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2014 Winterlicious is here!

winterliciousOooh…it’s time for Winterlicious again! It’s what gets me through the winter, seriously. Each restaurant will feature a three course menu at set price points ranging from $15 to $45. Lunch menus are priced at $15, $20 and $25, and dinner is priced at $25, $35 and $45.

Each year more and more restaurants get on board, and this year is no exception. Some new restaurants taking part are: Bannock, Habit’s Gastropub, Bosk, Nota Bene, Ocho Hotel and much more! Over 200 restaurants are participating this year! Click here to see the full list.

This year, I plan to eat at: Bloke & 4th, Pizza e Pazzi, Origin North and Nota Bene.

Previously I went to: Mildred Temple Kitchen, Trio, Bier Markt

Don’t forget, there’s also an amazing line up of Culinary Events!

Reservations are open today, so go and reserve!


Winterlicious at Mildred Temple Kitchen

Mildred Temple Kitchen has long been on my list of where to eat. It’s a bit of a trek for me (liberty village), so I made a special effort to book it this year!

Their space wowed me. It’s such a lovely, well designed, modern space. It was also way bigger than I expected. There was an open area where you could watch the chefs.

The service was good, if a bit impersonal. Out waiter took our orders and quietly served our food. Not a lot of interaction. It didn’t matter though, because we were busy eating. They started us off with warm cheddar thyme biscuits with sweet butter. The biscuits were flaky and were a perfect way to start the meal.

The lobster tortilla soup was a lemongrass soup with Nova Scotia lobster and interesting tortilla hay pieces. I had the crunchy panko-crusted shrimp and crab cakes with a tangy chili-lime emulsion.

Next up was my dauntingly tall Mildred Temple burger.  It was simply dressed with delicious crispy tobacco onions and a sweet tomato relish. The burger was served on a freshly baked bun. It was so good! My friend had the pan roasted halibut, with a succotash of shell beans & charred squash. She loved that it was topped with crispy kale.

Finally it was dessert! My friend had the crème caramelwith caramel sauce and I had profiteroles (that I could barely finish, so full!) filled with Lindt milk chocolate ice cream It was so good, I need to find out where to buy that ice cream!

Over all, this was the perfect experience to kick start my Winterlicious! Check out the rest of their menu for this event. I need to come back to experience their brunch!

Mildred's Temple Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Winterlicious is back!

Winterlicious is a bright spot in a cold, dark month. This restaurant prix fixe festival starts on January 25th until February 7th.  This year there are 191 restaurants to choose from, and some interesting culinary events! Reservations are now open! For lunch, choose from a $15, $20 or $25 option. For dinner, select $25, $35 or $45.

There are some new additions this year: Splendido, Parts & Labour and Bloke & 4th, to name a few.

This year, I’ve got my eye on Parts & Labour, Prohibition Gastro House, Mildred Temple Kitchen, and the elusive Canoe.

Previously, I’ve blogged about: Trio, Bistro 990, Bier Markt, and The Host. I do not recommend Trio or Spice Route.

Check out the menus and make your reservations today!

Winterlicious at Trio Restaurant

Today I went to Trio during lunch for their $15 Winterlicious menu. This restaurant was chosen purely for it’s closeness to work, so I didn’t have any expectations. Which turned out to be a good thing, because this meal was pretty underwhelming. Trio is located inside the Novotel Hotel in North York. They have some funky looking lights, and a nice modern decor.

To start with, I had the Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup, topped with Maple & Cinnamon Crème Fraiche. I decided to go with this because I like nice thick soups in the winter.

This soup was terribly bland, and had an odd thin consistency for a squash and carrot soup. It’s almost like the soup was vegetable stock. I also didn’t like the way that they squirted the crème fraiche in a long swirl in the soup. It broke up oddly in the bowl, and was also quite tasteless.

My friend got the quiche florentine with mesculin field greens, and I thought it was good portion for an appetizer. She said it was good.

Next up were our disappointing main courses.

I really like chicken pot pie, so I went with the traditional creamy chicken pot pie. My favourite part of the crust is the pie, so I hate when restaurants just plop a puff pastry on top. A true pot pie needs a delicious savory filling encased in a handmade crust. Needless to say, that isn’t what I got here. The puff pastry was okay, and the filling was unremarkable and a bit bland.

I thought that my friend’s Tri Colored Cheese Tortellini with Winter Vegetables looked good, but she said that it was just okay.

For dessert, we both finished with the Sticky Toffee Pudding. It was served warm, and it was sticky and sweet. A nice way to end a so-so meal. I wouldn’t go back here, although the staff were very friendly and provided good service.

Winterlicious Picks

Hey Toronto…it’s time to get your Winterlicious on!
Winterlicious is a celebration of exclusive prix fixe menus offered at 175 diverse restaurants across Toronto, running from January 27th to February 9th. This festival is an excellent time to check out some restaurants that you wouldn’t normally visit.

Lunch can be either $15, $20 or $25 and dinner is $25, $35 or $45. This year Winterlicious is celebrating its 10th year! I like Summerlicious, but I love Winterlicious. It’s so dark and dreary, it’s really nice to gather with a bunch of friends and take advantage of the great prices!

Winterlicious also features some interesting Culinary Events. One of my favourites is the Guilty Pleasures Brunch at the Drake Hotel.

This year I am planning to dine at Vertical, Toula, Trio, Fabbrica, Paese and Linda. (I Winterlicious a lot, okay? DON’T JUDGE ME.)

I recommend these restaurants:

The Drake Hotel
Café Moroc
Pan on the Danforth

Check out the menus of all 175 participating restaurants. Be sure to reserve early because restaurants fill up fast!

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


5 Reasons I’m Looking Forward to February

February is freezing cold, and full of slush.
However, there are enough good things coming to make me feel warm inside!

1. vstheuniverse

Scott Pilgrim!!! So excited, I just love Ramona, and she’s on the cover!!

2. coralineposter

CORALINE. Neil Gaiman’s book beautifully animated!!

3. new-york-i-love-you-01

I fell in love with Paris, I Love You, a film with a series of vignettes from various romances around the city. Now there is New York I love you! Which is super exciting and bound to be beautiful.

4. candy-heart

Valentine’s Day! I love Valentine’s Day!!!

5. winterlicious-logo

Winterlicious!!!The City of Toronto’s Annual culinary event, with prixe fix menus at gourmet restaurants all over the city. I’m going to check out Cafe Morac on Front Street next week and let you know how it goes.

Happy February!

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