Summer Lovin!

Brownstone Bistro & Bar on UrbanspoonOn our recent trip to Toronto, just after our arrival, we were looking for somewhere right along Yonge Street close to our hotel to grab some lunch.  The sun was out and we really wanted something that said Toronto and take in some sights with some outdoor seating.  Just walking up the street, we found a place that caught our eye – Brownstone Bistro & Bar.  It was early Thursday afternoon – around 2pm when were arrived and the abbreviated brunch menu was still in effect, but the abbreviated options didn’t bother me.

I was in the mood for some Sangria to kick off our vacation.  To go with my fruity beverage, I got the Summer Melt because it sounded delicious and intriguing!

Summer Melt – Open face sandwich on a ciabatta with guacamole, tomato, grilled chicken and topped with a mix of fresh summer fruit. – $11.00 [link].

Each bite was a party in my mouth!  And yes the summer fruit was on top of the sandwich.  The chicken was butterflied and perfectly cooked.  It was a piece of art.

On Top of the World!

360° Revolving on Urbanspoon

When visualizing Toronto, Ontario you may think of the Hockey Hall of Fame, St. Lawrence Market, and the Steam Whistle Brewery. All three are great places to visit during the day, but in the evening, don’t forget to reserve your table at the CN Towers 360 Revolving.Last week Tastebud B and myself took a trip with friends to visit our neighbors to the north. We spent most of our trip in the beautiful city of Toronto, Ontario. On one evening a friend made reservations for the whole group at the CN Towers 360 Revolving and we knew this would be the perfect chance to expand our website and experiences with our readers and fans.

I have to start off by saying that this is an amazing experience. The view is breathtaking, the menu has plenty of options, and the service is on key. It is a place to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, romantic night out, or to enjoy good times with friends. And with a “smart casual” dress code you can’t go wrong with dress jeans and nice shirt or suit and tie.

Now time for the good stuff…the food!

I went with the Prix Fixe menu. The options for this were fun and exciting and it was easier on the credit card as well than ordering for the regular menu. Plus, by doing this, it left open the cash flow to order wine or a special drink.

The Prix Fixe for 68 Canadian Dollars is a four course meal and my selection was:

Watermellon and Feta Cheese

Niagara “Pingue” Prosciuitto and aged Parmesan Cheese

Slow Roasted, Aged Canadian AAA Prime Rib of Beef – Prepared Medium

Summer Berry Shortcake
As you can see the meal looked great…it tasted even better! The whole meal and experience is something that I will never forget. The next time you are in Toronto make sure to experience a great time On top of the World
Below is a picture of all of us. Check out the view! Remember, it does revolve, so your view slowly changes so you get the lake and city.

Great New Northside Event Space

Bistro Soul on UrbanspoonOur last wine exchange was not only amazing, but we also had the opportunity to “break in” a new event space on the Pittsburgh Northside.  After a late scheduling fall through with an alternate wine exchange location, we contacted Bistro Soul.  They are owned by the same owners as Bistro to Go which we have previously reviewed.

This event space is great.  The room is vibrant and has some real character.  The furniture varies as you go around the room.  We actually didn’t have enough people to fill the room and had a challenge deciding what area of the room to use.  We decided to use the pew-benches and antique-style chair area.

As for the food – we opted for an Americana-themed menu.  Country barbeque ribs, corn on the cob, a teryaki marinated chicken breast and stuffed garden peppers with strawberry sugared pecan salad and a summer fruit medley.  Dessert options were provided a la carte.  The meal was served buffet style which allowed attendees to select their own meal and portions.

The meal was excellent.  The people were excellent.  The space was excellent.  We are happy to say we would recommend this space to someone in the future.  We may even look to go back to host a benefit dinner in the future.

I realize this doesn’t give us much to say of the day-to-day food, but we created a custom menu for our event. Check out a Food Review from Beer, Bacon and Candy, some fellow Pittsburgh restaurant bloggers.