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…)
Fall is in the air, my friends. Even though the leaves haven’t yet fallen, you can tell by the season-themed lattes about. Luckily autumnal change isn’t limited to tropospheric shifts. At Lamesa, arguably one of the best takes on Filipino food in Toronto, they’re switching things right up with the Fall/Winter menu of new Head Chef Daniel Cancino. He’s taking dishes he grew up with to contemporary levels, all wrapped up in stylish culinary daring.
I’m not really into sports, but I’m a big fan of all the food that goes along with spots. Think nachos, burgers, and other delicious bar eats.
Enter, Real Sports Bar, a mecca for sports fans, but also food fans! I had been here a couple of times in the past for non-sporting events, and had tried some of their food. (Shout out to the amazing Buffalo Chicken Pizza that I devoured!)
I was invited to try their brand new menu that will be launching this week! (more…)
Concession Road is a new venture from the winning team of Derek Valleau and Harsh Chawla. Derek and Harsh are the hard working owners behind my favourite Indian restaurant, Pukka. When I heard that they were behind this new spot, I knew that it would be delicious, and I was right. They both really believe in the St.Clair neighborhood, and love how supportive the locals are.
Concession Road is a French restaurant helmed by a talented Japanese chef, Chef Masayuki. The dishes are classically French, with some twists. The restaurant got it’s name from the original name for St. Clair. Who knew?
The meal started off the way I want all meals to start off- with fresh bread, served with a olive tapanade. The bread was chewy with a nice crust, and the tapanade was delicious. (more…)
When I arrived in Prince Edward Island, I had priorities. Specifically, lobster priorities. I vowed to consume as much lobster as possible, and what better way to start than with a classic lobster roll? (more…)
In a small inn in Edmunston, New Brunswick, we had the best meal of our East Coast trip. We stayed overnight and had a very comfortable stay in their beautiful inn.
The Les Jardin Inn has a menu that features local meats, cheeses and seasonal foods, prepared with care, and is Acadian inspired. Our meal took place in a small private dining room, and started off with an amuse bouche of tiny sweet shrimp in a pesto sauce.
Summer is halfway through, and if you haven’t been to the Drake Hotel patio yet, then you’re missing out.
The Drake Skyyard is arguably one of the best patios in the city. Combine that with its artistic atmosphere and delicious food, and you’ve got a winner. (more…)