16 3 / 2014

If you like Beau’s and stout, and haven’t OD’d on St. Patty’s day by Monday night (which, after all IS St. Patty’s Day, aka Rookie Day aka generally avoid going out unless you want to be puked on day) there is one more chance for you to make some bad decisions and have too many pints in the name of a hallowed Irish Saint. 

Join a whack of industry crew and Ivy Knight et al as they celebrate green beer with Beau’s  and Rodney Dangerfood. This being an 86’d event there are free drinks and snacks as a thank you to all the poor, suffering sods who had to deal with you drunken lot over the weekend. 

Good luck, and remember that you have to work at 9am tomorrow - try not to have TOOOO many pints if you can? 

Cheers! 

http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/happenings/2014/3/17/86d-w-ivy-knight/

07 3 / 2014

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If you are looking for a quiet, cozy little spot to fill your belly this may not be the place for you. Unless of course your definition of cozy includes sitting ass-cheek to ass-cheek with the people on either side of you, and quiet means front row at a rock concert. Yesterday a friend and I squeezed our behinds into the slice of counter offered, where we could watch the 3 guys in the kitchen furiously pound out the orders over the course of a busy lunch. 

It was a great view of some amazing noodles being slung, but not really the best locale for a much overdue lunch with a good friend. In between hellos, goodbyes and orderup!s being exchanged at full volume by the young and energetic staff we were able to discuss the weather, our food and the details of our lives. Once our food came the din magically seemed to lower and we ate and ate and ate. I have a theory that your brain can only manage one sense properly at a time, and the noodles definitely had our full attention. Seriously, there have been more than a few times that I’ve had to turn down my car radio while my nose tried to sort out what that buring smell was. Engine? Tires? Random factory I just drove by? 

In sharp relief to the super shitty $5 noodles I had last week when I was sick, these were fresh, dense, chewy noodles drowned in a broth full of delicious umami. One day I’ll sort out the proper etiquette for eating them, but yesterday I was too obsessed with devouring to notice the splatters flying everywhere. (good thing neither of us wear glasses!). Toss in a perfectly soft boiled egg, tender pork belly and my only regret was not ordering the spicy broth. Although that makes a compelling argument for a return trip in the near future, just maybe not at noon so my ass has a bit of space to spread out :) 

http://kintonramen.com/

01 3 / 2014

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01 3 / 2014

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So I *think* I’ve finally recovered from the Tap Takeover at The Wren last Thursday. Surprisingly enough even just a sample of all dozen brews catches up with you! Or maybe that was the pints between samples, or the whiskey I was offered at the end of the night…

From what I remember it was a great night - lots of familiar, friendly faces (I love how sociable the craft beer scene is in Toronto!) and delicious brews from @greatlakesbeer who consistently put out amazing, interesting beers. My favorite from the night was the Wrenaissance - a belgian yeast, hopped up IPA that went down smoothly and was the perfect start to the evening. With any luck that will become part of the permanent rotation! 

23 2 / 2014

After reading this tantalizing piece of reporting (http://swallowdaily.com/2014/01/street-brunch-chantecler/) I jumped on the chance to hit up Chantecler for Sunday Lunch with a Meetup group.
Always a bit dicey, Meetups can either be full of lovely, interesting people or a collection of the most socially-awkward individuals you will have the misfortune of encountering. Luckily this morning I brunched with a few delightful peeps, who were equally enthusiastic about the food (always a relief that I’m not the only food nerd!)
Since I’ve been thinking about the Fish Wraps for weeks, that was a no-brainer and I tried the Turnip Cakes too. The fish wrap was perfect - crispy lettuce balanced the crunchy fish and a nice kick of heat to round things out. The turnip cakes were good, but better for sharing - very rich and dense - perfect hangover food. Definitely need to go back in rough shape to appreciate the food and not feel guilty for ordering everything on the menu.
The only mis-step was the odd orange beverage they served as French Press coffee - warm and vaguely coffee-like it served it’s purpose but next time I’ll stick to an Americano and possibly one of the Gin and Grapefruit Tonic’s that were going around to serve as my eye-opener. 
http://restaurantchantecler.ca/

After reading this tantalizing piece of reporting (http://swallowdaily.com/2014/01/street-brunch-chantecler/) I jumped on the chance to hit up Chantecler for Sunday Lunch with a Meetup group.

Always a bit dicey, Meetups can either be full of lovely, interesting people or a collection of the most socially-awkward individuals you will have the misfortune of encountering. Luckily this morning I brunched with a few delightful peeps, who were equally enthusiastic about the food (always a relief that I’m not the only food nerd!)

Since I’ve been thinking about the Fish Wraps for weeks, that was a no-brainer and I tried the Turnip Cakes too. The fish wrap was perfect - crispy lettuce balanced the crunchy fish and a nice kick of heat to round things out. The turnip cakes were good, but better for sharing - very rich and dense - perfect hangover food. Definitely need to go back in rough shape to appreciate the food and not feel guilty for ordering everything on the menu.

The only mis-step was the odd orange beverage they served as French Press coffee - warm and vaguely coffee-like it served it’s purpose but next time I’ll stick to an Americano and possibly one of the Gin and Grapefruit Tonic’s that were going around to serve as my eye-opener. 

http://restaurantchantecler.ca/