Posted on

Feast your way through Singapore’s Hawker Centers!

Feast Through Singapore

If you are a dedicated foodie, Hawker Centers are the go-to place for you. Hawker Centers are one of Singapore’s most famous dining styles. At these bustline food courts, dozens of stalls serve a variety of tasty, inexpensive foods, ranging from the well known Nasi Padang, originally imported from Indonesia, to Singaporean fish head curry. No matter what you are craving, you can probably find it at one of the following Singapore Hawker Centers:

The Chinatown Complex Food Centre

The biggest, busiest, and (arguably) most famous hawker center in Singapore just might be the Chinatown Complex Food Centre. As the name suggests, this hawker center focuses on all things Chinese, from chili crab and chicken wings to Hokkien mee and bak kut teh. A variety of well-known food stalls are ready and waiting to fulfill your foodie dreams, including the China La Mian Xiao Long Bao, which specializes in steamed dumplings (which is what xiao long bao means in Chinese), Hai Sing Ah Balling (which serves Teochew style dumplings), and Zhao Ji Clay Pot Rice (which is known for, of course, its various clay pot rice dishes).

The Hong Lim Market Food Centre

This 100-stall-large hawker center was first built in 1978 in the Chinatown area. Some of the more famous stalls include the Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa, which was featured in a Michelin Guide, and Ah Heng Curry, which serves curry bowls with optional toppings such as taupok, fishcake, or boneless Hainanese chicken fillet. If you’re craving bak chor mee (minced pork noodles) or bak kut teh (pork bone soup), this is a great place to get your fix.

The Old Airport Road Hawker Centre

According to a 2010 survey, thousands of food lovers voted the Old Airport Road Food Center as their favorite Singaporean hawker center. And it’s no wonder why: this hawker center, which once served as the site of Singapore’s first civil airport (Kallang Airport) and only transformed into a food center in 1973 after Singapore’s International Airport opened in Paya Lebar.
The Old Airport Road Hawker Centre boasts over 150 food stalls many of which have their loyal fans. Some recommended hawker stalls include:

  • Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow, a stall so popular that lunchtime usually features long lines of people waiting for their plate of fried char kway teow. These spicy eggy noodles are certainly a huge hit!
  • Toast Hut: Don’t forget to try Singapore’s signature kaya toast. The owner of this stall, Melvin Soh, started working in the kaya toast business when he was only 17 years old, and Toast Hut has been around now for over a decade. For breakfast, order some kaya toast and home-brewed coffee. For lunch, fresh sandwiches made with kaya toast and blended ice coffee will hit the spot.
  • Unkai Japanese Cuisine: Singapore is known for culture blending, so is it any surprise that you can find some of the best classic Japanese udon, soba, and tempura seafood at one of the best hawker centers in the city?

The Tiong Bahru Food Centre

The Tiong Bahru hawker center is one of Singapore’s oldest markets. Located in a neighborhood that meshes old and new, the Tiong Bahru Food Centre is well known for its cafes and delicious hawker foods, from the thin and savory Min Nan Prawn Noodles (great for breakfast or lunch!) to Lee Hong Kee Roast Meat, featuring fatty char siew rice and crispy roast meat for the meat lover in your life.
Some of the newer additions to this beloved hawker centre include the Tiong Bahru Bakery, known for their flaky croissants and artisanal baked goods; Plain Villa, which features fluffy cupcakes, monthly specials, and even children’s workshops; and Forty Hands, a hipster coffee business that uses green coffee beans sourced internationally and roasted locally, paired with a variety of foods including falafel–yes, falafel.

Geylang Serai Food Centre

To get your fix of authentic Malay food, check out Geylang Serai, one of the biggest Malay enclaves in Singapore. Looking for Nasi Biryani? Look no more. The Haji Mohd Yussof Warong Nasi is here for you. Craving putu piring? The famous 24-hour Haig Road Putu Piring stall sells five pieces for $2. If you want nasi padang, the Hajjah Mona Nasi Padang stall is ready to serve, and don’t forget to get your satay at Alhambra satay. Everything is sedap! (That’s “delicious” in Malay)
If you want to better understand the local Malay culture, check out also the Geylang Serai market with its Malay style Minangkabau roof design which is frequented mostly by Malay and Indian Muslims living in Singapore.

Chomp Chomp Food Centre

Although smaller in size than some of the other hawker centers, the Chomp Chomp Food Centre is packed night after night and ready to serve up a feast. If you’re interested in chowing down on some oyster omelets, fried carrot cakes, chicken satay, or Hokkien mee, this is a fantastic place to satisfy your hungry tummy. Ah, Hock Fried Hokkien Mee is one of the more popular stalls, with lines that last up to 45 minutes long. And no wonder, as the owner fries the noodles in prawn-and-pork-bone broth until the aromatic dish is placed before you–perfect with a dab of chili sauce! And don’t forget Stay Bee Hoon which sells both satay bee hoon noodles with satay peanut gravy and Hainanese beef noodles.
Hawker centres are the heart of Singaporean food culture, and since Singaporeans love food so much, one could argue that they are the heart of Singapore itself. Certainly, you can’t visit Singapore without visiting a handful of them for yourself. Visit one, two, or all of the hawker centres listed above to create delicious memories that will last a lifetime!

Posted on

The Foodie’s Guide to the 5 Best Bangkok Restaurants

Feast Through Bangkok

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is particularly well known for a diversity of foods and restaurants that are sure to satisfy any food-loving nomad. From soft shell crab curry to giant crab omelets, home-cooked Thai curry to halal street food rotis, you can eat just about anything your heart desires in this capital of the Land of Smiles.
But of course, you are wondering: what are the best restaurants in Bangkok that you should plan to visit when you arrive? Whether you are looking for Why not give these ten eateries a try?
Let’s dive right in!

1) Paste Restaurant at Gaysorn

Looking for Michelin Starred Thai cuisine? You can’t go wrong with Paste Bangkok, located in the heart of Sayam, in Bangkok.
Situated adjacent to the Intercontinental Hotel, Paste has won a Michelin Star for two years in a row, and specializes in heirloom Thai cuisine and was rated one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants in 2018. Chefs and owners Bongkoch “Bee” Satongun (who was awarded best female chef in Asia in 2018) and her husband Jason Bailey has studied Thai cuisine for years, rediscovering old recipes and techniques to present to their diners.
What kind of mouthwatering dishes can you discover at Paste Bangkok? How about a live lobster salad with buzz button flowers and crispy local seaweed, drizzled with kaffir lime juice and mandarin juice for starters?
For the main dish, perhaps consider trying the shallow fried rainbow trout with an herbal chili dressing garnished with snake fruit and finely shredded white turmeric and crispy shoestring pork skin. Or try their Southern Thai curry with salt brined chicken, with lemongrass, coconut milk-based curry sauce, and crispy shallots. Either way, you will probably leave this restaurant a few belt buckles looser and a lot happier!

2) Sorn

Interested in a 22-course luxury Southern Thai feast? Sorn is a Michelin award winner dreamt up by chefs Khun Ice and Yod, focusing on long lost recipes and local cuisine and located in a reconstructed old house. Sorn sources its ingredients sustainably from local farmers and fisherman and revels in slow-cooked dishes, including double-boiled soup and rice cooked in clay pots and smoked over a charcoal fire.
What kind of food experiences can you expect at this high-end Thai restaurant? Try their 22-course meal including small bites like cashew nut relish, sand mole crabs, raw lobster, and lobster claw curry on a grilled cracker. Further along, you will be treated to a colorful rice salad, grilled beef (served on your personal portable grill), yellow curry (from turmeric and chili), and squid with stink beans.

3) Soei Restaurant

For a more casual dining experience, try the Soei Restaurant located near the Sam Sen railroad station in the Dusit district of Bangkok. Chef and owner P’Soei, a former ballplayer and coach, decorates his restaurant with trophies and framed pictures of sports teams. His life in the food industry began when teammates would come over to his place after games and practices, and he would cook for them.
Chef P’Soei personally oversees every single dish served at the restaurant, from the Yam woon sen noodle dish (sour and spicy glass noodles, meat, and Thai vegetables) to the Kaem pla too tod (deep fried Indian mackerel cheeks garnished with crispy garlic and chili sauce). And don’t forget the tom yum soup! The flavorful version of this popular Thai herbal soup served at Soei includes kra pao holy basil, chilies, and fish.
Best of all, after having a delicious meal at Soei, feel free to enjoy the local sights, including the Victory Monument, Ratchawat Market, and Sriyan Market nearby.

4) The Dining Room at the House on Sathorn

Want to try some innovative Turkish cuisine while you are enjoying your stay in Bangkok? Well, you can do exactly that at The Dining Room. One of the most prestigious restaurants in Bangkok, The Dining Room is located in a building with a fascinating history as rich as the food served there. The House on Sathorn was originally built in 1889 by a Chinese businessman, and later became an embassy for Russia, and is now part of a hotel.
Chef Fatih Tutak has international experience as a chef working in China, Japan, Denmark, Hongkong, and, of course, Thailand. He aims to feed the mind and soul of each diner first, before the stomach, and the food served at The Dining Room is not just delicious to taste but beautiful visually as well.
Some of the possible recipes you may have the honor of trying at The Dining Room include torched beef tenderloin with fried mussels on an edible shell, white asparagus with a fava bean sauce, vegetarian Turkish pasta with brown butter and tomato sauce, mushroom-stuffed baby squid and charcoal-grilled dry-aged quail with bone and grape juice. And for dessert, you might get to sample the strawberry snow in an ice bowl and creamy cheese helva with pistachios. And of course, you can’t leave without a cup of rich Turkish coffee!
You will probably never see Turkish cuisine the same way after your experience at The Dining Room.

5) Restaurant Sühring

Another fierce contender on the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Restaurant Sühring is the brainchild of twin brothers and chefs, Thomas and Mathias, with the goal of showcasing the best of modern German food combined with contemporary Central European influences, inspired by the twins’ childhood memories, family recipes, and traveling experience.
Some of the dishes you’ll want to try at Restaurant Sühring include appetizers such as the cured salmon with salmon roe and dill, pork sausage with curry and beer, and foie gras mousse. Follow that up with mashed potatoes and eel, sourdough bread with pork lard pate, crayfish with herbs, edible flowers, and crayfish butter, roasted aged Hungarian duck, Spatzle pasta, and of course their signature roast pork knuckle, which is served on a wooden platter with a knife to be carved right in front of you.
If you’ve ever wanted to try German food in Bangkok, this is the place to go.
Bangkok is a dream come true for the foodie and restaurant lover. Only in this capital city are visitors able to try casual and high-end Thai cuisine, as well as European and Middle Eastern cuisine upgraded and given a distinctly Thai touch. Are you ready to plan your trip to Thailand now?

Posted on

The Foodie’s Guide to Taiwan’s Can’t-Miss Night Markets

Feast Through Taiwan

This unique little island, given the nickname “Ilha Formosa” (the Beautiful Island) by 16th-century Portuguese settlers, abounds with delicious traditional dishes brought over by mainland Chinese immigrants in the 20th century, influenced by native aboriginal culture, as well as Japanese and other international cuisines.
The best way to sample the cuisine, of course, is to visit Taiwan’s ubiquitous night markets. When the sun goes down, the streets of most major cities light up with the hustle and bustle of vendors hawking their wares and food stands to spill fragrant scents onto crowds of locals and tourists looking for a good deal or a bite to eat.
Whether you are looking for local specialties like chewy oyster pancakes and the infamous stinky tofu, or the Taiwanese version of crunchy large fried chicken or ice cream wrapped in a crepe, you can find all of this and more at any of the following night markets below.

Northern Taiwan

Shilin Night Market, Taipei

Arguably the largest and most famous night market in the entire island, Shilin Night Market is located conveniently next to the MRT Jiantan Station and attracts hundreds of tourists and locals every night. The market features general merchandise and local cuisine, with a Night Market Food Court located along the western edge.  Feast on the reasonably priced fried chicken stake, bubble tea (which was originally invented in Taiwan!), and, of course, don’t forget to give the famous stinky tofu a try!
If you come early to the night market, feel free to take a look at the Martyrs’ Shrine nearby, built to honor fallen Kuomingtang soldiers after the Chinese Civil War.

Raohe Night Market, Taipei

Another major hot spot, particularly for tourists and visitors, is the Raohe Night Market, one of the oldest night markets in the capital city. This 600-meter single pedestrian path in the Songshan District is lined with cozy shops and stalls, carnival games, and fascinating late-night foods and snacks.
Easily accessible from the MRT, the entrance of the night market is located right next to the Songshan temple and is conveniently situated beside a clothing outlet in Wufenpu and the Taipei New Horizon Shopping Complex. For an unforgettable night, shop to your heart’s content at the clothing outlet or shopping center, and then fill your belly with the well-known pork pepper buns, giant grilled squid, mochi, and of course Taiwan’s signature beef noodle soup!

Miaokou Night Market, Keelung

Located seven minutes away (on foot) from the Keelung train station, the Keelung (pronounced “Jeelong”) night market is one of the most famous night markets in the country. Known for its seafood, visitors to the Keelung night market will be able to enjoy the fresh sea breeze as they stroll along the boardwalk beside the water and enjoy the sight of large ships docked at the harbor.
The night market wraps around a local temple in the center of the city and is particularly well known for its lush seafood. From milk crab and stir-fried king crab legs to its barbecue squid and cuttlefish, Keelung night market is a definite must-visit for the seafoodie visitor!

Central Taiwan

Feng Chia Night Market, Taichung

This night market/shopping town located within walking distance of Feng Chia University offers not only delicious foods and fashionable clothing for sale, but Taichung is also known for selling the cheapest, most fashionable mobile phones.
Comprised of one street, Feng Chia night market offers cheap and delicious and unforgettable foods and a friendly atmosphere–a true sensory feast for both eyes and tongue. Moreover, visitors are encouraged to rent an iBike (an iBike station is located at the main intersection of the Feng Chia road) and travel green through the area.
If you’re looking for churros, scallion pancakes, sweet potato balls or pork-stuffed rice-sausages, this is the night market for you!

Zhongxiao Night Market, Taichung

The Zhongxiao night market was historically the late-night snack center of choice during the Japanese colonial period. It was here that locals feasted on grilled duck, oyster vermicelli, and all sorts of seafood. It was also here where the Ding Wang Spicy Hot Pot originated.
Zhongxiao is well known for its delicious food. Located next to the Third Market, Zhongxiao opens as the Third Market closes (around 4 pm). Some of its must-try dishes include bamboo rice, sugarcane juice, and, of course, Zhongxiao BBQ.

Tunghai Night Market, Taichung

This upscale commercial district located in Taichung, Taiwan features not only a university (Tunghai University) but also a fixed store night market. Different from traditional open-air street markets, Tunghai night market is hugely popular with students, staff, and professors from nearby Tunghai U, and also features a melting pot of fusion cuisines and brand-name clothing.
Perfect for the foodie-shopper, Tunghai Night Market offers an array of irresistible snacks, from chicken steak burgers and steamed meatballs to braised dishes and chicken feet gelatin!

Southern Taiwan

Rui Feng Night Market, Kaohsiung

This grid-shaped market is considered one of the busiest and most popular night markets in Kaohsiung. Located in the Zuoying district, Rui Feng is open Tuesday nights and Thursday through Sunday nights from 6:30. With a two-decade-long history, this L-shaped market offers late-night snacks, entertainment, and shopping. Due to its location, most Ruifeng local visitors are students and office workers, and it sports a variety of low-cost dishes to appeal to guests.
Some of Ruifeng’s most famous dishes include Wanguo steak teppanyaki, brown sugar bubble tea, papaya milk tea, and Mongolian barbecue.

Ling Ya Night Market, Kaohsiung

Located in Taiwan’s largest southern city, the Ling Ya night market is a favorite among the locals. Designed for the focused , the Ling Ya night market solely features food stalls, including such delectable options as squid and eel noodles, Taiwanese salt and pepper (deep fried) chicken, braised pork rice, and white sugar cake.
This market is easy to navigate because the stalls are arranged neatly in two rows, so you will never have to fear getting turned around in large crowds or maze-like winding streets.
As a bonus: because more folks in the southern part of Taiwan speak Taiwanese (in addition to Mandarin), you can take the opportunity to practice sharpening your Taiwanese skills as you order food from the local vendors. (“Ji Koh?” means “How much?”)
No matter where you go in Taiwan, you are sure to have an unlimited number of choices of delicious foods to try. But to soak in the excitement and flavor of Taiwan, unfiltered, make sure you spend some time wandering through its iconic night markets. Wishing you an unforgettable food-lover’s adventure in the Beautiful Island!

Posted on

The Best Places to Eat in the Maldives

Feast Through Maldives

Here are several establishments you should visit during your stay in the Maldives.

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant offers a unique, high-end dining experience that you’ll never forget. The restaurant claims it is the first all-glass undersea restaurant in the world with 180-degree panoramic views of the ocean. Located 16 feet below sea level, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is connected to the Conrad Hilton Rangali Island resort in the South Ari Atoll. The restaurant was named Ithaa because it means “mother of pearl” in the country’s native language of Dhivehi. The restaurant was crowned the “Most Beautiful Restaurant in the World” by New York Daily News in 2014.
The upscale restaurant specializes in contemporary European cuisine and serves four-course lunches and six-course dinners. Guests rave about their reef lobster stuffed with calamarata pasta and lemongrass veloute sauce entrée. You should also order the coconut crusted légine which is served with steamed sea beans, curry bisque, and spicy sea snails.
The setting provides a very cozy and intimate atmosphere, so this is perfect if you are traveling to the Maldives with a loved one. Be advised that the restaurant has a strict dress code so please wear slacks and a button-down shirt or a nice dress if you would like to be seated. Overall, the best part about dining at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is that you can watch sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and other fish swimming nearby while you eat.

Shell Beans

If you are looking for a casual yet trendy café, you should visit Shell Beans. The café has been operating for over a decade and has two locations on both sides of Malé island that attracts tourists and locals alike.
Shell Beans serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner so you can easily grab a cup of coffee or a quick meal before you go snorkeling or hop on a jet ski. Their large menu selection includes both traditional Maldivian food and international cuisine.
The café’s signature dishes include the Mediterranean beef stew and Chinese Chicken fried rice. If you’re homesick, you can order their classic American pancakes, chicken quesadillas, pasta, and pizza. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can get the Taste of Maldives for breakfast, which includes two eggs with fish and a fresh fruit platter. And if you’re in a rush, you can always place an order through the Shell Beans mobile phone app and pick it up when you arrive.

Subsix

Subsix is another restaurant known for its breathtaking underwater views. The gourmet restaurant is located 19 feet below sea level on the private island of Niyama. Subsix is very secluded, so much so that you need to charter a speedboat if you want to dine there! Once your boat reaches the restaurant’s landing, you will need to walk down a three-tier staircase to enter the subaquatic restaurant.
You will be impressed as soon as you step inside. The circular shaped dining room has the floor to ceiling windows provides a stunning panoramic view of the ocean, giving you the perfect opportunity to gaze at brightly colored fish, turtles, and eels while you enjoy a gourmet meal. From the sophisticated black color scheme to the capiz shells hanging from the ceiling and the furniture made to resemble sea urchins, Subsix is a sight to behold.
They are revered for their Spiny Lobster Medallion appetizer dish, which includes lobster cromesqui flavored with watermelon and drizzled in a balsamic glaze. Another meal that received rave reviews is their poached salmon with butter, chorizo, crushed potatoes, coconut, and tamarind coulis. Subsix also makes homemade ice cream, parfait, and other dessert treats. The restaurant also hosts an “Underwater Glow Party” every Wednesday and Saturday for guests.

Jazz Café

Another casual dining option in the Maldives is the Jazz Café. According to the locals, the owners of the restaurant were inspired by the famous American music genre and wanted to recreate the spirit of New Orleans by giving the café a jazz theme. The café serves as a cultural hub and is a popular hangout for local Maldivians and tourists due to its live jazz musical performances every week. They also have frequent open mic nights if you’re feeling brave and want to perform.
As soon as you enter you’ll be impressed with the café’s classic European style decor. Jazz Café serves international cuisine from New Zealand and Thailand as well as traditional Maldivian meals. Their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus include everything from hamburgers and French fries to lasagna and other types of pasta. They also have different flavors of smoothies and gelato for dessert!
The Jazz café is the ideal place to sit back and relax with your loved ones while listening to a live jazz band. You can either have a seat at their wooden tables in the main area or venture upstairs if you would like to look out over the city of Malé.
If you want a tranquil vacation, you should consider traveling to the Maldives. Tuna, spicy fried fish, lobster, and other seafood are a staple ingredient of Maldives cuisine. However, you can easily try international cuisine if you don’t like seafood. Luckily, there are many different types of restaurants available that can fit a wide variety of tastes and price points. As you just learned, you can eat comfort food in a small cafe and chat with the locals, or you can go to an exclusive underwater restaurant for a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience. The options are endless in the Maldives! Before you pack your bags, remember not to bring any alcohol. The Maldives is a Muslim nation where alcohol is banned for locals. Most of the resorts offer alcohol to its guests, but the government will confiscate it if you try to enter or leave the country with it.

Posted on

The Cuisine of Montreal, Canada

Feast Through Montreal, Canada

Let’s talk about some of the best places to go and the foods that you must try when you truly want to get a taste of Montreal!

What Types of Food is Montreal Known For?

There are some simply iconic foods that you will find in Montreal. It is what the city is known for, and it would be hard to find a local who doesn’t enjoy chowing down on just about everything on the list! In Montreal, you will find plenty of bagels, Steamé, which is a steamed hot dog, smoked meat such as brisket, poutine, and much more. Know that we know the best foods to eat in Montreal, we will discuss the best places to eat while you are there.

Fairmount Bagel

At Fairmount Bagel, you will find a breakfast staple that is not to be missed. As the first bagel bakery in all of Montreal, every bagel is rolled by hand and baked to perfection in a wood burning oven. The establishment is family owned and operated and welcomes all guests into an atmosphere that is warm and inviting. With a variety of bagels that include the original poppy seed, plain, onion, garlic, and more, you’ll want to stop here almost every morning to fuel up for the rest of your day!

Schwartz’s Deli

A tradition for over nine decades, Schwartz’s Deli is known for serving up smoked meat that will have your mouth watering. The meat is smoked daily and flavored with a secret blend of herbs and spices. The restaurant promises every guest a unique experience that they won’t ever forget. As a landmark of Montreal, people have come from near and far over the years to indulge in the most amazing smoked meat they have ever tasted. Come hungry, because you will find offerings such as a smoked turkey or salami sandwich, rib steak, a chicken combo and more. Don’t forget to compliment your entree of choice with Schwartz’s homemade french fries or coleslaw for a meal that is nothing less than perfect.

Garde Manger

This fine dining establishment has a romantic ambiance, making it the ideal place to relax and enjoy great food after a day of sightseeing. At Garde Manger, you’ll feel right at home as soon as you walk through the door. With a professional and attentive staff, all of your needs are immediately catered to. The atmosphere is serene, with dim lighting and an amazing menu. Get ready to try selections such as Pave de rump steak, Scotch fillet of beef, and Canard a l’orange. The dessert menu is outstanding, with guests choosing from treats that include specialty crepes, a selection of French cheeses, a cold meat platter, and a variety of specialty coffees. You’ll savor each bite more than the last!

Au Pied de Cochon

You do not want to leave Montreal without enjoying a meal at Au Pied de Cochon! Known for their poutine, a staple of the city, this establishment also features new menu items each season. The atmosphere is lively and friendly featuring an open kitchen, with each guest welcomed as if they were family. The portions are generous and expertly prepared. Enjoy a fulfilling meal with a group of friends, or an intimate dining excursion with someone special. Choose from dishes such as cassoulet, foie gras terrine, foie gras & pork, and much more. It is an experience like you’ve never before had!

L’Express

A restaurant that captures the intimate culture of Montreal, L’Express is based on the image of perfect French food. The surroundings are as unique as one could imagine, with a mirrored dining area and beautiful artwork adorning the walls. This restaurant is comfortable, with dishes that you simply must taste to believe! With a wine cellar directly below the dining area, it is a fun fact of the establishment to know that over 10,000 bottles are located beneath you as you enjoy your meal. Choose from items that include beef, chicken, and vegetable stew, freshly grilled salmon on a bed of spinach, roasted quail with wild rice, and much more. You’ll want to make sure to have dessert because selections include a lemon or chocolate tart, the house truffle, and rum baba. L’Express is one place that reflects what Montreal is all about.

Yulcite

The time will come when you need a coffee break, and Yulcite is just the place to do that! The surroundings are as peaceful as can be with bright sunshine streaming through the windows, and beautiful green plants hanging from the ceiling. Come in for a small bite to eat, a hot beverage, or a selection of gelatos and sorbets that are to die for! Weekend brunch is also offered, so stop by and indulge in homemade gravlax on St-viateur bagel, French toast, and other incredible treats. You’ll feel right at home as you converse with the friendly staff, and interact with the locals who frequent the coffee shop.
Montreal is a magical city, with so much to see and do! With plenty of diversity and a bilingual culture, it is an adventure that everyone must experience. The city is rich in history and has wonderful character as well. Overall, Montreal is a charming place to visit, and, as you can see, the cuisine is delightful. Be sure to visit all of the amazing restaurants to get the most out of what Montreal has to offer for the foodie who is looking for a one of a kind food tour of the city!

Posted on

Dine Like A Local: Must-Try Foods When Visiting New Zealand

Feast Through New Zealand

You may not be aware New Zealand is part of the Polynesian Triangle—along with Hawaii and Easter Island—bringing a certain taste and culture to its cuisine, along with the fact that the Pacific Ocean surrounds it.
Here we’ll discover native dishes with a Poly-Asian influence along with fresh seafood and delectable desserts. Without any further adieu, here are some favorite dishes and treats enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

The Maori Experience

The Maori tribe is an important cultural part of New Zealand’s heritage and their cuisine is a favorite among these indigenous people. As they say, when in Rome, but in this case, when among the natives, you should always sample some of their traditional favorites you won’t find elsewhere in the world.

Hangi

Their method of cooking meat and vegetables in an underground oven known as Hangi has been used for thousands of years. Remembering their Polynesian neighbors to the North, this is remarkably similar to a Hawaiian Luau. Since traditional Maori Hangi takes many hours to prepare, it’s usually reserved for special occasions and made in large quantities. Prepare yourself to be overfed and well-indulged when enjoying this delicious and traditional dish. Enjoying Hangi is more of an experience than just a meal, as there are several events you can plan to attend that feature Hangi.

Kumara

Kumara is a sweet potato planted and enjoyed by the early Maori settlers for centuries. Usually served inside Hangi as mentioned previously, there’s plenty of other ways to enjoy this starchy vegetable. Baked, boiled, or fried, be sure to sample this native favorite while you’re in New Zealand.
For budding chefs or those staying in accommodations that allow cooking, you can purchase Kumara at grocery stores like Countdown Otaki.

Sensational Seafood

With over 9,400 miles of coastline and plenty of folks who love to fish, New Zealand is home to some sensational selections of seafood. It’s hard to pick out just one or two among so many tasty items to choose from. Below are a few favorites to consider.

Crayfish

Also known as a “poor man’s lobster” in America, the taste and texture of crayfish are surprisingly similar to their more expensive crustacean cousin. You’ll still pay a fairly hefty price in New Zealand for a full crayfish since they’re enormous compared to the tiny ones caught in the Louisiana Bayou and other parts of America.
Many restaurants in New Zealand are extremely proud of their unique presentations of crayfish. A couple of spots to sample this popular type of seafood are Sails Restaurant or Harbourside Ocean Bar and Grill.

Kina

Kina is the local name for a type of spiny sea urchin commonly captured on the coast. While the exterior appears painful with its spiky outer shell casing, the interior is fleshy, edible, and delicious.
Served in a variety of ways be sure to enjoy this local favorite in an upscale restaurant located close to the shoreline. Another way to experience the Kina is in their natural environment when going snorkeling in the Bay of Islands.

Paua

Paua is the Maori name given to a type of sea snail or abalone. Considered a delicacy like other types of snails, they’re often consumed raw but also enjoyed in curries or fritters.
Similar to abalone, they also have a beautiful shell used for jewelry, ashtrays, and more. You’ll often find Paua in quaint seafood spots offering fish and chips like George’s Takeaway.

Delectable Desserts

Hokey Pokey Ice Cream

If you’ll be eating ice cream while you’re visiting New Zealand, but sure to do the Hokey Pokey. This creamy treat is made with caramelized honeycomb which gives it a unique, sweet taste that sets it apart from traditional ice cream. Whether it’s served in a cone or cup, locals enjoy Hokey Pokey either by itself or alongside other desserts.
While you’ll usually find Hokey Pokey almost everyplace ice cream is served, be sure to check out Giapo Ice Cream in Auklund where they specialize in making and serving this sweet treat.

Jaffas

Jaffas are candy-coated chocolate balls with a distinctive orange flavor and there’s even an annual race held to honor them in New Zealand. Held in Dunedin, the Cadbury Jaffa Race is popular among locals and tourist who enjoy watching the competition.
The event begins on Baldwin Street during the “World’s Steepest Street Party” including live music and entertainment. Three different races are run for charity with up to 25,000 candies released down the steepest street in the world. Held annually in July, you don’t have to compete to enjoy them since they’re available at most grocery and convenience stores.

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is made from the native bush by the same name. It’s a sought after item on the international marketplace known for its many medicinal qualities. There are plenty of places to sample this sweet and healthy treat from dedicated honey shops to supermarkets and health food stores.

Pavlova

While it sounds a little bit like the Greek pastry known as Baklava, New Zealand’s Pavlova is a completely different dessert platform. Along with other types of signature dishes native to this region, there’s a heated debate among local restaurants about who is responsible for the creation of this particular cuisine, New Zealand or Australia.
Pavlova is often filled with meringue, whipped cream, kiwi, and other seasonal fruits and it’s simply scrumptious. You’ll find this tasty pastry in local bakeries and served in many restaurants.
So there you have it! A great list of eats and treats to try when you’re visiting stunning New Zealand. Let’s face it, part of the fun of traveling is enjoying the local cuisine and in this case, the more unusual and unique, the better.

Posted on

How to Eat Like a Local in Ethiopia

Feast Through Ethiopia

Here is some practical advice on how to blend in and eat like a local and several popular restaurants and cafes you should visit while you’re in Ethiopia’s capital.

How to Eat Ethiopian Food Like a Local

There is one thing you should know before you go to an Ethiopian restaurant in Addis Ababa: many locals don’t use silverware. Ethiорiаnѕ prefer to eat with their bаrе hаndѕ. Although silverware may be available in some establishments if you ask the waiter, you should bid farewell tо trаditiоnаl cutlery like knives and forks if you truly want to eat like a local during your vacation.
Ethiopian diѕhеѕ are traditionally ѕеrvеd to individual guests on a Mеѕоb, which iѕ a colorful tabletop stand made out of woven ѕtrаw. The server will remove the Mesob’s lid once your food is ready to uncover your meal inside. You can also order everything family-style, so the food is served to everyone on one big community platter or plate.
Meat is usually reserved for special occasions in Ethiopia. Restaurants usually buy meat from nearby farms and use fresh, locally sourced vegetables. Many Ethiopian meals are served with injera, a popular bread made from fеrmеntеd teff flour. The main ingredients of your meal are usually ѕеrvеd on tор оf the spongy injera bread. All you have to do is tear off a рiесе of Injera and use it to scoop up the food in the center if you want to start eating. Your ѕеrvеr will also probably рlасе some extra fоldеd injеrа in a small basket next to thе serving trау or Mesob so that you won’t run out.
It’s also custom for you to scoop up ѕоmе fооd and fееd it to a loved one if уоu are оn a date. Known as “gursha” in Ethiopian culture, feeding someone is considered an act оf kindnеѕѕ аnd demonstrates your deep sense of rеѕресt for the оthеr person.
Remember to wash your hands beforehand since you’ll be using them as utensils. Certain restaurants may also bring out a bаѕin of wаtеr and ѕоар so you can clean them at the table and won’t have to bother to get up and go to the bathroom.
Now that you’ve learned how to eat like a local, here are several Ethiopian restaurants and cafes you should visit while staying in the capital:

Moyos Cafe

Do you get cranky in the morning without coffee or breakfast? If so, you should consider stopping by Moyos Cafe to enjoy some Ethiopian coffee, freshly squeezed juice and pancakes smothered in strawberries to start your day. Other breakfast items include omelets, fruit cups, waffles, and French toast. Since Moyos Cafe is a favorite among the locals, try to get there as early in the morning as possible.

Effoi Pizza

Effoi Pizza specializes in cooking Italian Ethiopian cuisine, which means that each gourmet pizza pie has a unique blend of Italian pasta sauce and tasty Ethiopian spices. Their most popular dish is a vegan pizza with roasted eggplant and toasted zucchini with pesto and cheese. Meanwhile, meat lovers prefer their Tsedei pizza since it has ground beef, salami, and spiced sausage as toppings. In addition to serving Italian beverages, Effoi Pizza also serves traditional Ethiopian drinks like Tej (honey wine) or Suwa beer. The restaurant has been serving the local community since 2007 and has four locations throughout the country. If you make an effort to visit Effoi Pizza during your trip be prepared to wait for a table since it’s one of the most popular hangout spots in Addis Abba.

Mama’s Kitchen

If you want to catch a live show while you’re in town, head to Mama’s Kitchen. The glamorous and upscale restaurant, located in the heart of Addis Ababa, is a favorite among music lovers since they have live music and entertainment every day. The modern restaurant serves everything from traditional Ethiopian food to shish kebabs and BBQ. There is also a beer court and cocktail bar happy hour specials and specialty house cocktails if you want to relax and have a drink while listening to the music. Make sure that you check out their sophisticated VIP lounge, complete with red leather couches and gold accented decor. We recommend that you look up the restaurant’s event schedule and make an online reservation so that you can check their availability before leaving your hotel.

Dashen Traditional Restaurant

Are you traveling in a large group? If so, you should visit Dashen Traditional Restaurant. The casual venue has an outside garden terrace and bar that is the perfect place to eat with a group of friends. They serve traditional Ethiopian meals on Mesobs and large community platters. Their most popular dish is beef tongue and chicken stew. Dashen Traditional Restaurant also features live musical acts several nights a week.

Brundo Butchery Bar and Restaurant

Brundo Butchery Bar and Restaurant is famous for its fresh meat. Their most popular dish is kitfo, which is raw ground beef that is mixed together with a blend of different spices and butter. If eating raw meat doesn’t interest you, you can always order kitfo leb leb since it’s the same type of meat but fully cooked. Another favorite among locals is the cooked beef tips. Brundo Buthcery Bar and Restaurant also has several varieties of Tej beer and fermented honey wine.

Kategna Restaurant

One of the first things you will notice when you step inside Kаtеgnа Restaurant is the delicious smell of fresh spices and herbs. Although the restaurant has a contemporary decor, don’t be fooled. Kategna specializes in serving traditional Ethiopian meals with injera bread. They also host elaborate coffee ceremonies for guests during the day. The restaurant draws both a local and international crowd due to its proximity to several high-end hotels, so be prepared to make friends from all over the world when you dine at Kategna Restaurant.
Regardless if you want to try Italian Ethiopian pizza or eat kifto with injera bread, there are various dining options for you to choose from in the city of Addis Abba. After all, we can’t think of a better way for you to explore the Horn of Africa than by sharing several flavorful meals with your friends and family members.

Posted on

A Taste of the French Canadian Cuisine in Quebec City, Canada

Feast Through Quebec

With French Canadian heritage and local ingredients, some of the most talented chefs in the city create mouthwatering recipes that will leave you wanting more. From breakfast to the last bite of dessert, Quebec City is home to restaurants that will have you savoring every bite.

Légende

Légende is a restaurant that features the most delectable seasonal dishes. A place that truly captures the culture of Quebec City, Légende has a charming and rustic environment that is as warm and welcoming as the food itself. The culinary story passes from each guest to the next and lives strong in the hearts of the locals. Dishes are meant for sharing, and there is also a tasting menu. Food offerings such as Venison Carpaccio will enchant your taste buds, and there is an extensive wine list from which you may choose. The menu changes frequently due to the availability of local ingredients, so you will find different delicious choices each time you visit. Eat indoors and enjoy the quaint surroundings, or outdoors as you admire the sights that the city has to offer. While you may not know precisely what meal is in store for you until you get there, one thing is for sure: it will be one of the best meals you have ever enjoyed!

Le Continental

When you are looking for savory French cuisine to complement the culture of Quebec City, Le Continental is the perfect place. The upscale atmosphere speaks for itself, and the food is prepared tableside for an experience you won’t soon forget. Start with an appetizer such as Garlic Snails in Shells, Ravioli of Sweetbreads with Truffle Oil, or Slices of Smoked Salmon, Capers, and Chopped Red Onions. Soups include selections such as Cognac flavored Lobster Bisque and Onion Soup with Gruyère Gratin. When it comes time to choose the main course, you’ll find choices such as Snow Crabs and Hollandaise, Sautéed Veal Chop and Fresh Thyme Juice, and much more. The plate of cheese served after the main course is just delightful! Each cheese is made with local raw milk for a taste that you will love; you’ll enjoy goat cheese and an ever-changing variety of other cheeses. Save room for dessert, because specially prepared treats are the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. There is no better place than Le Continental to enjoy the ambiance of Quebec City.

La Planque

This amazing gastropub is the perfect way to relax after a whirlwind day of sightseeing in Quebec City. Serving plenty of New Canadian fare, this restaurant is a quaint hideout for tourists and locals alike. With a rustic environment, you’ll feel right at home in comfortable surroundings. You’ll feel as if you stepped into another world as soon as you walk in the door of La Planque, where everything tastes delicious, and everyone is there to serve you! The staff believes in making each customer smile with excellent service and top-quality food. Music is always playing to add to the feel-good environment. You won’t want to miss out on appetizers such as Foie Grass, Canadian Oysters, and Gravlax of Salmon. Dinner is equally as delectable, with offerings that include the Play of Beef for two, Turlo Pig, Supreme of Pintade of Cape St – Ignace, and much more. Desserts are mouthwatering, with options including Chocolate and Cranberry Brownies, Caramelized White Chocolate Cake, and Financial with Amenlanche and Zestes d’orange.

Buffet de l’Antiquaire

Buffet de l’Antiquaire is a diner-style restaurant serving some of the traditional food for which Quebec City is famous. Everyone is considered part of the family at Buffet de l’Antiquaire, and the ambiance is friendly and inviting at all times. The restaurant has been catering to tourists for more than four decades, and the staff loves answering questions about the history of the establishment, so ask away! Whether you come in for a quick coffee break or to enjoy a full meal, you do not want to leave Quebec City without visiting this charming spot. Stop by for breakfast and enjoy the Pain Dore or perhaps a perfectly prepared omelet. Later in the day and in the evening, satisfy your hunger with Poutine, Galvaude, or Spaghetti Au Smoked Meat. Looking for just a hot, soothing beverage and a pastry? The menu includes espresso, chocolat chaud, cafe au lait, and everything in between. For dessert, choose from options such as Shortcake aux Fraises, Crepe Dessert Fourree a la Creme Glacee a la Vanille, Fraises Et Chantilly, or the Dessert du Jour. You’ll love every last bite!

1640 Bistro

If you want to enjoy the view of Quebec City along with world-class cuisine, 1640 Bistro is the perfect place. You can sit on the terrace overlooking the magnificent city as you gaze at Château Frontenac and savor the quality time with your company. See live musicians and enjoy chef created plates that are a mix of French cuisine and European culture. From morning to evening, guests are always welcome. Come for breakfast and enjoy dishes such as La Poutine Matinale, and L’Assiette Brunch. If you prefer to stop by for lunch or dinner, selections include Charbroiled Quarter Chicken, Tagliatelle Pasta with braised pork and spinach, Duck Confit Poutine, and much more. This is the perfect place to get in touch with the atmosphere that Quebec City has to offer. Come with your significant other and feel like you are falling in love again over your romantic meal. The dessert menu will make you swoon, as the offerings include delights such as Caramel Cheesecake, Apple Tatin Tart, and a daily dessert that makes for a pleasant surprise. The service is nothing less than impeccable, making you feel at ease and right at home.
Now you know the best places to go for a delectable meal when you plan your trip to Quebec City, Canada. The city has a somewhat enchanting feel, making you feel as happy and special as possible! There is no better place to enjoy the French, Canadian, and European cuisine than this over the top, amazing city.

Posted on

Traverse City: An Amazing Blend of Award-Winning Wines & Foodie Delights

Feast Through Traverse City

Dig a little deeper though, and you’ll discover that you’re just as likely to find a vintage glass of one-of-a-kind wine as you are to enjoy a bottle of pale wheat ale or imperial stout. The up-and-coming Traverse Wine Coast is home to nearly 40 wineries, thanks to a stroke of geological luck that it shares with some famous wine regions of Europe. Not to mention an expert group of innovative farmers, cultivators, and producers who love creating prestigious wines that add a singular culinary ‘spark’ to this food-friendly region.

A Unique Twist on Classic Winemaking

Midwest Magazine has named Traverse City among the Top Five Food Towns for two years running, and this genuine love of creating spectacular food and drink is part of the reason why the region has produced such a wide variety of internationally-acclaimed wines for pairing. The unique geographical conditions are another factor in the region’s success. Many of the vineyards front to the 100 miles of coastline that make up Traverse Wine Country’s two main peninsulas: The Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. Lake Michigan and the bay both offer a protected environment for the grapes to grow, and cool air and nutrient-rich soil add to the high-quality yields.
In fact, The Traverse Wine Coast is situated on the 45th parallel, which is exactly the latitude at which the world-renowned Bordeaux and Piedmont districts of France and Italy sit. This ideal locale has created a thriving center of viticulture, with nearly 13,000 acres of grapes and proud bragging rights as the 5th leading grape producer in the United States. The area’s top selections include Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay, as well as Cabernet Franc, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Grigio. These premier Northern Michigan wines can be easily recognized by their well-balanced, fruit-driven flavors that are crisp and clean, allowing for the perfect pairings with a diverse range of culinary dishes.

The Vineyards of Traverse City

‘Must See’ Vineyards of the Old Mission Peninsula

Chateau Grand Traverse

Just eight miles north of Traverse City sits a world of its the Chateau Grand Traverse Estate. It is Northern Michigan’s oldest winery, having opened its doors in 1974. Sitting on 122 prime acres of land, the winery has its own contemporary wine tasting room and production facility. Visitors here are among the lucky ones to taste the superbly-blended MichMash line that’s only available in-state. You can also enjoy the O’Keefe family’s generosity with a free wine tour of the vineyards and winemaking facility, including a presentation of the growing and production process from ‘vine to glass.’ Their mouthwatering house-made delicacies include smoked paprika almonds and hand-crafted crackers with fresh fig jam.
The vineyard also boasts a 6-room Inn where you can take in amazing views of the rolling vineyards, Traverse Bay sunsets, and the beautiful Bowers Harbor Park. The vineyard’s generosity continues with a complimentary bottle of their finest signature wine for overnight guests on a private balcony surrounded by serene woodland landscapes.

Mari Vineyards

Michigan native, engineer, and Oak Island star Marty Lagina was determined to plant “grapes that wouldn’t grow” in the region to create wines that honor his Italian heritage. Successfully cultivating the Old World varieties of Sangiovese and Nebbiolo grapes took lots of hard work, some innovative technology, and a bit of a rebel spirit, but today you can literally enjoy the ‘fruits’ of his labor with his award-winning lines of Pinot Bianco and Merlots blends.
Mari Vineyards offers you the chance to take a tour of the 3,000 square-foot wine cave that’s buried 10 feet underground as you hear the inspiring true story of the vineyard’s signature ‘Row 7’ origins. They also offer a newly completed, two-tiered tasting room that provides three unique seating options including an outdoor patio. Here you can savor an incredible selection of their citrus, berry, apple, peach, nut, and chocolate-infused selections. The vineyard sits on 60-acres of breathtakingly scenic land and is conveniently located just off of the main thoroughfare of Center Road.

‘Must See’ Vineyards of Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail

Laurentinde Winery

The husband-and-wife team, Susan & Bill Braymer, have taken a lifelong passion for visiting some of the country’s most epic vineyards and turned it into a world-class boutique winery on the shores of Lake Leelanau. Named after the glacier that helped form this grape-loving landscape over 10,000 years ago, Laurentide Winery focuses on fabulous food pairings with its distinct selection of 14 varietal wines, including the region’s first estate-grown, award-winning Sauvignon Blanc.
Here you’ll find amazing culinary creations paired together with Gold Winning blends such as the 2018 Harvest Stompede Sausage, Peppers, & Onions with 2016 Emergence White. Besides their family-style fireside or outdoor patio tastings at their on-site facility, the dynamic duo also gives educational tours of the vineyard and have an attached public wine library that’s open to everyone. Visitors can also take in the captivating artistic displays spread throughout the winery that help supports the local artistic community. Laurentide is part of the ‘Sleeping Bear’ Wine Loop that starts at southern Lake Leelanau and runs north across the namesake Bay.

Tandem Ciders

You can enjoy a taste of Michigan’s ‘other’ prize-winning fruit-forward artisanal drink at this unique stop along the North Wine Loop that showcases some of the region’s most acclaimed hard ciders. Tandem Ciders was born out of a cycling trip across England taken by another husband and wife team, Dan Young and Nikki Rothwell. The couple fell in love with the country’s amazing apple concoctions. With a focus on supporting regional growers, all their fruit is locally sourced, and the rustic-style tasting room is housed in a big white barn that encourages community socializing.
Tandem’s signature ciders feature a diverse array of top regional apples including Red Delicious, Cortland, Rome, McIntosh, Granny Smith, and Winesaps. Ciders such as the ever popular ‘Smakintosh’ and British-inspired ‘Scrumpy Little Woody’ are served up fresh with a tasty menu of eclectic area favorites, including the Black Truffle Fromage Blanc, Raclette Cheese Fruit Plate, and the ever-popular Pickled Eggs with a side of Great Lakes potato chips. Tandem’s fun community vibe encourages camaraderie and helped win it a spot on this renowned Midwestern wine trail.

Most Popular Wine Tastings & Festivals

The wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and nearby Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail each feature many popular tastings that showcase fresh and fabulous regional and international food and wine pairings along with fun social scenes. Winter Warm Up takes place each January along the Old Mission Peninsula and features unique wine and comfort food pairings from 9 vineyards, plus a commemorative souvenir mug. Leelanau Peninsula answers back in February with its winter wine tasting extravaganza, Taste the Passion, which includes 40 tastings for just $40. In June, Old Mission helps kick off summer with Rosé Between the Bays showcasing a diverse range of delicious pink wines.
One of the best things about the region is the fun wine-centered festivals that occur throughout the year. The most famous of these is the month-long Traverse City Uncorked that includes an incredible array of special tastings, tours, and springtime celebrations in May. Late June sees the launch of the Traverse City Wine & Cider Festival at the historic Village at Grand Traverse Commons, where great music, spirits, and artistry mix in a vibrant celebration of the creative arts. September’s ‘Harvest Stompede’ features a fun-filled vineyard race followed by wine and food tastings at 22 Leelanau Peninsula wineries, where owners have been known to throw in a few extra complimentary tastings! True to its reputation as a foodie paradise, Traverse City has created a celebration that features a friendly competition for the best wines and most beloved comfort foods at November’s Great Mac N’Cheese Bakeoff.
With most wineries open year round, The Traverse Wine Coast makes a spectacular destination for wine, food, and cider lovers alike. Whether you’re looking for a romantic wintertime getaway or a singular summertime sojourn, consider a journey into the land where the lakes conspire to create some of the most exceptional wines on the planet.

Posted on

The Ultimate Food Tour of Toronto, Canada

Feast Through Toronto, Canada

There is no shortage of markets and restaurants to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to enjoy each one of the delicious cuisines that Toronto has to offer so that you can make the most of your Toronto “Food Tour.”

St. Lawrence Market

It easy to see why St. Lawrence Market has a reputation as one of the best food markets in the entire world! With over 120 merchants, you’ll find everything from the freshest seasonal produce to the most eclectic dishes prepared with care. Learn about cooking while you shop and taste all of the wonderful delights that are offered here. You can take lessons at The Market Kitchen, as you learn the basics of cooking, how to prepare delicious, mouth-watering desserts, or even take one of the ‘Secrets Of’ classes, where you will learn tricks of the trade that are used by some of the top chefs in the world. Learn how to cook with wine and also discover how to fine-tune your knife skills. Don’t forget to save some time for shopping! You’ll want to check out the Carousel Bakery, where you will find the peameal bacon sandwich that Toronto is known for. Also, stop by Buster’s Sea Cove, famous for the fried fish, grilled “catch of the day,” sandwiches, salads, and much more.

Chinatown

With it’s laid back atmosphere and wonderful cuisine, it is no surprise that every foodie who lives in or visits Toronto spends time in Chinatown. The neighborhood is small and straightforward, but with big, amazing tastes. You’ll be able to experience the finest in Chinese culture as you wander up and down the streets, whether you want to eat a full meal, or just pick up some of the best, most authentic herbs and spices that can be found. With a history that dates back well over 100 years, you’ll find restaurants such as Lee Garden, a delightful Cantonese establishment, the casual, Hong Kong style eatery, Swatow, Spadina Garden, offering over 200 Chinese dishes to choose from, and many other wonderful places.

The Chase

While spending time in Toronto, the occasion may arise when you’d like to have a romantic dinner for two with that special person! Head over to The Chase, for the Signature Roast Dinner. The Chase is located in one of the tallest skyscrapers in all of Toronto, providing views that are as amazing as the food itself. The dinner for two includes ricotta and stinging nettles, followed by a roast chicken stuffed with Foie grass, apples and chestnuts. Guest will also enjoy artisan cheese and homemade preserves. Have a sweet tooth? You’ll be delighted by dessert, with menu offerings that include lime cake, chocolate cake with ganache, peanut butter, and vanilla ice cream, and more.

Kensington Market

Kensington Market is one place in Toronto that is not to be missed! The neighborhood has an abundance of small stores, restaurants, and bakeries that will simply delight any food lover. Start with a visit to one of the local coffee shops, such as Casa Coffee, where you can fuel up with your favorite java to be ready for your adventure. After browsing the neighborhood for a bit, you can relax at one of the many restaurants that are located here. Looking for a casual place to grab a quick, yet delicious bite? Consider stopping at Amadeu’s Restaurant for Grilled Chicken Breast, Seafood Rice for Two, or perhaps Spanish Style Paella. In the mood for a burger instead? Look no further than The Burgernator, located in the center of Kensington Market. Here, you will find burgers with astonishing names, such as the Atomic Burger, the Bulldozer, or the Big Bang. When the time comes to try an excellent bakery, Wanda’s Pie in the Sky is surely where you want to be. Wanda herself has been baking since childhood, and her creations do not disappoint. Choose from selections such as Black Forest Cake, Wild Blueberry Pie, or Chocolate Almond Kisses. Every bite will leave you wanting more!

Little Italy

Every foodie must visit Little Italy, also known as College Street West. Here, you will find some of the best Italian restaurants in all of Toronto. You’ll want to try Her Father’s Cider Bar and Kitchen located in Harbord Village. Be sure to try the selection of more than 100 ciders from all around the world, as well as food offerings such as Beef Short Rib Hash, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Venison Sirloin, and more. La Forchetta Restaurant offers the best in Italian cuisine, with a selection of pasta from both Northern and Southern Italy. You’ll find a rustic, warm, and cozy atmosphere and a menu featuring items such as Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Smoked Duck Breast Risotto, and Rosemary Pork Tenderloin. Dessert is nothing less than incredible, with offerings including Twice Baked Warm Chocolate Cake, Tiramisu, Poached Bosc Pear, and other Italian classics. Complete your visit by spending some time at The Hogtown Pub & Oysters, serving local craft beers and other classic favorites. You should consider cocktails such as Billy’s Old Fashioned, the Copper Cup Moscow Mule, the Noxx & Dunn Rum Swizzle, and many more. A full wine list is also available.
Toronto is the ultimate place to try any kind of food in a great environment! As a true melting pot of different cultures, Toronto certainly has so much to offer. You’ll find amazing tastes from all over the world, all excellently prepared with a personal touch. Every foodie will take delight in the wonderful neighborhoods and welcoming restaurants that line the streets of this amazing city!