Signature Fish Tacos: Grilled Pineapple & Jicama Slaw, Avocado, Smoked Chili Sauce
Some friends and I recently had dinner at Hunters Landing, and although this wasn’t my first dining experience (sshhhh I invite everyone there, because it’s my new favourite place, and it’s close to home!) anyway, although this wasn’t my first dining experience at Hunters Landing and I know what to except, I’m always blown away by how good the food is, and how awesome the service is… always. I love the vibe in there; I feel right at home, and did I mention that the food is great?!
Classica: Fresh Mozzarella, Balsamic Syrup, Tomatoes, Basil
Mussels: Albarino Tomato Broth, House-Cured Bacon, Baby Kale, Focaccia
Soup of the day- all I can say is that it was butternut squash heaven!
Ale Brisket Sliders: Horseradish-Spiked Slaw, Brioche Bun
Whether you’re looking to just relax over a glass of wine, or maybe you’re looking to have a girls/boys night out, or if you’re just looking to go somewhere with an awesome vibe and some good food, Hunters Landing is it! Have you been? You should go! What should you have? The Signature Fish Tacos are sooooo good, the Classica Pizza is amazing (looove that balsamic syrup), the calamari is delicious, and I hear that the Landing wings and the Ale Brisket Sliders are the booooooomb! You’re welcome 🙂
A big thank you to the Hunters Landing staff and to Jesse the Manager for always treating me (us) so well!
***DISCLAIMER*** You’re going to need a bib, a napkin, maybe even a towel before, during and after this, because it’s about to get real tasty around here!!
We were invited to attend the media launch of Michael’s on Simcoe, a modern Italian Steakhouse that playfully combines the best in contemporary cuisine, located in the heart of the Financial and Entertainment Districts of downtown Toronto . I didn’t understand what they meant when they said that it was Toronto’s best kept secret, but by the time I had a bite of my first appetizer, I knew exactly why!
They promised us an evening of elegance and I can honestly say that they delivered on that promise and more! The event was supposed to start at 7:30pm, but they decided to spoil us even more and invited select media to a private dinner hosted by Moët & Chandon before the actual dinner! I can’t describe how fast I got dressed just so I could get there already.
We were greeted with a tall, crisp glass of champagne and then led to the bar area where we were showered (yes that’s what it felt like)… we were showered with all kinds of delicious appetizers and of course more champagne. We hadn’t even sat down at the table and I was already getting full, but I wore a loose dress just so I could taste and savour everything that they had to offer! So now, enough talking. Sit back, relax (don’t forget your bib, if you haven’t started drooling already 🙂 ) and enjoy!
So what are my thoughts on Michael’s On Simcoe? I think I’ve already made it pretty clear that the food was fantastic! If I were to give my overall experience a rating out of 10, I would give them a 10. The wines were perfectly paired throughout our meal, and the staff? The staff took service to a whole new level, they knew the menu and their wines inside out, they were super attentive, friendly without being invasive, and accommodated every single request. Top notch service. Would I recommend it? Well if I have to recommend it after these pictures then I’m not sure you deserve all that goodness! I kid, Of Course you should go. You have to go.
Thank you so much to the Michael’s on Simcoe team for a truly amazing and elegant evening, and to Meg and the EPR team; THANK YOU for always taking such good care of us 🙂 xo
On Wednesday, we were invited to The Belly Buster Submarine’s brand new downtown location to try one of their signature subs. I’ve never been a fan of subs ever, but I’m always down to try something new, and thought maybe, just maybe a Belly Buster sub would change my mind about subs.
For all of you who have experienced a Belly Buster sub, you no longer have to go all the way to North York to satisfy your craving, cause now there’s one right downtown! For those of you who haven’t yet had one, GET YOU SOME!
We attended the media preview of Osteria Dei Ganzi, one of Toronto’s newest hotspots that offers an authentic Italian dining experience for Toronto foodies. The restaurant is set in a 120 year old historical mansion, with modern-vintage decor. They use DOP (Denomiazione di Origine Protetta-Denomination of Protected Origin) certified ingredients that are imported straight from Italy as well as privately imported regional Italian wines, which you can get by the glass by the way.
“Osteria Dei Ganzi is a tribute to Italian wine, food & culture”- Danny Gunman
Me and the lovely Telly
I came across this little Italian restaurant while wandering about London, and had the most awesome portobello mushroom appetizer EVER! I’m certain they sprinkled a little magic on it… oh my g-d sooooo GOOD!
ps: I’ve been so jet lagged so I haven’t had a chance to share them my adventures with you all, but I promise I’m taking lots of pictures and will post them as soon as I get a chance 🙂
“Rebel winemaker” and founder of Sonoma Valley’s Ravenswood Winery, Joel Peterson returned to Toronto for the second summer in a row to treat us to an evening of great wine, and good eats. Celebrity Chef Rob Rainford was there working some serious magic on the BBQ grills, serving up some GOOD food inspired by a summer backyard BBQ. One doesn’t usually associate wine with a BBQ, but Ravenswood definitely proved to us that BBQ’s are not just for beer-drinkers, as the wines definitely held their own.
We got to try 6 Ravenswood Wines: Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2010, Sonoma County Zinfandel 2009, Tedelschi Zinfandel 2008, Chauvet Zinfandel2008, Old Hill Zinfandel 2008, and the Pickberry Merlot-Cabernet 2007. I’m not a big red wine drinker, as I find they are usually hard to swallow and too acidic for my liking, but I thoroughly enjoyed all of the wines that were showcased last night, especially the Sonoma County Zinfandel 2009, and the Old Hill Zinfandel 2008.
Thank you for inviting us!
ps: Did you know that Joel Peterson is an award-winning winemaker and 2011 inductee to the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintner’s Hall of Fame? Now you do 🙂