Toronto Life’s Best Burgers

New challenge: to eat all of the burgers off of Toronto Life’s Best Burgers list. This list was first compiled in May 2012 and can be found here. The list is below and no, although I have dined at many of these restaurants (6 to be exact) I have not yet eaten any of these burgers. Here is a picture of Holy Chuck’s double cheeseburger to get your excited!

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  1. Naturally Raised Beef Burger – The Harbord Room
  2. John’s Burger – Marben
  3. Classic Burger – The Stockyards
  4. Jennifer’s Stilton Brisket Burger – Nota Bene
  5. Cowlorie – Holy Chuck
  6. Double Cheeseburger – The Burger’s Priest
  7. Grass- Fed Burger – Bymark
  8. Simple Hamburger – Allen’s
  9. County Burger – The County General
  10. Homemade All Star – Golden Star
  11. Maple Bacon – E11even
  12. Elk Slider – Union
  13. Origin Burger – Origin
  14. Lamb Burger – Blue Plate
  15. Cheeseburger – Parts and Labour
  16. Sirloin Burger – The Gabardine
  17. MTK Burger – Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
  18. Pljeskavica – Hrvati
  19. Striploin Burger – Crush
  20. Canadian Burger – The Drake
  21. Dry-Aged Burger – Bestellen
  22. Double Burger – Apache Burgers
  23. Hand-Chopped Burger – The Queen and Beaver
  24. Brioche Burger – Drift
  25. Mini Kobe Burgers – Trevor Kitchen and Bar

Happy munching!

Christmas 2013

Christmas. Christmas. Christmas. Not my favourite holiday but I do love the build up and the all encompassing, sovaldi sale consuming ability the holiday has. With only 18 days left until Christmas, here is a list of things I would like to do by then to get in the festive spirit!

1. Bake cookies – sugar, gingerbread and shortbread are a total must
2. Visit the Distillery District Christmas market
3. Look at Christmas lights
4. Make festive ravioli
5. Make a festive wreath
6. Trim the Christmas tree
7. Go ice skating
8. Have a Christmas movie marathon night
9. Drink festive cocktails and punch
10. Bake or cook with eggnog
11. Make the house smell like Christmas
12. Send Christmas cards
13. Look festive for Christmas
14. Participate in a holiday potluck – even just by eating!
15. Eat cranberry-filled things
16. Snack on Christmas treats – candy canes, gumdrops and hot chocolate
17. If it snows, enjoy the snow!
18. Celebrate the solstice
19. Buy a new ornament for the Christmas tree and start a new tradition
20. See everyone I love (and within a reasonable distance) and wish them a “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” in person – cheesy but the perfect way to end the holiday season!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

First Day of Fall

Fall is my favourite season. There are so many amazing reasons to love it: sweater weather, ask beautiful foliage, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts, pies and oh, my birthday. With the start of a new season comes a new list of fall food inspired activities.

1. Visit an apple orchard
2. Bake fall pies; apple and pumpkin specifically
3. Make apple cider
4. Try a new fall-inspired sangria
5. Make soups (especially lots of butternut squash!)
6. Visit a pumpkin patch
7. Make a Thanksgiving feast, even on a small scale
8. Try a new chili recipe
9. Make a spooky treat for Halloween
10. Go for a fall hike
11. Make homemade trail mix and granola
12. Finally (actually!) use my ice cream maker
13. Cozy up with a good book and a cup of tea
14. Sip on homemade hot chocolate
15. Use pumpkin in an unconventional way
16. Hop on the donut bandwagon and make homemade donuts with fall flavours
17. Snack on apples with homemade caramel dip
18. Celebrate Ocktoberfest with fall brews
19. And homemade pretzels and specialty mustards
20. Make caramel apples – sticks and all!
21. Visit a fall fair
22. Create a fall centerpiece – possibly as a test for the wedding!
23. Decorate or carve a pumpkin
24. Get lost in a corn maze
25. Toast pumpkin seeds

Happy first day of fall and happy munching!

Last Day of Summer

It is September 21st and that means the first day of fall is tomorrow. Fall is my favourite season but I will miss summer. I wasn’t as productive with my summer food list as I had hope.

Here’s what the list looks like:

1. Go to a strawberry patch and pick my own berries.
2. Make homemade strawberry jam.
3. Grow an herb garden including cilantro, basil, chives and green onion
4. Tour a brewery
5. Tour a winery
6. Try a new sangria recipe
7. Use the barbecue as a smoker
8. Cook breakfast on the barbecue
9. Finally use my ice cream maker
10. Make ice pops
11. Go on a picnic
12. Make homemade iced tea
13. Eat more salads – beans, green and fruit
14. Eat as much corn on the cob as possible in the month of August
15. Grill asparagus and wrap it in prosciutto
16. Sit on a patio at least once a week
17. Drink beers in the backyard sitting in Muskoka chairs
18. Visit farmer’s markets
19. Try gazpacho
20. Drink a cocktail decorated with an umbrella
21. Pick peaches
22. Decorate cupcakes with edible flowers like pansies
23. Make a vodka watermelon
24. Cook on a bonfire
25. Eat carnival foods: cotton candy, corn dogs and slushies

10 out of 25 is not bad, but it’s not great. Tomorrow I will come up with a food to do list for fall and hopefully I can complete all of those by December 21!

Happy munching!

 

Spring/Summer 2013

IMG_3526Summer is fast approaching and I want to utilize as much fresh air, fresh produce and sun as I can. My friend Al over at Le Faz created a list of 25 Things to Do This Spring which inspired me to create my own list of food-related activities for spring and summer 2013.

1. Go to a strawberry patch and pick my own berries.
2. Make homemade strawberry jam.
3. Grow an herb garden including cilantro, basil, chives and green onion
4. Tour a brewery
5. Tour a winery
6. Try a new sangria recipe
7. Use the barbecue as a smoker
8. Cook breakfast on the barbecue
9. Finally use my ice cream maker
10. Make ice pops
11. Go on a picnic
12. Make homemade iced tea
13. Eat more salads – beans, green and fruit
14. Eat as much corn on the cob as possible in the month of August
15. Grill asparagus and wrap it in prosciutto
16. Sit on a patio at least once a week
17. Drink beers in the backyard sitting in Muskoka chairs
18. Visit farmer’s markets
19. Try gazpacho
20. Drink a cocktail decorated with an umbrella
21. Pick peaches
22. Decorate cupcakes with edible flowers like pansies
23. Make a vodka watermelon
24. Cook on a bonfire
25. Eat carnival foods: cotton candy, corn dogs and slushies