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

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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

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

Media Tasting at Mi’hito Sushi Laboratory

Mi'hito Sushi Laboratory sushi burritos

Mi’hito Sushi Laboratory located at 285 College St in Toronto

Approximately a month ago — two months — I went to a media tasting at Mi’hito Sushi Laboratory (on June 2, 2017).  (Yes, I am finally done my current backlog and can go back to blogging about the restaurants I went to in April/May/June again to catch up!! :D)

This media tasting was hosted by @DKLoEvents and was actually the second event of his that I had ever gone to.  I was really thrilled with this event because everything was organized extremely well and the event ran smoothly from beginning with end with lots of delicious food and generous portions for Continue reading

CraveThe6ix VIP Card Launch Party at Pi Co. Yonge and Eglinton!

Pi Co. pizza

Pi Co. located at 2177 Yonge St in Toronto

This past Sunday, I was invited by Darren of @DKLoEvents to the VIP Card launch party from CraveThe6ix.  CraveThe6ix is an Instagram account that features food photos from Instagram users showcasing food from all over Toronto.  They have officially launched a discount card program with many of Toronto’s top and most popular restaurants giving you discounts or special promotions when sign up for the card (there is a physical card that you can show or you can show a mobile version).  The card is free to obtain.  You can get it by visiting their website and completing a quick sign-up.

As part of the launch party, we were Continue reading

Seven-Course Tasting Menu at Canis Restaurant

Canis Restaurant food

Canis Restaurant located at 746 Queen St W in Toronto

I had a wonderful tasting menu at a relatively new restaurant called Canis Restaurant last week to kick off the weekend! 😀  I’m so glad that my foodie friends invited me to try this with them as I probably wouldn’t have gone here any time soon by myself.

Canis Restaurant is located on Queen Street West in downtown Toronto close to Trinity Bellwoods Park.  They only have a tasting menu or prix fixe menu for you to choose from.  Their tasting menu changes seasonally as that is the main focus of their Continue reading

Tasting the New Summer Items at the Yonge & Eglinton location of Paramount Fine Foods

Paramount Fine Foods poutine

Paramount Fine Foods located at 2311 Yonge St in Toronto

Thanks to Liquid Communications, I was once more invited to Paramount Fine Foods to partake in a private tasting for myself and a guest to try out their food and help them promote their menu.  This time, the goal of the tasting was to promote their new summer items.  The tasting was held at their Yonge and Eglinton location, one of many Paramount Fine Foods locations all across the GTA.

(Previous tastings blogged here at their Don Mills location and also blogged here at their Bay and Bloor location.)

Clarissa and I entered the restaurant just after 5:30 p.m. where we were led to the upstairs Continue reading

Summerlicious 2017 Restaurant: Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery

Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery smoke plate

Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery located at 42 Liberty St in Toronto

The only Summerlicious restaurant I participated in this year was Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery.  This was such a uncommon practice for me; I used to attend the licious restaurants religiously and would go to more than one restaurant in a season.  This year, I didn’t actively plan any Summerlicious events because I had been going out so often already for tastings and other meals.  Also, not all licious restaurants actually live up to the event — there are a handful of times where I’d rather visit the restaurant as a standalone to see how their usual meals fare Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

Unusual activity

Unusual activities, Toronto. July 2017

Today I saw something unusual outside the window.  First of all, it was an unusual move on my part as I rarely look out the window (for an extended period of time anyway) to notice anything significant.  I was on the ninth floor of the building at Bay and Adelaide for a job and all of a sudden I noticed a man on the street pick up a potted plant that was in front of a restaurant and THROW it directly onto the street where there were lots of cars moving.  What the…  It immediately caught my attention and I zoned into what this particular guy was doing.  The rest of the passerbys on the street seemed baffled Continue reading