The Clubhouse Sandwich Shop, Toronto

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Clubhouse Sandwhich Shop is one of my favourite sandwhich shops ever. A lot of people can’t or don’t get excited about Sandwhiches. But this place is different.

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A small one-man operation filled with what looks like home-made furniture, the owner really gets to know his customers (unfortunately, I have forgotten his name since my first visit). For instance, he remembers that I always get salads and always with the citrus mustard dressing. So one time, to prove that his fries were the greatest, he gave me a free order! His fries were impeccable

And when he has his oyster po’ boy on the menu (the menu changes very frequently), I think he’s the best oyster fryer in the city. By far. This includes proper sit-down, seafood restaurants. Of course, he only fries big, meaty Fanny Bays.

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The Clubhouse Sandwich Shop
455 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5S1A1
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Posted: August 14th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Founders Breakfast Stout: 48th Best Beer in The World

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As promised in a previous post, here is my post on Founders Breakfast Stout. I first had the privilege of trying this baby when I was on a beer-fuelled road trip through the Mid-Western United States (and if I had a blog back then, that would have made for a very long post). But the LCBO Gods smiled upon us and this was made available for a very limited time here in Ontario.

First the taste. Liquefied chocolate-covered coffee beans. Period. Texture is what you would expect from such a description. Nice and thick with healthy mouth-coating from the high initial sugar content.

Next the accolades. 48th Best Beer in The World according to RateBeer. Period. If you live somewhere in the world where this is easily accessible, I suggest you give it a try. If you live in Ontario, lets all hope this one is made available again some time soon. Apologies for my hilariously (but not really) cluttered background.

Posted: August 13th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Flour Bakery, Cambridge

I am actually surprised I haven’t had the chance to write about Flour yet, we’ve been here dozens of times and have tried more or less everything on the menu. Their baked goods are awesome and their sandwiches are pretty good as well. Unfortunately, when you come here you can end up spending $20 for just a small sandwich, a pastry and a drink. Overall their selection is pretty standard: sandwiches, coffee, baked goods and a handful of daily cooked specials.

There are a number of standouts in the baked goods section, including their berry bread pudding, chocolate chip cookies, brownies and scallion scones. In terms of their sandwiches we would definitely say the bacon breakfast sandwich and the roast beef sandwiches are our favourites. Overall, if you are near one of their numerous locations, I would recommend that you at least try them once!

Flour Bakery
190 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Berry Bread Pudding at Flour Bakery

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Bacon Breakfast Sandwich on White Bread at Flour Bakery

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Samuel Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout and Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout

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There is only one word to describe this beer: liquid cocoa nibs. Or something like dark chocolate milk, with carbonation and alcoholic content (not that you can detect any of it). More of a Christmas beer, Samuel Smiths Milk Chocolate Stout currently holds the title for my favourite sweet stout. Well, it’s either this or Founders Breakfast Stout (another top 50 beer in the world, it’s own post will follow) but because of the high alcohol (and sugar) content I’m going to leave that classified as a full on Imperial Stout.

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Another beer with a very similar flavour profile that I really enjoyed was the Flying Monkeys Bare Naked Ladies (BNL) Imperial Chocolate Stout. A one-time winter release from a few years back (I think 2011?), this one fills the room with the aroma of hot cocoa the moment it is uncapped. I’m frequently downplaying the current state of “craft” beer in Ontario but this is one for the world stage. Delicious. I look forward to cracking another one open this Christmas.

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Roast Beast, Boston

Walking along Commonwealth, we had seen Roast Beast a number of times, but as our time in Boston comes to an end we decided to give it a try. They are known for their roast beef sandwiches, and they way you order more or less is you pick how much meat you want, what kind of bread you want it on and what toppings you want on your sandwich. We came in here pretty hungry so opted for large sandwiches with just basic toppings (horseradish and BBQ sauce). The sandwiches are hefty and definitely have the potential to put you in a meat coma afterwards. The only downside is that they do use Boar’s Head roast beef instead of making it in house, which means that you could technically make the same thing at home. Overall, its one of the better meals in the area and worth checking out at least once.

Roast Beast
1080 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

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Exterior of Roast Beast

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Roast Beef Sandwich at Roast Beast

Posted: August 1st, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

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This month the LCBO brought in a few interest things for us deprived Ontarians to sample (we’ll try and provide coverage of the other choices in the coming weeks). This week I tried the St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition.

This week is something that is quite common-place at fine liquor stores in the US. It’s a more mainstream example of a Belgian Gueuze. Gueuze is a style that I was first familiarized with last summer when I tried the 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze – Armand & Tommy. While nowhere near as tart and funky as that example, I think this is a solid choice for a warm summer day (you know, as a slightly more interesting lemonade). Pick some up at an LCBO before they run out of stock.

Posted: July 30th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Area Four, Cambridge

As you may realize shortly after stepping foot in the MIT area of Cambridge, there are limited places to eat good food (places like Fuji, anywhere in Central Square and the new places in Kendall do not count as good food). However, one exception is Area Four, they make surprisingly decent pizza with good ingredients and a nice atmosphere to top it all off. For reference, Area Four is on Main Street as you walk from MIT to Central Square (or vice versa), it is hard to miss!

We’ve been here a number of times and the safest bet is to order the pizza (although we had an awesome soft shell crab salad), as their other dishes are hit or miss! Make an effort to try their drinks, their pizza and whatever is their daily special and you will be happy you avoided the other places in Cambridge.

Area Four
500 Technology Sq
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Carnivore Pizza

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Soft Shell Crab Salad

Posted: July 29th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »