Sunday Lunch at M’s (Part 1)

After six years of knowing M, I finally went to her house. We went grocery shopping after she picked me up. We decide, or she did, that we would have grilled salmon, lettuce and strawberries with balsamic vinegar and rosemary potatoes. I was pretty excited to be cooking with her…for many reason that if I explain you would be bored of me and not continue on with reading the rest of this post.

We went to Loblaws to pick up groceries; boston lettuce, Szechwan sauce (below), baby potatoes, salmon, pomegranate juice, sparkling water and strawberries (along with other items that M needed).

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Lunch was pretty simple to prepare. M smeared the Asian sauce on the piece of salmon and put it on the barbeque to cook.

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While she did that, I sliced the strawberries into somewhat even pieces and washed the lettuce. M finished making the salad, mixing the sliced strawberries and lettuce, topping it off with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

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This was pretty neat. It’s basically an enclosed net that you place your food in to prevent from the outdoor bugs.

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I always learn something from M. She boiled the potatoes on the stove top with fresh rosemary from her garden. When the potatoes were tender, she finished cooking them on the barbeque, just to get that charred flavour.

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And for drinks, we basically had  pomegranate juice with sparkling water. M might think I’m a big eater, but I finished the salad and potatoes. :9

Part 2 will be posted in the new few days. Keep an eye out!

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Homemade Tacos (my version)

Last week, I had a good friend over for lunch. We decided to make homemade tacos. I’m not familiar with traditional mexican food, never mind tacos. But I guess I’ve developed a Western style of making tacos.

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The ingredients are really basic: flour tortillas, your choice of ground meat/ poultry (beef, chicken, pork), chopped lettuce and fresh parsley, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, diced tomatoes and avocados. I used ground chicken breasts. And I (somewhat) followed this recipe to season the chicken when cooking it. If you don’t have all the spices that the recipe calls for, tweak it accordingly; I only had chilli powder and cumin. It depends on your taste buds; some like it spicier or less flavourful. Make sure to taste in the cooking process.

When ready to serve, pile everything on a warm tortilla.

Why this menu works?
1. It’s a friendly and hands-on experience. If you have more than one guest coming over; give them something to do; they can dice the tomatoes, chop the lettuce and or shred the cheese.
2. Cleaning up (dishes) is easier compared to others; it’s mainly the prep-ing that takes the most kitchen tools and dishes.

E N J O Y ! : )

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Joey’s at Yorkdale

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I’ve been to Joey’s a couple of times and since they have locations all over the GTA, it’ safe to say that I’ve been to 3 of 4 locations. They have approximately the same menu items, the looking at the locations I’ve been to, and it hasn’t changed one bit (it’s a good thing)!

This location, Joey at Yorkdale Mall isn’t my favourite, as they have a small patio that looks out to the mall’s parking lot. But the two-floored restaurant is bound to attract you in some way. They have a bar lounge as well as a dinner area that has a different atmosphere, depending on where you’re seated.

The menu basically suits everyone..I think, as it’s filled with a variety of different foods; steak, sushi, salads, sandwiches, burgers, tacos etc.

I met my university friend, O, for lunch, since I’m on Summer break and she’s done her undergrad. It’s been a while since I saw her, April of 2013.

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I ordered the Bombay Butter Chicken. It was delicious, as always. Though I wish there was more rice. : (

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O had a Crispy Chicken Sandwich, she said the mayo was a tad spicy.

Both our orders was less than $20 each. And we were definitely full after finishing what was on our plate. It might have been a busy day, but I don’t recall our waiter coming to our table and asking if we needs anything or how our food was. But nevertheless, he was nice, and presented himself with a warming welcome.

Joey’s will always be a restaurant that I’ll never say no too (unless I have an unpleasant experience, NOT yet though, thankfully!).

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