Other than wanting to go to India itself and knocking off another country off my list, the other reason was to attend my friend R’s wedding! Yes, an Indian wedding in India! And if you’ve ever been to an Indian wedding you know that celebrations can last a week long. So after a short two day stint in Paris we started our journey to India. Our main hub was a city in Punjab called Ludhiana and the first event leading up to the wedding was the Mangana – which is what I’m told is the “engagement”. It was hosted at and catered by the Hotel Maharaja Regency. Here, the bride is not present but is an event on the groom’s side with the bride’s immediate/close family. Gifts are given to the groom and we eat…..we eat at every event – did I tell you how much I love attending Indian weddings :) And how much I love pakoras! Typically made with vegetables in a spiced batter and deep fried – delicious! Check out some of the other dishes I sampled.
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If there is one thing I can say about Paris or more acurately, France as a whole, its that the food is amazing – no matter where you eat! It can be some small mom & pop bakery located in quite alley or a larger restaurant with rows upon rows of tables and chairs in a popular square. Regardless, you can rarely go wrong. Because my visit was very short this time around, I needed to make sure that my limited number of meals were well spent! That meant, making sure I ate my favourite French foods: croque madame, pain au chocolat and of course, macarons! Below are some of my favourite foods from my two days in my favourite city!
Most of you know me by now that when you haven’t heard from me in a while, its because I’m travelling and this time around, I was off to Paris for a couple of nights before heading to India! That’s right, INDIA! But before I dive deep into my food adventures in Asia, I return back to my favourite city in the world, Paris! The visit was short but sweet and what a great place to catch up with my friends A and F, visiting from Brussels. Coming as a recommendation, my friends booked reservations at Le Fumoir and the food and atmosphere was fantastic! With a fixed price menu, entree, plat et dessert for 38 euros is a deal – of course, that doesn’t include wine but that stuff is cheap here! All my courses were delicious but I must say, ending the meal with the cheese plate has to be my favourite! Much to the dismay of most of my friends, wherever I can, I opt for cheese to finish my dinners in France and the choice of cheese paired with a tart and sweet mix of cabbage and apples was perfection! Completely satisfying!
I’ve got a NEW FAVOURITE afternoon tea in Toronto!!! And you can find it at Shangri-La! Finally, an afternoon tea service that checks off everything that a good service should be……its a hotel – check! Great atmosphere, they have a pianist playing while you enjoy the afternoon – check! A full selection of teas – check! Good scones – check! Clotted cream – check! The number item I look forward to with an afternoon tea service is the scones and clotted cream. I’ve tasted better scones but these were good and made even better with the cream! However, my favourite item of the afternoon, the lobster salad in a mini brioche bun. So delicious! But what really makes it great, the company! Thanks B, J, M and P for a great afternoon of catching up and making sure we “ALL” had enough to eat :)
One of my favourite shows on the food network is “You Gotta Eat Here“. So when I had to go to Windsor, Ontario for work, eating dinner at Motor Burger was first on the agenda. We practically raced there making it with 10 minutes to closing and luckily enough, they let us stay. After talking to the server we found out that the Deux Chevaux was ranked Top 5 best burgers in Canada so of course, I had to order it! And taking the first bite I can definitely understand why it was – it was juicy, savoury (from the gruyere) with a bit of sweet (from the balsamic onions) – perfect combination! And did I mention that they make their own beer :)
So I know I spoke too soon when I said that I won’t be attending any Winterlicious events but when my colleague S came to me with an invitation to High Tea at Casa Loma, I couldn’t resist. Casa Loma is a castle located slightly north of downtown Toronto and to my knowledge, the first time high tea was made available to the public. For $37, you received entry to the castle, free audio guide, afternoon tea and a small gift bag. The tea was provided by David’s Tea and the entire event was hosted by Liberty Entertainment Group – known in the city for great event planning. I must admit, just the atmosphere made it a great afternoon.
I’ve had a small crush (ok, maybe a major crush) on David Chang ever since I was introduced to his Lucky Peach mag and his PBS show, The Mind of a Chef. So of course I was delighted when he opened his first restaurants in Toronto a couple of years ago but I was even more excited when he opened his first MilkBar outpost in T.O. last year! I finally made it to check out their baked goods and picked some tasty treats. My favourite was the cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookie – you can see and taste the chunks of cornflakes right in the cookie! Who knew cereal would taste so good in a cookie! And if you feel like releasing the inner baker in you……MilkBar also sells mixes you can take home and bake yourself. My friend S got me the compost cookie mix for my birthday and I finally took an afternoon to bake a batch – what can I say, anything with potato chips and pretzels can only taste amazing!
When my friend M and I arrived at London’s Borough Market, I noticed a very long line that snaked around the corner and into the Monmouth Coffee Shop. I love coffee, especially when its over ice on a hot summer day! So when I saw this line, well frankly, I needed to find out what all the fuss was about. Yes, I stood in this line and ordered my first Monmouth coffee. In Canada, I’m used to the espresso machines, traditional home coffee machines and french presses – but this is the first I’ve seen a drip ceramic filter sitting directly over the cup. The coffee was strong and delicious! Perfect for sipping while browsing the market.
Back in August 10, 2012, I wrote my first post on Borough Market and I love this market so much that I make it a point to go every time I’m in London. What makes this visit different from the others is that I made a point to eat more food! And nothing was a disappointment! So, I’m going to keep the post short because I think the pictures speak a thousand words. Enjoy!
I was really lucky this time around to fit two afternoon teas in a single London visit. And lucky to have local friends that recommend places for me. My friend M recommended the Royal Horseguards so we went on a Saturday afternoon. Located just down the street from the Thames river, the afternoon tea is served in the lobby (in a comfortable sectioned-off area as well as along the hallway). Very impressed by the service and atmosphere, I did learn that the Royal Horseguards was awarded the Tea Guild’s Award of Excellence 2013 – and deservedly so! I ordered the Signature Tea which included a selection of sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones with clotted cream and homemade preserves. The tea of choice, the “Strawberries & Cream” blend of leaf tea. My favourite is always and continues to be the selection of sandwiches, delicious – especially the coronation chicken sandwich!