Konjiki Ramen

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The first international location of Konjiki Ramen landed in Toronto in late 2017. As my friends and I are always up for a good bowl of ramen, we decided to pay a visit on the coldest day of the year in hopes there would be a shorter line.

Konjiki Ramen
Location: 5051 Yonge St
North York, ON
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Europe in a nutshell: the Netherlands

Here begins the long overdue summary of my Europe trip, the food-centric version. If you were curious about other aspects, it is currently about 2/3 of the way through here.

Amsterdam. The Netherlands. Meat and potatoes. So many potatoes…

My favourite part was definitely the beer, cheese, and desserts. I must say I wasn’t terribly impressed by Dutch food other than frites.

The best start to the day: stroopwafels and tea. My favourite stroopwafels were the honey ones from Albert Heijn. I would also highly recommend trying one fresh from a street vendor!

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Craft beer at Oedipus Brewery. I’m not generally a huge beer fan when it comes to domestic beers at home, but the beer here was so delicious that it made me rethink my feelings for beer. Highly recommend trying some craft breweries over a bottle of Heineken!

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And here marks the best coffee I’ve had thus far; the honey vanilla latte macchiato in Den Haag. Presentation, taste, and cafe decor is just about perfect at the Barista Cafe here.

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Carbonara for one

One of my favourite pasta dishes has to be spaghetti carbonara. I found that carbonara was not a readily available dish at most restaurants, and so the first carbonara dish I ever ate was made by yours truly. To date, I’ve had it only a handful of times at restaurants, while I’ve made it several times at home.

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Some people are very protective over carbonara; many denounce the use of any meat other than pancetta, no peas, no milk or cream, etc. I actually love variations, but I tried to keep it simple with items found at most grocery stores.

Carbonara is a dish best eaten right away as it turns dry when left over. With that in mind, this is a recipe that feeds one. Adjust accordingly. Continue reading Carbonara for one

House of Small Wonder

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When looking for places to eat in Berlin, House of Small Wonder popped up among the top recommendations. After seeing photos from a couple of friends who were in Berlin just before I was, I was determined to pay a visit. I didn’t even know what the menu was like; it was the above photo that drew me in.

House of Small Wonder
Location: Johannisstraße 20
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Catch 122 Cafe Bistro

Chorizo Hash
Chorizo Hash

When we got to Vancouver, our first priority was checking in to our hostel and taking a long-awaited shower (it had been 4 days!).

Our next priority was getting a good meal; Catch 122 Cafe Bistro was just down the street from us, so we decided to grab brunch at 3pm.

Catch 122 Cafe Bistro
Location: 122 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC
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My favourite cafe in Vancouver

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Full Vegetarian Baguette; sub egg for avocado

I just came back from a week in Vancouver, and living in Gastown, we made it our mission to get our daily caffeine kick from a new place every morning.

Finch’s was not originally on my shortlist of cafes I made before we came, but we passed by it one morning and thought it was adorable – so we made a mental note to come back another morning.

Finch’s Tea & Coffee House
Location: 353 W Pender St
Vancouver, BC
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Happy 150!

It’s been 150 years since Confederation of Canada! I’ve been enjoying the promotions and special events that this year has brought us, and am happy to finally take embark on one of our biggest celebrations for this summer – see you soon on the west coast!

Kung Fu Tea Shop 2.0

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Rose milk tea, Uji matcha latte, tieguanyin milk tea

I was pretty sad when I found out Kung Fu Tea Shop closed their location on Dundas and University two years ago. It was my go-to spot for bubble tea when I was downtown and I would go out of my way to get my fix.

So I was pretty excited when they finally re-opened on Spadina, with a much bigger location and definitely with more foot traffic.

Kung Fu Tea
Location: 264 Spadina Ave
Toronto, ON
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The Alley

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Royal No. 9 & Uji Matcha

I was a bit surprised when I realized I never wrote anything about The Alley – known as Diagon Alley elsewhere in the world, they opened up last summer in the Commerce Gate Plaza, and has just opened a new location on Main Street Unionville.

The Alley
Location: 505 Highway 7 E
Thornhill, ON
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