Chorizo burger & Spanish fries @ Bar Reyna

So, we’re hanging out at Bar Reyna, this funky little Spanish joint right in the heart of Yorkville. Normally, this place is known for tapas, but on weekends, they’re serving up a bunch of funky brunch dishes like baklava french toast, short rib grilled cheese, a Dungeness crab benedict…and this Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa, the chorizo burger:

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This burger is pretty far outta bounds, bro! You’ve got a meaty, spicy chorizo patty topped with muenster cheese, some crunchy lettuce, caramelized onions — and then they put a fried egg on top!? Cierra la puerta trasera!!!

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Now, this burger normally comes with fries, but here we kicked it up a notch with some Spanish fries — you’ve got more chorizo, shaved manchego and a side of chipotle aioli. Trust me, you cannot get enough of this chorizo, bro!!!

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Washed it all down with an Estrella Damn beer from Barcelona. Cuz drinking a Bud Light just wouldn’t feel right…

Beer, Water, and Girl Memes: THERE SUNLYUNETHING
 HATE MORE THAN LYING
 BUD LIGHT WHICHIS WATER
 THATSLYING ABOUT BEING BEER
 funny.

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Bacon truffle mac attack @ Prohibition Gastrohouse

So, we’re hanging out at Prohibition Gastrohouse, this funky joint on Eglinton with a badass back patio. Now, this place is supposed to have “TO’s Best Truffle Mac & Cheese” — it even says so on their menu — so you know I gotta come check it out!!!

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Now, they definitely funk it up a notch at this place. Cuz that ain’t macaroni — it’s Pasta di Gragnano, bro! And there ain’t no cheddar cheese here…it’s a blend of Gruyere, emmenthal and that’s my boy blue cheese. Throw in some truffle paste, truffle oil, and for an extra five bucks, you can add bacon. Of course, you KNOW the first rule of Flavourtown is Always Add Bacon!!!

Now, they don’t shortchange ya on the bacon,  but if I got one complaint, it’s not very crispy. Nice chew on the noodles, a whole lotta creaminess — the blue cheese really cuts through everything else. If you like your cheese blue, this is the dish for you!!!

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Now, this place has also got a pretty good craft beer selection — and all their draft beers are $5.75 from 5 to 7, son! This here’s a Vagabond IPA, from my punk rock bowling buddies at BrewDog. It’s not as strong or as hoppy as your average IPA, but still has a nice, crisp taste. I could pound, like, 17 of these!!!

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Now, you’re looking at a craft beer legend right here — Anchor Steam, from the Bay Area. This OG of steam beers is woody, minty, big and bouncy…and probably too much flavour for your average light-beer drinker!

Who needs steak ‘n potatoes when you can have steak ON potatoes???

So, we’re hanging out at a.k.a. Friscos, this funky joint just a short, strange trip from the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland. Now, this place is known for two things: giant sandwiches and awesome baked potatoes — that’s literally what it says on the menu, bro! While this is body by giant sandwiches, I wanted to try something different…so I went with the flat iron steak potato:

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Check out this awesome smorgasbord of flavour, son! You’ve got half a pound of steak, grilled to perfection, a steamy baked potater, steak sauce, melted cheese, and some green onions, for that extra kick. Break out the Booker T, baby!!!

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Now, if you’re more into white meat, this Santa Fe chicken baked potato is right down your piehole. Chicken is cooked in a spicy Monterey Jack sauce, with salsa, sour cream and shredded lettuce…all on top of a baked potato. THIS bird is the word, Surfin’ Bro!!!

This corned beef Reuben omelet is a real Irishman’s breakfast!

So, we’re hanging out at Bushwaller’s, this cozy Irish pub in downtown Frederick, Maryland. Now, I heard they had some of the best Sunday brunch in town, so we showed up right at 11 to be the first ones in!

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Even though it’s not on the brunch menu, I had to start my day off with a crab pretzel. You’ve got a soft, chewy pretzel topped with crab dip, cheddar cheese and Old Bay, with a side of beer cheese and marinara sauce for dipping. Now, the beer cheese definitely added to this tasty flavour combination, but the marinara was a little too far outta bounds for my tastebuds, bro!

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But now it’s time for the main event. This Reuben omelet is basically everything you want in a Reuben — corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Islands, all wrapped up inside an egg blanket. Plus, you’ve got these hot ‘n crispy hash browns, a whole buncha toast, and even some fruit, all for just 10 bucks…but you know what the best part is?

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On Sundays, all Irish beers are 2 bucks off, which means that this pint o’ Irish breakfast smoothie, aka Guinness, was only $4.50, bro! Talk about starting your day off right!!!

12 tacos for 12 dollars @ Latin World

Talk about taking Taco Tuesday to the max! We’re hanging out at Latin World, this funky little joint on Bloor St, just south of the border of Lansdowne Station, where every night is $1 taco night…except for Thursdays, when it’s 2-for-1 pozole. On Mondays, they do chorizo, on Wednesdays it’s al pastor, and Fridays are for tacos de canasta — dude, I loves me some basket tacos! But we had to check it out on Taco Tuesday, when they’re serving up carnitas in a soft shell for just a buck each!!!

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OK, so these tacos are pretty tiny…but the flavours are on point. You’ve got the pulled pork, cilantro, onions, and a few sauces on the side for that extra kick. (I’m a fan of the chipotle.) And did I mention that you can order 12 of them for just 12 bucks???

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Of course, even after polishing off a plateful of tacos, you KNOW we’ve still got room for dessert, bro! These churros are made to order, so they take a little longer, but they’re coming in hot, straight outta the deep-fryer, with some icing sugar and chocolate sauce. These weren’t bad…but with three for five bucks, man, I couldda had five more tacos for that money!!!

SUMMERLICIOUS 2019: Real-deal lamb dinner @ Volos

So, Summerlicious ends on Sunday, and we’re going out in style at this fancy Greek joint, Estiatorio Volos, just a Rob Ford backpedal away from City Hall. Now, you KNOW I love lamb, bro, so when I saw they had lamb shank, I was all over that like a Fun Guy on the Greek Freak!!! But Greece is also known for seafood, so we’re starting off with some grilled octopus:

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This crunchy creature of the sea is the one that I want, do-do-do! (Wait, wrong Grease…) Nice, lemony chew to the octopus, with a bit of bite from the black olives, a couple pieces of red pepper and some arugula. Hey, if you put arugula underneath an octopus, I guess I’ll eat it…

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But now it’s time for the main event. Dude, this was probably the most tender lamb I’ve ever had — it falls off the bone, pulls apart with a fork AND melts in your mouth, bro! You’ve got a nice bed of mashed potatoes, some braised greens, and then these crispy leeks on top…man, I could eat that for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!!!

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For dessert, we’ve got an Ouzo chocolate mousse, with strawberries, blueberries and Ouzo-infused Chantilly cream. Now, this little mousse scoop was quite tasty, but after that massive chocolate cake at Piano Piano, it felt like I was ordering off the kid’s menu!

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Washed it all down with a Volkan Blonde, this Greek wheat beer that they’ve got on tap. I guess they’re not pros at pouring beer, cuz that’s a whole lotta head for such a small glass, bro!!!

SUMMERLICIOUS 2019: Legit beef brisket @ R&D

So, we’re hanging out at R&D, this modern Canadian Asian fusion joint right in the heart of downtown Chinatown. This place is serving up funky dishes like tom yum mussels, Korean rice cakes and black bean crispy tofu — but when I saw the Sichuan beef brisket, I knew I had to have it, just like an overweight basement broseph needs Szechuan sauce. But that only comes after I scarf down the biggest popcorn shrimp I’ve seen in my life:

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Dude, these were like popcorn shrimp on steroids — and I would know, cuz I once chugged creatine with A-Rod, bro! You’ve got a sweet chili sambal glaze, and these “Hong Kong umami crumbs,” which are like mini little nuggets of flavour in Flavourtown!!!

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But now it’s time for the main event. This Sichuan beef brisket was super-tender, fall-apart-on-your-fork goodness, on a bed of egg noodles with cabbage, mushrooms and a whole lotta sesame seeds. I’m sending these noods straight down my piehole, bro!!!

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For dessert, we’ve got this ais kacang, a Malaysian-style sundae, with tapioca, strawberries, mango cream and not one, but two flavours of Haagen-Dazs ice cream.  Dude, who knew they had Haagen-Dazs in Malaysia???