Israeli Food at Cafe Landwer

Cafe Landwer interior

Cafe Landwer located at 9340 Bathurst Street, Unit 1 in Maple

May 7, 2017:  Thanks to @myfoodnation who hosted a contest back in April of this year, I was able to win a complimentary meal at Cafe Landwer!  Cafe Landwer is an Israeli restaurant that began in Israel in 1919 and newly opened in the Greater Toronto Area this year in February 2017.

The winning prize was a meal for two (drinks, entrées, and desserts).  I decided to go there for dinner with my mom and after coordinating a date and time with the representative of Cafe Landwer, we were on our way there on a Continue reading

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Dinner at Don Don Izakaya

Don Don Izakaya food

Don Don Izakaya located at 130 Dundas St W in Toronto

May 6, 2017:  After a brief stint at the Leslieville Food & Drink Festival, we went to Don Don Izakaya for dinner.  I had previously been to Don Don Izakaya many years before.  In fact, it was one of the very first izakayas I had been to in Toronto.  This was my pre-blogging days and even before many other Japanese izakayas had opened up in Toronto.  I had dined here with a friend and remembered the visit fondly because the food was quite good!

Don Don Izakaya is located on the second level building at Bay and Dundas in the Continue reading

Recap of Leslieville Food & Drink Festival 2017

Leslieville Food & Drink Festival 2017

Leslieville Food & Drink Festival 2017 located at 28 Logan Avenue

May 6, 2017:  I had been very lucky in the month of April and May this year where I won several contests on Instagram which allowed me to attend a handful of events for free.  Yay! 😀

One of the events was this Leslieville Food & Drink Festival held at District 28.  When I entered the contest, I really didn’t expect to win (like most people; right?) and when Diana, the Instagrammer who held the contest informed me of the prize, I was happy to attend to see what this food festival was all about.

The contest on Instagram informed me that I had won “two pairs (2) of VIP tickets (early admission + 5 tasting tickets)” to the Leslieville Food & Drink Festival.  I was excited about this because not only Continue reading

Media Tasting at Silo 13

Silo 13 cereal bar

Silo 13 previously located at 4750 Yonge St, Unit 107 in Toronto

This is what happens when I have a long backlog and don’t end up getting around to blogging about the restaurant/company I was invited to until months later — they closed down even before the blog post went up.  XD

May 6, 2017:  I was invited to the media tasting at Silo 13, a Freestyle Cereal Cafe, newly opened in North York at Sheppard and Yonge in May 2017.  The event was hosted by Jojoinstameets.  The concept of the cereal cafe was relatively new to Toronto as I had only seen and heard of New York having such a cafe.  (Or I believe Toronto may have had a temporary pop-up cereal bar but Silo 13 was the first standing dedicated cafe to Continue reading

Recap of Brewers Plate 2017

Brewers Plate 2017

Brewers Plate 2017 held on at Corus Quay Building at 25 Dockside Drive in Toronto

May 4, 2017:  Brewers Plate is a rock and roll themed event that celebrates local restaurants, chefs, and brewers by offering an unlimited food and beer sampling experience while raising money for a great cause — War Child Canada.  War Child Canada helps children in war-affected communities reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity, and justice.  War Child takes an active role in raising public awareness around the impact of war on communities and the shared responsibility to act.  You can visit warchild.ca to learn more.

Brewers Plate 2017 was held on May 4, 2017 at the Corus Quay Continue reading

Private Dinner Tasting at Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ located at 81 Church St in Toronto

I had the pleasure to dine in at the Toronto location of Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ last Friday with my boo.  According to Wikipedia, Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ (牛角 gyū kaku, “bull’s horn”) is a chain of Japanese yakiniku restaurants specializing in Japanese barbecue.

They have over 600 locations all over the world and yet this was my first time encountering the restaurant chain.  (I actually passed by the one in Flushing, New York when we were there in April too.)  Other than having Japanese BBQ in Japan, I have actually never had Japanese BBQ in Continue reading

Dinner at Hashi Izakaya

Hashi Izakaya food

Hashi Izakaya located at 5582 Yonge St in North York

May 2, 2017:

After our long and arduous trip back from New York, we headed back uptown to Yonge and Finch area and decided to eat at Hashi Izakaya.  I had won an online contest back in February where my prize was a $25 gift card to Hashi Izakaya.  (The contest held by @frances.menu had three prizes: one $100 gift card, one $50 gift card, and one $25 gift card — I won the last one.)  After I had been picked as one of the three winners, I sent a private message to Hashi Izakaya to confirm my prize and inquire about the details for the Continue reading

Yelp Elite Event: “We Are Family at Aunty’s Kitchen”

Auntie's Kitchen dessert naan

Auntie’s Kitchen located at 6039 Erin Mills Pkwy in Mississauga

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending a Yelp Elite Event at a new-ish Pakistani casual restaurant called Aunty’s Kitchen in Mississauga.  A Yelp Elite Event is an invite-only event where the organizers of Yelp GTA select Yelp Elite members to dine in on a pre-selected restaurant to celebrate and thank them for their contributions on Yelp.ca.

This was my fourth YEE and I was very thankful to have been selected to be one of the 50-ish people to attend.  I know that not everyone gets into the wait list and that Yelp Elite Events are always Continue reading

New York in Spring 2017 Day 3: Broadway, Best Cheesecake, Carlo’s Bakery

 Times Square, New York

Day 3 of our New York trip!

April 29, 2017:  Day 3 of our New York trip began with a long-awaited desire to watch a musical on Broadway!  We hopped on the subway in the early morning around 9:30 and dashed towards Times Square where the home of Broadway was.  Seeing Times Square and the surrounding big box stores, lights, and billboards was a surreal moment after having only seen it in movies or photos before.  It was every bit as exciting as I imagined it to be.

Two friends had told me about the discounted musical tickets available at TKTS.  This ticket merchant sold heavily Continue reading

New York in Spring 2017 Day 1: Take off!

 Dinner selfie

Dinner at the airport before flying!

This blog post comes nearly three months after we actually went to New York in April of 2017.  Oops!  With transcripts and work and being tired for two weeks after the trip and letting everything pile up, I had created another backlog for myself and thus never got around to blogging about this trip that we had.  But no more!  It’s going to be blogged this week before we head to another foodie city. 😀

This blog post covers our trip to New York starting on April 27, 2017!

I’ll begin with our dinner and Continue reading