetable underneath. There were two pieces, and Bianca seemed full after her first course.

Ontario braised lamb ribs
Bianca noted that the meat was quite tender and falling off the bone. I liked the presentation.

 Cracked spice rub chicken supreme
I liked the spices and the variety of vegetables that were served. I soaked each bite of the chicken in that meat juice on the plate. I'm not sure if it was because of my dunking or not, but no forkful of meat was dry.

Bianca's roasted butternut squash and coconut panna cotta
She seemed to like it.

Mango ice cream
I liked the wafers sticking out. 

Would I return? Yes! The food tasted excellent, the service was very friendly, and the prices were more than reasonable for what you're getting. The kitchen area is out in the open, and you can see the chef working hard at creating the meals. The establishment is a bit small, but we didn't have any trouble getting a seat on that Wednesday evening. It's a bit on the dark side inside the restaurant, but other than that, there are no complaints.