Sunday 28 February 2016

Neo Coffee Bar :: Waiting for Departure

Kyoto Matcha Latte (~$6 with tax)

I've been meaning to visit NEO COFFEE BAR for quite some time and finally had a chance to do so when I was downtown exceptionally early for my flight back to Chicago. While my visit was a very quick detour to the airport, I did enjoy my time there and would definitely return. I absolutely adore matcha green tea lattes and it's no secret that it's my staple order for Starbucks (ask my fellow team mates at my office!). However, NEO COFFEE BAR does matcha lattes traditionally. It's not some sweetened powder that's prepackaged and mixed such that one or two scoops added to steamed milk and it's good (like Starbucks) but the baristas here take their time to make a quality matcha latte by properly whisking the Kyoto matcha powder with the bamboo matcha whisk and slowly steaming the milk to the correct temperature. The Kyoto Matcha Latte was very smooth and didn't have any matcha powder clumps. I look forward in returning to try it again, along with the cafe's assortment of sandwiches and Japanese inspired desserts.

Unit 100-161 Frederick Street 
Toronto ON M5A 4P3

Saturday 27 February 2016

Santorini :: Jenn's Birthday Party

Penne Appetizer

Greek Salad

Rack of Lamb

Earl Grey Tea

288 John Street
Thornhill, ON L3T 7R3

Smash Kitchen & Bar :: Brunch with the Parents

Smash French Toast ($13)
challah blocks, golden syrup, cinnamon sugar

Chicken Noodle Soup

Crab Cakes Benedict ($15)
2 poached eggs, crab cakes, hollandaise, pico de gallo, sm’hash browns

Earl Grey Tea
mighty leaf organic earl grey whole leaf pouch

Smash Kitchen & Bar
4261 Highway 7 East
Unionville, Ontario

Friday 26 February 2016

The Lockhart :: Harry Potter Themed GNO

Tea For Two ($26)
5 oz peach vodka – lime juice, agave, tonic, lime garnish/peach bitter 
(raspberry, chamomile or black tea base)

Ludo’s Debt ($9)
lemon infused Gin, lillet blanc (aperitif), aperol, lemon twist (3 oz)
The Captain Picard ($9)
earl grey infused (bombay) gin, agave, lime, tonic (2 oz)

Befuddlement Draft ($32)
gin, vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, cherry brandy, triple sec, ginger-ale (8 oz)

The Lockhart
1479 Dundas St West
Toronto, ON M6J 1Y8

Jamie's Italian Yorkdale :: GNO Dinner with Tiffany, Taylor, and Nina

Jamie's Mojito ($9.95)
bacardi superior rum, martini bianco, fresh mint, lime & sugar, topped with prosecco (2.5oz)
Ginger Mojito ($4.95)
mint leaves, lime, sugar syrup & ginger beer

Cured Meats ($11.95/person)
fennel salami, pistachio mortadella, prosciutto & schiacciata piccante served with mini buffalo mozzarella, pecorino & chilli jam, a selection of pickles, olives & crunchy slaw

Prosciutto & Pear Salad ($14.95)
with pecorino, honey, arugula, herbs & toasted pine nuts

Arancini Margherita ($8.50)
stuffed risotto rice balls with pickled piri piri chillies, mozzarella, spicy arrabbiata sauce & parmigiano reggiano

Fresh Crab Spaghetti ($19.95)
with garlic, capers, chilli, fennel, parsley, anchovies, lemon & olive oil

Proscuitto & Arugula ($18.95)
sicilian tomato base, San Daniele prosciutto, arugula & Parmigiano Reggiano

Amalfi Lemon Meringue Cheesecake ($9.25)
velvety mascarpone & lemon cheesecake topped with Italian meringue, served with lemon curd & seasonal fruit compote

Jamie's Italian
Yorkdale Shopping Centre 
3401 Dufferin Street, off Allen Road, near 401 Entrance through north parking lot