Present Tense Suck: Tung Hing Bakery

There are many things I don’t know about the city, like how this stretch of Kingsway, with Vietnamese storefronts slightly outnumbering their Anglo and Chinese counterparts, is known as Little Saigon. I also have no idea that Tung Hing Bakery is supposed to be a bahn mi destination. The present tense gives me goose bumps in a bad way. I type in the present tense and I tensely cringe. I can’t. Formal designations gives me expectations. I see the words “Little Saigon”…strike that. I am not “seeing” the words “Little Saigon”. I saw them. I saw the words on one … Continue reading Present Tense Suck: Tung Hing Bakery

Homestyle Japanese: Aotoya Blue Door

As a food-crazed man, I’m a firm believer in fostering a strong curiosity of food in my offsprings. I want to accustom them to the multitude of flavour and textural profiles present in various cuisines so that I can nurture their inner bon vivant. I encourage them to be adventurous with regards to meal choices and to always opt for unfamiliar and possibly eye-opening dining experiences whenever possible. If the opportunity presents itself, I allow them to personally choose the dining adventure that they wish to embark on. …That’s actually bending the truth just a little bit. I got a … Continue reading Homestyle Japanese: Aotoya Blue Door

Neapolitan Pizza: Famoso

I’m not unfamiliar with Neapolitan pizza chains. I used to live next to one for more than five years. To me, Neapolitan pizza became sort of like Domino’s or Papa John’s. If I was too tired, too lazy to cook my own meal, or unwilling drive more than 5 minutes for takeout, I would order a Neapolitan-style pizza. Eating Neapolitan pizza became so commonplace for me that eating greasy New York-style slices actually felt exotic. But that was years ago. I have spent the past five years eating bland-tasting, west-coast-wanna-be-pizza that is light years behind New York or Neapolitan or … Continue reading Neapolitan Pizza: Famoso

Yet Another Hyped-Up Triple-D Featured Place: The Red Wagon

From the online reviews I’ve read of the place, The Red Wagon seemed to be a triple-D featured restaurant that lived up to the hype. It seemed to be a place that was well regarded before triple-D; it also seemed to be a place that retained its popularity even after the buzz form Guy Fieri’s visit died down. I’ve known about The Red Wagon for quite a while now, but I have not visited primarily because I was weary of the potential wait I would have to endure. Another reason that has prevented me from visiting the restaurant was that … Continue reading Yet Another Hyped-Up Triple-D Featured Place: The Red Wagon