Saturday, May 12, 2018

Eat BKK (Yonge and Steeles)

Restaurant: Eat BKK
Address: 6307 Yonge St.
Phone: 647-350-9336
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30 AM - 10 PM



Spring Roll and Soup of the Day, included in the $10.95 lunch specials

Green Curry Chicken, $10.95

Khao Soi Poutine, $9.95

Pad Thai Chicken, $14.45

Pad Kaprao Crispy Pork, $13.95

TTT (Tipsy Thai Tea) $7.95

My Review

I won a $50 gift card to the newest Eat BKK location by Yonge and Steeles. I decided to take a friend with me so we could have a feast. Honestly, $50 covers A LOT of food. If I knew how much food we would have ended up with, I would have 100% invited another friend or two. (Funny enough, my cousin won a $50 gift card as well and I went with her for lunch with two other co-workers; it fed the four of us perfectly). The new restaurant is very spacious and was made to accommodate fans of the original location at Yonge and Sheppard (which is a lot smaller). 

I thought the Khao Soi Poutine was unique, with a lot of meat thrown on top of fries. It was a fun appetizer that was great for at least three people since the beef was filling. The Pad Kaprao Crispy Pork I ordered was not the greatest, only because the rice was a bit cold and not as soft. My friend said he quite liked their Pad Thai Chicken. We both ordered Thai Iced Tea and I decided to get the rum-spiked version called the TTT (Tipsy Thai Tea). It was still similar to the original Thai Iced Tea minus the rum. Great if you are a fan of boozy fun drinks, otherwise the regular Thai Iced Tea is just as good. Honestly the amount of food we got was way too much for two people. Eat BKK is super affordable and you can get so much for so many people at little cost. 

You should come here for lunch if you are in the area. For only $10.95, you get a substantial plate of food along with spring rolls and soup (this is the same for the Yonge and Sheppard location). It makes for a super hearty lunch and you get the most bang for your buck! 

I definitely recommend checking out Eat BKK. I was told that both restaurants have slightly different menus. A couple of items at the Yonge and Sheppard location are not on the Yonge and Steeles menu, and vice versa.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

[Event] Kinza: Vegetarian Thai Curry With Sachin

Event: Kinza: Vegetarian Thai Curry with Sachin
Location: Sachin's Home (Near Sherbourne Station)
Date: April 22, 2018
10% Discount Code: DIANA10

Kinza is a Toronto start-up that produces small-scale events for people to learn new things or share conversations over a private dinner at a host's home. I had the pleasure of checking out one of the events this past Sunday where I had a group dinner with one of Kinza's co-founders, Sachin.

The event consisted of six people, including the co-founders Sachin and Kate, along with the co-founders of a new foodie dating app called PB&J. It was a pleasant evening of food and conversation that started at 7 PM. This event included vegetarian thai curry with unlimited portions (though I was full after the initial dish since I ate and drank prior).

Kinza is geared towards people who are looking to make new friends but are unable to find a venue to do so or are new to the city. Kinza doesn't only do private dinners but other events, such as painting and silk-screening classes. It's similar to Meetup but much smaller, allowing attendees to get to know everyone at the event.

Does Kinza sound like it's up your alley? You can go onto their website for their calendar of events. If you use my personal discount code DIANA10, you get 10% off your purchase!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Alternative Cafe

Cafe: The Alternative Cafe
Address: 439 Richmond St. W
Phone: 416-551-7716
Operating Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Sat-Sun 9 AM - 4 PM



Drinks - Soy/Almond/Lactose-Free Options?: Yes to all
- All milks are organic
- Japanese cold brew available
- Nitro cold brew available
- 7 new Frappe flavours to be released soon!
- Roasted coffee beans from Hale Coffee
- Tea from Genuine Tea 
- Station Cold Brew available for purchase
- Flow Water available for purchase

Food - Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free Options?: Yes to all
- Gluten-free baked goods available
- Most baked goods are made in-house
- Baked goods from Bunner's Bakeshop available


My Order: Pineapple Empanada, $4, and Tumeric Frappe, Price TBD

I always enjoy going back to my roots and reviewing cafes. Salem, the owner of The Alternative Cafe, invited me to check out his Richmond and Spadina cafe. Lined up against other places like Freshii, Yogatree, and Kupfert & Kim, The Alternative Cafe adds to the selection of health-conscious shops along Richmond Street. Almost a year old, this cafe proudly source all of their products locally. For the working nomad, there is WiFi and a limited number of outlets available in the shop for use.

I got a chance to try one of their upcoming Frappes. The Alternative Cafe will be coming out with 7 types of Frappes, flavours including: Natural Chai, Cream of Earl, and Beetroot. I had the Tumeric Frappe since I was recovering from a cold and I loved it. It was a sweet drink that hit the spot for me. I highly recommend trying out a Frappe once they launch at the end of the month. This is perfect for anyone who already enjoy sweet drinks like Starbucks' Frappuccino (minus all the overwhelming amount of sugar). I quite enjoyed the Pineapple Empanada as well, so I do recommend it if you prefer savoury treats. Their cookies are also delightful and generous in size.

Their menu is always changing as they come up with new drinks and food items to serve. The Alternative Cafe is one of the few cafes (potentially the only one in Toronto??) to serve Japanese cold brew, an ancient style of producing cold brew coffee. It can take anywhere from 11 to 17 hours to make! The owner had to piece together multiple sources in order to perfect the process. They also have Nitro cold brew if you are fan of that process too.

If you are near Chinatown/Queen West area and would like a pick-me-up or a new cafe to get your work done, I definitely recommend The Alternative Cafe as your new go-to spot!