Poké Ball Cookies – Gotta Eat ’em All

Last week, while I was recovering from getting my wisdom teeth pulled out, I couldn’t eat any delicious food. And since consuming delicacies using my mouth was not an option, I rely on the next best thing… my eyes! Because looking at food totally fills your stomach and not the opposite. I stared at mouth watering pictures (no, don’t go there) of food all day long. More importantly, I’ve watched the YouTube geeky cooking show, Nerdy Nummies, over and over again.

Nerdy Nummies is a weekly show on YouTube where the hostess, Rosanna Pansino, make something nerdy and yummy (as the name suggests). To find more information, please click on the links: YouTube, Twitter, Facebook.

Getting back to the topic, I’ve been trying to get back into baking cookies (I usually bake cakes, not cookies), so over the weekend, I’ve decided to make some Poké Ball sugar cookies that I saw on the show. I basically recreated what she did, except my cookies were not as pretty. You can find the link to the video here. Continue reading

Hapa Izakaya – Modern Japanese Experience

It’s January of 2013, and Vancouver foodies will think of one thing: VANCOUVER DINE-OUT!!! This is a large restaurant festival where many food places will have set dine-out menus for the price of $38, $28, or $18, depending on the restaurant. To poor student gourmets, this is an once in a year chance to dine out at fancy restaurants for an affordable price.

After fun times taking my grad photos, my best friend and I hopped onto a bus and headed downtown. You see, there is this izakaya (Japanese bar) on Robson street where you can never see what’s inside unless you peek through this really tiny window or someone opens the door. The exterior looks dark and black, and the logo rather unnoticeable. I heard that the place was as expensive as it was delicious, so I had never dared step in. Thank goodness for Vancouver dine-out, I can finally try out Hapa Izakaya!

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More just came.

Hey everyone,

This blog, The Legend of Food, is becoming a joint blog, with me being the second blogger!
Don’t worry, the main course will still be dedicated mostly to reviewing (hopefully) tasty food, with some humour on the side.

I am Shiina Mint. You can call me Shiina, Minty, or whatever may suit your fancy. I love eating, collecting teacups, and travelling. I am especially obsessed with tea, going to cafes, and having extravagant afternoon teas :D Daniel is my best guy friend, and we met during high school.
While we both love food, we specialize and focus on different things – this you’ll find out as our blog progresses, hehe.

I judge a place by 3 things:
1) Ambiance/Service
2) Interior/Tea cups/Utensils
3) Food

For cafes, I will care much more about the ambiance and interior than I would for restaurants. For restaurants, I tend to focus more on the food. If I omit anything, it is probably because there is not much about it to mention. 

This is for fun, but we’re serious with food, so I hope you’ll enjoy reading our entries :D

This is all for now! Got a midterm tomorrow, haha.
Wish me luck!

P.S. Check out my cafe adventures on my Facebook page called Mintea’s Cafe Adventures if you’d like!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/MinTeas-Cafe-Adventures/213181385454080
(Not sure how I’ll keep up with both, but we’ll see :) )

Café La Gaffe – Winterlicious, the full on experience

Back with another Winterlicious post! This time, I went to a restaurant called Café La Gaffe. Café La Gaffe is located at 24 Baldwin Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1L2

At first glance, it doesn’t look so bad. Kind of looks like a small family run restaurant, and I like those kind of places. The servers greeted us with a smile and we sat down at our desirable seat. Not very long after we settled down, they served us water with lemon slices. Everything seemed nice, but where’s the menu? Just as I was about to question them, they told us that the winterlicious menu is being printed right now. Fresh off the grill… I mean printer. We did come right at 5pm, which I believe was the start of dinner for them, so it was forgivable. Actually, I find it nice that they reprint menus every day, so it doesn’t get crumpled up after uses.

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EDO – Winterlicious, the full on experience

I had the honour of being invited by my friend, whom I’ve haven’t talk to in a while, to a Winterlicious at EDO on the 28 of January. Usually, I would do research on the restaurant that I am going to eat at, but sometimes, it’s exciting to go into it completely blind. And that is what I did today.

EDO is located at 484 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto, ON, M5N 1A5

Judging by the name EDO, I know it’ll be a Japanese restaurant. I had that thought in the back of my head as I walked in the restaurant, so I was quite surprised to see how much it differs from a typical Japanese restaurant. It gives off this “Hi, I’m a fine dining” vibe with a sushi bar added (Yes, I just personified a restaurant). At that point, I was quite confused about what the restaurant is, and that usually spell bad things to come, but I’ll get back to that later.

We had a reservation at 7:30pm, and my friend was there at 7:20 to secure the reservation. I walked in right on time to find my friends still loitering at the entrance waiting to be seated. Now, I know it’s hard to predict how long it’ll take for people to eat and therefore, it’s hard for them to always have a table ready for every single reservation. But when you walk into a restaurant that you had reservation for, and there are empty tables, you can’t help but question the credibility of the restaurant. We finally got seated at 7:50, which is a whopping 20 minutes wait. I think they’re missing the point of why people make reservations. Continue reading