Craving Hot, Sour, Salty + Sweet? Make Chaat Nachos STAT!

Guys, I made this incredible lazy-girl dinner the other day and it was pretty darn good, so I must share. I cleverly call it Chaat Nachos, because it’s a riff on India’s popular street food snack chaat… but in the guise of nachos.
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Vietnamese Coffee and Peanut Sesame Gelato

Tucked away on the backside of Chinatown lies a tiny enclave of brick residential homes and a smattering of sidewalk cafes and restaurants, with a temperament that extends off the hippie vibe of Kensington market, but in a grown up way. This is Baldwin Village. For Torontonians, it’s where the infamous 2-for-1 Chinese fried lobster special from Wah Sing resides. It’s also home to a sweet gelato shop featuring Asian-flavored gelato.
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Sunshine On A Plate: Spaghetti Al Limone

It was a rainy afternoon-turned-evening and I was faced with the struggle of rummaging up something to eat. I was alone, and cooking for one is never that exciting (to me), I find a sweet pleasure in cooking for others, witnessing their satisfaction with each bite as your sign of endearment. Before I lamented at the thought of cooking for myself, a recipe popped into my mind, shifting my thoughts to excitement. It’s one that I’ve wanted to try and just so happened to be the perfect meal to brighten up this grey day, plus it was simple, really simple.
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Carbonara Tramezzini

I remember my first tramezzino.
We were out-skirting the Northern edge of Parma in a silver Fiat Panda on our way to a quaint place called Bagnacavallo. We made a pit stop at an Autogrill, my first brush with Italy’s famed road side stop.
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Banh Mi? Oui, Oui

What’s packed with flavor, can be eaten on the go, is made fresh right before your eyes and only costs $2.50… did I mention that it comes on a delicious French baguette?
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Brunch Life: Baddies in Bloordale

I think it was the Instagram-worthy pancakes that drew me in to this Aussie-inspired brunch locale in Bloordale and I’m thankful that they did.
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Street Food In Toronto’s Chinatown

I love watching the flurry of activity on the streets of Toronto’s Chinatown. The dumpling makers, curb-side herb sellers, the many hands selecting their choice fruits and veggies… oh and roasted duck.
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Friendships Never Go Out Of Style & A Recipe For Risotto Alla Milanese

It’s been five long years, but as an old heroine of ours once said…

“They say nothing lasts forever…

…dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style.”

– Carrie Bradshaw
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5 Fave Things I Found On Instagram This Week

I love lists, don’t you? In fact, I love lists so much, the Notes tab on my iPhone is always open as I’m constantly jotting down anything from grocery lists, songs I want to listen to, perfumes I want to smell, to-do lists, and appointments… you get the gist, I take notes, lots of ’em!
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I’m Lovin’ It: Vegetarian Big Mac!

We know they’re bad for us, packed with calories and laden with fats and sodium… but dang they’re good! I haven’t had a Big Mac in ages, in fact, I remember when they came in those orange Styrofoam containers that you opened with a teeth gritting induced squeak and there it was: two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame-seed bun.
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A Cult Classic From Hanoi: Cha Ca La Vong

There is a restaurant in Hanoi that has a one-dish menu. Imagine that, a restaurant that serves just one thing! The restaurant is called Cha Ca La Vong 14 Cha Ca, Hoan Kiem; 84-4-3825-3929, which also happens to be the name of the classic fish dish that they serve. This tiny joint is still run by the descendants of the dish’s creator, and has been cooking Cha Ca La Vong for over 100 years.
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Bacalhau à Zé do Pipo… Walked Into A Bar

One night, two Italians, a Portuguese and an American met one another while sitting at a bar… the conversation quickly led from sports to food. It began with the sharing of photographs from years gone by: “This was me as a basketball player 3o years ago” one of the Italians shared from his Facebook page, the other Italian whipped out his phone bearing an old soccer photograph and a marathon photo from his childhood. The Portuguese had a few soccer photos of his own too. The American the only female of the group smiled and laughed, I saved my old running photos for myself.
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Pesto with Gnocchi

Nothing says summer like bright green pesto with a salty hint of parmigiano-reggiano, the buttery texture of pine nuts, grassy extra virgin olive oil and a bite of fresh garlic. Over the years, I’ve spent a few summers in Aulla, a town in Northern Tuscany, where the sea meets the mountains.
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