November 2011 archive

Dinner at Bannock

Bannock is an Oliver & Bonacini Restaurant that opened this fall with at Bay & Queen St. They offer Canadian comfort food with a twist, from the to go counter or for a sit down meal. I headed here with a friend last week.

The decor is rustic chic, with wooden chairs and paper menus laid out as place mats. My favourite part of the room is the interesting light figure that is hung over a group dining table.

The menu features it’s namesake, bannock. Bannock is a “round flatbread traditionally cooked on a griddle or stone; brought to Canada through Scottish explorers and traders; adapted by indigenous people and settlers.” They offer bannock with different toppings on them, such as the Veggie Bannock ($12) that is topped with portobello mushrooms, marinated peppers and dubiously named “comfort cream”.

However, my friend and I both opted to have something else. I <i>love</i> chicken pot pie, so I had the Arcadian Court Chicken Pot Pie served with the One and Only Mashed Potatoes. ($16)

It was delicious. The crust was flaky and good, and the chicken was piping hot, tender and filling. My only tiny problem with it was that it only had crust on the bottom. I especially enjoy crust, so I like it when pies have crust on the bottom and the top.

It was served with rich, creamy mashed Yukon gold potatoes and gravy. It was really good! The only thing is that it was really filling. I couldn’t finish my potatoes. The pie itself would have been enough, maybe it should come with a lighter side.

Across the table, my dining companion was having the opposite problem. She had ordered Pickerel Tacos with Cucumber Apple Salad ($13). It was served in steamed buns and with caviar tartar.

We were expecting the tacos to be a bit bigger for a dinner portion, but they were a bit on a small side. She enjoyed her tacos though, said it was surprisingly spicy, but in a good way. The salad was unique, fresh and tart.

Bannock is a nice place to take a date or a friend! The food is fresh and well prepared. The to-go counter has coffee, tea, breakfast wraps, sandwiches and traditional tourtiere.

Bannock
401 Bay St., Toronto, M5H 2Y4
Tel: 416.861.6996

Black Friday at Chapters

I’ve been obsessed with this brie baker for years…and now it’s finally mine for only $12!

And this tote is something I’ve been coveting for a bit. I love how it’s hot pink inside! Sony sells this for $90…but I got it today for $41! I love all Built NY products.

I liked this olive feather tote too! $8.00

Hairdressers Against Aids

Hairdressers Against AIDS (HAA) is a joint collaborative between L’Oréal and UNESCO. It’s a worldwide campaign in over 25 countries, on World AIDS Day (December 1st, next week.) This year is especially significant because it marks the ten year anniversary of the campaign. This is an important event that educates the public about AIDS, and sends a positive message. This campaign has a number of creative outlets, including videos on YouTube and a celebrity calendar featuring one of my favourite actresses, Audrey Tautou.

On December 1st, Hairdressers Against Aids will be hosting a press conference in Toronto at the L’Oreal Hairdressing Academy from 10am – 12pm. If you are interested in attending, take a look at the flyer below.

Picture This: Unspent Love Book Launch

Last Friday I went to Shannon Gerard‘s book launch with Conundrum Press at YYZ Gallery. Shannon is one of my favourite artists, and also a former teacher! Her graphic novel is called Unspent Love, or Things I Wish I Told You. Take a look at some of the event photos.

Brunch at MoRoCo Chocolat

MoRoCo Cholat is one of my favourite places to have brunch in the city! It’s elegant,  beautifully ornate and sells delectable macarons. It’s an excellent place for high tea and dessert. MoRoCo has three seatings. Brunch on weekends, afternoon tea and dinner. This weekend I stopped by for brunch with a friend.

We shared a pot of Swiss Schoko tea ($10) that was served with a yummy strawberry macaron. Swiss Schoko tea was a “Ceylon black tea layered with chocolate pieces, vanilla, almond and calendula.” It was delicious, and the chocolate taste was very pleasant.

For my meal, I chose the Savoury Crepes ($17) with chicken and mushroom in a white cream sauce. It was delicious! And surprisingly filling. I also ordered a side of homefries ($6) but I didn’t end up finishing them! I’ve also had the breakfast pastry basket in the past, and it’s filled with warm breads and pastries. A good choice for only $11.

My friend had the Blackstone Eggs Benedict ($19). It was her first time having eggs benedict (I’m not a fan) and she really enjoyed them. She especially liked the capers.

In addition to the restaurant, there is also a shop attached to the store. MoRoCo makes their own chocolates and macarons. They have cookies, sweets and more for sale. I especially liked these boyfriend chocolate treats!

MoRoCo Chocolat

99 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5R 3K3
416.961.2202

A Word to the Wise: MoRoCo can be a fantastic place, but it also has it’s downfalls. It’s not the best for groups, because they don’t do separate bills. Also, they automatically add a 18.5% tip to all bills. The service varies, and I usually have to beg them to bring us sugar and milk for our tea.

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