Monthly Archives: March 2012
I said goodbye to the Four Seasons Avenue lounge more than once this month. It was always a great place to meet friends for a quick drink or bite. A lively environment where it was possible to have a conversation. Their burger is one of my all time favourites in addition to the fries. Even the pickiest burger taster I know, chef Melissa Saunders thought the burger was great. It had the perfect proportion of bun, juicy burger and a hint of cheese. The fries were super crisp. Enjoying a drink, great burger and fries is a healthy indulgence. So many fond memories of enjoying life at the Four Seasons while watching people go by on Avenue Road and Yorkville.
This is a simple, absolutely delicious and rich tasting vegan mushroom soup. The secret is the homemade veggie stock and dried shiitake mushrooms, which add depth of flavour.
Perhaps the magic was in the company I had. In addition, the people at Buca create a wonderful dining experience through warm, attentive service, amazing creative food, great wine pairings in a relaxed, vibrant and sociable setting. Earlier this month, I brought three friends for a post ballet bite and drink. We ordered 4 pizzas and each of them was outstanding. I ordered the octopus and clam pizza.
What a clean and interesting combination of flavour with the bold tomato sauce, a touch of roasted garlic, octopus and clam offset with a bit of parsley. Of course, the super thin, crisp crust is just the best. The favourite of the table was the funghi, which we all agreed was ‘to die for’ with the buttery, sweet combination of mushrooms paired with the perfect cheese. I just love this restaurant!
I have recently noticed that food courts in office buildings and malls are starting to become nicer environments. I saw this in malls in the US and here in downtown Toronto. They look sleeker all around, the lighting is bright to offset the underground location, and there is more variety of food on offer. My curiosity and a bit of lunchtime hunger finally got me to try Amaya Express for lunch yesterday. Amaya is a restaurant that I have really enjoyed, so I have been intrigued by the concept of their Express locations, which seem to be popping up everywhere. I had a samosa and some saag paneer. The samosa was warm, reasonably tender and slightly flaky, but was lacklustre in its seasoning in its filling of mainly potato. The accompanying sauce was too cold in temperature and too sweet in taste. The saag paneer was decent, but again lacking complexity in its spicing. I would try the ‘healthy’ combos of rice, veg and curry the next time, but I think I can only expect so much from a fast food setting.
For a great healthy food court lunch spot in downtown Toronto, check out:
This is a healthy muffin recipe that is adapted from bestselling cookbook Spilling the Beans. Pureed white beans add extra fibre and nutrition to the muffins, as does the different flours and ground flaxseed. The ingredients sound a little strange, but the muffins are tasty with a moist texture. Organic ingredients are preferable if possible.
Let me preface this by saying that I really dislike eating raw carrots. I make an effort, but have never enjoyed the taste of a raw or cooked carrot much. I do understand that carrots are a healthy food to include in your diet. I was doing some research on juicing and came across the idea of fresh carrot apple juice. I made some and it was delicious, even someone who dislikes carrots enjoyed drinking it!