Winterlicious 2011

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Butternut Squash Bisque

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Niagara Pinot Noir Braised Beef

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Southern Ontario Apple Crumble

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Famous Baked Lobster & Crab Soup

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Wood Grilled New York Strip Steak with Vegetables & Duck Fat Frites

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Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

One thing that I have learned to love about Toronto are the Summerlicious and Winterlicious events that happen year to year, where you can dine at the most exquisite restaurants and enjoy savory 3-course meals for a fixed, lower price. I remember feeling completely bitter about it just last week and lost all sorts of excitement for it, but I’m glad I didn’t end up canceling out on the reservations. With the failure of last year’s Winterlicious plans, it only meant for better planning and searching up the location way ahead of time this year. Café Moroc, Horizons, and Fred’s Not Here were the selected three restaurants that my friends and I had attended within the past weekend.

I wasn’t able to capture any photos from Café Moroc (except the ones that were taken with my phone camera which projected terrible quality photos) since I was in the process of getting my T2i. Thankfully, my friend had her camera for our trip to Horizons so I resorted to her photo album. There wasn’t anything special about Café Moroc, but the eastern décor. For my appetizer, I had the Maftoul which was pretty much like a spring roll with chipotle drizzled over top. As for my main and dessert, I had the mango salmon and the brulee royale (essentially a normal crème brulee). The food was certainly nothing I expected, but what counts was that I got the opportunity to sit down with a few of my favourite girls that I haven’t seen since the holidays.

As for the evening, my boyfriend and I, along with two other couples, dressed up for a lovely evening high up at the CN Tower overlooking Lake Ontario. We dined at Horizons and enjoyed a tasteful 3-course meal complemented by the beautiful view from our window. It was well worth the frightful ride up.

We had our last reservation made for Fred’s Not Here. Upon arriving, we were disappointed by the impression we got from the broken blue Fred’s Not Here sign hanging outside and how clustered it was inside, but everything changed when we got seated. We were seated at the largest table directly under a crystal chandelier with a gleam of sunlight entering from the ceiling windows. Our server was spectacular, as was the food. The lobster and crab soup topped with a baked pastry bun and the vanilla bean cheesecake tasted incredible. It was an eventful weekend accompanied by great friends + pleasant tasting food. I couldn’t have enjoyed a more perfect weekend.