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Month: January, 2013

Eat Out: The Village Cafe

With the ultimate goal of eating at every [good] restaurant I can, I plan on documenting some of my experiences along the way on here.  I’ll be giving these restaurant adventure entries the “Eat Out” tag and rating the experience on a scale from 1 (shit) to 10 (life-altering).

I’m by no means a writer, food connoisseur or any sort of qualified to comment on the quality of food BUT I will do so anyway and post some yummy lookin’ pictures as well.

Disclaimer: I’m sorry but the first entry in this “Eat Out” series will be fairly boring but I promise to improve with time.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of eating at The Village Cafe in the trendy Westboro neighbourhood.  This is a small, casual, and cute restaurant that serves fairly simple but fresh food.

Photo cred: inanutshell.ca

Photo cred: inanutshell.ca

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Heavenly hummus

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen’s version but originally from Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi.

Termed “Ethereally smooth hummus” by SK, I have renamed this delightful treat “Heavenly hummus” because this is exactly what I thought when I tasted it, plus I like alliteration.

It’s a very simple hummus recipe but one [tedious] trick makes all the difference.  It’s so damn good.

Heavenly hummus

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Couscous “grown-up” mac n’ cheese

Here is a new experiment that I was motivated to try because I’ve been looking for a way to add nutritional yeast flakes (I’m going to call them #NYFs… yes, get it trending) to a recipe.  I recently found out that I’m low in vitamin B12 and these friendly organisms (inactivated/dead, don’t worry!) are a great source of this.

From the always accurate Wikipedia: Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast (often Saccharomyces cerevisiae) … sold in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder similar in texture to cornmeal … found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores [I found it in a regular grocery store] … is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins … is a complete protein … is naturally low in fat and sodium … is free of sugar, dairy, and gluten … has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy … is often used by vegans in place of cheese … another popular use is as a topping for popcorn [CANNOT WAIT to try this!]. 

#NYFs baby, you feel me?

#NYFs baby, you feel me?

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Ultimate oats

Here is a hearty oatmeal recipe that will literally keep you full all day – no joke.  It’s my favourite breakfast and is one of the reasons I probably wouldn’t make it on the Paleo diet.

Banana + currant version of oats... get in ma belly.

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Dancing with the dinosaurs

Mellow lineup for those who failed at buying tickets in advance.

The d-floor... I spot Sarah and Theresa twerking it out.

The d-floor… I spot Sarah and Theresa twerking it out.

Last night some friends and I attended the first ever Nature Nocturne at the Canadian Museum of Nature.  This is a brand new evening event aimed at getting boatloads of hipsters into the museum for drinking, eating and dancing.

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