Sunday 31 May 2015

Tuesday 26 May 2015

Mi-Ne :: After Lab Dinner with the Parents

Complimentary Salad & Miso Soup with Mi-Ne Special Dinner

Tako & Salt Spring Mussel Udon ($18)

CD-8 Mi-Ne Special Dinner ($28.95)
4 pcs of shrimp tempura, 7 pcs sushi & maki, 12 pcs sashimi and teriyaki with beef

Mi-Ne Special Dinner - Shrimp Tempura

Mi-Ne Special Dinner - Beef Teriyaki

Mi-Ne Special Dinner - Sushi & Maki

Torch Rainbow Dragon Roll ($18)
torched rainbow dragon roll with spicy sauce

Mi-Ne Sushi
8865 Woodbine Ave D5
Markham, ON L3R 5G1

Monday 25 May 2015

Panera Bread :: Quick Dinner Before Midterm

Pick Two - Creamy Tomato Soup and Caesar Salad with Chips ($8.08)

Large Lemonade ($2.99)

After my visit at the Panera Bread near the corner of Yonge and Dundas, and experiencing the dirty cutlery (click for photo) and poor service - it really turned me off from coming back to this location. I've had better experiences with the Panera Bread at the Shops of Don Mills and on Highway 7 and Warden. I was initially thinking of visiting the Highway 7 location to squeeze in some study time and lunch prior to my midterm in downtown Toronto, but the impending rain changed my mind and I decided to head downtown first just in case traffic was bad. Since so many of my friends dined at the Yonge location before, I figured perhaps last time was a fluke.

This second visit was much better than the first, but wasn't enough to change my mind about this particular location. The service was much better and the cashier was friendly. The problem this time wasn't service or the cutlery. It was the salad. It was terrible - and it was only a Caesar salad! It didn't taste right. It tasted as though they washed the salad and left soap studs in it. It was not refreshing at all! In addition, for a Caesar salad, there was a disappointing lack of salad dressing. I was literally eating a plain bowl of lettuce with croutons in it. I didn't want to make a fuss since I never really had to return a dish I've ordered myself before and I was trying to cram the last amount of lecture into my head before my test. The creamy tomato soup was delicious but kind of on the warm/cold side, but acceptable. Lemonade was generous for the size (the regular size is $2.79 - so for 20 cents more got the large) but slightly on the sweet side. 

I don't dislike Panera Bread as a franchise, but I don't like the Yonge and Dundas location because I think it's reasonable to expect friendly service, clean cutlery, and a hearty, healthy, and refreshing meal that I'm fully satisfied with for the premium price of $12.51 - especially if it's simply a cup of soup and a small Caesar salad. I feel like Panera Bread is a franchise that prides itself on quality food and service - but I simply don't believe that this location has it.

Panera Bread
322 Yonge Street 
Toronto, ON M5B 1R8
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Friday 22 May 2015

The Pilot Tavern :: Good Luck Party with View Eye Care Team :)

Somersby Apple Cider

Regular Sized Pilot Nachos

Smoked Salmon Flatbread
grilled italian flatbread topped with smoked salmon, sour cream, red onion, & fresh dill

Asian Dumplings
crispy pork & chicken filled dumplings - served with a soy, garlic, & ginger dipping sauce

Hummus Dip
roasted red pepper & garlic hummus with grilled pita, carrots, & celery

Grilled Cheese
canadian cheddar on marble rye

The Pilot
22 Cumberland Street
Toronto, ON M4W 1J5