URBNSPN Review: Sukho Thai

Great Thai food in the Market

While the music can feel too club- and lounge-like, the food definitely makes up for music choice. The pad thai was great – something I would compare closely with that at KSR. Also tried the Khao Soi, which was amazing! The coconut soup base was fragrant and flavourful; which in turn made the beef and egg noodles fragrant. Looking forward to more visits here!

http://www.sukhothaifood.ca/

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Excited about NEW SUKHOTHAI location

It may be sad and disappointing for some that Habaneros will be no more. But I for one never appreciated Mexican food, so I am EXTREMELY EXCITED that Sukhothai will be opening in the old Habaneros location (Wellington/Church).

This will somewhat satisfy my love for noodles. Salivating right now. I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a Monday this much…


A culture of eating

I’ve always been a proud Canadian and nothing pained me most when I was growing up than when my family members would say “Hong Kong has everything.” I would retort with questions like, “Do they have Pizza Hut?”; “Do they have spaghetti?”; “Do they have hot dogs?” and unfortunately for me, the answer would always be “Yes. Hong Kong has everything.”

FRUSTRATION!!! And sadness when I realized my beloved country lacked many of the cool things Hong Kong had to offer despite our incredible diversity.

And slowly, I realized Hong Kong does have everything. And to my point from my I love food but… post, Hong Kong has a crazy culture like no other and eating is a HUGE part of it. I am glad I do not live there, because I would be severely obese.

Check out the No Reservations episode on Hong Kong. Anthony Bourdain describes Hong Kong beautifully and accurately when he describes it as a pinball machine. A magical place where you’re bounced around, through narrow and hidden passageways to be spat out somewhere completely different, all dizzy and drunk with happiness and confusion. Maybe he didn’t say it in those words, but the analogy is pretty close to the real thing.

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New Restaurant Opening: Hawthorne Food & Drink

Finally after much anticipation on my end, as I’ve walked past this developing restaurant for some time, Hawthorne will be OPEN December 3! YAY! I was tempted to crash the preview lunches today at lunch, but instead I somehow mistakenly ordered a very soupy pad thai…(why am I always doing this to myself?! Oh yes, because Khao San Road is too far away…)

Can’t wait to try it out!


I love food but…

How does one eat soo much? Even if it’s just once in a while?

When Conan and I went to Asia, we toured around Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. It was a fabulous time and we visited the most food glutenous places in the world. I was there a bit longer than Conan and before he came to meet me, my stomach was still full from trying to digest food from a week prior. It was just crazy…and oh so delicious. Right now, I wish I was in Taiwan, eating some stinky tofu, and then in a moment sitting in a crazy second floor brisk restaurant at a table my uncle just falsely assumes another family identity to secure said table and eat the most amazing Taishan food.

*breaks out of food trance*

But in reality, by the end of our trip, I wanted nothing more than to starve myself for the next few weeks because I was never hungry. Admittedly, I can’t keep up with everyone else in the game of eating, it’s a culture that I wish I could participate in, but my stomach just doesn’t stretch that way.

I don’t know how people do this, but they do. This is a moderate night compared to my experiences in Asia and Vancouver, but it’s still crazy.

Anthony Bourdain’s Guide to Eating and Drinking in NYC: Munchies


Fahrenheit celebrates 1 year~

Tomorrow’s the day that Fahrenheit celebrates its one year anniversary at their Jarvis and Lombard location in downtown Toronto. To celebrate, Sameer is offering up FREE AMERICANO’S all day! YAY!

In addition, all TIPS will be donated to the MOVEMBER cause.

Fahrenheit is definitely one of my favourite spots in Toronto – great coffee, great vibe, great people and delicious baked goods. To boot, they’re also top barista competitors – 3rd and 4th at 2012 Central regional Canadian Regional Barista Championship and 5th at the Canadian Barista Championship.

This picture is from a friend. AMAZING!


Today’s lunch at Bannock


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Usually I bring my lunch to work because I like to save money like that. And even when I do go out to eat, I have food court food or make a long journey to a vegan place; but today, I agreed to go out to a random lunch with my friend, Ken.

Not surprisingly, choosing a place to eat is always a difficult task #firstworldproblems. Good thing we somehow, miraculously, agreed up Bannock in a very short period of time. We’re both familiar with Bannock and I’ve been there for various types of meals (dinner, lunch & “take-out). Bannock is part of the Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants (O&B, Biff’s, Canteen, Luma, etc.) and is described as serving Canadian comfort food.

On this particularly Frankenstorm afternoon, Ken decided he needed to be SEVERELY comforted and the powers of comfort food overtook his brain and he ordered the duck poutine pizza. And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

Monstrosity. It was a pizza with carmelized onions, pulled duck, cheese curds, crispy french fries and gravy. I wondered how he could go back to work after this meal and he assured me this wasn’t as bad as the time he had AYCE Indian food for lunch. So I was confident I wouldn’t have to carry him back to work!

I opted for a slightly ligher fare – the Praire Grain Salad with the soup of the day (roasted red pepper tomato).

Now this salad wasn’t what I had in mind. I thouhgt it would be more of a leafy salad with some grains on the side, but as you can see, I got full-on grains..with mayo? The pickled vegetables were good, but it was much too heavy for me.

My final word:

Overall my experiences at Bannock have been great. They always have great service and food. This lunch was a comfort food overload and I didn’t really like what we had, but previous times at Bannock I’ve enjoyed their fish dishes, soups, bannock and other lighter fare. It’s a cool central place and always great when it’s rainy and cold!