Sunday 29 September 2013

Dessert Kitchen :: Post Hip Hop Workout Snack with Carson

Mini Watermelon Bowl Special ($11.99)
whole watermelon hollowed out with lychee jelly, grass jelly, sago, and assorted fruits

This was my first visit to Dessert Kitchen, despite passing by it on almost a daily basis. I will most definitely be returning to Dessert Kitchen to try the other delectable desserts. Additionally, the staff was attentive - though I do not know if this is attributed to the fact that we went in the middle of the day and no other customers were present. The Mini Watermelon Bowl, although on the slightly pricy side, is a generous portion and is great for sharing between two people. It's without a doubt extremely refreshing and a light dessert. However, be cautioned: although it is light - the portion itself is filling! 

Dessert Kitchen
Liberty Square, Unit 106
3623 Highway 7 East
Markham, Ontario L3R 8X6
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Saturday 28 September 2013

Inatei :: Dinner before Stargazing

Inatei is my top favourite sushi restaurant in Richmond Hill since the food is always delicious and the seafood is amazingly fresh.

Sushi Tower Daily Special ($36)

Octopus sumonuno

Pork Katsu Curry

Bento Box Combination B

9021 Leslie St #7 
Richmond Hill, ON L4B

Friday 27 September 2013

Milestone :: Upcoming Menu Preview

Milestone will be soon adding a few items to their menu. One of the items that will be added to the menu will be a pan seared halibut on quinoa served with Asian veggies! Most Milestones serve this dish in limited quantities at the moment (usually disguised as an off the menu special of the day).

Pan Seared Halibut on Quinoa & Side of Asian Vegetables

This dish was pretty decent. My favourite of the 3 parts of the dish was actually the quinoa. It was light, fluffy, and quite flavourful. My second favourite component of the dish was the halibut. It was seared well and was light and crispy. Moisture of the fish was also sealed in. However, I did not enjoy the vegetables as they were bitter (although others who enjoy bitter flavours may enjoy it).

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Thursday 26 September 2013

Homemade Chinese Style Pork Soup with Turnip & Carrots

Since I've moved back home now that I've graduated from university, it allows me to make use of my parents kitchen! The additional benefit in moving home is that I can indulge in larger cooking projects since I'm not going to be the only one enjoying it.

A common tradition for Asian households is soup, also known as "tong" in Cantonese. I'm not sure if this is a specific tradition in all Asian backgrounds, but it is extremely common in Chinese households. It's believed that different soups have different health benefits. Today, I made a simple pork soup boiled with turnips and carrots. This particular soup is supposed to nourish blood, strengthen the body, improve the spleen, benefit the stomach, stimulate fluids, and decrease dryness. It also helps with symptoms of a low fever, dizziness, sore throat, and fatigue.

First place raw pork bones in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Subsequently remove and rinse bones. I usually do this in a separate pot so the actual soup pot can start to boil on its own. Place pork bones into soup pot. The soup pot should have approximately 10 cups of water.

Then skin and cut the carrots and turnips roughly into 1 inch pieces. Don't forget to wash prior to cutting.

Add a few (I used 3) dried red dates to the soup pot.

Add the chopped vegetables. 

Bring the soup to a boil and then lower it to low heat. Allow to simmer for 2-3 hours.

Add salt for taste & ready for serving!

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Templeton's :: Third & Final Stop

Carson and I stumbled into Templeton's out of the moon. We were actually headed to Bar Isabel which was yet to be open for the day and our second choice, Torito Tapas Bar, was not yet open for dinner. Templeton's was quite empty and we were hesitant to try, but having a 77% rating on Urbanspoon pushed us to walk in. Templeton's has a "hobo-hipster" vibe - I don't know how else to describe it - only one waiter was present managing the whole restaurant, the lighting is dim, and  furniture was mismatched. All in all, if you are looking for a decent food at a decent price (ie: students), Templeton's your place.

Japanese Salad (small $4)
dried onions, seaweed, lotus root, avocado served with homemade Japanese dressing

{ The larger version of this salad rings in at $7 - but when I asked the waiter what the size difference was I was mislead to believe that the small was actually larger than it is. However, given the fact that I already had other snacks on the way here, the small salad was the perfect size. As such, this is a great appetizer size, but if you are looking for a light dinner, I'd recommend going for a large (but at $4 for a small you can try the Pear & Feta Salad and the Japanese Salad for a $1 more! - I would like to try the Pear & Feta Salad next time). The fried lotus root tasted great with gingery Japanese dressing and the avocado slices presented a refreshing aspect of the salad. The seaweed was a welcomed texture change providing some cruchiness amongst the soft leafy greens. All in all, the salad was good. }

Moroccan Style Paella ($9)

{ I didn't eat the Moroccan Style Paella, though looking at it I definitely wanted to try it. However, Carson told me it was quite spicy and I decided against it (since I don't care for spicy foods). Carson's brief comments on the paella was that it wasn't worth the $9. He claimed that the clams were sandy, it had too much spice, the rice was undercooked, and the shrimps were not properly de-shelled. Check out Carson's Instagram here. }

19 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON
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Jelly Modern Doughnuts :: Stop Two!

Whoopie Pie & Red Velvet 3 Bite Doughnuts with Organic Root Beer

Jelly Modern Doughnuts
376 College St.
Toronto, ON

The Mad Italian :: Stop 1 of the Day with Carson

Blood Orange & Green Apple Gelato

The Mad Italian
589 College St.
Toronto, ON M6G 1B2

Monday 23 September 2013

Salad King :: Secret Menu Dinner with Marc

compliments of Residence Inn

Islamic Thai Noodles with Chicken

Salad King
340 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1R8

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka :: Dinner with Chris

Shio Ramen (Salt Flavour)
shio ramen is our signature ramen which is mild and creamy soup seasoned with salt. shio ramen isthe only ramen that is topped off with a Japanese pickled plum.

Based on the Shio Ramen from both Santouka and Sansotei, both broths, noodles, and pork were extremely similar in taste and quality. The soup was perfectly creamy without a terrible after taste (which is often experienced in some ramen restaurants) and the noodles were cooked with a little structure, but not too hard. I thoroughly enjoy ramen from both locations and would highly recommend either restaurant to anyone in the vicinity of Dundas Square. As a personal preference, I did not enjoy the Japanese pickled plum, but its taste was reminiscent of dried golgi berries. In comparison to Sansotei, food quality and included ingredients were identical aside from the Japanese pickled plum - but the portions at Santouka were sightly smaller and was a dollar more expensive.

Santouka Ramen
91 Dundas St E 
Toronto, ON M5B 1E1
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Tuesday 10 September 2013

Monday 9 September 2013

Homemade Midnight Caprese Salad

Japango :: First Day of School Dinner

Japango Roll

{ One of my favourite rolls in the GTA is Japango's signature roll, the self-named Japango Roll. However, Japango's menu does not describe the roll but it consists of a traditional California roll topped with Salmon and torch seared scallops dusted with roe. The dish is then drizzled with eel sauce and spicy mayo. }

Complimentary Spicy Salmon Handroll
Courtesy of the Chef - Thank you!

122 Elizabeth Street
Toronto, ON

Kekou Gelato House :: First Impressions of Asian Flavoured Gelato with Mike!

Kekou Gelato House is a fresh face on Baldwin Street which puts an Asian twist on Italian Gelato. Kekou provides a fun and bright ambience and staff is always happy to answer questions and provide samples. The selection of Asian inspired flavours of gelato range from durian to traditional gelato flavours like chocolate. Kekou also offers non-dairy flavours for lactose intolerant guests. All gelatos are made in house and are aged for approximately 12 hours.

Strawberry-Lychee & Black Sesame

{ My favourite of the two flavours I chose was the black sesame, which was a unique in itself as it did not provide the usual fruity flavours that are expected from traditional gelato flavours. In the black sesame gelato there were bits of sesame which provided a unique twist in taste and texture. I also thoroughly enjoyed the strawberry-lychee gelato as it was not overly sweet and the strawberry or lychee did not over power the other. I would highly recommend anyone to Kekou as it provides a unique twist on traditional Italian gelato and is extremely well made. }

Kekou Gelato House
13 Baldwin Street
Toronto, Ontario

Sansotei Ramen :: 1st Year Anniversary Free Ramen Day Celebration with Mike

Sansotei Ramen
179 Dundas St W 
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8 

Sunday 8 September 2013

Event Alert :: Free Ramen Day at Sansotei Ramen Tomorrow!

Hello to my fellow ramen lovers!

To celebrate their 1 Year Anniversary, Sansotei Ramen has announced on Facebook that they will be giving away 200 bowls of ramen for free! 

The only catch are the following:
- In store only
- Limited to first 200 bowls; first come, first serve, 1 free ramen/guest
- Choose from Tonkotsu, Shoyu, or Shio (with only original noodles offered)
- No side dishes or extras
- Will close after the 200th dish is given away
- Open 11 AM - 200th dish

Happy Eating!
samshimi xx