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Mary MacLeod Shortbread

Shortbread is my favourite kind of cookie. Period.
Christmas is when shortbread gets to shine! You can find shortbread in pretty much every food store in the city.

Toronto has a couple of shops dedicated to shortbread. One of my favourite shops is Mary MacLeod Shortbread.
Mary MacLeod Shortbread is located on 639 Queen Street East.

The first time I visited this shop, I was taking the streetcar, and it was getting pretty late into the day. I called them to find out what time they were closing, and although they were closing within 5 minutes, they waited for me! As if that didn’t make my day already, when I stepped in they offered me my choice of shortbread! That might have been the moment I fell in love with this store.

Mary’s has been around since 1981, and the shortbread is handmade in small batches. When I walk into the shop this time, I am offered a cookie (yay!) and select a Cranberry Almond shortbread cookie. It’s good, studded with almonds and cranberry, but not my favourite. My favourite is the plain shortbread, and the chocolate crunch. Mmmm. I love these cookies, because they are heavy and taste like real butter. Shortbread is not meant to be light! Another favourite of mine are the butterscotch fingers. These moist cookies offer the same rich shortbread taste, but with a chewy twist of butterscotch!

Mary’s also sells shortbread in many different forms. You can buy a single shortbread cookie from the glass display case, or pick up some of the prepackaged sets. The packaged sets feature festive shapes, and my favourite were the snowmen shaped shortbread. Mary’s is open daily. Stop by to pick up a last minute gift!

Picture This: A is for Aldo Fragrance Launch

A is for Aldo held their launch party in Toronto last week, and I was there! A is for Aldo is a new fragrance by Aldo. Each scent is colour coded, and suited for your personality. They had screens set up with a quiz that would match your personality with a scent. My scent was Yellow. Later this week I will do a post all about the fragrances. In the meanwhile, take a look at the event photos!

Dinner at Goody’s Diner

Ahh. Goody’s diner. I expected big things, and they did not disappoint. Goody’s Diner, located at 133 Manville Rd in Scarborough. We visited this retro diner on a Friday night, and it was pretty busy! The decor was casual, with red chairs and a view into the kitchen.

The host was very friendly, and told us all about their specialty- burgers. (duh.) Each 8 oz sirloin burger is hand formed and mixed with a special blend of spices. The special burger of the night was the Sicilian, topped with caramelized onion, jalapenos, cheese sticks, salami and tomato. I had the more restrained classic Goody’s burger with peameal bacon, jalapeno, cheese, mushrooms, havarti, caramelized onion and tomato.

When the burger arrived it was massive. I literally could not get it to fit inside my mouth! It was was good though. Now, I don’t know if you know, but I’m actually a picky eater. Even though I am a foodie there are some foods I really just don’t like. As I was eating my burger I noticed two things. 1. There seemed to be some sort of creamed corn spread on my burger, and I didn’t like it because it was quite sweet. 2. My burger was pink in the middle. Like, really pink. Like, a tad uncooked pink.

Meanwhile, my boyfriend (who I think I’ll refer to as the boy from now on.) really enjoyed his burger. He declared it the best burger he’d ever had and won’t stop talking about going back. His sweet potato fries were delicious. My shoestring fries were also good. Goody’s diner has tons of unique burgers (including one on a pretzel bun!) The verdict? I definitely plan on going back, but will ask for my burger to be well done. I still get pretty hungry thinking about their burgers!

Hit List: November 14-20

My top 3 event picks in Toronto this week!

TO Underground Market: Sat. Nov. 19 at the Evergreen Brickworks: The Underground Market is an excellent way to spend a Saturday! I went and was so full after I pretty much had to be rolled home. Everything is unique and independently run, so you can’t find this dishes on the street. $10 to get in at the door.

Lisa’s Cosmetic Sale: Nov 19-22/25-28 & Dec 2-5 in Markham: This will be my first year attending this sale, but I have a friend that swears by it. They have nail polish for $1, eyeshadows, and even designer sunglasses! She says that the first day is the best, so line up bright and early.

What a Girl Wants Fundraiser:  Thurs. Nov 17 at 99 Sudbury: An evening out for a good cause! This event is held by the Canadian Liver Foundation and features a fashion show, live auction and swag bag.


Winterlicious Review: Bistro 990 $20 lunch

So I decided to try Bistro 990 as my first Winterlicious lunch of the season. It’s claim to fame is that it’s the TIFF go to, so I grabbed a friend and checked it out. From outside, it isn’t much to look at, but inside is beautiful. We were ushered to a cozy corner table.

I started with the Leek & Potato Soup, Shaved Truffle Infused Pecorino Cheese, while my friend had the Bistro House Mixed Salad, Balsamic Vinaigrette. We were served two pieces of french bread, which was (oddly, but not unbecomingly) salted. Perhaps this was a taste of what was to come?

I was pleasantly pleased with my soup. I am not much of a soup drinker, but it was delicious, with the exact amount of thickness and flavour. The Pecorino cheese was a tasty addition. My companion enjoyed her salad.

The main course arrived. I had chosen the Black Angus Beef Burger, Aged White Cheddar, Garlic Toast and Frites. My friend had the Sole Filet à la Meunière. I thought that her sole portion looked a little small, but maybe that was just me. I was a bit surprised to see my burger served without a bun, but wasn’t really bothered. The burger was excellent quality and very flavorful. I found the garlic bread a little tasteless and hard. I also noticed that it was the same salted house french bread…an odd combination for garlic bread. Not only that, but they were a little burnt. The frites were nice and crisp. I didn’t feel that they were housemade, though.

My friend took one bite of her sole and commented that it was wayy too salty. I tried a piece and it was. It was too salty with an overpowering lemon flavour. She also didn’t seem too impressed by the bed of linguine the sole was served on. Our waitress noticed that she hadn’t eaten much, and asked if everything was okay. My friend told her that it was a bit too salty for her, and she was asked if she would like anything else but she declined. We were a bit disappointed with our main course, after being started off with such excellent appetizers.

For dessert, we had the Crème Brulée and Apple Crumble, Vanilla Bean & Bourbon Ice Cream. Both were presented quite nicely. The creme brulee was in a tea cup, and my (tiny) scoop of vanilla ice cream was in a cute spoon rest. I found my apple crumble a bit on the cool side, the the apples being just a tad too crisp for my liking in a crumble. Both desserts with served with a tiny assortment of fruits. My companions Creme Brulee made a satisfying crack as she tapped it with her spoon, and declared it delicious.


Overall, I was underwhelmed by Bistro 990. The service was good, the food was generally good quality, but could have been way way better. Portion sizes were mostly adequate, and I was left feeling full and satisfied, if not eleated.

Bistro 990
990 Bay Street
M5S 2A5
416 -921-9990

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