Brasserie Meatloaf | $18.95

Pepperwood Bistro Brewery

A fairly easy restaurant to find, it sits on Lakeshore Road in Burlington facing Lake Ontario. They also have a patio section out front for those breezy summer days. Our party of 6 decided to sit inside. We definitely made the right choice because the rain came down hard halfway through our meal. The décor inside is classic with dark wood paneling, chandeliers and a luxurious bar. The menu reflects the décor with classic North American comfort food. I’m severly late on this review because I came here back in 2012!

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Ile flottante with caramel

L’Express Restaurant

Although my visit to Montreal was short, I made sure to check out some famous landmarks and restaurants. After visiting the well known deli, Schwartz’s, Chinatown and the shopping mecca on Saint Catherine Street, we headed out of the downtown core to Le Plateau-Mont-Royal. It was a bit tricky finding the restaurant because there isn’t a sign out front. The only indication of the restaurant was the word ‘L’EXPRESS’ tiled on the floor in front of the restaurant. I guess this place is a hidden gem!

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Tacos

Mezcal TNT

I heard about the new taco and tequila joint through my Hamilton foodie buds! The restaurant is run by chef and owner, Manny Ferreira (former executive chef of Earth to Table Bread Bar) and a hardworking, attentive team. The atmosphere is casual, relaxing and cozy. They’ve got 90’s hip hop bumpin’ pretty loud to set a chill vibe. The space is small and only holds about 25-30 people including the seats at the bar. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait for a table. I’d say the decor is similar to Brux House with wooden fixtures, exposed brick, chalkboard drink menus and a beautifully organized bar. Natural light floods the space through two large windows during the day and dim Edison bulbs set an intimate atmosphere at night. Tables are set with a stack of plates, a tin of eating utensils and napkins, homemade jars of pickled vegetables (enoki mushrooms, cauliflower and peppers) and two sauces in squeeze bottles (also homemade).

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Smoked Meat Sandwich | $9.35

Schwartz’s

My visit to Montreal was short, but I was determined to stuff my face with the best it had to offer. My coworkers suggested Schwartz’s Deli and L’Express. With only one full day in Montreal, we squeezed in these two restaurants into our packed day. We headed to Schwartz’s after visiting the Olympic Stadium. Since it was almost 2 in the afternoon, I didn’t think we were going to have to wait for a table. I was wrong. We were next in line for 4 seats, so we waited about 10 minutes AND the line grew behind us! Schwart’s also has a take out counter just next door! If you don’t want the full dining experience, just take your sandwich to-go. I should’ve taken 100 to go.Read More »

St. Patrick's Day Hangover Noms

What do Canadians eat after St. Patty’s Day?

Feeding yourself during the morning-after is important but not important enough to prep and cook a healthy meal to cure that hang over. What do you crave? Do you like to order-in, adventure out to a restaurant or continue drinking?

For people who like to stay home and nurse their bodies, Just-Eat.ca noticed that Canadians like to order chow mein, pizza and sushi. We also like to devour poutine, butter chicken, gyros and hot, steaming bowls of pho. I’d say eating a bowl of pho would be the best option because you get delicious noodles and you’re also hydrating yourself with the broth 😀Read More »

Pork Schnitzel | $20

Brux House

I was searching for a good place to eat lunch when I remembered Quatrefoil’s sister restaurant recently opened on Locke Street. I looked over the menu online and was excited for the prix fixe menu. The branding and the interior design is beautiful, vintage décor with gorgeous place settings. I really admired the light fixtures and the bar set up. Stunning!Read More »

Walter Caesars

Walter Caesar for Fairmont Royal York

Walter Caesar is a craft mix that uses all natural ingredients in their classic Canadian Caesar cocktail. The mix can be found in grocery stores such as Sobeys, Denninger’s and Foodland, in restaurants such as Milestone’s, Ruth’s Chris and tons of local restaurants throughout Canada, and also online.

Teams from Walter and Fairmont Royal York Hotel perfected a custom recipe to be served exclusively to guests at the Fairmont and they’re calling it the Royal Caesar.Read More »

Sashimi Dinner

Ematei

My brother suggested we give Ematei a try when we were struggling to decide on a restaurant. It’s located right by OCAD U, which is where I attended university. During the four years living by my school, I would walk by the restaurant but I didn’t try it out! There is plenty of parking in the area, you can find street parking, underground parking and parking garages. The exterior of the restaurant really reflects traditional Japanese architecture. Banners and lanterns hang from the make shift shingle roof and it’s identified by 3 Japanese characters. Inside you’ll find a sushi bar near the entrance and an intimate dining space.Read More »