Evergreen Brickworks Sunday Market

Growing up, I always had a field trip to Evergreen Brickworks, to learn about the eco-friendly and sustainable initiatives. I’ve only been to the main buildings and never got a chance to venture further into the Don Valley Brick Works Park or the Belt Line Trail.

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I finally got the chance to do so, this past Sunday and made my mom come with me. I didn’t realize that I’m not much of a walker, after an hour I was quite tired. I was secretly waiting for the market to open so I could get a bite to eat.

There were many vendors, mainly food vendors but there were clothing, jams & honey, fresh produce, maple syrup and even children’s books.

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I literally wanted everything from quesadillas to passion fruit juice. There were so many food choices to choose from.

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Mom and I settled for a tomato and zucchini tapioca crepe. We were surprised by how the dried tapioca powder cooked on the skillet and turned into solid without adding water. It was lovely and fresh. And the tapioca crepe was light and not leaving my stomache heavy.

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I would totally recommend exploring Evergreen brickworks and the Sunday market. Check out the website here.


Taco 101

Quirky and cute! That basically sums up this taco joint, located near Yonge-Dundas Square. And today was the perfect day to enjoy a variety of tacos while looking out at the not-so-busy Dundas St East.

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It was just my mom and I, so we decided to order three different types of tacos and a side of beans and chips. From top right and going clockwise: fish, chicken adobado and nopal.  I really enjoyed the chicken, it was nicely marinated and moist. I wasn’t crazy about the fish, although I could taste the freshness. The nopal (vegetarian) was marinated pickled green beans, not bad too. I originally wanted to order the al pastor (pork) but it wasn’t ready.  We almost couldn’t finish the beans and chips. I was slightly disappointed as the beans were black beans, not pinto beans (as stated on the website’s menu). We also had a bottle of cold lime soda. Refreshing! Everything was cheap, totaling to $20$.

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I love the seating view, as you can look out to the street and strangers crossing. It wasn’t a hot day so it was just perfect for a spot of lunch.

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Click here for Taco 101’s website.

Pai Toronto

PAI PAI PAI! FINALLY! I’ve heard so many good things about Pai, a Thai restaurant located near the financial district.  I took my mom here on Saturday around 3pm and it was quite busy. We both didn’t have a proper lunch, so it was lunch and dinner combined (we had a shopping date planned for later on), it was dunch or linner for us.

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We hardly have fancy meals together, so I kinda treated myself to a lemongrass tea. The lemongrass flavour was subtle and definitely too much simple syrup.

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We couldn’t decide what to order and I didn’t do research before arriving, so we asked our waiter what the popular dishes were. We got Grabong (fried strips of squash), Pad Thai (stir fried noodles) and Khao Soi (curry noodles).

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Grabong: it was too much for two people. Lots of squash fritters with a sweet tamarind dipping sauce…I was bored of eating it when we devoured half.

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The Khao Soi was the most disappointing. There were lots of beef in the curry and little noodles and they anything special. It was just wide wonton (egg) noodles and very salty. The curry did have coconut flavour, but I don’t remember any other flavours that stood out.

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The Pad Thai was ok. The presentation was nice, everything seems to be served on a banana (?) leaf.  The lime helped bring out the flavour and cut some of the spiciness (we got medium).  The Pad Thai was salty.

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The atmosphere here is lit. The restaurant is located downstairs,  having minimum natural light from windows, it was a low lit restaurant, with lots of banners and flags hanging in the dining area. Along the wallk, at the bar, it reminds me of my dad’s workshelf in the garage, just filled with bottles and whatnot. Friendly vibe and surprisingly, many young families too. 

Looking in to the restaurant…

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You can opt to sit on the floor.  I wish I’d seen that when we walked in.

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So what’s the big deal? I don’t even know myself, but I’m guessing that people like the vibe and of course the food. What a perfect match!
Click here for Pai’s website.