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Monday, 23 February 2015

Dining Out In The Cold

Nothing other than the chance to try a new restaurant would have got me venturing out at noon in -17 degrees.

But I am a big fan of Mark McEwan and this is Mark McEwan's Fabbrica.

Ambiance - exceptional.

Food - fresh ingredients, elegant and well put together...

... like this buffalo mozzarella over tomatoes and balsamic vinegar.

The Ricotta gnocchi with burrata cheese was also well put together.

Elegant and very tasty marshmallow textured gnocchi that was obviously hand made.

Mark McEwan's Fabbrica Restaurant
49 Karl Fraser Road
Toronto, Ontario

Fabbrica on Urbanspoon

Wonder if recipes for some of those items they serve are in Mark McEwan's book I just picked up.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Food Delivery in the Freeze

As the below -20 temperatures continue to haunt me in the east, dinner plans are best to be indoors (well at least for me, not for the poor delivery guy).

China Gourmet is good Chinese food in Toronto's outskirts. 

The order included:

- Egg rolls (poor)
- Szechuan Noodles (very good)
- Spicy Peanut Chicken (excellent)
- Chili chicken (good)
- Shanghai noodles (very good)

All in all, good food, value and their promise of delivered fast and fresh to your door was acted on (albeit not too fast, but must be the bad roads)

I am not sure though about their no MSG claim - a night of utmost thirst may disproof this claim.

China Gourmet Takeout
877 York Mills Road
Toronto, Ontario

China Gourmet Takeout on Urbanspoon

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Food Shopping In The Snow

Running away from the -24 something weather in Toronto, I ducked into Loblaws' at Maple Leafs Garden. Wow!

It does not feel like a grocery store, let alone a Loblaws' one. At the same time, it does not feel like a Whole Foods, Choices or Urban Fair - it is simply a sophisticated, well designed and stocked food fair.

The cheese section alone can keep you exploring for days. 

Yes, what you see behind is a series of high shelving fridges filled with all sorts of cheeses from around the world. Facing the shelving is a corner deli counter filled with more cheeses.

Now if the options of which cheeses to buy does not overwhelm you and, let's say, you decided to get some goat cheese, now you have to tackle decision number 2 - what flavour of goat cheese to buy.

Yes, these balls below are not ice-cream - they are different flavoured goat cheeses.

I think you've got the picture - this goes on and on for deli meats, pre-made foods, sushi bar, salad bar, bakery, teas, cookies. I just had to put my foot out and leave...

...with just a cup of tea in a fancy filter cover take-out cup.

Loblaws' Carlton Street
60 Carlton Street
Toronto, Ontario

Friday, 20 February 2015

Best Food Delivery Ever

My Dear Lovely Neighbour can sense my fatigue levels remotely - on every night I am to arrive home late and exhausted, dinner shows up at my door steps.

Spicy prawns to boost immune system and a salad to inject vitamins to combat flu.

What My Dear Lovely Neighbour refers to as simple is really a sophistication of spice mixing for eggplants with a touch of yogurt at the end that revives the spirit and awakens the senses.

Thank you again and again My Dear Lovely Neighbour.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Let Lent Begin

Remember the Colcannon story?  (Read Anyone knows what Colcannon is?) Leftovers (with bacon in them) were turned into patties and grilled (delicious). Good bye bacon for 40 days...

The same cookbook where the Colcannon recipe came from - Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens) - came one of the better recipes for a mock cabbage rolls. Good bye beef for 40 days...

But that same book has a good selection of lent appropriate recipes, including a simple and amazingly tasty potato carrot beet salad.

I will be best buddies with vegetables over the next 40 days...


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The Tuesday

Today I had the option of calling it Shrove Tuesday and absolve from cooking and eating.

Or I could call it Mardi Gras and throw a wild party which may shock the whole neighbourhood.

Instead, I simplified life and went with Pancake Tuesday.

Given it is all about simplifying life, an Aunt Jemima mix was the preferred prep method.

Wait, it gets worse. No time to go to a butcher or grocery store, sausages to go with it came out of a can.

(at least the eggs were fresh).

A simple meal was served. Nothing healthy about it - but that is why lent could not have come any sooner.

Happy ______________ Tuesday.