• [Food Post] Tsujiri Toronto

    Tsujiri Toronto's first North American outpost opened earlier this week near Bay and Dundas amid much fanfare. This is their first foray into a market outside Asia, but they are planning on expanding to other cities in North America in the future. I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek of some of the products that Tsujiri Toronto has to offer a day before its soft opening, and got the chance to chat with one of the managers, Tylor Shek.

  • [Food Post] Nordstrom Eaton Centre Opening Gala featuring Daniel et Daniel

    The gala opening epitomizes what Nordstrom is all about - great customer service and consistency of the brand. Hence why they partnered with Daniel et Daniel to be the official caterer of the Nordstrom Opening Gala, as both companies share the same ideals and business ethics.

  • [Food Post] Waterloo Food Tour

    The Region of Waterloo is home to many regions that inspire start-ups (such as Thalmic Labs), housing, and of course many restaurants. The Region is developing and propelling a movement alike many urban areas, by bringing innovative ideas and talented people together, whilst keeping the scenic and spacious rural landscape. Andrew Coppolino of www.waterlooregioneats.com (@WatRegionEats on Twitter) gave us a tour on behalf of Waterloo Region Tourism, with 4 set destinations in mind for the day.

  • [Food Post] Ebisu on Queen / Ebisu Toronto

    Ebisu Japanese Restaurant originated from Vancouver, as its first location opened in December of 2006. There are two locations in Vancouver and one in Richmond, along with two restaurants under the Kamei names. The brand itself is very well-known in Vancouver, and they hope to expand it in Toronto with this new outpost.

  • [Food Post] Dave and Buster's Oakville Grand Opening

    However, over the last two decades, much has changed, including the demise of arcade and game centers due the emergence of mobile phones and Netflix. The health movement over the last six years has also made Dave and Buster's traditional burger and fries menu far less appealing than what it was. With that being said, they have changed their food menu, and the options are now more diverse. The menu is rather extensive with items like shareable appetizers, side salads, beef steaks and ribs, pasta, sandwiches, and so much more.

  • [Food Post] Morals Village Mississauga

    Morals Village is a hot pot restaurant chain with over 600 locations in China. They opened their first Canadian location in 2015, and has since grown at a relatively rapid pace. About 1.5 weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Morals Village Mississauga Grand Opening Event. The Mississauga location is their 5th Canadian location, and they have plans to open another in Ottawa. With that being said, Morals Village prides themselves in providing top-notch quality and Szechuan cuisine influenced flavour with their hot pot offering.

  • [Event] The Royal Dinner with Chef Michael Bonacini

    The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair is now open until November 13, 2016 at the Exhibition Place, Toronto. Start the holiday season early by attending one of the largest combined indoor agricultural fairs and international equestrian competitions in the world. The fair takes place every November in Toronto, and it is where guests can enjoy the best in agriculture, local food, and equestrian competitions from across the country. There are so many things to do, and see at this year's The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair.

  • [Food Post] CNE Media Preview 2016

    Every Sunday, Montecito offers a brunch buffet starting at 11 am to 3 pm. Brunch isn't new at Montecito, but they recently revamped their brunch buffet, and added several new items to the menu. The 12,000-square-foot Montecito opened up its doors late 2014, and is a partnership between Hollywood director Ivan Reitman and Chef Jonathan Waxman.

  • [Travel] Satsuki and Mei's House from Totoro

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  • [Travel] Day #15 in Japan [Koyasan]

    A shukubo is an accommodation that allows you to stay in a Japanese temple or shrine for the night, and enables you to experience the culture. You are given your own personal room, and there are multiple washroom facilities throughout the temple.

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Denny's Toronto

The 24 hours diner is synonymous for their no frills "Grand Slam" breakfast, and there are an abundance of locations worldwide including several in Ontario. Denny's opened its first Toronto location in mid 2014 on the corner of Bay and Dundas. Its central location makes it very close to both the Eaton's Center, and Ryerson University (students also get 15% discount), so it's a convenient spot.

Denny's Toronto offers a menu of classic breakfast and comfort food for relatively affordable prices. Although breakfast seems to be the central focus at Denny's as it's available all-day. I arrived to Denny's Toronto for lunch, and opted for the highly recommended Cinnamon Pancake Breakfast - cinnamon sauce and cream cheese icing drizzled over two buttermilk pancakes. Served with two eggs* and hash browns, plus your choice of two strips of bacon or two sausage links and a side of warm syrup. I don't often eat breakfast foods for lunch, but it was available so why now? Judging solely on appearance, I'd say that the cinnamon pancakes was very aesthetically pleasing on my first visit (IG-picturesque).

However, I was slightly less than impressed with the lack of presentation on my second visit for dinner, and there was no syrup between the layers this time around. Luckily, the taste was still the same, which I enjoyed on both visits. Tasty and fluffy pancakes! Overall, the meal came with a substantial amount of food, and I was pretty full by the end of lunch.

I also got a strawberry milkshake, which was delicious!

Denny's Toronto has a couple of skillets on the menu, and J got the Crazy Spicy Skilletcrumbled chorizo sausage, jalapeños, sautéed mushrooms and fire-roasted bell peppers and onions blended together with seasoned red-skinned potatoes on a sizzlin’ hot skillet. Topped with grilled chicken breast, shredded Cheddar cheese, a spicy five pepper sauce and Pepper Jack queso.

Overall, the restaurant caters to the regulars in the area, students from Ryerson, and tourists, so it's a nice mix of patrons. Denny's Toronto is open 24 hours, and is essentially a go-to place for breakfast foods, and late-night dinners.

Denny's Toronto recently introduced an app called The Denny's Club App, where patrons are able to collect points for their meals (social loyalty program). Additionally, the app has the capability to allow you to pay for your meals within the app - a two-in-one feature. It's nice that you don't have to pull out your wallet, as your payment information are securely stored on the app. I like that if you're a frequent diner at Denny's, then the app instantly recognizes you as one of "Denny's Loyal Customers", and offers you extra perks.

Go paperless with your receipts and download the app today; available for Apple and Android.


Don't forget to drop into Denny's on your birthday for a FREE grand slam breakfast.

Address: 121 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1C4

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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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Johnny Rockets

The Niagara Falls location of Johnny Rockets recently made headlines regarding Aretha Franklin as she wanted to eat her take-out order in the restaurant. I have seen the chain whenever I am in Niagara Falls, but I have never personally ate there. However, I have finally tried Johnny Rockets about a month ago at their Dundas location (near Eaton's Center).
Johnny Rockets is an American franchise with multiple locations all throughout the world. There are four different locations in Canada, and the one we ate at is nearby the Eaton's Center. The restaurant's concept is to retain the classic restaurant look from the 1950's; so pretty much diner-style.

As you can see from the picture; the decor was dated as they want to retain the 1950's look. There were a few booths along the side which was where we were seated. On each table was a mini jukebox machine that plays music when you insert a nickel (5 cents) into it but it was non-functional.

Johnny Rockets is known for their thick and creamy shakes and malt, and offers several flavors. We decided to get both the vanilla original shake ($6.49) and strawberry original shake ($6.49). I liked the milkshakes a lot as it was tasty and rich. You can really tell that Johnny Rockets uses real ice-cream and whipped cream for their milkshakes instead of artificial ingredients.

The grilled cheese ($6.99) - our grown-up version of the grilled cheese with your choice of four slices of cheddar, American, Swiss or pepper jack on your choice of bread, was one sandwich cut into two slices. It also came with a side of french fries. The grilled cheese looked rather lackluster, but at least there was plenty of cheese. Unfortunately, the two slices of breads were lukewarm so I didn't fully enjoy the second slice as it was rather cold when I got to it. I did like their fries though as it was crispy and non-oily.

JL opted for the Route 66 ($11.99) - this favorite is named after the iconic, carefree, American Highway Swiss cheese, grilled mushrooms, grilled onions and mayonnaise, which also came with a side order of either salad or fries. You can also add additional toppings for $1.79 each (onion rings, jalapeno slices, grilled mushrooms, grilled onions or gravy) and $1.99 each (2 slices of bacon, chili). The burger may be a tad overpriced due to its small portion, but he liked it regardless.

I find that with chained restaurants; one can either like it or hate it. With that being said, I am rather indifferent towards Johnny Rockets.The food wasn't completely inedible or bad, and I really did enjoy their milkshakes. However, there was nothing spectacular about the food or service.

Address: 22 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5B 1R4

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A friend of mine recommended that we meet up at Hooters since they have AYCE wings on Monday. We arrived a little after 6:30 pm, and it wasn't super busy. However, the place started picking up by around 7:30 pm, and it quickly filled up when we left. Hooters can be categorized as a "breastaurant" as the waitresses are clad in tight white tank top and high waist orange shorts. A majority of customers either hate or like the idea of being served by females dressing in tiny shorts; I am neutral. I care more about the food, and the idea of AYCE wings appealed to me.

Hooters offers the typical bar fare such as salads, wings, burgers, sandwiches, and etc. ... Both my friend and I opted to get two of their AYCE Wings deal ($12.99 x 2). Note that since my last visit; they have increased the price by a $1.00.

They have a laminated place card at each table indicating the rules of AYCE Wings. It's as followed:

  • Offer valid on Mondays only.
  • $12.99 per person per visit.
  • You must purchase a beverage.
  • Offer valid for boneless or original wings.
  • You must finish at least 1/2 your wings.
  • Extra sauces, dips, celery, or carrots are not included.
  • There is an extra charge of $1.00 for orders of "all drums" or Daytona "style" per serving of original wings.
  • A 15% gratuity will be added to groups of 6 or more.

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Hooters has 13 wing sauces on their menu and my favorite was probably their "honey garlic". For those who like their wings hot; their two hottest sauces are "Habanero BBQ" and "911" (4 flames). We didn't order either of those, so I can't comment on their hot levels. Each wings order arrived on a round tray with 10 wings. I have had Hooters wings before (on a regular night) and the ones served every Monday are slightly smaller in size. Unfortunately, some pieces barely had any meat on them, but hey ... it's AYCE so you can always order more. Overall, my dining experience was rather okay as the wings weren't too bad, and our waitress was friendly, and quick.

The curly fries were good, and it was only $1.99 per basket. Super cheap!

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Baton Rouge

Bâton Rouge is a Canadian chain, and best known for their BBQ baby back ribs. Their first location opened up in 1992, and they now have several locations throughout Canada. This is a belated post, but I held my birthday last year at the location in Eaton Center.


Address: 216 Yonge St, Toronto, ON, M5B2H1

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The Stockyards: Smokehouse and Larder

The Stockyards has gained the reputation of being one of the best places in Toronto for fried chicken. It is a modest size restaurant offering comfort food on St.Clair West. I came here for dinner on a Thursday to try out their ribs and chicken combo. However, I completely forgot that they only serve BBQ ribs three days a week (Tues, Fri and Sat). The reason for this is because "the smoking process of their wood fired cooker takes up to 18 hrs". 

Eventually, I opted for the popular Stockyards Fried Chicken Dinner ($14.00). The dinner came with four pieces of buttermilk marinated chicken and served with fries, coleslaw and hot sauce. The buttermilk that the chicken was marinated in made the chicken quite tender. Overall, all four pieces of fried chicken were succulent, moist, and tasted delicious when dipped into the provided hot sauce. I also liked the shoestring fries which wasn't overly oily.

The Stockyards' decor is pretty minimalistic with an open kitchen concept. If you're lucky enough to be seated in the bar area facing the kitchen; you can watch the chefs make your food. As for their service, I thought that it was quick and efficient. My friend and I were quickly seated, and our waitress took our food and drink orders. Occasionally, she came back from time to time to our seated area and asked how we were doing.

I am not super big on the idea of getting brunch but I have heard a great deal about their fried chicken and waffles combo. So it's definitely on my list to try out in the future.


Quality of Food: 4.5/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $$ || Online Menu

Address: 699 St Clair Avenue W, Toronto, ON,M6C 1B2

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Ruth's Chris Steak House

Ruth's Chris Steak House is a chain of steakhouses all across Canada, the US, and other international countries. I called three days ahead and booked a dinner reservation for 8:00 p.m. on a Saturday. My boyfriend and I went to the downtown location on Richmond Street W. Once you have entered the building; you have to take an elevator (one floor) up to the main restaurant. 

Trying to find a parking spot on Richmond Street West on a Saturday night was horrible. So we arrived to Ruth's Chris Steak House about 5-10 minutes late, and found out that our reservation was given away to another couple.  I was nonchalant about it as it was our fault for being late. So the hostess asked for the two of us to wait for an open table by the bar.  We waited for about 15 minutes and no tables opened up … my stomach was pretty much growling by this point. The manager of Ruth’s approached us from the bar, and made small talks with us. He told us that a table just got their desserts and should be done soon, or we can go eat in the private dining room. Say what??? Yes, he offered us the entire private dining room to ourselves. So we kindly took his offer, which we were both very grateful for.

The atmosphere inside the restaurant appeared to be a very relaxing one as the lights were dimmed and the music was gently playing in the background. The dining area was well decorated with modern pieces, and it was spacious. Our server arrived to the table, handed us the menus, and took our drink orders.

The only one complaint was that the sides are not included with the steaks. However, this is pretty much the norm for many mid-to-higher end steakhouses in Toronto. We ordered the mashed potatoes ($9.95), shoestring french fries ($9.95) and asparagus ($9.95) as our appetizers. The appetizers were decently priced and affordable as the portions were incredibly large; it was more than enough for two.

The menu at Ruth's Chris Steak House offers a good selection of steaks, veals/lambs, and seafood dishes. I opted for the torpedoes and shrimp combo ($48.95).

My dish consisted of two medallions filet steak topped with "four pieces of jumbo shrimps dusted with Cajun spices" which was the descriptions provided on the restaurant's official website. The food came within a few minutes, and was delivered on a sizzling hot plate. I chose to have my steak cooked medium, which has always been my preferences. The steak was doused in butter which helped enhance the flavor of the meat. The four shrimps were of a good size and tasted fresh and nicely seasoned. The meal was good, and I was really full by the end of the night.

My boyfriend ordered the t-bone steak ($62.95) and had it served medium-rare (pictured below). I had a few small bites of his steak, and it was really soft and succulent on the inside. The price of this particular cut of steak was pretty pricey, but the steak was of a good size. Had I ordered it; I don't think I would have finished it.

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The service at Ruth's Chris Steak House was pretty accommodating and friendly. Our server was an older gentleman, and he was professional and efficient. He checked on us a few times throughout the duration of our meal, which was appreciated. Overall, I had an extremely pleasant dining experience and would definitely recommend this location for its food and service.


Quality of Food: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Dining Experience: 4.3/5
Price: $$$$ || Online Menu

Address: 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2L2

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