Today it’s all about food!
Like I mentioned in the previous blog post, Veronica and I attempted our hands on baking some Nutella cupcakes. I would say it was quite the success. The recipe I used is from Bakers Royale. The cake part of the cupcake is essential chocolate cake with a little bit of coffee. The Nutella part was in the buttercream. Everyone at the Homesav brunch loved them. If you’re having a party, you should check out the recipe and try it out! I didn’t add the extra toppings on top because I didn’t want to make the cupcakes too sweet. The one thing to be aware of is the amount of buttercream you are making. The recipe says it makes 12 cupcakes (I was able to make approximately 16), but there was definitely an excessive amount of leftover buttercream. I was able to make 24 more cupcakes and I still had a ton of buttercream left over!!! Buttercream is pretty easy to make, so I would start with half the recipe. Don’t waste your butter and more importantly, your Nutella!
I love to bake, so these were fun to make. I’m still working on my piping skills though! Now to figure out what to make next.
Time to talk about real food.
Recently, my boyfriend and I went to Don Don Izakaya on Dundas Street. We’ve never been before, but it’s been a restaurant we’ve been meaning to try for a while. An Izakaya is a Japanese pub/snack house. Located on 130 Dundas Street (between Bay and University), you really get to experience a cool Asian environment. Once you’ve conquered the stairs and arrive on the second floor, the hostess announces your arrival by drumming on the taiko, which cues the rest of the staff to greet you (in Japanese).
We decided to try something from each of the categories. We started with the Soy Milk Tofu. This was an interesting dish. It came in a little bowl and a side of soy sauce. You could definitely taste the soy, so it’s not your typical tofu. I’m still on the fence with this dish.
The next dish we tried was the Atlantic Salmon Egg Salad. This reminded Kevin of deviled eggs. I liked this one minus the bacon. Maybe I’m just used to breakfast bacon. But the egg part was yummy.
From the fried part of the menu, we ordered the Ginger Fried Chicken. This tasted like your typical fried chicken. It came with two types of mayo on the side, a normal one and one that is more sour.
Our next dish was the Grilled Salmon. Whenever you order something from the grill menu, the staff pumps up the energy of the restaurant and makes a spectacle. There is a grill that is a part of the bar. When they grill your food, one staff member begins drumming their taiko and another grills with flames coming out of the grill.
The last thing we ordered was the Chicken and Corn Udon with Cream Sauce. This was a good one. I definitely recommend it. Although I did notice that these udon were stickier than other udon dishes I’ve had. But next time we’ll have to try the Seafood Udon.
The staff was really friendly and the food came really quickly. Every time someone brought our food, they thanked us for waiting. Generally, it was a very good restaurant and I will definitely be going back. I want to try their Tokyo Style Hot Dog and some other things on the menu. Should be yummy! If you’re in the area, try it out!
Till next time!