REVIEW: Yasu – Toronto Omakase Experience

REVIEW: Yasu – Toronto Omakase Experience

We just recently celebrated our second wedding anniversary. Since having a baby we have not really had the time to try new restaurants or eat out much. When we do eat out, it’s a matter of taking turns scarfing down our food before baby gets fussy or bored and throws a tantrum. So this year, we took advantage of the grandparents babysitting baby to enjoy a two-hour omakase. Omakase is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it up to you”.  Basically, the menu selection is left to the chef instead of ordering through an a la carte menu. I’ve been dying to try an omakase experience for a while now and we figured what better chance then to celebrate our anniversary.

There are a couple restaurants that specialize in omakase in Toronto but Yasu came highly recommended so that’s where we decided to go.

The menu is chef’s selection with the option to upgrade your sashimi to a premium platter which has six-seven pieces of sashimi instead of just two pieces. We both upgrade to the premium sashimi platter ’cause #Yolo and both had a pint of Sapporo to drink. The sashimi platter featured a Valentine oyster from the Maritimes, Bluefin tuna, Nova Scotia lobster, scallops from Hokkaido and fresh uni from Japan.

Watching the chefs at work was mesmerizing to say the least. They sliced the fish with such grace and prepped each sushi piece so delicately – even the wasabi was freshly grounded! It was not as strong as the store bought ones but it had a very subtle burn and freshness to it.

Below is the rest of the menu:

White shrimp with fresh yuzu

Salmon roe and fatty tuna (toro) topped with yuzu and scallions

Clockwise below: Monk fish liver from Boston, Striped jack from Japan, Cured Mackerel from Norway with ginger, scallions and pickled radish and Fluke topped with seared fluke fin from Boston

Left to Right: Spanish mackerel from Florida and Snow crab topped with crab liver from Nova Scotia

Blue fin Tuna trio (lean to fatty)

Last but not least sea eel – one of my faves!

For dessert, we had some black sesame ice cream complete with a candle to make a wish on our second anniversary together. It was a cute little touch from the staff.

Overall, it was definitely a worth while experience. Would I do it again anytime soon? Here’s the thing, the food is REALLY good. (I mean, I’ve never been to Japan so I can’t compare it to that but just basing it on my experience of sushi in Toronto and GTA, its really good!) So again, it’s really good and such a cool experience. Only thing is, after the 18 or whatever pieces of sushi/sashimi, I realized I can’t eat that much raw fish in one sitting. (Kind of one of the reasons why I love sushi buffets – I can have a little bit of everything.) If you’re a sushi/sashimi lover, I highly recommend it.

 

Happy 1st Birthday LXT!

Happy 1st Birthday LXT!

Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie, or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time. – Wikipedia

Well let me introduce you to The Notorious LXT, Lincoln, or Linc, he’s an adorable one year old yet to discover his passion in life. For now he’s okay with sipping on ’em bottle and looking real cute doing it. He is ranked number one in his family as everyone is so in love with him! When we think of a first year old’s birthday party we probably think of cake smashes, cute themes and you know the usual balloons and what have you. Linc’s parents are definitely not ones to stick to the status quo – clearly. They hosted a Biggie-themed birthday party for their one-year old. He wont remember it anyways right? So why not make it fun for everyone! I don’t even want to begin to think of the countless hours that Clem and Victor put into the party – all the little details down to the microphone name tags on the loot bags!

Part of the celebrations was a traditional Asian first birthday grab. For those whose never been to an Asian first birthday, what it basically entails is a number of items placed before the birthday child. He/she would then crawl towards an item and grabs it. Whichever item they grab is said to be an indication of what their future career will be. Some items include a stethoscope, a book, a pen and a microphone symbolizing a doctor, an educator, a writer and an entertainer respectively. To add to the fun was a gif photo booth and plenty of colouring sheets, puzzles and mazes for the kids. It was definitely a party to remember.

Wishing the happiest of birthdays to you, LXT! One day you will look back on this day and probably wonder who this Biggie dude was.

REVIEW: Colette Grand Cafe – Chic Toronto Brunch

REVIEW: Colette Grand Cafe – Chic Toronto Brunch

Beautiful summer days make for the perfect Saturday Girls’ Day Out! Especially so when we’re celebrating an early birthday for a sister from another mister. My sister, Sharon, and I wanted to surprise my brother’s girlfriend, Lisa, to a birthday treat so we took her out for brunch at Toronto’s Colette Grand Cafe. The interior is reminiscent of a cute Parisan cafe (com’on who doesn’t love Paris?) and their desserts are absolutely to die for – the perfect spot to get things started for this girls day out.

We know how much I love Caesars so of course brunch for me started with one. Not the best I’ve had and the garnishes were underwhelming. Oh well. Sharon and I both got the Benedict which is served on their flakey and buttery croissants with jambon, grilled tomato complete with a delicious hollandaise and a side of breakfast potatoes ($18). Lisa got the mushroom toast with a poached egg  accompanied by a salad ($18). For dessert we decided to share their decadent Opera cake ($9) which had layers of chocolate cake, almond sponge cake with espresso buttercream and finished with a chocolate ganache glaze. I’m drooling again just thinking about it again. Those who knows me knows I’m not exactly the biggest fan of chocolate but every single time I go to Colette I end up getting something chocolate ’cause it’s just so damn good!

If you’re looking for a chic French bistro for some great brunch (or so you can pretend you are in Paris) with a little je ne sais quoi, Colette is definitely a go-to! (For more images of their outside patio check out my other post here.)

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

This Father’s Day I wanted to send a special shout out to my dearest husband who’s celebrating his first ever Father’s Day as a dad. We welcomed our baby boy, Evan, into our lives on December 23rd, 2016 and its been quite a rollercoaster ride ever since. To say our lives has been forever changed is definitely an understatement. It’s true when they say you do not appreciate your parents enough until you have children of your own but I think you also do not realize how much you appreciate your significant other until you’ve started raising a child together. Now that Evan is almost six months old and I’m looking back at the first six weeks of parenthood, I’m so grateful Alan is the way he is. Alan has always been the more patient and calm one between the two of us and this was definitely a huge plus especially during the first couple sleepless weeks of adjusting to parenthood.

To Alan, I know I definitely do not say it enough but I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you do for Evan and I. Really cannot image being able to do what I do without you by my side – through all my rants and b!tching and all! Evan will soon learn how lucky he is to have you as his father and such a great role model to look up to! We love you!

To my dad, I know we don’t always see eye to eye but at the end of the day I know you’ll always have my back and for that I’m grateful. Thanks for being there for Evan when I need a night to not be a mom, for trekking all the way to my house to help me with yard work and mini renovation projects I’m always coming up with.

Thanks daddy for cleaning my poopy diapers when mommy doesn’t want to, for rocking me to sleep in the middle of the night, for warming up my formula at all hours of the night, for making me laugh but most of all for taking care of mommy so she can take of me. I love you, daddy!

Love,

Evan

Here’s to all the grandfathers, fathers, dads, uncles, and acting father figures out there! Happy Father’s Day!

The Good Fork – Toronto Brunch Spot

The Good Fork – Toronto Brunch Spot

If there’s one thing I missed most after moving to the suburbs it’s the slew of brunch options that exist in the city. There are always new brunch places popping up and it’s always a torn decision between trying a new place or going to an oldie but goodie. The Good Fork is definitely an oldie but a goodie found in the Bloor West Village in Toronto. They first opened their doors late 2011 and still continue to draw long waiting times during peak brunch hours in the weekend.

Had a chance to catch up with some of my favourites over some brunch at this go-to spot. It’s not brunch unless it starts with a Caesar. We all got their classic Caesar ($11) and Steph got a cappuccino ($3.75) as well to get things started. Caesars that come with all the garnishes and fixings is a huge thumbs up from me! Coffee art is always a plus also. We pretty much inhaled the drinks since we were all starving having waited about an hour and a half to get in. We couldn’t wait for our meals to arrive, so much so that I took a bite before remembering to take a photo. Margaret and I got the huevos ($14.50) and Steph got the Nova Scotia benny ($14.25). I added chorizo to my huevos and the saltiness complimented the creaminess of the guacamole and crunch of the tostadas perfectly.

There’s definitely nothing better than good food and great company.

 

 

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