Saturday, March 22, 2014

Havana Restaurant & Gallery

Update (March 2014)

I was looking for a good brunch place with my buddy on commercial when I remembered that Havanna supposedly has good Brunch. So I finally decided to get over the bad service and food experience from the last time I visited, and give it another shot. We almost missed the cut off time for brunch (2:00 PM is the end of brunch-time) but they were kind enough to let us do brunch.

I ordered the French Toast which is described below, just because it sounded so rich and decadent.


 And boy, it did not disappoint. So scrumptiously full of goodness (not the healthy kind), I was truly satisfied. But remind me not to have so much sugar during the day again, leaves me craving more for the rest of the day.

The service was not rude like last time, it was just average. However, I have to give them points for allowing us to do brunch even though we were hitting it close to the end of brunch.


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Havana Restaurant & Gallery

Update (March 2014)

I was looking for a good brunch place with my buddy on commercial when I remembered that Havanna supposedly has good Brunch. So I finally decided to get over the bad service and food experience from the last time I visited, and give it another shot. We almost missed the cut off time for brunch (2:00 PM is the end of brunch-time) but they were kind enough to let us do brunch.

I ordered the French Toast which is described below, just because it sounded so rich and decadent.


 And boy, it did not disappoint. So scrumptiously full of goodness (not the healthy kind), I was truly satisfied. But remind me not to have so much sugar during the day again, leaves me craving more for the rest of the day.

The service was not rude like last time, it was just average. However, I have to give them points for allowing us to do brunch even though we were hitting it close to the end of brunch.

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Visited this restaurant with a couple of friends as we needed a change from our regular Jamaican place - The Reef which has become a regular for us all. 

I ordered the following as I have had a good experience with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches from other eateries, (especially from Burgoo Bistro).

Beer Battered Grilled Cheese$13.95
French bread stuffed with cheddar, provolone and caramelized onions in a crispy amber ale batter with housemade Yukon gold potato salad


Unfortunately, I found this sandwich to be a huge disappointment. I was tempted to replace it, but the waiter already had a poor attitude, so I didn't want to deal with him.  


The bread and the coating was a bit too tough and had too strong of a beer taste which just didn't work this sandwich. There was no recognizable cheeziness in the filling which was too sweet when accompanied by the beer-battered bread. The filling by itself was good, but in this so-called grilled cheese sandwich, it just didn't fit. I think they should change the name of this dish, because it fools you into expecting something completely different. 


Presentation was acceptable and I really like the ambience of this restaurant-unique and interesting. If it weren't for the waiter with the bad-attitude, I would've given this place another try, because I have heard good things about their breakfast. For now, I'm probably not going to return, but who knows. 



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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Vega One & Manitoba Harvest

I'm interested in trying this protein supplement as I've noticed that I haven't been getting enough protein in my diet. I've had thinner hair since around the time that I became a vegetarian, and perhaps it is due to the lack of protein in my diet. I've thought back on my eating patterns since then and have realized that I have been getting no where near the amount of protein I should be having - about 50 grams a day.

Recently I have been trying to get more protein into my diet via legumes (my fave source being Reser's Bean Burritos), almonds, greek yogurt, dairy milk and pumpkin seed butter. Yet I find that most days, I am still lacking. I find it very hard, so until I can get the right amount of protein in my daily diet, I'm going to try adding this Vega One Nutritional Shake on days that I just won't be getting enough.

I will be trying the Vega One in Natural flavour as I have read it has the least amount of Stevia (natural sweetener), as I've also read that there may be possible negative health effects of consuming too much of this sweetener.

I will be reviewing on taste, satisfaction/fullness, any noticeable side effects and benefits. Let me know if there is anything else you would like to know.

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Update:

May instead try Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder and Hemp Hearts because they are:

1) Made from hemp which is suppose to be more easily absorbed by our digestive system
2) Gives you a good dose of iron
3) A healthier way of consuming protein compared to whey or soy protein which have been found to have some negative health effects.
4) They have an organic line. (Although the organic line contains less protein per serving than the regular powders).

For the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend they have a 30% OFF Promo going on.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sciué Italian Bakery Caffé

Had the Margherita and the Funghi Pizza.

Thus far the best traditional Italian pizza in town.

Crust = Soft Decadent Texture

Toppings = Great Combinations and Plenty of Flavour

Now to the Chocolate - Dipped Waffles? Don't know why others were raving about it.

Taste = Slightly Stale and Slightly Cold

It was as if they were kept in the fridge for several days. I was really hoping for some fresh waffles dipped in chocolate, not these days old waffles. Especially from a bakery cafe.

On the search for the perfect dipped waffles.


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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

Food and service had some good hits and minor misses.

I'll start off with the highlight of our dinner:

(had asked for prosciutto to be left out)


This is something I've never seen or tried anywhere else, so didn't know what to expect, but it sure did look good on paper. It did not fail to exceed my expectations. Crispy on the outside, and full of cheese and goodness on the inside in a pool of a wonderfully flavourful tomato sauce that went really well with the gnocchi. This is definitely not your ordinary gnocchi. If you are looking for something new and different that still gives you a taste of Italian, this is the dish!
Gnocchi Fritto = 4.5/5


Next I will talk about the dish that was a 'miss' in my opinion.


This dish was pretty bad, there was a pretty strong bitter taste in the filling that just totally ruined it for me. It was not at all good.
Cannelloni Spinaci = 0/5

The Pizza Carne was good. Better than pizzas from some of the other traditional pizzerias out there.



It had a nice soft crust and it was nice and cheesy with an egg in the middle. Thing is the traditional style of pizza just doesn't do it for me personally, I need my good old thicker, cheese-filled crust with at least a little tomato sauce in the topping. My friend really liked the pizza, so I let him finish it off, while I dug into the Gnocchi Fritto.
Pizza Carne = 3/5

Great food except for the Cannellonni with its bitter filling. Good service by the waitress serving us, however it would have been nice to have our water refilled. The hostess had a bit of an attitude (no smile/no friendliness) and the bartender made a rude comment at the end of the day when we ordered dessert at 10:40 PM (the restaurant closed at 10:30). The waitress is the one who asked us if we would like anything for dessert. Not only that, but another table was still working on their meal.. The bartender asked the waitress after she took our dessert order, "Why are you still taking orders?" To which she replied that it was just dessert. He didn't even care that he was asking in front of us where we could hear him. I think the if the service staff act just a tad friendlier, it will be great for business.
Service = 3/5

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

La Belle Patate

Brilliant Poutine.

Flavourful Poutine.

Awesome Vegetarian Poutine.

Pasta-Like Poutine.

Thick, Chewy Cheese Curds.

Well-Rounded Meal

Yums in the Tums.

Vegetarian poutine

Service ain't nothing special. You order your food. Gets served at the table. Pretty much a step above fast food. Well come on, it's poutine! What more can you ask for?

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Waffle Gone Wild

Hands down the best waffles I've ever had! (Well I've only ever tried three other kinds - the one from Locus which was alright, Sciué Italian Bakery Caffé - not very good, and Eggo waffles!) 

The waffles from Waffle Gone Wild are Belgian Liege (as were the Sciué waffles) and they were SOOO good, that I find it hard to believe that there could be better elsewhere. So we walked in and were greeted by two girls who handed us each a menu. I chose the Banana & Nutella Waffle.



These were the freshest waffles I've enjoyed, it had the right amount of crunch on the outside with the right amount of softness on the inside - just perfect. The dish was a work of art, as you can see in the picture above. I felt like I was eating artwork for dessert! The banana, whipped cream with toasted coconut flakes, and nutella-drizzled ice cream alongside the waffles was just scrumptious. Oo La La! And although I should try something else on the menu the next time I visit, I don't think I can help myself from ordering the same combo. I can't wait to return!

Update

So I lied, I didn't get the Banana & Nutella Waffle. This time I got the Chocolate Volcano, and as you can see from the pic below, was toooootally worth it! As usual it was beautifully decorated and it tasted just as good. Ice cream, mocha-whipped cream, Oreo crumbs and dark chocolate sauce, all with the scrumptious waffle? How can you go wrong?  




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