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Sucking down some suckling pig that doesn’t suck @ Alder!

Man, we’ve had pork so many different ways on Triple B that I can’t even count that high, bro! But one thing you definitely don’t see every day in Toronto is suckling pig. Like, the only place I’ve seen it before was at Beerbistro, and they only serve it up on Saturdays. So when I heard that Alder, the new funky joint in the Ace Hotel, had suckling pig on its everyday menu, you KNOW Imma bout to go all Big Bad Wolf on this one, bro!!!!!!!!!

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But first we’re starting off with a fistful of baked clams, served on a bed of rocks (or maybe uncooked chickpeas?). While I prefer my clams steamed, these babies were just (barely) enough to tide me over till the main event…

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Dude, this little piggy went wee, wee, wee all the way down my piehole, bro! Pork is nice and tender, served in a juicy gravy, and there’s these little pieces of pork skin, aka crackling, which really kick it up a notch! This dish also comes with a side of corn, but we kicked it up another notch with some tempura shishito peppers:

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Unlike at Vela, where the shishitos were not optional, these crispy bois added a nice little kick to the dish, with a legit chipotle donkey sauce on the side for dipping — I’d put that on a flip-flop!!!!!!

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But you KNOW we’ve still got room for dessert, bro, and out of their three desserts, this mille-feuille was the one that spoke to me. You’ve got dark chocolate, peanut-butter parfait and vanilla cream sandwiched between a couple crunchy, crunchy cookies — I’ll take three of those to go!!!!!

PATIO LIT EATS: Slammin’ some short ribs on the sidewalk, son!

So, we’re hanging out at Sorrel, this funky French/Italian joint across the street from the train station LCBO at Yonge and Summerhill. Now, some places might have a backyard patio, and a few others have set up seating on the street, but this is the first restaurant I’ve been to that had outdoor seating on the sidewalk. And hey, it was pretty, pretty nice.

Now, when it comes to food, they’re pairing French classics like duck confit and bouillabaise with pasta dishes like seafood linguine and lobster ravioli. And with all sorts of seafood on the menu, I couldn’t just eat beef…so we’re starting off with some clams, fam!

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These ocean pearls were nice ‘n tender, with a white wine and garlic sauce, and some cherry tomatoes and parsley. They even gave you crusty toasts on the side to soak up the sauce, son!!!

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But now it’s time for the main event. These ribs were meaty, beaty, nice ‘n chewy, with a side of potato gratin that I didn’t hafta order separately, and no veggies whatsoever, except for a few stray carrots. It’s all about the meat ‘n potatoes here, which is totally how I roll, bro!

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Now, it would probably be fine to order wine at this place…but this isn’t Burgers, Bacon & Pinot Grigio, bro! Instead, we’re chugging down a coupla Loirettes, this funky farmhouse ale that’s imported from France!!!

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Of course, you KNOW we still had room for dessert! This French/Italian joint was serving up both creme brulee and tiramisu, but instead, I went with the flourless chocolate torte…and it was torte-ally worth it! It was  more moist like a mousse than your typical cake, but super-rich, with a little scoop of ice cream on the side. This might be one of the top five desserts I’ve had all year, and I definitely don’t back down from ordering dessert!!!!