Patios – Toronto – March 30, 2019

Jamaican patties, kimchi potstickers & other Asian & Caribbean specialties in festive digs.

Address: 794 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V1
Website: http://www.patoistoronto.com/

Menu:
1. Jamaican Oxtail – rice and peas, bok choi, crispy shallots
2. Jamaican Patty Double Down – two cocktail patties, bacon, swiss cheese fondue, sriracha
3. Curry Goat Doubles – chick pea masala, shadon beni, fresh pimento pepper, trini style flatbread
4. Dirty Fried Rice – lap cheong, red sausage, cajun trinity, farm egg
5. Cookie Butter French Toast – hong kong style, golden syrup, butter

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Jacobs & Co Steakhouse – Toronto – March 23, 2019

Jacobs & Co Steakhouse blends the timeless steakhouse experience with the sleek modernity of a new generation. The elegant piano bar is a nod to the past, while streamlined yet comfortable décor ensures the experience of every guest is warm and modern. Executive Chef Danny McCallum sources select cuts from the best ranches throughout North America, Australia and Japan, adapting the menu each evening to ensure each guest’s culinary experience reflects the standards that Jacobs is renowned for. A key feature of the dining room is the Dry Aging Room, where each cut is finished to its most perfect state. Guests delve into the fascinating world of steak, selecting their cut by region, age and ranch. Meals are complete with classic choices such as Caesar salads prepared tableside, a raw bar of oysters and chilled seafood, and unpretentious and knowledgeable hospitality. It is no wonder the restaurant is one of Zagat’s top rated in Toronto. Dining at Jacobs & Co never goes out of style.

Address: 12 Brant Street Toronto, ON M5V 2M1
Website: https://jacobssteakhouse.com/

Menu:
1. Parusso 2014, DOCG Barolo
2. Canadian Prime Angus-P.E.I. – 8oz Tenderloin
3. Mushrooms – sauteed mixed varieties
4. Duck Fat French Fried Potatoes –  tarragon

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The Chase – Toronto – March 9, 2019

Beach house-inspired eatery offers a seafood-heavy menu with raw bar & small plates.

Address: 10 Temperance St Fl 1, Toronto, ON M5H 1Y4
Website: https://www.thechasetoronto.com/

1. VENISON – pan roast denver hind, served with venison morcilla, caramelized parsley root, glazed chestnuts, swiss chard, chestnut sponge, red wine & dark chocolate jus
2. FRENCH FRIES – tossed in fresh thyme, toasted in black pepper served with lemon truffle aioli
3. CHOCOLATE – layers of chocolate cake, creamy ganache, peanut butter anglaise & vanilla ice cream & candied peanuts

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Playa Cabana – Toronto – February 9, 2019

Relaxed spot for tacos & burritos, with housemade tortillas & salsa, plus tequila-based cocktails.

Address: 111 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V4
Website: http://playacabana.ca/

1. PLAYA BURRITO – Ancho-braised steak, veggies.
2. TACOS DE POLLO AL CARBON – Guajillo-chipotle marinated free range chicken grilled over coals with fresh mango salsa.
3. CHURROS

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Myato Gastropub – Toronto – November 24, 2018

Myato Gastropub is a Korean fusion restaurant and “Sul Jip” that focuses on both drinks and food, exploring the boundaries of Korean cuisine to provide an enjoyable experience throughout the night.

Address: 549 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6
Website: http://myatogastropub.com/

1. Chamisul Fresh – Soju
2. Kimchi Jeon – in-house vegan kimchi with soy mayo
3. Black Sesame Chicken – fried chicken thigh, soy honey, black sesame powder
4. Crispy Bossam – fried pork belly, ssamjang, in-house kimchi paste
5. New York Cheesecake – in-house blueberry jam

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Missing Pieces

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Good morning.

“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.” – Marcus Aurelius

Current status: cold. small. rummaging around in the dark corners of my mind looking for things I don’t have.

Coveting thy neighbour as a form of self-flagellation. I’ll add that to the list of ways I punish myself. Or can I use it as a form of aspiration?

Nikon D3400
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Good Morning

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“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” – Seneca

If I’m being honest, my aim is pretty scattershot. I feel like I’m just spinning my wheels and not making much progress. And more importantly, not focusing on the important things while allowing myself to become distracted way too easily. Procrastination is an enemy, actually it seems to be something I’m embracing as a form of self-flagellation. This is ingrained behaviour and is proving to be a difficult habit to break. Borderline OCD to the point of it becoming ritualised and therefore a perceived necessity in order to achieve a balanced, “normal” sense of being. I need to replace these rituals with something more productive, but what?

In the meantime, the search for the next job opportunity continues. I really don’t want to go back to that corporate life, but at the same time it may be the best option in order to protect my downside while I sort the rest of it out.

More to come…

Nikon D3400
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