Restaurant Diaries: Taste of Greek Cuisine

Taste of Greek Cuisine | 3541 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto, ON | 416.283.9573
Taste of Greek Cuisine | 3541 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto, ON | 416.283.9573

Firstly, I will apologize for the terrible photos. It was really dark outside and my iPhone was being a jerk. So these are the best shots I could get.

Taste of Greek Cuisine is one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to, especially in Toronto. I’ve gone to this restaurant for many years when they were located at Kingston Road and Lawrence Avenue East in Scarborough. However, a year or so ago they moved locations. The new place took long to open and was in a shady plaza, so D and I never bothered to check it out. But after the terrible experience we had at Astoria (read about it here), I was adamant to find a new Greek restaurant that served proper Greek food, instead of the crap Astoria was serving.

Driving around last weekend, trying to figure out what we were going to have for dinner, I remembered that the step-daughter of the owner’s of Taste of Greek Cuisine had mentioned that they had reopened and the food was still delicious. So, I convinced D to check it out. The area is a bit shady and so is the plaza the restaurant is in and they’ve downsized a lot compared to the old place. But the interior is nicely done, the service is exceptional as always and the food was just amazing.

As we walked in, the owner automatically recognized us as past customers from his other location and greeted us smiling and cheerfully. He sat us at our table and brought garlic bread and our drinks. Yum! Their garlic bread is always a treat but completely fills you up even before your appetizers arrive, so I try to only take a small piece.

Garlic Bread
Garlic Bread

A long time ago, D and I realized that we could not share a saganaki. So, every time we went to this restaurant, we ordered 2 saganakis and one entree to share. You can’t just share a saganaki, especially when it’s your favourite appetizer.

Saganaki
Saganaki
Greek Salad
Greek Salad

And as always, the saganaki was fantastic! I just love the experience of the sizzling plate, the flambé and then the yelling of “Opa”! You truly cannot enjoy Greek food without the “Opa!”

Fish and Chip
Fish and Chip

We decided not to order souvlaki this time, as the bread, salad and saganki had already filled us up. Instead, we shared a plate of fish and chips. Yum-my! The fish was perfectly cooked, soft and flaky on the inside and deliciously seasoned and crispy on the out. The chips were lightly seasoned and complimented the fish perfectly. I wasn’t too fond of the tartar sauce; it was slightly on the sweet side and didn’t give that tangy flavour as it should. However, the meal was delicious; just the way you expect your meal to be.

For $60 (taxes and tip included), I think you can’t get better Greek food in this city than this! I’m so glad D and I overlooked the neighbourhood and decided to check this place out, again. They deliver as well, so if I don’t want to brave the neighbourhood or plaza again, I could order and enjoy the deliciousness in the convenience of my home and so could you!

Check out their website, HERE or drop-in and try this amazing little, family owned restaurant. I promise you, you and your tastebuds will not be disappointed!

Ni’s 32nd Month Birthday Letter

Happy 32nd Month Birthday, baby girl!

I know mommy has been absolutely terrible at writing your birthday letters the past couple of months. But so much has been going on that mommy just forgets. I’m sorry darling!

You’ve started a new pre-school and are growing into such a beautiful little girl. You also started your terrible twos! So, you’ve been quite the handful these past couple of months. You throw tantrums and toys across the house. You yell and pinch and cry if you don’t get your way. But you’re not all that terrible. You give the sweetest hugs and kisses all the time. You hold mine and daddy’s hand and jump up and down. You say, “I love you” and “good morning/night”. You mostly always say please and thank you; which makes me so proud of how polite you are.

You are growing up so quickly, my darling. With only a couple of months left until your third birthday, I am uncertain of how time has flown by so quickly. But know that no matter how old you get, mommy and daddy will love you dearly and you’ll always be our little angel.

Here are some pictures of the past couple of months I missed to write birthday letters to you about.

Lunch date with mommy!
Daddy and you went raspberry picking with your pre-school.
Hari and I went grocery shopping and you were with us. while we put away the rest of the groceries, you found your way into the strawberries ans ate half the box. there were strawberries everywhere!
You and daddy; hand-in-hand. Our trip to costco
Liat came down for a visit and decided to pick you up after daycare. The two of you are always all giggles and kisses.
My little diva ready for an evening out with mommy! You are such a little poser.
You love roasted sweet corn: at the taste of the Danforth.
You and me playing with the bubble gun Jia got for you, at the taste of Danforth.
My little Indian princess, all dressed up to go with Nani and Nanu to the temple.
Sunday morning shenanigans with daddy. All he wanted was to take a little nap but you turned him into your horsey.
At the end of the night after a long day at CNE, you decided you would finally sit in your stroller, holding all the toys mommy won for you!

Your Weekly Dose Of Funny

Happy Friday, my darlings! Hope your week has been better than mine started out to be. Monday and Tuesday I was home sick with possible food poisoning. To add to the pain, a clusterfuck started between me and two of my closest friends (as you probably noticed from my post on Monday). I was betrayed by one that I thought of as my best friend. 

The rest of the week was pretty much a write-off and push to get to the weekend. So here we are, Friday morning! I’m anticipating a fun, clusterfuck-free weekend and to set the mood, here’s your weekly dose of funny! Hope your weekend is fun-filled and clusterfuck-free.

   
    
    
    
   

Never Put More Faith In Someone Than They Deserve

197075_1291417941423_5872494_nSometimes people come in our lives and immediately become one of the most important people you’ll ever meet. You become so close to them, trust them with your deepest, darkest secrets and rely on them to be everything you were lacking in your life.

You trust them with everything you are and give them so much importance. But sometimes, these people take the importance you are giving them for granted. They treat you with disrespect and are mean at times, but because you have made them out to be so important in your life that you overlook all the terrible things they say or do. You ignore the fact that they are verbally and emotionally hurting you. It’s like you’ve got an imaginary blindfold over your eyes. You see everything they are doing, but you don’t let it bother you because they are your friend, they are important, they are everything and everyone you rely on.

But you are nothing for them. You don’t have any importance in their life. You are just another person they meet and talk to. They continue to be mean to you and say things that should hurt you. But you ignore it all. You continue on with your ignorance and stupidity.

Until one day, everything explodes. All secrets are unveiled. All lies told. All truths opened. The world around you shatters. The walls cave in and you are left defenceless, helpless, vulnerable and exposed. With nowhere to turn, you face the reality of your ignorance and are hit head-on with things you never thought others would know.

Here I am today; completely exposed. So, what do I do next? Any suggestions? Because today, I am completely lost. I put my life and trust in the hands of a friend, that betrayed me in the worst possible way. It was my fault, I admit it. It was all my fault. But what do I do now?

Restaurant Diaires: Bar Milano

A friend suggested we take a stroll along the harbour front last weekend and so we did. We were all hungry as none of us had dinner yet. The new harbour front, here in Toronto, is stunning. It’s the perfect place to spend endless summer nights. There is always so much happening there too.

With the transformation of the harbour front have come a few top notch restaurants; Bar Milano and Watermark. By the time we walked the strip, Watermark was already closed. So we ended up having dinner at Bar Milano. The atmosphere is beautiful and the patio even more so as it looks out to lake Ontario.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take photos of all the food we ate because I was so turned off from the service we received by the time the appetizers arrived; I just didn’t have it in me to care further. But the appetizers we did try, were absolutely delicious.  

Cauliflower fritters and barbecue glazed chicken wings on a white sauce. Both of those dishes were to die for. Absolutely delicious!

I had a Pepperoni Gino pizza as my entree and to be honest, for a restaurant that calls themselves Italian, they suck at making pizzas. My pizza was undercooked and soggy. If that didn’t ruin my night, the service just added fuel to the fire.

My two and a half year old daughter was with us, she wasn’t offered a drink or plate. It was a chilly night and her nose was running an ocean. When I asked the waitress the fourth time to get me some napkins for my daughter, she said sure and disappeared into the restaurant. I finally was annoyed enough that I got up, walked up to the bar and ripped a piece of paper towel sitting on the counter. The bartender gave me a snarky look but I just smiled back and rolled my eyes and walked away.

Fifteen minutes later, the waitress returned with paper towel, not apologizing once for the delay. How could she? She was standing by the bar yapping away with another waitress while her customers waited impatiently.

When the food was served, not by Ms. Yappy, but another server, I asked him for a plate and straw and glass of water for my daughter; which he did bring ten minutes after we had already gotten into our food.

Here’s my verdicts: if you’re looking for appetizers that are delicious, bad entrees, incompetent service; then this is the place to blow your $150 for 4 adults and a child. Needless to say, I will not be returning or suggesting friends and family visit this place, I’d be too embarrassed of the outcome of their experience!

When Trust Is Broken

  Why is trust such a fragile part of a relationship? Whether it be a friendship, a love between two people or a relationship between siblings or other family members; trust is what each relationship is built on. The foundation of every relationship is trust, then respect. 

If trust is broken, the relationship cracks. You can try putting the pieces back together. But no matter how hard you try to cover them up, the cracks still appear. No matter how many times the person says sorry, it doesn’t heal your broken heart. As much as you want, you cannot forget why the other person has done, you cannot look past the crack they have made in your relationship. 

You want to say so much to them, cry and scream. But what is the point? The damage is already done. 

So do you pick up the pieces of your relationship and try to rebuild that trust again or do you sweep away the pieces and move on with your life? A million questions run through your mind. You’ve been betrayed. You feel at loss for words and emotions. You’re crying because you don’t know how else to let out the storm that has built up inside you. 

Forgiveness is easy. But how do you forget? How do you trust again? Should you even? So many questions, but not an answer in sight. 

Your Weekly Dose Of Funny

Happy Friday, lovelies! I started my new job on Monday and it’s been quite the week; lots of training, reading, learning and even laughing. My new colleagues are great. But I do miss some of my old ones. I’ve kept in touch with some of them, so it’s not too bad. But when you’re the new person, it takes time getting to know who you’re going to become friends with and who you’re not.

All-in-all, it’s been a good week. But I am so looking forward to the weekend!

Let’s start your Friday off with some funnies and set the mood for the weekend ahead. TGIF & HAGW! xoxo


  
  
  
  
  

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