Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Le Petit Dejeuner

Le Petit Dejeuner (@petidejeuner) has been a part of the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood for the last decade, serving up plates of comfort food, Belgian-Canadian style. They have quite a reputation for themselves as a good brunch spot. On a lazy Sunday afternoon, the place was crawling with brunch diners and we waited for about half an hour for a table for three. I think the fares that were served up compensated for the long wait, but I still wish they took weekend brunch reservations. Weekends are precious and I don't want to spend it waiting to get into a restaurant in the bitter cold.

My dining companions had the special of the day, consisting of French toast, sausage, egg any style and apple slaw. This plate looked to be a great sampler plate, with the best of all worlds, sweet and savoury. 

Special of the Day
French toast, sausage patty, scrambled egg, apple slaw


I had one of their brunch favourites, toast champignon with a poached egg, consisting of a poached egg sitting on top of a bed of sauteed mushrooms, onions, herbs and bacon, covering half of a toasted bagel. It was served with a side of apple coleslaw and a crispy potato rosti. I love mushrooms and the sauteed mushroom was lovely. The poached egg was cooked perfectly and I asked for a side of hollandaise sauce. The velvety hollandaise sauce and the warm rich yolk made this dish perfect in my books. 

Toast Champignon with a Poaches Egg
a halved bagel topped with sauteed mushrooms, herbs, onions, bacon and served with a potato rosti and apple coleslaw



Their Belgian waffles were fluffy, light but also creamy at the same time. The powder sugar dusted over the waffles added a nice sweet touch. 

Authentic Belgian Waffles
Brussels' style served with maple syrup


I had a lovely time at Le Petit Dejeuner. Like I always say, great food and even better company. I can't ask for more! (I can, but I don't want to seem greedy.)

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Thanks a bunches my lovelies.

Until next time,

Allison


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Monday, 13 October 2014

Queen and Beaver Public House


Queen and Beaver Public House (@QueenBeaverPub) serves up British inspired pub fares that are made from scratch by British chef Andrew Carter. It has plenty of space with two floors and each floor has its own bar and patio. My favourite seats are in the upstairs patio because it somehow feels secluded despite being situated in the downtown core. I blogged about Q & B's sister pub The Oxley Public House a little while ago, which a Yorkville favourite of mine (blog post here). 

Queen and Beaver exterior & patio



Can't have brunch without a mimosa or a bloody caesar.

Mimosa


The food at Q & B are refined British pub fares. My dining companion had their egg benedict, which is served on cheese biscuits rather than English muffins. He had great things to say about the buttery, flakey cheesy biscuits and everything else that sat atop them. I had their BLT. I love their version of the classic BLT, made with braised pork belly instead of bacon, served with chips. This sandwich was seriously delicious, with its slow braised thick cut of pork belly and roasted tomato. 


Egg benedict
cheese biscuit, peameal bacon, poached egg, hollandaise


BLT
braised pork belly, tomato, lettuce, potato crisps


A close-up shot...


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Speak to you soon,

Allison


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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Church St. Garage

I wanted to share some photos from one of my recent meals on the sunny patio of the Church St. Garage, a popular pub on Church Street. They have a large patio and it faces the optimal angle such that the entire patio basks under direct sunlight in the afternoon. This is a Wednesday short post, so I will be brief. Hope you enjoy the photos!

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Until next time,

Allison

Mimosa


Fish & Chips


English muffin with peameal bacon & fried egg


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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Bywoods Restaurant & Wine

I was very fortunate to be invited to Bywoods Restaurant & Wine (Twitter: @bywoods760; Instagram: @bywoods760) for a foodie tasting and I'm excited to share my food photos and experience with you!

* This meal was complimentary, but the opinions are my own *

Bywoods Restaurant & Wine is the latest restaurant endeavour of Tony Cappellano, owner of the popular brunch restaurant Boom, with Craig Dehne as the executive chef. Situated in the St. Clair West neighbourhood, the Italian & Mediterranean establishment draws its name and inspiration from the wooded history of the neighbourhood. The restaurant was a blend of modern and rustic.

We started with a cocktail tasting. The Bywoods, a gin based cocktail, was a creative and sophisticated spin on the classic Gin & Tonic. It uses club soda, lemon juice and sugar rather than tonic. This cocktail also contains rosemary, which wasn't overly prominent, but added a hint of aromaticness to the drink. 

COCKTAIL
The Bywoods - gin, organic rosemary, lemon juice, sugar & club soda


We started our meal with two pizzas: a prociutto pizza and a vegetarian pizza. The prociutto pizza comes with fig, gorgonzola & dressed arugula and it was savoury and well-balanced. The gorgonzola flavour wasn't dominant, which was great for me as I don't like strong cheeses. I tried a slice of the vegetarian pizza without the goat cheese crumbles and it was lovely. It made a great vegetarian option and also would be great for vegans (remove goat cheese), as it was flavourful on its own without the goat cheese. 

PIZZE
Prociutto - fig, gorgonzola & dressed arugula


Vegetarian - goat cheese, leek, red pepper, grilled artichoke, tomato, red onion, black olive & fresh marjoram


Next up we were served two salads: beet salad with arugula and Mediterranean salad. I tried the beet salad without the goat cheese crumble. The beet roots were sweet and earthy. The arugula was well-dressed and peppery. I didn't try the Mediterranean salad because I couldn't avoid the feta cheese, but it looked beautifully colourful.

FIRST
Beet salad - with goat cheese, charred red onion & arugula tossed with walnut dressing


Mediterranean salad - vine tomato, cucumber, red onion, black olives, feta cheese, marjoram


Next up is my favourite dish of the evening, their pan seared scallops with grilled chorizo, avocado mash, mixed greens, black olives & jus. The pan seared scallops were perfectly cooked. The avocado mash was creamy, fresh and paired well with the scallops. The chorizo was slightly spiced and garlicky. This dish was so yummy I wish I didn't have to share it.

Pan seared scallops - with grilled chorizo, avocado mash, mixed greens, black olives & jus


I got to take a photo of their Venetian-style fried calamari, but I didn't get to taste it. I loved their presentation. Doesn't it look like a resting octopus? Despite it being squid and all. 

Venetian-style fried calamari - with piri-piri & aioli


Next up we had our pasta course and we tried their linguine with shrimp. I was worried at first when I read that it was in a spiced light cream sauce. Seafood and dairy? Not ideal. I changed my mind after trying it. The cream sauce was very light and quite tasty. I could barely detect a hint of dairy flavour in the dish. And the shrimp was succulent. I had two servings of the pasta.

PASTA
Linguine with shrimp - spiced light cream sauce & spinach


Now onto the meat course, which was very well received at the table. My fellow foodies loved the pan roasted lamb sirloin. Unfortunately I didn't try it as I don't eat lamb. I did try the grilled flank steak though and it was delicious. The salsa verde was amazing, it smelled like fresh basil, like a good pesto. It tasted like a blend of basil, parsley, olive oil, garlic and mint.

SECOND
Pan roasted lamb sirloin - apricot, potato puree with smoked paprika & sauteed spinach (apologies for the blurry photo!)


Grilled flank steak - arugula, mushroom, cured tomato salad, salsa verde & jus


Lastly we had dessert, a home-made brownie topped with whipped cream & fresh berries. It wasn't overly sweet and it was a great way to end a nice meal.

DESSERT
Brownie - with whipped cream & fresh berries


I had a wonderful meal at Bywoods. A great meal with delicious food and fun foodies for company, life is good. I hope you try Bywoods and please let me know what you think!

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Until next time,

Allison

*This meal was complimentary. All information provided in this blog is for entertainment purposes only and they are my expressed opinion. *

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Summer's Ice Cream

The weather is acting odd. A couple weeks ago it was so cold I almost brought out my winter gear. Now that we are on our way to October, it feels like summer. I thought this would be my last opportunity to tell you about my favourite ice cream shop in the city, Summer's.

Summer's is a family-owned Toronto-based ice cream shop that makes the most amazing homemade ice creams. They have been making and serving ice cream since 1985! You can taste the quality in every spoonful of rich, luscious and incredibly creamy ice cream. My absolute favourite flavour is their Espresso Fudge Mud Pie, consisting of a espresso ice cream base with espresso fudge pieces swirled in. If you are a lover of coffee/espresso, this is the flavour for you. A close second is their Chocolate Chip Mint, consisting of a minty ice cream base with chunks of Callebaut chocolates blended in.

Please check them out, before the real Canadian fall/winter kicks in! ;)

Follow my Toronto foodie journey on Twitter (@SGluttonous) and Instagram (@simply.gluttonous). Thanks a bunches and hope you have a lovely day!

Speak to you soon,

Allison

Summer's Ice Cream exterior



Chocolate Chip Mint ice cream
Minty ice cream with Callebaut chocolate chunks


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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Random foods - New York City

This will be my last post on my New York trip. I thought I'd just share some photos. I hope you enjoy these. See my travel page for more NYC restaurants!

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Until next time,

Allison

Black cherry cider




Fried chicken and waffles



Biggest BLT I've ever had






Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Amy's Bread - New York City

Our first day in New York was hectic. Our morning commute was long and draining, involving a cab, a ferry, an airplane to Newark airport and a train ride. While waiting for our room to be prepared, we decided to wander around aimlessly. Somehow we found our way to Hell's Kitchen and ran into Amy's Bread, a quaint little neighbourhood bakery (with a big line up). 

The exterior of the shop was warm and inviting and once you enter the shop you are greeted by what seemed at the time to be every kind of baked good conceivable. There were trays after trays of cupcakes, brownies, blondies, baked nut bars, sticky cinnamon buns, scones, croissant, muffins... Did I miss something? Oh, cookies too. 

I'm sad to report that we only tried one thing, because we were still stuffed from our lunch. We shared their butterscotch cashew bars and it was every bit as good as you could imagine. I guess I can feel good about the fact that I took quite a few photos of their enormous variety of baked goods, for your eyes only. :)

Please see my travel page for more NYC restaurants! Follow me on Twitter (@SGluttonous) and Instagram (@simply.gluttonous) for more food photos and fun! 

Amy's Bread exterior & interior



Baked goodies on display





Thanks a bunches my lovelies, until next time,

Allison

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Ladurée - New York City

I have a confession to make. One of my all time guilty pleasures is the TV series Gossip Girl, a fictional drama on the lives of a group of beautiful and wealthy teenagers living in the Upper East Side in New York. This show, like Sex and the City, was incredibly addictive. I will make no apologies for loving Gossip Girl, like Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper makes no apologies for the truth. My favourite character from Gossip Girl is no doubt Blair Waldorf, the "evil dictator of taste". Her favourite pastries are macarons from Ladurée, thus I cannot possibly visit New York City without going to Ladurée.

Ladurée (@LadureeUS) is a French luxury patisserie house and it has stores throughout the world, including three stores in North America. There are two locations in New York, one in the Upper East Side and the other in Soho. We visited their Upper East Side location, after spending a day at the museum.
Ladurée exterior



Walking into Ladurée is much like walking into dream world. I stood there for a few moments just to  take everything in. The entire place breathes luxury, elegance and decadence. I loved it.



The macarons are flown in from Paris daily rather than made in house. We got a dozen macarons and they were truly delicious. Their shells are delicate and their fillings light. Unlike other places I have been to in the past, the macarons here are not excessively sweet, but well balanced and true to flavour.



A few of them were damaged on our long trip back to the hotel. It started raining while we were walking through Central Park. After a lengthy walk through the park in the rain, we got on the subway. We then got off at the wrong stop and walked 9 additional blocks through what seemed to be a million people. Needless to say, these little guys were a little bit roughed up. My favourite flavour was blackcurrant & violet, consisting of blackcurrant macaron biscuit and a light violet & blackcurrant compote. The blackcurrant taste stood out to me the most, as I have no idea what violet tastes like. Every single flavour in the box was enjoyable.



Ladurée is definitely worth a visit, whether you love Gossip Girl or not, as long as you have an appreciation for the finer things in life.

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xoxo,
Allison


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