Weekly Feature: The Grad Lounge – Sunny With a Chance of Meatballs!


I know the popular book and movie title is “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”, but it’s supposed to be sunny today so sunny it is!  My brother and I are like giddy little kids when it comes to meatballs because we love them so much, especially love turkey ones!  And although I have this weird food and eating quirk where I have to have even amounts of food on my plate (so I kind of eat my food in a circle or in a rotation), all bets are off when it comes to pasta and meatballs because my brother and I will both leave a few till the very end so we can enjoy the best parts for last, ha 😀  I loved this Grad Lounge dish, meatball goulash with egg noodles, yummy!  I normally eat meatballs with spaghetti, fusilli, or penne, so having it with egg noodles was a nice switch up for me.

Goulash is a traditional Hungarian soup or stew (which has also been taken up and incorporated into other European cuisines such as German, Austrian, Slovakian, and Dutch among others) made with meat (most often with beef, pork, veal, or lamb), onions, vegetables, and spices.  A number of goulash varieties are served with pasta and The Grad Lounge’s meatball goulash is served on a bed of egg noodles and made with ground beef, potatoes, sweet potato mash, onions, and carrots with caraway seeds, some garlic, and I believe thyme too.  The potatoes and mash and meatballs were super soft and yummy and made me giddy with meatball glee!


The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele campus.  They offer a number of daily specials in addition to their permanent menu, and provide numerous vegetarian and vegan options.

Weekly Feature: The Grad Lounge – Lamb Stew (aka. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Vegetarian!)


I know, can you believe it??  A Grad Lounge post that features a dish with meat!  I thought it was time to switch it up a little.  I’ve made 5 posts about The Grad Lounge since starting this blog and thus far, all Grad Lounge posts have showcased vegetarian and vegan dishes.  It’s one of the reasons why the establishment means so much.  It’s difficult to find healthy, vegetarian and vegan options no matter where you are, much less on a university campus – c’mon, don’t tell me you don’t notice the KFC, Popeye’s, and Pizza Pizza staring right in front of you!  Alas, being surrouded by fast food means just a little more patience and creativity on the part of those who appreciate vegetarian cuisine.  However, this time around, I’m featuring a meat dish (well, actually, two!) that I loooooove.

Lamb stew!  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  It’s what my family thought when I told them how much I loved this dish: “lamb??  But, but…it’s so dry and chewy and tasteless!”  *insert grimaces here*  Ah, not so my dear ones.  It’s true that this type of grub has the reputation for being all of the above, but let me tell you, Mike and Paul’s lamb is soft and tender and so, so good with rice (pictured below) and noodles (pictured above).  I may be a carnivore, but  I gotta say, I am picky when it comes to my meat.  So if this lamb didn’t taste good, I wouldn’t even bother blogging about it.  My boyfriend Richard, who is a self-proclaimed picky eater, even loves the lamb stew, so that’s saying something! 

The lamb stew lunch special usually makes its appearance in two forms: lamb stew with egg noodles, served with peas and tender chunks of carrots and potatoes with the lamb stew sauce; and lamb curry stew served on rice, with potatoes and delicious  curry sauce with a mixed green salad on the side.  I devour these dishes whenever they make an appearance on the daily special menu.  Seriously, I scrape my plate clean.  And now I want some.  Woe is me.


The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele Campus.  The establishment serves alcohol, so patrons must be 19+, and daily lunch specials are on average $5-$7.  The Grad Lounge is now back open for business after their holiday closure, with their regular opening at 11:30am.

Weekly Feature: The Grad Lounge – Welcoming the New Year with Beans!

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It’s the first day of the new year, 2011.  Happy new year everyone!  And we’re going to start the new year off just the way I like it: food, food, and pictures!  That’s the way I roll, baby 😀  Since I haven’t posted a Grad Lounge post yet this week, here is another vegetarian dish from The Grad Lounge with, yup, you guessed it: beans!  A warm bowl of egg noodles with ladles of vegetable stew over top, with crushed tomatoes, green beans, celery, chunks of potato, and white kidney beans.  Egg noodles = total weakness.  It’s delicious and I remember eating egg noodles when I was little, either with a bit of sesame oil and oyster sauce or with a bit of Miracle Whip dressing.  Eating this meal makes me realize how much I miss having egg noodles and that I should really get some for the pantry!  And as you’ll see further down, I have also recently become majorly obsessed with beans. 

Much like home, food is where the heart is.  What you eat and who you eat it reveals so much about your habits, personal tastes, and cultural traditions.  You carry a part of that everywhere you go and in turn, you bring something back each time you venture out.  I found out the joys of bocconcini cheese from an old co-worker at the flower shop; I ate chick peas for the first time on a picket line; and I realized my love for juicy blackberries from eating a Tim Hortons yogurt.  The love for food is infectious in the best way possible because you learn all the time.  And this is definitely a reflection of the food I eat at home now and what my mum has grown to love too.

Mum and I made a 6-bean salad today equipped with: dark red kidney beans, black eyed peas, white kidney beans, romano beans, baby lima beans, and chick peas, all tossed with grape tomatoes, diced green bell pepper, a drizzle of olive oil, and a handful of chopped fresh flat leaf parsley sprinkled over top.  Colourful, fragrant, and so damn good.  I have a smattering of other food photos that I’m posting along with the bean salad just because I love colours that pop.  Simplicity is the name of the game.  Instant noodles with crab meat and shrimp prawns, mixed green salad with olive oil and bocconcini, and vanilla icecream with fresh raspberries and blackberries.  Enjoy the pictures!


The Grad Lounge is located at 166 South Ross at the York University Keele campus.  The Grad Lounge is set to reopen its doors for business this coming Tuesday on January 4th.