Recently as an impromptu gathering, I made a bunch of friends go to The Basil Box because we figured we could just grab a giant table without any reservations.
I actually thought the cuisine was Thai (and would compete with the Salad King nearby) however, upon further inspection it is closer to Vietnamese food. The concept is simple, you choose your base: salad, rice, noodles etc, then protein and toppings. It was all very quick and served in less than 5 minutes at the ordering table. I had shrimp noodles with edamame, sweet potato in a Penang curry sauce.
I found that it lacked a bit of flavour. Not sure if it’s because they are trying to serve healthy portions but I could’ve used a lot more curry sauce! I ended up with too many noodles that were flavourless.
They had an interesting variety of sodas though and I got a Mash Grapefruit Citrus Zing.
I don’t think I’d necessarily go back here again. At the price range, I would rather go to Salad King!
I walked 40km to get this Raichu. Who is your Pokemon buddy?
I’ll be facing one of my greatest anxieties on Saturday: performing. I’ll be performing a live soundtrack for Erwin Olaf’s art-video project Waiting during Nuit Blanche on Saturday.
The film features a woman that is forever waiting at a table with a score written by Sebastiaan Roestenburg which will be played live throughout the night by different people.
You can catch it at 134 Queen West 7pm-7am but I will be on at 12:06am!
Now that TURF post you’ve all been waiting for! Here’s what I ate at the festival.
Delight fries from Delight Bite. It was fries with mayo and oregano. It was super simple but pretty good.
Mango peach fish tacos from 50 Pesos. This was definitely my favourite new eat of the weekend. The fish was perfectly fried and there was a perfect combination of sweetness and textures.
I really wanted to like this Apple Pie Waffle from Sweet Teeth Vegan, but I thought the lack of egg made the waffle kind of lifeless. The toppings helped saved it though as the candied apples, nuts and vegan soft serve were actually delicious.
This Jerk Chicken Mango Salad from Come and Get It was light and refreshing to have in between fried meals.
Smoothe Operator refreshed me with a lemonade.
So did this Cucumber, lime, mint grapefruit popsicle from my favourite place The Pop Stand.
Mill Street and Hop City Brewing had a free samples station on site.
Of course I couldn’t resist Indian Tacos from The Flying Chestnut Kitchen at every festival.
Chocolate & Vanilla cannolis from Holy Cannoli were a must eat.
I also tried a Guinness Gingerbread popsicle from The Pop Stand.
Iroquois Kettle Corn’s white cheddar flavour was highly addictive.
This fried shrimp and fries combo from Mustache Burger was a bit too much fried stuff in one go.
Last week I saw Partner, Bueller and Thrifty Kids. The full photoset is here.
Saw some cool bands reunite on TURF Day 2. Check out the full review and photos here.
My photos from Day 1 of TURF are up here now on Ride the Tempo! Check out a few of my favourites below:
52 days ago when I was at Sappy, I bought a hat and tweeted this:
Today I saw it blow up for some reason for many hours. I was very confused considering it was an old tweet. I started to wonder if I ended up on Reddit or a post on Mashable or something. So I did what most people would do: I Googled it.
I then found out I am part of this Twitter moment called “What do you look like?” that is on the first page of the Moments tab on the app.
I’m not sure why I’m on there but at least the mystery of where the Likes came from is solved! Moments are an interesting feature that shows tweets from trending topics or events in one place.
Last weekend, I went for birthday brunch with my friend at Fonda Lola, a cozy Mexican Restaurant at Ossington Station. There were a lot of cute decorations like Mexican wrestlers everywhere.
I ordered the Hangover Chilaquiles: Salsa Mexicana soaked tortilla chips topped with jalapeños, crema, Oaxaca cheese and a fried egg, avocado with a side of refried beans. The chips were soaked in a delicious sauce and had flavour in every bite. Now looking at the photo, I realize I never received the side of refried beans!
Not entirely sure why, but they had a tendency to be out of stuff like ketchup or juice for a margarita. I made due and ordered a Basil Mojito: Fresh basil and mint purée, citrus and housed aged Bacardi with a splash of soda.
Since we did just all wake up there was also a lot of coffee to go around.
Overall, I was satisfied with the food (or what I received of it).