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TACOS!

It had been so long since I had written my fooding list, I could not for the life of me remember why El Cabalito was listed. The tacos? The tequila? Who can say. After watching Croatia defeat England in World Cup we headed over, a little earlier than our reservation but the place was empty so it didn’t matter.

I went in there with the intention of getting a margarita but who can say no to a mezcal mule?! I ended up having a second drink anyways so I got my margarita fix. Both were delicious. We ordered a plate of nachos with pulled pork and some tacos. Soon after we devoured our chicken and fish tacos we realized we needed more. The taco orders were singles and even with the nachos we needed more food. We ordered the beef brisket, pulled pork and shrimp ones. While Brent and Andrew said the beef one was the best and the chicken one of the worst, I disagreed, stating that it was the reverse in fact. It was clearly: chicken, shrimp, pork, fish, beef. Luckily we left just enough room for a churros ice cream sandwich. I mistakenly tried to eat it with a fork. The drinks were strong and we had arrived at dinner coming from a bar. It was not my fault. The ice cream sandwich was epic.

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Can’t Say No To That Plan

What plan was it I couldn’t say no to? Walking to Dufferin Mall = exercise and an excuse to stop at Baker Bots for an ice cream sandwich (aka still the best one in the city, no matter what you say, better than Bang Bang!). From there dipping south to Brazil Bakery for the best custard tart in the city… meaning we got to walk back home via anything-but-Bloor. It was the perfect plan. All the moreso given how long it took us to get out of the house, because the bakery is open until midnight.

On the way we passed by a bar advertising two delicious sounding beers: a blueberry sour and a grape vidal sour. We pondered it as we walked to the bakery. How could we say no to that? It was settled. We would stop and have a break, seeing as we were so fast at Dufferin Mall we didn’t really get a break. While we were sitting at The Mutt, resting our barking dogs, we perused the menu. There was a plum sour that just sounded amazing. In fact I took so long drinking my blueberry sour, even with Brent taking the last quarter, that he had time to order the plum sour which was the clear winner of the three.

The custard tart was good. Can’t really go wrong with one. The tart part was a bit tough and chewy but the filling was good. This story turned out to be more about the beer than the tart.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2018 in Fooding, Uncategorized

 

Fried Watermelon? Really?

If you had told me that fried watermelon would be the (so far) stand out dish of 2018 I would have thought for sure I was dreaming. Fried? Watermelon? How is that even possible? I still don’t know how it’s done, but I do know that DaiLo (voted one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada 2018) makes a damn good dish of it. That dish alone is reason enough for them to be a top 100 contender. The fried octopus tacos sealed the deal. DaiLo was amazing.

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The pork hock was a mild dip. But that was our fault. It was just too fatty for our tastes- even though that is how it is supposed to be. Although the sauce was not that great either. The jellyfish slaw (which I had considered getting as an app) was a knockout though.

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Our last dish was the babyback ribs and oh man- they were amazing. It was impossible to compare them to previous ribs we’d had because they were that different. They were topped with a delicious sauce that was unlike anything we had ever tried. We were back in knockout territory. Completing the experience was the old fashioned cocktail I had with a fancy whisky in it. Oh and the service was great.

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Late-Night-Ish

Now that I work in the west end it made sense to go to Apache Burger for best late night burger– it was relatively close to my work and I finished in the evening. We got there right as the sun was setting, but still for me it felt late-night and by the time we left it was dark out- so it counts.

Second time around, I ordered a double cheeseburger. My complaint last time had been too much bun, not enough meat so it was the logical choice. This time the ratio was on point. BUT that means nothing when the burger itself is bland and not good. In my rankings it was only above Burger Shack and about on par with Holy Chuck, maybe a smidge higher.

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I’d rather have Five Guys.

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2018 in Fooding, Uncategorized

 

My Milkshake…

I continue not being a fan of milkshakes. Even though, I am willing to admit that the one from Sweet Jesus, the current best in the city according to BlogTO, was the best one yet. This is probably due to the fact that it was made with soft serve ice cream for which I have a soft spot in my stomach. Why drink your ice cream when you can chomp down on it?!– I say!

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Any excuse for soft serve and I am there. Even if I am getting over a bad head cold and ice cream is like the last thing I need. The brownie concoction was particularly palate-pleasing and I did not regret my decision to leave the comforts of home and venture out- even if my head felt like a brick. Sweet Jesus barely swayed me in my milkshake opinion.

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2018 in Fooding, Uncategorized

 

Where There’s Smoque There’s Bones

I could not for the life of me remember why I had added Smoque N Bones to our fooding list, but really you can’t go wrong with barbecue. They were up against Adamson and I really wasn’t sure how well they would do. We were tempted by the platter deal, we were already ordering a few meat dishes and it made economic sense. But I was wary of it, we would have way too much food. We were only getting one side and the platter came with at least three. We settled on going a-la carte and it was the perfect amount of food. The food was amazing. The brisket was outstanding and we had ordered the perfect amount. Plus I finally got to try smoked lemonade.

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Dandylion

We’ve recently added a new category to our fooding list: Canada’s Top 100 Best Restaurants. Of the 100 there were 13 that either had not already been to or were not in Toronto. Of the local ones, we’d been to almost (or more than?) half. Including the #1 restaurant, Alo.

And so one Wednesday evening we found ourselves on our way to Dandylion. I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was it was voted in the top 10 and they had a small ever-changing menu- meaning we did not even get to look up beforehand what we would be ordering. Brent was intrigued by the starter that had white asparagus, which he had just read about in the 1001 foods book (allowing us to also cross that off the list). I had one bite and was not a fan, but I had anticipated this, hence the reason I had also ordered an app. The pork terrine was delicious, it went perfectly with the sourdough bread.

For the mains we had a very limited choice. I was not a fan of lamb nor was I about to ingest vegetables for my main. Which left me with one other option: scallops. They are by no means my favourite food, I can tolerate them at best. But man this dish was delicious. They were served in a tangy citrusy sauce and they were big meaty scallops. Needless to say there was no room for dessert, which is ok.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2018 in Fooding

 
 
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