Monday, 18 August 2014

Taftan Kebab

Location: 5372 Yonge Street, North York, ON M2N 5R5, Canada
After reading about this place online, I wanted to try it since I was in the area for lunch:
Prices on the website were pretty cheap.

It wasn't until I got to the restaurant that I realized the prices all went up by a bit:

   Chicken kebab and salad Combo #5: Chicken Kebab with salad $5.99
The chicken was super juicy and tasty. I was a little concerned that it might have been undercooked (but I didn't have any stomach problems - so it must have been okay or my stomach handled it).
The roasted tomato was really good - I now understand the obsession of people reviewing. The salad was a simple Greek salad, but all this food together was very filling for less than $10.

Overall: Good take-out Iranian food a little south of Little Persia.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Jim's Wings and Pizza - Campbellford (ON)

Location: 40 Front Street North, Harcourt, ON K0L, Canada
Campbellford is a quaint little town and it's perfectly situated on the bank of the Trent-Severn Waterway.
We decided to go looking for pizza to bring back to the cottage and found Jim's Wings and Pizza on Front Street. 
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We got three large pizzas:
Top: Chicken, ground beef and mushrooms
Middle: Meatballs, green peppers and sausage
Bottom: Large pepperoni

I was pretty impressed by the meatballs pizza. Those were massive meatballs and they were really tasty.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Pastel Creperie & Dessert House

Location: 5417 Yonge Street, North York, ON M2N 5R6, Canada

There are a lot of Asian dessert places around Yonge and Finch, and after reading some good reviews about Pastel, we decided to check it out:
Pastel Menu

 Tropical Crepe 
Tropical Crepe with mandarins, oranges, pineapple, shortcake, whipped cream and pistachio almond ice cream.
When ordering this dessert, my decisive factor was the pistachio almond ice cream. Yum! It had a concentrated pistachio flavour (way better than the Wanda's Waffles pistachio ice cream) - I could probably eat a tub of this ice cream. I was tempted to put in an order for pistachio ice cream take out.
The crepe was good - lots of fruit, but this dessert was all about the ice cream for me. I think the almond part of the ice cream really brought out the pistachio flavour.

Brownie Crepe with chocolate ice cream, whipped cream and brownies
Very pretty presentation! The brownies inside the crepe provided more substance to the crepe and I thought was better than the Tropical Crepe's fillings. 

Overall: Nice crepes - not too sweet and the ice cream was yummy!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Panera Bread @ Yonge and Dundas

Location: 322 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4N 3P6, Canada
June 6, 2014

Panera Bread ran a free You Pick Two promotion in the Metro Newspaper for a few weeks. 
So I decided to try out as many freebie options together that I could! 
The first time I went, they ran out of a lot of food (since too many people were grabbing the free You Pick Two at lunch). So, I grabbed:
French Onion soup and 1/2 Asiago Steak Sandwich with Kettle cooked potato chips
The soup was really salty without the croutons and the cheese, but it was even saltier with them. The Asiago cheese foccacia was really doughy and lumpy, with some weird cheddar cheese and strips of rare seared steak. Not particularly appetizing, but it's free I guess. However, it would not be something I would come back and pay for. 

1/2 Asiago steak on Ciabatta, Cream of Broccoli soup and an apple. 
The cream of broccoli was much better than the French onion soup and I think the ciabatta was a better choice of bread. 

Chicken tortellini
1/2 Roasted Turkey and Avocado BLT and Chicken Tortellini Alfredo
The BLT was okay - at least there was quite a bit of avocado. The tortellini was kind of sad with 4 chicken strips on top of the cheesy and saucy pasta. The alfredo sauce was salty and pretty strong.  I think if you're going to try any pastas - the one I would get again is the pesto sacchettini because it had a great pesto flavour and the sacchettini was really cute and delicious. 
Roast Turkey and Avocado BLT
Side view

chipotle chicken panini
1/2 Chipotle Chicken Panini
Chicken, bacon, melted cheddar, tomato and a hint of the chipotle sauce. It was actually a pretty good sandwich. I think I'd rather order paninis again than the sandwiches. 

Thai chicken salad with asian sesame dressing
Thai Chicken Salad with Asian Sesame dressing (since they ran out of the Thai dressing)
Really interesting with romaine lettuce, Thai cashews, edamame, red peppers, carrots, cilantro and wonton strips. I actually really liked the salad - it was a good mix of the ingredients and they worked well together, I would probably order more of their salads in the future. This salad probably would have been better with Thai dressing, but the Asian Sesame was okay too. 

Cobblestone pastry
Cobblestone pastry
It was huge and it looked so interesting, I couldn't resist trying it out. 
Cinnamon Raisin swirl bread dough with apple spice filling and topped with streusel and white icing. 
Very different from a normal pastry - I loved the cinnamon, apple spice filling and the white icing, but I could have done without the raisins.

August 1, 2014
Since joining the Panera Club, I've been getting some promotions. One of them was $2 off a flatbread, so I decided to grab one on my way home:
  Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread
I think this is the saddest flatbread I've ever seen and I can't believe it retails for $5.
I wouldn't ever pay regular price for this! There was no way it was a meal - this was barely a snack!
There was barely any chicken and it was just thrown together haphazardly;  if you're in the Yonge & Dundas area - be sure to check out the other options before coming to Panera for the flatbread.
Overall: Things I would order again are the paninis, pastries and salads. The rest of the items just weren't good. 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Tsui Wah Restaurant @ HK Airport - Hong Kong

Location: Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
Here we are at Hong Kong Airport!

Waiting for our flight home...
We grabbed a late lunch before boarding our 15 hour flight:
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A super popular Hong Kong style cafe chain, but they also served a lot more Chinese food than a normal cha chan teng. 

Hainanese Chicken Rice
 The chicken was juicy and flavourful and the soy sauce was more like the soy sauce they used in Singapore and the other sauce was spicy and a great complement to the chicken. I loved the chicken stock flavoured rice - it's always my favourite part of the Hainan chicken rice dish.

Beef Brisket noodle
Really good and very filling despite it's appearance in the cup/bowl.

Malaysian Beef Brisket Curry with Rice and milk tea
The chain is known for this dish and it's no wonder! It had the same seasoning and flavour as the curries we had in Malaysia with a lower level of heat (that or my spicy tolerance increased since last year). So delicious! The beef brisket was super tender and the potatoes soaked up the curry flavour so well - just fantastic to eat!

Overall: Great quick service Hong Kong style cafe! You've definitely got to try the Malaysia Beef Brisket Curry - it's delicious and authentic!