Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The County General

This is a short Wednesday post on my brunch trip to The County General in Leslieville. With all the brunch restaurants in Toronto, I'm not likely to come back here in the future. But I thought you'd enjoy the photos. 

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Until next time,


Fried Chicken Thigh Sandwich
Buttermilk Chicken, Avocado Chutney, Cilantro, Pickled Red Onion


Pancake, sausage & gravy


Kale salad, candied bacon, biscuit & gravy




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Sunday, 10 August 2014

The Oxley Public House


One of my favourite Yorkville spots is The Oxley (@TheOxley1), where I recently enjoyed a lovely brunch on their sunny patio.

Every great brunch starts with a signature brunch cocktail of some sort. We are talking about your bloody caesars and mimosa. I had their drink special, a raspberry pomegranate mimosa, which was absolutely delicious, such a perfect brunch cocktail. I wish I had one right now as I'm writing this. My group had a combination of brunch and lunch/dinner items. If you know anything about me at all, you'd know that I love pork belly. Therefore it's only fitting for me to have their version of the BLT, with maple braised pork belly and sun-dried tomato. I love their edition of the classic BLT. The pork belly was fatty, sweet, and the sun-dried tomato was nice twist. The boys had their hand chopped burger and fish & chips. Both items were well received. Lastly, another standout dish was their buttermilk pancake with maple butter & ice cream. It was quite lovely, a great sweet ending to a meal.

I look forward to coming back here for their great food and lovely cocktails. Maybe I will see you there. For now, please enjoy the photos. :)

For photos of food, drinks and my kitty Tumble, please follow me on Twitter (@SGluttonous) and Instagram(@simply.gluttonous). Thanks a bunches. :)


Until next time,

A

The Oxley Public House patio




Raspberry mimosa


BLT with Maple Braised Pork Belly




Hand chopped burger & chips


Fish & chips


Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Butter & Ice Cream


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Insomnia



Insomnia cafe (@insomniacafe) is one of my favourite brunch spots in the city, situated in the Annex, right at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst. I don't remember what first brought me to Insomnia, but I know what brings me back, good food.

I usually get their egg benedict, which comes with two poached eggs atop Canadian bacon and English muffin halves, covered in rich hollandaise sauce. The egg benny is served with a simple salad and home fries, which is actually my favourite part. Their home fries is smothered in a tangy, sweet and spicy sauce, with just a hint of creaminess. I tried replicating this sauce at home and I think I am fairly close. I basically mixed ketchup and Siracha, with a touch of mayo. I guess the secret is out? Regardless, I'll continue to visit Insomnia. Maybe one of these days I will try their dinner menu.

Enjoy the photos, I'll speak to you soon. Please follow me on Twitter (@SGluttonous) and Instagram (@simply.gluttonous). Thanks a bunches. :)


Insomnia menu


Bloody Caesar
with freshly grated horseradish


Egg benedict
with salad and spicy ketchup smothered home fries


Spicy sausage



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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Momofuku Noodle Bar

I didn't really do much Summerlicious dining this year, just a visit to Momofuku noodle bar. I first visited Momofuku soon after its opening back in the days and I recall how difficult it was to get seats for a group of four. This time around, I was able to secure of reservation for 3 on a Friday evening with just hours of notice.

It is fair to say that Momofuku has a stunning exterior. Well, it does have to live up to its neighbour, the Shangri-la Hotel Toronto. The restaurant is made up some small tables and several large communal tables. For drinks, we had their seven spice sour slushie, a cider, and g+t, their spin on a classic gin and tonic. The cocktails were great and I'd be happy with just coming here for drinks. 

Now onto their Summerlicious menu, which was 25 CAD for a three-course dinner. For our first course, we tried the salmon crudo and the marinated cucumber, both were relatively small in size. Neither dishes knocked my socks off. For our second course, we tried their clam noodles and their fried chicken. The fried chicken dish consisted of two drumsticks, kimchi, lettuce and mayo. I thought the fried chicken was quite tasty, it was juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The clam noodle had a lot of clam flavour and a bit of a kick to it. We enjoyed the mains, although the portion was again a bit small. Lastly, the dessert... Cake truffle (singular). The three of us each ordered a different flavour. They were not my favourite and I wasn't impressed with having a single cake truffle for dessert. The three of us each had a three-course meal, and we were all still hungry. We ordered their daily special, a grilled pork chop, which was sizeable and by far the best part of the meal in my opinion. My friends thought the pork chop was a bit too fatty, but I loved it. As you know, I have a love affair with animal fat.

All in all, I thought the portions were a bit on the smaller side, but the food was tasty. I would definitely get the fried chicken and the pork chop again. Fatty yummy goodness! ;)

Enjoy the photos, I'll speak to you soon. Please follow me on Twitter (@SGluttonous) and Instagram (@simply.gluttonous). Thanks a bunches. :)


Until next time,

A

Momofuku noodle bar exterior & interior



Seven spice sour slushi


g + t
gin, aperol, rosemary, black pepper



Summerlicious appetizer - Salmon crudo
habanero, green papaya, nori


Summerlicious appetizer - Marinated Cucumber
with mushroom, smoked sesame, black vinegar


Summerlicious main course - Southern fried chicken
bibb lettuce, kimchi, red eye mayo



Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Brick Street Bakery

I love sandwiches. The bread, the filling, the sauce... It is simple yet comforting.

Brisk Street Bakery is one of my favourite places to enjoy a good sandwich. Brick Street Bakery has multiple locations, situated in the Financial district, Distillery district, Leslieville and the Beaches. The portions are generous and the sandwich themselves are filling. They have cold sandwiches, hot sandwiches, soups and baked goods. My favourite sandwich is their chicken club and their BLT. What can I say... I love bacon. Especially on my sandwich. I have also tried their pulled pork, tuna, egg salad and coronation chicken. 

In terms of baked goods, I like their chocolate tart (not the double chocolate tart) and coconut raspberry tart. The chocolate tart has a rich chocolaty filling and a buttery crust. The coconut raspberry tart is the perfect balance between sweetness and tartness. Who knew coconut and raspberry is a good combination? I could be wrong, but I think all their baked goods are made at their beaches location and brought over to the other two locations.

This is definitely a good place to go for a great sandwich. If you are going to the Financial district location, try to avoid lunch rush hour (12 pm - 1pm), as the line-up is long. Those suits need their sandwiches!

Please follow me on Twitter (@SGluttonous) and Instagram (@simply.gluttonous). Thanks a bunches. :)

Until next time,

A


Chicken Club
Roast chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato, bacon on ciabatta


Coronation Chicken - Chips not included
Roasted chicken, dried apricot, apple slices, lettuce, curry mayo on whole grain


BLT - avocado not included



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Sunday, 20 July 2014

King Street Social Kitchen - Summerlicious

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Hyatt media event at King Street Social restaurant by an awesome fellow blogger Mary (check out her blog here), where I not only sampled a copious amount of delicious food, but also met several really nice foodies. 

King Street Social Kitchen is situated in Entertainment District's Hyatt Regency (), serving up international cuisine with a Canadian flare. They are offering Summerlicous fares at $20 and $35 for lunch and dinner respectively (see menu here). We were hosted by Executive Chef Wesley Boodhram (),  Sales Manager Darryl Nielsen and Associate Director of Sales Vivek Satoskar.

The food was delicious and the portion was very generous. I was stuffed half way through the meal, but I ventured onwards anyway and ate, ate and ate some more. My favourite dishes were:
  • Toasted Portabella and Brie: Savoury, with different layers texture. Did I mention that I love mushrooms?
  • Captain Jack's Classic Fish and Chips: The fish had a beautiful golden crust and it was pillowy on the inside. It was piping hot and I burned myself a little bit, but it was worth it.
  • Pan Roasted Rock Snapper: This was the healthier fish option. The portion was more than generous and the fish was lightly spiced. Perfect for a healthy meal. I really should quit fried food.
After the meal, we were given a tour of Hyatt's gorgeous rooftop pool. Their rooftop pool area is open to non-hotel guests from Thursday to Sunday with limited capacity (probably a good idea to make a reservation) for $39 (includes pool access and a drink). Sunny July day, sangria in hand and pool-side,  with the skyline of downtown Toronto in the backdrop, I think this is the life! ;)

Lastly, I enjoyed meeting fellow foodies/bloggers and I loved how genuinely nice everyone were. Please check out them out!


Now I'll let the photos do the talking. Enjoy!

Please follow me on Twitter (@SGluttonous) and Instagram (@simply.gluttonous). Thanks a bunches. :)

Until next time,
Allison

** This meal was complimentary but the opinions expressed are my own.**

King Street Social Kitchen dining room





French Martini
Finlandia vodka, pineapple juice, Chambord raspberry liquer


Chilled Casaba Melon Soup
with fresh mint, 10 years old balsmic


Apple and Watercress Salad
Soft Ontario's goat's cheese, grape tomatoes, toasted walnuts and pomegranate petals


Toasted Portabella and Brie
Grilled fungi, toasted brie, asparagus, cold pressed E.V.O.O.


Polenta and Short Rib
Soft creamy polenta, shaved asiago, grilled forest mushrooms, rosemary reduction


Captain Jack's Classic Fish and Chips
Fresh halibut, home style fries, signature tartar sauce


Pan Roasted Rock Snapper
Fresh snapper filet, watermelon radish salad, galette potatoes, martini aioli



Fire Charred Rib Eye Steak
Red chili and tarragon butter, roasted fingerlings, cremini and arugula salad


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Summer BBQ

Hello there,

Hope your summer is going well. The sun is a terrible thing to waste here in the Great White North. We recently had a BBQ for a friend's birthday. Fantastic food and even better company.

Speak to you all soon,

A







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