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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A One Stop Shop For The Taste of Columbia: Columbus Panaderia Colombiana

I’m always on the hunt for new food experiences, some may even go so far as calling me a food huntress! You’ve never heard of a food huntress before? Dubious about my title? I’ll lend you a little food huntress wisdom… Sometimes the greatest reward is found by scouring overlooked strip malls and suburbs for the best hidden secrets.
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Rigatoni with Sausage, Mushroom and Marsala Cream Sauce

Simple is good right? This pasta recipe is one of those special meals that’s easy to pull together on a weeknight for the fam or to impress at a dinner party. It’s both rustic and classy, and can simply serve two or a big crowd with gusto! Robust sausages and mushrooms envelop in a butter cream sauce and a hearty splash of Marsala marries the flavors together.
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Light and Airy Japanese Tempura with Tentsuyu Dipping Sauce

After ramen, tempura is probably one of the most famous Japanese foods outside of Japan. Lightly battered and fried seafood, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, asparagus, green beans, kabocha pumpkin and whatever else you can imagine are dipped in a sauce and enjoyed with an airy crunch. In Japan, there are entire restaurants devoted to making only tempura, but you can easily recreate Japanese tempura in your own kitchen with a few simple ingredients.
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An Easter Menu

Easter Menu

TO START
Fritelle di Baccalà
Pickled Beet Eggs
Deviled Eggs

SOUP
Stracciatella (Italian Egg Drop Soup)

MAIN
Agnello al Forno (Oven Baked Lamb) with Potatoes

VEGETABLE
Piselli alla Fiorentina (Florentine Style Spring Peas)

DESSERT
Pastiera Napoletana (A Neapolitan Easter Cake)
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Baccalà alla Napoletana: Neapolitan-Style Braised Salt Cod

Baccalà (in Italian) simply means salt cured cod. Cod preserved in this manner can last for years and years, and Campania, a region which includes the city of Naples, boasts the highest consumption of baccalà in all of Italy, so naturally, a Napoletana recipe must be good! Continue reading “Baccalà alla Napoletana: Neapolitan-Style Braised Salt Cod”

Springtime Pea Salad From Quilt Country

If you are no stranger to the simple yet hearty fare from the Pennsylvania Dutch, then this salad will definitely spark a sense of familiarity. Continue reading “Springtime Pea Salad From Quilt Country”