At the beginning of the year, my friends and I decided to start getting together once a month for a nice dinner. While we do see each other quite frequently, we thought it’d be fun to class it up and try something new other than our regular haunts – and with that Fancy Food Fridays was born.
We meet on the 2nd Friday of every month for dinner. Someone is responsible for nominating 3 restaurants each time and then we vote. Our second FFF is coming up this week so I wanted to write a quick note about our first dinner before I fall too behind.
We went to Fire on the East Side which is located at the corner of Gloucester and Yonge. It’s a great, intimate place with friendly staff and great southern comfort food with a twist. I ordered a side of the Cajun Mac and Cheese to start followed by their crab ravioli. I admit it was a tad Carb heavy, but you just do not pass up Cajun Mac and Cheese! I’d been to FOTES before so I knew what I was getting into… and I regret nothing! You can see my previous review of them here.
After dinner we made our way to a nearby sports bar to watch some NCAAB action and played a few hours of trivia. It was a great night of food and friends – it’s no wonder why FFF is quickly becoming my favourite day of the month.
I heard about this place when it opened and since changing jobs to the city, I’ve walked past it a handful of times. With a clever name as this, I knew I had to try it. I finally decided to stop in yesterday for lunch – a small soup, a grilled cheese sandwich and drink for $7.50. A tad expensive for the description, but I was willing to give it a shot.
The grilled cheese was basic and good (cheddar on white bread) – though I challenge you to mess up a grilled cheese when you have a panini press. I ended up getting the tomato bacon soup because the guy behind the counter said it had a kick to it, and who doesn’t love bacon? He was right – the soup was pretty much all kick and no flavour. You could barely taste the tomato with all the spices mixed in, and when you could taste it, it resembled tomatoes straight from the can. Much too acidic for my liking. The bacon although plentiful also had no flavour. Very disappointing. That being said, I’d probably go back for lunch, but just for the sandwich at a somewhat decent price of $3.50.
Tomato Bacon Soup and Basic Grilled Cheese Sandwich
I am intrigued to come back for their ice cream, which I will probably do when the weather gets nicer. It is a very cute shop and their staff is a big reason why I would return. The guy who helped me was very friendly and personable and he struck up a natural conversation while waiting for my sandwich to grill. For me, in a day of busy people shoving their way to get where they’re going, it’s nice to find a place that is relaxed and friendly. Definitely worth a second chance.
545 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1M1
My Yelp Rating: 2/5
Every year, my friends and I get together to watch the Super Bowl. I’m apparently the only person in the world who doesn’t watch football, but I go along for the betting, friends and food (in that order). My friends will bet on anything and everything (including NBC’s The Voice) and the prop pool has become and annual staple. It was my first year picking and I came out with a respectable 3rd place – not to shabby if you ask me. Special thanks to Kelly Clarkson for keeping it under 1:34.
Since I couldn’t offer much support in terms of football knowledge and enthusiasm, I figured I’d make it up by bringing food to the event. On the menu: 3 layer jello shots (with and without alcohol), football shaped pizza and poutine pizza.
But of course, all these paled in comparison to Scott’s Prophet Cookie. Every year it’s a big unveiling as the cookie predicts who will win the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, the cookie faced its first defeat and the record stands at 2-1. Nonetheless it didn’t fail in its presentation.
Gronkowski spiking the ball anyone?
Another year has passed, some of my friends are happy, others lost some money and I now know what a helmet catch looks like. Until next year…
I’m 27 and I was just told by my doctor to lay off fatty foods for the foreseeable future. Apparently I’m actually an old lady. Nerts!!! Since I need to curb my habits, I figured I’d give a fond (temporary) farewell to my favourite fatty indulgences.
1. My dear Coffee. You wake me up, you keep me warm… it’s not you, but the cream and sugar I add to you that makes you all the more velvety and smooth. We had a good run together, and while it’s not quite the same, I hope you play nicely with our new friends skim and soy milk. They’re not as cool or delicious and the thought of using them makes me die a little inside, but hopefully we can make it work.
2. Cheeseburger… what can I say? You might be my guiltiest pleasure of all, but can you blame me? Forget the ketchup and hold the pickle. You have always been the best au natural.
3. Guacamole… No one believed me when I said that “good fat” is still okay… apparently I was mistaken. But I have to wonder how can something so good be so wrong?
4. All things deep fried. Chicken wings, french fries, onion rings, twinkles?! A world of possibility has temporarily been closed, and I can’t help but wonder what I’m going to miss. Hopefully ignorance is bliss.
5. Butter. This one hurts the most. I’ll just say that I’ll miss you most of all.
In the end, it is for the best as it’ll hopefully save me from some complications. However, I can’t help but feel like I’ve lost a dear friend today…. until we meet again.