Homeslice – London Food Edition

When I was looking up restaurants to eat in and out of Covent Garden, Homeslice appeared several times across different mediums. I spent quite some time drooling over the endless photos I found on Instagram; read through countless reviews and knew I would have fomo if I didn’t stop here during my time in London.

Before I go off on a tangent about how amazing their pizzas are, I want to mention that we visited 2 of the 4 Homeslice locations. Quality and service is consistent throughout both locations however, the shop in Covent Garden – inside Neal’s Yard to be specific is a must visit. When we walked through the small alley way to enter Neal’s Yard, I instantly felt attached to all the pretty colours surrounding the stores. It’s definitely something you won’t find in Toronto so I do recommend visiting this particular location.

Our first visit was actually intended to be a quick “grab and go” before heading off to dinner somewhere else. What we didn’t realize, was how much we would like it. E and I decided to share a slice of Margherita pizza out on the patio. After a few bites, E went back into the shop to order our second slice opting for a different flavour of course (mushroom!). In my opinion, both were selections were great but mushroom was a winner for me. There’s just something about all the herbs and garlicky flavours popping out of the pizza embedded on a very thin (almost pita thin) crust pizza that just did it for me. Who knew pumpkin seeds on a mushroom pizza would be so amazing?

Each slice of pizza is £4.00 & Whole pizza is £20.00 (you can pick two flavours for a whole pizza)

Tips & Facts all the way at the bottom!

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Margherita Pizza (£4.00)

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Mushroom Pizza (£4.00)

  • Mushroom, Ricotta, Pumpkin Seeds & Chilli Flakes

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Because we loved their pizza so much during our fist visit in Neal’s Yard, we went to a different location for a proper dinner the following evening. We ordered a whole pizza for £20.00 and we didn’t bother trying any new flavours from our first evening!

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Tips

  • Truth of the matter is – Homeslice is busy all the time. So visit a location during non peak hours. We made both visits during odd times at around 3:00-4:00 pm in the afternoon.

Facts

  • They do not take reservations
  • If you do find yourself in a line, just repeat to yourself that their pizza is totally worth the wait!

Cheers!
Grace, Food in the City Toronto

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GIVEAWAY: 1pair of Tickets to Eva’s Taste Matters for Nov 2nd

I’m thrilled to be giving away a pair of Tickets to Eva’s Taste Matters for Nov 2nd!

I’m happy to be partnering up with Eva’s Taste Matters this year to be giving away a pair of tickets to the Eva’s Taste Matters on Thursday Nov 2nd. Eva’s Taste Matters is an annual celebration with 500 guests in attendance to raise funds for Homeless Youth to provide shelter and opportunities for homeless and at-risk youth in Toronto. Guests can expect fine food, great wine, craft beer and exciting silent and live auction experiences. This year, the event will be hosted by Cook Book authors from BiteMeMore.com, sisters Julie & Lisa. Guests can sample tastings from different restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries. This event presents itself as a significant and enjoyable networking opportunity to enable Eva’s to make a difference for hundreds of young people every year. Tickets are available – so please join the caring community to help homeless youth leave the streets permanently and provide them with the solid foundation they need to create bright futures!

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EVA’S TASTE MATTERS

Date: Thursday November 2nd
Hours: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Liberty Grant Entertainment Complex (25 British Columbia Road, Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3)
Website
Evas.ca

WINNER WILL BE RECEIVING:

  • 1 pair of tickets to the event ($250 value!)

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To enteryou must (1) follow me on Instagram (@foodinthecityTO) and @evasinitiative (2) tag a friend that would like to join you at Eva’s Taste Matters (unlimited entries)

Instagram post: https://instagram.com/p/BaUvHoXBnqK/

  • Contest closes Sunday October 29, 2017 5:00 PM EST 
  • Winner will be randomly selected via random.org and announced on my blog & Instagram on Monday morning Oct 30, 2017
  • Tickets will be emailed to the winner. 
  • Winner will be selected via http://www.random.org/

To Purchase Tickets, please click here

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London Travel Diary I

Within our short 4 day trip to visit London, we actually made 2 separate treks to see Big Ben. Our first visit was at the end of river cruise that took us from Tower Bridge all the way to Westminister Bridge / Big Ben (more on that in a separate post). Our second visit consisted of us waking up bright and early (5am to be exact) to arrive right at sunrise to catch some good shots of the Tower & Westminister Bridge. 

No visit would be complete without a visit to these infamous tourist spots. The weather that particular morning was especially chilly & crisp – just the way I like!

Here are some of my favourite photos from morning before the streets got too busy with locals heading to work!

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Photos shot by: EY

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Breakfast at Duck & Waffles – London Food Edition

I spent the last 15 days falling in love with different parts of Europe and it has been one of the best trips for me so far. Before this trip, I’ve never stepped foot on European soil so this vacation was definitely an eye opener for me in many ways. Our first of many stops was London and I instantly developed an attachment to the rhythm of the city . It’s the hustle and bustle of the London that makes me feel like I’m at home. One of the best views of the City of London was found during our breakfast at Duck & Waffles.

Steps away from Liverpool station, Duck and Waffles is situated in one of the tallest buildings in London serving “all day” dining from breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert. From sunrise to sunset and hours in-between, Duck and Waffles is opened 24/7 to satisfy all your cravings anytime of the day.

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Shashuka (£12.00)

  • Egg, toast, harissa yoghurt & mint

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OX Cheek Benedict (£11.00)

  • Braised ox cheek, hen’s egg, waffles & sriracha

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Duck and Waffles (£15.00)

  • Crispy leg confit, fried duck egg, waffle, mustard maple syrup

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Spicy BBQ Baked Beans (£3.00)

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Duck & Waffles is a great place to take in the view of the city without breaking the bank. We arrived at our reservation for 8AM on a weekday. It wasn’t too bad of a trek from our hotel considering that it was during rush hour. We entered the restaurant through a separate entrance with its own elevators that sends you up directly to the 40th floor with a spectacular view of the city. Service was quite attentive and our selections came fairly soon after our orders were placed. There was nothing I didn’t enjoy from our breakfast. My favourite was the ox cheek benedict (I’m a sucker for any benedict!). The Duck and Waffles was the perfect sweet and savoury combination to kick start the morning.

Tips

  • Be sure to make online reservations as soon as you can. Reservations are accepted 2 months in advance.
  • Be sure to ask for a window seat (that’s if you’re not afraid of heights). Luckily we were not seated by one of the smaller tables in the middle of the restaurant away from the window.

Facts

  • For all bloggers / instagrammers – unfortunately the restaurant has a strict “no large camera / interchangeable lens / video equipment” policy. The photos from this blog post were taken with an iPhone
  • When you make a reservation, you’ll notice the confirmation indicates the table will need to be returned in an hour. That being said, I’m not sure if we were lucky that the table after us cancelled or had a no show, but we enjoyed our breakfast for 1.5 hours without anyone rushing us to leave.
  • The restaurant has a different daytime and evening dress code – be sure to read their policy listed on their website!

Cheers!
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Weekend Brunch Vibes at Souk Tabule

Can’t believe summer is officially over! Makes me a little sad that the patio weather will soon disappear before us – I remember making it my summer goal to hit up a new brunch spot every weekend. I surely brunched quite a lot but have been incredibly back logged with everything happening here and there but nonetheless, its definitely but a busy and fulfilling summer.

A few weeks ago, my friends and I visited Souk Tabule for brunch out in the Canary District. The atmosphere in this eatery is quite relaxing. I can see myself grabbing a latte and tucking away in a corner to do some work with my laptop. My favourite part of the restaurant is along the back where there is a huge communal table surrounded by a wall of blue and white wall paper & natural sunlight pouring into the eatery.

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  • Tossed with za’atar and drizzled in tahini

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  • Roasted tomato and red pepper sauce with three local free run omega 3 soft-cooked eggs and a scoop of labni

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We had a great meal at Souk Tabule. Service at this eatery falls under the “fast-casual” category. You order your meal at the counter & pay. They give you a number and will find you once your meal is prepared. Simple yet flavourful is the Basterma Egg Scramble – one of my favourites and my now must orders. The saj pita is one of the fluffliest yet softest pita I’ve had thus far. The Shakshuka is also a winner though if there was an addition of some sort of protein or even squash / potato inside the shakshuka that would have been perfect – at least for me! Nonetheless, its a great casual brunch spot if you’re ever in the east end 🙂

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GIVEAWAY 3 Winners x 2 Poutine Vouchers to New York Fries {CLOSED}

I’m thrilled to be giving away 2 Poutine Vouchers to 3 lucky winners to New York Fries!

On August 23rd, New York Fries launched their new Beef Lover’s Poutine, made with hand cut fries, real Quebec cheese curds, and tender braised beef marinated in its own rich gravy. Hungry and crave for poutine? Don’t worry – We’re giving away 2 Poutine Vouchers to 3 Lucky Winners!

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3 WINNERS WILL BE RECEIVING:

  • 2 Poutine Vouchers each

To enter, you must (1) follow me on Twitter (@foodinthecityTO) and (2) follow @NewYorkFries on twitter & (3) tweet the following message:

I’ve entered for a chance to win 2 Poutine Vouchers X 3 winners @NewYorkFries from @foodinthecityTO You can too! https://wp.me/p7VHwg-2JT

Alternative Method: If you don’t have twitter that’s okay! Just tag a friend on my instagram post to enter! For those that are submitting entries via twitter, you are more than welcomed to enter via my instagram (Instagram Post Here) 

  • Contest closes Wednesday Sept 13th, 2017 5:00 PM EST
  • Winner will be randomly selected via random.org and announced on my blog on Thursday Sept 14th, 2017
  • You may tweet once a day throughout the duration of the contest
  • Re-tweeting does not count as a valid entry
  • Winner will be selected via http://www.random.org/
  • Twitter Entries are tracked by the @foodinthecityTO tag, if you do not see your entry in the stream, there is no valid entry from you. Please READ HERE as to why tweets are not showing

*Update: September 14th, 2017*

Congratulations to the 3 winners that have already been contacted!

Each winner will be receiving 2 poutine vouchers each to New York Fries!

Thank you to all those that entered this contest. There were a total of 476 valid entries. Entries were tracked in chronological order on Twitter. I received email notifications every time an entry was made & recorded the time entry was received. I ensured those who entered were following me on twitter. The winner was selected randomly using the “True Random Number Generator” via Random.org.

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First Rogers Cup Experience

The Rogers Cup took place earlier last month from August 5th to 13th at the Aviva Centre. With Toronto hosting The Rogers Cup this year for its 125th anniversary, we were tres excited to take part of an evening with great eats and incredible game play. Our evening consisted of us taking front row seats for celebrity Chef David Rocco’s cooking demonstration, where he and Garbiñe Muguruza (2017 Wimbledon Champion) showed us how to make his infamous Cavatelli pasta. We then tasted our way through the revamped Rogers Cup menu including pulled pork poutine, brisket parfait, poke bowls, tacos, quinoa salad and epic topped foot long hot dogs. After our tummies were satisfied, we were ushered court side to take in a match between Venus Williams and Irina-Camelia Begu. Please enjoy the photos!

Beyond the new food options on site at the tournament, this year Rogers cup added another food-related feature that was very cool. Fans who didn’t want to miss a second of the action on Centre Court were able to order right to their seats via the special Rogers Cup app. The tournament was the first tennis tournament internationally to offer such service to its entire stadium, as a simplified menu of food and beverages were available to the entire Aviva Centre bowl via the in-seat service on the app

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Cooking Demonstration with Chef David Rocco and Garbiñe Muguruza (2017 Wimbledon Champion).

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Cavatelli in a Cherry Tomato and Pancetta Sauce

Cooking Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt in and add your pasta, Because it’s fresh, it will only take a few minutes to cook. It will rise to the top when it’s done
  • In a large skillet heat olive oil. Add your garlic, onions and pancetta at the same time so they don’t burn. Once the onions are transclucent, add our cherry tomatoes and cook down until they’re nice and soft. Deglaze with white wine to get the flavour off the pan and into the sauce
  • Add your cooked pasta, along with a 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water to the sauce and combine. Remove from heat.
  • Top with rocket and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

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Rob Gentile’s Porchetta Pannino

  • Succulent pork, crispy crackling, perfectly balanced with Rob’s apple mustarda and finished with a salsa verde, it’s a food lover’s delight

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Great Canadian Grilled Cheese Triple Decker

  • Grilled Cheese on one side with a stack of peameal bacon, cheese + mustard mayo on the other, with a 3 cheese crust on each side

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Aperol Spritz

  • The sweetness of Aperol, the tartness of Prosecco and the effervescence Perrier, it’s the perfect Italian cocktail for summer

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Spicy Salmon Poke Bowl

  • Wakame (seaweed salad), cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and sriracha aioli

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Morals Village Celebrates 4 Years!

I love hot pot. I didn’t realize I could have hot pot anytime of the year until I had it last week for dinner at Morals Village. We had the pleasure of visiting their Dundas and Spadina location to celebrate their 4 year anniversary in Ontario! Starting from a storefront in Markham, then expanding with 4 more locations across the GTA over the last couple of years and now opening a 6th location in Ottawa!

To celebrate Morals Village‘s 4 year anniversary, the restaurant is offering patrons 30% off at all of their locations (except Ottawa) until the 31st of August.

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