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Bannock

Short and sweet post with 4 years old photos (and incredibly, Bannock is still around). A modern bistro serving Canadian fare opposing Nathan Phillips Square, it’s a tasty choice when you need a break after Eaton Center shopping sprees.

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Lola

4 years overdue, but one of my favorite memories from Seattle was Lola by the renowned James Beard award winner Tom Douglas, showcasing mainly Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. This was back when I wasn’t super heavy into food yet, so I didn’t know who he was, or the famous coconut cream pie that I missed out on.

They had a line so we were asked to wait in the attached hotel lobby next door

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Bad Photos Club

The last entry was such an effort post between translating fish names into three languages and editing photos until my eyes bleed that this one will just be cleaning out some places & photos not good enough to warrant their own posts

Sichuan Garden

It’s a bit of a shame that I’ve been eating here long before I started recording tasting notes and photos of food, because while it’s not the most delicious or authentic Sichuan in the area, it’s super consistant for the last 10+ years I’ve been here. Just a really reliable place when when you want to fall back on something familiar, with it’s artifical garden in the entrance way and checkerboard carpeting, somehow pulling in just enough customers to stay afloat.

Tofu Fish (豆花鱼), Left: Okay, not as tender as their water cooked fish, flavor a tad too simple and lacking depth
Pork Blood & Intestine Stew (五更腸旺), Right: this had barely any intestines, but the flavors are nice and deep and the other offal pieces were tender and plentiful


Fuqi feipian (夫妻肺片): probably the best dish of the night; slices of perfectly cooked offal and meat infused with the flavors of peppercorn and chili oil, topped with peanuts and sesame seed. Spicy, aromatic and a smorgasbord of texture

Sichuan Garden – Yelp
359 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5T 2G3

Dark Horse Espresso Bar

Nice coffee place to hang out on Queen St., forgettable coffee though, not much to talk about other than the comfy ambience

Dark Horse Espresso Bar – Yelp
Dark Horse Espresso Bar
215 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5T 2C7

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Sushi Maumi & Ludovico Einaudi

One of my most anticipated restaurants in Vancouver, I had my interest piqued by the strict dining rules set out by the chef and the incredibly small space it operates in.

It ended being one of my fave experiences ever and definitely rank the highest for ‘bang for your buck’ (especially when compared to SF prices). There was a lot of variations in the nigiri choices which made it delightful yet still traditional, and prevented the flavors/textures from blurring together between pieces.

The smallness of the space and the lack of the usual sushi bar countertop display case (the one that holds all the ingredients) meant that you had a stellar close-up, unobstructed view of the chef’s performance no matter where you were seated (which is an integral part of why the the meal was so great, it was extremely satisfying to watching him slice the neta, cut the tendons, shape the shari, dip the wasabi and brush on the sauce with the grace and precision of a Tchaikovsky ballet).

No walk-ins, reservation required (with credit card) and no liquor license. Don’t take photos of anything but the food, I took these photos after asking his wife after the meal

Price: $75CAD for 11 courses and $32.25 for 6 additional pieces, the prices can be found in the menu below (TLDR: cheap for the experience and compared to other omakases I’ve had, they definitely don’t skimp). The neta was t h i c c, meaty and substantial enough to allow you to really savor the fish while the shari was perfectly flavored to highlight the natural sweetness of the rice, finished with the tang from the vinegar; near perfect ratio between the canvas and the paint.


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Trou Normand

Originally we were suppose to be at Zuni for their famous roasted chicken but unfortunately the in person wait is 2 hour (super disappointed since it’s one of my favorite things to eat ), the upside is that we we ended up at Trou Normand and had a fantastic meal anyways.

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Graffiti Alley/Gandhi Indian Cuisine

Dope ass place in Toronto to check out some beautiful street art, really easy to get through in 30 mins and had some really colourful, impressive pieces. Cap it off with some rotis at Gandhis. Too much image warning*, also some of the angles are real fucked up because the alleys are narrow and I can only back up so far.

Love this city 🇨🇦❤️
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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka


In honor of MLK day, we and what seems like half the population of San Jose waited for an hour inside Mitsuwa to eat Hokkaido Ramen Santouka because why not the fuck not. It took roughly 30 mins to order, then 30 min for the food (they’ll call out the ticket number via microphone) which gives you ample time to hovering around tables like vultures, death staring down people to hurry their ass up, eat and GTFU.

(As a last resort you could always eat standing up but that’s just sad)
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