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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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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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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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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Tender, Fall Off The Bone Barbecue Ribs

Who can resist a finger-lickin’, sticky and sweet bite of classic Southern ribs? Tender, melt in your mouth pork seasoned to perfection and layered with all the right flavors: savory, sour and sweet. But wait, there’s more!

Warm Hummus With Spiced Lamb: My Take On Hummus Awarma

If I had to describe my cooking it would be something along the lines of jet-setting around the globe from the comfort of my very own kitchen. I may have a burst of Asian flavours bubbling in my wok one week and a streak of Italian comfort foods the next. Other days I’m swept away by trying my hand at Persian ash, rolling out dough for stuffed pierogies, roasting chilis and braising pork belly for a taste of the Yucatan or hacking away at the tough skin of the cassava root for a Brazilian moqueca. But wait, there’s more!

Trekking to the Toronto Suburbs for Excellent, Cheap Chinese Food – The New York Times

I was trudging through calf-high grass in an industrial zone just a couple of miles north of Toronto’s city limits. Having crossed through a car dealership, I sprinted across a highway and traversed a seemingly endless mall parking lot. There were now large swaths along the road where the sidewalk completely disappeared; construction was constant, and new buildings appeared to be popping up everywhere. I made a mental note to drive next time.

Why would I bother to spend time in Markham and Richmond Hill, when Toronto and its wonderful restaurants, welcoming public spaces and extraordinary cultural diversity were so nearby? Keep on Reading!

Toronto’s Most Authentic Shui Zhu 水煮肉片 or “Water Boiled Fish”

I’ve found myself on an eternal quest for hunting down the best ethnic eats that Toronto has to offer. I scour Yelp, and head to pockets of Toronto that I never even knew existed, all in the name of finding hidden secrets of tasty success! While on my quest, I find it rightfully just to share some of those secrets  – as a sort of public favor. Keep Reading!

Hotpot at Home Guide | xiaoEats

Toronto food blogger xiaoEats brings us her exclusive guide to preparing a hotpot at home and we couldn’t be more thankful. Armed with a trusty camp stove and Xiao’s helpful list of ingredients you too can be enjoying this fun and warming meal! Keep Reading!