Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Salad Days

Location: 2 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5T 1G1, Canada
My friend recently introduced me to Salad Days in the Yonge and Bloor area for lunch. 
They recently opened another branch in underground near the Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, but the original is in Cumberland Terrace. The line up at the newer location is much longer (and a little further for both of us), so we grabbed lunch at the Cumberland location where we could also sit down at a table to eat and catch up.
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Large Salad with smoked salmon
Custom salad with spring mix, tomato and cucumber salad, pears and green beans. 
Probably not the typical mix, but my friend said the green beans were good (and they were delicious - if a little cold) and the pears were crisp and sweet. I got Italian dressing since I thought it would help flavour the salad and keep it all together.

Overall: I was pretty impressed! A lunch in Yorkville for under $10 and everything was fresh and delicious. Awesome! 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Imperial Buffet

Location: Eglinton Town Centre, 24 Lebovic Avenue, Scarborough, ON M1L 4V9, Canada
It's been a long time since I've been to a Buffet in Toronto. Usually buffets aren't places I would go to eat because they may have a huge variety of things to eat, but I find the quality and standards of the food are not really up to par.  
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Quite the variety here: sushi, pigs in a blanket, cha siu, mussels, crab salad and a lobster tart
I would say the only things I would go back for was the sushi - but buffet sushi just isn't the same quality as the sushi you would get at a Japanese restaurant. 

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Eggplant, stir-fried beans, tempura, ham, Shanghai fried noodles, snail, lobster bisque
The fried noodles were okay. The rest was not very good. 

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Sausage and Grilled pineapple
The grilled pineapple was really good especially coated with cinnamon on top. 

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Fruits, nanaimo bar, eclair, lime pie, tiramisu and crepe with mango ice cream, whipped cream, strawberry jam, chocolate sauce and syrup
I saved room for dessert and unfortunately, dessert disappointed me too. I liked the mango ice cream and the fruits, but that was about it. 

Overall: The buffet was expensive (for a Sunday lunch) and the food wasn't that great either. I think Imperial Buffet just reminded me of all the things I don't like about buffet restaurants and I probably won't go back again. 

Friday, 20 February 2015

The Lakeview Restaurant

Location: 1132 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1X2, Canada
February 20, 2015
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Deep Fried Mac and Cheese Balls
Crispy on the outside and ooey gooey mac n' cheese on the inside. 
I thought they were a fun and playful appetizer. 

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Coney Fries with Chili, cheese and sour cream
Lots of meaty chili on top of the fries and melted cheddar cheese. The chili was a little dry though - it was mostly just ground beef on top, which is nice - but I would have liked the sauce to soak into the fries to make everything tastier.

June 12, 2013
After seeing this place on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, I was pretty excited about checking out this diner. I had to start with the featured drink on Triple Ds:
Apple pie milkshake and caesar
Apple pie milkshake $7.50 and Mimosa $4
Awesome vanilla milkshake with chunks of cinnamon apple pie blended in. 
The pie was delicious in liquid form (as well as solid). 

Cornflake chicken burger
Cornflake chicken: double breasted with melted cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion + storehouse BBQ sauce on a sesame bun
The cornflakes add a nice hard and crunchy texture to the chicken breast.  The fries were okay.

The Lakeview clubhouse with poutine
The Lakeview clubhouse stack: classic double decker with cornflake chicken, strip bacon, lettuce, 
tomato + sweet chili mayo on whole wheat bread. Upgraded the side to classic poutine.
The clubhouse was pretty good: the chicken was juicy inside and crunchy outside. 
The poutine had real cheese curds, but a salty gravy in a small bowl. 

Nutella Cheesecake pie
Nutella cheesecake pie
The cheesecake was a nice rich chocolate hazelnut with a great pie crust.

Overall: The restaurant has the whole diner feel, but the service was modern and fast and the food was classic with a twist. I thought that it was okay overall. 

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Monday, 16 February 2015

Garrett's Popcorn - Chicago

Location: 835 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Chicago Mix Popcorn
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Small Bag of Chicago Mix
Surprisingly huge bag for a "small bag" of popcorn - Good Value! 
I like the concept of sweet and cheesy popcorn and I can totally see why it's one of Chicago's best foods because sweet and savoury are delicious together. 
Now, Garrett's is one of those reputable popcorn places (and they're EVERYWHERE in Chicago). We both agreed that we needed to bring some home for family, friends and coworkers to try - so we bought two bags. The popcorn lasts 2 days - so we made sure to eat it fast. 
The caramel was really good - if very sweet. However, the cheese popcorn was weird tasting - like cheetos with butter. I could sort of see how this combination works, but I wasn't really a fan of them together since the caramel tasted sweeter with the cheese popcorn and the cheese popcorn was a little greasy and strange. 

Potbelly Sandwich (Midway Airport) - Chicago

Location: Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), 5700 South Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL 60638, USA
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We saw this crazy long line up outside Potbelly Sandwiches, so we decided to split a sandwich to see what made their sandwiches so special. 

The guy taking our order said the most popular sandwich was A Wreck
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On Brown bread with salami, roast beef, turkey, ham & swiss cheese as well as lettuce, onion and mayo
It was good - but I still didn't see what all the hype was about. Maybe it's a Chicago thing? 
 I found it was a decent sandwich: warm & toasty with fresh ingredients and reasonably priced...but I didn't find it anything extraordinary.

Website: http://www.potbelly.com/Shops/ShopLocator.aspx?PotbellyShopId=007
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