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Mimi La Nuit

Dear readers of Saumignon, I would like to issue this official public apology on behalf of Jen and myself for not updating the blog in a good year. We have both been busy with our bustling social lives consisting of watching Netflix alone. Thus, I’m sure you guys understand but still we have disappointed many of our followers for neglecting our baby aka this blog. Do not fret though we are back and plan to make our space on the internet bigger, better and filled with funnies. Now moving along…to the actual content of this post. Last weekend one of my close friends from High School, Helen, visited Montreal from Toronto (no not Jen…and yes I know it is quite shocking that I have more than 1 friend in my life but please this is not a fact that should leave you rattled). It was her birthday that Friday (more…

Jerk King

As a resident of The Annex this summer, cheap and delicious food was widely available. If the variety there alone doesn’t strike your fancy, a few steps more West on Bloor Street brings you to Koreatown. Toronto food is exactly why I worked out like mad for three months yet didn’t lose a single pound. I essentially burned off only the excess grease I inhaled this summer, netting me out to a zero. DELICIOUS CARIBBEAN CUISINE, yells the yellow store banner in capitalized red letters. The interior is anything but spectacular. A greasy take-out counter and severely outdated furnishing – but it’s not like you would take your mother here anyhow. Naturally at a place called JERK KING, you order what the restaurant is known for. Jerk Chicken and Rice So so tender and generously seasoned yet not overbearingly so. Perfection in the form of a chicken drumstick. Jamaican Patty…

Satay Brothers

Going on exchange may be one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. Saying goodbye to a place that has given you so much really does feel like you’re leaving home (home is where the heart is…or in my case where the oily food that made me gain 10 lbs is). My friend, DC, who also happened to go on exchange to Singapore the semester before mine was also “homesick” so we decided to visit the only Singaporean resto that I know in Montreal (If there are more please give me a shout out, definitely want to try your laksa).  Thus, meet Satay Brothers. Located in Atwater Market, for those of you who don’t know where it’s located it is in fact not located at Atwater metro station but a short walk down Lionel-Groulx (something that DC did not know…it’s okay brah if you’re reading this we…

Stay Cafeteria

How shameful to have been a temporary resident of Toronto for 4 months yet post nothing. In an alternate universe, I’d lie and say that life/relationships/work got in the way but everyone knows that this blog is my life. ~ LIFE ~ The word cafeteria doesn’t exactly beg for your attention. Rather, it evokes perhaps cringe-worthy thoughts of bland food splattered onto decades-old plastic lunch trays in long, mechanical lines like you’re the newest cast member on Orange Is The New Black or something. Definitely not this cute little place in the heart of Toronto’s Chinatown by the name of STAY CAFETERIA. Homemade Dumplings  7 $ Though nothing spectacular, these soft in-house wrapped jiaozi’s are everything you would hope for in a dumpling. Not too shabby. Traditional Beef (Rice) Noodles – 9 $ The veggie-meat-noodle ratio was just perfect and the fragrant broth absolutely killed it.  If you are a rice lover, noodle…

Biiru

Welcome to Biiru an Izakaya that can be described as a hole in the wall. Not literally, but it is a place that although very conveniently located, it is not a place you go to when you’re strolling along Ste-Catherine looking for a place to eat. This place is a little off Ste-Catherine, just one turn away on City Councillors Street so do check out the streets that are perpendicular to Ste-Catherine for places to eat! Is that a sumo wrestler cat? Why yes it is…can the atmosphere at this place get anymore kickin’ (said in the voice of “cool mom”) An izakaya would of course not be complete without a wide selection of Japanese alcohol including the beloved Sapporo. So before we continue on just to give a little reference, an izakaya is a Japanese bar that serves food to accompany the drinks. That is why most dishes are…

Melting Pot

If you like dipping your food into something hawt before it enters your mouth either to cook it with a savoury broth or coat it with something sweet enough to induce diabetes, read on.  Now, I’ve never had a true fondue experience other than a childhood filled lovingly with fondue chinoise (Chinese fondue = hot pot). I’ve always had an itch to hit up that popular CAPSTONE place in Vancouver but I kept putting it off and off and before I knew it, I had settled down on the other side of the country. It kinda goes without saying, but we opted for the “4-course experience” which consisted of cheese fondue + starter salad + savoury entree fondue + chocolate dessert fondue because having to decide on only one fondue would be like choosing between children and I ain’t about that life. I’m in equal opportunity non-foodie. —— Artisan Trio Blue cheese,…

Camion Au Pied de Cochon

Summer is a great season for various reasons, ranging from buff men in speedos to the return of food trucks in Montreal. The best part about these food trucks is that they must be “gourmet” food, so no matter what you eat you feel as though you are a connoisseur of fine cuisine. Food trucks rotate locations throughout Montreal on a daily basis. Thus, your favourite food truck, may not always be at your favourite corner. For more information on the weekly itinerary CLICK HERE. To see what is happening live with the food truck scene CLICK HERE. Two weeks ago, during our lunch break my colleagues and I decided to go and visit Au Pied de Cochon’s food truck. A must go to restaurant in Montreal for any foodie, but for those on a tighter budget we get to still enjoy some foie gras for less. Look at this…

Continental Treat Fine Bistro

Number two on my Edmonton hit list was this quaint little place on Whyte Avenue for lunch called CONTINENTAL TREAT FINE BISTRO. Advertised as a “taste of Europe,” this family-owned business boasts two generations of collaboration and pride. Or at least that’s what the front page of the website says. As a self-proclaimed baguette connoisseur, I appreciate bread. I really, really do in all shapes and forms but this starter was essentially just slices of generic bread. Who really knows though? It probably was a cherished home-grown recipe passed down from thirteen and a half generations all across Europe before making its way to Edmonton but I mean if you had me blindfolded like in a Febreze commercials to give you my unadulterated opinion… They say to not judge a book by its cover so perhaps more fitting in this instance, I should not judge a highly-rated restaurant on Urbanspoon…

Cheesecake Cafe

was not in culinary heaven in Edmonton. Admittedly, my sample size was extremely modest in size so this isn’t a sweeping statement but rather, me low key (publicly) throwing shade at my host for choosing such places. I would classify myself as an easy eater since I’d be down to eat anything anytime with very little complaints because food is rarely that bad. Perhaps the food bloggeuse role I bestowed upon myself has gone straight to my head. You’ve changed, Jen. In any event, the induction of my Albertan food baby took place at CHEESECAKE CAFE, an Alberta exclusive. Go to CHEESECAKE CAFE for the cheesecake and nothing else unless you have an appetite for disappointment. Happy hour cocktails and half-priced appetizers are acceptable if you’re hungry and desperate but definitely skip the overpriced sub-par food. The entrees of salmon maple chilli salmon and champagne chicken were so awful that my mind…

KAZU

Anyone who has ever looked up restaurants in the Montreal vicinity surely has come across the name KAZU. Impeccably rated, frequently talked about, and always the longest of lines outside the tiny twenty-five seater of a restaurant on Rue Ste-Catherines near Concordia. If there’s one constant in this ever changing world, it is that there will always, always be a line-up outside of KAZU, which likely has you wondering if the hype is justified. The short answer is yes. The long answer is yessssssss. The general tendency is to think that the end all and be all of Japanese food is sushi. Let KAZU change your mind about that. With Assistant Taster, AT in town, it went without saying that we would come here. However, there was some hesitation when I said we would go for Japanese food and rightfully so, at that. Unbeknownst to me before moving away from the…