• [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

    My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 animated production written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It's a childhood favorite of many people and I have seen many shops dedicated to selling Totoro merchandise while in Japan.

  • [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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[Launch Event] McDonald's Mighty Angus

Did you know that the very first item on the McDonald's menu in 1967 was a hamburger? Since then, McDonald's has added several burgers that have become permanent fixtures on their menu. Back in August, I was invited to attend their Mighty Angus Open Kitchen Flavour Session, where guests (bloggers and media) were introduced to the all-new Mighty Angus burger. This was the first new premium burger that McDonald's has added to their permanent menu since 2012. The launch event was held at McDonald's Canada's corporate head office, and guests were given the opportunity to tour the kitchen, and watch the process behind making the new premium burger. I thought that the overall kitchen tour was both interactive, and informative.

 The Mighty Angus burger is made with juicy, tender cuts of 100% Angus beef that are locally sourced from Canadian farms. It's served on a sesame and poppy seed bun, and topped with a smoky Angus sauce, hickory smoked bacon pieces, crisp leaf lettuce, tomato, processed cheddar cheese, and grilled onions. The Mighty Angus is now available in stores, and costs $6.40 for the premium sandwich, and is also available as a part of an Extra Value Meal. Based on its good size and quality, I'd say that this was appropriately priced for a premium sandwich.

 In regards to the 100% Angus beef, I think it's great that McDonald's uses beef that are locally sourced from Canadian farms. By doing so, they have shown that they are placing a priority on buying Canadian 100% Angus beef, and not outsourcing outside of Canada. This way, they are supporting the Canadian economies and taking great pride in working with local farmers to ensure quality products. McDonald's have also taken an extra step in ensuring that the beef is always up to standard, as there would always be a representative from the Canadian Beef Grading Agency present every time McDonald's make Angus patties to verify that they're 100% Angus beef. 

After completing the kitchen tours, we were treated to the new Mighty Angus, which I quite enjoyed. Three things stood out to me; the sesame and poppy seed bun, smokey flavor of the chopped bacon bits, and lastly, the smoky angus aioli. Visually, the combination of the sesame and poppy seed added to the overall pleasant aesthetic. Additionally, instead of bacon strips, McDonald's has opted to use Hickory smoked bacon pieces. This allows the natural smoky flavor of the bacon to seep through, and just complement the overall burger. Lastly, the smoky angus aioli stood out to me, as it had a nice sweet yet light smoky flavor to it, which I don't find on a lot of burgers in Canada. Overall, this was a welcome addition to the McDonald's permanent menu line, and I will return for one.

McDonald's Mighty Angus is now available at participating McDonald's locations in Canada, so drop by soon to try one.

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Basil Box

 Basil Box is the newest addition to the food court at Square One Mall in Mississauga. They are an Asian fast-casual restaurant serving the exotic flavors of Thailand and Vietnam with a build-a-box concept. What I liked most about Basil Box was that they offer a healthier alternative to the array of fast-food options in the food court. Customers are able to customize their meal to their liking, and they also offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. I was invited to drop by Basil Box on their opening day to try their food for lunch, and I happily obliged as I was in the area for a meeting. 

I met Peter Chiu, the owner of Basil Box, that day as he was on hand getting consumer feedback. I also learned that Basil Box will be expanding, as they will be opening up a flagship full-service restaurant sometime by the end of the year. The upcoming flagship will be located in the Ryerson Learning Centre, which I am excited about as it's centrally located downtown.

Now onto Basil Box's build-a-box concept, which gives customers the ability to customize their box to their liking. They are able to choose their main base, 2 veggies, a protein (which determines the price), a sauce, and then topped it off with a topping. The instructions and available options are clearly displayed on the wall, so it was quite a helpful guide.

For my box, I chose short grain brown rice, lemongrass corn, roasted green beans, chili lime shrimp, sweet chili lime, and crushed peanuts. The portion that we got on opening day was comparably less than what people are getting today when they order from Basil Box. The reason for the change now was because Peter took the constructive criticisms from bloggers, and other customers on opening week into consideration, and increased the portion. I think it's great that he's dedicated to the product, and open to suggestions from customers.

I was pleasantly pleased that the food was really good, especially compared to the standards of what one would expect from a food court. The shrimp was nicely marinated, and I liked the slight kick from the
sweet chili lime sauce. The mango ginger ale soda - our ultra-refreshing Mango Ginger Ale Soda is carefully crafted with pure cane sugar. It’s GMO free, and best of all, it’s delicious, was a very refreshing sweet drink. Unfortunately, I am rarely up in Square One, so I can't really eat this again anytime soon. However, I am excited for their downtown launch sometime this winter, as I will definitely be a regular. Basil Box is definitely one of the more healthier options available in the food court, and is tasty too.

Address: 100 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, ON L5B 2C9 (Square One - Food Central)

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Burrito Boyz

Burrito Boyz is an establishment offering burritos and quesadillas at very reasonable prices. As of 2014, Burrito Boyz has 17 locations all throughout Southern Ontario. I often frequent the location on College Street, and this location has been consistent for the past 2 years since I have been eating there - both the food and service. 

Burrito Boyz offers no frills, as their decor is minimal, and there are only a handful of seats. However, a majority of their customers usually come in for a quick bite or simply take-out. If you don't like waiting; they do take phone orders so you can call in your order(s) in advanced for pick-up.

 Like I mentioned earlier, the burritos here are consistent. My favorite item is their steak burrito which comes in two sizes; small ($5.97) and large ($7.08). Customers can customize their burrito to your liking from choosing the type of tortilla to the amount of fresh toppings that they want. Some of the toppings that they are offer are refined pinto beans, Tex Mex cheese (triple blended), lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, black beans, jalapenos, corn, guacamole, sour screma, hot sauce, and a few more.The toppings listed above comes at no additional cost, except if you want more cheese.

I ordered their large steak burrito and it came with a generous helping of steak, and toppings (that I selected). The steak was delicious and I liked the seasoning that was used. All of the burritos are grilled to order so it comes out hot, and fresh.

Address: 575 College Street Toronto, ON M6G1A9

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McDonald's McLobster

Even though I'm a huge fast-food junkie; I rarely review the items from those places. However, a couple of my friends have been asking me about my take on the McLobster hence this brief review =)

The McLobster is McDonald's take on the traditional lobster roll. It has been on the menu in Atlantic Canada for several years now, and is now available in the GTA but only for a limited time (until Monday, August 26, 2013).

Earlier this week, I headed to my closest McDonald's, and ordered myself a McLobster. The sandwich alone was $6.79 (plus tax), so it's slightly pricier than other sandwiches on the menu. McDonald's McLobster is touted as containing 100% Atlantic lobster meat and mixed with celery, green onions, lettuce and sauce. 

I have seen a few pictures posted online of friends' McLobster, and there doesn't seem to be a consistency in the presentation of the rolls. I didn't enjoy the bun as it was really cold but I was glad that my McLobster wasn't completely drenched in mayonnaise. Additionally, the claw tasted a little rubbery but the small pieces of lobster was pretty decent and edible. 
ond problem is the cost. In order to make a profit, McDonald's has to charge more for the McLobster than they would for a cheeseburger, because lobster meat costs more than beef. But in order to keep the costs reasonable for consumers, they have to put a minimum amount of meat in the roll. Thus, y - See more at: http://www.klat.com/blogs/practical-cooking/have-you-tried-mclobster#sthash.FsCzMiRX.dpuf

McLobster is wads of dry lobster meat mixed with tons of lettuce and "McLobster sauce" stuffed into a hot dog roll. It bears only a passing resemblance to the New England traditional lobster roll, which is filled with lobster meat that has only the slightest touch of ma - See more at: http://www.klat.com/blogs/practical-cooking/have-you-tried-mclobster#sthash.FsCzMiRX.dpuf
McLobster is wads of dry lobster meat mixed with tons of lettuce and "McLobster sauce" stuffed into a hot dog roll. It bears only a passing resemblance to the New England traditional lobster roll, which is filled with lobster meat that has only the slightest touch of ma - See more at: http://www.klat.com/blogs/practical-cooking/have-you-tried-mclobster#sthash.FsCzMiRX.dpuf

Overall, there wasn't a good bun to lobster meat ratio, but that's pretty much a given considering you get what you pay for. Traditional lobster rolls (at seafood restaurants) are usually double the price of the McLobster, and therefore you'd get more lobster meat there, so you can't really complain in that department.

The McLobster is not something that I'd return to McDonald's for, but it's something that I am glad to have at least tried once.


Quality of Food: 3/5
Service: Take-Out
Overall Dining Experience: N/A
Price: $

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