Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WORKSHOP | Minute Rice Instant - an understated ingredient for creative, family-friendly meals

Using anything "instant" or "frozen" is pretty much the biggest faux pas in the culinary world where fresh is always better and while we agree, we can't always follow that rule when we are so busy with our everyday jobs.

Luckily for us, Chef John Higgins, Director of the George Brown Chef School showed us how to elevate Minute Rice to the next level to create some pretty fantastic dishes (dessert included!)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

REVIEW | Monica's favourite dishes at Yorkville's Trattoria Nervosa

Italian is probably my favourite cuisine as I simply cannot live without pasta - well, it's a close race between Italian and Korean. One of my go-to spots in Toronto for Italian is Trattoria Nervosa, tucked away in Yorkville. It's one of those places that I revisit often and order the same dishes so I assumed I wrote a blog post about it previously but I was wrong! I will share my favourite dishes at Nervosa - the ones that I always order - in this post.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

LAUNCH | The One Eighty opens its doors on the 51st floor, previously know as Panorama

If you're a Torontonian, there is no doubt that you know about Panorama - the lounge that was at the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre in Yorkville.  I've been there a few times and yes, although it has the fantastic views of Toronto and it's a romantic spot, the food offering was lacking and after just a couple of visits, I never went back.  To my excitement the venue has been reinvented as The One Eighty. What makes it different than its former venue? There's a bigger focus on the culinary experience, an elevated cocktail menu the space itself has been revamped to be both fun and luxe.

Friday, April 03, 2015

REVIEW | New Steak Offerings & Wine by the Ounce Program at Reds Midtown Tavern

Reds Midtown Tavern or Reds Wine Tavern are fun and lively spots in downtown Toronto for wine, cocktails and food but I wasn't aware that they recently added a steak menu and introduced a new Wine By The Ounce program. Having had great experiences at the restaurants, when we were invited to check out their steak offerings, we couldn't wait to try them.


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

REVIEW| Let's Be Frank: unique, gourmet hot dogs that will hit the spot - even after midnight!

Hot dogs have come a long way in the culinary world. Always the bridesmaid and never the brides at a family barbeque when paired with its hamburger counterpart, and sharing the spotlight with beer and other snacks at a baseball game, hot dogs have finally taken center stage.

Let's Be Frank, a newly opened hot dog bar at College and Spadina has finally given hot dogs the attention they deserve. You may have run into them in the past as they started off on a much smaller scale at festivals, food truck and even a pop up restaurant, they've finally settled down for good. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

REVIEW | &Company Resto Bar - Fine dining by day, stylish nightclub by night

When it comes to night life, nothing has Toronto beat. Having said that, for those of us living in the west end, finding ways to get down there, have dinner and a few drinks and finding a way home can prove to be quite troublesome. Luckily for us, &Company Resto Bar gives us that Toronto feel with a much shorter cab ride home.

Friday, March 06, 2015

REVIEW | Off the beaten path in Yorkville, NAO Steakhouse offers incredible food & cocktails

A good steakhouse is like a needle in a haystack .You know it's there but it's so hard to find. Steak on its own seems like a simple concept, a piece of meat that doesn't require much seasoning and just heat to cook. Yet people everywhere ourselves included have struggled to cook that perfect steak.

Thankfully there are great steakhouses around in Toronto that save us the trouble of slaving over the stove. NAO Steakhouse in Yorkville offers an extensive meat selection as well as other dinner entree options that's not just steak!