Hey everyone! I’m finally back from my extremely long hiatus-due to trying to finish my Undergraduate degree- and now that I’ve officially graduated, I have some time to share with you guys all new content (yay)! To start, I’d like to chronicle my recent stay in Savannah, Georgia – one of my favourite little towns in the South.
Here are some of my favourite and most memorable you-have-to-get-food-here places (in no particular order)
1. Chive Sea Bar and Lounge
Not only does it have a really cool name and a super trendy vintage meets modern chic interior, but this restaurant also has some killer seafood! We (my mother, aunt , and me) had reservations for dinner, but there is also a separate lunch menu. To start, we ordered the lobster and shrimp egg rolls which were amazing and the chive mussels which I was unable to try due to my lactose sensitivity (it contains cream) but I was told it was incredible. We also split an order of oysters, which were very fresh. For our main dish; the three of us split the “catch of the day” which was a grilled local fish -the name of which now escapes me- which came with vegetables. The fish tasted amazing and was so soft and buttery. 10/10 seafood- also the presentation of the dishes was also beautiful.
2. Gryphon Tea Room
Ok, this place is just the most aesthetically pleasing places I’ve ever been in. First of all, the Gryphon Tea Room has a super interesting history; originally it was a family run apothecary (drug store) in the 1920’s and was in operation for decades until the SCAD -the local art college- bought it and sold books out of it for a few years. However, it eventually became the tea room, and it is staffed by students from the college. What’s the most fascinating to me is that the inside is all original and all of the stained glass, ceilings, and even the desks and drawers are all from the original apothecary: complete with the old labels from which the medications were kept. It’s absolutely beautiful inside and the tea is amazing as well. We came in for the afternoon high tea and received cute little tiers of desserts and small sandwiches and we each received our own pot of tea. I had the hot cinnamon spice tea-I’m a sucker for anything with cinnamon-( its like Christmas in your mouth) which was sooo tasty.
3. Leopold’s Ice cream 🍦
If you’re looking for quality hand made ice cream served to you in an adorable retro 1940s looking venue then this is the place for you. Opened in 1919, this restaurant is a Savannah icon and for good reason; the family run ice cream parlour has some of the best tasting ice cream flavours in existence. One of the current owners herself was there when I was in, and she was such a wonderful, sweet person and introduced me to their vegan vanilla ice cream when she learned that I was lactose intolerant. She even brought me sliced mango to put in my ice cream because she said it went well with the vanilla (she was right). I hadn’t been able to have ice cream for years as most ice cream parlours don’t carry lactose free or vegan flavours here in Toronto, so I was so happy that they had a flavour I could enjoy. I had an amazing experience at Leopolds and I’m kind of obsessed with all things retro and cute so the fact that the staff were all dressed in 1950s style aprons and caps made me so happy.
4. Savannah Rae’s Gourmet Popcorn
If you’re obsessed with popcorn like I am then you need a trip to this place at least once in your life. Ok-this place has 150+ flavours of popcorn. It is W-I-L-D, I didn’t even know that you could make that many flavours of popcorn- they have everything from cheese flavoured popcorn to chocolate caramel popcorn to cherry popcorn. I visited this place twice and you better believe I got some cherry popcorn.
5. The Olde Pink House
My favourite old house in Savannah: the Olde Pink House is a gorgeous and reportedly haunted 18th century mansion. Although I didn’t see any ghosts sadly, I did see some quality food- I’ve eaten at the Olde Pink House before and I can assure you that everything on their dinner menu is A +. I recommend eating in the basement or the “tavern” part of the house because it is just so fun; there’s live music, a beautiful antique bar, and it’s completely candlelit. The only drawback of eating in the tavern is that it does get crowded and loud as the tables are small and people tend to crowd around the bar area at night. If you’re looking for a quieter and more intimate evening I suggest eating in the main floor dining area. Either way makes for a beautiful experience.
6. Two Cracked Eggs
One of the best breakfast places that we ate at on our trip, two cracked eggs is a quaint small breakfast/brunch venue which features all the classic breakfast dishes like eggs, pancakes, and French toast. I ordered eggs with avocado (I put avocado on everything) and also had the French toast which was unreal ! Also the food is served inside skillets which is extremely aesthetically pleasing.
7. The Crystal Beer Parlour
Another Savannah staple, the crystal beer parlour has been selling food since the early 1900s when it was a grocery store. It has been a restaurant for 50 + Years now and its walls are decorated with all kinds of old photos and newspaper clippings of Savannah’s history. The staff is extremely friendly and the food is southern comfort food at its best. We all ordered fried shrimp sandwiches which were tasty and I recommend trying their peach cobbler for dessert as well!r
8. The Flying Monk Noodle Bar
I’m obsessed with noodles- crispy noodles, soft noodles, thick noodles, thin noodles- I don’t discriminate. So this restaurant was my own personal heaven. The menu is amazing and contains dozens of different noodle dishes both crispy and soft, which caused me to spend 30 minutes just trying to figure out what to order (everything looked too good). Finally, I decided on a noodle dish called the Na Na noodles with tofu and they were incredible. The portions are fairly large but you better believe I downed that whole dish in 20 minutes. Also, I’m absolutely obsessed with their edamame dumplings and I could eat them everyday for the rest of my life.
If you’ve ever wanted to see a double decker bus that has been converted into a café then I recommend stopping in here. This café serves a large assortment of lattes and coffee based drinks as well as pastries which you can then eat inside an old bus. Staffed by students from the SCAD art college, the venue is fun but also serves up tasty drinks.
10. Café M
Another cute breakfast place is Café M, a quaint little breakfast/ café spot that serves tasty egg croissants, pastries, and other treats. I ordered the fruit oatmeal for my breakfast while my aunt and mother ordered the egg and cheese croissant. The food was delicious and the decor is also lovely.
Had an amazing breakfast with my mom at Cucina Guzzo restaurant which just newly opened in the Vaughan area, north of Toronto. The restaurant is in a quaint little plaza corner and is beautifully decorated, with both rustic and modern elements.
We also decided to split an order of classic pancakes, which was an amazing decision as the pancakes were some of the fluffiest, most delicious pancakes I’ve ever had! They weren’t thick, but they were perfectly soft and mouthwateringly good. I’ve been thinking about those pancakes ever since.
The best part is- breakfast is served all day- meaning I can enjoy those heavenly pancakes at any hour. 😍 I’m already planning my next trip there!
On Saturday morning, I had the pleasure of eating at the adorable Sorelle & co. Cafe at its location in Maple, a city North of Toronto.
I had heard a lot of good things from friends about this bakery & cafe, and about how aesthetically beautiful the interior of it was. Two of my best friends and I decided to try it out, and we arrived around 10 am just as it was opening.
One thing that really stood out to me about this bakery is that everything that is sold there is gluten free. I’m not gluten free myself or anything, but I’ve tried recently to reduce my gluten intake as I have a very mild gluten sensitivity and tend to get a bit bloated when I eat bread/pasta which is hard when you’re Italian.
The cafe is in this gorgeous white clapboard house that looks like something you’d see in a quaint seaside town rather than in a plaza, and it’s outside is abundant with boxes of beautiful white and pink flowers and cute little wrought iron tables and chairs.
The inside of the cafe is gorgeous- large chandeliers on high ceilings, beautifully decorated walls, and lovely patterned sofas. Everything is very modern and chic in shades of white marble and light pink.
One of my friends decided on a blueberry scone, the other ordered a caramel tarte, and I decided on a chocolate crumble cookie. They had a great selection of tea blends, and coffee drinks, and I had a vanilla roobois tea over ice, and my friends had iced drinks as well.
Honestly, I had been expecting gluten free pastries to be very pricey, but for the three of us, 3 pastries and 3 generous sized iced coffee/tea drinks came to about 24 Canadian dollars- which is honestly not terrible considering the prices at places like Starbucks which have a much lesser variety of pastries let alone those that are gluten free.
I really enjoyed the chocolate crumble cookie, and it was very tasty and just the right amount of tender in the middle. My friends also really enjoyed their food as well, and I also really enjoyed my iced tea. The decor is beautiful and the atmosphere is very warm and inviting. I’m just sad that I didn’t order more pastries to try, so I will definitely be returning.
This past weekend to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday my boyfriend and I embarked on a road trip up north to stay at my family’s cottage. Along the way we decided to stop at one of my favourite childhood ice cream spots – “Brainfreezz” which is located in this adorable old tiny town called Thornton . It’s a small little ice cream shop that runs out of an old house and it has been there for quite a while as I’ve been stopping there on summer day trips home from the cottage since I was about 8. They have some of the best ice cream flavours ever and the tastiest waffle cones! They also have amazing yogurt ice cream -which is what I ordered- and they allow you to choose either chocolate or vanilla frozen yogurt and mix it with two kinds of frozen fruit. I opted for vanilla frozen yogurt mixed with raspberries and blueberries in a waffle cone and it was incredible! My boyfriend ordered an ice cream flavour called raspberry cheesecake and he enjoyed it a lot as well.
This food appreciation post is for one of my favourite Korean restaurants in Toronto: Song Cook’s in the Thornhill area.
I always get the vegetable BiBimBap and it is absolutely amazing. The vegetables are so fresh and the food is very authentic. The seafood pancake is a must order starter dish and is very large making it perfect for sharing. I’m vegetarian so I can’t speak for the meat dishes but my dad and brother swear by the kalbi beef ribs with the brown rice.
I highly recommend Song Cook’s, it is the perfect Korean restaurant, the food is amazing, and the staff is very accommodating and even on the restaurants busiest days we’ve always been seated very quickly.