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Summerlicious 2011 – BLD

BLD Restaurant

36 Toronto St 
International Cuisine
“BLD Restaurant is located in the St. Lawrence and Financial District in “Old Toronto” in the historical milkcamps building. Daily features are made with locally sourced products lettting the food speak for itself. Everything is made in-house daily from the freshest ingredients possible.”
Summerlicious Price: $20 (+ tax & tip)
Grilled Calamari
pickled fennel | orange segments | pea shoots | spicy chorizo oil
Verdict: The acidity of the pickled fennel really works to balance the flavours in this dish. Without it, the calamari is very plain. Although I personally prefer crispy calamari to grilled, I did enjoy this dish. 
Cucumber Gazpacho
yogurt | mint 
(vegetarian/vegan without yogurt)
Verdict: My lovely lunch companion T.F. had this soup as her starter. As you can see, it’s not the prettiest dish… the flavours were also quite strong and, although it wasn’t listed as a main ingredient, T.F. was pretty sure there was a fair bit of cilantro in this soup (which she doesn’t care for). 
Short Rib Grilled Cheese
BBQ dry rubbed braised Wellington County beef short rib | Fontina | 5 yr old Canadian cheddar | crisp fried shallots | grilled pain de mie | served with salad
Verdict: Words cannot properly express how amazing this sandwich is!! You NEED to try this if you like short ribs. The meat was delicious… and so tender…. I will forever dream of this sandwich… *sigh*  The salad, however, was bland. 
Grilled Prawn Sandwich
wild white prawns| avocado | tomato | arugula | grilled sourdough | chipotle lime aioli | with house salad
Verdict: Another amazing sandwich!! The photo does not do it justice. T.F. and I shared our sandwiches so I can honestly tell you how yummy this is! The shrimp is grilled nicely, the avocado was perfectly ripe and the spice of the chipotle makes this sandwich addictive… I want one right now! Again, the salad was less than yummy. We both wished it had more acid in the salad dressing. 
Bread Pudding
crème anglaise, fresh berries
Verdict: T.F. loves  bread pudding, and this one did not disappoint. The texture was lovely, and the portion size is good for a dessert that can be a bit on the heavier side. 
Chocolate, Orange Tiramisu 
with fresh berries
Verdict: This is a lovely, light dessert that has a pretty topping of chocolate and orange zest. 
Rooibos Vanilla (front) & Quangzou Milk Oolong
Verdict: T.F. and I both love a good cup of tea, so we were excited when our server told us about their tea menu featuring whole leaf organic teas. I had the Rooibos Vanilla which tasted of vanilla and almonds (I love almonds). T.F. had the Quangzou Milk Oolong which smelled like gym socks at first, but becomes sweet and creamy with the addition of milk. 
Watermelon Martini (careful, this one is strong!)
Overall Verdict: BLD is a great place to have a enjoy a meal with a friend of two. 
The decor is interesting too, there was an old film being projected onto the glass panels which was pretty cool. This restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner most days (as indicated by the name “BLD”). 
I very much recommend that you go and try the prawn sandwich at this restaurant, it’s amazing!! 
I didn’t see the short rib grilled cheese on the regular menu…I might have missed it but just in case, you have 4 days left of Summerlicious to get your hands on one of these!! 
(It really deserves a spot on the main menu, if it isn’t there already) 
Mon – Tue Breakfast 8am – 11am
Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner closed
Wed – Fri Breakfast 8am – 11am
Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm
Bar menu 3pm – 6pm
Dinner 6pm – 10pm
Bar menu 10pm –
Saturday Bar menu 4:00pm – 6pm
Dinner 6pm – 10pm
Bar menu 10pm –
Posted by: S.A.
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A Mad Hot Tea Party

Four Seasons Centre
I recently attended the National Ballet of Canada’s annual fundraising gala* “Mad Hot Ballet” (or “Mad Hot Wonderland” which was this year’s theme).
I love the Mad Hot Gala’s. It’s a great excuse to dress up, the food is usually quite good and it’s fun to people-watch while sipping on the signature drink of the evening.
The event always includes excerpts from the company’s repertoire, which is introduced by the current Artistic Director, Karen Kain.
The first time I went to one of these galas the dance showcase was spectacular. Sadly, that was about 4 years ago and since then they’ve chosen to go with duets and solos instead of intricate group pieces. Not that there’s anything wrong with duets and solos –  I just happen to love group pieces.
This year, though, they showed bits of the new Alice in Wonderland ballet and they were a wonderful! Now that I’ve seen the full ballet I can say that Alice was one of the most entertaining performances I have ever seen and it was refreshing to see such a theatrical ballet performance. In fact, I thought the show was down right amazing!
Here are some photos from the event:
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I want all of these William Ashley tea cups!!!

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A very “Alice” buffet table

Dessert by North 44

Apparently the food was catered by North 44, one of Mark McEwan’s Ventures. I don’t know what this is, but it was DELICIOUS!

White Rabbit Cocktail

There’s a bunny in my cup! SO CUTE!!
This is a “White Rabbit Cocktail”


A yummy gourmet cupcake

Rex Harrington

He isn’t food-related, but here’s a picture of Rex Harrington!

My photos aren’t great because I didn’t take my DSLR (it would have clashed with my dress….ha ha). For more (better) photos (which don’t belong to me) visit this website

*A ticket that included the post-performance dinner (again, catered by North 44) costs $1,500. Tables ranged from $15,000 – $25,000. I can only dream…