Spring cleaning has officially sprung, starting with my hair.
Last weekend I chopped off 4-5 inches; the length of my hair now reaches just past my earlobes. I thought I’d be more nervous about the change, but I honestly quite like it. It’s refreshing. One thing I will miss for sure, however, is the bun I could form at the top of my head when practicing yoga – but at least I still have enough hair to make a baby ponytail?
Either way, here are some of my favourites/ highlights from this past month
BUCA (King West location)
It was on my 2018 bucket list to try BUCA on King West. I had tried the BUCA in Yorkville before, but their menu is more focused on seafood than the one in King West.
Our table ordered the charcuterie and cheese board with the housemade sourdough bread. I thought the bread would simply act as a soundboard for the meats and cheese to shine, but boy, was I wrong. The bread was soft and chewy, with a beautiful deep brown crust – it was delicious on its own. My favourite cheese was the drunken bufala, a creamy and easily spreadable water buffalo milk’s cheese, and for meat, the prosciutto di buca, a cured pork leg aged for 40 months with black pepper.
The most outstanding dish of the night was the housemade gnocchi topped with fresh sea urchin and pistachios. All the flavours of the dish harmonized perfectly together, balancing the powerful taste of the sea urchin with the nutty taste of the pistachios and soft gnocchi.
We ended the night with the pear tart with honey gelato (save room for dessert here!!)
The menu at BUCA experiences slight changes day to day, depending on the seasonality and daily availability of ingredients.
LEE is one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto. Like BUCA, it’s on the higher-end of the price range, so I recommend it as a place of celebration rather than for a casual outing. I highly recommend trying the renowned Singaporean-style slaw, which is made with 19 different ingredients, and the Top Chef curry roasted chicken. For dessert, the Singaporean French & Chinese Tom Yuen is also fantastic.
Came to this loud and playful Izakaya with some friends this past weekend, and loved every single dish we ordered. The standout dish here for me was the blowtorched salmon sushi, which was so flavourful and smooth it melted on my tongue like butter (pictured above with the sake flight). I also loved the mushroom and cheese bibimbap, a creative fusion take on the classic Korean dish.
CIVELLO (Rosedale location)
I get a haircut once a year. I don’t know why; it’s just turned out that way for the past six years or so. I normally get it chopped quite short so that by the time 12 months pass, my hair’s grown to the point where I start getting annoyed by its length again and need it cut. The service at Civello is great, and the stylist I had (Jake) was helpful in providing advice/ consultation based on my hair type. You can use this promo code to get $20 off your first visit.