woke up drained from two days of event prep and took the day off work to recharge and munch around the city. we started off with some madeleines from madeleines up at dupont and davenport. chocolate was ok as was the green tea, but the saffron was the clear standout as an interesting flavour that goes well with earl grey tea. it wasn't overwhelming and exhibited the unusual ingredient.
from there we went towards the rose cafe to test out these so called amazing bahn mi. i was disappointed. my latest usual haunt for bahn me is nguyen hung on spadina because of their perfectly crusty buns and flavourful fillings. the rose cafe on broadview at gerrard east had an ok bun, still exhibiting some crunch but little softness and greater chewiness. the pate had a very strong muskiness to it that is unusual compared to the other housemade pates of other sandwiches. the meat though, was barely noticeable because the flavours were so mild that it was completely lost. off day? you tell me. they did have a good amount of pickled items and some very crisp cilantro. the spice mixture they put on top was pure burn and little flavour. it was $1.50 for one sandwich.
next door was the phoenix bakery that had just opened and was offering buns at 3 for $1.... for very good reason. curiousity took the best of me and so i picked up 6 to test out. they were tiny and required a search party to find any filling. the bread/dough was ok to good but the fillings were absolutely ordinary. i had the curry beef, bacon bun, hotdog, bbq pork, fried pork filled and sesame ball.
ikea happened to be along the way and so after getting a few mason jars to store goodies, we snacked on a 53 cent hotdog with some dots of mustard. one of the best money for tastiness processed hotdogs ever.
at bloor/runnymede i hopped out of the car for some smoked chicken at astro. dark sinewy look on the outside, the smoked chicken isn't too unlike ham in it's colouring and flavour. biting into a piece produced flowing juices with the meat easily peeling apart from itself. fantastic! just the right amount of salty goodness. for a piece about the size of my fist (a small one) it was $1.57. i also picked up a cabbage roll from pure craving and it was basic with no extra sauce. they also served a pile of perogies that looked tempting, rolled up cheese crepes and tonnes of other deli items.
my first ever cevap was had at bosha on dundas near runnymede. it's a dry and chewy bread that's a little fluffy and round and flat like a thick pita cut open to be a sandwich that holds 5 grilled sausage like patties made of moist lamb, beef and possibly pork. it's stuffed with a few slices of raw onion. way too dry, it's supposed to be eaten as bar food and will require a few drinks on the side but the spiced meat sandwich is a great snack. just ignore the hairy shirtless man in the apron. 5 sausage sandwiches will run you $4 and a 10 sausage sandwich $6.
after a few last bites i called it quits until the next run.
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