Pusateri's Fine Foods

Pusateri's Fine Foods is a premium grocery retailer with three store locations in the GTA. We were unable to cook Christmas dinner last year (2014), so we decided to have it catered instead. I came across Pusateri's Fine Foods' Christmas menu on the whim while researching companies that catered Christmas dinners.

We opted for the Classic Holiday Dinner Package ($200), which serves 8 people. I chose the following items:

Appertizer: Baby Spinach and Arugula Salad with Cranberries, Maple Roasted Pecans, Chevre and Black Fig Dressing

Main: 10 lb Whole Herb Roasted Turkey with Traditional Bread Stuffing, Pusateri’s Cranberry Sauce and Turkey Gravy

Sides: Creamy Roasted Garlic Whipped Potatoes, Herb Roasted Heirloom Carrots, and Brussel Sprouts with Caramelized Apples

Dessert: Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Tart

All of us were pleasantly surprised and pleased with the turkey. Despite reheating it twice, the turkey was not dry, and delicious. Additionally, both the creamy roasted garlic whipped potatoes, and baby spinach and arugula salad, were a hit as well. John opted to make his own stuffing though using Stovetop instead of using the traditional bread stuffing that came with the catered meal. I have always liked his stuffing, so there was no complaint on my end.

Cooking would have been a lot cheaper, but this was a very last minute decision so it was fine. I actually called them on the 22nd (which was the deadline for the pre-orders), so we came pretty close to not having a traditional Christmas dinner.

I opted to pick-up since there was a Pusateri's Fine Foods nearby. Pusateri's Fine Foods was busy enough on the day of the 24th (pick up), but they didn't seem to be understaffed at all. The items were supposed to be all packed and ready to go by noon. Unfortunately, it wasn't, and I was left disappointed with the service. It took a while until someone actually noticed me, and then it took another 40 minutes for them to get my order ready.

Address: 57 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON, M5R 2B1

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Jade Dim Sum

Jade Dim Sum is a small dim sum restaurant offering fast and affordable dim sum in Mississauga. My significant other, J, recently purchased a home in Mississauga, and I have been spending some time up there lately. The location of the home is a lot closer to his workplace (about a 10 minute drive), so he prefers to stay up there on the weekdays. However, we will mainly be staying downtown on the weekends (Friday through Sunday), but will occasionally go up there as well. So, we have been randomly picking restaurants to eat at whenever we're up in Mississauga together.

About two weeks ago, we were craving for some dim sum, and did a random online search. We stumbled upon Jade Dim Sum, and decided to give it a try. Jade Dim Sum does not offer traditional cart services, as they use the pen/paper method. The restaurant was only half full around 11 am, but it quickly picked up once it was lunch time at 12:30 pm (we were leaving). 

We started off with the garlic baby bok choy, which honestly looked underwhelming when it arrived to the table. However, the dish was rather tasty and flavorful. The prices for their vegetables was a little high, but their dim sum dishes were very reasonable in price. The dim sum was good, and comparable to the ones that I have had in downtown Toronto. My personal favorites were the shrimp dumpling (ha gow), shrimp rice flour roll, and the garlic baby bok choy. Personally, I'd skip the fried shrimp triangle as it was overly crispy with a lot of residual oil.

Overall, I'd say that Jade Dim Sum is a good standard choice for dim sum, and I'd return again in the future.

garlic baby bok choy ($9.95)
beef rice flour roll ($2.20)
shrimp rice flour roll ($2.20)
preserved egg and pork congee ($2.20)
shrimp dumpling (ha gow) ($2.20)
pork shrimp (sui mai) ($2.20)
fried shrimp triangle ($2.20)
steamed Shanghai dumpling ($2.70)
spare rib with black bean sauce ($2.20)
Address: 2280 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON, L4Y 1Z4

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Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu

Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu is a very budget friendly Korean restaurant. Their menu is limited with only 10 dishes and 6 of them are variations of soon tofu which they specialize in. 

 We were greeted by a friendly waitress, and given the menu. We both knew what we wanted, so we got our order in pretty quickly. Before our meal arrived, we were given four small dishes of bachan (kimchi, bean sprout, radish kimchi and beans).

Instead of soon tofu, I opted for the broiled BBQ (beef) with hot stone pot rice ($10.62). The dish arrived on a sizzling hot plate, and accompanied with a bowl of freshly made purple rice. This was a solid dish as the portion was generous, and I really enjoyed the flavorful beef. 

John got the kimchi soon tofu (pork) with hot stone pot rice ($7.97). You get to choose the spice level for the soon tofu from the following selection: extra spicy, regular spicy, medium, mild and white.

Overall, this is good comfort food for the cold weather that we're currently experiencing.

Address: 3085 Hurontario St, Mississauga, ON, L5A 4K9

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Sukho Thai

There are currently three Sukho Thai locations in downtown Toronto. This review is based on my visit to their original location on Parliament Street. Although, you can read my review of their Wellington location here. I haven't seen a friend of mine in a while, and he suggested checking out Sukho Thai on Parliament. I am a fan of Thai food, so I didn't object to the suggestion. I enjoyed my meal at their second location, so I came in with the anticipation that the Pad Thai here would be similar in terms of flavor profile and presentation. 

The original location was fairly unassuming from the outside, and situated on a pretty busy block. The restaurant space was a lot smaller than I expected, but it looked cozy. My friend and I arrived around 6 pm on a Thursday night, and it wasn't too busy. A few tables were occupied, and most of the foot traffic going in and out were takeouts. We left before the dinner rush, but I have heard that it does get really busy.

 Sukho Thai's menu offers traditional and authentic Thai cuisine at decent prices.

As per usual, I opted for the Sukhothai Pad Thai ($13) - stir fried rice noodles in a light tamarind-based sauce with chicken, beef, tofu. I chose the shrimp option for an additional $1. The way that they plated the Pad Thai made the portion looked small, but I was wrong as it was more than enough. The Pad Thai was hot and full of flavorful. As I have mentioned in my previous review, they use tamarind so the color of the sauce isn't bright red (no ketchup here). The spice level was just the right amount giving it a slight kick without being overbearingly hot. However, if you like your noodles extra spicy then I'd suggest getting "Thai spicy".

My friend, Tim, got the Sukhothai Pad Thai ($13) - stir fried rice noodles in a light tamarind-based sauce with tofu.

Address: 274 Parliament Street, Suite A, Toronto, ON, M5A 3A4

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