Sunday Salon: Summerlicious, Part 1

July 17, 2011

This week and next, for the first time, I’m taking part in Summerlicious. It’s a food festival that happens city-wide every July here in Toronto.

It’s been tasty, and as of this writing (Friday morning, before I go to my Lasik appointment and am banned from the computer for a day or more), I’ve eaten at three different places. I managed to take pictures of almost everything, so here they are for your viewing – and drooling – pleasure!

(As always, you can click on any picture to see a larger version.)

1st Stop: Lunch at Frank Restaurant @ AGO

Alright, for starters … look at the cute little sea shell that we got salt in!

For my appetizer, I got the seafood ceviche:

white shrimp, calamari and octopus with avocado, lime and fried corn tortillas

It was pretty tasty – not too much cilantro (I have a genetic thing where it just tastes like soap to me), and I even got to try octopus for the first time! Surprisingly, the texture of that weirded me out less than the texture of the calamari, which I’ve had numerous times before.

For the main course, I got this puppy:

grilled lamb burger on an onion bun with babaghanoush, grilled red onions and tabouleh salad

To be honest, it could’ve been better. Originally, the lamb burger was advertised on the Summerlicious menu (on the website) as being on rosemary focaccia. Well, let me tell you, an “onion bun” is just really disappointing after that, even if you knew it was coming that way when you ordered it. Plus! There were no condiments on the burger (or given to you on the side) except the thin smear of babaghanoush on the bun! Plus, I didn’t like the tabouleh … though I usually don’t, so that’s not much of a surprise.

What really made up for it, though, was the dessert:

sour cherry and almond cobbler with amaretto crème fraiche

Words cannot properly describe how tasty that guy was. Mmm.

2nd Stop: Lunch @ The Bier Markt

As my appetizer, I had the Country Pâté:

sour pickle, plum compote, Bistro bread, Dijon mustard

It was pretty tasty, though the plum compote just didn’t seem to fit.

For my main course, I had the Markt Fish and Frites, made up of “panko crusted fillets of sole, rémoulade, Markt frites”; it was tasty, but nothing to write home about. Apparently so much so that I forgot to photograph the dish. *blush*

What really made my day, though, was the lemon tart I had for dessert.

lemon crème, shortbread crust, French vanilla ice cream, strawberry & calamansi coulis, coconut tuile

That puppy? Pure awesome-ness.

As was the little statue by the door that I spotted on our way out:

3rd Stop: Dinner at Southern Accent

First of all? You totally had to see this place to believe it. I went with Amy, and we spent a good chunk of the evening gaping at the decor. It was kind of like a kindergartner had been given free reign with a bunch of shiny objects. It sort of … worked … in a weird way, but still.

Also with the weirdness, our table bread came with hummus:

As an appetizer, both of us had:

alligator in a picante creole sauce served with hush puppies

For the main course, I had a very tasty Canal Street Creole Jumbalaya:

highly seasoned rice combination of chicken, smoked ham, andouille sausage, rice and tomatoes, served on top of seared collard greens with garlic grilled tiger shrimp and Creole sauce

And finally, for dessert, I had the N’Awlins Bread Pudding:

with apples, pecans and raisins served with bourbon sauce

Looks kinda like meatloaf, but I swear it was tasty.

5 Comments

  • Amy July 17, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Ahhh Southern Accent really was hilariously awesome decor and very tasty food. Especially the alligator 😀 Can’t wait till next week!

  • Deb Nance at Readerbuzz July 18, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Yum. What a wonderful idea for summer!

    Here’s my Sunday Salon: In Which I Travel to Bhutan and the North Pole, with a Stop at a Convenience Store in Brooklyn. I hope you will stop by. Also, don’t forget to enter my July Giveaway.

  • Robyn July 18, 2011 at 9:39 am

    What a great event. Looks like some good eating. I just read about how many people taste cilantro as soapish, which explains a lot of people’s aversion to it, but is quite sad.

  • softdrink July 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I’d be happy with just the desserts. 😀

    • Carina July 26, 2011 at 12:04 am

      Actually, the desserts were the best part in every single case. Seriously. They all wowed with the desserts. (Part of how I gained 10 pounds this month … eek.)

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