Upper Deck by Fran’s

Upper Deck by Fran’sis a spot I had been wanting to check out for a while now and finally got to see what I was missing. The minute that I walked through the door, it was exactly what I was hoping for. An all-season rooftop restaurant with a lively, fun and friendly atmosphere. The deck was heated and covered by a retractable ceiling but still that rooftop feel. I thought this was such a great idea because even when it is snowing this winter, dining on the roof should not be a problem. I would choose the Upper Deck for a gathering with a large group of friends because it has everything you really need. TV’s surround the bar area, the food is amazing, the service is spectacular, there is a projector screen (perfect for a sports game or award show) and large seating areas (great for big parties).

Another sweet thing about Upper Deck by Frans is that they offer a $5.00 section on the menu. I tried two things on this menu, both which were super tasty.

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Tenderloin Skewers, $5 (from Upper Deck by Fran’s $5 menu) – Beef tenderloin skewers served with a cheese dipping sauce.
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Fried Green Beans, $5 (from Upper Deck by Fran’s $5 menu) – Green beans, battered and deep-fried.

These are both amazing options from the $5.00 menu, but what really had my heart was the burger that I indulged in (not from the $5 menu).

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Legendary Banquet Burger, $13.99 (also available at all Fran’s locations)
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Fran’s founder Francis “Fran” Deck invented this classic – otherwise known as the Bacon Cheeseburger – in 1940 (it was originally called the “Forest Hill Burger”). They recently updated the classic: a half-pound house-made patty topped with Bourbon Maple Bacon and melted Canadian cheddar. All Upper Deck by Fran’s burger patties are freshly-made, in-house, everyday.

Of course, with every great burger there has to be crispy, golden fries!

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While dining here on the Upper Deck @ Frans, we were treated to some mouthwatering milkshakes.

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Chocolate Milkshake and Strawberry Milkshake, $7 (each) – Milkshakes also available at Fran’s

Last but never forgotten, the greatest sweet treat …

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Pecan Pie

Loaded with pecans, baked in a crisp and buttery pie shell.

I really enjoyed my time on the Upper Deck and cannot wait to go back and try the Famous Red Velvet Cheesecake. 

Thank you Gillian and the Team at Fran’s. This was a great evening, I will deffinately be back soon!

Peace Treats – Ossington, Toronto

This weekend, I went to the cutest treat shop @ The Peace Collective store on Ossington. I had seen Peace Treats on Instagram and was attracted to their colourful and fun feed. They specialize in gourmet milkshakes and every month they will be adding a new treat!

Without a doubt, Peace Treats will become the “I have to go here” spot, especially for an Instagram post of these creative milkshake masterpieces. It was visually and tastefully satisfying, I can’t wait to go back and try the other items on the menu. The prices are reasonable for something so heavenly and delicious. I got the Go Shawty It’s Your Birthday and the D.R.E.A.M shakes.

Check out Peace Treats on 131 Ossington Ave.

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Té – Toronto

This Monday, I ate at Té; a tapas style restaurant. Té demonstrates its Asian and American influences, when it comes to the food and drinks.  I tried a number of things on the menu, which were all amazing and super fresh. The owners of the restaurant, Grace and Tina were both very nice and helpful when it came to choosing the most popular dishes. Té has only been open for a few months and are off to a great start.They are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late nights and have a wide variety of menu options.


I absolutely loved the style and white layout that the restaurant had, the look of the marble table makes everything look so clean. Our beautiful table was located at the front and was big enough for about six people. There is also an outdoor area out back and more tables at the end of the restaurant.

 

We tried a few of the cocktails, which were all so unique and delicious. My favorite was the Green Té Mojito, I thought it was so refreshing and just the perfect summer drink. The Chai Milk Té was amazing too, but I feel would go better with desert. We also tried The Spicy Chai, which I loved because anything with ginger is awesome! The drinks are priced fairly, around $10 a cocktail. I would for sure go back just for the drinks alone.

I fell involve with Kimchi Ravioli! I have never heard of Kimchi Ravioli in my life, it was so perfectly done… I was very impressed. Just the right about of crispness on the outside, spice from the kimchi and creaminess from the ricotta. I could have eaten the entire plate of these, one of my top menu picks @ Té. Also, tried the Braised Pork Crostini which was really flavourful and filling.

 


These were both really good, The Braised Beef Poutine was another favorite of mine that evening. This is a must have and great to share with others, as it is pretty heavy. The gravy on it has a flavour that I can’t quite put my finger on, but leaves you wanting more.


This was another one of my faves, everything about it was so good! The dough balls are made out of asian steamed rice, which I haven’t seen done before. This had a spicy tomato sauce with mozzarella cheese. This reminded me of Gnocchi pasta, with an asian twist to it. I loved this dish and next time I go back, this will be the first thing I re-order.

 

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Bulgogi Sliders

The Bulgogi sliders were the perfect combination of Asian and American inspired ingredients. The meat on the slider was juicy and seasoned just right! This was topped with a quail egg and a savory wasabi mayo.
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Overall, Té is an awesome choice for a night out with friends and family. They have such a creative menu and have not seen anything like it before. I would highly recommend ordering the “pizza” that they make, it was one of a kind. I can’t wait to go back with a group of friends for brunch , would love to try The Huevos Mash-up ( SOUNDS SO GOOD).

Thank you Grace and Tina for an amazing evening Té Toronto. Keep up the excellent work!

Basil Box – Toronto

This past Monday, I visited Basil Box @ Ryerson University . I had been eyeing this place for a while now and everything looked so yummy on their Instagram account. Going out for Asian inspired dishes is my favourite. The style of the restaurant is build your own meal style, which I love! Customizing my options is great because sometimes I can get a little picky sometimes. You begin with a base for your bowl. The options are noodles, rice or greens. Next you add in your veggie options, proteins and last sauces and toppings.

What I really love most about Basil Box, is that there options for any type of diet. Every option on the menu is Gluten Free (Sauces and all). I love this because most places only have one or two options for those who are Gluten free. There are also options for those dairy free or vegan as well.

All the employees are super friendly and helpful. One worker, Phoebe was assisting us was awesome and very polite! Everything is super clean and organized at the Basil Box and is a pretty big space. You can get your food to go if you are in a hurry or are pressed for time. This is a great place to grab lunch quick while at school and honestly have enough to eat later on in the day also.  The bowls are filling and  affordable. If I went to Ryerson, I would probably be here everyday.

I have honestly found my new obsession, I am so glad that I tried Basil Box and wish I had tried it sooner.

Thank you BASIL BOX for the delicious food!
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Impact Kitchen – Toronto

This is a place I had been meaning to go to for a while now and was really excited about taking my Gluten Free boyfriend here. This is because their entire menu is Gluten Free friendly and there is so much to choose from. I was introduced to Impact Kitchen through Instagram and thought this would be a good place to try out with someone that has a Gluten Free diet and see how they like it too.

We went this Saturday around 1:30 for a late lunch and ordered a few things. We each ordered a “Power Bowl” and shared a salad. Surprisingly there was a lot of food, usually I find that healthy food restaurants still leave me hungry. I was honestly full until dinner that evening and felt amazing throughout the day. We ordered two different bowls the Asian Rainbow Slaw and the Zesty Mexican. They were both amazing, although I liked the Slaw better.. Just felt like it was more my kind of meal. The salad we chose was the Beet Citrus Salad, which was so refreshing on such a hot day. I loved the salad and would honestly eat one everyday if Impact was closer to my house. Everything we got was very good and I highly recommend ordering them when you check them out.

I loved the atmosphere of Impact Kitchen, just made me feel really healthy and fresh. Its super clean in there and the servers really make you feel at home. This is a place that a lot of athletes come to eat because the menu is so pure and healthy. They use local farmers for the menus ingredients and don’t use processed foods, which is great!
I can’t wait to go back to impact Kitchen and try out some new things. I really did love it here and is a great place for anyone who is Gluten Free or just wanting something healthy and fresh to eat.

Check out Impact Kitchen

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Coffee Bar
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Salad, Slaw, Mexican
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Asian Rainbow Slaw
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Zesty Mexican
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Beet Salad

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El Catrin – Toronto 

We were first introduced to this place years ago by a friend and fell INLOVE with the food and atmosphere! El Catrin is in the Distillery District in Toronto and is my favorite restaurant there.  
The wait is always long so it’s best to make reservations beforehand, especially if you have a larger party. Last night we waited for about 40 minutes but it is always worth it.

 El Catrin is a tapas style dining experience, which means that you kinda just order a few things and share them amongst the group your with. Adam and I normally get the Grande Guacamole, which the server mashes in front of the table. We also ordered the a tun civeche with watermelon, which we had never tried before. This was amazing and so fresh. This dish is big enough for two people to try and came with house made tortilla chips.

 I ordered the Baja fish tacos, which we could not share because they were not gluten free. These seemed to be very popular (everyone around us were ordering them) and sounded pretty good, so decided to try them. They were really good but way to heavily battered for me. I don’t think I would get them again, expecially if I am eating them alone. They are very heavy, saucey and a bit over fried for my liking. Adam got some corn tortilla tacos with pork. Have no idea what they were called 😁 but they looked really good and wish I got those instead. 
Overall, everything was amazing and we can’t wait to go back. The patio was just as great as inside! 

Check out @ EL CATRIN TORONTO 

    
    
    
 

The Chase 

In May, I went to a restaurant called The Chase. My friend took me here because she had been before and really liked it. We sat on the rooftop and it was a bit chilly outside, but we didn’t really mind. 

The rooftop and inside of the restaurant are both super nice and I would love to go back now that the weather is better. We ordered the parmasean fries and I got a pretty yummy salad. We also shared an avocado and shrimp roll. The food was very good and I was obsessed with the fries!  

The prices were decent, not cheap but also not the most expensive place I’ve been too.  The fries were the best things I ordered, for the price. Portions are also not very big either but food quality is good.

Super nice place to go for a birthday or celebration. Will for sure go back. 
Check out The Chase

  
    
 

Sushitto on the road.

A while back , I stalked down the Sushitto truck in downtown Toronto. I had been wanting to try these sushi burrito after I saw them getting really popular in other major cities. I took my boyfriend and we both got different sushi burritos, Spicy salmon and Regular salmon. They were both amazing but, I liked the one he got better (seems like that always happens).

To catch the Sushitto truck, its best to follow the Instagram page closely because they change their location a lot. They sell out really quick so its best to get there before the opening time. The food is absolutely amazing and was so worth the money. Very impressive for such a small work space!

Check out SUSHITTO 😍

OIKOS Creations

A while back, Oikos Greek yogurt delivered  me a beautiful package of their products!
I never got round to posting this because I ate everything so quickly, and it really just slipped my mind. Have still been getting used to this whole blogging thing. Anyway, a while back, Oikos sent me this wonderful gift to feature on my Instagram and blog so that I can try out some of their new flavors. Not only did they include tons of yogurt, they also added tastes of the Greek Islands and fresh fruits to create the best Oikos snack! I was very impressed with the team from Oikos and can’t thank them enough.

Greek yogurt is an excellent way to get in the extra protein on the go. My favourite flavors were the chocolate banana and the coconut one. I love having yogurt in my smoothies or even just with some granola and fruit. Oikos products are absolutely amazing and especially for summer, you can make some healthy popsicles out of them!

Thank you again Oikos Creations  👅

Mamma Chia

I currently have a new obsession with Mamma Chia products! I recently received a box of stuff from them and have really been enjoying most of the snacks. I like the Chia Squeezes, they come in many flavors and are to perfect snack when Im in a rush. At first the texture takes some getting used to because its kind of jelly like. These pouches are super high in omega 3s, so I really recommend adding something like this to your diet. All of the flavours are super yummy but my favorite was the Strawberry banana squeeze!

You can order these healthy, affordable, to go snacks HERE!

THANK YOU AGAIN MAMMA CHIA 🙊

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