Loka, Toronto

Chef Dave Mottershall hard at work

If you’ve followed Loka’s story from the beginning, you’d feel quite emotional when walking into their brick and mortar location at 620 Queen Street West. Chef Dave Mottershall began this venture as the infamous @chef_rouge on Instagram posting incredibly appetizing food porn for his many,many followers. His pop-up at Hi-Lo on Queen East was such a success that it became a regular feature of the bar. Cue extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, some blood, sweat and tears going into renovations and voila: Loka opens its doors to a hungry Toronto. A... Read The Rest →

Wedding Cake v.2015

Wedding cake for 225

This past weekend, I made a wedding cake for 225 people in my 300 square foot apartment! The challenge became sooo real as I realized that I only have one usable counter space and a dining room table for all of the preparations. However, with a little creative thinking and using all possible surfaces in my apartment (excluding anything bathroom related), the cake made it one piece and was enjoyed by many. The flavours of the cake were: chocolate, caramel and vanilla. It had a dark chocolate and cocoa nib... Read The Rest →

Big Crow Restaurant, Toronto

Big Crow Menu

Finding Big Crow for the first time may be a challenge but once you see it, it truly cannot be unseen… or forgotten. Head just west of Dupont and Davenport, locate Rose & Sons restaurant and follow your nose down the alleyway to its backyard sister. A big A-frame shaded patio  will welcome you, flanked on either side by refurbished shipping containers and a blazing wood fired grill. It’s homey, inviting and it smells so damn good! Although the menu may be hard on the eyes, the table side service... Read The Rest →

The Tempered Room, Toronto

Tempered Room Flan

What is your perfect dessert?   I know, such a loaded question for anyone with a sweet tooth since this choice is dependent on the circumstances around this item’s consumption… is it a hot summer day? a palate cleanser? a meal replacement? a post breakup remedy?… Regardless, for me, it involves butter, vanilla, cream and eggs. ****cue the Tempered Room flan ***** Creamy, silky, rich vanilla custard lined with a light and airy, buttery crust is my perfect dessert. It is so simple and yet so utterly satisfying. A rarity... Read The Rest →

Nana Restaurant Toronto

Mi Ga Ti with pork

Located at 785 Queen Street W. (in the Trinity Bellwoods neighborhood), Nana sparked a lot of excitement when its doors opened almost a year ago. Being the younger sister restaurant of one of my favourite places in the city, Khao San Road, my initial dining experience here felt a lot like meeting my significant other’s family for the first time. I was nervous, excited and my expectations were a little high since I am head over heels about the original. It’s too bad this turned out to be the trashy... Read The Rest →

Khao San Road – Toronto

Singha beer - Thai import

If I needed to pick my favourite restaurant in Toronto for 2014, Khao San Road (Adelaide and Peter) would definitely be the one! The food is amazing, the vibe is so much fun, the restaurant as a whole is unpretentious (a rarity in our foodie town) and did I mention that the food rocks?! I have now been a few times and I’m trying my hardest to get any/all of my friends to go there. Each time was more exciting than the last as I keep discovering flavours I had... Read The Rest →

Sea Witch Fish & Chip Toronto

Cod: two and a bit

Having a British heritage (not me, but my partner in crime) means that you inherently crave fish and chips on a regular basis and not just any ol’ fried piece of fish will do. There are a few great places around town, located in obscure strip malls in and around the suburbs of Toronto that we’ll mention at a later time, but this post is about our newest discovery. Sea Witch Fish and Chip restaurant is found on St. Clair, just west of Bathurst. They’ve been open since the end... Read The Rest →

O&B Canteen

O&B Canteen

Oliver and Bonacini restaurants in Toronto are exemplary in terms of excellent customer service, consistent meals and an overall agreeable dining experience. They’re located in all of the key spots of the city and are always busy. Although they may be viewed by some foodies as being “too corporate”, they should be an example for every hip and new restaurant that opens in Toronto as to the quality of food and service deemed acceptable. Every time we find ourselves by the Bell Lightbox Theater (King West and Spadina), we pop... Read The Rest →

Brunch at the Whippoorwill, Toronto

Whippoorwill brunch menu

Happy 2014 to all our readers and welcome back. A short regroup and here we are, writing about what’s important: food and especially where to eat it in Toronto. Our last meal out on the town was just yesterday morning and it honestly was so disappointing that we rushed over to our computers to do what every new age consumer does and blog the crap out of it. We found ourselves at Bloor and Dovercort, hungry on a Sunday morning and ready for an amazing brunch. We will admit that... Read The Rest →

Cakes

Wedding cake (1)

I realized that we’ve been a little slow in putting up posts this fall so I figured I’ll put up some Cake Porn while we get our stuff together. These are pictures of a few cakes I’ve made in the past year. It does seem as though flowers were the theme for most of them but I swear that was not intentional.

Food Art – Dan Cretu

Salami tape

Romanian artist Dan Cretu has very unusual ways of portraying everyday items through food. His photographs and art pieces are very colourful, provocative and generally completely edible. The artist started with a replica of a bicycle assembled entirely from an orange and since then he hasn’t been able to look at food in the same way. Although he hasn’t opened a gallery exhibition yet, this Bucharest-based artist has a fast growing internet fan base. All images are from Dan’s tumbler site http://dancretu.tumblr.com/

Food Art – Carl Warner

Vegetable Food Vase

Carl Warner is a famous British photographer whose rise to fame was thanks to his Foodscapes series. These photographs consists of food landscapes made from fruit, vegetables,bread, meat, fish, cheese, herbs and condiments. He assembles these compositions in his London studio using the finest specimens of whatever foodstuff he is currently working with. Each photograph deserves a few extra seconds spent looking at the finer details of the materials used and the amazing play on colours and textures. All images are courtesy of http://www.carlwarner.com  (check out the “otherscapes” section to see his... Read The Rest →

Food Art – Hong Yi (aka Red)

"...and that's how the third pig REALLY got away"

Hong Yi is a Malaysian artist that likes painting pictures through unconventional methods. She experiments with a certain material for an entire month creating beautiful works of art almost every day. If you check her out, look at her flower petal collection since it’s pretty wild. For our sake, I’m just going to focus on her 30 Days of Food series. Her guidelines for this art project were straightforward: everything on display must be edible and displayed on a simple white dish. The images are courtesy of http://www.ohiseered.com which is Hong Yi’s personal... Read The Rest →

Food Art – Beth Galton

Images courtesy of bethgalton.com

I think it’s time we had a little culture on Notes on a Meal so I’ve decided to post some “Food Art” that we can all feast our eyes on. Some of it may be strange but it all sure looks tasty! I hope you enjoy this neat little Notes on a Meal feature and please feel free to recommend artists you may know of. We’ll start with Beth Galton. She is a New York based still life (focusing on food) photographer with photographs used by food production giants such... Read The Rest →

Can Culleretes – Barcelona

Mixed Grill at Can Culleretes - after

One of the main reasons Notes on a Meal returns to Barcelona is the Can Culleretes Restaurant, located in the heart of the Gothic neighbourhood, lost somewhere among the alleyways. It is a magical spot, still decorated and running the same since it first opened its doors in 1786. It is not pretentious, not fancy, not quiet, not necessarily friendly but absolutely charming and the food is pretty damn good. The decor is outdated, all the way from the terracotta floor tiles to the wood panelled walls littered with photographs and... Read The Rest →

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