Mainland Adventures – a Food-Lover’s Diary

The ECF has been on the road these past two weeks! I’ve been hopping around on the mainland and spending time in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal lately – eating lots of food along the way, of course!

Here is a summary of the very short amount of time I spent in Toronto – not long enough to have a full-foodie experience, but just enough time to catch up with friends and try some new-to-me hangouts that I thought were GREAT! Next post will be a more comprehensive list of recommended places to eat in another great Canadian city: Montreal! Stay tuned…

After a day of shopping on Queen Street West with our fashionista friend Johanne of Toronto-based style blog Fashion in Motion, we enjoyed a Campari-and-soda and the absolutely delicious fries at Rivoli. They came with a yummy chipotle-mayo dip. In the evenings, this spot is renowned for its pool-hall upstairs, musical guests and live comedy. I have to say, those fries were waaay too good for my own good.

Johanne enjoying the yummy fries at Rivoli!

Later that evening, it was off to Little Italy for dinner. This part of Toronto is seeing a burst of very cool new restos and bars lately – and they’re not necessarily all Italian, either. We enjoyed old-fashioned cocktails, which are very de-rigeur at the moment, at Sidecar – a place brimming with atmosphere and great drinks! They boast a solid menu which includes a Prix Fix Sunday through Wednesday for $25. This place was packed on a Monday night, which I always take to be a good sign! The open-faced shrimp ravioli is delicious. Recommended cocktails: the Manhattan, the Negroni, and their namesake: the Sidecar.

The Negroni cocktail at Sidecar

The next night, I ran into some old friends from Montreal and we hit Eat My Martini, another spot in Little Italy that offers a huge martini menu for $5 a drink ($6 on Fridays and Saturdays). I’m not cool enough to know what a hipster is, but I felt like there were a lot of them in this place. It was a fun-loving atmosphere and I’d definitely go back! They also have a menu that includes bar snacks such as calamari, cheese sticks and the like – necessary for soaking up those beverages.

I didn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all the amazing food that can be had in Toronto, but can definitely recommend the above spots if you’re looking for something to do in the city.

If you’re planning a trip to Montreal in the near future, stay tuned for our next blog post! You won’t want to miss it.

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2 Responses to Mainland Adventures – a Food-Lover’s Diary

  1. Johanne says:

    Thanks for featuring me! It was a delish order of fries- I’m definitely going back there for a little cinq a sept. They were such meaty, potato-ey fries and with that dipping mayo- like a symphony! Oh and it was great seeing you, too ;).

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