You may think nothing of someone whipping up a batch of fresh butter, but what about someone whipping up a batch of fresh margarine right before your eyes? Totally unexpected and very cool. That’s what I thought when I attended the Blend Bar by Becel event at Loblaws.
Valentine’s Day is kind of my favourite holiday ever! I was very happy to be able to partner with one of my favourite coffee shops, Aroma Espresso Bar, to collaborate with some of my favourite social people to celebrate all things hearts and hot chocolate.
In a small room above Kinton Ramen 2, skewers of meat are grilling on an open grill. Welcome to Kintori Yakitori. So what’s yakitori? To put it simply, grilled skewers of chicken. Now, yakitori can be any type of grilled meat, fish, or veggies. The bamboo skewers and charcoal are imported from Japan.The intimate space features an open grill where you can see your skewers being cooked and some wallpaper that I really liked. Kintori Yakitori is part of the Kinka family, owners of Kinka Izakaya.
The menu is varied, and features yakitori, of course, but also other items. Before we dug into the skewers, we had a series of appetizers and cocktails.
The drinks menu has cocktails, beer, wine and sake. How delicious does this “squeeze your own” grapefruit vodka drink look?
In the Toronto centric war of the Neapolitan pizza restaurants, Queen Margherita pizza would always get my vote. Not only is their pizza always freshly prepared in their wood burning ovens with a deliciously blistered crust, but the restaurants themselves are beautiful spaces.
For a date night, Queen Margherita is a sure bet for a romantic atmosphere and excellent food. I went to their Dundas W and College location at 772 Dundas Street W. Check out other locations here.
This location was bustling on a Saturday night. On the main level you’ll find the bar, and to get to the main dining area you head down a short flight of stairs into their large open dining room. The best bang for your buck (and your stomach) is their prix fixe menu. For $29, you get your choice of appetizer, any pizza and any dessert.
I spotted Arancini on the app menu and couldn’t resist ordering it. The Arancini were fried into perfect balls and filled with rice, mushrooms, parmigiano cheese and caramelized onions. They were packed with flavour and were deliciously cheesy.
Chocolate Orange Biscuits are a perfect treat for a Valentine’s Day breakfast! They’re also super easy to make. I love using Green & Black chocolates because they are high quality, organic and fair trade. Let’s get baking!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup of coarsely chopped dark Green & Black chocolate.
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
6 Tbs. margarine (or butter)
3/4 cup of 2% milk
Zest of 1 orange
1.Heat the oven on to 400 F
2.Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, orange zest and half of the chocolate together in a large mixing bowl.
3. Add in the margarine using a pastry blender or using two knives. Mix until the mixture forms coarse crumbs.
4. Make a well in the middle of the mixture and pour in the milk.
5. Using a fork, stir together the mixture until it forms a shaggy dough.
7. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface. Knead just until the dough comes together.
8. Pat the dough into a round shape 3/4″ thick.
9. Use a knife or cookie cutter to create a heart shape and transfer to baking tray.
10. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
11. In a small bowl, melt the remaining chocolate and drizzle on the tops of the biscuit