Eating My Way Through Toronto:Pan Asian Flavours Around The City

Toronto has a plethora of Pan asian joints ranging from Chinese takeouts, street foods, ramen bars, food trucks and fine dining fare serving up some great exotic cuisine.It has now become a serious foodie destination.Looking for quality asian restaurants could turn into quite a daunting task as each neighbourhood focusses on specific cuisine, given the multi cultural diversity. The Chinatown neighbourhood around the city does offer a spectacular fare spanning across Vietnamese, Dim sum, Japanese and Cantonese. While the mid town and places up north too quite easily match upto some great dining experiences.

Each year the food scene in Toronto seems to be getting increasingly interesting with new eateries opening up and lending a vibrant and eclectic vibe around the city. Whilst some focus  on the classic traditional menus ,others twist it around to cater to the modern new age or Asian fusion cuisine, alluring younger un-conventional palettes.Either ways there is a lot of extraordinary cuisine on offer and to fit every budget.

I’m a glutton for good food, and it goes without saying will track down the best in each city and write about it ofcourse. I’ve rounded up a few of my my favorite places, some new and some good old ones.These are primarily around the North York, Richmond Hill and Downtown area’s of Toronto. They have soon become our most frequented jaunts as they are a burst of wonderful flavours and aromas that delight the taste buds with a creative and delicious twist.

So if you are hankering after some good Burmese bowls, spicy chilli chicken or even hot and fiery Indo-Chinese  style hakka cuisine, do pop by any of the ones that listed below and you I can assure you that you will be soon be coming back for more.

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Gluten Free Waffles

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Best Thing To Hold Onto In Life Is Each other…or so I woke up , wishing my dear husband earlier this morning. And while there was every temptation to reach out for some thing sugary and calorie laden for breakfast, I decided to go and make up with these wonderful Gluten free waffles!

Those of you who do follow me on various social media, have  perhaps seen my recent posts on low carb, sugar and gluten and keto friendly bakes. Well I must say that 2020 has begun on a much healthier note. Mind you not an easy decision to make  as I’m a Baker at heart and by profession,and now in the process of re working all my recipes to suit this change in life style, with the occasional indulgence of course.

The above recipe has been adapted form the Bobs Red Mill web page. I do love their range of various gluten free flours and almond meal that work fantastic in all my recipes. whilst the original recipe calls for the use of only gluten free flour, I’ve added in some almond meal as well and substituted the sugar with Swerve, which has now become my go to sweetener for my healthy bakes.

Go give these waffles a try with dash of maple syrup, fresh raspberries and a dusting of Icing sugar. Pamper your loved one’s a little and have yourselves a loved day!

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Pumpkin Goodness: Recipes That Go Beyond Pie

 

 

Fall is in the air and there is no better place to experience it, than here in Toronto.There are various shades of tinted amber, brilliant yellow and bright orange everywhere. I sit by my window and look out with a heart filled with gratitude as I admire nature’s canvas, painted ahead of me. The air is crisp and the falling leaves now bid adieu to summer.

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Beyond Poutine: Montreal Must Eats

The past few years have taken us to Montreal on several occasions. The very first visit was in seeing  the dear son off for his first year at McGill University. We have been there a couple of times since and of course the last visit a couple of weeks ago for his graduation. Each visit has been unique in exploring this city to its best. Travelling to explore local eats and cuisine is always top on my mind and its always great to get back and document the same in the form of a blog post.

Montreal has lots to do and discover right from a walk upto Mt. Royal, the grand and lovely walk around cobblestone paved Vieux Montreal with the Basilica of Notre Dame standing tall and spectacular as ever in it’s glory, retail therapy down the bustling streets of Rue de St. Catherine’s, or perhaps if you are a culinary traveller like me that loves to browse around farmers markets around the city, like the ones at Marche Jean Talon and Atwater that host various local vendors of fresh produce, bakery goods, meats and cheese.

No matter what grabs your fancy, food plays a key role in exploring and getting to know a city well. Montreal too in its own way is a Culinary haven and the food scene seems to be exploding each year. Now while there is an addition to a must eat every minute and the options seem endless, I wanted to do a quick round up a couple of our favourite places that we discovered over the past few years in Montreal. Let me take you around some great places that I enjoyed eating at and hope you will strike these off your bucket list too.

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The Old Bakery Goa: A Hidden Gem You Won’t Find On Trip Advisor


 

 

Now when you are a baker at heart and by profession and you stumble upon a hidden gem tucked away in a hole in the wall kind of place,your joy knows no bounds. And for a bread baker there is no better excitement than to get lost in conversation with a Poder (Goan bread baker).Well these were exactly my sentiments on un earthing this old bakery nestled in a  inconspicuous bylane of Ribander Road Goa.

This Bakery has been christened as the Old Bakery of Goa for the want of a name as none seemed  to be  displayed on the facade or any signage of sorts. I recall having read about this place on one of the Goa forums as a post from a member and hastily  book marked it as a “Must visit” place.

Visiting local markets gives a great insight into local traditions and customs. The true essence of a city comes out alive by  wandering around these rustic settings  in search of local flavours I for one am a huge supporter of local artisans and vendors and ensure I keep aside a couple of hours to take in the sights and delve deep into history where food seems pure and simple and time is enhanced by a new discovery.I was keen to write about the old Goa bakery in a small attempt to revive this delicious profession before it faces extinction.

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