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


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 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

Italian Dinner at PAESE Ristorante

PAESE Ristorante pizza

PAESE Ristorante located at 3827 Bathurst Street in Toronto

After our escape game at Casa Loma, Priscilla and I went to PAESE Ristorante for dinner!  I had won a $50 gift card to PAESE (thank you @girlswithnofrills for hosting the contest!) and was eager to redeem it.  Thus, it was perfect that we were in the area already and planned to have dinner here.

I had been to PAESE Ristorante many years ago when they were located on King Street West in downtown Toronto.  I remember having really fond Continue reading

Private Tasting at Dazzling Café

Dazzling Café food

Dazzling Café located at 37 Sheppard Ave E in North York

I feel so grateful and lucky to be able to attend so many media tastings lately. 😀   This recent one that I attended on the weekend was to Dazzling Café, a popular Taiwanese café that has grown to over 200 locations worldwide!  Dazzling Café recently opened at Sheppard and Yonge in North York and I was really Continue reading

Bagel Nash at Dufferin & Steeles

Bagel Nash falafels

Bagel Nash located at 81 Gerry Fitzgerald Dr in North York

More than a month ago, I entered a contest on Instagram courtesy of styledemocracyfood to win a chance to dine at Bagel Nash for myself and a friend.  I was lucky enough to be chosen and thus was finally able to redeem this prize of two drinks, two entrees, and two desserts at this bagel franchise last Friday.   Continue reading

Lunch and Dessert at Sweet O’clock

Sweet O'clock storefront

Sweet O’clock located at 5461 Yonge St in North York

“What time is it?”

“It’s Sweet O’clock!” XD

I’ve passed by Sweet O’clock many times before while walking on Yonge Street near Finch Avenue East.  Sweet O’clock is a Taiwanese dessert restaurant that also serves Japanese-inspired hot dishes and overall Asian snacks in addition to traditional Taiwanese desserts.   Continue reading

Hand Pulled Noodles at Big Beef Bowl

Big Beef Bowl

Big Beef Bowl located at 1 Byng Street

Mmm, Big Beef Bowl (大牛碗).  This was an amazing lunch of northern-style (Lan zhou style) Chinese noodles!!  Ken and I headed here on a Saturday around 1 p.m.  Big Beef Bowl is located on 1 Byng Street (tucked away from Yonge Street south of Finch) in North York.  Look out for Byng Street when you are looking for it otherwise you might miss it like we did.  It’s a very simple restaurant storefront with tiny letters even for their signage.   Continue reading

Poké Bowls at Poke Eats!

Poke Eats

Poke Eats located at 4750 Yonge St, Unit 118 in Toronto

Poke Eats is a brand new restaurant that has opened up in the midtown area of Yonge and Sheppard in a new commercial complex that serves poké bowls!  As far as I know, there isn’t any other Hawaiian poke bowl restaurant in this part of Toronto yet and I was very grateful to be able to try out this two-week old restaurant.  Poké bowls are a Hawaiian-inspired dish that contain marinated raw fish, assorted vegetables, and sauce on top of rice.   Continue reading

Petit Potato

Petit Potato omurice

Petit Potato located at 10 Ravel Rd #1-2 in North York

Ever since I was invited to attend the Media Event (and wasn’t able to go) last year, I have wanted to visit Petit Potato for its omurice and towering toast desserts.  I finally had the chance to try it out with Ken this weekend just before we headed to the Evergreen Brickworks for a quick hike and stroll.   Continue reading

Japanese Fusion Tonkatsu at Katsuya!


Katsuya located at 6048 Yonge St in North York

Clarissa and I had dinner last night at Katsuya!  Katsuya is a Japanese restaurant that serves Japanese fusion tonkatsu located on Yonge Street north of Finch in North York.  According to the restaurant, “Katsuya is a modern take on the traditional Japanese Cutlet House.” “Katsu” means ‘Japanese cutlet’ and “Ya” means ‘house’ in Japanese.  They serve authentic homemade Japanese katsu with a variety of signature sauces and their fresh breadcrumbs are baked daily.

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