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November 19, 2014
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Penang: Malaysian cuisine in Boston

During my short visit in Boston, Mr.Butter made sure that we stopped by Penang, where his memories projected happy tummy times. It seemed like many agreed with Mr.Butter as the traffic did not die down even on a rainy day.

Looking at other tables around me, I was excited to see the type of dishes Penang serves. Sadly, we were only a party of three with very different palate. So, I had to keep my eyes small (refering to the quote: eyes bigger than the stomach).

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Roti Canai

It’s basically a inspired paratha. The taste was good, but I find the crepe was too thin and not enough flaky. And the dip was a whole disaster. The curry was way too thick.

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Penang Satay Beef

The picture speaks for itself. The beef was not tender; it was difficult to bite it off from the stick. The seasoning was lacking as well.

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Penany Dried Curry Chicken (Top left)

Mr.Butter’s dish. He found it good.

Sizzling Beef (Top right)

Mr.Butter’s niece’s dish. She liked it. I thought it was a very typical stir fried beef from a Chinese restaurant.

Green Curry Seafood Claypot (Bottom)

Expectation of seafood could go quite wrong. In my seafood claypot, I had some crabstick. The green curry could be more rich. Otherwise, a decent soup to go on coconut rice on a rainy day.

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Surprisingly, the desserts were delicious like this black rice dessert with coconut milk. The ratio of the coconut milk and the black rice was off, but nonetheless, I fully enjoyed it.

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And we also had the deep fried ice cream and bananas for dessert. The appearance was not impressive. But like we learn from our childhood, we should never judge a book by its cover. And astoundingly, it might had been the best fried ice cream I ever had. Unlike my past experience, the ice cream remained intact after being deep fried. The crispy dough enrobing the ice cream was perfect. I would say the same for the bananas.

Disregarding the desserts, I think overall my experience was a let down. But I truly believe it is because I did not order the right dishes. But as usual, my philosophy is that everything on the menu should be just as good as any other dishes.

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November 11, 2014
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The Keg Steakhouse: Consistency is all it needs

This year marks the fifth year since I first tried Keg. Keg’s reputation did not die down at all from what I can see. Reservation after 6pm during weekends was not allowed. And it seems like wisdom really does not come with ages; I decided to arrive at 7:00pm, right on time for supper. I waited a good hour before I had a table. Well, that is part of Keg’s experience!

All I was thinking was “this better worth my wait!” And quickly, this was answered by the attentive service and the exquisite steaks…

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It felt adequate to eat some greens just before we moved onto the meat feast.

This spinach salad was nicely balanced with the sweetness of its toppings, which include strawberries, dried cranberries, candied pecans and red onion. The sweetness was also toned down by the Chardonnay vinagrette and goat cheese.

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And it also seemed adequate to moisturize our esophagus with the aid of a French onion soup in anticipation of the merciless carnivorism. The soup was great at achieving its objective as it was rather watery. I would have preferred a richer base. More of the Parmesan cheese would be appreciated as well.

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And here was the first steak for the dear Zuuchini Mama. A filet mignon wrapped in a bacon. Zuuchini Mama, usually a small protein eater, enjoyed the filet fully. It was cooked perfectly at medium rare.

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And I had too much on my plate to even think of tasting Zuuchini Mama’s dish. My choice was Baseball top sirloin. Like the name suggests it, this steak was the size of a baseball.

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Can you even imagine how beautifully cooked this was? It was exceptional! It was so very tender…so nicely seasoned. It was simply well handled in every aspect. I could barely eat half of it; there was just too much meat. A true steak eater would love this dish.

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Mr.Butter had the prime rib. Although good, it could not be compared with my baseball top sirloin. Not even close. The flavors were created with Keg’s special spices. How special? Hmm…mediocre special. I would suggest this prime rib only if you especially love tender steak at its optimal.

After all these years, by no surprise, Keg maintained its top position as Steakhouse. Without a doubt, Keg is my number one place whenever steak craving is kicking in.

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November 5, 2014
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Le Sociale – Illuminating the Square at Dix30

Shopping around Dix30, I cannot help but notice this restaurant at the heart of the Square. With its thousand warm tone lights pertrubing beaming through the windows, Le Sociale easily attracts a lovely and dynamic crowd.

It was a perfect place to have a long conversation with a friend, which is exactly what happened during my visit.

The menu offers a well-balanced number of dishes. Tapas were the most predominant, which suited the occasion  beautifully.

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We had 3 tapas that evening. Grilled octopus was one of the 3 tapas we had. It was served with chick peas. I was looking forward to the grilled octopus, but I was left disappointed. I find the octopus was a bit overcooked, or simply because it has passed its peak of freshness.

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Giant shrimps were also part of the 3 chosen tapas. They were lovely. The meat was juicy and it was nicely incorporated with avocado. Sadly, I think this specific appetizer is removed from the menu.

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And of course, the classic appetizer, salmon tartare. The twist of this tartare was the finely chopped cucumber, something I don’t usually see being paired with tartare. It was a refreshing flavor.

Storing  a wonderful ambiance matched with an equally pleasant menu, Le Social assures a pleasurable evening.

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October 29, 2014
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Lemon Tree: Southeastern curry

In a hurry and without research, I chose the most appealing restaurant. That was quite an easy task. With the abundance of restaurants in Markham,  it is nearly impossible to not find one that pick my interest.

Lemon Tree, specializing in fusion Southeast Asian cuisine, was the lucky winner!

The list of dishes available on the menu is extensive, but my eyes were on one only. CURRY with PAROTTA.

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While I was salivating and waiting for my order, Shanghai noodle’s twin was presented to Mr.Butter.

It was a shame I judged Mr.Butter’s boring choice because it ended up being fantastic. The “breathe” of the wok can be fully tasted in every inch of the noodles. The dish was an enjoyment to eat as the noodle was nicely separated from one another. And most importantly, the oil level was just perfect.

Could you tell what are the drinks? It is Milo, which is basically chocolate and malt powder mixed with water. It was my first time having it. It was a great reminiscence of Mr.Butter’s childhood.

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Not too long after, my curry and parotta came on the table. It could be that I had an overly high expectation, the parotta wasn’t close to what I had expected. It was greasy, but not nicely layered. Regardless, when I dipped the parotta into the curry, I was silently enjoying everything. Quite simply put, it was such a treat.

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Zuuchini mama ordered her usual. Curry large noodles. The curry was tasty, but I always find the large noodles bland when served in such manner.

Although Lemon Tree was not the most remarkable, my love for Southeast Asia can never be replaced.

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October 20, 2014
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The Lincoln Apartment Bakery: It’s time to perfect macaron!

Jessica from The Lincoln Apartment generously offered to transfer her macaron secrets! How can I refuse that? If I say no to macaron, I wouldn’t be me anymore. So I happily went to the Jessica’s workshop with my partner in crime, also known as the partner-with-whom-I-tried-to-bake-macaron-but-failed-miserably. It is time to conquer macaron!

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We mix mix mix! – correction – we fold fold fold!

 

First thing I noticed during the baking class was how dynamic and fun Jessica is! She was more than happy to answer our questions. She was very flexible and was open to share her knowledge. I didn’t feel intimidated, and was actually very comfortable.

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Demonstration by the beautiful host

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Just finished piping the shells!

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Piping the filling

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Look at how cute they are!

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With a bit of sprinkles, they are now magical!

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Fresh from the oven!

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The group creations – individually decorated to represent everyone’s personality

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The chosen ones to go home with me – but only to be devoured a few meters away from the workshop! mmmmmmmmm~ too irresistible

 

My friend and I had so much fun. Not only is this activity good to bond with your friends, I actually think it’s a great idea for birthday parties, or even bachelorette parties! With the newly learned recipe, you can bake goods and give them as gifts! Killing two birds with one stone.

For those interested, check out The Lincoln Apartment Bakery website. I’m sure you will enjoy as much as I did!

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October 15, 2014
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Juliette et Chocolat at Centropolis: Drunk in chocolate

Laval officially has its own Juliette et Chocolat! This chocolate bar is conveniently situated in Centropolis, a walking distance away from millions of restaurants, perfect after dinner.

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Juliette et Chocolat is no stranger to me. I have always enjoyed their ivoire brownie, which is my favorite! The grand opening allowed me to taste other delicacies. By the end of the night, I was overdosed, which is exactly the statement Juliette et Chocolat is aiming for.

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The richness of chocolate could be tasted in every bite. It is easy to understand why we love Juliette et chocolate so dearly.

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October 13, 2014
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Bolo Bolo: Everything involving in meatballs

When I received the invitation to Bolo Bolo’s grand opening, I was caught by surprise due to the great resemblance to my last life blog name – Boulou Boulou. For the whole story, please read it here.

Bolo Bolo specialized in meatballs. When I learned that, I wasn’t to keen on going to the grand opening, but I knew Mr.Butter would be interested. And, I wasn’t wrong. :)

For some unexplained reason, I was expecting another hipster restaurant with industrial decor everywhere. I’m not against that concept, but it seems overplayed. Bolo Bolo must have sensed my expectation, and surprised me with its laid-back concept. If I could describe this place with my utmost capability, I would say it is the modern version of McKibbins Irish Pub. Why? A play with modernized drinks and more importantly, a live band. Yes, the live band sold me. I hope it is a concept that would remain after the grand opening.

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Disregarding everything, how’s the food – especially from a point of view of a non-meatball fan. I am being very unbiased and fair. The meatballs are FANTASTIC. Bolo Bolo has successfully converted me into a meatball head.

On the other hand, the drinks didn’t win my heart. Their special cocktails were merely a novelty; I wouldn’t order a second one.

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Hocus Pocus

Unlike how the name states it, it wasn’t magical at all.

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Mac n cheese balls.

These deep fried mac n cheese shaped in a ball were delicious. They were perfectly fried – not too hard and not too soft that the content were droopy. Knowing how difficult I am with deep fried food, a regular reader would understand these balls were incredible.

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Le negroni deconstruit

When I said the drinks were merely a novelty, I was especially thinking of Le Negroni deconstruit. Sure, the presentation was fresh and unique. But I would describe it as an IKEA drink. You have to “build” the drink. After the first time, I found the “building” steps unnecessary.

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Pork meatballs

These meatballs were tenderly juicy. Hitting all the checklist of a perfect meatball. Although it wasn’t a fancy meatball, the fact that it was a simple traditional meatball in tomato sauce showed how Bolo Bolo really knew how to cook their meatballs.

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Smokin’Hot Bloody with a Ball

A very brilliant drink. If you are starving and can’t wait for main meals to be served, order this drink because it has a meatball! The meatball was actually very delicious!

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Sweet Mexico

The star of the picture isn’t the margarita, but the fries. Damn those fries got me hooked. They were nicely crispy and spiced. Like chips but slightly thicker. One more word, addictive.

I have to thank Bolo Bolo to have completely changed my mind on meatballs. No doubt, they are the meatball specialist in town!

I would like to add that that Bolo Bolo opens till 4 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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October 8, 2014
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Yummy Korean Restaurant: Yummy, it is!

How I stumble upon Yummy Korean restaurant was certainly unexpected. I planned to go to Guu Izakaya. Little did I know that they were only open later in the day on that specific day of the week. So, I let luck guide me and it led me to Korean town! I was impressed by the abundance of available Korean restaurants. It was very difficult to choose one. Yummy attracted me with its colorful dish pictures displayed on the window, and the motherly woman poster displayed just beside the door. I was hoping for a very cozy and homey meal!

Choices on the menu were not limited. But I had my mind clear and I chose the pork bone stew.

Before the main dishes were served, various side dishes were put on the table. This is what I search for in a Korean restaurant. For some odd reason, Montreal’s Korean restaurants are always so stingy with their side dishes. Although simple, the side dishes were very satisfying!

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And of course I had to order a seafood pancake, a tradition.

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The amount of seafood was about right. The batter was perfect. The sauce was magical; it made the pancake very savoury.

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The pork bone stew was perfection. I usually don’t eat rice, but eating the stew with rice was a must, so I couldn’t resist! The pork bone was completely infused into the stew. This stew brought me back to memories where my grandma would make hearty soup on a hot summer day.

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Typical Mr.Butter ordered his usual bulgogi. If it’s meat, he’ll like it.

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My dear mommy had a light lunch, soup dumplings. She didn’t criticize nor compliment. From her look, it seemed to be a decent dish without much to write about.

Yummy Korean restaurant offers very student friendly price for their dishes. I was surprised that the bill did not exceed 50$. Without any lie, I thought about the stew the moment I stepped out of the restaurant. This thought still lingers until now.

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September 29, 2014
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Fishman Lobster Clubhouse: A King’s dinner

The day I watched a video introducing Fishman Lobster Clubhouse was the day I was convinced I had to go to Toronto, no matter what. I wasn’t the only one – I saw many friends going to Toronto just to see how epic the food was. Actually, epic is an understatement; it’s overused. I would define it, a King’s dinner.

Before going to Fishman Lobster Clubhouse, reservation is a must. So remember to call and reserve a few days in advance unless you don’t mind eating at odd hours.

Another big important note, don’t do the same mistake as me, bring a big party with you. 4 people isn’t enough!

The number of king crabs and lobsters in display is simply unbelievable. To think that all these sea creatures will be eaten in a matter of days is just insane. But this is the reality of Fishman Lobster Clubhouse. Not to mention, it’s even sickening that all these poor things are looking at us eating their kin.

We had a preset King crab menu with an added lobster. This meal was more than enough for 6 people, and we were only 4. I shake my head.

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Steamed crab

So meaty and fresh!

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Soup of the day

Nothing special, but it prepared us for the gigantic meal.

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King crab stir fried in maggi soya sauce

This was my favorite dish – the sauce was so tasty and was completely infused in the crab meat. It was finger licking goodness!

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And the most awaited dish…

And yes, we had duo lobster and crab in Hong Kong style.

These 2 plates killed us. The amount was just endless, and this wasn’t even the biggest tower I have seen!

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Steamed crab with salted eggs and egg whites.

This was as delicious as the steamed crab, but much more smoother due to the egg whites.

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Fried rice.

At this point, we were too knocked out to even have a taste. Did I regret not trying? Maybe, but I think I made a good decision as I was already pushing myself to finish the other dishes. I think filling my last breath with lobster and crab goodness was better than rice.

We also had a vegetable dish and a dessert – that I forgot to take a picture.

It was just too much food for 4 people.

This dinner was so memorable. The perfect representation of a king’s meal. I will come again, with a bigger party.

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September 23, 2014
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Ding Tai Fung: Stop number 1

In every trip to Toronto, a meal at Ding Tai Fung is a must. I highly regarded as the number one for Siao Long Bao. Things may have changed a bit because, although food was still good, the siao long bao weren’t as impressive as I remembered them to be. It could be because Montreal’s dumplings simply improved dramatically recently.

But overall, I still enjoyed my meal. Next time, I will forego Ding Tai Fung and  I shall visit other dumpling house in Toronto.

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