Monday, February 23, 2015

Aft Kitchen & Bar, Riverdale

686 Queen Street East
Toronto, Canada
BBQ - Bar - 11am~2am - Weekend Brunch

On a Wednesday night, I was on the hunt for a BBQ spot that was a short distance from my campus. A quick search, and Aft Kitchen & Bar was immediately brought to my attention. It was a pleasant 20 minute walk to the end of King Street, and trialing over the bridge onto Queen Street East. Upon entrance, I knew that this spot was going to be fantastic. Beautifully dimmed, cozy bar seating is available, two chalkboards: one with drinks and the next with specials - this spot was already bustling at 6PM on a weekday. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lee Restaurant, King West

601 King Street W
Toronto, Canada
Asian Fusion - Bar
With a lucky (luckee, heh) win on a reposting contest on Lee Restaurant's Instagram, I was blessed with a Winterlicious dinner for two at the acclaimed restaurant of Sursur Lee. Amazing. Situated in the sweetest spot Stopping into the Forno Cultura Bakery next door to try out each of their Biscottis and into Home of the Brave just upstairs of the charming bakery to enjoy a bottle of The Poet's Oatmeal Stout and a pint of Naughty Neighbour APA. Well-made treats and craft pints are always a swell start to the evening.

Warmly welcomed by Lee's Social Media manager, our coats taken away, and we were seated for out 8PM reservation. The interior was definitely a sight. It was spacious upon entry, and the bar that aligned the first room had a hotel sort of feel, led into the further dining room, it was spotted with glass tables, high rustic brick walls and a floor to ceiling window along. Our server was friendly, speedy and efficient. Not once did I have to think of reaching for water, and I was very surprised wandering back every so often to find my napkin folded up and placed to the side.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Caplansky's Delicatessen, Little Italy

356 College Street
Toronto, Canada
Deli - Sandwiches - All-day breakfast - Open until 10PM

I've walked past Caplansky's Delicatessen plenty of times during the summer, but at that time, all I wanted was a patio! The dining experience was far from what I expected. I imagined the spot to be half of it's size, and filled with only bench seating. But,  seating was plenty, and they have a bar which has five beers on tap! This is also an awesome spot for all-day breakfast. Very pleased to roll into this cozy (and clean!) old-school feeling diner after an exhausting two days, and still a long night ahead, I just needed a pint in my system. The service was fantastic, our server was super timely with everything, my tastebuds may also have been swayed after comping one of our orders after a mix-up and providing us with gluttonous maple-bacon donuts. Both of us, new to Jewish cuisine, we formerly decided to go for something fitting for this chilly weather, so we of course had to get their signature Matzo Ball Chicken Soup.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rose City Kitchen, Queen West

406 Queen St W
Toronto, Canada

Sandwiches - Middle Eastern - Take-out - Poutine - Salad


Rose City Kitchen is most definitely an undermined eatery in Queen West, located just West of Queen & Spadina. I avoided this spot (like many other Queen West spots) while residing in the neighborhood since I believed that it wouldn't be worth trying, but really - it deserves all of the praise! Their incredible fresh flavour combinations, made to order. Sandwiches are served up in a half-cut pita. "1 for a snack, 2 for a meal, 3 if you’re starving..." is recommended - but I was strangely super stuffed after sharing (!!!) a poutine, we were struggling to finish up our two half-cut pitas. The beauty is that you start with choosing your protein - Chicken ($5), Falafel ($4), Steak ($5) and Halloumi ($5), then onto the style of condiments and seasoning, there are the "RCK" Original, Greek, Lebanese, Morrocan and Egyptian to choose from. Check out their sweet, sweet menu, here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Inspire Restaurant, Markham

144 Main Street Markham N, Unit 1
Markham, Canada
Asian Fusion - Brunch/Lunch/Dinner - Closed Mondays

Located in Unionville, Inspire Restaurant couldn't have chosen a better location for them to truly shine! It is exactly the charm that I expected, and plenty more. I've had this spot on my mind for the longest time, but, their beautifully crafted dishes and fair pricing - it all seemed much too good to be true. All I knew was that I wanted that funky looking dessert with the eggshells and whimsical caramel swirls. Parking can be found right behind the restaurant. Seated for lunch for two with a reservation at 2PM on a Saturday, this was the perfect time. The crowd was dwindling down and we had the option between Brunch and Lunch, the latter appealed to us. Selections made, deeply facinated by the modern interior, we were twiddling our fingers in anticipation of the quirky dishes to come.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Magic Noodle, Scarborough

2190 McNicoll Avenue #119
Scarborough, Canada
Open 24/7 - Chinese

A 24/7 treasure in Scarborough. Rolling in on a chilly evening at 3AM after a late-night shift, this was exactly what I needed. Upon entry, we were blessed with swell the welcoming of no line. Subtle foreign murmurs and amusing sights of girls stumbling in throughout. A young fella is seen through a window a long the kitchen continually working his magic (see what I did there) with both hands, clutching a log of dough, pulling and thwacking it against the table. "The apprentice taking place of the absent (regular) old man", my friend went on to tell a tale.

The standard expectation of a Chinese restaurant, quick and simple. A litre of water by your side to quench your own thirst and chili oil, salt & pepper and vinegar for taste. Food in 15!

1. Sizzling Tofu ($1.50)
Our tofu appetizer came first, and this was a true delight. Wow! So beautifully crispy, and seasoned in, what tasted like a fine mix of Chinese and Indian spices.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

[LIST] George Brown Quick Feeds

My sole day-to-day drive to get up for my consecutive 8AM classes are my very thoughts of what I will be having for lunch later that day. In and out of St. James Campus, and bracing the same sickening Subway sub, daily special wrap and Tim Hortons muffin day after day... I knew that there had to be more to this student life! After extensively growing my list, I have assembled a list for you, my Monday to Friday fellow strugglers alike.

NB: There are still many nibbles to be put into action, but I will be updating as I go along.
quick eats gbc
Photo: Pita Land 

There really should be a lot more student-friendly options on campus. The lack of lower prices and healthy food alternatives surprise me. On a day-to-day basis, I would like to spend a maximum of $10 a day. This $10 would go towards a beverage in the morning to keep me pepped up ($2~), and a nibble to get my Instagram going ($7~).

This list is for the quick eats we're looking for inbetween our one hour breaks on a bolt, ready to hop to the next class. Each are super take-out friendly

Do you actually want to dine-in and get more value (and adventure) for your money? I have you covered, over here. Or, if you're looking for more of a cafe-lounge-and-Wi-Fi-milking feel, I got you.

"Quick feeds" subheaded into:
On Campus, Familiar spots, Grab & Go