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My New Year’s Food “Resolutions”

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I do not make resolutions in January.  Being a teacher, I have always felt (and this may sound weird) that my ‘new’ year starts each September.  That is when I make a concentrated effort to shake things up, try new lessons, etc.  In my personal life, I have always felt that you can make changes at any point during the year, but I see the appeal of doing it as of January 1st.

As my blog is approaching its second birthday, I have been inspired by other bloggers posts to push further. Recently I read  What’s On My Plate, and her food resolutions. Gastropost even did it as a challenge and I am excited to see everyone’s posts this Saturday in the paper (New Year, New Menu: This week, your mission is to eat something that embodies how you intend to dine in 2013).  So I have decided to create my own list of new foods I want to try, restaurants to visit and recipes to create.

Foods

This year I want to try (at least once a month) a food I have never had before. I am a bit squeamish about different foods, such as pieces of animals like beef checks, offal and marrow.  And I am still learning to like fish, as I did not eat it other than as fish and chips growing up.  So my goal is to try new (to me) foods, different cuts of meat, different types of fish, and maybe even the tentacles when I order calamari.  

Restaurants

This one will be tough because @WineGuyTO and I agreed to eat in more often.  But I have a list of places in Toronto that I would still like to try.  I really want to explore my new neighbourhood and find great spots no one has really eaten at because they do not have a known chef, but are still great.  I also want to get back to brunching more.

  • Arcadia – our friend’s brother-in-law is the chef and has been telling us great things about it
  • La Carnita – loved them at TUM and really want to see the restaurant
  • Campagnolo – we had meant to go last year and then never made it.
  • Khao San Road – I know the chef and partner just recently left, so am hoping it will still be good.
  • Ceili Cottage – Its in my end of the city now and I have only heard good things

I think I will be adding to this list throughout the year.  Where do you want to eat this year?  Let me know!

Recipes

Mainly I bake and though I enjoy it, I really want to try more meals.  I have a slow cooker and yet never use it, so that is on my list of things to try.  When I got my food processor recently, it came with a massive book of recipes, so I will be perusing it for ideas. As I mentioned above, I want to eat more at home so to that end  I want to try more recipes for actual meals.  This means more dinner parties! One specific thing I want to learn how to make and incorporate more into my cooking is sauces.

I hope you follow along this year as I try to accomplish all these resolutions 🙂

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Summerlicious: Trevor Kitchen and Bar

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Even though Summerlicious began this year on my birthday, I hadn’t made any reservations.  Usually I throw out an open invite to friends, but I have gotten a little tired of none or vague responses.  The only reservation I made was ‘on the fly’ as I had seen on Twitter that Trevor (@trevorkitchen) still had some reservations open for the second Saturday night.  So off we went to a restaurant that friends had told us was great and that we needed to check out.

Trevor is located underground, and on a hot day, this was welcome.  I overheard from the table next to us, that it was rated one of the most romantic restaurants in Toronto and the ambiance certainly reflected this.  Our waiter Garth was personable and fun but not intrusive, which was welcome.  The whole wait staff worked really well together  as a team to bring out the food.  Though it felt like a quick service, we were there about 2 hours.

We started with some white wine instead of cocktails.  I had the Salvalai 2010 pinot grigio, from Venezia, Italy  and WineGuyTo had the Viña Cobos 2009 “felino” chardonnay, from Mendoza, Argentina.  With our meal, I had a glass of Tollgate 2007 “red”, from Niagara (a Stratus Winery label)  and WineGuy the Earthworks 2008 shiraz, from Barossa Valley, Australia.  The reds were actually on the house, as they didn’t come to us until mid-way through our mains, instead of at the beginning.

I was hooked on the menu once I saw duck, so I got it twice!  I started with a seared sea scallop & smoked duck with sweet pea purée & mint crème fraiche and then had the bbq duck ravioli with garlic chive broth & preserved cherries.  For the appetizer, the scallop was done well and the duck slices were of a nice thickness.  The only thing was that  I found there was too much of the pea purée, but it was fresh and sweet, so I ate it on its own.  The ravioli was tender, spicy and moist.  The cherries and chive broth really complemented it.

Scallops and duck, mmm

BBQ Duck ravioli

For dessert, I went with the sorbet, which that night was passionfruit, raspberry and blackberry.  There was also fresh berries on top and the flavours in the sorbet were identical to the berries; so fresh and intense!  It would have been nice if it hadn’t been so hard though.

Sorbet

WineGuy had the bacon & tomato salad with avocado ranch & crispy shallots to start, the dry aged sirloin with goat cheese poutine & foie gras butter (cooked perfectly rare as asked), and finished with the dark chocolate & caramel torte with peanut butter chantilly.

mm, bacon.

 

The poutine was delish!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

So good!

Trevor Kitchen and Bar
38 Wellington Street East,
Toronto, Ontario,
M5E 1C7

info@trevorkitchenandbar.com
P. 416.941.9410
F. 416.941.9218

Dinner: Tues – Sat starting at 4pm

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