Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Toronto: La Mexicana


mucho fun for lunch

Wow. The people who didn’t like this place, REALLY didn’t like it.  Now would be a great time for me to segue into how this blog has shown me that many wannabe food critics are so very angry.  Perhaps the blog world is the only place they can exert any heard or impose their will (if you know what I'm saying...).  It is a fact people have left nasty comments and messages about my opinions; operative word people, opinion.  It is also a fact that I ignore their ignorance.

Bana and I met up for holiday hugs with a side of lunch. Did I ever mention that Bana LOVES Mexican? Because she truly does.

Their homemade salsa and salsa verde were really good, as were their guacamole and hot sauce.

I got the lunch special of four empanadas – two pork and two chorizo and potato. They were good, although once you go Las Palmas you never go back.

Bana enjoyed her chicken burrito with beans:

Overall, good service, simple menu, reasonable prices, and tasty food. Authentic Mexican cuisine? I don’t know, do I look like Rick Bayless? He’d probably say it’s not and scoff at it, but that’s like asking Jordan if he watches the Raptors? Haha.

I ate all my food. That’s a good sign. Well, not really, I eat anything…

I liked my food.

La Mexicana on Urbanspoon

Toronto: The Counter

like a bull and a china shop
:The Thompson Hotel:

A 24 hour diner in a swanky upscale hotel with a wall of vintage porcelain statues, colourful booths, marble and tile, vaulted ceilings, and flat screen televisions. I still don’t know what to make of it which probably means I don’t really get it. That’s okay. I’m only here for the food.

Eccentricity aside, the menu is – in most ways – your typical diner fare. They have macaroni and cheese but with pancetta and truffle oil. They have fries and onion rings but served in two metal grid bowls on a wood cutting board with a fancy dipping sauce (course you only get one, extras will cost you).

Late last night my friend Minnie and I popped in for a pre-holiday Christmas feast full of fried fatty goodness and carbs five-ways.

We ate more than I’m prepared to tell you about; here are some highlights:

Buttermilk fried chicken + Cheesey mashed potatoes:

Let’s congratulate this chicken for having just been added to my list of favourite dirrrtyy eats. So bad, but so good.
Let’s skip the mac n cheese I’ve heard so much about. To those that say it’s the best in the city, I would say, you’re wrong.  It looks good, but again, you're wrong.

The poutine is delicious. As were the fries and onion rings with garlic aioli.

In my opinion, every city can always use another 24 hour eatery, so I’m a fan. But in the end, no matter who designed it or where it is, The Counter is mostly average comfort food, only glorified.

The Counter on Urbanspoon

Eyes: Vitamin C Eye Reviver Duo by Body Shop

c is for camu camu
:Average at $22:

The Body Shop used to be a staple. Then came Bath and Body Works. Although there are somethings that can never be replaced, like the body butter. Mmm, body butter.

Last weekend Minnie and I got suckered into their “buy this bag, support the anti-sex trade movement, fill it and everything is inside is 50% off”. How do you say no?  You don't.  A deal like that always leads to buying things I never otherwise would, such as:

According to the saleswoman, the Vitamin C in the Eye Reviver Duo comes from the camu camu berry in the Amazon which is reported to have the highest contents of Viatmin C in nature. Her superfluous details went in-one-ear-and-out-the-other, I liked the was a happy orange.  So I bought it.

I must say after using it for a week it’s pretty neat. It’s like Benefit’s Ooh lala lift meets Garnier’s rollerball. The only caveat being this: if either end of the stick were to stand alone, it would fall short of the mark.  Neither end gave me that longlasting moisturizing feeling.  But someone was clever enough to package it together.

For the price and benefits, I like it. It’s soothing and revitalizing...exactly what Vitamin C should be.

Like it.