Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe

Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe, located in Little Italy / Portugal Village, is a cozy cafe at the corner of College Street that I can always take refuge to whenever I happen to crave for desserts late at night! They offer a WIDE selection of goodies – their specialties being: Belgian waffles, Tartufo, Pannini, specialty coffee, ice cream crepes, cakes etc. I’ve been to Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe numerous times and they have an awesome patio during the summer. They open quite late – Sunday to Thursday close at 1am, Friday & Saturday close at 3am. I find their menu items are affordable – nothing too expensive. Their Menu: Waffle & Crepe Selections – Waffles $7.50 / Crepe $6.95  Fantasia Crepe ($6.95) Vanilla ice cream…

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Grand Electric

Grand Electric (@grandelectricTO) is one of the newest hot spots to go to for good food and a great night out. Opened for about 3 months by former owners of The Black hoof, Grand Electric offers Mexican food serving yummy tacos & beer and loud music. I love restaurants that specialize in specific types of foods – and  with tacos being one of my favorites I knew I had to check this place out. Grand Electric opens at 6pm and does not accept reservations. So last Monday, I ventured off to downtown Toronto after work to meet up with a few friends. And upon arrival, we were wait listed for about an hour and half – just as we expected.…

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Bymark – Winterlicious

Bymark Restaurant (@BymarkDowntown) is the second restaurant I visited for Winterlicious. Bymark has actually topped my list for restaurants to visit for a while.  Not only was I intrigued by  the overwhelming choices on their Licious menu  but also so many foodies have raved about this restaurant so I knew I just couldn’t let this opportunity pass. With that in mind, I was tres excited to drag my friend along with me to indulge in a superb dinner =] Bymark Restaurant is a very classy establishment located in the concourse level of the TD Tower in the hustle and bustle of the financial district. All of the exquisite foods served here are prepared by Chef Mark McEwan, Canadian celebrity chef, head judge…

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Kenzo Japanese Noodle House

Kenzo Japanese Noodle House specializes in Ramen noodles – Not your typical Western style pasta but rather a type of wheat noodle served in a meat or fish flavoured broth. There aren’t that many places that serve decent Ramen noodles in Toronto so Kenzo is probably your safest bet. I was shopping on Bloor and ended up  in the Annex. Despite the mixed reviews of Kenzo I decided to check it out anyways because I was craving for some ramen on a particular cold and windy day outside. Kenzo Japanese Noodle House  currently has 3 locations – Dundas, Bloor & Yonge being their newest location. The interior: Their menu is divided up into different sections: Basic Ramen, Spicy…

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Annona – Winterlicious

Annona Restaurant is the first of three restaurants I visited for Winterlicious 2012.  Annona Restaurant had always been on my list of places to visit but sadly I didn’t find their Winterlicious menu to be anything special. However, a foodie friend of mine had visited the day before and raved about it so I decided to make some last minute reservations =D Annona Restaurant is an award-winning restaurant, located in the beautiful appointed hotel of Park Hyatt of Toronto.  The restaurant itself offers a very intimate setting, lots of blue and gold decor and large windows overlooking the fashionable Yorkville. My view: The bar on the left side of the restaurant: Table setting & Licious Menu Bread…

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Khao San Road

For a really long time, I have read & heard SO many good things about Khao San Road (@khaosanroadTO) and  have no idea why it took me this long to visit. And so I FINALLY trekked made my way downtown a few weeks ago for an awesome dinner with my friend. Usually, when I hear good reviews about a resto, I walk in with really high hopes and expectations and come out some what disappointed. But with Khao San Road, I came out really giddy (like a little girl) and was already mentally planning my second visit =D The vibe and atmosphere is very different than your typical Thai restaurant. Very lively and almost like a…

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Spuntini Ristorante / Bar

Wow! I’ve been so incredibly busy this past week that I haven’t even been near my lonely laptop =( But Thank God I won’t be busy in the coming weeks so I can keep blogging about my food adventures =D  YAY! I love everything about Yorkville – their shops, restaurants, cafes…. oh and also the Ferrari(s) / R8(s) that are always parked on the streets =p So after a shopping spree at Yorkville, I ended up at Spuntini Ristorante / Bar – an authentic Italian restaurant that was recommended to me by a foodie friend. Spuntini gives a very rustic and romantic atmosphere with all the candle-lit tables. They serve authentic Italian food that consists of home…

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School Bakery & Cafe

A few weeks ago, I ventured off to the heart of Liberty Village to enjoy a delicious brunch at School Cafe & Bakery (@Schoolville). I woke up tres early on a sunny Saturday morning and arrived at School just before 9:30am to find that we were the second group to arrive. And moments later, a line starting to form behind us.Thank God we arrived early because during the whole drive up I was contemplating if it was really necessarily to wake up so early for brunch – But it was all worth it in the end =D I love the whole school theme-concept for the restaurant. Even our waitress was dressed up in a cute school uniform. Their…

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Ice ‘N Cake

Ice ‘N Cake gelato & patisserie (located inside at Shops @ Don Mills) is an European inspired dessert place serving gelato, ice cream, crepes and waffles!  Their decor and patio is very colourful and cute. The cake I ordered was very well presented  but a little on the expensive side…. I’m really picky about cheesecake and I definitely didn’t like the one I tried because I find that it was WAY too sweet and heavy – I couldn’t taste the caramel at all in the cheesecake. I prefer my cheesecake to be on the lighter side. But the other desserts looked delicious so maybe if I ever drop by @ Don Mills I’ll give it another try! *…

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Hinote Sushi

When it comes to sushi restaurants in the Mississauga area, there are not that many decent places  to choose from. Over the years I’ve been disappointed countless times with the sushi being served in the area, whether it be all-you-can eat or just off their regular menu… Thankfully, a friend of mine had introduced me to Hinote Sushi. And ever since then, this hidden gem is one of my favourite sushi restaurants that I can always resort to in Mississauga =] Hinote Sushi is a very small restaurant located in the plaza at the Mavis Road & Bristol Road intersection. Very clean atmosphere, very comfortable. I never had a problem with the service as our servers were…

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Jump

Here’s a quick post of Jump (O&B’s Restaurant) when I visited them during Summerlicious (@LiciousTO) for dinner. I had a mediocre experience here and don’t get me wrong, the food was pretty good but I didn’t find our particular server interested in serving us. Urgh! Throughout the course of dinner, our server wasn’t friendly at all, he had a serious look on his face the whole time,  he didn’t bother telling us the name of our dishes – I honestly felt intimidated by him, it almost felt like our presence was torturing him. But whatever, I just assumed he was having a rough day- so fine! Almost towards the end of dinner, a group of…

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Inakaya

I went to Inakaya a very long time ago with a few friends for dinner. This authentic sake bar is tucked away on Willowdale Avenue, minutes away from Yonge and Finch. The atmosphere of Inakaya is very warm, cozy and inviting. Very small, so it may be best to make reservations. The staff here were really friendly and helpful and had no problems when it came to promoting their specials or recommending us their infamous dishes. Here’s a shot of the interior. A few tables and seats all around the bar. Our waitress gave us way too many cute cups for our sake (lol) =D Beef Amiyaki This was my first ever table cooking experience…

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Apricot Tree Cafe

Apricot Tree Cafe located near Dundas & Mississauga Road in the Sherwood Forest Village offers a wide range of goodies – sandwiches, wraps, crepes, pastas, cakes, ice cream and a lot of other desserts. I’m always in a dire need to go back to Apricot Tree Cafe for their delicious desserts. Well, specifically their Creme Caramel – which NEVER disappoints.  Over the years, I had never bothered to stay for a sit down dinner here. Rather I would just buy my Creme Caramel for take out and leave. But for whatever reason, I decided to stay for dinner. Here’s the exterior look of the cafe: Mango Tango Smoothie ($4.50) the mango smoothie was very cold and refreshing…

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Don Don Izakaya

I recently joined Twitter and came across Don Don Izakaya (@Dondon_Izakaya). One of Toronto’s hottest and newest Izakaya located on the second floor (over Topcuts & Nails and Spa) at the intersections of Bay & Dundas near the Eaton Center. . Owners of the new hot spot include: Tony Wong and Anthony Phang, of Sushi Time on Queen, and Kazu Maruyama, editor of the Toronto Japanese website Bits (Source – Torontolife.com) *Please note that their grand opening is sometime towards the end of the month* . Izakayas are defined as a Japanese pub that usually serves Japanese tapas (small dishes). And very much like Guu, Don Don Izakaya does not serve sushi dishes. But unlike Guu, Don Don Izakaya intends to give customers a quieter…

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