September 09, 2018

Vegetarian Food Festival: Part 2

Sol Cuisine: We already knew their burgers are delicious, so we were looking forward to trying out some of their new meatless alternatives. 
Featured was their Greek Moussakka meatballs, made with a base of eggplants and veg proteins. They were really good- texture had a little chew, it was juicy and packed with flaovour. Win!
Nelakee: They have a store front on Scarbrough, but with their odd hours, we usually just stock up annually at the Veg Food Fest. This time would we bought about $60 worth of Taiwanese faux meats. Maybe not the healthiest, but always welcomed when we're looking for a quick source of protein for dinner. 
Bobo's Oat Bars: Cute name, dry bars. Decent flavour profile, but they were lacking moisture/chew. 
Maple Walnut- our favourite flavour combo that unfortunately did not show through in this bar.
If I hadn't already made a batch of corn soup at home, I totally would have bought a cup,-especially with the temperature dropping. Huge lines for this vendor, lots of people munching on $5 cobs of corn.
Nuts For Cheese: Loved the packaging and the friendly people. Rich isn't a fan of most vegan cheese products, so I tried this one solo. All their cheeses were super creamy and rich. A little would go a long way.
"Super Blue": Sharp, rich, and marbled with spirulina.
Looks kind of like real blue cheese! Description is spot on. I really enjoyed this one. 
"Red Rind": Mild and creamy with a turmeric and paprika rind. Deliciously smoke and rich. Super pretty too! 
Simply Protein: These chips have 18g of protein per serving and they taste really good too. 

Vegetarian Food Festival: Part 1

Pistachio Baklawa from Baklawa Queen: Just as good as the honey/butter version. Look at those laters! $2.50  
Baked good from Bunner's Bake Shop
Samples from Nong Shim: They have some of the best instant noodles (I find their noodle texture is just right). We were looking forward to buying a box of 20 packages, usually $10, but they weren't on offer this year. Huge disappointment, as they were only selling cup noodles...which we're not fans of. 
Chickpea Miklk: Tried this out, not a fan. Sip and spit, tasted like "paint thinner" as Rich put it. 
Sunflower Kitchen: They offer a variety of dips in a wide range of flavours
I tried the sunflower pesto which I really enjoyed. So much so I wanted to buy a couple containers (a mix of hummus and pesto), but was ignored and passed over for a good 7 minutes. With the people behind me getting served and others pushing their way for a sample, I left empty handed eyes rolling. You lost my business.
It was busy but not overwhelmingly so
Kind: I love their nut bars (hello, almond coconut!), so it was no surprised that their pressed fruit and chia bars were a huge hit as well. The were a pleasant mix of dried fruit snack with little bits of chia seeds. So yummy.
Yves Veggie Cuisine: Rich gets their products regularly, as they have a good selection of meat alternatives. 
Yves veggie sausages- pretty good for a non-meat product! I had mine with a dab of sriracha.
Genuine Health: Fermented Vegan Protein bars, sampled both coconut lemon and maple walnut and as someone who doesn't eat bars like these ever, the maple one could have passed as a less sweet version of fudge.. I liked it and so did Rich!

August 26, 2018

Afternoon Tea at The Royal York Library Bar: Part 4

Gâteau Opéra and Queen’s Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Bundt cake adored with berries and gold leaf
A tower of deliciousness
Dj and I splitting our macaroons so we could get a taste of both :)
I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but when pastries are as pretty as these ones eat them and love every bite. My favourite of the bunch? Opera cake, which brought back memories of my mother's birthday at the old house were I grew up and the local bakery where we'd buy it from and the pistachio macaron, because pistachio is love.

August 24, 2018

Afternoon Tea at The Royal York Library Bar: Part 3

Traditional Cranberry Scones with Devonshire Cream and Preserves
Scone a smear of cream and a dollop of strawberry preserves
Cream & a generous drizzle of honey, collected from the rooftop hives at the Royal York
There's something delicious and special about splitting a warm scone in half, slathering slightly sweetened, chilled Devonshire Cream and topping it off with something sweet. I only wish there were more! Or how about larger...these are tiny morsels of deliciousness.

August 22, 2018

Afternoon Tea at The Royal York Library Bar: Part 2

Traditional Finger Sandwiches
Smoked Salmon: Preserved Lemon, Dill Cream Cheese, Pretzel Bun
Mini Wild Mushroom Tart:  Mixed Mushrooms, Ontario Chèvre, Savoury Butter Tart
Smoked Pastrami:  Kozlik’s Mustard, Cape Vassey Cheese, Baby Arugula, Rye Bread
Right- English Cucumber: Herb Boursin Cheese, Pain au Lait
Bottom- Egg & Truffle: Asparagus, Free-Range Egg, Truffle Cream, House Baked Croissant
Finger Sandwiches! They were all so good and it's hard to choose just one favourite, but I inhaled that egg and truffle cream croissant pretty darn quick. The buns and breads were super fresh, weren't too messy to eat and each one had their own unique flavours.

Afternoon Tea at The Royal York Library Bar: Part 1

Afternoon tea with Rich's mum and family! I think it's my 6th year? 7th? Always a good time, always grateful. I chose to sip on Early Grey tea- there's just something about bergamot that I love. A little splash of milk and a tiny scoop of sugar makes for a deliciously cozy treat! I love tea!

July 26, 2018

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