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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! You can tell just how busy I was this week by the lateness of this post. Oh well, better than never 😉 This weekend I’ll be trying to squeeze in as much sleep as possible in between Winterlicious & a housewarming party. But first, here are some highlights from my week:
I’m blonde now, people.

Lamest drinking game ever but at least it was a fun girls’ night

I’m slowly converting my sister who’s new to the world of tabletop gaming (and the city!)

Much needed ramen after yet another freezing week

The best treats that a wonderful friend’s mom made for our Super Bowl Party

Have a great weekend!


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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! This week was super busy so I’m definitely looking forward to sleeping a lot this weekend in addition to catching up with all the shows I missed this week. But first here are some things I was grateful for this week (in case you don’t notice a recurring theme, they’re all food-related haha):

The simple but sentimental and sweet wedding cake from our dear friends’ wedding. It was from Bobbette & Belle. I hadn’t tasted their cake nor their macarons before. I’m happy to report that they’re both super yummy. Bonus, they opened their 2nd location just down the street from my apartment which could be a very bad thing, and by bad, I mean amazing.

Speaking of the wedding, they had Colombian coffee as their favors since the bride is Colombian. They make my kitchen smell heavenly and they taste even better!

More pumpkin beer! For my final verdict on the ones I’ve tasted this fall, click here.

We also discovered these two gems. I found out that I like sour beers and Keith found out that he did not. He did like Dead Guy Ale however, which he initially just bought for the label.

Finally, it was pretty rainy earlier in the week, so naturally I turned to my ultimate comfort food: ramen!

Hope everyone has a great and safe weekend!

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Tasty Tuesday: Touhenboku Ramen (Yonge & Eg) Review

Last week, during a somewhat chilly Tuesday night, we decided to finally go see The F Word, a movie I’ve been dying to watch since it premiered at TIFF last year. But beforehand, we wanted to try the relatively new ramen restaurant that opened up a few blocks away from our local cinema at Yonge and Eglinton: Touhenboku Ramen.
A little context before we get on with the review, our go-to ramen place has always been Ajisen Ramen next to the North York cinema. They have so many choices, their pork-based broth is delicious, their prices were very reasonable plus they had a loyalty card that gave you free ramen after reaching a certain number. Suffice to say, we loved Ajisen and at one point practically ate there every week.
Sadly The F Word wasn’t playing at the North York location so we decided to give Touhenboku a shot. From the get go, the two places are complete opposites. While Ajisen is bigger and has a more fast food, informal dining feel to it, Touhenboku is smaller, more intimate and is a little more upscale. The latter only has one kind of ramen that you can customize to suit your tastes. Instead of a pork-based soup, they have a chicken broth. So it’s a good option for those who can’t eat pork. The prices are also higher, but the decor is nicer. Plus the service is super friendly and on point.

I got the original chicken broth with sea salt, pork belly and thin noodles.
Keith got the lighter chicken broth with soy sauce, pork shoulder and thick noodles.
Halfway through, we both exchanged bowls to see if we liked the other’s choice better and then after a few bites, we switched back, realizing we ordered right the first time. I liked the creaminess of the original broth as opposed to the lighter one. The soy sauce brought a different flavor than the sea salt. I didn’t think it would actually matter but turns out it did. The difference between pork belly and pork shoulder was negligible. They were both tender and cooked well. There’s also a chicken or vegetarian option as well, in case you’re avoiding pork. I didn’t really taste a distinction between thick or thin noodles. The seaweed and the egg were so good together. All in all, their ramen, while different from Ajisen, was still delicious. It’s not enough for us to switch ramen places but I would definitely have it again. I recommend it as a great date night place.

Happy Tuesday!

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My Top 3 Picks for Summerlicious 2014

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Last Thursday, I posted about how reservations for this year’s Summerlicious are now open. Some of the best restaurants in Toronto are participating in this event which starts on July 4th and ends July 20th. Narrowing down my choices was pretty hard, especially since there are some places that just joined this year. But after much deliberation, here are my top three picks for Summerlicious 2014 in no particular order:

1. Lamesa Filipino Kitchen
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New to Summerlicious, I couldn’t not include this Filipino restaurant, especially since I just returned from my trip to the Philippines. Their menu will definitely satisfy my craving for amazing Filipino food. If you’ve never tried this type of cuisine before, it’s a mix of Spanish, American and Asian that makes something deliciously unique. Highly recommended!

2. Bannock
This won’t come as a shock since it’s no surprise that this is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. It’s Canadian cuisine done right, using only the freshest ingredients. Their Summerlicious menu looks as creative as their Winterlicious one. Plus the lunch option is only $15! Run, don’t walk.

3. Momofuku Noodle Bar
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I missed out on trying their Winterlicious menu and I will not be making the same mistake again. I’m so excited to finally try David Chang’s restaurant like the groupie that I am. I’ve read some bad reviews but would like to form my own opinion after reading and watching all about its chef and his concepts. If you’re not familiar with Momofuku or Chang, a quick Google search should convince you of why you need to eat here.

Reservations are going fast so hurry up and make yours ASAP. Happy Hump Day!


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