For my previous Chef’s Plate, I accidentally chose a vegetarian and gluten-free option because I forgot to pick something. It was a Cauliflower Fried Rice & Guacamole Bowl. I thought that all the ingredients they sent us was fresh and vibrant in colour.
I didn’t know you could use Cauliflower heads as a rice replacement and it turned out perfectly. I liked the flavours of the goat cheese and basil pesto. These all made this healthy meal flavourful at every bite.
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I haven’t tried many foods in the latest charcoal craze, but I couldn’t resist the beauty of this Stardust Crepe cake at Millie’s. The presentation looks a little slice of the universe.
Taste wise, it was soft and flaky and melted in my mouth. The charcoal aspect is interesting, though I didn’t find that part stood out. The cake itself was moist in the right bites as each layer had a lovely cream. This was a limited edition cake, so I wonder what future beauties they will create.
I discovered the existence of James Cheese Back Ribs from a cheese-filled video from BlogTo on Facebook. I had been thinking about it ever since, so I finally hit it up with my cousin. Of course, we couldn’t go to the place without ordering the signature platter with corn, omelet, sweet potato, veggies with ribs and cheese on a hot platter. There was the option of mild, spicy and super spicy and we chose the middle.
Of course, we had to film our own cheese pulling video (after some instruction from a staff member):
The ribs had a heat, but it went really well with the creamy, pan toasted cheese. It might sound weird stretching mozzarella across ribs, but now I feel like I can’t eat ribs any other way. I didn’t care much for the other sides in the platter, but we figured out we could dip it all in the rib sauce and leftover cheese, so it was all eaten.
There were 3 of us, so we thought a few small appetizers would please our stomachs. The Signature Fried Corn Squid had a flavourful chili mayo and I enjoyed the sweetness in the corn batter.
We also couldn’t resist something called Mini Korean McRibs, which was kind of like an imitation of its namesake on a fluffy steamed bun.
The whole meal was delicious and it’s worth the visit for the cheese ribs alone.
Last week, my sister and I hit up Border MX’s new location in Streetsville. There was a bachelorette party celebrating that night with a lot of fancy drinks so I had to order one of my own Bulldog.
To start we shared a ceviche tosta. The fish was fresh and flavourful on top a crunchy chip.
I also ordered some guacomole which was unfortunately too mushy. I like my guacomole thick. I felt like they over blended the avocado or something and it was a bit watery.
Their specialty was Baja Fish tacos which they claimed were the “Best in Mississauga”. While I thought the fish was nicely cooked, there was an off-putting bitter taste. We were trying to figure out what was bitter and I think it might’ve been the cabbage, like they cut too close to the stem. I was disappointed, as it definitely doesn’t live up to the name (unless they are the only Baja fish taco in Mississauga).
Overall, I don’t know if I would come back for the food, but it is a great place to have drinks!
Sometimes with Chefs Plate, you can learn a much easier way to cook something. This happened when I made tonkatsu. I had blogged about making tonkatsu in the past, but I usually baked it, used flour and cooked the panko beforehand.
This Chefs Plate recipe required just eggs and panko and could be done right in a heated frying pan with oil!It was delicious and juicy, not to mention quick. Both ways have their advantages, but when I’m hungry, I’ll definitely be doing this pan method.
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I had a Chef’s Plate delivery last week. The first meal was Montreal Streak Strips. As always, the ingredients came handily measured and packaged. I always think that there’s not that much meat, but when I open the meat package, there’s actually more than I expected.
The steak strips were already in strips so I didn’t have to do any cutting and everything was very easy to cook. It was served with potatoes and green beans. There was a delicious honey mustard rosemary sauce that I highly enjoyed and I’m not usually a mustard person!
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Sugo is a relatively new Italian-eatery in our neighbourhood near Bloor & Lansdowne. The atmosphere is very casual and inviting for families, something that is still a bit lacking in the area. They feature a lot of Italian-American classics like pasta and parm sandwiches and focus on the importance of good sauce.
I had the Rigatoni (pictured above) which was a pink sauce that had a spicy kick with grana padano cheese. It took a while to get the pasta, but it was totally worth the wait. The sauce was so good I wanted to lick my plate.
Nash had the Veal Sandwich with a super stretchy muzzarella and a generous amount of sauce.
I also couldn’t resist mozzarella sticks with marina sauce.
To drink I had a Americano Cocktail: Campari, Vermouth Rosso, Soda.
Nash had the classic Manhattan: Rye, Vermouth Rosso, bitters, cherry.
What I loved about Sugo was that it was good quality food without breaking the bank. Our bill was around $50, which is a decent price for both dinner and drinks. Welcome to the neighbourhood Sugo!
I love my area of Bloor & Lansdowne, especially all the cute business that have been popping up. Every week, I take a walk and try to support some of them so I can keep the independent vibes alive.
Starting with this post, I’m going to mark all my nearby businesses with the tag “Supporting Local”, to show off the vibrant community around me.
For this post, I want to show some appreciation for local vegan bakery Through Being Cool. Though I have yet to try their baked goods, I’m totally in love with their pickled beans, asparagus, and chutney. I picked some up for a house party and they were a hit. They are not shy on spices and flavours.
Next time I will try their baked goods. They even have some for your canine friends too.
When I was in Halifax for a day, I had to have seafood by the pier, so I stopped by Salty’s. The restaurant is a bit weird because it has a formal upstairs section with a different menu and a more casual downstairs. We opted for the lower floor because it didn’t break the bank (in comparison).
I had to start with fresh oysters. They were a bit more expensive than in New Brunswick, but totally worth it.
I had to get the basic boiled lobster with butter. For the price, it was smaller than the one at Paturel, but it was fresh and succulent.
I paired the food with a tasty caesar. I enjoyed my food but I think this place was a bit high-priced, but understandable since it was a touristy area.
Shediac is the lobster capital of Canada, so I just had to know where was the best place to go! After some thorough research, we drove to Paturel’s Shore House.
I wanted my lobster fresh and dipped in butter. The waitress highly recommended it served cold instead of hot. I took her suggestion. Cold lobster comes off the shell super easily, so I didn’t have trouble getting the tasty globs of meat out. Even without the butter, it tasted like it was naturally salted by the sea. It was so good I sucked this thing bone dry (including the head!).
I also got half a dozen oysters which were reasonably priced at $12. These were smooth and like the lobster seasoned by the seas.
I couldn’t resist a caesar with my seafood. They did the classic drink justice.
I loved this place. All our food was delicious (we had a picky eater in our group that tried other non-lobster food). They had a lot of kitchy decorations but the overall feeling felt upscale and not entirely touristy. In fact, the people sitting the table beside us sold me beer at the liquor store a few hours before. You know this place is good when the locals go here too!
It was raining, otherwise we would’ve sat on the patio because this view was gorgeous:
This place is a must, if you’re looking to eat seafood in Shediac!