Bloomer’s

Yes, I was so hungry that the aroma coming out of the box made me start eating my sandwich on a subway bench while waiting for the train to come. Excuse the lighting
Yes, I was so hungry that the aroma coming out of the box made me start eating my sandwich on a subway bench while waiting for the train to come. Excuse the lighting!

Last Friday a few of my friends and I decided on going to High Park for a picnic. I wanted to walk from campus (UofT, St. George), to High Park just for fun since I haven’t had the chance to do so. Well, that sort of happened. Just having a banana and a few cookies for breakfast didn’t cut it. So a few of us walking together made our way to Bloomer’s near Ossington station to get a quick bite.

Being vegans, my friends new where the awesome vegan places are in Toronto. And Bloomer’s was definitely one of them. I ordered their tofu club sandwich. It had tempeh bacon, marinated grilled tofu, tomatoes, lettuce and some type of sriracha mayo. Here’s what I like about it: everything. The marinade on the tofu was great. It almost tasted like a savoury teriyaki BBQ tofu; you can taste the soy sauce and some sweetness from another ingredient in the marinade. I also liked how well the different components of the sandwich came together. Adding a spice and tangy element from the sriracha may, crunch from the lettuce and some freshness from the tomatoes. But I have to say, that tempeh bacon was just a crispy and delicious substitute for bacon! For me, it made the sandwich!

They also have some in-house made pastries, soups, salads and various kinds of drinks to compliment their dishes. However, I did wait quite a bit for my sandwich. There was only one person on the front counter and three in the back. With a line of people quickly forming, the front staff looked a bit flustered. The restaurant had decent seating with a few booths near the wall on the left side and tables parallel to them. Despite the wait, I recommend you guys to check out Bloomer’s and try their tofu club sandwich-vegan or not!

Happy Sunday!

Always,

-K

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PAI Northern Thai Kitchen

After a much needed treat, I decided to have lunch at Pai. Pleasantly surprised by its eclectic décor of family photos and vinyl record sleeves posted on the walls reminded me of why I got into food blogging. The restaurant was split in two different areas separated by the main bar featuring local and Thai liquor. I was sitting in a room full of suits and their friends having their lunch break at Pai. To an extent, I felt a little out of place. I already look much younger than I actually am and sitting next to my bright green backpack didn’t help either. Nonetheless, the staff was friendly, inviting and quite efficient. I especially appreciated that they indulged me by going through their lunch menu with me and explained what the dishes were. Like what I always try to do, I asked my server for his recommendation. He recommended the Khao Soi with chicken while I fixed my eye on the dessert, egg custard on sticky rice.

IMG_4469If you can’t take heat that well, try something a little milder. The khao soi is pretty spicy and it builds up as you continue eating the dish. I liked the contrast between the texture of the crispy noodles and the cooked noodles coated with the curry sauce. It was creamy, rich and flavourful. I squeezed a couple of lime wedges to cut through the richness of the sauce and to balance the flavours. Overall the dish delivered to what it intended to bring-nostalgia.

IMG_4470After my meal, I asked if I could wander off to see the photographs on the wall from the other room. The host explained to me that these photographs told a story. He said that his friend, the owner, had an affinity with Pai and wanted to bring Pai to North America. Embedded in the restaurant’s story was the owner’s story and how he fell in love with the music, art, and food he experienced in Pai. This love affair resonated throughout the space and his cuisine. Most of the photographs and vinyl sleeves were from his own family albums and collections. It may not have been the fanciest joint in town but I can understand why suits come in, day in and day out. You can feel the warmth and love that the owners put in the restaurant. They wanted to bring us Pai, but they also brought us passion.

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1000 Dinners TO.

Have you heard?

This event is part of a city-wide initiative happening across the urban landscape on October 7th, that aims to engage “Torontonians” in non-partisan discussions about how we can make our city a better place to grow and thrive. The goal of participating in #1000DinnersTO is to talk about social issues in the city of Toronto, and focus on solutions that we can actively engage in to address these issues. Facilitators will have guiding discussion questions to lead conversation over dinner. More so, we will be making notes of the dialogue and sending it to the organizers of the #1000DinnersTO initiative, where they will compile ALL the conversations that happened across the city, in a “report.” Come join us if you’re around the area! All is welcome! 🙂

 

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NEW Recipe: Clash of the food festivals!

DSC_0031Summer in Toronto is proving itself to be quite a mecca for food lovers! Multiple food festivals and farmers markets week after week. It’s been quite a struggle to keep up with! This weekend, I tried going to the Panamerican Food Festival, the Taste of Danforth and tomorrow, the Kultura Filipino Arts Festival. Could it be? I’m exhausted from eating? Food lovers never dying dilemma.. Just to take a break from the eating, I came up with a simple recipe I came up with combining flavours from Greek and South American cuisine.

DSC_0077Check it out my Recipes page for the complete recipe and share the page if you’d like! But please do, feast into my creations!

 

Always,

K

 

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