Sunday, 14 September 2014

Omakase Birthday Celebration at Yasu

This year for 2hung's birthday, I took him to Yasu for the ultimate omakase sushi experience.  There aren't that many places that do sushi well in Toronto, so when we read about this place, we thought that it would be a great place to go for special occasions.  The restaurant has 2 seatings and the sushi bar only seats 10, so you're going to have to make a reservation at least a few weeks in advance.  We are happy to report that everything tasted so good.  The fish and other seafood was all very fresh, dressed perfectly so that you do not need wasabi or soy sauce.  Even the dessert was delightful.  Each piece of sushi may seem small at first, but after 18 pieces, I was very full and satisfied.
Here's the list of the pieces we ate plus dessert:
  1. Shima aji
  2. Fluke
  3. Scallop with yuzu kosho
  4. Maguro
  5. Sardine
  6. Sea bass
  7. Cuttlefish
  8. Chu toro
  9. Uni
  10. Ikura
  11. Seabream
  12. Monkfish liver
  13. Greater amberjack
  14. Snow crab
  15. Mackerel
  16. O toro
  17. Anago
  18. Tamago
  19. Black sesame ice-cream
  20. Green tea panna cotta

Thursday, 11 September 2014

A Night of Chocolate Socializing at The Wine Bar

Recently, I was invited once again by Cocoa Kelly of Chocolate Tales to attend a Chocolate Social at The Wine Bar.  I was very excited about this event because we had a great time at the Chocolate Making Workshop that we were invited to the last year.  This time the event was hosted by Diana.  The whole concept of the chocolate social is to bring together the fun of chocolate-making with the social aspect which involves an evening of relaxation and a few drinks.  This is definitely a session that I would recommend for a birthday party or a shower/bachelorette party.

Unfortunately, my husband bailed on me because he had to work late that night, so I attended the event on my own!  Luckily, there was a group of three in that day's session and I was able to join their table.  Thanks to Mike, Lizzy and Matty!

We started out with three chocolate tastings including a real white chocolate, a 32% milk chocolate and a 80% dark chocolate.  Their chocolates are couverture (high quality containing at least 32% cocoa butter), so of course they tasted great and melted quickly and smoothly in our mouths.

Then, we went on to some chocolate truffle making as you can see in my picture below.  There weren't that many truffles left because I ate some along the way.  :)


Lastly, we made some chocolate art with some coloured white chocolate squeeze bottles.  I must say I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

One of the perks of the chocolate social is that you will get to order drinks at a discounted price.  If you are interested in the event, you can get 55% off with this Groupon deal.
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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Maritime Meal with Great Friends at Hopgood's Foodliner

Last night, we met up with a couple of friends for a nice dinner in the Roncesvalles area.  We made reservations at Hopgood's Foodliner, which is a maritime inspired restaurant.  We ordered a whole bunch of dishes to share, and everything was very tasty.  They also have a great selection of cocktails, although they are not cheap!

We started off with some steamers.  These were actually a little big gritty which the staff warned us about.
Then, we had the crispy pig ears and green beans salad.  I really liked this salad.  The beans were nice and thin and didn't have that nasty raw taste.
We also got the lobster spaghetti which tasted like a lobster mac and cheese.  Plenty of lobster in there.
The fried cauliflower and clams was very good too.  This was slightly on the spicy side and we found these clams to be better than the one in the steamers dish.
I really liked the brioche bread they used for the lobster sammy.  It was crispy, sweet and buttery.
The Halifax donairs were great too and went well with the sweet sauce.
I think the only thing to pay attention to is that the waiter will always try to up-sell you.  We actually ordered less dishes than was recommended, but we left the restaurant feeling very full.  Despite this, the service was quick and friendly.
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Friday, 25 July 2014

Short Trip to Victoria, BC, 2014

In the beginning of June, my mom came over to visit me in Vancouver, so I thought it would be nice to take a short trip and ride the ferry over to Victoria.  Victoria really is a very small city.  We arrived around supper time, and checked into the Fairmont Empress Hotel.





Pigging out in Vancouver - Part 2

After spending five months in Vancouver, I had a lot of time to try out a ton of awesome restaurants.  Here are the noteworthy:

Homer Street Cafe and Bar
I went to this relatively new restaurant a couple of times because it was located in Yaletown, walking distance from the hotel I stayed at.  They specialize in rotisserie chicken and other rotisserie meats.  I also ordered fish dishes from here when I wanted a healthier options and the meals were always enjoyable.






Saturday, 5 July 2014

Victoria Day Weekend 2014 in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of those cities that we don't mid visiting every couple of years.  With Napa just an hour away and lots of great places to eat, what's there not to like?  2hung has a few friends that have recently moved out to San Francisco, so we took this opportunity to visit them along the way.

We started off the weekend with a nice breakfast at Craftsman and Wolves.  This is a beautiful cafe with delicious pastries in the Mission District.  They make a savoury muffin called the Rebel Within which contains a soft boiled egg in the centre.  It costs $7 but worth every penny.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Anniversary Dinner 2014 at The Chase

May 11, 2014 marked the first anniversary of our wedding, but seeing as it was Mother's Day, we decided to celebrate one day early with dinner at The Chase.  We dined in the upstairs restaurant and enjoyed some fresh oysters, the Artic char and the sea bream.  We ordered a side of fiddleheads but when the side arrived, there were no fiddleheads in sight.  We notified our waiter and he brought us a new side on the house.  Our waiter knew it was our anniversary, so he gave us a little surprise in our dessert which was a lime curd cake.  The dessert also ended up being on the house, so needless to say, we were very happy with the service we received at The Chase.  The restaurant had great ambiance and the food was very tasty.  I would definitely return to The Chase, but I'd like to try out the downstairs which is more of a casual setting.






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