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Eating all the dumplings @ Kiin

So, we’re hanging out at Kiin, this funky little Thai joint in the Entertainment District. Now, you won’t find any pad thai or satay skewers at this place — they specialize in Royal Thai cuisine, the kind of food that’s fit for a king (just don’t say anything bad about him on Facebook, bro!)

But, even if I won’t get 35 years in the slammer for giving this place a bad review, I gotta say, it was one of the best meals I’ve had in a little while! We’re starting things off with their famous Roy Thai dumplings, a little four-pack of flavour nuggets in Flavourtown:

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Everybody Miang Kung tonight! This first dumpling packs shallots, ginger, coconut, peanuts, red chili and tamarind sauce into a betel leaf, then sticks a shrimp on top!!!

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This Mha Hor dumpling tasted kinda like a mini little Eat-More bar! It’s a combination of sweet pickled turnip, peanuts, coriander and red chili served on top of a pineapple — you could put this on a pizza, and it would still taste good!!!! 😛

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The Chor Ladda was definitely the purdiest of the bunch, but also maybe the least tasty. This vegan, gluten-free nugget packs peanuts, onions, pickled radish and coconut into a jasmine-rice-flour dumpling. You definitely get the texture of the peanuts and coconut, but this dish is definitely not Flavourtown!!!

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Let me see that Thoong Thong… We’re saving the best for last with this Thoong Thong dumpling, stuffed with chicken, shrimp and chives in a wonton wrap, with a garlic plum sauce, served on top of a cucumber — dude, I could polish off a whole rack of these babies!!!

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But you KNOW we didn’t just come here to eat dumplings, bro!!! This beef short rib is TheBomb.th — super-tender, fall-off-the-bone beef served in a tasty coconut curry. Man, I could take a bath in that sauce, son!!!!

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Of course, even after licking that bowl clean, I’ve still got room for dessert — dessert roti, actually! This crunchy Thai flatbread is drenched with condensed milk for a nice sweetness. I probably didn’t need to eat, like, five of these, though…

Eating all the meats @ Hibachi Teppanyaki & Bar

Now, you KNOW I’m all about that Japanese flattop action, bro! Whether it’s steak and chicken and shrimp (oh my!) at Yamato or AYCE Christmas dinner @ Matsuda, I’ll be there with flip-flops on, son! So when I heard that Hibachi, this funky joint inside the Thompson Hotel, was serving up filet mignon, lobster, salmon AND chicken for 45 bucks, I totally had to come check it out!!!!

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Of course, just like any teppanyaki joint, when you pay for dinner, you get the show for free. His flaming onion tower action was a little weak, but the Iron Chef still kept us entertained.

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So, we’re starting off with lobster tails, grilled till they fall outta the shell, and chopped up into forkable chunks. I think I still like my lobster boiled, but that garlic sauce they serve with it is ridiculous!

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Moving on from the chicken of the sea to…y’know, actual chicken. This bird is the word was nicely grilled, with the right amount of teriyaki sauce — but I’m sure that nobody comes here for the chicken!

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Now, when it comes to the filet, I gotta say mine was cooked well past the medium rare I’d requested. (It probably didn’t help that they took my meat off the grill last, for some reason.) It didn’t taste terrible, but when you overcook steak, the quality of the cut doesn’t matter — it couldda been a T-bone, and I wouldn’t know the difference.

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On the other fin, I gotta say, their salmon was some of the best I’ve had in a while. Just something about that perfect sear, and the seasonings were on point… Never thought I’d say this, but the fish was the best thing I ate tonight!!!

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Speaking of surprises, now, this place has just four beers on tap — Sapporo, Stella, Steam Whistle…and Czechvar Dark Lager. So, obviously, I had to go with the last one. Its got a bit of a roasted, toasted, coffee-type flavour that goes pretty good with a steak — or even a salmon!!!!

Zezafoun’s Syrian brunch is off the hook!!!

Now, I’ve eaten a bunch of brunches from all over the place, but this was probably the first time I’ve ever scarfed down some Syrian food. So there’s this cozy little joint called Zezafoun, just off Yonge St, a couple blocks from Davisville Station. They’re got yer shawarma, they’ve got falafel, and a whole buncha daily specials straight outta Damascus. But the best time to come is for brunch, when they’re serving up Middle Eastern comfort food like fatteh, right here:

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Now, this is sorta like if they took all the sides from a shawarma plate, and put ‘em in a bowl. You’ve got chickpeas, tahini and almonds, served warm, with some pieces of fried pita bread mixed in. I told ‘em this would be a great dip for some deep-fried pita chips…so if you see that on the menu next time, you’ll know why.

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Now, I didn’t think this would fill me up, but whatever they put in here, it sticks to yer ribs. They say that in Syria, people go right back to bed after a big bowl of fatteh, and I can totally see where they’re coming from!!!

“I Wish You Were Beer” — Interview with Warraxe of Nordheim

Beer, bacon and heavy metal are a few of my favourite things, so when I found this band from Quebec that combines all three, I knew we had to bro down! We’re hanging out with Warraxe, guitarist of Nordheim, right here on Triple B!!!

So, you guys are from Bellechasse, Quebec… Where can I get the best poutine in Bellechasse?

The best poutine in Bellechasse is by far the one you get at L’Amical in St-Lazare… One big mess for under 10 bucks. My personal favorite meal. Period.

That sounds amazeballs! Dude, you just put out a new album called RapThor, and I’m digging the first single, “I Wish You Were Beer.” What was the inspiration behind that song?

You know when your girlfriend is angry and you don’t know why? The only thing you know is that you’re not getting any and you wish you had a cold one to help that slide. So yeah…

Speaking of cold ones, out of all the bars you’ve played across Canada, which one has the best beer?

We have not played in many bars with their own beer but the Corsaire is one of them. If you ever go there I highly recommend you try the Davey Jones, now that’s what I call a f***ing good stout.

Dude, a pirate-themed microbrewery!? Sign me up!!! Now, “Boobs and Bacon” is the second single, right? If you had to choose between boobs and bacon, which one would you pick?

You are cruel!!! I don’t know because choosing either one of them is like stabbing me in the back… But if I had to I would pick boobs because you can eat them both but only boobs can get you hard!

Bacon gets ME hard, bro! I heard that you have a strong sense of bro-ness with your fans. Who’s the brodiest broseph you’ve ever bro-ed down with?

For sure our roadies, hahahaha!!! They are not always the same but when they are there things get wild pretty fast and our tomorrows get harder!

Finally, if Nordheim was a burger, what kind of burger would you be?

Triple cheese-bacon with a spicy and smokey sauce I’d say. Something like smokey chipotle and maple sauce… Damn that sounds nice. Oh and also lettuce and cucumbers in it, you always need something fresh and original.

Well, I think we just achieved maximum bro-ness. Check out their slideshow video below, bro!!!

 

 

12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: All the tacos you can eat!

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For the 12th taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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All the tacos you can eat!

 

Would you drive two and a half hours on a Wednesday just to eat tacos, bro? Well, that’s what we did last year, when we headed out to Taco Farm, this funky little joint in Waterloo, where they’re serving up all you can eat tacos on Wednesdays. They don’t call ’em Waddle Out Wednesdays for nothing–after scarfing down at least 17 tacos, I barely made it outta there alive!!!

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12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: Tacos al pastor

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For the 11th taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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Tacos al pastor!

 

So, we’re hanging out at El Trompo, this real-deal Mexican taco joint in Kensington Market. This place is known for its authentic south of the border food, as well as its horribly outdated, Flash-based website. Now, the fish tacos are pretty legit, and the queso fundido is outta bounds bro, but the al pastor is where it’s at. They serve ’em up Dee Efe style with pineapple, coriander and onion, and some lime on the side. Five to an order will only cost ya 10 bucks, bro!!!

12 TACOS OF CHRISTMAS: 10 Doritos Locos Tacos

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For the 10th taco of Christmas, my Trujillo gave to me…

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10 Doritos Locos Tacos!

 

Back in 2013, when they first introduced Doritos Locos Tacos to Canada, I might have gone a little overboard. Y’see, I knew they were only available for a limited time, so I wanted to eat so many at one time that I would never feel like I was missing out if I didn’t ever eat them again. Yes, I did eat all 10 of them. And sure enough, I have not eaten another Doritos Locos Taco to this day.

READ MORE: That time I ate 10 Doritos Locos Tacos

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