The Best Mac n’ Cheese at The Gabardine!

The Gabardine Mac and Cheese

The Gabardine located at 372 Bay St in Toronto

May 15, 2017:  This was one of the best meals I’ve ever had!  The food was good from beginning to end with appetizer and finishing off with dessert.  I had heard a lot about The Gabardine and especially for their mac and cheese (and chicken pot pies as well).  Thus, Grace and I came here after work one day for dinner.

Grace had already arrived when I got there just before 6 p.m.  There were a lot of people there already and dining and drinking on a Monday evening.  I was pleasantly surprised!

We ordered the Korean Fried Cauliflower appetizer, and two mains: Mac n’ Cheese and the Chicken Pot Pie to Continue reading

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The Decadent Drip Cake Cone from Eva’s Original Chimneys at Pusateri’s Saks Food Hall

Decadent Drip Cake Cones

Eva’s Original Chimneys at Pusateri’s Saks Food Hall located at 176 Yonge St in Toronto

Back in June, I had won a contest from @tastetoronto on Instagram for a free Decadent Drip Cake Cone from Eva’s Original Chimneys (at Pusateri’s Sak’s Food Hall in the Toronto Eaton Centre).  I had completely forgotten about this until Priscilla messaged me last week asking if I wanted to redeem the prize with her (she had coincidentally won the contest too).  It was the perfect opportunity for us to go there together to claim it!

Thus, we went yesterday (a day before the offer would close on August 31) to claim our Decadent Drip Cake Cones Continue reading

Éclairs from NÜGATEAU

Nügateau éclairs

Nügateau located on 717 Queen St W in Toronto

May 15, 2017:  Back in May, I had won a contest from @feedmetoronto on Instagram for a prize of six éclairs from Nügateau.  I had never had a proper éclair before (not even when I was in Paris, France! :O) so when I was picked to win this prize, I was very excited to try these decadent éclairs from Toronto’s only all-éclair bakery.

Nügateau was located on Queen Street West and I headed there after a half day job at work.  There was no one else in this bakery when I arrived.  They had a beautiful counter set up with Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Structure

 Sea stacks

Sea stacks as part of the natural habitat, Tobermory. August 2017

This past weekend, I was at the Fathom Five National Marine Park to see Flowerpot Island.  Among hiking to see the large and small flower pots (and within Bruce Peninsula National Park), you can see these layers of sea stacks — a geological landform made of a steep and often vertical column or columns of rock in the sea near a coast, formed by wave erosion — all over the park and island.

These natural structures are made Continue reading

Dinner at Diana’s Oyster Bar & Grill in Markham

Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill oysters

Diana’s Oyster Bar & Grill located at 7501 Woodbine Ave, Unit #3 in Markham

May 12, 2017:  For a late dinner, Ken and I went to Diana’s Oyster Bar & Grill in Markham.  I was craving some seafood paella and also wanted some seafood so Diana’s fit the bill of my cravings and was nearby too.  I was actually debating whether or not to blog about this dinner or not — I had dined at this location before last year when I was there for their Grand Opening party but since this was a dinner that I was experiencing myself that was not on a complimentary basis, I wanted to Continue reading

Private Tasting at Southern Accent Once More!

Southern Accent Cajun and Creole food

Southern Accent located at 839 College St in Toronto

May 11, 2017:  In May of this year, I was once again invited to Southern Accent for a private dinner to taste their featured items and help them promote their vegan specials and new breakfast take-out option.  My apologies for such a late post!

Southern Accent holds a special place in my foodie heart because it was actually the very first restaurant that personally invited me out for a private tasting.  I remembered the day fondly and that visit was definitely blogged about in detail on this blog.  (That blog post is Continue reading

Tasting at Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill

Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill fire grill

Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill located at 900 Don Mills Rd in Toronto

May 10, 2017:  In May of this year, I was invited to my first ever DKLoEvent!  (Since then, I have been to many and grateful for each one.)  This first DKLoEvent was situated at Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill!  I had always wanted to dine here — both from having heard its name before and having seen an Insider foodie video which showcased its giant circular fire grill.

Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill is essentially a Northern Continue reading

Small Plates at 416 Snack Bar

416 Snack Bar food spread

416 Snack Bar located at 181 Bathurst St in Toronto

416 Snack Bar is a restaurant and bar that offers Asian-influenced small plates, draft brews, and cocktails in a small, low-lit space.  I had been curious about this restaurant for a while and was glad that me and two girlfriends were able to check this out on a Thursday evening.

I was afraid that we wouldn’t be able to get a table at this small and bustling restaurant but thankfully, Daphne and Lina both arrived around 6:30 p.m. and secured a table for us.  When I arrived shortly Continue reading

The Owl of Minerva Korean Restaurant & Bar in Markham

Pork Bone Soup

Owl of Minerva Korean Restaurant & Bar located at 3229 Hwy 7, Unit #7b in Markham

The last time I went to an Owl of Minerva Restaurant & Bar was more than a decade ago (wow…) back in university at the downtown Chinatown location with two friends.  Since then, I haven’t really paid much attention to this family-friendly Korean franchise restaurant.  I guess I didn’t have the best impression after going there after my first visit so it didn’t stick out as a place worth returning to in my mind.

However, when I went for a dinner with two friends this past Monday at the Markham location of Continue reading

Dim Sum at Omei Restaurant

Omei Restaurant interior

Omei Restaurant located at 420 Highway 7 East in Thornhill

Last Saturday, after my Zumba class, I had dim sum with my relatives at Omei Restaurant.  I had always seen Omei Restaurant from the street when driving along Highway 7 but this was my first time dining there.  I had always thought it was a very high-end restaurant that was fancy inside and expensive.  However, when we went there for dim sum last week, it turned out that Omei Restaurant was just another Chinese restaurant.  It certainly wasn’t Continue reading