Tropical Purple Flowers and Sushi Rolls – The Bright and Punchy Ginza Watermelon Pink Scrapbook Layout

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The bright and punchy watermelon pink scrapbook layout of Ginza’s sushi (smoked salmon and mango rolls and Firecracker rolls with fresh scallops, crunchy tempura, chives, and spicy mayo sweet chili sauce) and new menu to accompany last week’s Ginza sushi post!  The inspiration?  The gorgeous artificial pink and violet tropical flower by our table!  The flower wasn’t there the last time I was at Ginza (in Yorkville) and I thought it was beautiful and wanted to build a scrapbook layout inspired by the colours and the shape, hence the wildly abstract cardstock flowers I made with cardstock.  There wasn’t any rhyme or reason to it – I took my scalloped scissors and went to town on 4 colours of cardstock!  I used the scissors to create abstract floral shapes, using the edges to create petals somewhat.  I stuck with a purple, pink, and yellow palette with a few pops of beige and green to round it out and the rest of the layout just fell into place.  Check out my very first Ginza post and scrapbook layout using a red, white, gray, navy blue, and grass green colour palette inspired by the tea cups, edamame beans, and my outfit! 

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Scrapbook materials used: Watermelon pink, bubblegum pink, buttercup yellow, lime green, lilac purple, violet, and indigo cardstock (Recollections); green and purple “wave” patterned paper (Purple Daze Fan Club, Recollections); olive green and cream floral patterned paper (Dollarama); black and white damask cardstock; cream gold-rimmed alphabet stickers (Recollections); floral gold foil stickers (atd by Momenta); 5-petal flower paper punch (ek success); medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success); scalloped scissors (Provo Craft)

Candies and Food Traditions – Wishing Everyone a Happy and Sweet Chinese (Lunar) New Year!

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To all those who celebrate, Happy Chinese New Year!  The day may be drawing to a close, but my festivities are only getting started!  I’m celebrating with family next weekend and I’m hoping to get a few fun Chinese food posts on the blog this week.  Chinese New Year has been low-key for me so far but I’ve definitely been enjoying some great food!  I’ve been munching on an egg tart, a pineapple bakery bun, a dried chive and shredded pork and bakery bun, a yummy vegetarian dish, and some very awesome roast pork!  Aside from the roast pork which I really only eat maybe twice a year, I do eat many of the others at all times of the year but you know how it is.  Everything just feels more celebratory and festive during a special occasion, so eating Chinese bakery buns and egg tarts this weekend made me feel extra warm and fuzzy inside.

Traditionally, a dinner with meat is eaten on new year’s eve (thus, yesterday) and a vegetarian one on new year’s day.  We had some fabulous roast pork last night and today, we had big dish of cellophane noodles (“fun see”) with snow peas, peppers, and mushrooms.  On vegetarian day, we often have the cellophane noodles with veggies or melon squash as well as a big dish with different types of beancurd (“jai”) including curry beancurd, sweet and sour bean curd, seaweed, and others which we always eat with steamed rice.  I wasn’t the biggest fan of the vegetarian dishes when I was little (bean curd just doesn’t sound appetizing to a child’s ears!), but I absolutely love it as an adult now and love that there are delicious Chinese vegetarian and vegan options. 

And we certainly can’t forget the special Chinese New Year’s candies!  My family and I have made going to the adorable candy buffets at the malls and markets into a tradition every year.  They look exactly like the ones I posted last year from Market Village and Pacific Mall and it’s so much fun because there’s always something new and different amidst the familiar candies that are brought back on a yearly basis.  Our little Chinese New Year candy bowl has marshmallows with fruit filling, colourful jelly candies, milk candies, and hard lychee candies among others.  I love the marshmallows and colourful jellies the most and having these candies in the house makes me feel like I just went out trick-or-treating!  I have fond memories of filling red pockets (which weren’t actually red, but were instead cute new year envelopes with Winnie the Pooh on them) with candies for my friends in high school, just for fun.  

All my best wishes for good health, wealth, happiness, and prosperity this year!  Gung Hay Fat Choi, Sun Leen Fai Lok!  

Table for Two at Table 17 – Sunny Fried Eggs, Polenta, Bolognese, and The Sloppy Giuseppe Brunch!

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If I asked you what you loved most about your favourite restaurant or what you loved best about a relaxing meal out, how would you answer that?  Maybe you love the variedness of the menu, the relaxing atmosphere, the decor, the hustle and bustle, or being immersed in a dining room full of people abuzz with excitement over their meals and their weekend plans, soaking in the energy.  Or maybe you just love it because the food is delicious and being out and about gives you the opportunity to sit back and enjoy life with a glass of wine.  At Table 17, located on Queen Street East in Riverside, you can enjoy every single one of those qualities while savouring weekend brunch by day and wine and bistro dishes by night. 

While the term bistro is often associated with French cuisine and classic French cafe fare, Table 17’s menu isn’t exclusively devoted to French food.  Table 17 is a wine bar and bistro with a menu that seeks its inspiration from European flavours and techniques such as Italian and British in addition to French, and integrating these influences with North American fare and local ingredients.

Table 17 is the type of restaurant that does dichotomy incredibly well – with their atmosphere and with their menu.  When you eat here, you simaltaneously feel like you’re in a sleek and modern dining establishment and a relaxing country barn kitchen.  It’s contemporary mixed with warm, rustic country chic with its black restaurant front and chairs, and brassy chandeliers that cast a warm glow in the restaurant.  Their dining area is divided into two, where one feels more communal and intimate and the other with a more open and airy vibe with big windows, adjacent from the wine bar. 

Their menu is the perfect mix of local and global: Ontario beef, Ontario cheddar, brie, and mozzarella, and Québécois creton juxtaposed with British scotch eggs, French pain doré, bistro classic steak frites, and Sicilian arancino rice balls.  Some of their dishes have more obvious and transparent European aspects while others, such as the wonderful brunch dish I had, are much more nuanced and subtle.

While their dinner menu is still waiting for me, I finally got the chance to relish in my long-awaited wonderful weekend brunch here and after a fabulous meal, I fully intend to go on a whirlwind brunch tour cycling through the entire brunch menu!  Most of Table 17’s brunch prices come in at $10 with a few breakfasts ringing in at $12.  The brunch menu offers both brunch mains and individual sides, along with drink specials including mimosas, caesars, and more. 

While Table 17’s brunch menu is incredibly varied, the menu itself isn’t sloppy.  The whole menu is made cohesive with a common theme and thread stringing many of the dishes together: eggs!  They do brunch justice by offering all different types of dishes with both North American and European  ingredients and flavours: poached neapolitan eggs, farmer’s breakfast with scotch eggs, weekly egg scramble accompanied with seasonal ingredients, grilled cuban sandwich, nicoise breakfast of Italian tuna, boiled eggs, and nicoise olives, and my pick, The Sloppy Giuseppe!

The Sloppy Giuseppe is a dish comprised of 2 fried eggs served overtop Bolognese sauce and friend polenta alongside a green salad.  Have I ever professed my love of eggs?  If I haven’t, I will now: I love eggs.  So much.  While I often err on the side of overeasy, there is just nothing like fried eggs with their beautiful bright sunny yolks, bubbly egg whites, and groan-inducing crispy edges.  Weekend brunch is made sunnier with beauitful eggs like these.  My eggs were sprinkled with chives and cracked black pepper and they daintily sat atop wedges of fried polenta and traditional Bolognese sauce (absolutely no tomato in this) alongside a bright, fresh, crisp green salad of arugula and red leaf lettuce. 

The polenta and Bolognese were delightful.  The exterior of the polenta was golden and crispy and inside was a creamy smooth mixture of cornmeal that meshed deliciously with the ground beef Bolognese.  The ground beef was wonderful because it wasn’t ground to the point where it was mush, but it still had that distinctive ground meat texture.  The dish was incredibly savoury in the best way possible.  The yolks from the eggs paired easily with the creaminess of the polenta while the salad lended a brightness and crispness that cut through the fun greasy spoon style dish.

The Sloppy Giuseppe is the perfect example of how Table 17 executes the juxtaposition of North American and European.  I can’t help but marvel at the cleverness and creativity of the dish, not only in composition but also in name.  If we break it down, you see exactly how Italian and American are fused together into this one dish: the name Giuseppe is the Italian name for Joseph, Bolognese sauce is a traditional Italian pasta sauce originating in Bologna, and the Bolognese itself is a play on an American classic, the ground beef sloppy joe.  I don’t know if anyone else finds the complexity and nuances as fascinating, but I just love it.  I loved the dish, I adore their brunch menu, and the atmosphere is wonderful.  Judging by the hustle and bustle of the crowds, I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.  

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Table 17 is located at 782 Queen Street East in the Riverside district of Toronto in the east end.  They are located on the north side of Queen East, east of Broadview Ave. and west of Boulton Ave.  They are open 7 days a week for dinner at 5:30pm and are open for weekend brunch at 10:30am.  Brunch is served until 2:30pm.  Follow them on Twitter @table17, check out their Facebook page here, and their site here.

Chinese New Year is Just Around the Corner! A Look Through Some Traditional, Classic Food Favourites

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Get ready for the lion dances, special candies and sweets, lots of food, and – if you’re lucky – shiny red lucky pockets!  On Monday, January 23rd, we’ll be ringing in the new year, dragon style, and I’m anticipating one very exuberant celebration!  Like many special occasions and holidays, if you have the weekend before to have some fun, you take advantage of it!  Even though my family and I celebrate Chinese New Year after the actual new year (typically the weekend afterward, based on tradition as my grandma tells us), I have a bowl of special Chinese New Year candies sitting right in front of me along with some crushed peanut sweets and a whole package of foodie loot my hairdresser gave us this past Wednesday!  So in actuality, I’m celebrating for about a week and a half.  No complaints here!

I’m excited and looking forward to it now, but when I realized the new year was happening only a month after Christmas, I was flustered.  Throughout my life I’ve been so used to celebrating the new year in February with a rare and spotty January one here and there, so it felt incredibly odd seeing money trees and Chinese New Year banners, scrolls, and calendars while I was picking up end-of-December holiday deals last month.  My mind was screaming, “How in the world am I going to prepare Chinese New Year posts so soon after Christmas?!”  I needed to make plans, pronto.  What I wanted eat, where I wanted to eat, what I wanted to do, what I wanted to see, the whole nine yards.  I share personal stories and anecdotes with you all on a regular basis, but posts about traditional Chinese food?  This doesn’t happen every day. 

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Aside from the moon cakes and the green leaf sticky rice bundles, this is the first time I’ve featured anything traditionally Chinese on the blog.  I’ve posted a number of HK style diner posts and some Chinese vegetarian ones courtesy of King’s Cafe, but nothing pertaining to banquet style Chinese meals or the classic rice and noodle dishes that have become so familiar and comforting to me and it’s certainly not because I haven’t wanted to.  The timing and circumstances have just made it a little more challenging!  Try explaining to a table of 10 why they can’t dig into the food that’s been placed in the center of the table on the rotating glass disc right then and there.  You do not want to piss off people who are hungry; I know because I belong to that group.  I bare fangs if someone tries to get between me and my food. 
 
When I’m having a big ol’ Chinese dinner with the family, I’m there to shovel rice into my mouth with chopsticks and to drown myself in oolong and bolay (pu-erh) tea, not to sit there and thoughtfully adjust the brightness, hue, or white balance and exposure of my camera!  However, little miracles happen every day and this was mine: I managed to get some nice shots of a dinner I had with my grandparents with no grumbling whatsoever!  My grandpa even jerked his hand away and apologized when he reached for a dish and realized I was taking a photo of it.  How cute and sweet!  I’ve wanted to do a post like this for such a long time and finally, I get to show you all some of the food that’s been ingrained into my upbringing.  They’re not the best photos in the world, but they’ll do!
 

The classic peking duck

The peking duck aftermath - crunchies!

Wrapping the crunchies in lettuce

In a nutshell, traditional Chinese restaurants operate 3 ways:
  • you order a big banquet-style 10-course meal (or 8 courses or however many courses the particular meal set comes with) that will feed many mouths.  You pay a very pretty penny for these, so these types of meals are often reserved for super special occasions like Chinese New Year and traditional banquet wedding receptions, but they’re available any time so if you just feel like celebrating, you can certainly go for it! 
  • the “wo choy” meal arrangement.  This type of meal is similar to the banquet-style one, only smaller in scale (and obviously price!).  Wo choy meal sets are ones that come with a predetermined number of dishes in even numbers.  For example, 4 wo choy (“say wo choy” in Cantonese) is a meal set that comes with 4 dishes, while 2 wo choy comes with 2, and so on.  You can either choose the number and type of dishes you want for a fixed price, or you can go with the sets that have already been put together for you on the menu.  There are many different groupings so you choose the meal set that best suits your mood and tastes.  Dishes include seafood and meat, and vegetables.  Rice and noodles are exempt from these sets and are ordered completely separate from and outside of the wo choy arrangement.
  • the order-whatever-you-want-off-the-menu way.  Each and every dish has its own price point and you needn’t feel obligated to do the wo choy arrangement if you’re not feeling it.  However, this way obviously won’t be as cost effective since you’re ordering each dish a la carte, but you can do it if that’s what you want.

During this particular meal, we had a great assortment of delicious traditional Chinese favourites including silky shrimp and egg tofu, pineapple and chicken fried rice, chicken, hot pot beef, seafood and gai lan (Chinese broccoli), bok choy, and, of course, peking duck!  The peking duck is always the most anticipated because it’s such a treat.  I have this maybe once or twice a year, at best.  It’s accompanied with the little steamed crepes, cucumbers, scallions, and special hoisin sauce and the chefs use the remaining duck to fry up this incredibly delicious crunchy crispy that I like to call the “crunchy duck aftermath”, a dish with garlic, water chesnuts, green onions, sesame seeds, crispy noodle bits, and duck meat that you spoon onto large crisp lettuce leaves and eat as lettuce wrap tacos.        

Chinese New Year festivities are in full swing all across the city, country, and world and for the next week, we’ll be celebrating the new year with great food and traditions with family and friends.  This post is just a small peak at some of the classic, traditional Chinese foods and dishes that I’ve grown up enjoying.   

Traditional chicken and hot pot beef

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Photos taken in Scarborough at Very Fair Chinese Restaurant, in Agincourt.  Very Fair Chinese Restaurant is located at 4002 Sheppard Ave. East in the lower level of the complex.

Partying Alongside Peppers, Corn, and Beans – A Spotlight on the Best Shrimp Burritos at Burrito Boyz!

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I’ve come to the realization that I just love seafood tacos and burritos (and veggie ones!) more than I love ones that have poultry or red meat in them.  I daydream about having seared ahi tuna tacos, flaky white fish on corn tortillas with seafood sauce (or tartar sauce) and guacamole, fish with tons of beans and corn and peppers, and finally, the shrimp burritos and quesadillas from Burrito Boyz!  Although I have a mega soft spot for the mind-blowingly delicious pulled pork taquitos from Tequila Sunrise just down the street on Adelaide St. West, I can’t get over how delightful the seafood burritos and quesadillas are at BB, especially the shrimp ones.

If you love seafood and if you enjoy noshing on big burritos of amazing quality, you need to eat and savour the shrimp here.  I love shrimp and it’s the honest to goodness truth when I say that I haver never had shrimp that tasted this wonderful, not even in dim sum!  Shrimp in dim sum is heavenly, but the shrimp burritos at Burrito Boyz?  Out of this world and over the moon.  The burritos (shrimp ones are $7.08 for a small and $7.96 for a large) are stuffed with jumbo shrimps that are soft, juicy, and plump and, given how all the prices at Burrito Boyz are under $10, you really appreciate the quantity and quality of food.  A large burrito could easily feed me for two meals and during my very first Burrito Boyz meal two and a half years ago, even my small veggie burrito rewarded me with leftovers to eat on the bus ride home at the end of the day!

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It was my lucky day – Burrito Boyz wise – the day I had this fabulous shrimp burrito because if you’re familiar with the popular eatery or if you remember the first post I made about them back in July, you’d know that crowds line up out the door for the great food here.  There must have been a guardian angel looking out for me because for the first time in two and a half years, I passed by the famous T.O. burrito hole-in-the-wall, glanced through the front window, and saw several empty seats beckoning at me like blinking radars.

I could not believe my eyes.  There were spots to sit?!  There wasn’t a line curving around the ordering and waiting area and up the stairs, out the front door?!  People weren’t shouting orders at the top of their lungs so they could be heard over the chatter of the hungry?!  I didn’t have to stand outside right at 11am and run inside to snag a spot?!  Well, colour me shocked and ecstatic!  Opportunities like this didn’t come easy (or at all, really) so I pounced and had myself one of the most delicious lunches ever.

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You have free reign when it comes to toppings – if you don’t like it, don’t pick it!  Along with refried beans and rice, and sour cream on the side (I love dunking stuff in or spooning it on myself), I chose black beans, corn, lettuce, green peppers, green onions, guacamole, and burrito sauce to party-harty alongside the juicy, scrumptious shrimps.  The combination of toppings was fantastic and I can say with absolute certainty that THIS is my favourite burrito from here!  It took a few tries to hit the nail on the head, but the process leading up to uncovering my ultimate favourite was incredibly yummy and enjoyable.  If every process was like this, we’d be smooth sailing.

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Burrito Boyz is located at 218 Adelaide St. West, west of Simcoe St. and east of Duncan St.  They have a number of locations in Toronto and the GTA, including Bramption, Mississauga, Streetsville, and Waterloo.  Their 2nd Toronto location resides in the neighbourhood of Little Italy at 575 College St. West, just west of Manning Ave. in between Bathurst St. and Ossington Ave.  For more info on their menu and other locations, click here.

Golden Brown and Fluffy – The Strawberries and Whipped Cream Waffles at T&T Bakery & Cafe!

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It’s waffle time on the blog!  I raved about T&T Bakery & Cafe’s breakfasts and home fries yesterday so today, I’m shining a spotlight on their wonderful and delicious strawberries and whipped cream waffles!  This works out perfectly because I’ve wanted to feature more waffles on Ate by Ate for some time now, having only Cocoa Latte’s amazing giant banana and nutella waffle and Lady Marmalade’s savoury aged white cheddar and spinach waffles to represent the beloved breakfast and brunch staple. 

I know it seems like I enjoy pancakes more given how many Aunt Jemima pancake posts I made last year but in all honesty, between pancakes and waffles, I actually love waffles more and get more excited about them in all its forms!  I just discovered Christmas tree waffles this past Christmas thanks to my friend Amanda over at Fake Ginger and my Lady Marmalade brunch was the first savoury waffle meal to make it into my tummy!  Not to mention I just think it’s cute and fun when toppings get stuck in the little waffle squares.  I can’t wait for the day I buy and have my very own waffle iron in my own kitchen because there are so many flavour and topping combinations I want to play around with.  And I am very giddy about the possibility of introducing a Hello Kitty waffle iron to the kitchen crew of appliances and tools as well!

Now, I know I said I preferred savoury breakfast items over sweet ones (which is hard to believe since I have such sweet teeth), but after seeing my dear friend Lindsay order T&T’s strawberries and whipped cream waffle on more than one occasion, I knew it was her favourite and I knew I had to have it.  I loved waffles, I felt like a waffle, and I really wanted to a part of the deliciousness, so I caved and ordered myself one during a recent Sunday morning breakfast outing with a friend and was rewarded with one of the best waffles I have ever had in my life.

The waffle breakfast ($5.89) is comprised of one large fluffy and crispy waffle ladled with juicy and sweet strawberries in syrup, four mountains of fluffy whipped cream, and several thick slices of scrumptious extra crispy bacon.  I go through stages where I truly believe I’m a sausage type of girl (me and breakfast sausage are dear friends and you should see me go to town with Italian, Polish, and Oktoberfest sausages!), but when I get around to eating some great bacon every so often, I’m reminded of how much I enjoy that too and come to the conclusion that I’m just game for either, any time.  T&T’s bacon is fabulous because of the crispyness and thickness and I’d say the taste and texture rivals that of cooked pancetta.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it too.

And then there’s the star of the show, the waffle!  What I love most about the strawberries and whipped cream waffles is how light and fluffy the waffles are on the inside and how they retain their shape and golden crispness on the outside.  We all know it’ll end up a bit messy and soft once you really dig into it mid-meal, but what you don’t want is a waffle that’s too moist and soppy from the get-go.  You can practically taste the golden browness of the waffle and it is just a delight to eat.  There’s lots of fresh strawberry slices and strawberry syrup in the middle and what I appreciate is the actual presence of strawberries as opposed to jam or preserves, and the four big swirls of whipped cream on each waffle quadrant makes the meal more fun and fluffy!

I’m a big lover of breakfast and brunch (I look forward to breakfast and lunch more than I do dinner!) and I’m excited to see what other fabulous waffle breakfasts I find!  I know off the top of my head there are a few great Belgain waffle places in the city so we’ll see how this year pans out waffle and breakfast-wise.  If it’s anything like the three I’ve featured on the blog so far, it’s going to be fantastic.

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T&T Bakery and Café is located at 35 Main Street Markham at the intersection of Highway 7 and Markham Rd., just north of Highway.7 and on the east side of Markham Rd.

Friends & Great Breakfast Food – Salmon Sandwiches, Home Fries, & Vanilla Milkshakes at T&T Bakery & Cafe

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Going to T&T Bakery & Cafe for breakfast turned into a holiday and winter tradition for myself and my friends several years ago when we gathered together for a meal to catch up with each other’s lives.  Since then, we’ve done coffee shops here and there when an early morning T&T breakfast wasn’t an option, but in total, T&T has made its way into our holiday and winter memories for three years and I find myself looking forward to every breakfast meal here during the gray winter months.  Like Winterlicious, it’s a beacon of light. 

I can eat breakfast here at any time and at any point in the year, but I love coming here during the winter the most.  Located on Main Street Markham, coming here with a little bit of snow and chill in the air feels quaint, magical almost.  T&T may not have pages and pages of menu items, but it’s the wholesome goodness and simplicity (not to mention fabulous portions!) that keeps me coming back for more.

T&T’s turkey pot pie, Christmas shortbread cookies, and crunchy, ooey gooey grilled cheese with veggies were both introduced on the blog last year and today, I’m finally read to post and write about some of their famous breakfast dishes!  Breakfast was actually what drew me in and what made me fall in love with the cozy smalltown cafe and bakery and judging by the crowds, I’m not the only one who adores their breakfasts and baked goods.  There are seven permanent, everyday breakfast dishes on their menu ($5.09-$6.87): 1) 2 poached eggs, bacon, home fries, toast, and beans; 2) 2 fried eggs, bacon, homenfries, and toast; 3) Peameal bacon on a bun; 4) French toast with bacon; 5) Pancakes with bacon; 6) Blueberry pancakes with bacon; 7) Waffle with strawberries, whipped cream, and bacon.  As you can tell, bacon is the name of the game at T&T and this is perfect for the MANY bacon lovers and fanatics out there and you know who you are!

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Even though I haven’t blogged about their breakfast until now, trust me when I say that I’ve had their breakfast four times on four different occasions.  Where are all the photos?!  Well, I have two sets for you all today and tomorrow and the other two sets won’t be making it to the blog because 1) I didn’t take photos of one of them (shocking, I know!  It was years ago, before I started doing food photography full-time, and 2) the other meal was taken with my camera flash on and although the photo was okay a number of years ago for a photo album on my bookshelf, it’s not something I’d use as the main attraction.  Not to worry though, I see myself cycling through the breakfast menu eventually so the two meals I had from before will be eaten again in due time!

First up: home fries and a salmon salad sandwich!  Okay, so the salmon salad sandwich is actually part of the sandwich menu and not the breakfast menu, but what’s great about T&T is that you can order a sandwich any time you want!  The best thing about T&T sandwiches is the crispness and freshness of ingredients and the generous portions and fillings.  Sandwiches are super thick, simple, and delicious and prices range from $3.55-$5.19.  Their sandwiches aren’t exclusive to lunch and/or dinner hours and since I’ll eat a sandwich at any old hour, I had myself a salmon salad one.

It reminded me of my university days during the 2nd year of my undergrad when I used to order a salmon salad bagel sandwich with pickles for my early morning Children’s Literature class at the nearby coffee shop.  One of my friends used to roll his eyes and snicker at me whenever I brought my “weekly” sandwich into class; I swear it’s not as disgusting as it sounds!  This one was sans the pickles though.  Mine was a thick sandwich stuffed to the nines with salmon salad with some lettuce and tomato with a generous side of my favourite home fries!

Their home fries are what I look forward to the most when I’m here and I love that I can order a side of them for $2-$3 and get a plate of delicious crispy-on-the-outside, moist-and-tender-on-the-inside potato coins that are exactly like scalloped potatoes.  It’s great for sharing among friends and they are just the best because they’re not overcooked, overseasoned, or dry.  Some home fries, although great, need a little sauce or a little something to go with them.  Not these.  These are perfect the way they are because they maintain their starchy meatiness while at the same time tasting tender and soft.  They are so delicious and between friends, incredibly easy to scarf down!

And finally, no meal is complete with something to wash it all down so in addition to my favourite homefries, I ordered another one of my favourites: a milkshake!  Aside from King’s Cafe, T&T makes my favourite milkshakes because they’re so creamy and sweet with just the right amount of thickness to it.  A runny, diluted milkshake is gross while a milkshake that is too thick ends up being goopy and undrinkable (you might as well just give me a spoon for it because it ain’t going anywhere in a straw!), and I’m delighted to say that T&T’s milkshakes are neither. 

They come in the neapolitan flavours of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate ($2.38) and so far I’ve had their chocolate and vanilla and I love them both.  Although some may not care for the styrofoam cup, I know many will appreciate the tallness of it.  They serve giant milkshakes that are deliciously sweet and they give the cafe that hometown diner feel that everyone feels so comfortable in.

 

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T&T Bakery and Café is located at 35 Main Street Markham at the intersection of Highway 7 and Markham Rd., just north of Highway.7 and on the east side of Markham Rd.