Home Baking Co.

1242 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON

Co-owner of Baker Bots, Christopher Stopa, opened up this cute little shop last year serving up comforting baked goods. They are also making amazing cookie ice cream sandwiches, cupcakes, incredibly chocolatey cake, and so much more.

The space is small with 3-4 tables, the long counter space has a large variety of baked goods that change daily.
Cinnamon bun with cream cheese icing, red velvet cupcake, mint chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie, chocolate cookie with dairy free chocolate ice cream, and chocolate cake.
The chocolate cake is the most decedent, fudgey cake I've ever had but my favourite was the peanut butter cookie, I ate it the next day and it was still super soft and chewy with crushed pieces of peanuts and white chocolate.

Lady Marmalade

360 Highway 7 East, Unit 3
Richmond Hill, ON

Lady Marmalade

898 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON

One of the best Brunches I've ever had, I've been longing to dine at Lady Marmalade for quite sometime now but I'm not quite the fan of 1-2 hour weekend line ups. I finally made a trip to Leslieville on a Thursday and got a seat with no hassle.

The restaurant is small with around 10 -12 tables, simple decor and nothing too frufru or over the top. At the front of the restaurant there is a giant window that opens up to the street which gives you the patio feeling without the sun blinding you in the eye while you eat.

Eggs Benny with Brie, Avocado and Bacon, $15.00.


Tandoori Flame

5975 Mavis Rd
Mississauga, ON

A few weeks ago I got invited to dinner at Tandoori Flame in honour of the Halal festival that was happening that weekend, I visited the Mississauga location (they also have another location in Brampton). Tandoori Flame is North America's largest Indian buffet, as the serve up 150 different varieties of food. As we walked into the incredibly large and beautifully decorated restaurant we were greeted by the host, the warmth of the spices and savory smells full up your nose and your mouth immediately starts salivating.

We get a quick tour around the buffet before getting seated, the general mangers shows us around to the 4-5 different rooms the have at the restaurant. Each room capable of seating 100+ guests, perfect for special occasions.

Tandoori Flame serves only halal-certified food, everything is made in house with fresh ingredients.

Salad Bar which includes some Indian salad but also pasta salad, regular leafy salads and corn salads for the less adventurous types.
They have all whole section for just their curries, I believe there was around 14 different types which include non-vegetarian and vegetarian options. Butter chicken, Goat curry, Chicken Biryani, Daal, and several types of Paneer.

The amount of food and variety at Tandoori Flame is incredible, I've never had such a hard time deciding what I wanted to eat next. Even though the selection is so great my favourites were the butter chicken, nann (they have 3-4 different varieties!), vegetable pakoras, Palak paneer, a lamb curry and the desserts. My only complaint was that the fried items were a little cold, probably because I did go on a Tuesday night and it wasn't that busy but the flavours were still good.

M-F (lunch) - $13.99       Sat-Sun (lunch) - $22.99
M-F (dinner) - $19.99      Fri-Sun (dinner) - $22.99

* This meal was complimentary and all opinions are mine.


Copa by Sea

230 Adelaide Street West

I cannot speak highly enough about Copa by Sea, I've never been so impressed with the quantity and quality of food and service at a buffet. The concept of the buffet is the same as their upstairs restaurant, Copacabana Brazilian Steak House. There's open concept kitchen that lets you see and smell what the chefs are grilling.

There was an endless amount of crab legs, smoked salmon and shrimp cocktail near the bar area but wait, save room for everything else!


The Good Son

1096 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

Southern Fried Chicken, maple waffles & spicy creme fraiche, $15.


Han Ba Tang

4862 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON 

Han Ba Tang is one of the new restaurants in the Yonge and Sheppard area, they opened up this past May serving up Korean fusion tapas. "Han Ba Tang" means "one full round", weather it's one full round of laughter, food or drinks.

The interior of the space has quite the industrial feel with the bare exposed bricks, scrap metal wall and reclaimed wood pieces. The mismatched chairs and lighting give the space somewhat of a warm, cozy atmosphere.My favourite part was the giant custom Han Ba Tang sign right as you walk in.