Month: September 2015

Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecake – a review

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So the big hype in Toronto the past six months has been the Uncle Tetsu cheesecake shop. Uncle Tetsu is a chain of Japanese cheesecake shops, and Toronto is their first North American store.  There are always line-ups out the door with people waiting to pick up one of these ubiquitous Japanese cheesecakes. So yesterday, I picked up one at the street food stalls at Union Station – next to no line-ups. $10 for a whole […]

Best Mexican restaurant in Montreal

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Sometimes the best places to eat are the one that are found by accident. Tucked away in a side street on the plateau is an excellent little Mexican restaurant called Maria Bonita. This small restaurant does traditional casserole type dishes from all the regions of Mexico. This is not boring tacos type fare. Two casseroles per person seem to be more than enough. All are served with flour tortillas. Here are two of the exceptional appetizers: […]

Montreal: Juliette & Chocolat

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In Montreal there are is a great chain of dessert restaurants called Juliette & Chocolat. The food is quite exceptional, and they have an online store as well. When we visited, I had the hazelnut bowl – vanilla and hazelnut ice cream with crunchy pieces of hazelnut, and topped with whipped cream and pieces of meringue. My daughter had the fruit plate fondue.  

A quick strawberry icecream

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In Montreal I purchased a new book on ice cream – Lomelino’s Ice Cream (Roost Books), by Swedish food blogger and author Linda Lomelina (first published in 2013, but the English version is from 2015). Her blog is worth the visit, from a photography viewpoint alone. The book stands out in its simplicity, unlike some of the books on making ice cream, where the instructions seem to be far too complex and wordy. The book has a […]

Guinness pickled onions

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With September comes the last hurrahs of summer, although there is still plenty of BBQ time on the cooler nights of fall. After trying some excellent pickled red onions from Sanagan’s Meat Locker in Kensington Market in Toronto, I decided to make some pickled onions of my own. These onions are made to be used immediately, and last in the refrigerator for a month or more. The recipe makes two pint jars. Ingredients: 1 large sweet […]

Peach salsa

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As it is peach season, a good way to integrate them into a BBQ, rather than just peach pie or cobbler, is peach salsa. This salsa was made by my wife… Ingredients: 3 ripe peaches, (1 pound) ¼ red onion 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (minced) 1 tbsp lime juice kosher salt (to taste) Firstly the peaches should have their skin removed. This can be done by blanching in boiling water for 30 seconds, however this *may* […]