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 →

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 →

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.

de Mello Palheta Coffee – Toronto

Storefront - de Mello Palheta

Located in uptown Toronto, just north of Yonge and Eglinton, this little coffee shop and roaster has been making quite the stir in the neighbourhood. With it’s modern decor and shelves littered with interesting brewing equipment, walking into this shop feels more like a research lab than a cafe. They’ve only been open for a few months and already have a slew of followers in the area. To be perfectly honest, anytime I’m in North Toronto, I’m definitely stopping for a latte. Brother owners, Felix and Won Cha, have years... Read The Rest →

Baluard Bakery – Barcelona

Raisin danish - Baluard

Located right across from the Barceloneta market in (surprise surprise) Barcelona, this amazing¬†tahona (bakery) serves up incredible masterpieces made of flour, water, butter and love. The croissants served here are by far the most amazing I have ever had: they’re flaky and buttery to their saturation point. Since they bake at various intervals during the day, the pastries are always slightly warm and this certainly makes it an unforgettable experience. Anna Bellsola is the creator and owner of Forn Baluard and she comes from a long line of bakers. Having... Read The Rest →

The Symposium Cafe, Waterloo

I know we’re supposed to stick to the Toronto food base but this restaurant was so memorable that I had to put up a little post about it. Little did I know, before my Google research, that the Symposium Cafe is a chain of licensed cafes that spans from Mississauga to London (Ontario). Their website mentions that they pride themselves on having “a unique and exciting concept of upscale, casual dining” but unfortunately there’s nothing upscale about this entire place. If I had a rating system I would certainly give... Read The Rest →

Thanksgiving Dinner

Just after Thanksgiving is over in all of North America, we can look back at the epic meal we got to share with those near and dear to us. If you get hungry or want to join our meal squad, drop us a line and the Notes On A Meal crew will definitely sign you up for whatever event we may be cooking up in the near future (get it?!!? cooking up!!…. I know, real lame). Anyway, the dinner was aimed to remain as local and seasonal as possible with... Read The Rest →

Teddy bear cake

Not too much I can say in this post other than the fact that I made a Teddy bear cake. It is entirely edible (other than the support posts inserted in the “skeleton”) and composed of a lemon sponge anda vanilla, lemon buttercream. Altogether, it took around 20 hours to prduce but that was mostly due to its position and the constant need torefrigerate the buttercream for stabilit Unfortunately, just like most cakes, it met its ultimate demise when the birthday song was over. Here are some before and after... Read The Rest →

A journey around Toronto’s pastry world (2)

So here we go again, more pastry talk from our epic journey around Toronto. Last post I talked about Frangipane Patisserie, Nadege, Patachou and La Bamboche. This post will bring us to the east side of Yonge and all the delicious treats that can be found around that side of town. Rahier Patisserie (Bayview and Manor Rd.) is a stone’s throw away from La Bomboche but it’s miles away in terms of quality.It is probably my favourite place in the city, based on the criteria of this little experiment! The... Read The Rest →

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