Toronto Food & Wine Festival

Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival

My adventure to the Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival started in Hamilton. Before I left, I checked the website for directions and parking. Since it was hosted at the Evergreen Brickworks, parking was very limited. The festival offered free off-site parking and free shuttle to the venue! As someone who loves to drive everywhere, I really appreciated their shuttle service, props to the planning team. The rain came pouring down as I left Hamilton and it miraculously ended when I arrived at the parking lot. The weather just wanted to ruin my drive and delay me from getting to all the food! It took me more than 1.5 hours to get there.Read More »

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Korea House

Korea House

I can’t count how many times I’ve been to this local joint because it’s just THAT fantastic. Korea House is located at Canon and Victoria in downtown Hamilton. They have very limited parking and sometimes you might be boxed-in in their square lot! Street parking is available or you can park across the street at Shoppers Drugmart. You’ll find Korea House signs at the front of the store but that’s actually their kitchen. The front door is accessible through the parking lot area (around the corner from the storefront).Read More »

The Lockhart

The Lockhart

Sitting on the corner of Dundas and Dufferin, The Lockhart has non-pretentious décor, chatty staff and a dark atmosphere. The cocktail menu and the furnishings will easily draw you in even if you don’t catch on to the little Easter eggs throughout the bar. Inside, you’ll find exposed brick walls, wood and metal furnishings, an assortment of chairs, simple murals, a beautiful bull skull, a neon sign saying “all was well”, and a glass bar lined with pennies. If you get a chance, take a seat at the bar. You’ll be able to see all the action and talk to the staff about the menus.
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Sakai Restaurant

Sakai Japanese and Korean Cuisine

Situated on Fairview Road, the restaurant is fairly easy to find. Sakai faces the road at Fairview Gardens Plaza, decorated with Japanese-style doors and window covers. Inside, you’ll find traditional Japanese décor and art. A long sushi bar runs along the right side of the restaurant, while elevated private rooms line the left side. They also have a spacious patio for those beautiful summer days.Read More »

Lamesa Filipino Kitchen

Lamesa Filipino Kitchen

You’ll find Lamesa Filipino Kitchen at Queen and Bathurst, sitting beside the black facade of Kenzo Ramen. The storefront and the restaurant itself is quite small. Inside, you’ll find a few tables at the front and more near the back past the bar. The space is modern, fun and clean. They have $5  snacks and daily specials written on a chalkboard. The menu was quite simple, which was great for Sally and I because this was our first experience with Filipino food… plus the waitress was nice enough to explain and recommend some dishes. The atmosphere is chill and intimate with attentive staff.

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hanmoto-restaurant

Hanmoto

I’ve never had a weirder dining experience than Hanmoto, and it’s a good-weird! The weirdness starts even before you step foot in the restaurant. How? Well, I wouldn’t say it’s hard to find but it wasn’t exactly easy – good luck trying to find a sign because you won’t find one. Just look for a building façade with 3 red lights and wood paneling. This Japanese izakaya is the sister restaurant to Oddseoul on Ossington.

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Han Ba Tang

Han Ba Tang

I first found out about this restaurant when I was browsing my Instagram feed. What caught my eye were a few things: Korean fusion tapas, pretty-looking cocktails (even though I’m not a drinker), their beautiful light bulb sign, and their decor. What I didn’t realize was their location… not downtown Toronto. I started my mini road trip in Hamilton and made my way to downtown Toronto then to North York. The restaurant is relatively easy to find, only being 2-3 blocks north of the 401. They don’t have a sign outside in English phonetics, just a sing with Korean characters in orange. You’ll see their giant light bulb sign once you peer through the window or walk in the restaurant.

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Pork Dinner

Cha Me Cha

The restaurant is in the same plaza as T&T supermarket, so it’s pretty easy to find parking. Inside, you’ll find dark walls, hanging light fixtures and a refined taste in décor compared to a lot of Chinese cafes. Their menu focuses on afternoon tea and late night snacks. You’ll find lists of flavoured tea options, shaved ice, milk tea, snacks and a few main dishes. I came here with my family, grandparents, aunt and uncle.

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Vermicelli Bowl

Royal Pho

Whenever my friends and I don’t feel like driving down the Linc to Upper James for pho, we go to Royal Pho. It’s a great alternative if you’ve been to the same pho restaurants over and over again. The décor is interesting and authenic. The walls are covered in a pastel green with dark wood paneling and furniture. It’s a clean, brightly lit and family-friendly restaurant.

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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 »