Coco Lezzone

That time I … witnessed a rebirth

Gastroworld has single-handedly kept my social calendar busy this summer. And while she’s been on top of her game with posting regularly, I’ve fallen a little behind. Time to play catch-up. Back in August, GW and I got to experience the “Rebirth” of Coco Lezzone – a popular Italian resto-bar that moved from it’s old Little Italy location, to…

The Dirty Bird

That time I … chased a dirty bird

I have a love affair with fried chicken. I really do. Crispy, crunchy, protein goodness. When I first heard about The Dirty Bird Chicken + Waffles, it was accompanied by a choir of angels singing, as clouds parted to let beams of light shine through. Ok, dramatics aside, I’ve been wanting to try The Dirty Bird since they opened…

Roti Cuisine Of India

That time I … ate a giant roti

Sometimes, the restaurant-finder app on my iPhone can help me stumble upon little food outlets I never even knew existed … which is exactly what happened one summer’s afternoon when a friend and I found ourselves in the Annex looking for some quick takeaway. Thanks to the Yelp app, we discovered Roti Cuisine of India. The giant sign outside is unmissable. You half-expect to walk…

That time I … found kathis in YYZ

The first time I tried a kathi roll was 10 years ago … in New York of all places. The second time was again in NYC where, like a seasoned expert, I introduced it to my travel buddies, all of whom seemed a little skeptical to try an East Indian sandwich from the side of a dodgy food truck in…

Branca Toronto

That time I … ate the Argentinian way

I love me some meats! So when a friend suggested dinner at Branca, an Argentinian grillhouse in Little Portugal’s Brockton Village, I pretty much starved myself the entire day. And, for the most part, it was pretty worth it. A former residential rowhouse on Dundas West, now converted into a cosy and initimate space, this charming little restaurant brings…

Via Vai

That time I … ate pizza in a glass cube

You know what’s tough about organising a dinner for 12? Trying to find a venue that’s large enough, price-appealing, foodie-friendly, vegetarian-friendly, and can … on those very, very, very rare occasions (in my life) … accommodate children. Now, try doing this during the three weeks of Toronto’s Summerlicious season. And so it was, after many a…

Gardiner Bistro

That time I … had dinner and a reading

The Gardiner Bistro is a bit of a surprising find … like the crisp $10 bill I found in the back pocket of my jeans while doing laundry last week. Both brought me much satisfaction. Tucked away on the first floor of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, the Bistro is an unassuming resto that doubles up as very stylish event space. And this makes…

Soco Toronto

That time I … partied with a rockstar

To celebrate their 3rd anniversary this spring, Karyzma, a reputed Toronto-based PR agency, did what only they do best – hosting a fun and stylish private party at the newly-opened, Soco Kitchen + Bar at the Delta Toronto, located in the city’s South Core. The invitation-only event coincided with Soco also launching their brand new patio, and fellow blogger, @Gastroworld, and…

Rasa Toronto

That time I … tasted “essence” at Rasa

I’ve read that Rasa translates to “essence” in Sanskrit. Other sources claim the name is derived from the Latin phrase tabula rasa, which means “blank slate.” I’m inclined to believe both – one, because some of the meals were served on a slate, and the other because the eclectic menu reflects the essence of a truly, diverse city like Toronto. That…

That time I … FEASTed @ brunch

Following an invigorating church service in Flushing, New York, a group of us headed back to the city to partake in a delicious Sunday brunch at feast. Located in the East Village, this rustic and unassuming little restaurant was featured in the Food section of the New York Times. So, it was no surprise that it was a…