Patois (794 Dundas St W, Toronto, Canada)
The Dundas and Bathurst strip gentrification completed when Susur opened Bent a couple years ago. Patois open a couple of weeks ago to join the increasingly crowded restauran scene in the area. Jamaican-Chinese is the theme. Jerk chicken and fried rice, sounds good, right? The result? Underwhelming. The fried rice is indistinguishable from other Canadian-Chinese restaurants’ offerings, basically the recipe calls you just go to town with the soy sauce. The fried chicken was decent and the jerk chicken was the clear winner. And their version of the double-down from KFC was made of two Jamaican patties with bacon and melted cheese. How we felt about the dish sums up how we felt about the restaurant: it was ‘Kay
Saturday morning breakfast @ Mabel’s Bakery (1156 Queen Street West or 323 Roncesvalles Avenue, http://www.mabelsbakery.ca/)
A stroll on Queen Street West on this breezy Saturday morning found us at Mabel’s Bakery. Their baked goods looked so tempting and the store is warm and inviting…lots of people picking up a breakfast sandwich, a coffee, or artisan breads and other prepared goods, fresh made salads, quiches, cheese, charcuterie, and cakes for tonight’s appetizers or dinner.
I will admit, I am a bit of a croissant snob…. So happy to say that Mabel’s butter croissants ($2.10) are fabulous!! Crispy layers on the outside, soft delicious buttery inside….mmmmm!!! Yes, I definitely really, really want a butter croissant again!!!!
Frank also enjoyed his Morning Toast Bun. It looks like a popover with a hard-boiled egg yolk, spinach, ricotta, mozzarella on the inside ($3.75).
FIFA World Cup -Round of 16: Pre-game show at Bairrada Churrasqueira (near College and Dufferin)
Brazil vs. Chile
Gonna enjoy some frango no churrasco (grilled chicken) and pitcher of sangria in a wicked awesome courtyard patio and cheer along wih the football fans!
INDULGE YOUR SENSES!!! every Thursday at David Pecault Square (between Metro Hall annd he Ritz) from May through October!!
Farmer’s market with freshly picked and local grown fruits and veggies, including strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, parsnip, kale, leeks, etc….. also flowers, honey products, baked goods like butter tarts, cookies, and berry pies, cured meats, sauces, etc!!! Plus lunch from various local restauranteurs and caterers but get there early for your pick of the freshest everything! I can never decide what to get!! Indulge indeed…!!
For details on the weekly events, see the City of Toronto’s website:
Gorgeous flowers from Mother-in-law!
Look at my fancy cake!!! Fancy looking only…Surprise!!! It’s a watermelon cake! HBD Jeannie and Blythe!
Watermelon on the inside, cool whip amd lemom yogurt for frosting, and any other fruit toppings you like (before spreading the “icing”, pat the watermelon sides as dry as possible.) Done!!
What a refreshing summer dessert! I am planning to bring this to every summer potluck!!
Looking for a bit more than street meat? Try Craft Dogs - Home of the Handmade Hot Dogs (95 King Street East)
My coworker and I came here for lunch and eat got the combo (dog + fries + drink). I got the Pork Bell BLT (Berkshire pork bellow, organic bacon, tomato, mayo, and lettuce) and my coworker got the Mennonite Smokey (Berkshire pork, local cheese curds, apple, sage and fancy mustard). They don’t mess around - these dogs are generously topped!! Both were yummy, but I liked the smokey flavour of the Mennonite dog better. The fries were similarly generous and very delicious, and we both chose the peach gingerale to drink. There was so much food… the two of us could have easily shared one combo and still left feeling completely satisfied!!
Check out their website for more of their dogs. There’s even a “secret menu” … but it sounds too dangerous more me!
I am curious about the deep fried oreos being served by Parts & Labour at the luminato music tent at david pecault square. FREE music shows every evening!