Toronto’s Best Cortado

Fellow readers, with great enthusiasm I am happy to announce the perfect cup of cortado can be enjoyed at Istanbul Cafe & Espresso Bar. I was once told by a barista at a coffee learning 101 course i was taking, you can never judge a cafe from only one cup of coffee, you need to go at…

Olympia Express Cremina Espresso Machine

Been doing a bit of research, trying to find a great espresso machine to put my studies into practice. What better way to learn than to try it yourself, hands on! I was debating between three machines, all a bit pricey, but are all supposed to create great espresso with beautiful crema! Olympia Espress Cremina…

PRINCE OF WALES HIGH TEA

As an early Mother’s Day celebration, I decided to bring my mom to High tea at Niagara-on-the-Lake. The decor was very nice, old Victorian style, very relaxing view by the windows.   We decided to order Traditional Afternoon Tea ($34.00/person) which included finger tea sandwiches – four selection of gourmet sandwiches; four selection of pastries; and…

A NEW ESPRESSO MACHINE

Hello everyone, I am thinking of getting my very own espresso machine, curious to see what you home baristas think of the Rocket r60v? Any recommendations on grinders as well?

BALZAC’S COFFEE ROASTERS

Not much of a coffee scene near Niagara Falls, what is it with Canadians and cheap coffee. I have always wondered how Tim Horton’s got so famous, is it just because it is cheap, or is it because of it’s sugar water that has a hint of coffee and milk hence, double double…I am confident…

MARKETING TACTICS YOU NEED NOT TO FALL FOR -COFFEE

A few things you may want to be aware of when buying coffee bean, beware of their labels! GRADE The word grade is very important in the commercial world, but in the specialty world it is  rare to use for flavour or quality. Most regions use grading terms to indicate size of the beans. The grade does…

PULLED PORK (SLOW COOKER)

A very delicious and easy recipe i came across, of course adding my own touch to this. Let me know what you think! It would taste a lot better if you could marinade the pork butt roast / shoulder over night before cooking with some of the ingredients listed below. All you need to do…

BEEF POT ROAST (SLOW COOKER)

So I’ve been trying to come up with recipes I can prep at the beginning of the week, so during the weekday cooking won’t take up as much time. This beef pot roast was actually quite delicious. I like to marinade meat overnight anyways, so preparing this at the beginning of the week, and defrosting…

PHO BROTH

I finally learned how to make some delicious pho broth! Healthy and delicious! BROTH 1 whole chicken 1 whole radish 1-3 kg beef leg bone marrow, shank, flap, belly, knuckle bones, beef tendon 1 tbsp palm sugar / rock sugar 1 tbsp salt 2 1/2 tbsp fish sauce water 4 quarts TO TOAST & PUT…

OHN-NO-KAUK SWE (BURMESE CHICKEN SOUP)

This is one of the more popular dishes from Burmese cuisine. Burmese cuisine originated from Burma (now known as Myanmar). It’s cuisine is characterized by extensive use of fish products (fish sauce, ngapi – fermented seafood). This culture’s food was highly influenced by Chinese, Indian and Thai. 125 g vermicelli 2 liters boiling water 600g…

INDONESIAN FRIED RICE (NASI GORENG)

Throughout history, Indonesians adapted from variety of cultures China, India, Malaysia, and Middle East, later also with the Portuguese and Spanish. The Dutch colonized Indonesia for two centuries who’s influence is ingrained in their food and culture. A very tasty dish I must say so myself. 2 cups uncooked long-grain white rice 2 eggs beaten…