Sunday, August 29, 2010

Chippy's + TeamBuy = YAY!

Sunday, August 29, 2010
On Friday night we checked out the new Chippy's location on Bloor (the original, which is known for its rockstar clientele, is on Queen).

Chippys Fish and Chips

We had a sweet deal through a trial - those who bought into the deal pretty much got one order of fish, chips, a side (sauce) and a drink for free, because the discount was so good it was pretty much a "dinner for two" deal. Very cool. Even without TeamBuy, Chippy's is a reasonably-priced place to go for a casual fish and chips experience, with decent portion sizes for decent prices - I couldn't even finish my fries because my piece of haddock was so huge. They have some unique "sides" (which I'd more accurately want to call "sauces" - the closest thing to a "side" is their mushy peas) but don't look for any gravy - the closest thing they have is curry gravy, which is moderately hot and quite tasty.

I also gotta give some love to the fries specifically because they were nice and crispy on the outside and so, so soft on the inside. Mark and I were imagining what a poutine made with those fries might taste like...

The haddock itself was flavourful and the batter was light and crunchy, which helped it to not feel as greasy as your usual fish and chips. But if you're someone who really prefers a ton of batter on your fish, you might find it a little on the light side at Chippy's.

The two guys serving up the fish and chips were really friendly and were playing some great tunes (and, probably by some people's standards, loud tunes, but hey, it fits the scene there). They were also experiencing a rush of TeamBuyers because the deal we all bought into expires Aug. 31!

All in all, I'd say try Chippy's for a cheap and cheerful dinner if you're in the Bloor / Bathurst area, and try TeamBuy if you're a foodie - every so often a good food deal appears that's definitely worth taking advantage of.

Yours in food,

Monday, August 23, 2010

Deep-fried butter and other artery cloggers at the Ex

Monday, August 23, 2010
What good reasons are there to go to the Ex? Sure there are good deals to be had, midway rides, games, the general sense of festiveness, and a celebration of the summer just passed, but the best reason to go by far is the food. It's not gourmet food, it's gimicky, often greasy, and always fun fairground fare.

Year after year, my Ex staples have been a corndog and an ice cream sandwich. But this year, I'm pushing the cardiac envelope with some sure fire artery cloggers. Here's the rundown:

Deep-fried Butter


This has been the talk of the town. It sounds decadently gluttonous, and elicits awe, disgust, fascination, and food lust all at once. It was good, but not spectacular, and certainly no where near as rich as foie gras or my favourite Filipino treat Sans Rival (essentially butter with a little meringue holding it together).

The frozen butter ball melts away while frying, so you're left with four hollow butter-soaked balls of funnel cake batter, sauced with chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and strawberry, dusted with icing sugar.

Chocolate-covered Bacon


What can I say? Pork definitely loves chocolate.

Deep-fried Mars bar


This was my favourite treat at the Ex. A hot molten Mars bar is a whole lot sweeter and richer than one at room temperature. You can certainly feel every bite buzzing your brain and teeth.

Twinkie Log


This looks nice, and sounds great in concept, but it was it was rather dry and unspectacular compared to the other items above.

Taco in a bag


This was a novel take on a taco salad. Interesting, but not very tasty, and not very easy to eat. It's a bag of Nacho Doritos with all your taco fixin's.

There was so much more food I wanted to give a go like Bouchard's "The Mexican" poutine, and deep-fried Mac & Cheese, but alas that's enough abuse for one day. Perhaps next year.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Downtown at the Night Market

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
This past weekend was the first T&T Waterfront Night Market. The night market came to Toronto from East Asia, via Richmond and Vancouver. This night market featured over 60 food and merchandise vendors, serving up an eclectic mix of treats including Taiwanese popcorn chicken, pineapple slush in hollowed out pineapples, tofuyaki, Thai desserts, bubble tea, Singapore beef jerky, and Filipino sago.



The signature items were the Tornado Potato, a jumbo potato cut into a long corkscrew and deep-fried, and the infamous Stinky Tofu... which is exactly what it's called.



Having the Night Market, the Taste of the Danforth, and the Festival of Beer on the same weekend certainly left many a liver crying.


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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Globe Bistro

Thursday, August 5, 2010
Globe Bistro was among the top picks at this year's Summerlicious. We're glad we got a chance to check out their enticing menu.


Here's what you get for a $35 dinner:

Tom Collins Cucumber Gazpacho (vegetarian)
Lake Erie farms cucumber, lemon cress, preserved lemon, Canadian gin
Shaved Fennel & Purple Basil Cress Salad (vegetarian)
Spiced pistachio, taggiashi olive dust, orange gelée
Pickled Beef Tongue
Micro herb salad, ciabatta croutons, Flower Power sunflower oil,
Smoked Black Cod Brandade
Crispy shallot rings, smoked paprika essence, confit garlic crostini


Seared Cumbrae’s Flank Steak
Duck fat Yukon chips, vine ripe tomato, scallion, Triple Crunch aioli
Lake Erie Pickerel
Wild rice coriander salad, Millbank green peas, marjoram cress, earth chardonnay vinaigrette
Swiss Chard Torte Verde (vegetarian)
Best Baa Farm feta, charred tomato coulis, blonde frisée, chives
Ontario Rabbit Linguini
Maltese spiced, eggplant, roasted grape tomatoes, Monforte pecorino, thyme cress


Callebaut Dark Chocolate Torte
Espresso mousse, Cherry Lane Farms black cherry sugar
Ewenity Crème Fraiche Panna Cotta
Candied lemon zest, wild blueberry soup
Globe Summer Berry "Mess"
Vanilla spiced meringue, bacon infused whiskey, Ontario berries