OUR FOOD FAVES IN T.O.

Dear Readers,

This post is seriously sooooo long overdue. BUT NOW WE ARE HERE.

Our past trip to Toronto was seriously a FOOD trip meant to satisfy my cravings, hunger, and desire to EAT… EAT GOOD… EAT YUMMY THINGS – and Toronto did NOT disappoint. The following places I’m about to share with you all, are my favorite food or drink joints in the SIX, or what’s better known as TORONTO!

WARNING: The following photos and stories will get you hungry.

All of the restaurants are ordered at random. (All of them ARE great)

1.) PAI 

Address: 18 Duncan St, Toronto, ON M5H 3G8

This place was so busy when we went, and after eating their food, I truly understood all the hype about this Thai restaurant. THEIR FOOD SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. I had the Khao Soi with braised beef and it was phenomenal. Jason, had the Chiangmai Beef Noodle soup and he was very, very, very happy as well.

2.) SANSOTEI RAMEN

Address: 115 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, Ontario

(multiple locations but this is the one we went to)

What more can I say… but I’m going to have to let the ramen pics speak for itself on this one.

I had their Tonkotsu… and the broth was next level heavenly.

3.) LAMESA RESTAURANT

Address: 669 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E6

This restaurant took me back to my Filipino roots and they did that with lots of modern twists. As you all may know, I am Filipino and I’m always in search for good Filipino restaurants that will do my “Pinoy” taste buds justice when it comes to my homeland’s food. Surely, Lamesa DID THAT.

We had, sisig, adobo, and kare-kare from Lamesa, and I recommend all three dishes without any doubt in my mind!

4.) JOLLIBEE

Address: 15 William Kitchen Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 5B7

Another place that got the inner Filipino kid in me bursting out tears of joy, was JOLLIBEE!

Jollibee is an iconic fast food chain in the Philippines – our version of Mcdonald’s, but with fried chicken, spaghetti and halo-halo. Jollibee directly represents the Philippines in many ways… and being able to eat there made me nostalgic and Jolli-happy!

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5.) CAFE CANCAN

Address: 89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5

This is the go-to place for every brunch lover out there! The cafe itself will satisfy all your IG food pics needs. From chic couches and pillows to beautiful mirrors and to pretty pink wall paintings, the cafe was the definition of PRETTY.

I had their Eggs Benedict and it was soooooo yummy!

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6.) OXTAIL PHO & BÁNH MI

Address: 814 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V3

Jason is a serious pho fanatic, and we couldn’t had completed a trip out to Toronto without a pho stop.

We tried Oxtail, and the restaurant had some serious OG phos. I had their Oxtail pho and it was delicious… just thinking about it now, surely made me drool a little.

7.) UNCLE TETSU

Address: 65 Front Street West, York Concourse #222, Toronto, ON M5J 1E6

(multiple locations but this is the one we went to)

This cheesecake is so popular… so we had to try it too!

And I am so glad we did, because that cheesecake was so fluffy, so creamy, and just had the perfect level of sweetness. It was perfect in every shape, way and form! My personal favorite was the chocolate cheesecake!

8.) THE ALLEY

Address: 5 St Joseph St, Toronto, ON M4Y 0B6

Are we truly from an Asian decent if we don’t make time for bubble tea???

Of course, our boba addiction led us to The Alley. Another local popular spot who serves hearty milk teas and sweet fruity drinks.

I had the Brown Sugar Deerioca and it was… just… amaziiinnnng.

And with that, I’ll leave you guys hungry and craving for some good food.

When in Toronto check out these spots, and let me know what you think!

 

OUR FOOD FAVES IN T.O. (1)

Sincerely,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio

Rice Porridge – For Fighting the Flu

November 29, 2017

Dear Readers,

Tis’ the season to be healthy, and jolly. But here I am, high with the fever, coughing my lungs out, and a throat too sore. With my current health condition, eating is becoming more of a struggle. My appetite is just not the same and I’ve been very picky of what food I want to eat.

Ever since I was a little girl, a delicious, home-made, warm rice porridge is my favorite thing to eat while sick. Since it is the “flu-season”, here’s an easy rice porridge recipe for you all!

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Ingredients: 

-1 tablespoon olive oil

-2 cups rice

-5 cloves minced garlic

-1 ginger full sized

-1 onion

-1 & 1/2 litres of water

-1.2 kg chicken legs

-2 tablespoons fish sauce

-2 tablespoons salt

-green onions

-4 hardboiled eggs

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BEGIN: 

1.) Sautée onions, garlic and ginger with olive oil

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2.) Add chicken and cook until they turn brown. Cook for 15 minutes.

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3.) Add 1 litre of water. Bring to a boil.

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4.) Add rice as soon as the water starts boiling.

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5.) Add the remaining 1/2 litre of water. Season with fish sauce and salt. Let it boil for 10 minutes, reduce heat to medium and continue cooking for 3o minutes.

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6.) Make hardboiled eggs (optional). Chop green onions and add to the rice porridge. Chop a little bit more for garnish.

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I hope you all stay warm and cozy this winter season! May the flu stay away from you!

ENJOY!

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

$35 Meal Prep – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner For 3 Days!

November 6, 2017

Dear Readers,

Ohhhh university…. it’s the best 4 years of learning! For the most part, the best thing university teaches us, is how to save and spend money the best economical way. You see, with the more money you save on food at campus, gives you more money to waste on liquor, clothes, random splurges, and whatever item or activity there is to reduce your “school stress”. With the most of us, “average university kids”, struggling with money, food is truly an expense we can’t skip out on. Therefore, my university years taught me how to be a wise spender while being a healthy eater.

My lifestyle had undergone some dramatic changes since last year. For instance, I had become very strict with what I eat, especially when I’m in school. As a business student, I can’t help but notice how expensive eating on campus can be. The basic prices for lunch varies from ~$6.00 (Subway 6-inch sub or Tim’s) to ~$10.00 (Edo, Thai Express, La Prep or Mucho Burrito). Multiply that by 4, since I’m a full-time student with classes from Mondays to Thursdays… and count in the additional taxes you end up paying for your meal… eventually, the amount of money an average student spends on food adds up substantially. That rough estimate only accounts for lunch… I didn’t even bother adding the various expenses on dinner and snacks on campus!!!

…What about the nutrition from the food on campus – let’s not even touch on that.

So, for starters, here’s a super cheap and easy meal prep for breakfast, lunch, and dinner enough to last for 3 days!!! By cheap, I mean cheap!!! My grocery bill from today, only cost me $35.41 at Safeway!!! Which equals to $11.80 a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!!

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BREAKFAST:

-Greek yogurt and frozen berries

OR

-Frozen fruit smoothie with almond milk

Normally, I workout in the mornings around 6:30 am to 9:00 am. I like to have a small bite before my workout, nothing too heavy, just lite and quick. So, what I end up doing is either: making a smoothie or yogurt!

My little trick with my yogurt is simple. First, I pack it in a small container and place the frozen berries on top. Then, I take this container with me to school and I eat it right after my workout! By that time, the berries had defrosted and you’re not biting into frozen chunks of fruit! The frozen berries also keeps your yogurt chilled, so you’re not eating warm yogurt either.

LUNCH AND DINNER

Pan-fried Chicken and Turkey Meal Prep

Ingredients:

-3 chicken breasts

-3 strips of turkey meat

-broccoli

-sweet potato/yam

-frozen corn and frozen green peas (not from today’s grocery)

-virgin olive oil

-salt

-garlic & pepper seasoning

BEGIN:

Potatoes: 

1.) Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit

2.) Peel skin of sweet potatoes and rinse in cold water

3.) Slice into thin round pieces

4.) Place flat on a baking pan, then drizzle with olive oil

5.) Season with salt and roasted garlic & peppers

6.) Bake sweet potatoes for 35 minutes

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Broccoli: 

1.)  Rinse broccoli in cold water

2.) Steam for 15 minutes

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Corn and Beans: 

1.) Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pot

2.) Add a cup of frozen corn into pot

3.) Then, add a cup of  frozen green peas

4.) Cook for 10 minutes in medium heat

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Chicken and Turkey: 

1.) Warm a drizzle of olive oil on a pan under medium heat

2.) Start frying chicken and turkey

3.) Season however you please – salt, steak seasoning, peppers etc.

4.) Constantly flip sides to ensure proper cooking

5.) Let it cook for 30 minutes under medium heat

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COMBINE

Once everything has been cooked, gather all of the vegetables and meat and place it  evenly in your containers. Like so:

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ANNNNND just like that, you’re already saving more and eating better! ANNND you are very, very, very welcome!

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

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