JOEY Don Mills

JOEY restaurant is a casual-fine dining chain that has many locations throughout Canada. It is actually my favorite chain restaurants in Toronto due to the consistency of their food, ambiance and service. There is a total of three locations in Ontario; Shops at Don Mills, Eaton Centre and Yorkdale. The following review will be based on my experiences at JOEY Don Mills as I frequent this location the most out of the three. 


The ambiance of JOEY Don Mills is rather upscale and modern. The wooden interior and displayed television screens on the walls provide a very lounge-like atmosphere, where diners can have a relaxing dinner over drinks. I believe that that the Don Mills location is slightly larger than the other two locations.


My personal favorite item on the menu would be the lobster grilled cheese ($16.50). It was described on the menu as "from the Atlantic, brie & cheddar with cocktail sauce". The combination of the two was perfect as the cheese was cheesy/rich, bread was buttery and the lobster had a nice creamy and salty flavor. I have ordered this several times whenever I eat out at JOEY as it's a personal favorite of mine.


On another visit, I decided to order the Steak and Sushi ($24.00); another interesting fusion item on the menu. I ordered my tataki style steak medium-rare, and it was pretty good and tender. The rainbow roll (ahi tuna, sockeye salmon, crab,avocado & sriracha aioli) was both visually appealing, and rather tasty. The topped spicy mayo provided a nice kick but I thought that the rice was slightly too wet.


I am not a huge steak lover as I prefer seafood a lot more. However, I do like steak once in a while, and on one occasion, I got myself the 7oz Cab Top Sirloin ($23.50). The dish was accompanied by crispy mashed potatoes and vegetables. The sirloin was cooked perfectly medium rare and was seasoned well. It was rather creative that the mashed potatoes were wrapped in deep fried spring rolls, providing a very crunchy yet satisfying smooth texture. Additionally,  I liked that the sirloin wasn't overloaded with spices and seasonings. 


Burgers and fries are often staple items that can be found at many restaurant chains, and JOEY is no different. JOEY Don Mills has a small selection of burgers on the menu and the meat patties are hand-pressed. The hand pressed burger ($13.50) was decent but it's nothing to write home about.

Overall, I have always had an enjoyable experience at JOEY, as the waitresses are professional and friendly without being overly intrusive. This is a good place for eating out with friends, family or even take someone on a date.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $$$ || Online Menu

Address: 15 O'Neill Rd, Toronto, ON, M3C 0H2

Joey Don Mills on Urbanspoon

[Random Musing] Summer Looks

I'd considered my summer style to be simple yet feminine and semi-colorful. I am actually not a huge fan of prints (animal or tribal) but I do occasionally like floral patterns as long as it's not too flashy. While surfing the net one night, I discovered this website called Polyvore. It is a social sharing website where members can create image collages of fashion outfits and share them within the community and other social media platforms.

Using the website, I have put together my five (main) looks for the summer. Many of the following items are clothing that I do own or have something super similar to create that exact style.

Summer Look #1

Dress: Bebe's High Low Crossover Front Dress
Accessory: Sterling Silver Open Heart Pendant Necklace with Owl
Bag: Michael Kors' Small Jet-Set Travel Tote Bag
Heels: David Tutera's Bouquet (white)


Summer Look #2

Dress: French Connection's Mandy Linen Strappy Dress
Accessory: Love Story's Silver and 9 Carat Rose Gold Heart Earrings 
Bag: Coach's Poppy Signature Sateen Glam (black)
Heels: Steve Madden's Bridgite (black gold)


Summer Look #3

Top: Aritzia's Noho Bustier (white)
Bottom: True Religion's Misty Legging Finnigan Jeans (baby pink)
Bag: Michael Kors' Hamilton Satchel Handbag (vanilla)
Heels: Aldo's Somilleda (white patent)


Summer Look #4

Top: Nasty Gal's Scalloped Lace Crop Top (pale mint)
Bottom: H&M's Chiffon skirt
Accessory: Handpicked.net's CZ Infinity Necklace
 Heels: Nine West's Neta


Summer Look #5

Top: Old Navy's Womens Perfect Rib Knit Tank
Bottom: Windsorstore.com's Black/White 3 Tier Floral Ruffle Skirt
Accessory: Guess by Marciano's Isla Textured Hoop Earrings
Flats: Aldo's Koten


All of the outfit collages above are created using the program offered by Polyvore.

Electric Mud BBQ

I finally got to try out Electric Mud BBQ; a popular Southern-inspired barbecue establishment in Parkdale. I heard that it can get quite busy around dinner time so my companion and I decided to have an extremely late dinner.


We arrived at Electric Mud BBQ a little past midnight. The kitchen actually closes around 1:00 am so we still had time to eat and there was no wait. Also note that this restaurant is run by the same people as Grand Electric.


The displayed menu at Electric Mud BBQ is fairly simple and straightforward as it is divided into different sections; BBQ, sandwiches, sides and desserts. A great about having a small menu is that restaurants are able to perfect the small selection of food that they do offer.

As this was my first time at Electric Mud BBQ, I don't know how the service is when it's fully packed. I can only base it on my personal experience that night (which was after the busy dinner hours). I thought that the service that we received during our dinner was really good. Not only was our server friendly and efficient; he also took the time to answer questions about the menu and popular dishes.


We started off with the crack rolls ($3.75). The basket arrived with four rolls, and they were warm, golden, and fluffy. The whipped butter spread that accompanied the rolls was absolutely divine as the butter was made from the fat dripping in the smoker.


Another side that we got was the coleslaw ($3.50). I am not a huge of coleslaw in general, but I really liked the one from Electric Mud BBQ. The reason why was that the dish wasn't completely drenched in mayonnaise and it had a nice tangy taste to it. 


The fried chicken ($9.50) was absolutely delicious and I'd return just for it. The outside was lightly seasoned and its skin was ultra crispy. I really liked that the inside of the chicken was moist and juicy with a lot of flavor. Additionally, the dish was served with a side of honey sauce and Tabasco hot sauce. In my opinion, the two sauces definitely helped to accentuates the flavor of the chicken pieces.


The beef rib ($15.00) wasn't really my favorite of the night, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. The dish consists of one piece of mid-sized beef rib and topped with green onions. The rib itself was tender and the smoky flavor was infused into the meat.


 We were informed around 1:00 am that the kitchen was closing soon. So we decided to end the night off with ribs ($14.50). The dish came with four pieces of delectable bones of meat, and topped off with peanuts and green onions. The flavor of the ribs was well balanced as it wasn't overly sweet, or too smoky tasting. Additionally, I liked the overall presentation of the dish as it looked both tasty and aesthetically pleasing.


RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 4.4/5
Service: 4.4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 4.4/5
Price: $$ || Online Menu

Address: 5 Brock Avenue, Toronto, ON, M6K 1L4

Electric Mud BBQ on Urbanspoon

Media Event: Summerlicious Media Launch (07.04.2013)

Summerlicious is probably one of my favorite culinary events of the summer. It is currently running until July 21, 2013, and allows diners to enjoy three-course meals at affordable prices. This summer, the three-course fixed price menus are offered at 195 restaurants in Toronto.

Below is the prix fixe price categories.


I attended the Summerlicious 2013 media launch on 07.04.2013, which was held at FRANK Restaurant inside of The AGO. The media were all given the opportunity to preview the food from Frank Restaurant, Tabülè Middle Eastern Cuisine and Crush Wine Bar.

To start off the event, Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre) gave his opening statement regarding how the TOLicious program started. The food promotion began in 2003 after the SARS epidemic subsided. The city needed to find a solution to combat the poor showing of restaurants attendance and an overall decline in tourism during the summer months of that year, and thus Summerlicious was born.

 Both the Summerlicious and Winterlicious have garnered a lot of attention to Toronto, as it allows people to experience many popular restaurants at fixed prices. The program has made a positive impact in the restaurant industry as it has shown much progression in terms of revenue for many restaurants during the slow month of July. Additionally, it has also increased jobs as many of these participants in the Licious program hired extra help during the months of both Summerlicious/Winterlicious. Councillor Michael Thompson also stated that the "success of the program is a direct result of the collaboration between the restaurants, city, and corporate sponsors". 

One of the major sponsors of Summerlicious is American Express. This year, members with an AMEX card can receive "a $10 Statement Credit from American Express" when you use your credit card at any participating Summerlicious restaurants between July 5 and July 21, 2013. For more information, please click here.

Below are photos taken from the media event. All photos are credited to Jeffrey Ling of JingFilms. Many thanks to Dominique Shelepuk of Economic Development & Culture (City of Toronto) for the invitation.



FRANK on Urbanspoon

Tabülè on Urbanspoon

Crush Wine Bar on Urbanspoon

[Site Updates] New Layout

For those who are new to the blog (helloooooooo), my previous layout was this [pictured below]. I got some feedback from friends and they liked the last design but found it to be too text-based.

So I have decided to revert back to the two-frames layout for easier navigation around the blog. The coloring is a lot more easier on the eyes now and the text is a lot darker. Thanks for reading and I hope that you'll enjoy your stay =)


[Minions Are Too Cute]

I wanted to watch Despicable Me 2 on opening night but the showing time that I wanted was sold out. So I saw it on Thursday night instead. If you liked the first movie then I don't think you will be disappointed with its sequel. The minions has a much larger role in Despicable Me 2 and they are just really cute and funny. 


Don't forget that all McDonald's in Canada are offering minions toys with their Happy Meal. If you don't want the meal, that's okay too. Cause you can buy the toy individually for $2.00 + tax.