Easy Pesto Vegetarian Burrito

For the past month and a half I’ve gone relatively red-meat free (with the exception of one particularly delicious steak at The Keg Mansion for BB’s birthday), and I’m already starting to feel some of the results by excluding pork and beef from my diet. That being said, bring on the veggies! With vegetarian restaurants in the city being ridiculously overpriced for what some would refer to as “rabbit food”- there are delicious and affordable ways to create your favourite vegetarian dish right at home. Today, I made an easy-peasy grilled vegetarian pesto burrito with my inspiration being from Fresh, where they serve essentially the same dish just with a much heftier price tag. Continue Reading

Restaurant Review: Buzzy’s Pizza- Niagara Falls, NY

Besides the usual cross-border shopping I occasionally travel the two hours (each way) for, Niagara Falls is not only good for it’s vastly cheaper goods, kitschy tourist attractions, casinos, Target, and copious amounts of outlet malls. No, there’s something much more fried and coated with several types of sauces and paired with a $1.95 Coronita. That my friends, is Buzzy’s Pizza and their buffalo chicken wings. Read more of my restaurant review of Buzzy’s Pizza in Niagara Falls, New York here! Continue Reading

Emerald Chinese Restaurant

I was seriously craving dim sum at a place that was just as delicious as the lunch we had in Melaka. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find the right place in downtown Toronto that creates something absolutely drool worthy, something I would day dream about in class as the minute hand slowly ticked closer to lunchtime. That is, until two years ago when my family and I stumbled upon a gem- or rather an Emerald of a dim sum joint in Mississauga, Ontario. Continue Reading

Dim Sum in Melaka

Sundays are one of my favourite days of the week. Whereas for some, Sundays evoke sadness or even fear of the looming incoming 9-5 work week ahead, or the departure of a warm, beach-filled weekend. I understand why for some people Sundays are the absolute worst. I know once university starts up again this fall I’ll get pangs of that same sadness of Sundays, knowing I have exams and papers to work on. But in the summer, Sundays mean much more to me. They mean DIM SUM! Continue Reading

Vietnamese Banh Xeo

Using the cha gio as a delicious appetizer, I decided to go one step further and test out the Banh Xeo recipe from Rasa Malaysia. I found it at first to be rather difficult to master the art of making the perfect pancake, or crepe bottom, which is the necessary part of the meal. Eventually I discovered an easier method than what the recipe originally called for, and the outcome was a faint “welcome back” treat to a little over two months ago when I first tried this tasty treat. Continue Reading

Making Chả giò from leftovers

This evening I came home from training only to find a frenzy of coveted left-overs shelved neatly in their pyrex containers in my fridge, which immediately shot down my plans to try and make banh xeo. Then an idea came to me, “hey, we have rice paper wrappers in the cupboard and we have vermicelli, there’s one thing I can make instead- why not?” Unfortunately my attempts to master the perfect Vietnamese spring roll, also known as Chả giò failed before it even began, because like the name suggests, “minced pork roll”, I had none. I had to improvise. I guess that’s what fun about cooking, you can try new things and see what works/what doesn’t. Here’s my attempt at what I like to call “Left Over Chả giò”, with a little bit on bun on the side;) Continue Reading

Beer Festival 2010 Toronto

The last couple of days I’ve been working at the Beer Festival in Toronto. It’s an annual event that occurs during the summer, which maximizes the outdoor venue (currently Bandshell Park in the CNE grounds), the hot days met with a refreshing glass of beer- and the scantily clad promo girls (and guys). I’ve literally seen it all- from people in the demographic range of 19-65, letting loose on these hot summer days with their unlimited beer, going tent-to-tent, fillin’er’up with almost any recognizable beer you can imagine (over 120 vendors)! Continue Reading

Ultimate To Do List: RECIPES TO MAKE!

There’s one thing for certain, and that is: I MISS THE FOOD IN ASIA…LIKE CRAZY! I managed to find ONE place in Toronto that serves Malaysian food. The problem? Their charging $13 for a simple Nasi Lemak. This poses a serious threat to my bank account as I very clearly remember paying somewhere between $1-3 for a dish back in our glorious backpacking days (don’t I sound like this happened 5 years ago? Believe me, these days it feels like it was that long ago). My conclusion? MAKE MORE AUTHENTIC FOOD AT HOME! Continue Reading