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!
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:
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:
Words cannot properly describe how tasty that guy was. Mmm.
2nd Stop: Lunch @ The Bier Markt
As my appetizer, I had the Country Pâté:
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.
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:
For the main course, I had a very tasty Canal Street Creole Jumbalaya:
And finally, for dessert, I had the N’Awlins Bread Pudding:
Looks kinda like meatloaf, but I swear it was tasty.