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SUMMERLICIOUS 2018: French menage a trois @ Cafe La Gaffe

So, we’re hanging out at Cafe La Gaffe, this funky little French bistro in Baldwin Village. This is another place with tons of Summerlicious options, but I decided to stick with a trio of French classics here–and I definitely wasn’t disappointed!

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So, we’re starting off with some escargot, bro! These slippery little snails are swimming in garlic butter and going whee, whee, whee all the way down my piehole!!!

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Now, I’m definitely no stranger to roasted duck legs, but this has gotta be one of the top five duck confits I’ve ever had! The meat is super-tender, fall-off-the-bone, and that brandy cream sauce is outta bounds, bro! Man, I could probably eat six or seven of these…or however many legs that ducks actually have.

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But you know the drill, we’ve still got room for dessert, dude! This creme brulee was crackly on top, creamy on the bottom, with a couple nice bites of blueberries and a cherry on top! Who needs whipped cream when you’ve got burnt cream, mon cheri???

SUMMERLICIOUS 2018: Steak AND lobster for 33 bucks, bro!!!!!!!

If you’re looking for the best deal on a real-deal three-course meal at Summerlicious, look no further than Sambucas on Church. Now, at most places, you’re lucky if you get more than three or four entrees to choose from–and even luckier if you can actually find ’em on the regular menu.

But at this funky joint, they’ve got no fewer than 11 Summerlicious mains, and they ain’t holding back, either–filet mignon, rack of lamb, and both steak AND lobster, bro! And did I mention that there’s two other courses, and it’s all just 33 bucks???? Shut the front, back, side, top, rear, port and starboard doors, Sailor Broon!!!!

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Now, speaking of the sea, we’re starting off with a whole pile of PEI mussels. These clammas from another mamma are meaty, beaty, big and juicy–there ain’t no Substitute here, son! Then again, a whole buncha mine didn’t open…but I guess that just helped me save more room for steak (and lobster)!

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My motto’s always been why settle for one thing when you can eat two things, and this dish definitely doesn’t disappoint, dude! Steak is cooked to a nice medium rare, the lobster tail is nice and chewy, and you’ve got a whole pile of veggies and mashed potatoes…I guess I gotta eat those too, eh?

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Now, even though I kinda just ate two meals, you KNOW I’ve still got room for dessert–and there’s no shortage of dessert choices at Sambucas, either! You’ve got creme brulee, truffle cheesecake, and three different kinds of Tartufo–but this here chocolate lava cake has got my name on it:

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SUMMERLICIOUS 2018: Brassaii’s got big balls, bro!!!

So, we’re hanging out at Brassaii, this upper, upper class, high society joint down a back alley offa King Street. This place has got mushrooms, they’ve got trout, rockfish…and some of the biggest Spanish meatballs I’ve ever seen:

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These albondigas are served up on a big ol’ bed of tomato sauce, with garlic, onions, paprika and some cheese on top. I could totally put more than two of these in my mouth…but then I might not have room for steak:

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OK, so this is the kinda place that already cuts the steak for you And you’ve got potatoes, peppers and some fried herbs on top. Any way you slice it, it’s still pretty tasty!

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Now, I dig that they’re doing beignets for dessert, but only three to an order!? Dude, that’s such a light snack in Flavourtown that I might hafta hit up Tim Horton’s afterwards, bro!!!!

SUMMERLICIOUS 2018: Why settle for hen one way when you can have it two ways?

So, we’re hanging out at The Living Room, this cozy, upscale, British-style pub inside the Windsor Arms hotel. Can’t say I’ve ever been here before, but when I heard they had duck confit spring rolls, I knew I was gonna shake, waddle and roll my ass up to Yorkville, bro!

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Y’know, my least favourite part of spring rolls is all the veggies they put inside…but you ain’t gotta worry ‘bout that here, cuz it’s pretty much all meat. You’ve got tender, shredded duck inside a wonton wrapper, with a ginger garlic glaze? Shut the quack door!

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But you know that ain’t the only bird that’s flying down my piehole this evening. Dude, this funky joint is serving up hen not one way, but two ways—stuffed AND deep-fried! Don’t get me wrong, I liked the thyme and apricot stuffed thigh on the right…but the buttermilk fried breast is what makes it!

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Of course, you know the drill. When it comes to Summerlicious, you gotta save room for dessert—cuz it’s included in the price, bro! This here’s a Turtle Brownie Cake with salted caramel ice cream. Ain’t nothing wrong with that at all!!!!

SUMMERLICIOUS 2018: Pork ‘n beers @ Wickson Social

Happy Summerlicious, dude! This time of year, a whole buncha restaurants all over this city are serving up three course dinners for as little as 33 bucks. If there’s one thing I like more than eating, it’s scoring a great deal on some sweet eats, so you know I’m all over this like Donkey Kong on a beer bong, bro!!!!

So, we’re hanging out at The Wickson Social, this funky little joint just a drunken stumble from Yonge and Wellesley. This place has all kindsa craft beers on tap and in bottles ‘n cans, but when it comes to the Summerlicious menu, it’s all about the pork:

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Dude, you can’t stop this pork hock! And they put it in a paté? No way! This terrine on toast is like a fancy-schmancy breakfast in Flavourtown!

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And hey, because Summerlicious deserves a nice summer beer, we’re starting things off with this tasty witbier from New Limburg. Hey, if it comes in a goblet, then it’s gotta be good, bro!

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We started off with pork…and now it’s time for more pork. They brine this baby for 48 hours before tossing it on the grill, then throwing it down with some spinach, dumplings and yam purée. Dude, this is body by yam purée!!!

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But you KNOW we’ve still got room for dessert, bro! This wasn’t the best tiramisu I’ve ever had, but it sure paired nicely with this Stationmaster Stout from Junction Craft Brewing. Imma chugga-chugga choo-choo this brewski, bro!!!!

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