Monday, January 25, 2021

Chrisopigi EVOO by Gaia Fine Foods


If you are looking for a new extra virgin olive oil brand, look no further. Chrisopigi (pronounced kri-so-pee-yee) EVOO exclusively imported by Gaia Fine Foods is a global multi-award winning olive oil recognized as Best in Class and Gold Awards at the most prestigious international competition in New York. Chrisopigi EVOO is tested annually to maintain its' superior quality and heating stability, which allows for deep-frying.  

You can use EVOO for many things, such as to dip bread with, drizzled onto salad, or my personal favourite, to fry eggs with. I love that the Chrisopigi EVOO is smooth and doesn't leave any sort of after-taste. The fact that it has been European Union regulated and Health Claim Certified, has me trust that it is one of the best EVOOs out there! The olives used to make the Chrisopigi EVOO are hand-picked from their olive orchards on the island of Crete, Greece. And if you didn't know already, Greek olive oils rank top in the world! 

If you are interested in purchasing your own, please check out www.gaiafinefoods.ca.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Wilder Food

Homemade Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookie in the top right

Cafe: Wilder Food
Address: 382 Keele St.
Phone: 416-901-2960
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Website: www.wilderfood.ca


Interior





Menu

Drinks - Soy/Almond/Lactose-Free Options?: Yes to all
- Also has homemade cashew milk available
- Coffee beans from Propeller Coffee
- Chai is made from scratch
- Organic tumeric and matcha latte available

Food - Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free Options?: Yes to all
- Menu items are wheat-free and refined sugar-free
- Everything is locally sourced
- Spelt flour is used
- Golden Milk available





Cashew Milk Flat White, $4.50


Turkey Brie Open-Faced, $11


Dragonfruit Acai Smoothie Bowl, $9/$10



Review

Wilder Food is a quaint cafe located in the Junction, tucked in the north-west corner of Keele and Dundas West. Spacious and cozy, Wilder Food offers a lovely array of breakfast and brunch items. If you bring friends or family, they have a selected assortment of games you can enjoy yourself with. I went through a couple of fun rounds with Exploding Kittens!

I got to try some of Wilder's menu items, including one of the specials which was the Turkey Brie Open-Faced, which was absolutely to die for! I'm not sure how often they would have this dish on special, but I highly recommend it if you see it on the menu. I also got to try the Dragonfruit Acai Smoothie Bowl, which I would like to describe as "summertime in a bowl". It's super refreshing, packed with healthy goodness and perfect after a good workout or when summer finally rolls around. The Cashew Milk Flat White was very rich and creamy. I don't drink flat whites normally so I can't really compare but I didn't mind it's thick texture at all!

If you live in The Junction or in a nearby area, I definitely recommend coming to Wilder Food for brunch. It's an underrated cafe with loads of Instagrammable and delicious plates for everyone to enjoy! Cause if these photos do not convince you, I don't know what will.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Yunshang Rice Noodle (North York)

Restaurant: Yunshang Rice Noodle
Address: Unit 5, 5285 Yonge St.
Phone: 416-233-6662
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30 - 12 AM
Website: www.yunshang.ca


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Menu


Temporary Soft Opening Menu


Yunshang Bridge Rice Noodle, $19.99


Yunshang Rice Noodle with Mixed Mushrooms ($11.99) plus extra Seafood ($2.99) and extra Beef ($2.99)


Top left clockwise: Deep Fried Cuttlefish Balls, $6.99; Sliced Beef, Tripe and Ox Tongue in Chili Sauce, $8.99; The Salty Popcorn Chicken, $6.95; Cold Glass Noodle in Chili Sauce, $5.99; and Deep Fried Squid Tentacle, $6.99 



Review

Yunshang Rice Noodle is the largest Canadian-owned rice noodle chain that is opening their 9th location in North York. Under 3 years old, they are rapidly expanding with 5 more locations opening up across North America. Their base broth is made fresh from pork bones that is cooked for 12 hours daily. There is no MSG in their food and they cook with only the freshest ingredients.

I tried a few of their dishes, including their limited edition Yunshang Bridge Rice Noodle ($19.99)! This is set of rice noodles with assorted premium seafood presented beautifully on a wooden bridge. You get to choose between 5 different noodle soups. I chose the Coconut Curry Rice Noodle, which has a hint of spiciness. You first place all of your raw meat into the boiling soup. After you let it cook, you can place your rice noodles in to eat. This is definitely a creative way to display and eat Chinese rice noodle. I enjoyed the variety of toppings available.

My friend and I devoured the Deep Fried Cuttlefish Balls ($6.99), which we definitely recommend. The Salty Popcorn Chicken ($6.95) and Deep Fried Squid Tentacle ($6.99) were decent, but not much different from other Chinese restaurants. The one dish I advised everyone to stay away from is the Cold Glass Noodle in Chili Sauce ($5.99). I am not a picky eater but this was one of the few dishes I was unable to finish, and I always finish my plate.

For their grand opening celebration, Yunshang Rice Noodle will be giving away FREE Yunshang Bridge Rice Noodle to the first 100 people on March 15th and March 16th. It starts at 6 PM and only at their new North York location. No purchases are necessary and first come, first served (no reservations). After that for a limited time only, 50 Yunshang Bridge Rice Noodle sets are available daily.