What was once homey and built on comfort is now cutting edge and trendy, Nordic countries have set themselves apart by being the new mecca for culinary adventures. My time in Norway, Finland and Sweden show that the Nordic food cultures is embracing international flavours while harnessing its local natural ingredients. The essence of embracing of new, leveraging local ingredients while brining comfort is found at Karelia Kitchen.Read More
You might remember the setting of Le Baratin from the previous post for the launch of Georgian Bay Vodka. The delicious and attractive photos of house cured charcuterie from that post was taken during the first night that Le Baratin rebranded from Bivy and established themselves as a bistro. When owner Pascal and Chef Jean invited me to revisit and experience their dinner menu, I jumped at the chance to teleport my tastebuds back to France.Read More
Located within Wilson Heights, near the intersection of Bathurst and Wilson, Paese is a homey yet refined Italian influenced restaurant. With the summer days coming to an end and our weekend packed, it was nice to slow down, catch up and meet new friends over dinner.
Once again, thanks to Linda’s invite I was able to experience Paese’s menu and also meet a new foodie friend Natalie who’s the brains behind Cooking Quidnunc. The evening was filled with great food, conversation about events around the cities and how our dream food events would be.Read More
A journey of Slickers ice cream, dinner at Drake Devonshire and exploration of Prince Edward County.
My relationship with Indonesian food started off with an obsession with the country behind the cuisine. Being filled with mystical islands that are surrounded by spiritual air, its hard not to obsess about Indonesia. I was too deeply attracted to scenic magazine clippings of rice fields, infinity pools and beaches to take notice of its cuisine (shocking, I know). One of my first exposures to Indonesian food was actually in Amsterdam; sitting close to the flower market, I had my first taste of beef rendang. Since then, I made my way to Bali, Gili and Bintan, and had many more meals to deepen the love for Indonesian food.
One of the many great advantages to living in Toronto is the fact that you can easily sample food from different corners of the world. Having the taste of samba and curries taunting me and discovering that Little Sister focuses on Indonesian cuisine, I ogled their Instagram feed and paid them a visit.Read More
Despite being the vibrant and multicultural city that Toronto is, there weren’t a lot of Filipino restaurants when I was growing up. The Filipino dishes and snacks I got to try were from friends that had made them or brought them back from their travels. A few years ago, during my stint in South East Asia, I got to visit Cebu and Bohol and had some seaside feasts that properly introduced me to the cuisine. I had wanted to find some of the similar flavours ever since I came back and meant to try Lamesa for a while now. Being one of the few Filipino restaurants that have sprouted out in the city, Lamesa is a cozy and comfortable space downtown that offers interesting fusion takes on the classics.Read More