Arepa Cafe – review


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Arepa Cafe

Have you ever heard of or tried an arepa? I haven’t, until last weekend and oh-my-god, I want to eat this delicious goodness all the time.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with an arepa, it is a flatbread made of ground corn dough or cooked flour, very prominent in the cuisine of Colombia and Venezuela. Its use is eaten daily in those countries and can be served with various accompaniments such as cheese, avocado, meat, jam, or split and used to make sandwiches.

colombian arepa

Arepa Cafe is located on Queen St. W. and I can’t believe that I passed it so many times without even noticing it and missing out on all that this cute cafe has to offer. The decor consists of brick walls, drawings on chalk boards and bright colors throughout the place. It is an open kitchen concept, so you can see how the arepas are being made and the staff is super friendly and very approachable.

Arepa Cafe

I tried the pabellon arepa ($10.25), which is stuffed with shredded flank steak, black beans, sweet platain and mozzarella cheese. It was very filling and yummy! They definitely don’t skimp on the add-ons and I barely finished the whole thing. The arepas also go really well with cheese only. You can add some avocado or black beans to accent the taste.

Arepa

Pabellon Arepa

arepa closeup

The Arepa Cafe has so much more to offer on the menu, like empanadas, cachapas, platain tostones, desserts, and so much more. I can’t wait to go back.

Go give them a try… you won’t be disappointed.

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490 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
416.362.4111
www.arepacafe.ca

Nadège – cafe review


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Nadège is by far my favourite place to grab a sandwich or a mouth-watering pastry. The store itself is visually appealing. Clean, white and fresh that exposes a rainbow of colours coming from behind the counter from the pastries and sandwiches.

Nadège was opened by a French chef Nadège Nourian. She is a game changer in Toronto’s pastry scene and her creations are to diet for!

From her authentically French croissants to state-of-the-art sandwiches, teas, coffees, macarons, chocolates, brioches, tarts, mini-cakes, and other delicious treats – you just have to try them all!

My favourite by far is the almond chocolate croissant and the smoked salmon croissant with cucumber, dill and cream cheese.

Clearily Nadège is a neighbourhood favourite with throngs of people coming in for either a quick bite inside or enjoying the sun on the patio. While it is definately not the cheapest, it is one of the best in the city.

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Nadège Patisserie
780 Queen St. W.
Toronto, ON
416-368-2009

Rosedale Location
1099 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON
416-968-2011

Osteria Dei Ganzi – Italian restaurant review


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Osteria dei Ganzi

So continuing with the trend of visiting places barely out of infancy, we visited Osteria Dei Ganzi. It was its fourth evening being open.

Ganzi took over what used to be the Hive. While we never visited the Hive it had always had mixed reviews and we were always more comfortable just going to the Blake House or the Keg Mansion.

The restaurant is in a 120 year old home formerly owned by the Gooderham family. It appears that all the original architecture is in place and Ganzi has dressed the decor up with some chic Italian inspired art work. Think Andy Warhol meets Betty Page.

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Café Polonez – authentic Polish restaurant review


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Cafe Polonez

Cafe Polonez – picture taken from their website.

The other week I was watching an episode of You Gotta Eat Here on the food network, which featured Café Polonez. You’d think, that I should know this place, since it’s an authentic Polish restaurant but I didn’t….shame on me!

This place is always busy and most of their clientele are Polish. But let’s talk about their food, which is the most authentic food I’ve had – just like at my mom’s place.

If you decide to give it a try, you have to get one of their soups – it’s a must! Polish soups are the best soups you will ever have in your life (and trust me I’m not being biased here because I’m Polish). At Café Polonez, they are made daily from fresh ingredients.

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