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


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!

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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

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

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

Dinner at Hong Far Hong Kong Cafe

I have no photos for this restaurant. 😀  For a simple celebratory dinner, we went to Hong Far Hong Kong Cafe located inside the Richlane Mall at Leslie and 16th Avenue in Richmond Hill last night.  The food was Cantonese style with set menus for dinner and a la carte options too.  We had a set menu which consisted of eggplant and oysters in a hot pot, steamed fish, stir fried lobster, tofu with gluten, Continue reading

Tasting Dinner at Mabu Generation

Mabu Generation food

Mabu Generation located at 3235 Hwy 7 #23-26 in Markham

This past Tuesday, I was invited to Mabu Generation to a tasting event organized by DKLoEvents.  I had been to Mabu Generation for dinner with my friend previously (that blog post is available here).  From that visit, I didn’t have the fondest impression of the restaurant because I thought that while their menu selection was large and varied, the quality of the food was a little lacking.  I did say that I wanted to return though because I wanted to try their dessert items and other dishes too — their menu was so large that there was 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

Trying out Basil Box at Queen & Spadina!

Basil Box food and drink

Basil Box located at 441 Queen St W in Toronto

Thanks to winning a contest on Instagram that Basil Box hosted for winning a pair of tickets to the Taste of Toronto food festival this year (blogged about here) and two customized boxes of food, I got to try this chain of Southeast Asian food boxes for the first time! 😀

“The street markets of Thailand and Vietnam were the inspiration for Basil Box: a new restaurant where you can mix and match ingredients to build one of thousands of possible boxes.  Start with a base of rice, noodles, or greens, and then add veggies, proteins, sauces and toppings in unique combinations that will have you both coming back for your favourites and experimenting with something new.”

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