Well, I gave it a good, long, every-muscle-engaged push. My little wheels were spinning 120 km/hour, but no matter what I did, I remained stuck in the rut. I wasn't getting anywhere, and I wasn't getting out, and we all know how frustrating that can be. Eventually my little engine conked out and I was left to wonder why I tried to go that route in the first place. I had laid things out quite nicely for my dreams to come true, and I had put them all on hold thinking I had to move through a series of specific, structured motions.
I haven't even bothered to hide it. The past two months have been hell for me, and everyone else that have been brave enough to step into my life. Being the hard-working, goal oriented person I am though, I stuck it out because I knew I should, and I prayed that one day... whenever that may be... I would be happy. Kind of a vague concept, now that I look back, but I suppose that was just because I put all of my energy into the concrete goal of a degree, without any thought into the seemingly abstract goal of my happiness. Happiness is hard to measure, and I guess I like tangible things.
Well, this past weekend, I embarked on a reflexive journey, filled with a lot of crying and uncertainty, but I came out clearer than ever. I finally came to the realization that as abstract as it was, happiness should be the goal, and the process of getting there does not have to be miserable. It's not like math where two negatives always make a positive. Two negatives are probably more likely to yield a negative in this case, and I just am no longer willing to risk that.
So, without this sounding like a re-print of my diary (ha, who am I kidding, this is my diary), I will just get to the positive moral of the story, and then, more importantly, the food. Grad school out, full time Abbey's Kitchen in. Do I ever have a hell of a lot of exciting ideas on my to-do list. Ha, and that to-do list may be even longer than it was when I was in school, but I am just jumping to get at each item. Can't say I felt the same about each new Marx essay.
This is going to be my year, and now I finally have the time to enjoy it. So definitely keep your eyes on the website, facebook, twitter and blog for updates on all the mischief I get myself into.
Okay now onto food. Well, reflexivity makes a girl hungry, so some friends and I headed out for a casual meal on College St at Kalendar. I had been to Kalendar once before when I moved back to Toronto after high school (so, ages ago), and all I could really remember were that the scrolls were pretty delicious. So as a last minute dinner option, we figured we'd give it a try.
The room is old, a little dark, but charming enough. The chairs aren't particularly comfortable, but it wasn't a long, lingering type of meal, so I didn't mind too much. Our server was friendly, but a little absent. It often took a while to track someone down, but the timing of the meal was still appropriate.
Their cocktail list is playful, and extensive. They definitely had a variety of options that I could easily entertain, but I opted for the South Beach (vodka, banana liqueur, mango juice, orange juice) because once I saw the banana liqueur (my favourite flavour for anything), I knew it was for me. Well, it's definitely an easy-drinking cocktail, basically tasting like juice, which I must say can be dangerous for some of us who are in a tender state of life-goal-confusion. As tasty as it was (and therefore, maybe a good starter drink), it was probably even a little too sweet for me to drink throughout the night or with food.
Food wise, we started with a couple of shared appetizers:
Hummus Plate (with carrots, apple slices, olives and naan)
I wasn't a fan of this hummus. It was too "gritty" for me (not the smooth consistency I prefer), and while I prefer a more pronounced lemon flavour, was almost bitter from an excess of garlic. Also, because of the strong garlic aroma, I definitely did not think the apple slices worked.
Baked Camembert (wrapped in phyllo, sprinkled with walnuts, served with berry puree, sliced pear and apple, and naan)
This was a much more successful appetizer. The Camembert was creamy, and mild, which was complemented nicely by the sweet puree and tart apples.
We all opted for half scrolls with salads, which were massive despite being the half size. I also like that you are able to sub any other cold salad for a $3 up-charge if desired. I only sampled mine and my partners, as I was a little sick and didn't want to spread the bug.
Scroll Three (Oven roasted chicken, sugar snap peas, carrots with sweet yellow curry sauce) Honey Roasted Beet salad (with chevre, walnuts and arugula)
First of all, I love the roti-like wrap on these scrolls. It's got a really satisfying chew, it holds up to significant weight and moisture, and it isn't heavy or tough. I did really like the flavour of this filling, the curry was aromatic and substantial, without feeling too rich. However, I did find the texture a little off putting. There was a little residual grittiness that I tend to experience if I haven't cooked out or really dissolved curry spices/paste well enough in a sauce. Regardless, it was an enjoyable dish
The beet salad was good, but not great. I found the honey dressing a little bland, and very sparse on the greens, so I was looking for a little more acid and a bit more salt and pepper.
Scroll Five ( Oven Roasted chicken, avocado, plum tomatoes, feta and herbed mayo) Black Bean Quinoa salad (with corn, tomatoes, cucumber)
Scroll Six (Roast Beef, portabello mushroom, caramelized onion, asiago cheese, plum tomatoes with horseradish mayo) Honey Roasted Beet salad (with chevre, walnuts and arugula)
This one was the best dish of the night (that I tried, at least). The beef was a touch dry, but still, was not at all leathery or chewy. All of the vegetables were well cooked and appropriate- the mushrooms were really meaty, while the onions and tomatoes lent a balanced hit of sweetness. It was well lubricated with aromatic mayo, and bound together by a healthy helping of salty pungent cheese. That poor roti was seriously packed full, but I actually ate it all.
Scroll Six (Roast Beef, portabello mushroom, caramelized onion, Asiago cheese, plum tomatoes with horseradish mayo) House salad
While the dessert menu looked extensive (and there were quite a few offerings that I would have been pleased with), I thought it might be more fun to change up the scenery and head to Yogurty's for frozen yogurt. Mmm.. self-serve anything is a little dangerous for me. But the pumpkin yogurt (especially with Skor bar on top) was definitely a good choice.
So for the 2 apps, 5 cocktails, and 4 dinners, I think the bill was about 175 including tax and tip- very reasonable for us. Would I return? Probably only for another last minute/ week day dinner or lunch, or in the summer, when the patio is open.
So- where does that leave me? Well, after Friday night, I spent the entire Saturday in reflexive mode, pretty much made my final decision, and then drove all the way to Peterborough in the storm to see my psychic (don't you roll your eyes at me, this guy is for real). After our chat, I felt WAY better about my decision, and super excited for the months ahead. I don't want to give you any spoilers, so let me just advice you to check back regularly.
Have a wonderful week y'all, and for those out with the kids (or friends) tomorrow for Halloween, indulge in a little childish pleasure (yep, that means a couple "fun sized" chocolate bars).
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[LAUNCH] SPiN on King W Launches Summer Menu!
[RECIPE] Dairy & Gluten Free Lime Curd, Coconut Cream and Meringue-Duo Parfait
[LAUNCH] Le Dolci's Market Class
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[CONTEST] You Could WIN a Golden Ticket to The Stop's Night Market & My Top 10 Vendors Not to Miss!
[REVIEW] Tongue and Cheek Miami (FL) Restaurant Review
[LIST] Top 10 Restaurant Picks for Father's Day 2014
[LIST] Win a Gift Pack of my Top Foodie Gift Picks for Father's Day!
[RECIPE] Middle Eastern Fried Cauliflower with Pomegranate Aioli
[CONTEST] Win 4 Tickets to iYellow Wine Club's #SummerWineCamp Summer Solstice Event
[EVENT] Terroir Symposium 2014 & a Retreat to Niagara-on-the-Lake
[CONTEST] Win a Dine Alone Foods Sauce Gift Basket!
[LAUNCH] Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre Toronto
[RECIPE] Matt Kantor's Saffron Mushroom Risotto
[OPENING] Kanga Serves Aussie Pies to Downtown Toronto!
[CONTEST] WIN 2 Weekend Passes to Arts & Crafts FIELD TRIP
[LAUNCH] Food Network's Chef Michael Smith's Lentil Hunter Adventure
[RECIPE] Catelli’s Gluten-Free Ginger and Edamame Macaroni Salad & WIN a Year Supply of GF Pasta!
[EVENT] SOBEWFF 2014 in Miami: Life's a Beach, Then You Eat!
[NUTRITION] Nutrition Myths Debunked Part 2: Dieting, Coffee & Late Night Eating
[TIPS] Kashi's Plant it Forward Ambassador's Gardening Tips & Contest To Win!
[EVENT] FNL ROM Returns for Season 5 this Spring 2014!
[REVIEW] The Saint Tavern Mothers Day Brunch Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Celebrating Spring with Sunkist & Chef Mozer's Sunkist Citrus Marinated Slow-Cooked Salmon
[LAUNCH] Pukka Launches their Upscale Indian Spring Menu
[EVENT] Go Gourmet 2014: Raising $ for Dietetic Research with a Celebrity-Packed Feast
[RECIPE] Steamed Asparagus with Dairy-Free Creamy Lemon Herb Sauce
[CONTEST] My Tasting Notes of the No.7 Hot Sauce Line & a Chance 2 Win Them All!
[RECIPE] Carl Heinrich's Sous Vide Rainbow Trout with Lemon Marmalade
[EVENT] A Taste of Taste: The North American Debut of IMG's Celebrated Food Fest
[LAUNCH] iYellow Wine Club Celebrates South African Wines
[OPENING] Luckee by Susur Lee Brings Modern Chinese to the SoHo Met
[NUTRITION] Check out the Get Enough Helper App!
[LAUNCH] Milagro's Authentic Flavours & Aromas of Mexico
[RECIPE] Honey Almond Roasted Heirloom Carrots
[EVENT] Equinosh: A Tale of Two Counties Brought Together Local Chefs, Farmers & Producers to the Gladstone Hotel
[LIST] Where to Take Mom for Mother's Day 2014: My Top Toronto Restaurant Special Picks
[EVENT] Dim Sum Lovers Rejoice at #YumChaTO 1.0
[LIST] My Top Foodie Gift Picks for Mother's Day (and a Chance to Win One)!
[RECIPE] Rhubarb, Orange & Honey Braised Spring Chicken
[LAUNCH] Chef Paz Brings International Flavours to the Historic Gladstone Hotel
[LAUNCH] Get Your Meat-Sweats On @ Weslodge with their Cutting Board Pre-Fixe!
[LAUNCH] O&B's Canteen Launch Dugout Dogs for Home Jays Games!
[LAUNCH] Oh Geul Boh Geul Serves Up Authentic Korean to North York
[RECIPE] Vegan Ginger Dark Chocolate Dip
[EVENT] Feeding Kids & Fighting Hunger with Tandoori Flame and the Breakfast Club of Canada
[RECIPE] Boston Lettuce & Microgreen Salad with Grapefruit, Avocado and Quinoa Praline
[NUTRITION] Nutrition Myths Debunked Part 1: Whole Grain, Gluten Free & Frozen Food
[NUTRITION] Kashi & Evergreen Encourage You to Plant It Forward!
[RECIPE] Trish Gill's Sweet Potato Stuffed Cornbread
[EVENT] Great Food & Drinks at the 2014 Good Food & Drink Festival
[LAUNCH] Jo Lusted's Dish Do Over Cookbook Launches & You Could WIN a Copy!
[RECIPE] Cauliflower "Steaks" with Raisins, Pine Nuts and Garlic Breadcrumbs
[LAUNCH] PayPal Mobile App Launches at Boehmer & 50+ More Toronto Restaurants!
[EVENT] #FifeFoodFight in Support of Fife House!
[EVENT] Celebrating Local Food @ the Canadian Chefs' Congress #SpringThaw !
[OPENING] Fat Pasha Completes the Dupont Holy Trinity with Middle Eastern Fare
[RECIPE] Eric Wood's Scandalous Gnocchi
[OPENING] East 36 Brings Flavourful Fun Food to Toronto's St Lawrence Market District!
[PROFILE] Lot St. Queen West Toronto Restaurant
[CONTEST] Chatelaine & Dove invite you to be #CameraProud & WIN a Magazine Subscription!
[OPENING] Sexy New Ace Nightclub Opens on Adelaide West!
[RECIPE] Will from The Feisty Jack's Chicken Tikka Masala
[LAUNCH] Milestones Canada Launches their Homestyle Chefs' Menu!
[RECIPE] Seared Hoisin Halibut with Umami Soba Noodle Soup
[LAUNCH] Wind Up Bird Cafe Delivers Nourishment for the Belly, Mind & Soul!
[REVIEW] 420 Smokehouse Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Eyal Liebman's Chocolate Pasta with Vanilla Port Braised Short Ribs
[EVENT] Adventures of a French Cookie Monster: Macaron Day 2014
[REVIEW] The Dock Ellis Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Lightened Up Mushroom and Beef Stroganoff with Spaghetti Squash Noodles
[PROFILE] Cafe Boulud in Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Restaurant Review
[LAUNCH] Habits Gastropub Serves Upscale Comfort Fare
[CONTEST] Win 2 Tickets to the Canadian Chefs' Congress' Spring Thaw on March 31st!
[EVENT] A Huevo Mexican Pop-Up
[RECIPE] Lightened Up Shrimp & Vegetable "Fried" Quinoa
[OPENING] Eastern Mediterranean Byblos Opens in Toronto's Entertainment District!
[FOODIE CHAT] Wolfgang Puck Chats the TriGrill, Healthy Eating, Restaurants & the Oscars
[LAUNCH] Lamesa Brings Modern Filipino Food to Queen W!
[REVIEW] Bar Buca Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Homemade Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragu
[EVENT] Recipe for Change was a Recipe for Success!
[OPENING] Scaddabush Offers Rustic Italian Comfort Fare in New Location Downtown!
[LAUNCH] #TakeMattyHome : Sobey's Launches Matty's Seafood Line!
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Kashi's NEW Superfood Cereals & Bars!
[RECIPE] Low Fat Chicken Pot Pie with Parmesan Phyllo Crust
[REVIEW] PB Catch in Palm Beach (FL) Restaurant Review
[PROFILE] Red Sauce Toronto Restaurant [CLOSED]
[LAUNCH] A Top Chef Challenge to Celebrate the Premier of Season 4!
[EVENT] Hard-Working Vendors Prevail Through Toronto's Infamous Grilled Cheese Fest
[REVIEW] The Cypress Room Miami (Fl) Restaurant Review
[OPENING] El Caballito Brings the #MidnightTaco to Toronto's Entertainment District!
[EVENT] A Poutine for Every Day of La Poutine Week
[LAUNCH] Winterlicious was Delicious at the Hyatt's King Street Social
[CONTEST] Take the Never Say Dieting Oath with Multi-Grain Cheerios & Win $100 to Loblaws!
[OPENING] Rose City Kitchen Brings Middle Eastern Cuisine to Queen W!
[EVENT] A Stunning Host & Successful Event at Chef's Challenge for the Cure
[FOODIE CHAT] Giada de Laurentiis on Healthy Eating, Vegas & the Chef's Challenge
[REVIEW] Cafe L'Europe Palm Beach (FL) Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Green & Black's Organic Chocolate Whoopie Pies with White Chocolate Cherry Buttercream
[LAUNCH] O&B Caters Delivers on their NEW Direct to Venue Service
[REVIEW] The Office in Delray (FL) Restaurant Review
[LAUNCH] One Year Anniversary at Buonanotte Toronto
[EVENT] A Tasting Menu with Beer by L is For & the Beer Academy
[REVIEW] Kitchen in Palm Beach (FL) Restaurant Review
[LAUNCH] The Beverley Hotel hosts a Chopped Canada Party!
[LAUNCH] Winterlicious is on at Azure in the Intercontinental Hotel!
[EVENT] Chef's Challenge for the Cure is Coming Feb 8th!
[CONTEST] Win Tickets 2 Grilled Cheese Fest on Feb. 28th!
[REVIEW] Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach (FL) Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Fonda Lola Toronto Restaurant Review
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Liberterre Free-From Meats!
[OPENING] Nandos Brings Peri-Peri to Bay St!
[EVENT] Poutine Week is Coming Feb 1-7th!
[REVIEW] La Nef des Fous Lyon (FR) Restaurant Review
[PROFILE] The Carbon Bar Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Apres du Clocher Pommard (FR) Restaurant Review
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Taste of Nature Bars & Take the Pledge Contest & Challenge!
[EVENT] Recipe for Change is coming February 27th!
[REVIEW] Hiely Lucullus Avignon (FR) Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Au Petit Bouchon Chez Georges in Lyon (FR) Restaurant Review
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Chef Butler's Meal Subscriptions
[REVIEW] Le Petit Fer a Cheval Paris (FR) Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Les Epicuriens Nice (FR) Restaurant Review
[NUTRITION] Abbey's Top 5 Pseudo- New Years Resolutions for 2014 and Beyond!
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Life Choices Gluten Free Choices
[REVIEW] Chez Theresa in Cours Saleya Nice (Fr) Review
[PROFILE] Destingo Toronto Italian Restaurant
[LIST] Abbey's Top Street Food Eats of 2013!
[LIST] Abbey's Top Dishes Abroad of 2013!
[REVIEW] La Maison Troisgros Lyon (FR) Restaurant Review
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[PROFILE] Huntsman Tavern Toronto Restaurant
[REVIEW] Le Palegrie Lyon (FR) Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] La Mere Brazier Lyon (FR) Restaurant Review
[FOODIE PRODUCT] San-J Gluten Free Asian Sauces
[CONTEST] WIN $50 to Jack Astors 4 their #WinterFling Festival!
[RECIPE] Pumpkin Pie Brulee
[REVIEW] Frenchie Paris (Fr) Restaurant Review
[CONTEST] WIN $50 for Lunch @ REDS Midtown Tavern!
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Walter - Canada's All Natural Craft Caesar Mix
[OPENING] Fonda Lola Brings the #MexicanFiesta to Toronto!
[OFFER] Toronto's TOP Restaurants & a Complimentary Exclusive Globe & Mail Offer!
[PROFILE] Marben Toronto Restaurant
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Feel Good Guru's Soup Club
[FOODIE CHAT] Emeril Lagasse Demos his XL Grill at the Chatelaine Kitchens
[LAUNCH] Spin Launches their New Winter Menu
[OPENING] Boots & Bourbon Brings a Kick of Country to the City!
[EVENT] Celebrating the Female Faces of Food at The Dinner Party
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Nature's Finest Cheesecakes
[OPENING] P&L Burger Now Open on Queen W!
[REVIEW] Gourmet Gringos Toronto Restaurant Review
[EVENT] The Dinner Party is Coming Dec. 3!
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Recipieces Meal Kits!
[RECIPE] Elderflower Vidal Cranberry, Cherry and Apple Sauce
[EVENT] Sustainable Seafood Shines at Toronto's Chowder Chowdown
[OPENING] Playa Cabana's NEW Barrio Coreano Opens in Toronto's K-Town!
[CONTEST] Spinning Plates Hits Theatres Dec. 4th - Win Premier Tickets Here!
[OPENING] Pukka Brings Modern Indian to St Clair West!
[RECIPE] Mini Cranberry White Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches with Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Oh Naturals! Banana Flavoured Chips
[EVENT] Cheers to the 2013 Gourmet Food and Wine Expo!
[REVIEW] Breitzh Cafe in Paris (FR) Restaurant Review
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Dr. Joey Shulman's Skinny Chews!
[LAUNCH] The Whippoorwill Launches a New Fall Menu!
[EVENT] What's On the Table? Great Food for a Fabulous Cause with the Stop CFC!
[EVENT] La Joie De Vivre Aux Chocolat #2 is Coming!
[EVENT] Green & Blacks Organics Chocolate Menu with Ruby Watchco's Lora Kirk!
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Catelli Gluten Free Pasta
[EVENT] The Delicious Food Show 2013 Was All Kinds of Deliciousness!
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Natural Sins Baked Dried Fruit!
[EVENT] The Grand Finale Championship @ the 2013 Delicious Food Show
[FOODIE CHAT] Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi Demo & Chat the NEW Ottolenghi Cookbook
[EVENT] Eat to the Beat 2013- 60 Chefs. One Great Cause!
[RECIPE] Slow-Cooker Green Split Pea Soup with Turkey Kielbasa
[REVIEW] Le Cinq Paris (FR) Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] The Chase Fish & Oyster Toronto Restaurant Review & 2014 Lincoln MKZ
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[LAUNCH] HotBunzz & Abbey's Kitchen HOT Collaborationzz @ The Delicious Food Show!!
[LAUNCH] Mideastro Yorkville Turns 2!
[EVENT] The Abbey's Kitchen Stadium Finale is Coming to the Delicious Food Show!
[LAUNCH] Get Social and Be Central at Ganzi!
[REVIEW] L'As Du Falafel Paris (FR) Restaurant Review
[LAUNCH] The Bar Chef by Frankie Solarik Hits Store Shelves
[REVIEW] Hudson Kitchen Toronto Restaurant Review
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[FOODIE PRODUCT] Fresh Canteen Delivery!
[LAUNCH] Celebrating 1 Year of Fancy Franks with *NEW* Dogs & Donuts!
[FOODIE PRODUCT] David's Tea *NEW* Fall Collection
[REVIEW] The Geraldine Toronto Restaurant Review
[EVENT] Toronto vs. Vancouver...Which City is More Giving?
[FOODIE CHAT] Toronto Welcomes Jamie Oliver to the Chatelaine Kitchen!
[EVENT] Battle 3 Recap: Acadia's Applesauce Win
[EVENT] Vintages Taste Ontario is Oct 10th!
[REVIEW] Pain Vin Fromage Paris (FR) Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] The Fat Duck London (UK) Restaurant Review
[OPENING] Drake One Fifty Opens Downtown!
[OTHER TOPICS] On the Set with Eat St in Toronto
[REVIEW] Trishna London UK Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Hedone London UK Restaurant Review
[EVENT] Sam Adams Pop-Up Pairing at AwesTRUCK 2013
[FOODIE PRODUCT] The *NEW* Uniiverse iPhone App!
[EVENT] Soaked, Stuffed & Loving AwesTRUCK 2013
[CONTEST] Win a Signed Vikram Vij Cookbook Set for #AKS
[EVENT] Tequila Tromba & Fonda Lola's World Largest Tequila Tasting!
[LAUNCH] Hot Bunzz #TUMAlum Collaborationzz!
[REVIEW] Pollen Street Social London (UK) Restaraunt Review
[FOODIE PRODUCT] IÖGO 0% with Stevia
[EVENT] Roaring Not Boring Coming Soon!
[CONTEST] Win a RUSH Swag Bag for #AKS
[REVIEW] Poppies London (UK) Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine NOTL Restaurant Review
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[EVENT] Eat to the Beat this October 22nd!
[RECIPE] Spring Pea, Pancetta & Parmesan Tumble
[EVENT] Let's Go to the Ex & Food Truck Frenzy 2013
[PROFILE] The Home of the Brave Toronto Restaurant
[OPENING] The Cocktail Parlor @ STORYS Shakes Up the Cocktail Scene
[LAUNCH] Highlights from the Magnum Pleasure Store (DIY Ice Cream Bars)
[EVENT] Dillon's Distillers & Death Row Meals' Sunday Brunch Al Fresco
[REVIEW] El Catrin Toronto Restaurant Review
[EVENT] La Joie De Vivre... Aux Chocolat (What You Missed!)
[EVENT] Let's Go to the Ex.. open NOW!
[EVENT] Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest @ Steamwhistle!
[EVENT] Abbey's Kitchen Stadium: Battle Three is Coming!
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Donate Naturally... Delivering Good Food for a Great Cause
[REVIEW] Bero Toronto Restaurant Review
[OPENING] The Chase & The Chase Fish & Oyster
[RECIPE] Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Corn Guacamole & Pineapple Salsa
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[REVIEW] North Pond Chicago Restaurant Review
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[OPENING] Belly Busters' Submarines Opens Downtown!
[FOODIE PRODUCT] Popchips!
[EVENT] Summer Camp... with Booze? Hello, Two Islands Weekend !
[EVENT] #BeerMe Baby! Toronto's 2013 Festival of Beer
[EVENT] Foodea's Night Market 2.0
[EVENT] #AKS #BattleTwo was a Pickle-icious Party
[REVIEW] Topolobampo Chicago Restaurant Review
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[EVENT] #DOS with La Carnita & Big Star
[LAUNCH] #LegsandTie at Fabbrica with Yorkshire Valley Farms
[RECIPE] Cold Sweet Pea Soup with Savoury Mint Sorbet
[REVIEW] Rock Lobster Food Co. on Queen Toronto
[EVENT] La Joie de Vivre aux Chocolate! Chocolate Tasting Menu!
[OPENING] Playa Cabana Hacienda
[CONTEST] Win a Signed Copy of Trish Magwood's NEW Cookbook!
[REVIEW] Alinea Chicago Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] THR & Co. Toronto Restaurant Review
[CONTEST] Indi Cooking Challenge!
[REVIEW] Valdez Toronto Restaurant Review
[EVENT] Night Market @ 99 Sudbury
[CONTEST] You Could Win Tickets to The Toronto Festival of Beer!
[REVIEW] Portillos Chicago Restaurant Review
[LAUNCH] De L'Aubier Water- Hydration from Mother Earth!
[REVIEW] Jam Chicago Restaurant Review
[EVENT] Eating My Heart Out at Eat Up TO!
[REVIEW] Girl & the Goat Chicago Restaurant Review
[EVENT] Abbey's Kitchen Stadium: Battle Two is Coming!
[REVIEW] Lou Malnatis Chicago Restaurant Review
[EVENT] The STOP's Night Market 2013
[REVIEW] The Purple Pig Chicago Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Spring Vegetable Spaghetti Squash Carbonara
[EVENT] Pack Your Appetite for FIELD TRIP 2013
[RECIPE] Moroccan Beef & Couscous Stuffed Bell Peppers
[EVENT] FNL ROM Returns with Season 3!
[RECIPE] Summer Vegetable Ricotta Pasta
[EVENT] The Grid's Burger Day 2013
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[EVENT] Abbey's Kitchen Stadium Battle One Recap
[EVENT] CraveTO May 2013
[RECIPE] Nearly Meatless Wild Mushroom Shepherd's Pie
[FOODIE CHAT] Jillian Michaels Chats @ the Chatelaine Kitchen
[EVENT] Peller Estates #FoodTruckEats NOTL
[REVIEW] Woods Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Mexican Eggs in a Basket
[REVIEW] Brockton General Toronto Restaurant Review (Mother's Day Brunch)
[PROFILE] SPiN Toronto Ping Pong Restaurant
[EVENT] Death Row Meals' Pogo Jump Up, Throwdown
[RECIPE] Sweet & Sticky Date Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
[FOODIE CHAT] Good Vs. Evil: Bourdain & Ripert in Toronto 2013
[REVIEW] Carmen Toronto Restaurant Review
[EVENT] Abbey's Kitchen Stadium: Battle One is Coming!
[OPENING] Hot Bunzz are on Fire- From Pop-Up to Restaurant
[LAUNCH] Soho's Cook's House Event: Latin Dinner Party
[REVIEW] Loose Moose Toronto Restaurant Review
[TIPS] Yorkshire Valley Farms: Breaking Down the Bird
[RECIPE] Crockpot Beef Fajita Stew
[EVENT] SLURP V.2 Noodlefest 2013
[REVIEW] Hawthorne Food & Drink Toronto Restaurant Review
[OPENING] Lisa Marie Opening
[NUTRITION] Gluten-Free Doesn't Mean Flavour Free at McEwan
[REVIEW] Samuel J. Moore Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Bannock Toronto Restaurant Review (#2)
[RECIPE] Chipotle Portobello Sloppy José
[RECIPE] Pear Cider Braised Cabbage
[EVENT] Toronto Underground Market April 2013
[REVIEW] Bar Isabel Toronto Restaurant Review
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[REVIEW] Patria Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Layered Banoffee Pavlova
[LAUNCH] Endless Dippin' of Tasty Chicken with Yorkshire Valley Farms
[LAUNCH] Covet Cooks Food & Fashion Event at Sub Zero Wolf
[REVIEW] Richmond Station Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Red Wine Rosemary Fig Compote with Cranberries and Cherries
[RECIPE] Rosemary Orange Candied Nuts
[RECIPE] Superfood Slow Cooker Minestrone
[NUTRITION] Put Your Best Food Forward at McEwan
[OTHER] Bringing the Farm to Your Family's Table
[RECIPE] Crockpot Italian Beef Braciole with Mushrooms and Sundried Tomatoes
[EVENT] Toronto Underground Market March 2013
[REVIEW] Electric Mud BBQ Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Warm Kale, Carrot and Quinoa Salad
[REVIEW] Splendido Toronto Restaurant Review
[EVENT] SLURP Noodlefest 2013
[EVENT] Sips & Nibbles 2013: How to Throw an Awesome Food Event
[RECIPE] Pomegranate Molasses and Grainy Mustard Glazed Chicken Breasts
[RECIPE] Valentines Day Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
[REVIEW] JaBistro Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Maple Pecan Sausage Rolls with Apple Mustard and Maple Cinnamon Mayo Dips
[RECIPE] Praline Bacon
[RECIPE] Sweet and Salty Olive, Grape and Fig Tapenade
[RECIPE] Super Decadent Sexy Duck Grilled Cheese
[EVENT] A V-day Gift from TUM & Abbey's Kitchen- Exclusive #SnN Event Update!
[RECIPE] Cranberry Kumquat Compote with Dried Cherries and Persimmons
[RECIPE] Rack of Venison Chops with Cherry Brandy Sauce
[RECIPE] Roasted Beet and Apple Soup
[REVIEW] Rock Lobster Co. Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Sunchoke and Pear Soup with Cranberry Gastrique and Spiced Pistachios
[REVIEW] Slider Revolution Toronto Restaurant Review [NOW CLOSED]
[EVENT] Sips & Nibbles is coming! Check out the menu here!
[RECIPE] Caramel Pretzel Brownies with Cream Cheese Icing
[RECIPE] Roasted Banana Nutella Sorbet
[RECIPE] Pan-Seared Halibut with Tomato Bell Pepper Olive Ragu
[RECIPE] DIY Asian Shrimp Cold Rolls with Spicy Mango Ginger Dip
[RECIPE] Mini Bacon Corn Dogs
[REVIEW] The Westerly Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Tempura Battered Pickles
[RECIPE] Bacon Wrapped Pickles
[RECIPE] Maple Bacon Pulled Pork Baked Bean Bites
[RECIPE] Roux-Free Italian Baked Mac n' Cheese
[EVENT] Death Row Meals' Taco Throwdown 2013
[REVIEW] Skin + Bones Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Maple Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetables with Dried Cranberries
[RECIPE] Mason Jar Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
[RECIPE] Crockpot Veggie-Packed Chickpea Plantain Curry
[RECIPE] Garam Masala Zucchini Mint Couscous with Pistachios and Raisins
[RECIPE] Roasted Pear Rosemary Sorbet
[OPENING] Italian Eats at Porzia Toronto on Queen W
[REVIEW] Rose and Sons Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Chipotle Shrimp, Corn and Black Bean Salad
[RECIPE] Maple Mustard Chicken with Savoury Apple Sauce
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[RECIPE] Spinach, Mint, Orange and Cucumber Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
[REVIEW] Kona Bay Cafe Palm Beach (Fl) Restaurant Review
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[REVIEW] Fancy Franks Toronto Restaurant Review
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[REVIEW] John G's Palm Beach (Fl) Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Max's Harvest, Delray Beach (Fl) Restaurant Review
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[REVIEW] The Station House Palm Beach Restaurant Review
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[RECIPE] Kiwi Pineapple Savoy Slaw
[REVIEW] HMF Palm Beach Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Two-Bean Salad with Pickled Onions, Tomatoes, and Feta
[REVIEW] The Bazaar Miami Restaurant Review
[TIPS] Happy Christmukkah 2012 (Warning: Food Porn Post) & Holiday Cooking Tips
[REVIEW] Ursa Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Savoury Brown Butter Coconut Pancakes with Mango Pineapple Salsa
[RECIPE] Black Bean and Sweet Potato Veggie Stew
[EVENT] Battle of the Bubbies: Latkepalooza 2012
[RECIPE] Meatball and Mushroom Ragu with Sundried Tomato Ricotta Polenta
[REVIEW] Acadia Toronto Restaurant Review (#2)
[RECIPE] Super Speedy Tamarind-Plum Shrimp
[RECIPE] Italian Green and Yellow Wax Beans
[REVIEW] Farmhouse Tavern Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Hopgood's Foodliner Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Shakshuka- Style Polenta
[RECIPE] Pea (and Asparagus) Soup
[RECIPE] Spicy Mexican Black Bean and Pineapple Rice
[RECIPE] Kitchen Sink Sausage Acorn Squash
[REVIEW] The Grove Restaurant Toronto Review
[RECIPE] Balsamic Roasted Zucchini and Baby Tomato Gems
[REVIEW] La Carnita Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Apricot, Orange, Green Pea & Bell Pepper Quinoa
[RECIPE] Healthy Tropical Loaf
[REVIEW] Edulis Restaurant Toronto Review
[RECIPE] Pomegranate Rapini
[RECIPE] Fig Salad with Grape Balsamic Vinaigrette
[RECIPE] Marmalade Chicken with Clementine Sauce
[RECIPE] Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Nutella Buttercream
[REVIEW] The Crazy Tomato Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Artichoke, Roasted Pepper and Feta Stuffed Chicken
[REVIEW] Union Toronto Restaurant Review
[EVENT] ROM Friday Night Live (November Edition)
[REVIEW] Pizzeria Libretto Danforth Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Momofuku Shoto Toronto Restaurant Review
[EVENT] October Toronto Underground Market
[REVIEW] Chantecler Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Barque Smokehouse Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Cafe Boulud Toronto Restaurant Review
[TIPS] Thanksgiving 2012 (Food Porn Alert)- Holiday Cooking Tips
[EVENT] TUM September Anniversary Event!
[REVIEW] Frank's Kitchen Toronto Restaurant Review
[FOODIE CHAT] A Cheeky Chat with Eat St.'s James Cunningham
[REVIEW] Cheesewerks Toronto Restaurant Review
[EVENT] AwesTRUCK 2012
[REVIEW] Sushi Couture Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Banana Cherry Lime Muffins
[REVIEW] Starfish Oyster Bar Toronto Restaurant Review
[EVENT] Toronto Underground Market August Edition
[REVIEW] Grand Electric Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Lime Coconut Cheesecake Bars
[NUTRITION] Eating, Traveling & Feeling Great
[EVENT] Taste of the Danforth 2012
[RECIPE] Chicken with Almond, Olive, and Roasted Red Pepper Relish
[REVIEW] Guu Sakabar Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Bestellen Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Pie Plate NOTL Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] About Thyme NOTL Restaurant Review
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[REVIEW] Machneyuda Jerusalem Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Mona Jerusalem Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Darna Jerusalem Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Cavalier Jerusalem Restaurant Review
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[REVIEW] Muscat Rosh Pina (Israel) Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Auberge Shulamit Rosh Pina (Israel) Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Aluma Bakfar Galilee (Israel) Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Catit Tel Aviv (Israel) Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Herbert Samuel Tel Aviv (Israel) Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Charcuterie Restaurant Tel Aviv (Israel) Review
[RECIPE] Pumpkin Carrot Muffins with Orange Cream Cheese Filling
[RECIPE] Magic Banana Hello Dolly Bars
[REVIEW] Mengrai Thai Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Chocolate Malt Ball Ice Cream
[RECIPE] Seared Tuna Salad with Wasabi Dressing
[RECIPE] Banana Berry Bread
[TIPS & TRICKS] Fresh Eggs Don't Float (DePetrillo and Eastman-Bridges)
[REVIEW] Hadley's Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Gabardine Toronto Restaurant Review
[EVENT] Go Gourmet! 2012 at Steamwhistle
[REVIEW] The Black Hoof Toronto Restaurant Review
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[REVIEW] Actinolite Toronto Restaurant Review
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[EVENT] Friday Night Live at the ROM May 2012
[REVIEW] Au Pied de Cochon Montreal Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Schwartz's Deli Montreal Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Le Cartet Montreal Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] DNA Montreal Restaurant Review (Closed)
[REVIEW] Le Gros Jambon Montreal Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Buttermilk Biscuit Baking
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[REVIEW] The Oxley Public House Toronto Review
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[REVIEW] The Burgers Priest Toronto Restaurant Review (The Anti-Christ of Dietetics)
[REVIEW] Fanny Chadwicks Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Sidecar Toronto Restaurant Review
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[TIPS] Passover 2012 & Holiday Cooking Tips
[REVIEW] Parts & Labour Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Weezie's Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Enoteca Sociale Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] The Combine Eatery Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Yours Truly Toronto Restaurant Review
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[REVIEW] Pachuco Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Keriwa Cafe Toronto Review
[RECIPE] Merlot Poached Pears with Low-Fat Cherry Amaretti Frozen Yogurt
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[RECIPE] Pumpkin Ice Cream with Gingersnaps and Dried Cranberries
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[REVIEW] The County General Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Marben Restaurant Toronto Review
[REVIEW] Bannock Restaurant Toronto Review
[PARTY] Happy Thanksiving 2011 (Food Porn Alert!)
[REVIEW] Woodlot Restaurant Toronto Review #2
[RECIPE] Pappa al Pomodoro
[RECIPE] Summer Succotash-Style Salad
[REVIEW] Stone Road Grille NOTL Restaurant Review (CLOSED)
[REVIEW] Riverbend Inn NOTL Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Burbs Bistro Pickering Restaurant Review (Closed)
[RECIPE] Indian BBQ Chicken Breast
[REVIEW] Origin Restaurant Toronto Review
[REVIEW] Trius (Hillebrand) Winery Restaurant NOTL Restaurant Review
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[LESSONS] Adventures in Italy: Things I've Learned
[EVENT] Dietitians of Canada Conference Edmonton 2011
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[REVIEW] Trevor Kitchen and Bar Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Harlem Underground Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] High Protein Lemon Hummus
[REVIEW] Earth Rosedale Toronto Restaurant Review
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[REVIEW] Luma Toronto Restaurant Review
[REVIEW] Woodlot Toronto Restaurant Review
[RECIPE] Breakfast Maple Granola
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[REVIEW] Beast Toronto Restaurant Review
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