I went to Levetto on College Street for dinner, and now I just want to find excuses to return over and over again. This small restaurant is a casual spot for a date, or a group of friends. It’s also a great place for families.
A far cry from the Neapolitan style pizzas that plague (okay, a delicious plague.) this city, the pizza here is Roman style. So what’s the difference? These pizzas are made square with a dough that is 85% water, resulting in a light, crisp crust. The pizza does look similar to the slices I spotted on the streets of Rome! (more…)
Along with a classy atmosphere and a delicious menu, e11even has some amazingly delicious cocktails. My favourite cocktail? Their Georgian Mule. So tasty, I could drink 3 of these! If you’re looking for something yummy to pair this with, I suggest Nonna’s Meatball (This giant meatball is a crowd pleaser and my favourite dish!) or their Chocolate Pecan Pie. Yum. (more…)
It’s the International Year of the Pulses! If you’re like me, you may be wondering what the heck pulses are. I now know the answer to this question, thanks to a delicious evening at Pulse Feast.
Pulses are edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Think, beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas. They are super healthy, and you’re probably eating them regularly already. You may be surprised to find out that pulses are Canada’s fifth largest crop, after wheat, canola, corn and barley! (more…)
So far, we’ve been lucky enough in Toronto to have a very mild winter! Usually by this time, we are knee deep in snow, and bundled up in down parkas. Winter will come, eventually, and when it does we’ll be ready! There are lots of fun things to do in this city as the temperature drops. Expedia.ca asked me to gather a couple of my favourite things to do in Toronto when it gets cold outside, here are my top picks.
Winterlicious and Summerlicious are prixe fixe menu events in the city. For two glorious weeks, you can enjoy set menus at over 200 restaurants in Toronto! Although this happens again in the summer (hello, Summerlicious!), I have a soft spot for Winterlicious. I use it as a reason to get together with my friends that I haven’t seen in a long time, and it gives you something to look forward to in the winter! So how does it work? You can get a 3 course lunch for $18, $23 or $28, depending on the restaurant. Dinner starts at $25 and goes up to $45. (more…)
Every summer, I visit the CNE. When I do, I always go to the Farm building and visit the Milk section to pick up a Milk calendar! This free calendar is always beautifully designed and filled with the best recipes! I got my hands on a milk calendar and made my birthday recipe, Milk Pudding. Check out the recipie below, and download a copy of the calendar here!
Everyone's Milk Pudding
This delicious and easy recipe is from the 2016 Milk Calendar.
In a large saucepan, stir 3 cups (750 mL) milk with sugar. Set over medium-high heat, stir and bring to a simmer.
Place remaining milk in a medium bowl. Whisk in cornstarch until dissolved. Once milk reaches a simmer, whisking continuously, add cornstarch mixture.
Bring to a full rolling boil; stir continuously until mixture thickens, 1 to 2 min. Remove from heat; stir in rosewater, if using, and 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla. If not using rosewater, stir in 3 tsp (15 mL) vanilla.
Pour into a bowl or individual serving dishes. To prevent a skin from forming, place plastic wrap on surface of pudding. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or until set. Discard plastic wrap. Sprinkle with raisins and cinnamon or your favourite toppings.
Although Guu Izakaya has changed its name to Kinka (it means golden flower!) Izakaya, nothing else has changed. You’ll still find a great atmosphere and delicious, authentic Japanese dishes. I visited the Kinka Izakaya North York location.
Staff yell out friendly greetings when you arrive and when you leave in Japanese (that I can actually understand thanks to my short-lived Japanese classes), and the space is larger than expected.
There’s a good selection of sake or cocktails if that’s more your thing. I had the Cherry Blossom Cocktail with red wine, peach liqueur, cassis liqueur and Sprite, which I really enjoyed. My friend had the Bamboo Cocktail with melon liqueur, vodka, guava juice and soda. She loved the tropical touches in this drink! (more…)