Gelato at G for Gelato, Toronto

 

I tried gelato from many places in Montreal and Quebec, but I have to say this is the best place….why? Because it’s SOOO creamy and not that “icy”, and is not fully loaded with sugar (as with other kinds of ice cream). Surprisingly the pistachio was the best I’ve ever had! I also liked the sour berry cheesecake gelato. They really were flavourful.

The second best I’ve tried was Dolce Vita in Montreal.

Paysanne Gelato is good too; especially the dark chocolate one.

Suite 88 also sells gelato but I don’t find it that flavourful.

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Delicious organic, local food at Sliced, Bay Street, Toronto!!

Delicious organic, local food at Sliced, Bay Street, Toronto!!

I just happened to stop here (without researching) cuz I was hungry..but little did I know that the food would be amazing!
I had roasted vegetable barley, a homemade blueberry start and a cuppa green tea. You gotta try this place! You won’t be disappointed!

Brunch at Le Cartet

This is known to be a popular brunch/coffee place on rue McGill towards old Montreal.

My friend and I chose to eat here because it’s more central to the main city than other brunch places.

I ordered the Brunch Santé because it was highly rated on tripadvisor and yelp. It was 2 poached eggs (one on a whole wheat toast, the other on a bagel; both with pesto/goat cheese spread and salad), 2 sticks of cheddar cheese, yogurt with organic granola, fig and fresh fruits.

The eggs on toast were good but a little bland. I had to put salt and pepper on it. Toast and bagel were perfectly toasted and were home made! Cheese was average- a rather mature kind, and it went well with the fig! The yogurt wasn’t too thick like greek yogurt and wasn’t bitter. It was quite good! The granola was amazing and not super sweet. This was topped off with a few frozen blueberries. The fruits were not very fresh but ok and it consisted of a couple of strawberries, slice of a grapefruit, an orange and a pineapple. This meal was also served with something called “amuse-bouche” which is similar to a moist, dense piece of cake and was served with orange juice. All for $17.99 I believe. I was stuffed to bits! All in all: it was a great breakfast, a tad pricey, but I expected it to be a bit better in terms of flavour and the freshness of fruits.

My friend, on the other hand, ordered asparagus and cheese omelet that was served on toast, served with a few baby potatoes cooked with duck fat. Yes duck fat!! We both found that too stinky!! 🙂 and my friend couldn’t get rid of that smell from her mouth until hours later! The omelet was rather bland although it was a lot and was light and fluffy.

They held a good selection of Yusmi tea but was charged at 3.25 a bag!
My friend’s coffee wasn’t that hot also but the waitress kindly served more (a second round of hot one). In fact, the service was excellent despite that the restaurant was packed! The ambience was also good.

Would I go there again? Yes, but it wouldn’t top my list of brunch-place-to-go. There are far more better breakfast places out there that have more choices and at a better value. Although, I did love the ambience!..

Pinxto, Montreal

Pinxto, Montreal

This is the first time that I had pintxo.  It is similar to what is more well-known: tapas. So what’s the difference between them both? Well after thorough research, there isn’t much of a difference between pintxo and tapas.  Pintxo’ is a ‘Basque-ified’ take on the Spanish word ‘pincho’, which itself comes from the verb ‘pinchar’, which is ‘to pierce’. Pinchos are traditionally pierced with a cocktail stick, to attach it to the piece of bread that they invariably came attached to. However, as the cuisine has evolved, the food is now less likely to be pierced to a piece of bread than before. The difference depends largely on context and location in Spain. Anyway to us, they’ll be the same 🙂

Since I have never had tapas or pintxo before; I really don’t have much to comment and compare except to say whether it was good or not.

My hubby and I actually ordered about 4 pintxos each which was more than enough! – Given that we went there on an empty stomach.

First we were served with wholewheat bread that was freshly baked with a side dish of olive oil.  The waiter kept giving more bread as we were eating it.

-Cream of courgette soup (1) – was very good

-Salmon tartare (2)- good, but not amazing because it was rather bland.  I had better at Avocado sushi and Marche 27

-Seared fois gras on a bed of lentils (3)- I’m not a big fan of fois gras but my hubby said it’s the best he’s ever had

-Marinated crab with roasted pepper and grilled prawn (4) – good.  I heard that the crab and shrimp stuffed piquillo with shellfish sauce is amazing but unfortunately there were none left when we went

-Grilled lobster tail (5)- grilled to perfection served with spring salad

-Black cod with tomato virgin sauce (6) – amazing fresh fish!! This was quite pricy at $9 but well worth it.  It was on top of chopped, creamy and buttery potatoes

-Venison medallion, butternut squash puree and truffle salt (7)- amaaaazing lamb piece. and the combination with buttersquash went very well. A lot of fat on the bone and this was roasted to perfection.  The meat was medium cooked so it was very soft on the inside and crispy on the edges.

– Goat cheese raviolis with duck stew (8)- very fresh and soft raviolis.  The stew had strips of duck in it – this is when the bread came useful!

-Mushrooms stuffed with duck confit (9)- this was fantastic!

Overall, it was a great experience as I got to taste a lot of small dishes!  Moreover, these dishes were spaced out quite well.  We were served one after another with about 2 minutes gap between each dish.  The service was top-notch.  If you have to try pinxto/tapas, then you gotta try out this place!

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