[Dessert] Bake Code


I remember when cheesecake was a love-it-or-hate-it kind of dessert. Nowadays it’s become a more widely enjoyed confectionery.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Toronto bakery Bake Code for a media event introducing their new dessert cakes, their Honey and Matcha Lava Castella Cakes, which are available half-baked.


It occurred to me that this might be the next love-it-or-hate-it thing.

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[Cooking Diary] And so it begins…

my cooking

I’m going to say it—I’m no cook.

When a couple of my friends and I got together for a holiday dinner during high school (university?), we attempted to cook our own dinner.

We had pasta, salad, gingerbread houses…the whole spread. One person was boiling the pasta, another chopping vegetables for the sauce, another lining up the gingerbread for construction. Me?

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[Dinner] MeNami

The new face, MeNami.

5469 Yonge St.

My fellow food blogger friend Curiosity and I visited Menami, a relatively new addition to the slew of Asian restaurants along the Yonge and Finch area.

With a name that means little tide, MeNami specializes in Udon dishes.

Udon is a type of thick wheat flour noodle in Japanese cuisine, usually served hot in soup or tossed in sauce. It also happens to be a dish I make often for my family.

Udon can easily be found on the menu of Korean/Japanese eateries throughout the city, but this is the first local restaurant–that I know of–to specialize in just udon, so I’m more than a little excited.

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[Summerlicious] Hapa Izakaya

Hapa Izakaya.

Hapa Izakaya
602 College St.

We`re in the full brunt of summer, and that means Summerlicious.

This year, Toronto’s premier prix fixe food event, Summerlicious, took place between July 8 to 24th at over 220 restaurants in the city. It’s a great chance to try out new quirky or high-end places. As all participating restaurants serve three-course meals at a fixed price, there’s no chance of being surprised with a huge bill at the end of the night!

On a rainy evening, my friends and I head downtown to Hapa Izakaya, a Japanese grill place that serves small plates and cocktails.

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[Dinner] Il Fornello

Il Fornello, Richmond Hill.

Il Fornello
8851 Yonge St.

If I had to pick a favourite food, it’d probably be some type of pasta dish.

I had the chance to satisfy my craving for good Italian cuisine when I visited this uptown restaurant with friends. Not to be confused with Il Fornaro midtown, this restaurant is a hidden hotspot for pasta lovers, including myself!

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[Dinner] Kayagum


Kayagum, 24 Hour restaurant.

5460 Yonge St.

I don’t know about you, but I get cravings for cold food when the temperature climbs, and the warm sunny weather of late has been making me hungry again. Most people grab an ice cream cone or a cool drink, but for me, it’s naengmyeon – a Korean noodle dish with long, thin noodles, served in a cold broth or with a spicy sauce.

I visit Kayagum, a Korean food restaurant that’s open 24 hours (and serves naengmyeon year-round to my memory). My friend and I visit early on a weeknight before the crowds start rolling in, so it’s still pretty quiet.

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[Winterlicious] Il Fornaro


Il Fornaro on Avenue Road.

Il Fornaro
1954 Avenue Rd.

I visited Il Fornaro midtown this past January for the first time. Here’s my take on the dining experience.

I book for 3 on a late Friday night for Winterlicious dinner and am surprised to find that it’s nice and quiet — I’m used to bigger crowds for Winterlicious. The fact that it was a very cold night and that the restaurant is in an area where those without a car would have to take the bus and/or walk a bit might have contributed to the thinner crowd.

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[Dinner] Spring Rolls


Spring Rolls
40 Dundas St W


My friend and I dropped in for a late dinner at Spring Rolls this weekend. We were starving after a 2 hour long visit to the Ripley’s Aquarium downtown. We could’ve eaten around the area, but were craving some Asian noodles, so we decided to take the short trip up to the Spring Rolls near Dundas station.

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[Winterlicious] Auberge du Pommier


Auberge du Pommier
4150 Yonge St.

I finally had a chance to visit the French restaurant, Auberge du Pommier, for Winterlicious (Jan 29 – Feb 11) this year.

I’ve seen Auberge on several ‘Best Restaurants for Winterlicious’-type lists so when my high school friends wanted to meet up in February this year, I thought, ‘Let’s do it!’

We had to push the meeting back a week to meet here because the reservations had filled up very quickly! Luckily we were able to get a spot for an early lunch (11:30 a.m.) on a weekend.

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[Brunch] The Drake Hotel


The Drake Hotel
150 Queen St. W.

There’s nothing like a stroll downtown to work up an appetite.

I chanced upon this place with my friends after an unplanned hour-long walk along Queen street. We just couldn’t decide on a place to eat. We stopped when we concluded we couldn’t walk any more, and luckily The Drake Hotel was right beside us.

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