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I Feel Like 🐔 Tonight

I Feel Like 🐔 Tonight

Having recently had Chick-Fil-A after it opened in Toronto (we had tried it before but we still had to go) I was keen on finally having the chicken sandwich from PG Clucks, still the best chicken sandwich in Toronto according to BlogTO. I had to go while the memory was still fresh.

Thankfully the location next to and serving Birreria Volo was still open. It had been ages since we’d been there. Plus Cantillon’s Zwanze Day had just passed the previous week- maybe they’d have some different Cantillon brews on tap?

I was drooling just thinking about the honey and jalapeno sandwich. Luckily I didn’t drool into my cherry cola sour beer. It was so good, it had all the right flavours. For my second I had a cider from Revel that I first had to confirm I didn’t buy. It had plums and elderflowers. Brent had the Nashville hot chicken sandwich, the coleslaw was good but by the time I got my half it had turned into a soppy mess. And the honey jalapeno one was a thousand times better. And certainly way better than Chick-Fil-A. Quite the debate ensued on the walk home. Firstly, where to place it in our rankings. It slowly inched its way to the top tier. But that was where we parted ways, hands-down I would eat that honey jalapeno sandwich over anything from Chick-Fil-A everyday. Even now, a few days later, I am already sort of craving it. It was that good, just oozing with honey.

🐔🐔🐔

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2019 in Fooding, Uncategorized

 

Poke? Nope!

Poke? Nope!

I can safely say: I am still not a fan of poke bowls. This time around it was better, but I am still not a convert. North Poke was in Kensington and on the way there I scoped out a shop that might have Thai iced tea mix (I was on a mission to find it, having found out about a cookie recipe- it is impossible for me to turn down a cookie recipe).

Each part of the meal was good, it’s just that it’s a taste/texture…food… that I quickly tire of. I gave up on it, not full but just over it. Something about the heavily-sauced marinated fish, it soon started getting to me, threatening me with a stomachache. I did like the addition of the taro chips and they provided some respite, as did the seaweed but in the end I gave up. In retrospect I should have gotten a snack size BUT I went in there for dinner, so it wouldn’t have been enough. Live and learn.

At Ding Dong Exotic Sweet they didn’t have the tea mix but we did get a Japanese Coke, matcha green tea ice cream Oreos, mango Kit Kat and most importantly: freeze-dried Durian. Which we have yet to open. I’m a little scared. We also had fried eel Lay’s (which taste like what they promise which is actually not a good chip flavour) and beef sauce flavoured Lay’s- ditto.  The name of the store reminded Brent of a bakery of the same name, which happened to be just up the street.

Ding Dong Bakery had been voted best Chinese bakery and I could see why. Very efficient system of trays and checkout and so damn cheap. Things started out great, the almond cookie was not too sweet and had an odd dry texture that somehow really worked. The pineapple bun was delicious. The red bean sesame ball was barely alright. From there things went downhill. The egg tart, recommended was awful. The taro item was awful. The worst one by far was the winter-melon bun. I expected something like a fruit danish, not a dense bun tasting of flour.

One day we will open the Durian.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2019 in Fooding, Uncategorized

 

Why I Never…

Why I Never…

I have never been a big fan of fish & chips (even now as I write this, after having listened to How Fish & Chips Works from SYSK). Kingsway Fish & Chips was on the list of essential Toronto restaurants for tourists to visit. Which makes no sense given its location at Royal York and Bloor. But who am I to question a best-of list? And who am I to question possibly the best fish & chips, based solely on geography?

Bonus points for it being conveniently on the way home from work. I cannot believe how many times I walked right by the place in the past. We ordered fish tacos to start. I was expecting little tiny tacos not these giant behemoths. They were topped with the house coleslaw which was every bit as good as I had been led to believe. Oh man the tacos were good, with breaded and deep-fried haddock. Eating it we realized that it was the same fish as would be in my main. I had ordered a fish & shrimps & chips. Brent had the steak & kidney pie. I am still not a fan of meat pies. I’m barely even a fan of regular pies, often only eating pecan/sugar pies.The fish was so good. I was thoroughly impressed, it almost made me a fan of fish & chips, hence my initially very high ranking of the place. It was only after some debate and remembering past meals that it got bumped down a few notches. It was good fish & chips BUT compared to some other meals we’ve had it ranked around the middle.

I would happily go back for more fish & chips and coleslaw. The fries, while really good and tasting of the beef fat they were fried in, were a bit much. I also accidentally dipped one in marinara sauce, mistaking it for ketchup.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2019 in Fooding, Uncategorized

 

Bye-Bymark

Bye-Bymark

I didn’t expect that around #19 on a top 100 list I would be seriously considering if it was worth it to continue making our way down the list. Bymark wasn’t terrible by any means but I kind of had higher expectations for it. Until I remembered taht we had previously eaten at a McEwan joint in Yorkville and my short review was: too much butter. I don’t get why it was so subpar given how good the hot table at the McEwan grocery store is.
We split an order of the house made focaccia bread and an order of the calamari and octopus. She warned us that they had recently updated taht dish and it now had shishito peppers. I was thrilled! Shishito peppers are so good! She was legit surprised that I even knew what they were. The bread was so good. The seafood had absorbed some flavour from the peppers. My cocktail had gin and cucumber in it, so I could claim it was mildly restorative as I got over my cold and allergies double-combo.

Brent ordered the burger (that the article assured, was worth the price). I had the (what was once 72-hours sous vide but was now braised) beef short ribs with chimichurri. It was a bit salty for my liking and reliant on the chimichurri to be a good dish. The meat itself was soft and fell apart and so juicy but just the littlest bit too salty. I also don’t get why the meat mains didn’t come with sides. It was an enormous portion and a side would have been nice (along with it being a smaller portion). Drink number two was just as good, cherry liqueur might be one of my new favourites.

We didn’t stick around for dessert (even though we were given a menu after settling the bill). For one, I was pretty full but also I was not really tempted by anything on the menu. Plus there’s always Bulk Barn on the walk home.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2019 in Fooding, Uncategorized

 
 
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