Slammin’ a 20 oz ribeye @ Sofia!!!

Now, I wouldn’t normally order steak at an Italian restaurant, but a couple weeks back, I had some legit steak ‘n eggs at Sofia, this funky Italian joint in Yorkville, so you KNOW I had to come back for their 20 oz ribeye, bro!!!

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Here’s the beef, bro! This steak isn’t just legit, it’s too legit to quit! You’ve got a perfectly cooked medium-rare, nicely seasoned with a little pistachio salsa verde, a side of baby onions, and some red hot cherry peppers. Now, I also paid extra for some oyster mushrooms — dude, this is body by oyster mushrooms!!!

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Turns out, they were supposed to be a family-style side dish…that’s a whole lotta mushrooms, son!!!

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Washed it all down with this gangster cocktail — the Godfather II. Kinda tastes like a Negroni, but it’s got a lot more ingredients, with single malt whiskey, vermouth, a couple Italian liqueurs and some Green Chartreuse, for that extra kick. It’s like an offer you can’t refuse in Flavourtown!!!!

Hawaiian Pizza Gone Wild @ The Good Son!

Now, I don’t mind pineapple on pizza, especially when you funk it up with jalapenos or spam and pineapple. But here at The Good Son, this funky joint on Queen West, they’re kicking it up another notch — this is the Mauna Loa, bro-a!!!

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OK, now let’s break it down. You’ve got these great big chunks of smoked pork cheek, some roasted pineapple, rapini and teeny-weeny pieces of scotch bonnet peppers, which really give this thing a decent kick. You may not be able to see ’em, but you can definitely feel the burn, bro!!!

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Now, there aren’t a whole lotta brews to choose from here — and it’s mostly big names like Sol, Heineken and Guinness. But they do have Lagunitas IPA on tap, so I can’t really complain about that!

Kamayan IV: A New Feast

So we’re back with a new edition of Kamayan, the Filipino feast you eat with your hands! And this time we’re hanging out at Boodle Fight, this funky little joint on the Danforth. Unlike a few of the Filipino joints we’ve been to, this place actually has a liquor licence, so we’re starting off with a San Miguel, the official beer of the Philippines:

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And now, let’s dive right in. This place offers two kinds of kamayan feasts — meat AND seafood, but you KNOW I can’t eat just one, bro, so we went with a bit of both:

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Pork skewer on a stick? Don’t mind if I do!!!

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It’s all about that deep-fried pork belly, bro!!!!

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One thing that sets this place apart from other kamayans is the BBQ chicken leg. Just grip it and rip it, son!!!!!!!

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Now, they actually skin their squid…but it was more tender than the last boodle fight I went to!

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Of course, it wouldn’t be kamayan without a roly-poly fish head… Say hello to ma lil’ friend!!!!

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When we were at Bagnet Bros, I was a bit bummed out that their plantain spring roll was a dish served cold. But here, they’re kicking it up a notch with a warm banana spring roll, with a side of ice cream… This dish is bananas, and bananas is good!!!!

Turkey dinner on a pizza, bro!!!!

Now, I don’t always eat turkey, but when I heard that Boston Pizza was putting turkey dinner on a pizza, I knew my Christmas dinner plans were set, son! You’ve got rotisserie turkey, some chunks of stuffing, a rosemary cream sauce and enough green onions to feed Booker T and the MGs…but the gravy is what makes it!

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Dude, if you think gravy on pizza is weird, you clearly haven’t had vegan poutine pizza before, bro! In this case, it goes pretty great with the meaty hunks of turkey and all that rosemary — I might not put it on a flip-flop, but I will put it straight down my piehole!!!!

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And the best part is that it comes with not one, but two Toblerone bars — cuz you KNOW I’ve still got room for dessert!!!!!!

Beef ‘n boar bolognese — the Triple B of pasta, bro!!!

So, we’re hanging out at Jump, this funky joint in the Financial District. This place was playing all kinds of 80’s music, but I didn’t hear any Van Halen…Jamie may or may not be crying right now. Last time I went here was for Winterlicious, but when I saw the beef ‘n boar bolognese, I knew I had to come check it out — it’s a Triple B pasta on Triple B, bro!!!!

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OK, now let’s break it down. You’ve got thick, homemade bucatini noodles, topped with the double-meat sauce, a little rapini, and some Pecorino Romano, to kick it up a notch. The dish has a bit of heat, but not too spicy, and there’s probably enough food for one person here — I still had room for dessert, but nothing on the menu jumped out at me…

Beef brisket on a burger @ Marben

Now, it goes without saying that burgers and brisket are two of my favourite things…but when you put one on top of the other, that’s when the magic happens! So, we’re hanging out at Marben, this funky gastropub on Wellington with a not-so-secret speakeasy downstairs. I actually had their famous beef-brisket burger in slider size at Burgermania last year, but now the full-sized version is running wild on you, brother!!!!

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OK, so maybe this burger ain’t packing 24-inch pythons — it looks pretty puny in my massive man-mitts… But the flavours are definitely still there. You’ve got an Angus beef patty, cooked to a nice medium-rare, topped with aged cheddar, braised brisket and Branston pickle on a beef-fat brioche bun? Dude, Beef Fat Brioche was my karaoke nickname in college!!!!

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Of course, we’re not about to wash down this bad boy with a herbal mint tea! Instead, I chugged a couple of Ochames, a green tea IPA from Burdock. You do get a bit of that smooth tea flavour, with some hazy citrus hoppiness, coming in at just under 7%. I would soooo drink this for breakfast, bro!!!!!!!

Pizza for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do, bro!!!

So, the other day we’re hanging out at Constantine, this funky joint inside the Anndore Hotel, just about a block away from the new Chick-fil-A at Yonge and Bloor. But unlike Chick-fil-A, this place serves up a solid spread on Sundays, including this funkalicious brunch dish, the Breakfast Pizza:

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OK, now let’s break it down. You’ve got some spicy n’duja sausage, a couple quail eggs and some great green globs of basil pesto on a thin, crunchy crust. Now, I’d say the size of this pizza is about right for breakfast, but I can definitely eat a whole lot more pizza for dinner…

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Of course, you can’t have breakfast pizza without breakfast beer, bro! This here’s a Vermont Blond from Burdock, a funky craft brewery in the West End. You’ve got a light, refreshing blonde ale with just a hint of lemon, so you know it’s lemony fresh. I could probably pound a few more of these — hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, Alan Jack-son!!!!